Cloaked Identity: Art of the Mask

14117785_819873394782098_4364163751045852693_nOctober 6th – 7 to 10pm

Masks fabricate new identities, giving the wearer the opportunity to watch other people without being watched. Wearers can become animals or mythical creatures, or act in a way that is not expected. They can hide behind the mask or use it to reveal a hidden truth. People use real masks to transform into something completely different or use metaphorical masks to present a different personality. We can become a concept, something totally different, other worldly. Anything can happen.

Cloaked Identity: Art of the Mask is a one month exhibition during October that showcases masks that are venerable works of art. Each piece is a sculpture in its own right, speaking to the viewer through its aesthetic while inspiring the viewer to wonder what it would feel like to wear it. The show begins with an opening reception on October 6th from 7 to 10pm and is open to the public during gallery hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm, from October 8th to 16th. The work will be available for viewing by appointment until October 31st. 

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The Collector, New Work by Haley Woodward

13903413_807929555976482_8391476968473157149_nOpening Reception – September 8th at 7pm

“The Collector” is a loose narrative about a robot, or a mech, a self portrait collecting unique examples of ornamental morphology in steel. 

“The Collector” begins with an opening reception on September 8th at 7pm and will be open to the public during weekend gallery hours from September 10th through the 25th on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm.

After achieving his BFA in Sculpture from Guilford College and his MFA in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University, Woodward has traveled the country creating and displaying his metal sculpture. Woodward’s work is generated by an exploration of working properties of metal, specifically iron, steel and brass. He applies traditional and modern techniques to these materials, to create sculptural forms. At the same time, Woodward makes sculptural forms as a means to work with and better understand metal. Iron, steel, and brass give a pallet of colors, textures, and physical properties that allow a variety of options when making work. These materials come with their own histories within the context of the human experience. Starting as technical challenges and investigations into the process of blacksmithing, new forms and process become illuminated, and new sculptural ideas tend to follow. More often then not, this leads to more technical challenges and the drama continues. Technique inspired by the work, and work inspired by technique.

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Disparate Mythos Movie Night

bourgeois_keyAugust 24th, 7 to 10pm

Join us for a movie night at Dimension Gallery during the ‘Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture’ show. ‘Disparate Mythos’ features 13 different women sculptors featuring metalwork, ceramics, mixed media, textiles and wearable sculpture. The common thread is the female experience and reflecting one’s story using dimensionality.

In honor of this beautiful display of powerhouse lady artists, we are showing the documentary, “Louise Bourgois: The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine.” This 2008 documentary details her process, shows the artist in her studio and with her installations, and brings to light her inspirations. “Bourgeois reveals her life and work to be imbued with her ongoing obsession with the mysteries of childhood.”

There is a suggested donation of $5 to $10 at the door. DJ EPZ will spin records from 7 to 8:30 and the movie will start around 8:30.  We will have movie concessions, snacks, and beer for sale as well. We have seating at our picnic tables, but if you’d like something more comfortable, please bring a cushion or a chair.

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Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture

whitegirlbeigegirlgreygirlOpening Reception, August 5th from 7 to 10pm

Dimension Gallery is hosting a special one month exhibition, opening August 5th, featuring women sculptors entitled ‘Disparate Mythos: Women of Sculpture’.  Containing elements different from one another. The artist’s personal folklore is represented, informing the collective mythos. Patterns of beliefs diverge and reconvene. The common thread is the female experience and reflecting one’s story using dimensionality.

The exhibition features:
Alejandra Almuelle
Holly Bobisuthi
Valerie Chaussonnet
Erin Cunningham
Rachel David
Andrea DeLeon
Jennifer Hill
Magdalena Jarkowiec
Laura Latimer
Sarah McFadden
Amy Scofield
Gingi Statman
Alyssa Taylor Wednt

Including a special performance art piece by Magdalena Jarkowiec

Opening Reception: August 5th from 7-10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm, August 6th – 21st

Curated by Moya Khabele

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Circumnutation, An Exhibition of New Work by Colin McIntyre

12439354_852097324915766_7109762876618156558_nOpening Reception – June 16th from 7 to 10pm

Darwin defined the concept of circumnutation in 1865 to describe the motion of growing stems and tendrils.  Climbing plant species seeking supports, reaching up and reaching down for connection.  Forms leading into each other, pulsing with the tension of one thing almost touching another.  

‘Circumnutation’ is a brief moment of gravity, anticipation, weight and weightlessness.  Suspension.  An ode to the creeping and climbing plants of this world.  Intertwining tendrils reach for each other.  Lightness and physical engagement are inevitable.

Since establishing his full time professional studio practice in 2001, McIntyre has received three public art grants to create large-scale monumental works.  His most notable accomplishments of large-scale site specific sculpture include Arboreal Passage at the Austin Nature and Science Center and Emergence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. He was awarded a grant from the Texas Biennial in 2009. His work has been featured in the Museum of Vordingborg, Denmark, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, among many others.  His recent work has been focused on two solo exhibitions funded by the COA Cultural Arts Division, ‘Shrine of Inevitable Forces’ and ‘Last Depot Before Desolation.’

Much of his work has dealt with imagined species of plant and marine life. These works analyze taxonomy, the science of cataloguing species of life. McIntyre grew up steeped in the academic sciences, which greatly influenced the aesthetic perspective of his work. 

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Live Ambient Night at Circumnutation

13339623_780750985361006_4709216927521861341_nJune 23rd from 6 to 11pm

Holodeck Records and Dimension Gallery are proud to present a special night of music to accompany Colin McIntyre‘s new exhibition ‘Circumnutation’. Aster and Cheap Spirits are solo musicians from Memphis that will be joining some local favorites for an amazing bill of ambient and electronic artists.

EARLY SHOW – Doors at 6. $5 BYOB

10:30 – Dylan Cameron

9:45 – Aster (Memphis)

9:00 – Cheap Spirits (Memphis)

8:15 – Jt Whitfield

7:30 – JU4N

6:45 – TV Honest

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Lullabies and New Language

Opening Reception, July 7th

Terra72dpiLullabies and New Language entails a self reflexive examination that draws upon mythologies and realms such as, mysticism, science fiction, religious lore, and psychology. Revealing an acute interiority through visual narrative and material verse, these sculptures are an intentional individual inspection of creation myth. Literary and visual references such as The Hunt of the Unicorn, Renditions of Biblical Creation, and Cherokee Earth-Diver Myth ignite illusory reconciliations that are surveyed through studio processes that consist of a permutation of traditional mediums.

Opening Reception: July 7th from 7 to 10pm
Gallery Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from July 9th – 24th

Terra Goolsby is a Texas based artist and curator living and working in Austin, Texas. She attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she acquired a MFA in Sculpture and remained a Presidential Scholar for the duration of her stay. She also conducted independent research at Brown University where she identified her obsession with de-construction of traditional myth. She also attended the University of Texas at Austin where she earned a BFA in painting and sculpture.

She has been an artist in residence at West Dean College of Sussex University in Chichester, England, Vermont Studio Center, and I-Park Foundation in New Hampshire. Her work has been exhibited in Texas, England, New York, Rhode Island, Boston, and Connecticut. Venues include The Dallas Contemporary Museum, Studio 107 Gallery, Open Doors Downtown, and the Harvard Natural History Museum. She is currently a member of ICOSA gallery, an artist run space In Austin, Texas. She continues to work in Austin, where she lives with her husband, Jaime Cano and two children, Aponi and Se-Lu. Her recent trajectory into motherhood has inspired her current concentrated inspection of creation myths.

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Artist Talk with Colby Brinkman

artist talk brinkmanOn May 12th, the opening reception for Hexapoda will kick off with an artist talk by Colby Brinkman.  He will share his thoughts on his inspirations on bending metal into larger than life insects.  The talk takes place in the outdoor courtyard at 7:30pm.  This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and Big Medium.

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Hexapoda Opening Reception

May 12th from 7 to 10pm

Hexapoda_Colby Brinkman 2Hexapoda is an exhibition of new works by metal artist, Colby Brinkman…. Icons of the underfoot underworld. A study of dissection and acts of fabrication, Hexapoda is a making in praise of the scorned, ignored, and underappreciated. The grass groomers, cave dwellers, sky crawlers, and tree huggers. The weavers, dobbers, and dung rollers. Those that keep our world revolving, even as we squish, spray, and exterminate. A simple celebration for the vast universe of the many legged creatures whose tireless work and selfless sacrifice brings food to our tables and clothes to our backs. Colby Brinkman began his training as an artist and blacksmith in 1995. He spent two years as a journeyman under master smiths in Czech Republic, Italy and Spain. Since returning to Austin and opening Metal Mantis in 2005, Brinkman has applied his traditional blacksmithing to making metal sculptures, primarily larger-than-life insects — hence the name Metal Mantis. Brinkman is a founding member of the Austin Metal Authority, a collective of metal artists and blacksmiths. This exhibition begins with an opening reception on May 12th from 7 to 10pm and will be open to the public during the Dimension Gallery hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm from May 14th through May 29th.

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The Fear Collecting Ritual by Lucien Shapiro

One Night Only – July 14th at 7pm

aphonic-mask-shapiro-roberts-72dpiAcclaimed artist, Lucien Shapiro is traveling the country in the Fear Collecting Rituals Tour sharing his multi-part show which features a film screening and an interactive ritual.  He performs in Austin at Dimension Gallery on July 14th at 7pm.

Lucien Shapiro’s art is rife with found objects, textures, cast forms, manipulations, raw substances, oddities and personalities. Treating forgotten objects and memories as treasure, he creates a kingdom under which new life is born through sculpture.  Austin McManus of Juztapoz Magazine remarks, “His work (is) relatable and relevant, futuristic but still very archaic. It shows evidence of a human touch.” According to Art Enthusiast, “For Shapiro, masks, vessels, and the rituals they are used for may provide a personal, but always aesthetic shield from realities, as well as a context perhaps to process and review the at times chaotic, upending life events, and what they offer in the form of lessons, experiences, and memories of the bearer’s life path.”

His recent body of work will debut in Austin in July. The show starts with a screening of a new, three-part short film entitled The ANALECT Rituals. Created in collaboration with Shaun Roberts and scored by Edison, the film is a creative expression of “see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil.” Exploring a symbolic loss of speech, hearing, and sight, the film stars Lucien Shapiro and features his artfully crafted masks. As each of the senses is lost, a different mask is worn, and the wearer goes on a quest for understanding in an attempt to regain what was lost.

The performance then commences with the candles of the mask being lit.  During this time Shapiro asks participants to enter the circle of light, write down their greatest fear on provided strips of wooden papyrus bark and then place it in the Relinquishing Fear Vessel.  The Fear Ritual symbolizes one’s ability to relinquish the doubt and despair that prevent us from conquering and moving forward on our personal journeys.

Colin McIntyre, the gallery’s co-founder reports, “We wanted to host Shapiro’s performance because his sculptural work embodies both the aesthetic and the methodical craftsmanship we aim to ferret out.  We are honored to premiere his work in Austin.”

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