New Work by Shea Little
About Us is an exploration of hypothetical effects our culture has on the world. This exploration is primarily concerned with the layering of human activity and extruding abstract ideas about the artifacts we are adding to the strata for future generations to unearth. Our understanding of past civilizations is expanded and redefined by examining their excavated artifacts, we too will leave a story behind that tells others about us.
The exhibition kicks off with an opening reception on August 24th from 7 to 10pm and will be open on Saturdays from 12 to 5pm from August 26th through September 30th.
Shea Little received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 2000, and in 2015 he completed an Arts Management Certificate from the Texas Executive Certificdate Program at the University of Texas at Austin. Shea co-founded Bolm Studios, Big Medium, the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, and the Texas Biennial. He has been serving as Executive Director of Big Medium since 2007. He currently serving as board chair of the Austin Creative Alliance and as a board member of Generous Art. Shea also co-founded Cantanker Magazine, a print and online publication dedicated to weird art projects and critical conversation. He is an artist and has exhibited throughout Texas as a part of a three person collaborative group called Sodalitas. Currently Sodalitas is finishing a large scale sound project commissioned by Art in Public Places on Brazos Street in downtown Austin. This exhibition at Dimension Gallery will be Shea’s first solo exhibition as an individual artist.
New work by Alejandra Almuelle – May 4 – 21
“The Silent Narrative of Things” an exhibition of new work by Alejandra Almuelle, opening May 4th at Dimension Gallery.
OPENING RECEPTION – MAY 4TH FROM 7 TO 10PM
OPEN GALLERY HOURS – MAY 6TH – 21ST ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 12 TO 6PM
“When I began this series, I was affected by the significance and probable implications of the political situation. Many questions started to come as the work emerged. Questions created more questions in my attempt to answer them.
‘Seven’, which is the first of the series expresses that state of mind. I have included ‘Spices and Salt’ as subtext within the piece. Spice as an undercurrent narrative of human immigration, trade and value. And salt, as a form of currency and power, but also a fundamental part of the human body. Salt created the foundation of civilization and with it, commerce. The paradox is that commerce commodifies life itself, a prevalent and entrenched aspect of society.
Each of these human shaped figures are pierced, revealing the interior space through holes and openings as manifesting the permeable nature of the self. A self that is not solid, fixed or contained.
There is also the allusion of story telling in the ‘1001’ installation piece. It brings again the ‘hole’ as part of the piece itself. The multiple holes in the brick walls of the gallery are connected by red thread to the needles. It is the ‘eye’ of a needle that makes the needle.
Visible and invisible, certainty and uncertainty, power and need. It is in between this tension we reside.”
Alejandra Almuelle was born in Arequipa, Peru. She is a self taught ceramic artist working in Austin for the past 24 years. Before moving to the United States, she spent time with a community of potters in Pizac in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, a major center for ceramic making in Peru. Peru is a country in which the abundance of clay has made this medium a language of artistic expression. Clay is its own idiom, and being there, she began to speak it. Her work has been featured in the Texas Clay Festival, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, MexicArte Museum, Laguna Gloria, Dimension Gallery, among many others.
New work by Akirash, April 6th – 23rd
ARANPO / Stitch is a solo exhibition of Olaniyi Rasheed Akindiya, known as Akirash. Originally from Nigeria, Akirash is a world-renowned multidisciplinary artist.
OPENING RECEPTION – APRIL 6TH FROM 7 TO 10PM
OPEN GALLERY HOURS – SAT AND SUN FROM 12 TO 6PM FROM APRIL 8TH – 23RD
For the last 15 years, he has won three international awards, seven grants, he has been featured in more than 10 solo shows, 50 group exhibitions, 28 performances, 20 artist residencies. He has been invited to many higher institutions as a visiting artist and has been written about in more than 60 articles and publications. He has created exhibitions in Texas, New York, Tanzania, South Africa, England, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, Netherlands, Namibia, Russia, and Germany. Since 2012 he has been living in Austin, exhibiting his work at Co-lab, Mass Gallery, Fusebox, MOAH, Art on 5th, and Big Medium.
ARANPO / Stitch is a reflection on nature, preservation, privilege, and family. The seeds that were preserved to be planted for the next season are all damaged and rotting. Those which survived the season bear infertile fruits. The privilege of past generations has gone. New generations are damaging, mending and protecting what is left.
We continue making the same mistakes over and over again, but we are still here. We are still stitching A to B, X to Y to Z, no matter how many times they try to push us down. We look for trouble that costs us dearly by sticking our noses into that which does not concern us, by trying to carry the burdens of others. If we stick to together like glue without blame and assume the part that we all have to play, we shall prevail.
March 3 – 19
The Resonant Lung is the full realization of the historic pipe organ project by gallery co-founder Colin McIntyre. The Resonant Lung will be an experiential sound environment. Built inside of a climate controlled shipping container, the 7 octave pipe organ will be controlled electronically, allowing composers to design soundscapes to be featured on the pipes. Visitors will get to have intimate encounters in small groups with the compositions inside the sculpted space. The opening will initially feature compositions by McIntyre and by his first guest in what will become a revolving sound residency with The Resonant Lung.
Since establishing his full time professional studio practice in 2001, McIntyre has received three public art commissions. McIntyre’s 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 and three COA Cultural Arts grants for local exibtions. His work has been featured in the Museum of Vordingborg, Denmark, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, Sloan Miyasato Gallery in San Francisco, among many others. He co-founded Dimension Gallery in March of 2016, Austin’s only gallery dedicated to exhibiting and promoting sculpture and three-dimensional art.
This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division. For more info on McIntyre’s work, see www.sculptureforge.com.
New work by guest artist Steve Wiman
Local artist Steve Wiman is revealing a new body of work at Dimension Gallery entitled Bound and Determined. The show will commence with an opening reception on February 2nd from 6-9pm and will be open to the public for the rest of February on Saturdays and Sundays from 12-6pm.
Bound and Determined is a reflection on the strength we find from the bonds of community in times of uncertainty. Family ties bind us together. Our chosen families are even more profoundly bound. In uncertain circumstances, our determination to be our best selves is essential. Our path must be determined by clarity and truth. This installation honors the bonds of friends and family and celebrates our determination to be better together.
Steve Wiman is an assemblage artist and owner of an unusual antique store in Austin, Uncommon Objects. Steve is a graduate of the University of North Texas and attended graduate art school at the University of Texas. It was the study of color and composition through painting that gave him his aesthetic foundation. Finding beauty in the mundane and shining a light on it is his mission as an artist.
When asked to illuminate the meaning of this upcoming exhibition, Steve says, “My world is changing. It’s changing fast. I have never felt more uncertainty and psychic unrest in my lifetime. Truths known are in question. Clarity gives way to blurred vision. My response is my choice. I am bound and determined to seek the light. I am obligated to be kind, to honor truth and to find beauty and share it.”
This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
“We had once called out hello into the cauldron of the world and then run away before anyone could respond.”
OPENING RECEPTION – JANUARY 5TH FROM 6 TO 9PM
Is the correlation between friendship and time spent physically together still relevant? Our carefully filtered presentation of self, delivered through social networks, manipulates reality and shields us from vulnerability. Can we truly know people who have only shown us a curated part of themselves?
Sculptor Dana Younger uses portraiture to explore the changing nature of friendship in contemporary society. His path of process, through digital and physical investigations, is woven into each sculpture as a proxy for our experience of friendship in the digital age. Whether rendered with the immediacy of a selfie, or carefully modeled like a long-term friendship, these sculptures reflect variations in our relationships.
#solidfriends asks us to consider friendship and the effect of the digital filters through which we present our lives.
This exhibition will be open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm from January 7th through the 22nd. This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
New work by Nick Schnitzer
Gold and Shadow, an upcoming exhibition of sculpture from Austin artist Nick Schnitzer, takes a look at our dark side. On second thought, perhaps it’s better to say that the artist offers viewers the chance to look at their own shadows, a term borrowed from Swiss psychologist Carl Jung which concerns the aspects of ourselves that we hide, repress, or deny, in order of becoming whole, fully integrated beings. The gold, representing those parts of us that we are proud of and therefore willing to show, also have a place in the work. There are many mirrors and reflective surfaces in this show, along with industrial materials, some moving parts, and dark cavities to explore. Gold and black appear somewhere in every piece, reminding the viewer that these elements co-exist at every level of being.
Opening Reception – December 1st from 7 to 10pm
Open Gallery Hours – Saturdays and Sundays from 12 to 6pm, December 3 – 18
This project is supported in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
In collaboration with Big Medium and the EAST Austin Studio Tour, Dimension Gallery is allowing the stunning sculptural work that lives inside the four walls to explode into the outside. The space, which was originally an industrial food manufacturing plant from the 50’s, boasts a large outdoor paved space with a vintage industrial awning. On November 12th, the outdoor space will be filled with large scale sculpture from various heavy hitting artists, heavy being the key word. This once barren industrial complex will be transformed into East Austin’s only large scale curated sculpture garden, The Paved Garden. Visitors will be able to see the works seven days a week at any time on this busy intersection Springdale and Airport. Thanks to core funding from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, the installation will be a major destination for Austin art lovers and visitors from all over.
The Paved Garden: Opening November 12, 2016 at 11am on the first day of EAST and closing September 30, 2017
This project is funded in part by the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
Indoors at Dimension Gallery, Cyclic Abundance, will fill the gallery space. Cyclic Abundance is a reflection on the temporal shift of the seasons, the process of decay giving way to renewed life. The 2016/2017 Dimension Fellowship Artists will each create a piece for this collaborative group show to celebrate the changing seasons, the shared artistic space, and the EAST Austin Studio Tour. The Dimension Fellowship program is unique in that these eight represented artists are provided space for two solo exhibitions, a $5,000 grant from the City of Austin Cultural Arts Foundation, and assistance with promotion and business development. This aspect of Dimension Gallery distinguishes its model from normal commercial galleries by showcasing new work while also financially aiding artists.
Cyclic Abundance Open Gallery Hours: November 12th, 13th and 19th and 20th from 11am to 6pm
Closing Celebration Music Night sponsored by Church of the Friendly Ghost: November 19th at 7pm
October 6th – 23rd
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.
Featured artists include:
Alyssa Taylor Wendt
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 through 23rd. The work will be available for viewing by appointment until October 31st.
“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” – Oscar Wilde