Wayne Alan Brenner comments on Alejandra Almuelle’s exhibition: “She’s brought her whole family along, it seems, as the nine sculptures currently occupying Dimension are a sort of darkling clan, wrested from her subconscious, carefully wrought through clay and fired into human shape. No pottery here: The only thing functional about this “Locus” show is how clay – maybe a hundred pounds of it, as the song goes, maybe somewhat less – can function as a stand-in for humanity or for various fragments of what it means to be human.
Some of the figures in this show are adults, and some are children, and some seem a mixture of ages, all enhanced with underglazing and occasional additions of pigment. Each piece – a bust, perhaps, with odd growths flowering from the flesh; or a head-and-torso if not a full body, one arm bent toward the viewer, but also full bodies among them – is anchored atop its own wooden plinth: a preserved railroad tie attached to a wide iron base.
These sculptures of Almuelle’s surround you in the gallery, backgrounded against the vertical grid of the walls’ bare bricks or fronting the north window, the charcoal-hued physicality of the bodies or partial bodies an exquisite imposition of memories, of haunted interior states or dreamtime concerns brought into the waking world outside. They surround you in the gallery, in their temporary locus; and the memory of them will likely accompany you beyond – adding a new and subtle dimension, one you hadn’t even realized was missing until you saw them, to the remainder of your days in this physical world.”
“As for the show, with eight artists, it’s possible that it would be overly diverse and lacking any unity. However, that is not the case. Although the sculptures range in size from the monumental to the intimate, and in appearance from the abstract to the figurative, underlying this entire exhibition is a subtle feeling of antiquity. Each piece appears like a relic from the past. Some of this is outright in the imagery used. For example, trilobites adorn the walls, a fabricated pile of bison skulls rest on a podium, and a portrait bust, that stands quietly in the corner, looks more like what you would find in a museum than in a contemporary gallery. Other works internalize this theme. “Natural Balance” preserves a collection of objects in resin…In the gallery’s outdoor space, “Hexobelisk 3” looks weathered and old. It’s the result of intense heat and pressure that caused the metal tower to collapse down on it self. In its fat and rusted appearance, the contorted column reveals this process by alluding to the tremendous force of the past event that shaped it.”
“The city’s newest art space, Dimension Gallery, is providing exposure to a specific type of art: sculpture and three-dimensional works. The only gallery in Austin focusing specifically on sculpture and 3D art, the nonprofit was started by Moya Khabele and sculptor Colin McIntyre in December 2015 and is working ‘to inspire dimension in the up-and-coming East Austin art movement’.”