January 15 - March 6, 2010
Emily Landon (Brooklyn, NY)
Chris Wildrick (Syracuse, NY)

Animalities showcases the work of two artists that explore and consider what it is like to be an animal. Through performance and playful anecdotes their work addresses the relationship between human beings and animals from a “human nature” perspective. By attending the opening reception guests will have the option to meet the artists and partake in their individual performative quests to ascertain what it might be like to be and think as an animal.

March 26 - May 1, 2010
Ben Aqua (Austin, TX)
Brian Bress (Los Angeles, CA)
Faith Gay (Austin, TX)
Curated by Okay Mountain (Austin, TX)

Make-Up is defined as a substance used to enhance the appearance of the body or the effect created by the application of such substances.  The artists included in the exhibition all use makeup similarly as a tool of exaggeration, whether their subject is sculptural, environmental or the body.  They share an oversaturated color palette, often times indulging in elaborate pattern, decoration, and costume.  Chracteristic to these works is an undeniable handmade aesthetic where tape, poster board, house paint and cardboard all make their way into the adornment of their respective subjects or characters.  The worlds of make believe are alive and well here.

Photo credits: Chris Castillo

May 21 - July 2, 2010
This is All Real
Joey Fauerso (San Antonio, TX)
Leslee Fraser (San Antonio, TX)
Gyan Shrosbree (San Antonio, TX)

Hal Foster said of This is All Real; "Whether one regards such moments as total failures or a partial exposes, they do raise the qauestion of the criticality of contemporary art and theory."  Well...actually, that quote from Hal Foster refers to the "moment" of "deconstruction" not to the upcoming installation constructed by Joey Fauerso, Leslee Fraser, and Gyan Shrosbree.

These three artists, inspired by the subjectivities and proclivities of the others, bring togther their work in a maximalist installation that obfuscates authorship, and decentrailizes the art object.  This construction is a collection of collections!  Art objects are interspersed with other items that any of the aritst may covet, collect, or consume.  Art is artifice, but this is all real.

Photo credits: Chris Castillo
September 2 - November 6, 2010
this is not a photo show
a collaboration with Blue Star Contemporary Art Center

Ben Aqua (Austin, TX)
William Betts (Houston, TX)
Helen Maurene Cooper (Chicago, IL)
Thomas Cummins (San Antonio, TX)
Michael Eddy (Beijing, China)
Matthew Noel-Tod (London, England)
Yumi Janairo Roth (Boulder, CO)

Rene Magritte is known for his philosophical artistic gestures that challenge the preconditioned perceptions of reality and force the viewer to become hypersensitive to their surroundings.  In his famous painting The Treachery of Images (This is not a pipe), 1928-1929, Magritte points out that no matter how closely we come to depicting an object accurately, we never do catch the object itself.  In this way Magritte turned traditional logic inside-out and, in doing so, played an intimate part in an enterprise to undermine the commonly accepted meanings of things.

Paying homage to Magritte, This is not a photo show explores the tension between the photographer and the photographed, between the picture and its viewer, between the art and the artist--and like Magritte's work--it requires a rethinking of what art is, does, and means.  This exhibition will showcase artists whose works investigate, and go around the traditional concepts of photography by pushing the boundaries of what is real and what is real-like.  Seven artist working in photography, video, painting, and sculpture will be exhibited between both venues.
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