Co-Lab Projects Presents:
Lines Composed During A Tour
Featuring Sara Vanderbeek, Andy Coolquitt, Kristi Kongi, and Erin Curtis
January 12th - February 2nd, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, January 12th, 7-11pm
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Co-Lab Projects @ Springdale General
1023 Springdale Rd, Suite 1B, Austin, TX 78721
Culled from a few of our favorite recent exhibitions, this selection of work focuses on materials, movement, pattern, color, and light. Each of these artists employ very different techniques, often utilizing textiles, iconography, flora, found objects, “sloppy” geometry and fabrication; but all elicit reverential humor for the commonplace and the banal objects of everyday life. Their use of color and pattern unify their collective voices while offering entry points into their individual practices. While each of the four artists pull references from a variety of sources, histories, and contexts the formal qualities of the works offer moments of connectivity and reciprocity, engaging in playful dialog with one another and the exhibition space itself.
CURRENT #bitres ARTIST
Annalise Natasha Gratovich
Annalise Natasha Gratovich lives and works in Austin, Texas. She is the Associate Director of the fine art print publisher Flatbed Press and a member of the Board of Directors of PrintAustin. Gratovich exhibits extensively nationally and internationally, most recently in New York, NY, Denver, CO, Dawson City, Youkon, and Buggen- hagen, Germany. She is a sought-after visiting artist and speaker throughout the state of Texas and was most recently a guest at New Leaf Editions in Vancouver, B.C. She has work in numerous private and public collections, the most recent acquisition going to the Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division.
The Journey. Searching. Longing / Belonging. Home
Where are you? Where am I? Can we, will we, be together?
My work explores themes of displacement, self and cultural identity, intention and accountability, as well as burden and regret. The figures are based on matryoshka dolls (Russian stacking dolls) and the textile patterns are derived from Ukrainian embroidery, either in patterning or stylistic outline. This nod to the traditional and folk arts of the lands of my heritage, Ukraine and the American South, is important and used to invoke feelings of nostalgia- memories or fantasies of far away places which are lost or cannot be returned to. I consider my work most successful when a viewer is compelled to dream of these memories and places, when they relate to my characters, and in that way I consider my work a visual continuation of what is shared through the rich and important art of storytelling.