Filtering by: 2011

"I Put You On A Pedestal"<br>Michael Abelman
to Dec 10

"I Put You On A Pedestal"
Michael Abelman

An intimate installation in which the viewer both strolls by and floats over a gathering of ancient and contemporary art forms. Abelman’s pieces are both astral roadmaps and geomantic altars that dig into our collective intuitions that lie buried under the modern psyche.

In this show Abelman takes his popular map paintings and turns them on their side, puts them on a pedestal and invites us into the narrative and formal processes of his two and a half dimensional work presented in a format that is both atelier and oracle site.

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"Reality Is Only A Rorschach Ink-Blot, You Know"<br>Lisa Choinacky
to Nov 26

"Reality Is Only A Rorschach Ink-Blot, You Know"
Lisa Choinacky

All of existence can be understood as a relationship. Alan Watts posited that our physical world is a system of inseparable things where everything exists with everything else. In this system of metasystems, each relationship aggregates with many, giving form to the universe. And within this pattern, even the most seemingly disparate of elements ultimately reveal themselves to be conjoined and interwoven. Is it coincidence that the world is made up of undividable opposites? I seek to examine how this relates to that. 

In a life-sized Rorschach-esque diorama. I’ve collaged together mirror images of basketball players in motion, illustrating that when we accept that the universe runs off a blind energy, this can cause a very insular worldview. We form teams and then we form opponents. The opponents occasionally rise to meet each other in pursuit of the same goal, bifurcating and mirroring one another, each existing because of and for the other. 

In layering these images/pieces in a space, I aim to work towards total awareness of connectedness and order, while demystifying the idea of the cosmic fluke. I have chosen to identify and explore sites of mirroring and convergence to highlight the relationship points that bind us, and the universe, together.

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"Future: Diorama!"<br>Ink Tank
to Nov 12

"Future: Diorama!"
Ink Tank

Can you occupy two scales at once? 

Scale acts as a mediator to the viewer, controlling the point of view as well as the personal relationship of the viewer to his or her surroundings. However, perceptions and perspectives constantly shift. Therefore, changing your perspective interrupts yet compliments the world in which you exist, and this adjustment allows for both inward and outward reflection. Future: Diorama! is an opportunity to explore the struggle of myriad possibilities, scenarios and outcomes that intrude on one another’s space, vying for attention. It will be difficult for these realities to coexist. 

Ink Tank is an evolving artist collective with the expressed purpose of executing creative ideas in all media. Through collaboration and experimentation, the flux of members in the collective creates a space for projects that compliment each other’s abilities and motivations. The individual parts discover a whole within the unity of sharing ideas and offering support.

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"Marfita" Allison Kuo, Joshua Saunders, Josh T Franco, and Natalie Goodnow
to Oct 29

"Marfita" Allison Kuo, Joshua Saunders, Josh T Franco, and Natalie Goodnow

MARFITA is the Spanish diminution of the name of Marfa, a town in far west TX, population aprox. 2,200. Founded in the late 1800’s, the town has served as a social center for the many ranches in the area, as home base for generations of migrant farmworkers moving seasonally between Texas and California, as the site of the US Army’s Fort D.A. Russell, and most popularly today as home to canonical American artist Donald Judd’s permanent installation of his works and select others, under the dual guardianship of the Chinati Foundation and the Judd Foundation. The Chinati alone draws over 10,000 visitors a year to what has become a pilgrimage site of sorts for Minimalist, post-modern, and contemporary art lovers from around the globe. Marfa has yet one more attraction however, a pilgrimage site proper, in all the religious and sacred implications that come with the use of the term ‘pilgrimage.’ 

In 1994, the Virgin Mary appeared to Hector Sanchez, in the backyard of the last residential home one passes before entering the long driveway up to the Chinati’s main office. Less than half a mile from Judd’s famous cement blocks, Sanchez erected an altar to honor the apparition. Complete with hand painted statue of the Virgin overlooking a shallow cement grotto, and housed within an upturned bathtub, this installation is positioned so that Chinati is always in her sights, were she to ever look up from her worshipful gesture. She too draws pilgrims, and these are accounted for in the log kept by Ester Sanchez, the late Hector’s wife. These two groups are largely unknown to one another, though their itinerant paths surely cross frequently at the auspicious, gravelly roundabout that leads one to one or the other. 

The installation MARFITA seeks to trouble this relationship, to draw it out and question the dynamics that are shaping perceptions of the town. The four artists involved each have coordinated a main component of the project, interweaving their respective practices into an open conversation to which they will invite the community to join. Alison Kuo will present video made from footage shot during a group “double pilgrimage” to Marfa, motivated by an active interest in both the altar and the artworks by Judd and his associates. In the sequences, the art pilgrims encounter inspirational architectural elements in the West Texas landscape and respond to them with acts of playfulness. They move things, touch objects: sometimes invoking the spirit of Richard Serra’s 1968 filmwork “Hand Catching Lead,” while alternately piecing together their own rasquache altar pieces. Josh T Franco has crafted miniature (approx. 1:12 scale) reproductions of the artillery sheds of Fort D.A. Russell renovated by Judd’s own hand and direction. These will be laid out on the outdoor grounds of Co-Lab according to their siting in Marfa. They will contain miniatures of the 100 untitled works in milled aluminum. Also included will be miniature versions of the iconic cement block groupings arranged by Judd on Chinati’s grounds. The interior of Co-Lab will be transformed by Joshua Saunders into a loose reproduction of the interior of the Sanchez home where altar builder Hector Sanchez lived prior to his untimely death a month after the altar’s completion. Some film and original collaborative works by the artists will be incorporated as well as Saunders’ “live looped” reenactment of Hector’s walk from inside to backyard, beer in hand, on that auspicious night. 

Composed of a renovated arbor, film, and found objects, an 8-10 foot enlarged reproduction of Sanchez’s altar will be situated behind the Co-Lab building beneath a tree, as it is arranged in Marfa. During the first night of its installation at Co-Lab, Natalie Goodnow will lead an interactive procession through the East Austin neighborhood where the space exists, culminating in a ceremonial, participatory prayer at the altar itself. 

Artist Bios

Alison Kuo is an installation artist living in Brooklyn, New York. Her current projects include a culture blog called Accidental Chinese Hipsters and a sometimes gallery show space in her apartment, dubbed the Darling House. In March of 2010 she had her first solo show, Nesting, at SOFA gallery in Austin, TX, and later that year she made an installation and collaborative video featured in the group show Dadarrhea at OHWOW in Miami. Dadarrhea made its second stop at Canada Gallery in New York in 2011. Links:, 

Josh T Franco is a PhD student and Clifford D. Clark Fellow in the Art History department at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York. His writing on MARFITA and the “Toltec methodology” behind it will be published in Spring 2012 as part of an anthology edited by members of the Society for the Study of Gloria Anzaldua. His past performance/fotoescultura work has been shown at the Esperanza Peace & Justice Center in San Antonio, TX and images published last year in the collection, El Mundo Zurdo. His dissertation’s aim is the “decoloniality of vision”. He has contributed to La Voz de Esperanza, The Thing Itself, zingmagazine, and is currently writing the preface for an upcoming book of poetry by Paul DeJong (of the Books). He is also co-editor of 7STOPS, an online monthly magazine. 

Joshua Saunders currently lives in Austin and attends the University of Texas where he is completing his BFA. He keeps a studio at Monofonus, but continues to hoard, tinker, cut and paste in his home as well. One finds him on any given day with Exact-o knife in hand, bent over a way professional magnifying device. Saunders has exhibited solo shows at BiRDHOUSE, Big Medium, Domy, Co-Lab, and elsewhere in Austin. His work was shown in alongside Fahama Pecou and Stephen Lapthisophon at Conduit Gallery in Dallas earlier this year. 

Natalie Goodnow is a teatrista, teaching artist, and cultural activist from Austin, Texas. She is an Artistic Associate of Theatre Action Project and a member of The Austin Project as well as a recipient of the 2011 Jane Chambers Playwriting Contest, a national competition. Goodnow writes, performs, and directs; she’s been practicing some combination of those forms for seventeen years, and started teaching about and through them 8 years ago. Her favorite thing to do is create original works for the stage, as a solo performer and in collaboration with other performers and playwrights, both youth and adults. Goodnow explores the relationships between people and places, in terms of relationships to community, to the Earth, and to our own bodies. She’s got a crush on performance art. Links:, 

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"Bacon Wrapped Urban Folk Suppositories"<br>Chicken Bones Zupp and Vincent Martinez
7:00 PM19:00

"Bacon Wrapped Urban Folk Suppositories"
Chicken Bones Zupp and Vincent Martinez

Disgusting, articulate, thick, juicy, fall off the bone fun. Functional food sculpture by the master of Folk George Zupp, lascivious loitering by the master of ceremonies Vincent (Emcee Eats) Martinez, collaborative paintings by both. Donations accepted to simultaneously get your snack and your art on.

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"Chronotope"<br>Jennifer Caine
to Oct 8

Jennifer Caine

Chronotope is a literary term used to describe the link between time and space in language. In my cut-paper installation by the same name, I explore the interconnection between time and space in memory. Chronotope looks to my own memory – to some of the most poignant moments in my past, to memories that reside at a preverbal level, retrieved only as fleeting glimpses. Without verbal recall, corroboration by others, or a place in the linear narrative of my life, these memories appear unpredictably in my consciousness. Powerful yet elusive, they seem to fuse past and present, time and space. 

To organize marks and construct space in the hanging paper sheets of Chronotope, I turn to these memories. I seek to evoke the emotion and psychological state associated with them and the lucid yet dreamlike awareness that marked the moments in which they were born. Through the progression, repetition, and layering of passages of cut marks, I create spaces that appear to crystallize on the verge of dissolving, suggesting the persistent yet slippery quality of memory. 

Jennifer Caine received a BA cum laude in Studio Art and Mathematics from Dartmouth College in 2000 and an MFA in Painting from Boston University in 2005. Her work includes paintings, prints, drawings, and artist books and has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent solo exhibitions were held at Soprafina Gallery, Boston, MA, The Strauss Gallery, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, and Guerilla Arts, Dallas, TX. Other recent exhibition venues include the National Academy Museum, New York, NY; The Painting Center, New York, NY; The Hunstville Museum of Art, Huntsville, AL; 808 Gallery, Boston University, Boston, MA; FPAC Gallery, Boston, MA; Ice Cube Gallery, Denver, CO; Jewett Gallery, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA; The Carillon Gallery, Tarrant County College, Fort Worth, TX; and ArtSpace, Maynard, MA. 

Caine is the recipient of many awards, including the Constantin Alajalov Award at Boston University, the 2008 Dartmouth Alumni Lecture Award, and the Helen Figge Moss Memorial Award. She has been selected for inclusion in the forthcoming book, 100 Boston Painters published by Schiffer Publishing. Caine currently teaches at Dartmouth College where she is the Area Head of Painting and Drawing. Prior to joining the faculty at Dartmouth she taught at Boston University from 2005-2010, and she has been a visiting artist at many colleges including: Providence College, Providence, RI, Lyme Academy College of Art, Old Lyme, CT, and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA.

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"Where The Sidewalk"<br>Hank Waddell
to Sep 24

"Where The Sidewalk"
Hank Waddell

This installation is an exploration of how curiosity, discovery, reflection and play are necessary elements of our survival in and understanding of the world. Hank Waddell’s work uses these processes to reimagine what is known by manipulating the delicate relationship between nature and industry.

Throughout his life the woods provided strength, comfort and mystery for Waddell - yet the power and possibility of industry, despite its destructive capabilities, has continued to be a seductive force. In this installation materials and processes are coupled in curious ways, transformed through reinvention. Waddell’s work awakens the instinctual process that leads to cooperation and compromise between people and materials - an interactivity that comes through the open-ended process of play.

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"9/11 Memorial Installation"<br>Claude Van Lingen
7:00 PM19:00

"9/11 Memorial Installation"
Claude Van Lingen

Claude van Lingen’s 9/11 Memorial Installation honors those who died on September 11, 2001 in the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Pennsylvania tragedies. These are not the only victims of these events and the installation also pays homage to those who died in the ensuing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The installation centers around of two drawings (each 110” h x 17” w) in which the names of the 2,753 victims of the World Trade Center were written one over the other. These drawings are flanked by 28 lists of the names of the victims printed on paper 55” h x 81/2” w.

The 184 victims of the Pentagon attack, and the 40 victims killed in the Pennsylvania crash were written, one over the other, are represented in two drawings, each 36” h x 72” w. The names of the victims are displayed in printed form next to the respective drawings.

Two drawings, as well as lists of the names of the casualties of the Iraq (over 4000) and Afghanistan (about 2,500) conflicts commemorate those who have died in the wars since October 7, 2001. The names of the latest deaths are regularly updated and written in performance at the openings of 9/11 commemorative exhibitions.

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"from the tipi project: the river and meditation experiment"<br>Christie Blizard
7:00 PM19:00

"from the tipi project: the river and meditation experiment"
Christie Blizard

My interest in tipis comes from my childhood growing up in rural, central Indiana. When I was about eight I found an arrowhead in the field behind my parents’ house, and this was a very magical and vivid experience. This field has also become the central focus of many of my recurring dreams for the past two decades. The animation River was filmed on the river bank that lies directly behind this field, a symbol also pivotal in those dreams.

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"Eagle Woman Poems"<br>Natalie Goodnow
7:00 PM19:00

"Eagle Woman Poems"
Natalie Goodnow

Eagle Woman lives in a landfill. It is her job to make sense of the mess. This is what women do. It is what words do. These are the poetics of sifting through the filth.

But is an eagle capable of such a task?

This performance art event will consist of an eagle’s attempts at poetry in time and space.

Based on Goodnow’s collaboration with the Generic Ensemble Company in July 2010: “Eagle Woman Poems: an in-progress showing.”

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"Gerauschen und Gebauden [Noises and Buildings]"<br>Janae Contag
7:00 PM19:00

"Gerauschen und Gebauden [Noises and Buildings]"
Janae Contag

The performance explores relationships between sounds and images that have been manipulated, deconstructed and reassembled. The visual component displays light-projected building facades captured by Google Maps satellites, cut into pieces, and re-rectified into a temporal landscape on multiple transparencies. As the images and sound converge, multiple landscapes are layered, erased, and reconstructed on the wall. The sound will include a constant ambient pre-recorded track layering a collage of classical works (by composers such as Schoenberg and Mahler) and the live noise will progressively distort it. After the first fifteen minutes, viewers may participate by projecting and erasing their own images drawn on distributed transparencies.

The images respond to the sound, the sound to the images, leading to an interchange of both audio-visual conversation and parallel abstraction.

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"1/24"<br>Christina Sukhgian Houle
7:00 PM19:00

Christina Sukhgian Houle

"1/24" is the first part of a series currently in development, 12/24/360, in which I collaborate with 12 individuals and document their actions and conversations for 24 hours and then reverse the process and become the subject of their documentation.

The idea for this show developed from feeling unclear about how I constructed and modified my sense of self. I felt that my identity shifted slightly depending upon who was in my presence and that it was through my relationships with friends, relatives and strangers that my sense of self was constructed. I wondered what parts of me consistently presented themselves as components of my identity, regardless of my surroundings, and what parts only appeared in certain circumstances. I also wondered if there was a hierarchy of importance for these different elements of self and/ or if they were not different but in fact collaborative parts of a cohesive whole.

For 1/24 I made contact with a stranger I found on Craiglist, Willem Dunham and, using my camera and tape recorder tracked his actions and interactions for a 24-hour period. Two weeks later he entered my world and did the same for me. My hope was that by witnessing one another’s process of defining self in different contexts we would give validity to all parts of the other’s identity, and perhaps begin to question the permeability of self. 

The resulting product of Willem and my work together are the photographs we created, projections of our email correspondence, sound recordings of our conversations and a brief performance, in which the concept of self will be defined, redefined and questioned when using text from interviews we conduct of one another, I will re-embody Wil’s words so that I deliver his text while listening to it through headphones.

Christina Sukhgian Houle is a visual and performance artist working out of central Texas. She has studied and performed comedic improvisation at The Second City (IL), been named by the Austin Chronicle as one of the Top Ten Dance Phenomena of 2008, worked with Creative Time (NY) and was a visiting artist at Spelman College (GA). Her original evening length theater-dance piece “Science of Suggestion” premiered at Frontera Festical and most recently her duration performance “16 Conversations with Escape Bird” was streamed to the Antena Gallery (IL).

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"Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain"<br>Gary Setzer
6:00 PM18:00

"Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain"
Gary Setzer

"Supralingual/Sublingual: The Tongue is the Terrain", is a new performance by visual artist, Gary Setzer, currently on tour in the United States.  Setzer re-imagines the landscape through a contemporary lens, merging electro nu-wave music and process-oriented performance art to deliver a nerdy audiovisual spectacle that recalls Joseph Beuys or Bruce Nauman as much as it does Devo.  In what the Huffington Post called “a phenomenal hybrid of his own, integrating video, music and performance,” Setzer revitalizes process-oriented art with this overdue electro-shock therapy session.  Paralleling the division between air and land with the division between language and its meaning, the surface of the landscape becomes host to a range of metaphoric activity revealing both the poetry and gracelessness of straddling the language/meaning divide. 

Gary Setzer is a Tucson-based artist and an Assistant Professor of Art at The University of Arizona.

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"The Solo Show"<br>Lisa Del Rosario, Errin Delperdang, Rosalyn Nasky, and Lindsey Taylor
7:00 PM19:00

"The Solo Show"
Lisa Del Rosario, Errin Delperdang, Rosalyn Nasky, and Lindsey Taylor

Featuring solo dance works by Lisa Del Rosario, Errin Delperdang, Rosalyn Nasky and Lindsey Taylor

The Solo Show is a collection of dances from four Austin based choreographers, Lisa Del Rosario, Errin Delperdang, Rosalyn Nasky and Lindsey Taylor. Each choreographer approaches the art of solo making from a different and unique perspective. The results are so varied and range from narrative to truly abstract, from absolute precision to free improvisation. The participants strive to use Co-Lab’s unique environment to inform and inspire them, creating works that are appropriate and particular to the space they inhabit. Taking the dance out of the theater and bringing it to the gallery lends each piece an intimacy not often found in traditional dance venues.

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"Story Tent"<br>James Willard Pierce
7:00 PM19:00

"Story Tent"
James Willard Pierce

"STORY TENT" is a (mostly) judgement free space where members of the art-going public can participate in a collaborative exchange between themselves and the artist. Each participant is offered beer to drink and in return is expected to share a story of their choice with the artist. The story can be told in any form. It can be long or short. It can be as public or as private as the participant desires. It can be funny, sad, real, or fake. The audience and the artist are partners in the creation of the work and the work is a celebration of itself and the people who help to create it.

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"FIND ART Across America"<br>Find Art Magazine
7:00 PM19:00

"FIND ART Across America"
Find Art Magazine

In 2010, FIND Art Magazine put a stamp on the Southern California art scene, transforming the region by discovering emerging artists and showcasing them alongside area mainstays of the art world, building a community in the process. Now, the same creative force behind FIND is venturing beyond, seeking out the best artists the nation has to offer along with hidden finds just waiting to be found.

We are proud to announce “FIND Art Across America,” a touring concept that brings the art to the people. Rather than waiting for the artists to come to us, we’re going to FIND them, and share their work with the entire world, creating both an unprecedented arts phenomenon while bringing together for the first time a national arts community!

The FIND Art Magazine crew, will tour the country to strategically chosen destinations in a big rig truck customized to function as a mobile art gallery and kinetic sculpture, essentially transforming the vehicle into a permanent artifact. FIND has already begun compiling the best independent artists found all over the country to feature in the first ever national issue with 50,000 magazines printed and distributed in over 55 cities. Showcasing the most well known artistic colonies with the hottest galleries featuring artists showcased in FIND Art Magazine and also discovering those off the beaten path; those artists creating in relative anonymity…until NOW!

FIND Art Across America’s two month tour will begin in Orange County this May 12 culminating at the L.A. Art Machine International Urban Art Festival July 14-17, 2011. An event unlike any of its kind bringing artists from all across the globe to Los Angeles’ historic Olvera Street. The entire tour and the artists we FIND will be thoroughly documented through video podcasts, consistent daily blogging, and maximized use of our vast social networking communities, along with partner communities via our partners at L.A. Art Machine and Stroke Urban Artfair. These channels will ensure that the adventures along the way will be broadcast to not only a nationwide audience, but a global one as well, with all content leading up to the biggest international arts festival the Southland has ever seen!

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"PAPERGIRL"<br>Melissa Murray
to Jun 25

Melissa Murray

Paper Girl is a show, an urban action (the distribution of the roles of art), a bicycle workshop and a party. The show originated in Berlin with artist Aisha Ronniger and has been done in numerous other places ( It is a way to surprise and delight the city by giving out free art. With the amazing bike culture and rad art being made here in Austin, it’s about time we put to action this project. 

There are no guidelines to who can submit and no required medium, as long as it can be rolled up! The art should be dropped off at Co-Lab the week before the show, June 11-18. We will then have an opening on the 18th where there will be tables set up to create even more works of art. Then on the 25th we will hit the town on our bikes, of course, and distribute the pieces in a newspaper like fashion to anyone and everyone. 

So… get to work yall! 

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"Cut and Paste"<br>Aryn Glazier and Phillip Trussell
to Jun 11

"Cut and Paste"
Aryn Glazier and Phillip Trussell

Two Collage Artists Meet

Aryn Glazier:

Out of the bafflement of the life I was given I developed an interest in magic early. When I was a child, mixing “magic potions” with everyday items and reading books on the occult I was convinced that the right combination of symbols and words could open the door to the supernatural.

Isn’t there magic in the world? I search for bits and pieces in what I see and read, vacuuming them up from other’s cast off tomes. These sources that have already had their life contain in them, sometimes, gems that are gently winking and shimmering among their brethren.

Philip Trussell:

Out of heaps of black and white photographs printed on a HP card printer, shots made in and around Austin with a small digital camera, I have cut and transposed sections and details using scissors and glue stick composing sets and backgrounds somewhere between theater and reality. To these I have introduced pictures of friends who have individually collaborated as actors for camera. Over time they have become an ensemble or troupe within a range of work numbering more than twelve hundred compositions. Most of these pictures are five by seven inches and horizontal, as they are printed for this exhibition.

They might be stills retrieved from a film that went down with the Titanic. The narrative cannot be reconstructed. Each frame seems a tableau vivant; nude actors arrayed for a suspended moment on a set made of pieces recontexted from diverse places. A makeshift space for an obscure allegory supports a poetics of gestures and postures floated together in a dream. Cut and paste process sidesteps the certainties of waking life.

One set of these photomontages is unpeopled. The setting itself invites exploration. An imaginary architecture entered through a complex point of view would include you. As occupant, inhabitant, or guest you remain invisible while exploring or exploiting perceived opportunities.

The ruins of the future can be yours today. William Blake told us what is now proved was once only imagined. We live in the wreckage of intentions our ancestors manifested. The camera’s most arcane trick is to lift locale from itself, and us with it. We become ghosts having existence independent of impactedness in personal history, including proper identification and home address. If we are not already ghosts in our lives in the twenty-first century, we certainly long to be. Electronic media make it so whether we know it or not.

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"1 > Within Realms > 0"<br>Dieter Geisler, Johnny Villarreal, and Matthew Peairson
to May 21

"1 > Within Realms > 0"
Dieter Geisler, Johnny Villarreal, and Matthew Peairson

Bardo means literally “intermediate state” - also translated as “transitional state” or “in-between state” or “liminal state”.

Entropy: The concept of entropy is defined by the second law of thermodynamics, which states that the entropy of a closed system always increases or remains constant. Thus, entropy is also a measure of the tendency of a process, such as a chemical reaction

Embryo: An unborn or unhatched offspring in the process of development.

Come be a part of an experience at Co-Lab. A cause and effect happening in time, a living sculpture with multi media including video, audio and sculpture.

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"Generic Performance"<br>Amanda Jones
7:00 PM19:00

"Generic Performance"
Amanda Jones

THE LOST ART has performed 3 shows so far, each separated by many months, each unique.  A common thread is the variety format, a piecing-together and layering of music and raw sounds, dance/movement, thoughts, comedy, solemnity, costumes & props. This will be the fourth, an extra special merry-go-round ride because of the experiment-indulging Co-Lab context.

For this reason, she does not want you to go in with any predetermined idea of the show’s themes. You don’t need to think; just welcome with all your senses: an experience.

Amanda Jones is a wannabe teacher and mixed-media/installation artist in addition to being a performer.  You can find her images and thoughts and even become a participant in the process via the blog, Synaesthetic Breakfast:

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"Comfort Sessions (Pod 2, Dress 1, Nest 2)"<br>Katelena Hernandez
to Apr 30

"Comfort Sessions (Pod 2, Dress 1, Nest 2)"
Katelena Hernandez

"Comfort Sessions" are an offgrowth from my larger Lullaby Project, in which I am invited to homes to sing: for crying babies, for those who have insomnia, for those who are sick, for those who are dying, for those who are lonely, for those who are perverts, for those who are frightened, for those who need something but don’t know what.

We all have needs, deep needs, barely met, or not met at all. Warmth, intimacy, sharing, protection. The artist, too.  This work came out of my early years as a mother to two children, in which the daily grind of motherhood wore away the edges of my own identity. I found myself again at night, by the sides of their beds: I sang songs my mother sang, I sang songs from Disney movies, I sang songs I learned from Muppets.  I sang Prince and Madonna and Cake, I sang Broadway, I sang 40s love songs and 60s pop songs and hymns and sea shanties and cowboy ballads and early American folk songs and songs in other languages.  Some nights were themed, some nights I had requests. Unlike most of my day’s activities, those were moments when my own pleasure in giving was equal to the pleasure they had in receiving.

During that same period, I stopped being able to sleep myself. Following a brain injury, I developed insomnia that eroded my hours of sleep to the point that I was sleeping almost not at all. Sometimes watching my children fall asleep to my voice was as close to sleep as I could get. So, it’s not too hard to see why I would relish my role as a sandman.

When I started my work based on lullabies, I wondered if I could let myself make work that is so sincere, so utterly uncynical, if anyone would take it seriously. But I find it’s transgressive to actually sing by someone’s side; it’s not the same as singing a concert. It’s an act much closer to the work of a courtesan or prostitute: there’s a line to the level of intimacy one is supposed to have with strangers, and to sing in this way is to cross it.

The Comfort Sessions add a layer of object and setting to this endeavor, to mitigate the awkwardness of being in a group while this intimate encounter is happening. The textures are important; it’s a cliché to say that a bed is a womb, the soft flesh of our mother, but it is, and we all know it, so there must be softness beneath, and warmth above, and a structure around that gives seclusion and safety.  I love the blurring that happens of clothing and object, of object and performer, of gallery space and personal space. At a formal level, the soft polyester drape of fleece is the contemporary update to that heavy wool felt used by Joseph Beuys and Robert Morris.

Katelena Hernandez lives and works in Austin. She has a degree in Studio Art from Yale University and has been involved in the arts in Austin for more than a decade. Information on her projects can be found at

This performance is a part of “Low Lives 3”, Worldwide Networked Performance Art Event
International performances will be projected onsite at Co-Lab at the following times: April 29: 7:00pm – 10:00pm (CST) & April 30: 2:00pm – 5:00pm (CST). For more information on Low Lives 3 visit

This performance is a part of Fusebox Festival an annual contemporary art and performance festival that takes place in Austin, TX each April. This year’s dates are April 20 - May 1. More information and tickets are available at

In celebration of contemporary visual art in Texas, Co-Lab is participating in the 2011 Texas Biennial project by joining in with over 60 arts organizations across the state with this exhibition. The list of all participating organizations and further information on the 2011 Texas Biennial, including the exhibition on view in Austin, Houston and San Antonio from April 9 - May 14, is available at

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"Palatial Hemorrhages"<br>Sarah Stevens
to Mar 26

"Palatial Hemorrhages"
Sarah Stevens

Comprised of a four week cycle of installation vignettes, Palatial Hemorrhages is an investigation of incidental personal topographies; an earnest grandiosity amassed in the nature of cigarettes and hairspray used up but never thrown out, or Wilt Chamberlain’s Hollywood home after a forty year carpet moth infestation.

After completing her BA in studio art in 2006 from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee, Sarah Stevens kept the space at 613 Allen Street as a studio for twenty months, producing Co Lab’s inaugural exhibition in July 2008.

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"Obituaries 1913"<br>Tom Mclaughlin, Joel Kelly, and Mark Yakich
to Feb 27

"Obituaries 1913"
Tom Mclaughlin, Joel Kelly, and Mark Yakich

"Obituaries 1913" is a three-man, multi-genre art exhibition commemorating the lives of 22 individuals who died in 1913. The project is the brainchild of New Orleans musician Tom McLaughlin, who enlisted painter Joel Kelly and poet Mark Yakich as collaborators. Each of the 22 artworks in the exhibit includes a charcoal portrait, an obituary, and a song. Over the course of a year, the project evolved so organically that in most cases none of the collaborators now knows which part (text, image, sound) came first. Obituaries 1913 debuted in May 2010 in New Orleans, and has begun traveling to other cities; details at

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"The Free Show"<br>The Tremendous Family
to Feb 12

"The Free Show"
The Tremendous Family

The Tremendous Family is happy to announce a collective show highlighting accessibility in the digital age.

The Tremendous Family is a collection of collections; a platform to create a unique dialogue through visual works from emerging artists.

Obtaining free, intimately sized prints by way of various print on-demand promotional offers has given us the opportunity to present our website’s current collection of works.

The show is comprised of sixteen artists work, chosen by a visual criteria less bound by location, economic status, or other factors that often rule the presentation of a various number of works.

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"A Case For Tragic Optimism or Tales From The Keeper Of Knowledge"<br>Lindsay Palmer
to Jan 29

"A Case For Tragic Optimism or Tales From The Keeper Of Knowledge"
Lindsay Palmer

In order for society to adjust to the changing ideologies of its peoples it must be demountable, reusable, and changeable over time. I am interested in the next phase of our civilization, and how we will adjust and recollect as the world changes. This is one in a series of pieces in which I have challenged myself to learn basic survival skills that had been perfected over thousands of years, and have now been all but lost. In this way, my experience will act as an archive of fading knowledge.

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