Aug 14, 2013

New and Greatest Hits: Texas Biennial 2005-2011

New and Greatest Hits: Texas Biennial 2005-2011
Featuring past Biennial entries and recent work by selected Texas Biennial artists
Curated by Michael Duncan and Virginia Rutledge

Big Medium, Austin
August 23 – September 28, 2013
Opening: Saturday, August 24, 2013

Frances Bagley (Dallas / TX★07)
Joshua Bienko (Knoxville / TN, TX★11)
Justin Boyd (San Antonio / TX★09)
Susi Brister (Austin / TX★11)
Bill Davenport (Houston / TX★09)
Peat Duggins (Boston, MA / TX★05, TX★07)
Celia Eberle (Ennis / TX★05, TX★09)
Jonathan Faber (Austin, TX★11)
Heyd Fontenot (Dallas / TX★05, TX★07, TX★09)
Rigoberto A. Gonzalez (Harlingen / TX★11)
Hana Hillerova (Houston / TX★11)
TJ Hunt (Austin / TX★11)
Jules Buck Jones (Austin / TX★09)
Baseera Khan (New York City, NY / TX★07)
Jayne Lawrence (San Antonio / TX★09)
Ivan Lozano (Chicago, IL / TX★09)
Jonathan Marshall (Brooklyn, NY / TX★05)
Carolyn Zacharias McAdams (Valley View / TX★09)
Linda Pace (d. 2007 / TX★07)
Katie Pell (San Antonio / TX★09)
Jason Reed (Austin / TX★11)
Matthew Rodriguez (Austin / TX★05)
Anthony Sonnenberg (Seattle, WA / TX★11)
Shane Tolbert (Houston / TX★11)
Kelli Vance (Houston / TX★09)
Jade Walker (Austin / TX★09 and TX★11)

Apr 18, 2013

transFIGURATION at Fusebox!


What: Artists will transform their portraits during public happenings

Tickets: All events are free


Jade Walker: Sharing

When: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday

Where: 912 Congress Ave.

Wura-Natasha Ogunji

When: 7 p.m. April 22

Where: Texas Spirit Theater, Bullock Texas State History Museum

Catherine Lee

When: 10 a.m. April 22 through 5 p.m. April 23

Where: 912 Congress Ave.

Steve Wiman

When: 8 to 9 p.m. April 25

Where: Uncommon Objects, 1512 S. Congress Ave.

McKay Otto

When: 2 p.m. April 28

Where: Laguna Gloria Villa, 3809 W. 35th St.

For a slide show of Rino Pizzi’s “Transfiguration” artist portraits, go to

Apr 15, 2013

transFIGURATION in the Chronicle

Apr 15, 2013

transFIGURATION in Austin American Statesman

Feb 12, 2013

transFIGURATION project panel discussion

February 19 // 6–7pm

The Jones Center
Community Room
Join us for a panel discussion with thirteen artists about the new artist exchange project transFIGURATION. This project is a collaboration between photographer Rino Pizzi and visual artists Jill Bedgood, Benito Huerta, Catherine Lee, Shea Little, Michelle Mayer, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, McKay Otto, Margo Sawyer, Shawn Smith, Jana Swec, Jade Walker, and Steve Wiman. Artists will initially sit for a portrait session, and then will receive a print to be damaged/destroyed in their own terms, with no limits or restrictions.For many of the artists this stage of the process will be a public performance or a “happening,” and presented by the Fusebox Festival (April 17–28, 2013). The event/performances will take place in various venues, including Big Medium/Canopy, The Off Center, AMOA-Arthouse at Laguna Gloria, and various sites downtown. At a later stage, artists will restore the damaged images. A final exhibition, including the initial photographs, a video documenting the evidence of damage or destruction, and the final reconstituted artwork, will be scheduled for the end of 2013 at a venue to be announced.

Mar 29, 2012

Temporal Figuration at LVL3 Gallery in Chicago

Temporal Figuration
Saturday, April 14, 2012 – Sunday, May 13, 2012

Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 14, 2012
6:00pm – 10:00pm

David Brandon Geeting
Andrew Holmquist
Jade Walker

Temporal Figuration explores the loose and playful use of figural elements in each of the artists’ work.  David Brandon Geeting employs commonplace techniques to explore visual possibilities in the seemingly banal, giving his inanimate subjects a human feeling.  Andrew Holmquist combines abstraction with fragments of figural representation to depict elements, both tangible and impalpable, of the human experience.  Jade Walker evokes and explores bodily forms and gender duality, piecing together found objects to create abstract sculptures.  Each artist pulls the art out of the everyday and the ordinary with the manipulation of medium and material process.

Jan 20, 2012

Lawndale solo exhibition

Come out and join me for Contact, a solo exhibition at Lawndale Art Center in the John M. O’Quinn Gallery on January 20th.

Oct 5, 2011

Artist of the week at LVL3:

Jade Walker is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas.  She received her BFA from the University of Florida and her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin.  Her work has been exhibited throughout Texas and the southeast.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do.  My wonderful day job is as director of the Visual Arts Center in the Department of Art + Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.  The gallery promotes contemporary art by hosting over 18 exhibitions annually, lots of public programs, and an artist residency.  What a lucky lady I am to love my job, which allows so much interaction with artists that I find interesting and projects that are so dynamic.  I also have a rigorous studio practice that keeps me busy.  I recently built a new studio and the work is expanding with the extra space.  My husband is an artist as well and we just gave birth to our first little artist baby (August Hawkins Boland) on 9/10/11.  Add yoga, fiction reading, and lots of travel and that is me.

If you had to explain your work to a stranger, what would you say?  My practice is a mixture between an exploration of materials (fabric, rubber, found objects, crusty old paints, tool-dip and whatever else I can get my hands on) and my desire to reproduce the human body.  I am interested in the mechanics of gender both physically and symbolically and that interest patinas the work as well.

What materials do you use in your work and what is your process like?  Materials are the catalyst in so many of my works.  Many times, a found or recycled object is the first material.  I love to reconstruct this first piece by adding a new skin of fabric, fur, leather, or paint.  This reworking of a slightly recognizable piece is then the central form that I build around.  I adhere to a set of parameters in the process as well, such as using each and every part of the initial object or limiting my palette to a specific set of tones.  I like the process or rethinking each nut and bolt and how to recreate them to fit the piece.

What kinds of things are influencing your work right now?  I very recently gave birth to our first child with a midwife at home and have found a new application for my body.  In my work, I have always been intrigued by the female body and am inspired by my new sense of understanding around its capabilities.

I am also recently home from three long trips to Japan and am still pumped about the landscape, culture and textiles from those visits.  So many small tokens of Japanese traditions have found their way into the new work.

At the gallery, we are working on a project with artist Diana Al-Hadid and visits with her here in Austin and in her studio in NY have been on my mind in the studio as well.

What are some recent, upcoming or current projects you are working on?  I completed an installation for the Texas Biennial at Blue Star Contemporary Art in San Antonio, titled Quadripoise, a few months ago that has fed into a large installation I am constructing for an exhibition in January 2012 called CONTACT at the Lawndale Art Center in Houston.  The exhibition will include several new works that are inspired by physical repercussions on the body resulting from sports as well as the natural process of aging.  I am excited about the intersection.

Can you share one of the best or worst reactions you have gotten as a result of your work?  Last year I had a piece in a very public area of a municipal building.  As I was de-installing it, a woman that worked in a nearby office told me that she hated the work.  It was offensive to her as it wore a neck brace and was constructed from a set of crutches.  She herself had suffered a neck injury that year and she felt that the work mocked her.  We sat for over an hour discussing the work and I explained to her my desire to evolve empathy and not mockery.  It was the most real and raw reaction I have ever been fortunate enough to receive about the work.  I was so grateful to hear her opinion and although not my intended reaction, grateful to know the work had impact.  I think about our discussion every time I am in the studio.

What artists are you interested in right now?  I love Margaret Meehan.  Her work is so riveting and visceral….she is brave and I am glad.  I have a constant love affair with the work of Sarah Lucas and find myself referring to her along with Matthew Barney and Louise Bourgeois, my staples.  These days I am thinking a lot about the work of outsider artist Judith Scott as well.

What was the last exhibition you saw that stuck out to you?  This may be a three-way tie…. Each intrigued me in different ways.  Charles LeDray: workworkworkworkwork at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston,  Stan VanDerBeek: The Culture Intercom at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston,  Lynette Yiadom-Boakye:  Any Number of Preoccupations at the Studio Museum Harlem.

If you hadn’t become an artist, what do you think you’d be doing?  When I was young, I spent many hours cutting up fabric of all sorts to fashion a wardrobe for myself and any one in the neighborhood that would allow me to adorn them with hairpieces, hats, and make-shift punk rock attire.  The greatest gift was my mother’s wedding dress, prime for reconstruction.  I find that my studio practice does satisfy my desire to build in this manner, but if I were not making sculpture, I would be making clothing lines.  I guess this is still being an artist, huh?

Sep 19, 2011

Check out Generous Arts:

May 31, 2011

Top of the Line

The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards

By Robert Faires, Fri., May 27, 2011

For the 19th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year’s most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for these awards, covering the period from May 3, 2010, to April 30, 2011, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman‘s Michael Barnes (arts), Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle‘s Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts).

They will present the awards and induct the latest class of local legends into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame during an informal ceremony at 7pm on Monday, June 6, at Cap City Com­edy Club, 8120 Research. The public is welcome. Admission is free.


Museum Exhibition

“Advancing Traditions: Twenty Years of Printmaking at Flatbed Press,” Austin Museum of Art, Dana Friis-Hansen and Mark L. Smith, curators

Quadri-Poise, Jade Walker

“Becoming Tennessee Williams,” Harry Ransom Center, Charlotte Canning, curator

“Discovering the Language of Photography: The Gernsheim Collection,” Harry Ransom Center, David Coleman, curator

“New Works for the Collection,” Blanton Museum of Art, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, curator

“Recovering Beauty: The 1990s in Buenos Aires,” Blanton Museum of Art, Ursula Davila-Villa, curator

“Young Latino Artists 15: Consensus of Taste,” Mexic-Arte Museum, Claudia Zapata, curator

Solo Gallery Exhibition

“Deep End: New Work by Sonya Berg,” Champion Gallery

“Diego Huerta: Town of Clouds,” Mexican American Culture Center

“For If They Fall: Works by Candace M. Briceño,” Mexican American Cultural Center

“Jules Buck Jones: Animal Again,” Champion Gallery

“New Works: Eric Zimmerman,” Austin Museum of Art

“New Works: Sunyong Chung,” Austin Museum of Art

“Raymond Uhlir,” D Berman Gallery

“Virginia Yount: Unsustainable Attainment,” Women & Their Work

Group Gallery Exhibition

“Anthropogenesis,” UT Visual Arts Center, Ariel Evans and Lauren Hamer, curators

“Joseph Phillips & Shawn Smith,” D Berman Gallery

“Objectivity,” Grayduck Gallery

“Out of Place,” Lora Reynolds Gallery, Noah Simblist, curator

“Paper 2,” Gallery Shoal Creek

“The Portrait,” L. Nowlin Gallery

“SUBstainability,” Gallery I & II, Texas State University, Mary Mikel Stump and Andy Campbell, curators

“Womanscape: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in African Art,” UT Visual Arts Center, Moyo Okediji, curator

Work of Art: Video Art

1:1, Jessica Mallios, 2011 Texas Biennial

Accumulation, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, 2011 Texas Biennial

Close Caption, James Sham, Arthouse

Dorian, a cinematic perfume, Michelle Handelman, Arthouse

Méliès, Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler, Lora Reynolds Gallery

Work of Art: Independent or Public Project

Animal, David Ellis, Landmarks

A Knitted Wonderland, Magda Sayeg and the knitters of Austin, Blanton Museum of Art

More Art About Buildings and Food, Jason Middlebrook, Arthouse

Play Me, I’m Yours, Art Alliance Austin

Rehearsal at the Astoria, Graham Hudson, Arthouse

Untitled Nothing Factory, Amanda Ross-Ho, UT Visual Arts Center

Work of Art: One of a Kind

Kitty Pilgrim, Sam Sanford, 2011 Texas Biennial

The Specious Present at 700 Congress, Ryan Hennessee, Arthouse

Swarm, Shawn Smith, D Berman Gallery

Water, Water Everywhere So Let’s All Have a Drink, Okay Mountain, Austin Museum of Art

Work of Art: Installation

The Daisy Argument, Natasha Bowdoin, UT Visual Arts Center

The Mending Project, Beili Liu, Women & Their Work

Palatial Hemorrhages, Sarah Stevens, Co-Lab

Plexus 5, Gabriel Dawe, 2011 Texas Biennial

Quadri-Poise, Jade Walker, 2011 Texas Biennial

Today’s Headlines Wrap Tomorrow’s Fish, William Hundley, Co-Lab


Santiago Forero

Nathan Green

Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

Beili Liu

Barry Stone

  • In the Future

    • Nothing scheduled at the moment.