Mingle with the Arts in May With These 9 Exciting Austin Exhibits

From chic urban street performers to textile-focused projects, shows focused on water conservation to mental health and even pillow forts, the diversity of art options runs the gamut this month at Austin.

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“Karen Navarro: the me built” Now until June 4

“The Constructed Self” is a portrait series that uses collage to visually represent the intersections of identity, self-representation, race, gender, and belonging among first-class American immigrants. second and third generation. Using digital photography as a base, Navarro transforms traditional prints into three-dimensional objects by cutting and incorporating tactile elements such as wood, paint and resin. “The painstaking techniques I apply to create these sculptural objects not only allow for a physical deconstruction of my images, but also become a form of meditation that reflects my efforts to try to reconstruct and make sense of my own identity. As a puzzle, my identities intersect and come together to construct my multiple sense of Self. Navarro is originally from Argentina and a descendant of indigenous peoples who celebrates diversity to reframe the representation of historically marginalized identities.

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“Me and Mom” from May 5 to June 4

Drawings and watercolors by Melanie Hickerson (me) will be on display along with some of the work of Geraldine Clark Hickerson (mum). Hickerson was her mother’s caregiver from 1999 to 2014, and this work reflects her experience with changes in her family, with aging and increasing frailty. “My experience of caring for my mother is not unique. I use this as a doorway to the experience of caring for someone, a mother, a father, a husband, a wife, a child or a stranger. Hickerson has a wide range of experiences, from working as an artist for New York City to a variety of teaching positions, including at the ACC.

Wally Workman Gallery
“Patrick Puckett: Daydreamers” May 7 to May 29

Puckett’s paintings are known for their vivid colors and languid figures, executed with a confident interplay of paint application, form, color and texture. In this new corpus, the artist plays with the motifs to push and pull on the plane of the image, particularly in the foliage, the interior and the dress of the subjects. This use of the pattern competes for attention and adds an active element to the otherwise passive pose of the seated person giving off a sense of dynamism to leisure postures.

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“Molly Sydnor: Hysteria” from May 16 to June 18

As a multidisciplinary artist, Dallas-based Sydnor has been striving for innovation and creativity since earning a BFA in Fiber from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015. Molly Sydnor art runs her own sustainable fashion design, his murals, illustrations and graphics, as well as large installations. Her work using colored fiber materials involves layering and storytelling, using ideas from human experience. Her designs are grounded in identity and body image, stimulating conversations about the complexity of gender, race and sexuality. A closing reception will take place at Contracommon on Saturday June 18, with an artisan market featuring LGBTQIA+ and BIPOC artists.

Austin Central Library
“Kite Exhibition at Sacred Springs” From May 7 to November 30

The Watershed Association has selected over 50 works of art by over 30 artists to feature in this exhibition. Notable artists include Scott Skinner, David Baker Bear and John Mata. Each work of art focuses on water in all its forms, the life that springs from it, and the efforts to preserve it. The “Sacred Springs Kite” exhibit is the inaugural program of Art4Water, an initiative to champion environmental protection through the prism of art. The exhibition unites the arts community with conservation advocates, environmental organizations, and business and technology partners.

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“Burner: a collective exhibition of international street artists” from May 7 to June 10

Works by world renowned street artists Banksy, Zero Gradient, Harry Bunce, KEF! Dalek, Pure Evil and other renowned urban artists will be on display and available for purchase at the gallery. In the May 7 opening, artist Zero Gradient will appear live via satellite from London at 8 p.m. and renowned artist KEF! will appear live from Berlin at 9 p.m.

Bob Bullock Museum
“Mental Health: The Mind Matters” May 7 to July 31

This exhibit invites you to explore how mental illness has been treated in the past, put yourself in the shoes of people living with mental illness, and use whole body activities to learn about healthy recognition and expression of emotions. Engage in interactive components that examine treatment history, common misperceptions of mental illness and mental health, and how attitudes towards mental illness have changed over time. Participate by writing down your worries and shredding them in the “Worry Shredder”, hear what it’s like to live inside someone else’s head, and look back in time at important moments in health history mental.

Dougherty Arts Center
“Mary Wendel: Pillow Talk” May 7 to July 2

According to artist Mary Wendel, a pillow fort can be any place that allows you to think and process, to be surrounded by things you love that inspire you, or perhaps just a familiar atmosphere. reflecting abstract thoughts. Wendel paints portraits of people, often herself and other Austinites, and wants viewers to tap into the strength and safety of the creative space where difficult emotions are welcomed and great ideas flourish, contemplating their own pillow forts.

Georgetown Art Center
“Hand Stitch X 10, Works by Texas Artists” From May 6 to June 5.

A hand-stitched piece can tell a story, become a vehicle for social commentary, or embellish a surface with exuberant color and texture. “Hand Stitch X 10” is a survey of 10 women working with thread and needle at a time when embroidery (and textile art in general) is enjoying increased international recognition as the medium of choice for serious artists. Each artist has a personal commitment to exploring ideas and materials and how both relate to contemporary art. The artists included in this exhibition cover a range of subjects, scales, approaches and materials.

Julia P. Cluff