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April 28, 2015, 8:41am

Caitlin G. McCollom: The Artist is Present

Caitlin G. McCollom lays it all out in Blood and White, her solo exhibition at Pump Project on Austin's east-side. These modest- and large-scale mixed-media paintings on synthetic paper — described by the artist as “indirect abstractions...represent[ing] the quiet panic of the disordered mind and the beautiful decay of the diseased body” — are the result of both six months of sheer studio work and a more complicated cocktail of interstate relocation and return, illness, temporary art-making hiatus, and a subsequent wellspring of creative energy. — Brian Fee, ever-traveling contributor


Caitlin G. McCollom |
Ovum, 2014-15, Acrylic and varnish on synthetic paper, 11 x 14 inches. Image courtesy the artist and Pump Project, Austin.

Listed under: Review

May 16, 2014, 4:19pm

Color Pollination: Leigh Anne Lester at grayDUCK Gallery

If your produce shopping is limited to sustainable farmers markets rather than the neighborhood big-box — or if you haven't followed decades of GMC developments — you may be unaware of genetically modified crops' tenacious pervasiveness in the global community. In Venomous Cabbage and other demands satisfied, the inaugural show at grayDUCK Gallery's new eastside location in Austin, Leigh Anne Lester wields graphite and rich color as her magnifying glass to this agricultural reality. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor


Leigh Anne Lester | Deviant Pollination, 2014, graphite and color pencil on drafting film, 29 x 24 inches. Image courtesy the artist and grayDUCK Gallery, Austin.

Listed under: Review

April 09, 2014, 9:39am

Lasting Impressions: Miguel A. Aragón at Tiny Park

Trauma permeates Miguel A. Aragón's very physical printmaking, both in subject matter (victims of Mexico's drug wars) and in process (depending on the intended result, he burns, abrades, or hand-drills the works). Aragón's return to Austin — his first solo here following the critically-lauded exhibition Fractured Memories, Assembled Trauma at Mexic-Arte Museum in 2012 — is both potent and bittersweet, as while the artist's bracing techniques continue to advance the compositional potential of paper, it also coincides with the final outing at eastside gallery Tiny ParkBrian Fee, Austin contributor


Miguel A. Aragón | De brazos abiertos, 2014, hand-drilled paper with layered Xerox, 72 x 192 inches. Image courtesy the artist and Tiny Park, Austin.

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August 06, 2013, 8:30am

Value Judgement: Jason Webb at grayDUCK Gallery

One person's trash is another person's treasure. That message resounds in Jason Webb's acrylic paintings, on view as Bulk Collection, his solo debut at Austin's grayDUCK Gallery. Rooting through these photorealistic accumulations of...stuff...we discern degrees of worth, on what is kept and what is left behind. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Jason Webb | Discard Pile 22, 2013, acrylic on illustration board, 10 x 8 inches. Image courtesy grayDUCK Gallery, Austin.

Listed under: Review

March 15, 2013, 8:30am

Long Plays: Okay Mountain at Mark Moore Gallery

I’ll start with a joke: How many artists does it take to satirize contemporary culture, democratize the collaborative process, vandalize notions of the banal while able to emphasize the importance of drawing within the practice of making?.....9. I learned that one while talking to Okay Mountain co-founder, artist, curator and overall swell guy Nathan Green.

Listed under: Interview

February 06, 2013, 8:30am

Choose Your Own Imperfection: Joseph Phillips at Tiny Park

Tired of Big City confines, but reluctant to embrace the Baby Boomers' love for suburban sprawl? Joseph Phillips (NAP #84 and 96) presents a solution in Infinite Perfection, his debut solo exhibition at Tiny Park in Austin. In just eight tidily composed works on paper and a modular wall piece, Phillips locks into that balance of manmade convenience and nature's comfort, with results both blissfully utopian and chillingly severe. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: Review

July 17, 2012, 8:00am

Heart to Art: Thao Votang and Brian Willey of Tiny Park (Part I)

Living half a block from West Chelsea's gallery scene equalled art overload for this former New York City resident. I figured I wouldn't find the same convenience in Austin, TX...until I discovered the adorable apartment gallery Tiny Park, within walking distance of my flat. Tiny Park's petite size belied its creative and compelling exhibitions, organized by owners Brian Willey and Thao Votang. Less than a year after opening their doors to the public, Tiny Park moved to a proper commercial space on Austin's east side. I spoke with Willey and Votang about their plans for the new, not-so-Tiny Park. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: Art World, Interview

March 27, 2012, 8:15am

The Frozen Moment: Nick Brown at Tiny Park

The human experience, how we navigate through this turbulent world, interacting with society and nature, and our destined demises—all this dwells within Nick Brown's affective canvases. Not to say the lot are sombre: this array of paintings and pastel drawings at Austin's Tiny Park conjure a spectrum of complex emotions befitting their varied imagery. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Brown's works embody infinitely more. - Brian Fee, Austin Contributor

Listed under: Review

December 28, 2011, 8:15am

Heart to Art: Lora Reynolds of Lora Reynolds Gallery (PART TWO)

Part two of my interview with Lora Reynolds on her namesake, cutting-edge, Austin, TX-based gallery. Find part one here. - Brian Fee, Austin Contributor

BF: You show a dynamic lineup of international artists working in various disciplines/mediums. How has the public responded to them?

Listed under: Heart to Art

October 13, 2011, 9:00am

Heart to Art: Jill Schroeder of grayDUCK Gallery

When I relocated to Austin from New York City this summer, I became inextricably attracted to grayDUCK Gallery and its consummate Austin vibe. Its location south of Town Lake puts the gallery in walking distance from "Keep Austin Weird" South Congress, and it shares a Zip Code with Torchy's Tacos and indie record store End of an Ear — i.e. Austin all the way. Then there is grayDUCK's rigorous monthly exhibition schedule and its strong roster of local artists. I met with Jill Schroeder, owner and director of grayDUCK, to discuss the gallery's unique presence and her goals for the future. — Brian Fee, Austin Contributor

Listed under: Art World, Behind the Scenes, Q&A

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