Women & Their Work 2007 Archive

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curated by Lisa Choinacky and Katherine McQueen

Pattern Pattern Pattern
curated by Lisa Choinacky and Katherine McQueen
November 29 - January 5, 2008

Pattern Pattern Pattern features Amanda Barr, Rosemarie Fiore, Germaine Keller, Laura Paulini, Lisa Solomon, Jana Swec, and Shea Little. These seven artists use ritual, repetition, and revelation to transcend decoration and, through order, reveal significance. Pattern underlies every aspect of our lives and is part of the basic structure of the environment we live in. This show reminds us of the presence of pattern all around us, from intricate tree rings constructed from recycled paper, to the surprising designs made by a Scrambler carnival ride, to the monotony of war.

Getting Your Sh*t Together Workshop for Artists

Getting Your Sh*t Together Workshop for Artists
Saturday, November 10 at 10:00 AM

This informative and fun workshop will help you get your sh*t together and give you lots of resources, ideas and strategies for making your way through whatever "art world" you choose to participate in.  If you have recently graduated, or have been emerging longer than you expected, come and gets some tools to help you get organized, plan for your future, make intelligent decisions and learn about how to negotiate through the maze.  Whether you are looking for a commercial gallery or you are a DIY kind of artist, this workshop guarantees to open up new possibilities for your art career.  Taught by Karen Atkinson, who has been teaching this class at CalArts and in the City of Los Angeles, now teaches workshops across the country.

Why Then, Why Now

Why Then, Why Now
Saturday, November 3 at 3:00 PM

On the eve of the 30th anniversary of Women & Their Work, W&TW will host a vigorous discussion on the state of women artists at the time of the organization's origins up through today.

The panel of artists, cultural workers and art curators will discuss the period in which W&TW began, the state of feminism and women's art during the last three decades and the role of W&TW in the lives of women artists today and in Austin's cultural and artistic communities.

Rita Starpattern, co-founder and first director of W&TW, will be honored.

NTSC

Cauleen Smith
NTSC
October 11 - November 17, 2007

In a dazzling, multi-layered exhibition of video, sculpture and drawing, Cauleen Smith investigates deeply embedded cultural assumptions and provides surprising insights into the consequences of those assumptions. Smith examines one of the most quoted speeches in American movies (from the classic film, Night of the Hunter; the NTSC (a committee whose compromises resulted in there being no uniformity of color on North American television); and asks what must video as a medium trade off for its accessibility, its immediacy, and its affordability? (A lot!)

NTSC officially means National Television System Committee, the analog system used in North America. In film circles NTSC stands for Never The Same Color emphasizing the mediums biggest fault.

Cantanker Magazine Release Party

Cantanker Magazine Release Party
Saturday, September 29 at 7:00 PM

Cantanker and Women & Their Work come together to promote the release of the newest issue – No. 3 1⁄2 - Less Talk, More Art – Cantanker's first, hopefully annual, juried art-show-in-a-magazine. 20 works by 19 artists were chosen for this print edition. Now it is time to celebrate these artists with art performances and great music. Cantanker and Women & Their Work are thrilled to present the work of Amelia Winger-Bearskin performing for the first time On Que, Leona Scull-Hons' interactive work, Dance with Me - "Sarah Style" and DJ Manatee Mann of Aux Armes spinning the sounds.

Red Hot Red Dot: Art Sale and Silent Auction

Red Hot Red Dot: Art Sale and Silent Auction
Thursday, September 20 at 10:00 AM

Mark your calendars for Thursday, September 20 when red dots l will cover the walls at Women & Their Work. Featuring the work of over 200 artists, Red Hot l Red Dot Art Spree and Silent Auction offers an exceptional opportunity to purchase paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs and mixed media works all $500 or less! The Silent Auction includes contributions from over 100 regional and national businesses. Don’t miss this chance to start or build your collection of Texas artists while enjoying delicious food by Fête Accompli and drinks by Tito’s Vodka.

Broken Symmetries

Katherine E. Bash
Broken Symmetries
August 9 - September 15, 2007

Bash views the making of art through the lens of science and combines the role of artist and investigator. She observes patterns in the natural world and links them to philosophical, linguistic, and scientific theories. Broken Symmetries is informed by her years of research manifested in photographs, drawings and text. Bash’s photographs are at once arresting and beautiful, altering the viewer’s perspective in order to expand their perception of the world.  Her work seamlessly transects disciplines; her photographs are poetic, drawings a tool for investigation and writings visually stimulating. All disciplines work together to explore the relationships between natural phenomena, geometric symmetries, and symmetries of thought.

SUDDENLY! Last Summer Party

SUDDENLY! Last Summer Party
Thursday, August 2 at 7:00 PM

Where does the time go? All of a sudden the end of the summer is looming. We need to party before it’s gone for another year. 

Power Craft

Whitney Lee
Power Craft
June 28 - August 4, 2007

Lee has subverted the craft world by interjecting sexy ladies into found latch hook rugs for some time. In her new body of work, Power Craft, Lee continues to subvert, infusing the usually domestic, private world of craft with dominance and power.  Lee’s imagery comes from craft stencils: a teddy bear with a balloon, a cat with a halo, a country goose. Lee takes these images that live on bedroom wall borders or on the kitchen dishtowel out of the home and puts them into the public domain.

Show & Tell V

Show & Tell V
Tuesday, June 19 at 7:00 PM

Show & Tell was everyone’s favorite day in elementary school.

Some things never change.

Come to Women & Their Work to see & hear about the work of three local artists, Celesta Danger, William Hundley, Paul Moncus. Don’t miss this great opportunity to keep up with the ever growing Austin art scene.

Things I Never Told You

Denise Prince Martin
Things I Never Told You
May 17 - June 23, 2007

If a picture is worth a thousand words, Denise Prince Martin's photographic series of women is a veritable library. Each image has the same structure: a woman in an environment holding an object. Within this framework, Prince Martin orchestrates lush narratives that include the playful and the absurd. These women represent more than themselves; they each tell a tale that explores and questions their portrayal in popular culture.

Making Waves: Spring Fundraiser

Making Waves: Spring Fundraiser
Thursday, April 19 at 7:00 PM

A Not-to-be-Missed Party Extraordinaire!

Join Women & Their Work for the long anticipated spring splash, Making Waves, featuring an original performance by the H2Ho’s, synchronized swimming with a 21st Century Edge.

Enjoy drinks and delectable hor d’oeuvres from renowned P&K Grocery poolside while the H2Ho’s turn Hallie and Steve Smith’s pool into a spectacular spectacle.

All proceeds benefit Women & Their Work’s Art Education Outreach Programs in AISD underserved schools

Yellow Labyrinth

Aki Nagasaka
Yellow Labyrinth
April 5 - May 12, 2007

Using yellow fabric to seamlessly slice the white box of the gallery space from the floor to the ceiling, Nagasaka transforms the gallery into an ephemeral experience, a literal and metaphorical yellow labyrinth. To fully experience this installation, you must walk through it; each step reveals a different perspective. Rather than lose the viewer in a maze, Nagasaka aims to provide a space for thoughtful reflection and wonder.

Book Signing: Mary Karr

Book Signing: Mary Karr
Thursday, March 22 at 8:00 PM

"Spitfire", "devotedly irreverent", and "elegantly devastating" are just some of the phrases used to describe poet and memoirist Mary Karr. In person or on the page, Karr is undeniably distilled. Seeking “the poetry that made our pulses race, that could flood us with conviction and alter our lives,” she wrings from her reader sorrow, faith, and joy all enmeshed in the same beautifully brutal depictions of reality.

Freaks of Nurture

Elaine Bradford
Freaks of Nurture
February 22 - March 31, 2007

With colorful crocheted sweaters, Elaine Bradford transforms taxidermy into sculptures infused with warmth and comfort. Using yarn, Bradford reincarnates animals into a life of bizarre coziness. Like a circus sideshow, Bradford's sculptures are both sad and amusing, straddling the line between strange reality and comfortable, warm nonsense.

Misty Keasler: Love Hotels Book Signing

Misty Keasler: Love Hotels Book Signing
Saturday, February 10 at 4:00 PM

Imagine a sweet Hello Kitty room. Now imagine that room equipped for an S&M fantasy. After perusing Misty Keasler’s Love Hotels that isn’t such an odd request.

Misty Keasler spent a year traveling through Japan photographing its kinkiest secret, the Love Hotel.  Her photographs of vacant fantasy rooms were turned into a beautiful book complete with passages from love hotel guests.

Join Women & Their Work in welcoming Keasler back to Austin for a book signing.  You don’t want to miss this opportunity to get all the dirty… and beautiful details.

Show & Tell IV

Show & Tell IV
Tuesday, February 6 at 7:00 PM

Show & Tell was everyone’s favorite day in elementary school.

Some things never change.

Come to Women & Their Work to see & hear about the work of four local artists, Justin Goldwater, Andrew Long, Deborah Roberts, Michael Sieben. Don’t miss this great opportunity to keep up with the ever growing Austin art scene.

She Speaks

She Speaks
January 26 - 27, 2007

This charged performance infuses jazz, poetry, hip hop, and acoustic music with a Generation X twist. Narrated by artistic director E. Christopher “Cocktails” Cornell, She Speaks features Khalilah Ali, Kelly Love Jones, and Renita Walls and forges a new image of women in hip hop.  Leaving behind old stereotypes, the performers weave a vibrant, edgy story of contemporary women and the many hats they wear. They’re more than wives, mothers, lovers, providers, and friends; that’s why She Speaks.

Retreat

Theresa Marchetta
Retreat
January 11 - February 17, 2007

Orange, blue, every shade of brown, bright yellow, light purple. Although you can make out cavernous tourist destinations in the paintings, color is the real subject of Retreat, an exhibition of large-scale paintings by Theresa Marchetta.  Marchetta uses cave imagery, which is at once representational and abstract, as a jumping off point to investigate color. The intricate rock formations provide shapes into which Marchetta pours pigmented varnish, expanding the possibility of painting.

The result: an iridescent explosion of color.