Exhibits - Austin Public Library

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West Austin Studio Tour 2019

West Austin Studio Tour 2019
May 11-12 & 18-19

It's time for Big Medium’s West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) – a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces. Big Medium partners with the Austin Public Library to feature exhibitions at library branches within tour boundaries. WEST maps will be available at all Austin Public Library locations while supplies last. The Big Medium website includes an overview of tour stops and schedule of events, as well as information on each artist. For more information about the art exhibits at the Austin Public Library, contact Carlos Brondo at 512-974-7753.

Austin Central Library Gallery| Calder Kamin | Mixed media, recycled materials, animation
Kamin's solo exhibition, “What a Mess” at the Austin Central Library Gallery showcases trash transformed into sculptures, animations, and installations, commenting on the mess humans have made for our natural neighbors throughout our existence. Dedicated to the student strikes #FridaysforFuture. Artist Talk on May 16, 6-8 PM.

Austin Central Library 4th Floor | Susan Scafati | Pigment and silver gelatin photography, mixed media installation, sculpture
Scafati's exhibition in the 4th floor windows features a 60-foot, site-responsive installation that reimagines our constructed landscape as a suspended spectrum of everyday urban forms in flux. On view in the 6th floor living room are archival pigment and silver gelatin prints and sculptures inviting us to think about how representation of one's self and one's world is expressed in our visual, virtual culture. Artist reception on May 17, 7-9 PM.

Austin Central Library 3rd floor | Rosemary Wells | Watercolor, gouache
Central Library exhibits beloved author, Rosemary Wells’ illustrations from her book, Yoko: Show and Tell. This exhibition is curated for pre-k audiences, while taking young-in-heart audiences back to their childhood nostalgia of growing up with Wells’ comforting stories. The exhibition is located on the third floor in the Children's area.

Little Walnut Creek Branch | Alex Giffen | Oil-based printmaking ink, paper, gouache dye
“I like to create work based on the possibility of expansion. The tree you see every day, the flowers you have outside and what would they possibly look like in another universe? What else could be hiding here? I like to explore textures found on the planet that seem other worldly and how they could possibly interact with known things.”

North Village Branch | Francine Funke | Acrylic, watercolor, ink
“My 'Floral Phenomena' series explores a wide variety of floral and botanical forms and the myriad ways I express them artistically. This includes large paintings on canvas and works on paper, as well as whimsical three-dimensional, hand-cut paper pop-ups. I will also be showing recent work which combines traditional media, such as watercolor and acrylic paint with photography and digital manipulation.”

Manchaca Road Branch | Texas Health & Human Services – Mental Health Awareness Art Exhibit
One in five Americans struggles with mental health, yet it’s still not discussed as openly as physical health. Artworks on display for WEST belong to Texans of all ages about why mental health matters to them. Together we can help demystify this often-taboo topic by using creative avenues to personalize every experience and battle the stigma of mental health through art.

Pleasant Hill Branch | Kevin Munoz | Acrylic, ink, latex, graphite, screenprint
Bold and graphic layouts, loose brush-work, and warm colors are all elements Munoz uses to create his visual world. Rhythmic patterns and serene landscapes surround the weathered characters in his work as he explores concepts of identity, longing and happiness. His inspiration includes his native lands of Guatemala and South California, midcentury design, recent photos of ancient art and plants.

Twin Oaks Branch | Arcilia Gonzalez | Charcoal, acrylic, india ink
“I create pieces using mediums that limit my color palette to black and white so that I may strip my work to basic elements of light and dark, texture, and above all, detail. I see powerful detail in landscapes, and my goal is to capture a scene that feels so simple, yet contains so much.”

Images, clockwise from top: In Search Of Happiness, 2016, Kevin Munoz; Blue Lotus, 2016, Francine Funke; Fractured Paradigm, 2018, Mental Health Exhibit; Backpack Bones, 2018, Alex Giffen; Roadside View, 2018, Arcilia Gonzalez

 

Rosemary Wells Exhibit

Rosemary Wells is a beloved children’s book author and illustrator who has created many unforgettable children's book characters, including Max and Ruby, McDuff, and Yoko, each of whom stars in their own book series. She is also the author of perennial favorites about universal childhood experiences, such as "Noisy Nora" and "Read To Your Bunny." Wells’ exhibit in the third floor Children’s area will include illustrations from her book, "Yoko: Show and Tell." The exhibit is curated for Pre-K audiences, while taking young-in-heart audiences back to their childhood nostalgia of growing up with Wells’ comforting stories. Wells’ exhibition will be Austin Public Library’s semi-permanent collection.



Exhibition begins Thursday, April 25 in the Third Floor Children’s Area

Susan Scafati, Solo Exhibition

Susan Scafati is an American conceptual artist who explores the ways in which individual versus collective identities, personal versus cultural mythologies, are constructed. She explores the iconography and materiality that contribute to the way meaning is organized and its impact on human experience. Scafati’s solo exhibition features in the 3rd and 4th Floor Balcony Windows a 2-story, site-responsive, mixed-media installation that reimagines our constructed landscape as a suspended spectrum of everyday urban forms in flux. This exhibition extends to the library’s 6th Floor Living Room where Scafati’s archival pigment and silver gelatin prints and sculptures are on view. These artworks explore existence and perception, inviting us to think about how representation of one’s self and one’s world is expressed in our visual, virtual culture today. This project is funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department, and sponsored by Big Medium.

6th Floor Exhibition on view April 19 – June 12

3rd & 4th Floor Installation on view starting April 16

Artist Reception: May 17, 2019

7-9 PM Central Library Roof Garden

Image: Installation at The Long Center for Texas Medal of Arts Awards. Photograph by Colin Doyle.

image of artwork of stag made from recycled materials
What a Mess: Calder Kamin

April 16 – May 24, 2019
Central Library, Main Gallery | 710 W. César Chávez St.

  • Opening Reception | Friday, April 19, 7-9 PM
  • Artist Talk & Workshop | Thursday, May 16, 6-8 PM

Calder Kamin’s exhibition What a Mess showcases trash transformed into sculptures, animations and installations, commenting on the mess humans have made for our natural neighbors throughout our existence. Through her art advocacy, she encourages audiences to find courage to withstand the growing pains by ending our wasteful culture, dependency on oil, and finding new resolutions.

This exhibition is dedicated to the student strikes #FridaysforFuture.

Image: Plastic Planet Stag, 2018, Calder Kamin, photo by Philip Rogers

Streetcar on 6th and congress
Off the Rails: The Rise and Fall of Austin’s Streetcars

December 11, 2018 – May 26, 2019
Austin History Center | 810 Guadalupe St.

StreetcarOff the Rails: The Rise and Fall of Austin’s Streetcars documents the history of the operation of streetcars in Austin from 1875 to 1940. The chosen photographs and documents highlight the impact that the transit system had upon the city’s growth and development. Conflict with rideshare companies, issues of mobility and transportation, and electric light rail might all seem like modern issues, but the story of the streetcar proves otherwise and offers us an example of how Austin has attempted to deal with these questions in the past. The opening reception is December 11, 6:30 PM. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, please contact Rusty Heckaman at (512) 974-7583 or rusty.heckaman@austintexas.gov

Left Image: Austin History Center, PICA 18776b, Top Image: Austin History Center, C02001b