Department of Art and Art History Faculty

Shannon Faseler to Address Climate Change in New Work during Residency at Creative Centre, Stöðvarfjörður

Thu. November 10, 2016

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Icelandic landscape with small green mountains perhaps on a lake with rising fog and a house on the left displayed among greenery

Lecturer in Studio Art Shannon Faseler has been invited to attend a fully-funded artist residency in Iceland at the Creative Centre, Stöðvarfjörður. In her work at the Centre, Faseler will be focusing on the environment and climate change while working on and around the largest glacier in Europe. She intends that the work produced will be ephemeral and site specific.

“My recent paintings and drawings use a formal language to express the difficulty of conceptualizing climate change,” writes Faseler about the work. “It is my intention while in Iceland to use the glacier itself as the ground for a series of images that redirect the viewer’s attention to the fragile nature of the ice. I also plan on collecting documentation in the form of photography and discussion with the local villagers. The local village has been under stress due to a decline in the fishing industry. I hope to understand how the change in environment has affected these individuals.”
 

Professor Margo Sawyer Invited to Two International Artist Residences this Fall

Wed. November 16, 2016

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Villa in France basked in sunlight with cypress trees around
 

Professor of Sculpture & Extended Media Margo Sawyer will be in an artist-in-residence at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes, France for the month of November. The Brown Foundation Fellows Program, based at the Dora Maar House in Ménerbes provides residencies of one to three months for mid-career professionals in the arts and humanities to concentrate on their fields of expertise.  Sawyer will be in residence with Emma Franz, an Australian filmmaker and musician, and Amina Gautier, a Brooklyn native and author of three award-winning short story collections. At the Dora Maar House Sawyer will continue her investigations on Synchronicity of Color.

 

an artist's studio that is awash in sunlight with light tables and lots of chairs
 

In December, Sawyer will be an artist-in-residence at Franz Meyer of Munich, the world’s leading international studio in the field of artistic glass and innovative mosaic work in architecture. Franz Meyer exclusively executes the designs of work from independent artists and designers. Sawyer aims to investigate various methods of interpreting her artistic vision into architectural art glass and mosaics at Franz Meyer.
 

Troy Brauntuch Exhibits Work in Solo Show at Petzel Gallery

Thu. November 17, 2016

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Untitled (Statue)
2016
Pigment on cotton
100.75 x 55 inches

Troy Brauntuch, professor in painting and drawing, presents solo exhibition at Petzel Gallery in New York. The exhibition will be on view from November 3 - December 23, 2016.

In the introduction to a release from Petzel Gallery, Brauntuch's exhibition was described:

"An enormous painting of a nude welcomes the viewer: her arms are outstretched, her hands cropped, her torso slightly abstracted, her head tilts backward to the left into the dark blue background. Supposedly, she represents eternal beauty and perfection; however, the work is derived from a Heinrich Hoffmann photograph—a German propaganda image of a marble sculpture from the 1930s. A second picture in this gallery space closes in on an artist standing high atop a ladder, chiseling the head of a giant sculpture. Josef Thorak, Hitler’s most admired sculptor has been a source for various works by Brauntuch, who appropriated images of disinformation back in the 1970s when he was a member of the Pictures Generation, and sets the stage for this, Brauntuch’s sixth solo exhibition at Petzel."
 

Venice Biennale to Showcase work of UT Austin Professor Teresa Hubbard and Colleague Alexander Birchler

Mon. November 14, 2016

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Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler
Flora, production still 
Courtesy the Artists and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Vera Munro Gallery, Hamburg.
 

Teresa Hubbard, professor of photography at the Department of Art and Art History and Alexander Birchler, a Swiss artist who is an affiliate research scholar at UT Austin, have been invited to create and showcase new work at the 57th annual Venice Biennale, one of the largest and most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary art in the world.

“Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler have a deft ability to create visually compelling works that reorder cultural myths while implicating the conventions of photography and film,” said Jack Risley, chair of the department of art and art history at UT Austin. “Hubbard brings an exacting standard to her collaborative work with Birchler, a standard that also characterizes her teaching at UT where she has a profound effect on our studio art program.”

Curator Philipp Kaiser of the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia selected Hubbard and Birchler to show their work in the exhibition “Women of Venice” at the Pavilion of Switzerland. The exhibition explores the historical absence of artist Alberto Giacometti in the Swiss Pavilion at the Biennale. The artist was considered one of the most influential Swiss artists of the 20th century, but he repeatedly declined requests to represent Switzerland in the Venice Biennale.

In their work, Hubbard and Birchler use a documentary approach to delve into the archaeology of film. At the Biennale, they will present their film installation “Flora,” based on discoveries made in the course of their research on the largely unknown American artist Flora Mayo, who studied in Paris in the 1920s at the same time as Giacometti and became his lover. By weaving together fictional and documentary material, the artists reconstruct and re-imagine Flora Mayo’s life and work, while giving voice to her previously unknown son. Giacometti and Mayo’s relationship and their ensuing portrait reflect the creative energy generated by their collaborative artistic activity and also shed light on Giacometti’s early life.

This is the second time that Hubbard and Birchler have been invited to exhibit their work at the Venice Biennale. In 1999, curator Harald Szeemann invited them to participate in his group exhibition at the Giardini, “dAPERTutto.”

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Production still from Teresa Hubbard/Alexander Birchler’s Giant, 2014, 3-channel video installation; at Ballroom Marfa.


For the UT community, Hubbard and Birchler’s work will be on view at The Blanton Museum of Art in the summer of 2017 with Giant. “We are so fortunate to have internationally recognized artists Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler based in Austin and look forward to having Giant on view at the Blanton as their newest film debuts in the 2017 Venice Biennale,” writes Veronica Roberts, curator of modern and contemporary art at The Blanton.

Giant (2014), a three-channel video, takes as its subject a decaying movie set built outside of Marfa, TX for the 1956 Warner Bros. film Giant starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. After the filming was completed, the three-sided façade was left behind in the landscape. “Hubbard and Birchler explore the skeletal remains of the set as seasons change, day turns to night, and parts of the structure swing and fall off,” Roberts writes. “Scenes of a film crew recording the current conditions are juxtaposed with a Warner Bros. office in 1955, where a secretary types up the location contract for the motion picture that has yet to be created.” Giant will open to the campus and Austin community on July 9, 2017.
 

Associate Professor Nassos Papalexandrou Shares Research Findings in Menil Symposium

Wed. November 9, 2016

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Image and copyright credit: Nassos Papalexandrou

Nassos Papalexandrou, associate professor of Greek Art and Archaeology presented the results of his latest research in a symposium organized by the Menil Collection, Houston, TX, Rice University and University of Houston-Clear Lake (Collaborative Futures for Museum Collections: Antiquities, Provenance and Cultural Heritage, October 17-19, 2016). Papalexandrou’s paper is titled “Collecting Greek antiquities in the ‘60s: a group of Early Greek bronze horses in the Menil Collection.” The symposium presented the findings of scholars participating in the Collections Analysis Collaborative project (CAC), a research and educational initiative spearheaded by Rice University professor John Hopkins, a Ph.D. graduate of the art history doctoral program at the University of Texas at Austin. CAC aims at investigating questions of cultural heritage in order to produce a deep, historical understanding of nearly 600 objects from the ancient Mediterranean in the Menil’s permanent collection. Papalexandrou investigated John and Dominique de Menil’s interest in Early Greek art and how it dovetails with their parallel interests in African and modern art and especially surrealism.

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