Department of Art and Art History Studio Art

Laura Brown: COMING SOON! at the Soap Factory

Thu. June 29, 2017

signage that references construction signs with bright and varied colored strewn

Alumna (M.F.A. in Studio Art, 2017) Laura Brown presents new exhibition of work at the Soap Factory, titled COMING SOON!, on view from July 1 – August 23, 2017. An outdoor installation, COMING SOON! will see Brown build upon her UT Austin thesis work utilizing screen printed, faux “construction signs” around the perimeter of the Soap Factory. In addition to the exhibition, Brown will also host two screen printing workshops.

From exhibition materials: “The prints’ shapes and placement will allude to common safety signs found in construction zones. In this way the pieces will act as artworks hidden in plain sight to activate the exterior and build anticipation for the soon-to-be renovated Soap Factory building.” 

three square diamond shapes orange green and yellow ish on a wall

In their latest Soapcast episode, Brown spoke with Soap Factory staff about the genesis of this work and her continued interest in "signs, singage and how text lives in the world." Navigating UT Austin construction zones and the disorienting U.S. political climate, became points of reference to reflect upon a sense of upheavel in COMING SOON!

To hear more about the upcoming installation and Brown’s thought process, listen to Soap Factory’s latest Soapcast episode, here

Jason Urban and Leslie Mutchler’s latest exhibition debuts at Cork Printmaker’s FIRST EDITION Print Symposium

Fri. June 16, 2017

illuminated pink neon in abstract shape

On June 16, Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban will open their exhibition, Babel Unbound, in association with the Cork Printmakers’ FIRST EDITION Print Symposium. Mutchler and Urban have been serving as artists in residence in Cork, Ireland during the month of June and will discuss their creative methodologies and approach to an expanded field of print at the symposium on June 23-24, 2017. 

Their new body of work, Babel Unboundfocuses on ephemeral editions, prints and printed multiples within the context of the library as a curated, collaborative and performed space.

A series of printed works, risographs, xeroxes and screenprints become a publication pulled apart, ephemeral and in-flux, lining walls. Photographs, 3D printed objects and large-scale digital prints break up the monotony of the splayed publication and help to loosely connect, by thread, by memory, by mark, pieces of text, re-paginated essays, screen-captured images, and scans of book spreads. The gallery becomes a circular space without hierarchy; with no beginning and no end; a confused noise made by a number of voices- babel unbound.

image of a cave wall with a single channel video on capture of person turning pg
Performing the Book, Leslie Mutchler and Jason Urban, 2017

Performing the Book, a single-channel video, explores both the tactile handling of Babel Unbound, while bound, and references the magenta-fingered scanning process at Google Books Library Project. With the book in motion, relationships emerge and disapate within seconds, making the magic of browsing visible and highly aesthetic.

gallery wall and pillars with exhibition and booklets lining wall

Mutchler and Urban’s work will be on view at the CIT Wandesford Quay Gallery from June 16 – July 8, 2017. 


Hyperallergic reviews Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler work at Venice Biennale

Wed. June 7, 2017

black and white image of a woman carving a bust out of clay
Teresa Hubbard / Alexander Birchler, “Flora” (2017), film still, synchronized double-sided film installation with sound, 30 mins, loop (courtesy the artists, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin)

Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler's latest work Flora (2017) was featured in a review from Gregory Volk of Hyperallergic. Housed within the Swiss pavilion at this year's Venice Biennale, Hubbard and Birchler's film installation was a response to renowned Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti's historical absence within the history of the Swiss pavilion and his exhibition at the French pavilion in 1956 titled Women of Venice

Teresa Hubbard Receives Honorary Doctoral Degree from Nova Scotia College of Art & Design

Sun. April 30, 2017

portrait of a brunette woman and a man both wearing glasses and turned toward us
Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler

Nova Scotia College of Art & Design (NSCAD) University honored UT Austin Professor Teresa Hubbard and colleague Alexander Birchler with honorary Doctorates of Fine Arts degrees at its 2017 Graduation Ceremony for their outstanding contribution to art and culture. 

When Hubbard and Birchler completed their MFA degrees at NSCAD in 1992, they were the first artists in North America to have earned MFA degrees based entirely on a collaborative practice and collaborative thesis. They continue to see success with this collaborative model of practice, including a recent invitation to showcase their work at the 57th annual Venice Biennale

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