Renowned portrait photographer Michael O’Brien shares images and reflections from his "Hard Ground," a collection of elegant portraits of the homeless that celebrates our common humanity. 7pm.
Video works by the St. Ed's professor whose work combines a deep interest in visual movement, sound, composition, performance, genealogy, and horses. Fri., Feb. 22, 7-9pm.
This two-man exhibition is also the rebirth of MASS Gallery, featuring Eastwood's "They Never Die They Just Go To SLeep One Day" and Gelber's "DOOM II: Hell on Earth." Through Feb. 23. 507 Calles #108.
Meet the artists chosen to improv the interior of City Hall this year and see the new exhibition featuring more than 150 works, with music by DJ Holland, refreshments from Whole Foods, and special displays by Mondo Gallery and the Serie Project. Fri., Feb. 22, 6-9pm.
This is a show of new works by Joseph Phillips – one-third of Sodalitas, three-thirds of Joseph Phillips – featuring an exploration of mankind’s conflicting desires to embrace and control nature. These beautiful renditions are like something from the architectural-rendering appendix to the Codex Seraphinianus. (Recommended for an infinitely perfect day: Nom some fresh oysters at Hillside Farmacy, then head over to Tiny Park for a dessert of fine art.) Through Feb. 23. Saturdays, noon-5pm or by appointment. 1101 Navasota
Malcolm Bucknall’s imaginative drawings and paintings feature mash-ups of anthropomorphic creatures that inhabit Elizabethan courts and Wild West brothels alike: It's as if some Old Master in 1600s Rotterdam had tried to render the possibilities of genetic engineering and PhotoShop in traditional pigments. Weirdly beautiful and recommended. Through Feb. 23.
Mixed-media collages by David Ball and paintings by Jennifer Davis and Megan Kimber explore the spaces between reality and imagined perceptions, where characters bear witness to an internal narrative of memories and relationships. Warning: If you take a sneak peek at the show on the website, you probably won't be able to keep yourself away from the gallery; this work is compelling. Through March 30.
Executed in the fallible realm of human labor, Diamond's work in watercolor taps into a primordial study of geometry, where shapes were drawn in the sand with wonder. Through March 2. Fri.-Sat., 4-8pm. 1101 Springdale.
Marcus Mataga draws almost exclusively from photographs, using ballpoint pens and highlighters to render his Instagram-popular portraits. This show features selections from more than 300 of his works. Through Feb. 22. 2326 E. Cesar Chavez.
Nick Cave: Hiding in Plain Sight
Oh, those strange and glorious Soundsuits! Through Dec. 30
. Andy Coolquitt: Attainable Excellence
The relentlessly inventive Austinite attains some excellence
, alright. Both shows: Extended through Feb. 24
Fine art and professional framing.
Works by more than 40 local artists. Through March 16.
Austin Art Space, 7739-Q Northcross, 512/970-1700
This Hyde Park epicenter of everything silica-based and lovely offers instruction on glass fusing, leaded glass, precious-metal clay, and much more.
Christopher Culver and Jeff Williams "incorporate similar dialectics within their work, between structure and experience, distance and proximity, form and formlessness, all connected through underlying structures, whether the physical support for a canvas or the gallery architecture itself." Alrighty, then. Through March 2, by appointment only.
Co-Lab, 613 Allen, 512/300-8217
The Serie Project, a nonprofit Latino arts organization hosted by Coronado Studios, produces, promotes, and exhibits serigraph prints created by diverse artists. 6601 Felix, 385-3591.
Through April 27. 3724 Executive Center Dr., Ste. G10
The Spine And Rehabilitation Center, 3724 Executive Center Dr., Suite G10
Jan. 24-March 14.
Cypress Grill, 4404-L W. William Cannon, 512/358-7474
Group show. Through June 5. Hecho En Mexico, 6001 W. William Cannon.
Contemporary collage artist and civil-rights attorney Philip Durst showcases a new body of work in this solo exhibition. Tell you what: If the man's lawyering is as good as his artwork, the people are in for good news. Through March 2.
Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th, 512/477-4929
Stained and leaded glass and mosaics. 701 Tillery Ste. A-11, 389-2266.
(who used to run the still-missed Champion Gallery
) has created a terrific pop-up gallery for Art Night Austin, filled with works by Dan Sutherland
, Bethany Johnson
, Brad Tucker
, and Ben Brandt
. Catch it while you can, before they break it down again. Reception: Fri., Feb. 22, 6-9pm
. Exhibition: Thu.-Sun., Feb. 21-24, 11am-6pm. 400 Cesar Chavez
Here's a solo show of the work of Swedish artist Carl Hammoud, comprising graphite drawings, watercolors, oil paintings, and paper sculptures – all of which are superlative, all of which inhabit, we daresay, a zone of increased sublimity. Scenes and objects from laboratories, museums, libraries, archives, offices, and classrooms are captured via the artist's array of methods; your appreciation will be captured, too. Through March 16.
Sculpting, working in clay and paper pulp, painting with acrylics: many opportunities for learning a craft here. See website for details.
More than 200 Mexican dance and popular masks from the museum's permanent collection and the Benson Latin-American Collection highlight vibrant colors and anthropomorphic designs reflecting Mexican traditions of indigenous craftsmanship, mythic narratives, and dance rituals. Through May 5.
Here's a compelling reason to visit the MACC: An exhibition of new paintings by Fidencio Duran. Also, in the Community Gallery there: The Big Red Bus, a retrospective by music legend Oscar Martinez. Through March 30.
New works by the Mexican artist. 1700 S. Congress, 707-9797.
The first annual convention of the international Modern Quilt Guild will be a bright and well-stitched spectacle of exhibitions, workshops, merchandise, product demonstrations, and more. Modern quilts? Not just artistic, not just functional, but wonderfully crafted fabric creations that are very much both. Thu.-Sun., Feb. 21-24, 10am-6pm.
Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.
Ah, disregard the humble title: Jon Eric Narum's work is most often successful at painterly greatness – in a variety of styles: Figurative pieces, abstracts, landscapes (OK: skyscapes, really; they call him The Sky Guy), and so on; and he accommodates the differences via two distinct alter egos, and by now has built up a body of art so well-wrought and enchanting that you'll be surprised the Austin native's never had a solo show before. We highly recommend seeing this show – although you might want to wait until the music-fueled reception? Exhibition: Through March 22.
Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.
Open to all artists living and working in Texas. Submissions for TX13 are now being accepted. See website for details. Deadline: Feb. 28.
Michael Kessler's biomorphic and exquisitely textured paintings are matched with Matt Devine's superb metalworks in this two-man exhibition. Through Feb. 28.
Exhibition by Texas Veterans with disabilities. Through Feb. 27.
This new solo show by Houston's Wendy Wagner presents "a distinctive make-believe world using painting, drawing, ceramic, soft sculpture, and animation," inspired by childhood, pets, family, and fantasy. Through March 14.
These paintings – oil, watercolor – and prints feature "themes of romance and desire, focusing on the introspection and emotionality in the lives of women." Wanderlust Boutique, 1601 W. Koenig,