Erin Cone at the Wally Workman Gallery
"The figurative acrylics and oils of Austin's Erin Cone reveal no specific flow of story; neither are they reproduced as visual elements of what the hipper literati like to call graphic novels. Cone's portraits stand alone," writes Wayne Alan Brenner. See Cone's second annual exhibition at the Wally Workman Gallery during August, and be pleased with your decision.
The human face, reduced to planes of color.
Well, maybe not reduced --"reduced" is such a reductive word -- but, rather, distilled: distilled to a more basic arrangement of hues and surfaces, the better to evoke the attitudes and emotions of that face's interior, of the soul-shaped hand within a puppet of complicated meat. Some of the best comics illustrators do this in service of their sequential narrative; witness especially the work of Adrian Tomine and Daniel Clowes. The figurative acrylics and oils of Austin's Erin Cone, though, reveal no specific flow of story; neither are they reproduced as visual elements of what the hipper literati like to call graphic novels. Cone's portraits stand alone -- each human moment, precisely rendered, to its own canvas. Each moment, expertly captured by this UT fine arts grad ('98), only hinting at stories leading up to and away from its framed representation.
Many of these moments are currently on display at the Wally Workman Gallery, for Cone's second annual exhibit is in that fine space on the tonier side of Sixth Street. A visit before the show closes (Aug. 31) is sure to be a highlight in the sequence of your own day. Call 472-7428 or visit www.wallyworkman.com for more details.
Also: The Latino Comedy Fiesta, with Pablo Francisco, Justin Sanders, Jesse Pangelinian, the critically acclaimed Latino Comedy Project, and more. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 16-17, 8pm. Paramount Theatre, 714 Congress. $16 and up. 469-7469. See Arts Listings for more.