‘Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow’

This group show matches the majesty of the MACC's architecture

Arts Review

'Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow'

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center,
600 River, 974-3772

www.maccaustin.org

Through Aug. 27

You'd think it would be a bit more of a problem for the visual-arts gallery at the Mexican American Cultural Center to arrange exhibitions that won't be overshadowed by the gorgeous architecture of the building itself. Because, look at that edifice of culture with its enormous white verticals and diagonals, the vistas and alcoves and elegant details: What could match such a building? But the various times we've stopped in over the years, the gallery's offerings have been the equals of such majesty, and this latest show – "Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow," a multi-artist exploration of the complexities of inheritance, legacy, and human interaction – is no exception.

Salvador Castillo, Michael Anthony García, and Hector Hernandez make up the Austin-based collective called Los Outsiders that curated this exhibition. They've brought the works of 14 artists, including García and Hernandez, into the gallery's soaring space, and that space is much improved by their presence.

Just a few highlights: Gabriel Dawe's Plexus No. 7 is a floor-to-ceiling stretch of threads forming an ethereal, filamented rainbow, an eye-drawing shimmer of color at the far end of the vast room; but even its polychrome glory can't overwhelm the more sedate Self Portrait and Selective Memory No. 3 that Dawe has created from thread and fabric.

Carlos Rosales-Silva goes all textual and graphic-design nefarious on an immense scale with his latex mural called Tru Story that name-checks Michael Jackson from, as it were, two different directions.

Sergio Garcia's It's Not Always Easy To Tell What's Real and What's Fabricated (pictured above) presents a child's red tricycle warped into a sort of vehicular Ouroboros, the sort of piece you could unpack volumes of meaning from once your eyes are through being amazed at the high weirdness and craftsmanship of it.

And there are large photographs by Santiago Forero; sculptures by the more usually photographing William Hundley; unsettling, anatomically enhanced video and audio installations by Eduardo Xavier García; a ceiling-abutting video display by Amelia Winger-Bearskin; and more. And all of it adds up to that feeling, amplified by the cathedraline venue itself, of "I'm walking around an exhibition of world-class art like I'd see in some fancy magazine, except this stuff isn't boring like some of the things in those fancy magazines, and it's right here in town." Well, yes, it is: lucky, lucky us.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 36 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Arts Reviews
Exhibitionism
'The 2012 Drawing Annual'
Don't let Tiny Park Gallery go without experiencing this exhibit of depth and meaning

Wayne Alan Brenner, May 18, 2012

Arts Review
'Memento Mori'
The three artists showing here exhibit so much sentience, mystery, and grace

Wayne Alan Brenner, April 13, 2012

More by Wayne Alan Brenner
EAST 2018: Brenner’s Picks
EAST 2018: Brenner’s Picks
Our savvy arts reprobate has a few suggestions for you, comma, citizen

Nov. 15, 2018

Fabulous Realism at Atelier Dojo's Art Gym
Fabulous Realism at Atelier Dojo's Art Gym
Artists are ready to school you in their new studio at Canopy

Nov. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Heir Today, Gone Tomorrow, Los Outsiders, Salvador Castillo, Michael Anthony Garcia, Michael Anthony García, Hector Hernandez, Carlos Rosales-Silva, Santiago Forero, Eduardo Xavier Garcia, Eduardo Xavier García, William Hundley, Gabriel Dawe, Sergio Garcia, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Updates for SXSW 2019

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle