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Melany Jean

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"Jonathan Muzasz: Stained Slabs" at the Butridge

With his solo show, the artist revs up the gallery by bringing in the street in eye-catching style

Arts Review, Jul. 12, 2018

"...of Warp and Weft" at Davis Gallery

Using wood and cheesecloth, Caprice Pierucci and Charles Heppner's mutation of form and fiber is beautiful even as it is foreboding

Arts Review, Jul. 12, 2018

“Regional Fictions” at MASS Gallery

This thought-provoking show takes on the educational system's traditional narratives by juxtaposing the familiar with images that challenge it

Arts Review, Jun. 28, 2018

“Michael Anthony García: Continental Divide” at St. Edward’s

Layered photographs and images of empty garments across Austin allude to spaces of equality and disruption

Arts Review, Jun. 7, 2018

"Krista Steinke: Good Luck With the Sun" at W&TW

These spectacular images of the sun and sky captured with homemade pinhole cameras reveal more about us than celestial objects

Arts Review, May. 31, 2018

Object Collection’s It's All True

This opera culled from Fugazi concert detritus was an endurance test for both audience and performers

Arts Review, May. 24, 2018

WEST Pop-Up at the Neill-Cochran House Museum

For the West Austin Studio Tour, 15 artists show their work in this historic Austin home to varying and delightful effect

Arts Review, May. 17, 2018

Phillip Wade and Friends on the West Austin Studio Tour

The artist has some creative friends show in his Clarksville home

Arts Feature, May. 10, 2018

"Dawn Okoro: Punk Noir" at the Carver Museum

The artist provides a corrective to preconceived notions of punk, exploring the ethos through black personal style

Arts Review, May. 10, 2018

“Elizabeth Chiles: Weave” at grayDUCK Gallery

Chiles explores the ever-changing nature of light, time, and life through transcendant prints of light’s little dance through flora

Arts Review, May. 3, 2018

"Spencer Fidler: Vasculum" at Flatbed

This solo show reveals the artist's daily practice of preservation of craft and creativity

Arts Review, Apr. 26, 2018

“Nick Schnitzer: Inevitable Reckoning” at Dimension Gallery

Structures degraded by time and other materials provide a pointed view of dramatic change at work in the world

Arts Review, Apr. 19, 2018

"Clarissa Tossin: Meeting the Waters" at the Blanton

The Brazilian artist explores the confluence of globalization's streams of production through the Amazon

Arts Review, Apr. 12, 2018

“Michelle Marchesseault” at Northern-Southern

The paintings filled with nesting S-curves comes from the artist’s meditative practice, but they’re joyful in their rumination

Arts Review, Apr. 5, 2018

"Vladimir Mejia: Mi Feito Don't let this time be in vain"

This show feels like a glimpse into the artist's camera roll, a peek into the digital chronicling of a life and all that is consumed throughout it

Arts Review, Mar. 29, 2018

"Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death" at the Contemporary Austin

In this thought-provoking exhibition, the Suzanne Booth Deal Art Prize winner asks, “What does an architecture of power look like to you?”

Arts Feature, Mar. 14, 2018

“Katy Horan and Teruko Nimura: Residual” at ICOSA

In their joint show, the two artists use paper crafts as a medium for exploring how traces of the past disrupt the present

Arts Review, Mar. 14, 2018

“18+” at Recspec Gallery

The exhibit of explicit work by 23 women and nonbinary artists has the effect of a peep show with recurring thrills

Arts Review, Mar. 1, 2018

What Are the Birds Telling Us About Climate Change?

Reading the signs from our friends up in the sky

News Feature, Feb. 22, 2018

Peach Fuzz: A Nudie Mag Stripped

In their magazine, Kelly Dugan and Laura McNairy deliver all of the skin and none of the grossness

Arts Feature, Feb. 22, 2018

“Gail Chovan: No Trace of Now Will Remain” at Women & Their Work

The fashion designer-artist appropriates mourning rituals and their materials to make statements in this beautifully morbid show

Arts Review, Feb. 22, 2018

Mexic-Arte Museum's "Fotografía y Nuevos Medios: Selections From the Permanent Collection"

The exhibition puts on view a treasure trove of images that have been in hiding for too long in the museum's collections

Arts Review, Feb. 8, 2018

Notes on "Notes on Sugar"

The story behind Neon Queen Collective's first art exhibition

Arts Daily, Feb. 1, 2018 2:30 PM

“James Surls: Man on Edge” at Flatbed

The prints by this renowned Texas artist are like portals to other worlds, revealing rapturous visions and terrifying cosmic disturbances

Arts Review, Feb. 1, 2018

FotoATX: "Austin Women by Austin Women" at the Elisabet Ney Museum

The five women showing photographs capture the beauty, passion, grace, and resilience of being a woman in Austin today

Arts Review, Jan. 25, 2018

"Andrew Blanchard / Jonas Criscoe: Call & Respond"

The two printmakers take familiar signage from rural roads and the small-town South and flatten them into one another

Arts Review, Jan. 18, 2018

“Practical Acts of Perception” at grayDUCK Gallery

Cande Aguilar, Jorge Purón, and Mauricio Sáenz challenge what we see through sihfts in scale and proportion

Arts Review, Jan. 11, 2018

Melany Jean's Top 10 Fresh Takes in the Arts of 2017

Works of art and shows that were timely, intimate, funny, and awe-inspiring stood out over the year

Arts Feature, Dec. 28, 2017

“Rachel Stuckey: Good Days & Bad Days on the Internet” at Women & Their Work

The artist creates some genuinely geeky-cool stuff in this show that’s smart, funny, and fresh in its treatment of tech

Arts Review, Dec. 14, 2017

"Light" at Wally Workman Gallery

Taking in all the varieties of gold in this polished group show is akin to basking in sunlight on a bleak winter's day

Arts Review, Dec. 7, 2017

“Raul Gonzalez: Doing Work” at grayDUCK Gallery

The show’s images of construction work and fatherhood challenge expectations of masculinity, domesticity, immigrant work, and art

Arts Review, Nov. 30, 2017

EAST 2017: Pump Project, Dimension Gallery, and More

Finding floating sea creatures, sangria, and a Resonant Lung

Arts Daily, Nov. 13, 2017 1:00 PM

Taming the East Austin Studio Tour

With EAST’s huge growth, artists work to keep the focus on their art and creative process

Arts Feature, Nov. 9, 2017

Texas Book Festival 2017: Connecting … Connecting …

Authors talk Florida and what you don't know about your family

Arts Daily, Nov. 6, 2017 3:30 PM

Texas Book Festival 2017:
Jeffrey Eugenides and Claire Messud

For both award-winning authors, adolescence was important

Arts Daily, Nov. 6, 2017 9:30 AM

Texas Book Festival 2017:
Writers and Their Dogs

Oh yes, there were pictures, and loads of love for canines

Arts Daily, Nov. 5, 2017 1:30 PM

"2017 Texas Biennial"

The breadth of Texas viewpoints and artistic variety is evident in this year’s statewide survey of contemporary art

Arts Review, Oct. 26, 2017

“Marta Lee & Anika Steppe: Kind of About Michigan” at UT VAC

A road trip to adolescent haunts in Michigan results in a touching collaboration that stops short of sentimentality

Arts Review, Oct. 12, 2017

“Fool’s Romance / Books From Aeromoto” at the UT VAC

The interactivity of Aeromoto’s installation seizes the spirit of collective action seen in the response to the Mexico City earthquake

Arts Review, Oct. 5, 2017

Recspec Gallery’s “The Eyes Have It”

The gallery’s inaugural show fills the room with eyes, both good and evil, as well as visual riddles and calisthenics

Arts Review, Sep. 21, 2017

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