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Melany Jean’s Top 10 Fine Art Moments of 2018

Unforgettably textured sculptures, unsettling exhibitions, and unusual spaces made for a memorable year in art

Arts Feature, Dec. 27, 2018

"Annie Miller: I see london, I see france" at MoHA

This show in the Cage Match Project series casts the viewer as peeping Tom, looking through holes in a boarded-up trailer to view art

Arts Review, Nov. 29, 2018

MASS Gallery's "Staycation: thresholds"

The gallery's first exhibit in its new home invites viewers into the private self and into the stretching of one's limits

Arts Review, Nov. 15, 2018

East Austin Studio Tour 2018: Recapping Weekend 1

Take MoHA's selfie challenge? Bathe in the forest? Do it all!

Arts Daily, Nov. 14, 2018 4:20 PM

Immersive, Interactive, Intriguing EAST

Melany Jean's five recommended stops for the East Austin Studio Tour 2018

Arts Feature, Nov. 8, 2018

"Steve Parker: War Tuba" at Big Medium

In exploring sound's relationship to conflict and use in it, the artist fuses past and present, melody and discord, into a remixed reveille

Arts Review, Nov. 8, 2018

ICOSA's "Chiaroscuro: probing mystery, seeking clarity"

The first group show in the collective's new home shows its members stretching themselves and embracing change

Arts Review, Nov. 1, 2018

“Shanie Tommasini: Slippery Clump” at the Umlauf

The Umlauf Prize-winning artist uses big, playful shapes and environmental manipulation to look at art, nature, and conservation

Arts Review, Oct. 25, 2018

"Ed Ruscha: Archaeology and Romance" at the Ransom Center

This evocative excavation into the artist's process of creating art and making books reveals the work of art is the completed book itself

Arts Review, Oct. 18, 2018

“Ana Esteve Llorens: Correspondence” at Las Cruxes

The textiles in this solo show map a negotiation between the weaver and her surroundings, a lattice charting stretch and slack over time

Arts Review, Oct. 11, 2018

"Shawn Camp: Equivocation" at Northern-Southern

In this three-part installation, the artist plays with light to creates work that is atmospheric and at times beautifully comtemplative

Arts Review, Oct. 4, 2018

"Matt Rebholz and Rachel Wolfson Smith: We Can See Through Time" at ICOSA

Drawings in red and blue ink, intended to be viewed through 3-D glasses, pull the viewer in to landscapes that make the familiar look alien

Arts Review, Sep. 27, 2018

"Ann Wood: Quick and Quiet" at Big Medium

The artist's solo show is like a large-scale, experiential temporary memorial, with fake flowers rotting in a gloomy exuberance

Arts Review, Sep. 20, 2018

"Vincent Valdez: The City" at the Blanton

The artist's epic portrait of Klanspeople is all the more frightening for the mundane character of its subjects

Arts Review, Sep. 13, 2018

"ANGRY CLOUD + DESCND: Return of the Litvak"

The clouds are angry in this solo installation, but the spirit of the show at DORF is doggedly hopeful, fresh, and invigorating

Arts Review, Sep. 6, 2018

"The Indigo Show" at Recspec Gallery

This group show is appealing for the ways in which it showcases this most intense, moody, serene, and opulent of all the blues

Arts Review, Aug. 30, 2018

Review: "Young Latinx Artists 23"

This year's group show at Mexic-Arte shows the border as scar

Arts Daily, Aug. 3, 2018 9:31 AM

"Xavier Schipani: Chasing Desire" at Lora Reynolds Gallery

The artist probes the history and crisis of masculinity by placing beefy men in salacious tangles, exposed and unashamed

Arts Review, Aug. 2, 2018

"Margaux Crump: The Lure" at Women & Their Work

Juxtaposing natural and synthetic materials through the metaphor of the hunt, the artist blurs lines between lust and danger, the repellent and the seductive

Arts Review, Jul. 19, 2018

"Jonathan Muzacz: 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

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