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Visual Arts for Fri., Jan. 12
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    Camiba Art: The Allegory of Good and Bad Government

    Zoë Shulman uses elaborate geometric symbols to express the virtues and vices of government, like something a more skilled and less gonzo John Dee might've come up with between bouts of angelic possession. The artist's new series of twenty hexagon-shaped artworks are presented as diptychs in a candle-lit gallery, and, listen, you really should see this, friend: It's phenomenal work and perfectly displayed.
    Through Feb. 10
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    Flatbed Press: Man on Edge

    For more than forty years James Surls has been realizing the visions of his heart and mind into works of sculpture; alongside that work, he's used his same sculptural tools to gouge and mark into wood to be printed onto paper. Witness now some of the highlights of those works, bright communiques from the edge between dimensions.
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    Gallery Shoal Creek: Strata

    These prints – woodcut, intaglio – and drawings by New Mexico artist Karina Noel Hean explore her responses to the landscape, all containing "a layering of time, memory, and mark," and composing just one vivid part of this year's PrintAustin program.
    Through Feb. 17
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    Not Gallery: Between Us

    This excellent part of PrintAustin features work by printmakers Audrey Danze Blood, Camila Escobar, Valeria Rachel Herrera, Anna McNeary, Kelly Taylor Mitchell, and K. Sarrantonio.
    Through Feb. 17
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    RecSpec Gallery: Last Time

    This fierce gallery of art and design in the midst of Flatbed presents a show of new mixed-media and print works by Austin-based Eva Claycomb, offering "a quick look at slow time."
    Through Feb. 10
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    Ai Weiwei Sculptures Now In Your City!

    The Contemporary Austin and Waller Creek Conservancy present a free public event to celebrate the unveiling of two monumental sculptures by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The mesmerizing Forever Bicycle is at the Waller Delta, 74 Trinity. And Iron Tree Trunk is on view at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th.
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    Austin Art Garage: No Risk, No Reward

    Think you can handle the Truth? Then check out this show of bold new works by Austin-based street artist and muralist Mike "Truth" Johnston, galvanizing the walls of this fierce gallery right off South Lamar.
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    Austin Art Space: 12 Buy 12

    The shape may be square, but the content isn't, we reckon, as the Austin Visual Arts Association gets its annual holiday show underway with a plethora of talented locals contributing to the bright array of works for sale.
    Through Jan. 13
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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Jack Massing

    BC Allen's excellent venue in Canopy presents a solo show of the "Broadside Series" by this Massing fellow – better known to the world at large as one half of those boundary-breaking, media-manipulating, spectacle-spinning Art Guys.
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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: Your Nowhere Is My Somewhere. See You There.

    This collection of new works by Hills Snyder vivifies the verticals of B.C. Allen's gallery in the Canopy compound.
    Through Aug. 31
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    Billy Reid Austin: Porcelain Lounge

    Here's a selection of new work from Keith Kreeger Studios, including unique porcelain pieces that were hand-thrown exclusively for this pop-up shop.
    Through Jan. 31
    1122 W. Sixth
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    Carver Museum: State of Ascension

    Mixed-media vessel works by Rejina Thomas, featuring art she created during the past two decades, with themes positioning the womb as a metaphorical looking glass from which viewers experience and understand the world.
    Through Feb. 28
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    Coronado Studios

    The Serie Project, a nonprofit Latino arts organization hosted by Coronado Studios, produces, promotes, and exhibits serigraph prints created by diverse artists.
    6601 Felix.
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    Davis Gallery: Botanical Eclipse

    Matthew Fuller's technical expertise and dazzling sense of design combine in collusion with his photographically captured flora, resulting in magnified images that allow the viewer to contemplate the most delicate details of earthly life. Suggestion: Plant yourself in front of these beauties for a refreshing art break in the middle of your harried urban existence, citizen.
    Through Jan. 13
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    DeCola & Eusebi Gallery

    Stained and leaded glass and mosaics. 701 Tillery Ste. A-11, 389-2266.
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    Full Circle: The Art of Mila Sketch

    "I show the whole through the fine details," says the artist. "I use subliminal manner of drawing and do not know where my own hand will lead me." Yeah, but where it winds up often looks real damned good. And, here, her works are surrounded by craft beer ready for the drinking.
    Through Jan. 30
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Practical Acts of Perception

    The works presented here by Cande Aguilar, Mauricio Sáenz, and Jorge Purón utilize proportion as a device to augment or degrade a viewer's perspective. "Launching from the design of the IFRAO Standard Scale used to document archaeological remains, each artist departs and interprets the idea of scale in their own terms."
    Through Jan. 14
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: The Last Tree on the Planet

    Jason Middlebrook’s new sculptures are black, powder-coated steel, isolating the bold designs he's painted on slabs of wood for the last ten years and making them into three-dimensional line drawings. Also, here's a big bonus: "Haaston Paradise," the latest ceramic and fiber works from those irrepressible Haas Brothers.
    Through Jan. 23
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    Mi Casa Gallery: Alfonso Huerta

    New works by the Mexican artist. 1700 S. Congress, 707-9797.
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    Modern Rocks Gallery: On the Bright Side

    The excellent emporium of fancy minerals and award-winning music photography, located in the bustling Canopy compound? Yes, and right now they've got an exclusive showcase of new work from that highly skilled Sarah Frankie Linder, featuring images of Flaming Lips, Depeche Mode, Savages, Smashing Pumpkins, Rush, Black Angels, Patti Smith, and more.
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    Pong to Pokémon: The Evolution of Electronic Gaming

    This immersive and interactive exhibit at the Texas State History Museum explores the past and future of electronic gaming through the player's experience – with dozens of rare artifacts, brought together for the first time from extensive collections across the globe.
    Through March 18. $9-13.  
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    Roadhouse Relics

    Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.
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    Studio L Gallery

    Sculptural work by Rita Marie Ross, Jacob Colburn, Daryl G. Colburn, Dorthy Crummer, and more. 2309 Thornton.
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    The Blanton Museum: Line Form Color

    Inspired by Ellsworth Kelly’s book of the same name, this exhibition features more than 40 works on paper from the Blanton’s collection that embrace a reductive formal vocabulary.
    Through March 4
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    The Contemporary Austin: John Bock + Wangechi Mutu

    Bock's Dead + Juicy exhibition centers around a newly commissioned film that was shot in and around Austin, blending classic Westerns and dark comedy with spooky thriller and horror aesthetics. Mutu offers a new, site-specific edition of Throw, 2017, a painting created by the artist throwing black paper pulp against the wall, resulting in an abstract composition that dries, hardens, and then degrades over time.
    Through Jan. 14
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    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
    209 W. Ninth
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    Umlauf Museum: Flight and Fall

    The popular venue offers a rich journey through classic archetypes as interpreted through Charles Umlauf’s sculptures and drawings.
    Through March 12
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Juan Luis Jardi

    Mark our words: You want to see what this talented man can do with oils on big swaths of canvas. Realism? Yes, but magical realism. Understated, quotidian, almost melancholy – except maybe there's been a quiet little rupture between this universe and another slightly different one, hasn't there?
    Through Jan. 27
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