East Austin Studio Tour: A Few More Picks to Get You Going
Life is short, art is long, going EAST works better with a plan
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
7:00AM, Mon. Nov. 14, 2016
And here comes the second weekend of the biggest visual-arts event of the year, citizen.
Yes, it's Big Medium's annual spectacle of creative goodness, the East Austin Studio Tour, featuring hundreds of private studios and galleries opening their doors all across the sunrise side of our busy city, for your pretty-much-nonstop opps of shopping, shmoozing, interactive presentations, workshops, parties and afterparties into the wee hours of each night.
Discover new artists. Rekindle old relationships. Check the EAST website for a vast panoply of details, note that your Austin Chronicle has a thick raft of coverage in this week's print edition, and go ahead, citizen: Be a part of the art deep in the slightly arrhythmic heart of Texas.
But, wait – we're not going to let you go without offering a few recommendations here. Because we think you should definitely stop by the Canopy compound (916 Springdale) – along with everybody else in this town, yes, as it is the Big Medium epicenter, after all, and also boasts an internal labyrinth of excellent studio after studio after studio – but the whole point of EAST is that there's art all over the goddamn place and you could reward yourself by discovering brilliance apart from the madding crowds.
And, sure, we know Dimension Gallery (979 Springdale) is right down the street with its new "Paved Garden" and "Pitch Drop," and you shouldn't bypass that bastion of heavy-duty sculptural work where metal and more meets its match in unforgettable human expression.
But we're also suggesting Bearded Lady (3504 E. Fourth), the fierce screenprinting studio where Abi Daniel and Ryan Duggan have new art on display.
And the rustic outpost of Sarah Presson and Nick Schnitzer's Eye Like Design (911 Tillery), where the former's collage art and the latter's sculptures-in-progress are only part of the compelling array.
And Jennifer Balkan's home studio (3109 Lafayette), because she's one of the best portrait painters you'll ever share this city with.
And when a fellow's known as Frederick Douglass 21/7 Moore (1139 Gunter), he'll need to back that moniker with something solid – and this artist does, with highly complex woodcuts and carved-eraser temples(!) that you need to see to believe.
And we seem to promote Katy David (2204 Palo Pinto) every year, yeah, but when a woman visits batik, etching, and arcane cutting-and-breaking techniques on wholly preserved eggshells, we're not gonna stop promoting her.
How about Ian Shults (1713 Giles)? Because his realistic style of figurative tableaux, all visually stuttered and wracked with lacunae, will electrify your pulp fiction fantasies.
And of course you'll wind your way through all the gorgeous galleries within Flatbed Press World HQ (2830 E. MLK), but also make sure you treat yourself to the bittersweet eye candy several blocks south at Leona Gallery (1700 E. 12th), featuring the vivid creations of Billy Bishop, Lydia Emily, Josef Kristofoletti, and Tim Kerr.