Bates Recital Hall
"...In one Eastside arts space, the Austin Figurative Gallery, you have a showing of work by two Texas masters who helped bring contemporary art to Austin in the middle of the last century. Then, just blocks away, at the Pump Project Art Complex, you have a clutch of the city's current contemporary artists creating new work before your very eyes...."
"...Pump Project has long straddled the line between a community arts hub and a contemporary gallery. When former director Debra Broz left in 2013 and Rebecca Marino inherited the space, the new director seemed primed to reinvent the gallery's overall direction and push for innovative growth..."
"...Seth Orion Schwaiger's answers are on view in "Complex I," his vast, ambitious solo creation at Pump Project. This must-see exhibit contains Schwaiger's spatial manipulations as well as charcoal drawings, monotypes, video projection, sound, carved wood, cast iron and bronze, his studio, and more...."
"...Despite all that agitation and need, the show is remarkably still, as though Beam has found peace with the mysteries of what he can't have or know. If that is so, I envy him. “Robert Collier Beam: Scry”Pump Project, 702 Shady, www.pumpproject.org Through June 3..."
"...Betelhem Makonnen's latest exhibition, "I saw the world," explores the visual representation of dichotomy through the lens of colonialism. Hosted by Pump Project and curated by gallery director Rebecca Marino, the solo show tells only a small fraction of Ethiopia's history in the crux of British control at the turn of the 19th century, narrowly focusing in on Prince Alemayehu Tewodros...."
"...In Elizabeth Chiles' exhibition "Over Time," she reminds us of this. Installed on a continuous shelf, 27 photographs of clouds line the main gallery at Pump Project..."
"...To kick off the East Austin Studio Tour's first day in a big way, Erica Nix led a lycra-clad troupe in an inspired routine in Pump Project’s gallery space. Following her instructions, belted through a speaker system that drew curious passersby to peek in, the crew flitted around the gallery area...."
"...It's the Tuesday before the East Austin Studio Tour kicks off, and there's a laundry list of to-dos over at Pump Project's satellite studio space and gallery, Flex Space. Walls are being spackled while door frames get a fresh coat of paint..."
"...WTP 4 Phase I is scheduled to open in 2014, drawing from Lake Travis to add 50 million gallons per day to the city's current water-treatment capacity. The core of the enviros' argument: With conservation working, we won't need that additional capacity until far after 2020, so why not ice the $494 million project for at least three to five years? The advantages cited: Keep customer rates lower (by delaying the need to pay off an estimated $400 million in additional bond debt), benefit from wisdom in the city's upcoming comprehensive plan for growth, and – most important to this group – keep the focus and the pressure on water conservation..."
"...Stephen MacMillan Moser, Austin Chronicle "After a Fashion" columnist and fashion designer hanging with Project Transitions PR diva Elaine Holton..."
"...The East Austin Studio Tour is intended to be a celebration of the city's vibrant visual arts scene. But the second weekend of the 2017 EAST felt more like a funeral as word circulated that Eastside mainstay Pump Project Art Complex was losing its home after 12 years, a move that would displace 40 artists who had studios there...."
"...Mathews and Evans were connected by Pump Project Gallery Director Rebecca Marino, who saw a common thread in their works. Mathews, however, was due to leave Austin for three months for an artist residency in Iceland..."
"...This Saturday night, when Pump Project Art Complex closes its exhibition "The Door by the Garden," it will also bring to a close 13 years of hosting art shows and artists on Shady Lane in East Austin. As a result of its landlord not renewing the nonprofit's lease, two dozen studios are going away, displacing more than 40 artists who have been using the space to make paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, jewelry, mixed media, and other kinds of art...."
"...What's there? There are probably photos of people, yourself and your loved ones, pictures taken to chronicle the facts of your life and those that fill it; more than a few screenshots, perhaps noteworthy bits of an article or interesting juxtapositions spotted on some timeline or feed; and some saved pop culture bites, photos of your favorite celebrities or funny memes. Most recently, in my own roll, are photos from Vladimir Mejia's show at Pump Project, "Mi Feito Don't let this time be in vain," a show that itself 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...."
"...Partnerships were established with BOX 13 ArtSpace in Houston and Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio to exhibit work by Biennial artists, and upward of 60 arts organizations from Corpus Christi to Abilene and Lufkin to El Paso agreed to take part in the Biennial through their own Texas-oriented art exhibitions, artist talks, and special events. Plenty of art will still be exhibited in Austin – in such familiar venues as Big Medium, Pump Project Art Complex, the University of Texas' Visual Arts Center, and Women & Their Work, as well as in less conventional spots, such as the fifth and 14th floors of 816 Congress and a vacant house in the 1300 block of Rosewood – but now the Biennial stretches to every point on the Lone Star...."
"...Media? Pressure? The pressures of media? Listen: I'm posing you no more threat than a soft floor of moss leading into a wild wood of green and shadow. All I'm doing here, at the edge of this blogpost, is pointing out a thing that will make your dark day brighter or add a sweet touch of darkness to whatever's just a bit Too Damned Bright in the waking hours of your life right about now. Never mind the rest of Brooke Gassiot's installation, a multimedia grouping of work called "Pressure," now on display at Pump Project until February 15th. Never mind the big central piece that required, we imagine, most of the project's Kickstarter funds to be completed. Yes, it has resonances for a hundred MFA theses built into it, just waiting to be unpacked by budding young art scholars, and it's an impressive structure that starts with a refurbished mid-century TV console on the floor and ends with huge papier-mâché and tulle representations of steam in the rafters. But, no, I said never mind that. What kind of wild animal are you that you don't do whatever some blogwriter tells you? Are you a wolf, is that it? Are you a – listen, don't mind the lightboxes, either. Don't mind the two lightboxes, more like Gassiot's usual work, that comment on the installation as a whole even while displayed as part of the installation itself. No, wolf, I said never mind those. Jesus. Could you possibly be more fucking undomestic? Don't mind those things, don't pay attention to those things, nor to the clever sculpture that Gassiot has added to the Pump Project's actual pump. Really, wolf. We're not here for that. Other places will feature reviews about all of "Pressure," you can be sure; there may eventually be more learned explication than anyone, even the artist, can bear, because there's a lot going on in the show and yadda yadda yadda. We're here because, look, there's one work within the installation that you really need to see. That you should just drive on down to Pump Project to see – you are a driving wolf, right? – before the show closes..."
"...Pump Project, 702 Shady Ln...."
"...Pump Project, 702 Shady Ln...."
"...Arnold (visual arts), Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Shanon Weaver (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts). Note: Members of the Table refrained from voting on any project in which they or an immediate family member took part...."
"...Kyle Marler, part of New York's Flatsitter Media Arts Collective, is the man behind the machine that’s made its way here from Buffalo. And this Marler parked his roving vehicle beside the Chronicle’s offices for a few hours last week, because, on this leg of the project’s national tour, he’ll be presenting the Lily Dale experience at Austin’s Pump Project...."