"REDNECKOGNIZE" HIXX Collective + + + + +
Due to unforeseen delays in city permitting and contractor timelines the new exhibition space will not be ready in time for the previously scheduled opening on April 4th. We are working diligently on getting back to our programming and appreciate your understanding and support. We will announce the new exhibition date as soon as possible and hope you will be able to attend.
Co-Lab Projects presents REDNECKOGNIZE, an exhibition of images, objects, and video by the Austin-based collective HIXX. Appropriating equal parts from the political aesthetics of southernness and the formalist movements of Op Art, Minimalism and Fluxus performance, the exhibition navigates the terrain between meaning and material. REDNECKOGNIZE surveys the boundaries of regional identity and questions the limits of visual pleasure through the playful misuse of cultural context. From large format paintings to animated .gifs, HIXX employs a range of media to disrupt class-based values and deconstruct place-based essentialism, blurring the traditional strictures of urban cosmopolitan and rural culture by forcing the two into an uneasy dialogue.
In conjunction with REDNECKOGNIZE, HIXX will present a live performance, The FLUXUS Family Band, during the opening reception. One part Hee Haw style variety show and one part Fluxus event scores with acts featuring diverse members of the Austin creative community, the performance will incorporate line dancing, puppetry and live cinema, musical appearances, spoken word and audience participation as a means to caricature and critique the redneck as entertainment. Using the Fluxus intermedia approach to performance, coupled with the non sequitur superstructure of Hee Haw, The FLUXUS Family Band disarms the idioms and ideologies of both the contemporary artworld and the South.
Founded by Rachel Crist and Daedalus Hoffman, HIXX is a project-based collective critically surveying the culturescape of the contemporary American South. Unbound by media, HIXX tampers with and tweaks the identity politics surrounding southernness. Emerging in 2013 from Austin, Texas, HIXX was featured in the TX★13 Biennial and Aurora Dallas Contemporary Art Festival. In 2014, HIXX was selected for The Contemporary Austin’s inaugural Crit Group, a professional development program for Austin-based emerging artists. HIXX Collective’s work has been highlighted in publications such as Art in America, ARTINFO and The Creators Project. www.hixxcollective.com
"APOLOGYTOTIME" Mark Johnson + + + + +
N Space, 905 Congress Ave.
Opening Reception: Friday, May 8th, 6-9PM
On view during the West Austin Studio Tour, May 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th, 11AM-6PM and during open hours every Wednesday 5:30-8PM and by appointment
function and form.
All of these things, seen in time, appear to us as the general phenomenon of growth.
Mark Johnson was born in Xenia, Ohio in 1979. He works predominantly in painting but includes video and performance in his installations. Johnson completed a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001. He currently lives and works in Austin, Texas.