"Expedition Batikback" Group Show + + + + +
Co-Lab Projects' DEMO GALLERY, 721 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Opening Reception: August 5th, 7-11pm
Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm
Artists: Ryan Davis, Sara Vanderbeek, Noel Kalmus, Steef Crombach, Drew Liverman, Erin Curtis, Manik Raj Nakra, Paul de Jong, and Floor van het Nederend.
For EXPEDITION BATIKBACK curator and artist Steef Crombach offered six artists from Austin and two artists from The Netherlands the opportunity to learn the process and create works in the traditional Indonesian technique known as Batik. This fully saturated fabric dyeing process allows the artist's compositions to become three-dimensional objects, viewable from front and back. When suspended from the ceiling in the gallery they create a structure for visitors to navigate. After their exhibition at DEMO Gallery the works will travel with Steef back to Holland to be shown there.
The artists selected to participate in the workshop and exhibition all incorporate strong color palettes, use of bold linework, and patterning into their paintings. These painterly qualities transfer well to Batik and each of the artists brings their individual style to the medium. Untraditional themes, pop-elements, patterns, and colors contrast with the traditional use of Batik and the unique way the works are shown shed new light on the technique.
“Ours was not going to be a clone of the usual expeditions, oozing with sleekness. It was clear from the start that oddity was our advantage.”
― Tahir Shah, House of the Tiger King: The Quest for a Lost City
"Current #bitres* Artist" Robert Jackson Harrington + + + + +
Cognition and decision-making is an inherent aspect to any art practice. This process makes the artist fully aware of self while developing work. This work attempts to remove the decision process from the work and thus provide an insight into the unconscious aspect of image making.
Robert Jackson Harrington creates artwork from everyday materials that center on the concept of potential. Recent exhibitions include The 6th Chicana/o Biennial at the Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana in San José, CA. and At A Distance at Shift Space Gallery in Wichita, KS..Currently he directs the Museum of Pocket Art and is a member of the Center for Experimental Practice and the curatorial collective, Los Outsiders, based in Austin, TX.
*#bitres: As a means of expanding Co-Lab Project's programming into the digital realm, artist/curator Vladimir Mejia selects artists to participate in an Instagram hosted month-long residency. Artists are given full control of the @colabprojectsbitres Instagram account, and all images posted by the artist are categorized by hashtags representing the artist name in residency. Original concept by Sean Ripple.