"unrealpolitik" Mark Hilton + Elizabeth McDonald Schwaiger + Soda_Jerk + Ted Carey + +
Co-Lab Projects' DEMO GALLERY, 721 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701
Open Hours: Thursday-Saturday 12-6pm
Elizabeth McDonald Schwaiger (b. Plano 1985, lives and works in Austin) Schwaiger produces paintings and research-driven exhibitions revolving around ideas of ritual and the uncanny, as well as abstracted interpretations of political and interpersonal power differentials. Since earning her master's degree from the influential and unconventional Glasgow School of Art in 2011 she was named one of the top UK art graduates by The Catlin Guide, and has built an impressive resume with work in several prominent private and public collections throughout Europe and North America including paintings shown at The National Portrait Gallery in London, Liverpool’s Walker Art Museum, Aberdeen Art Gallery and Museums, Chapter Arts Center in Cardiff, Art Basel Miami Satellite, and the biennial contemporary art festival Glasgow International 2010 and 2014. www.elizabethschwaiger.com
Formed in Sydney in 2002, Soda_Jerk is a 2-person art collective that approaches sampling as an alternate form of history-making. Working at the intersection of documentary and speculative fiction, their archival practice has taken the form of video installations, cut-up texts, screensavers and lecture performances. Soda_Jerk are based in New York where their work was recently shown in a dedicated program at Anthology Film Archives. They have collaborated with Australian collectives The Avalanches and VNS Matrix, and exhibited work in museums, cinemas, festivals and torrent sites. Soda_Jerk are the recipients of the Ian Potter Moving Image Commission and will premiere their new film Terror Nullius at the Australian Centre for the Moving Image in 2018. www.sodajerk.com.au
"Current #bitres* Artist" Katie Horbal + + + + +
Katie is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas. She has participated in East and West side studio tours and several other shows around Austin. From an early age her passion was for creating which led her to later earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas. She love cats, being outside, prehistoric creatures and making things.
Katie’s artistic focus is on creating whimsical, imagery that doesn't exist in reality. She enjoys exploring the subject of nature and the cycle of life. To create these images she focuses on the beauty of decay and growth rather than the morbid. Katie is a huge fan of using bright, obnoxious colors in her work. She likes to explore the idea of the environment triumphing over human made structures and recycling it back into nature. Another subject she draws inspiration from are dinosaurs and their role in her childhood. Growing up Katie loved anything prehistoric and would dream about dinosaurs being alive today. Now that she’s older these scenes are much more destructive and harmful to humanity. Katie focuses on using different styles of printmaking including relief stamping and screen printing to make these IMAGES come to life.
Katie is attracted to the digital medium for multiple reasons; smooth designs, bright colors and she doesn’t want to work customer service anymore.
*#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.