Sara Frantz’s recent work explores the contemporary built environment once-removed. Her subjects tend toward the anonymous and ubiquitous: standard commercial buildings, often ornamented with eye-catching architectural “flair”, are carefully framed by trimmed hedges and lawns. These locations are seemingly viewed from the (never explicitly shown) roadside, which indirectly reveals that extensive travel and chance encounters with varied architectural vernaculars is an important catalyst for Frantz’s process. This point of view also presents her buildings as closed, slightly mysterious tableaux: no one enters or exits and contents are never revealed.
Living in the Landscape
Join us on Wednesday, March 4th, from 7pm to 8:30pm for a panel discussion where we will consider the impact of the built environment on the way we perceive nature. Sara Frantz, whose paintings and drawings are currently on view at Women & Their Work, has taken this as one of the central questions in her work.
Hollis Hammonds is obsessed with man-made and natural disasters. Her childhood home burned down in 1986 and she’s currently gleaning photos from the internet of similar but less personal chaotic moments sourced in Blanket of Fog. Featuring charcoals, inks and other materials these large scale drawings are digital collages that memorialize childhood memories of piles of rubble and smoke. The gestural and emotional quality of the drawings is tangible as she seeks to preserve and convey a mood. Hammonds reflects on the nature of objects and artifacts. Her work is at once personal story, a conjured memory and a projected social fantasy.
IGNITE THE NIGHT 2015 Benefit Bash
We invite you to help us continue our creative work by supporting our IGNITE THE NIGHT 2015 Benefit Bash. This year, Kim and Tim Dowling will host us in their beautiful central Austin home on Saturday April 18th from 7-10pm. This smart and dazzling place inspires us not only visually with its remarkable design and vibrant art collection, but also functionally as it produces most of its own power through the use of solar energy. Our spring benefits are also known for their energy (deemed the Best Art Fundraiser by Stephen Moser of the Austin Chronicle and Gatsbyesque by Michael Barnes in the Austin American-Statesman) and this night will be no exception.