|Guest Curator - Wayne Alan Brenner|
|Featuring: Kaci Beeler, Kristin Hogan, Katy Horan,
Katy O’Conner & Katie Rose Pipkin
|opening reception: saturday, april 6, 7-9pm|
|exhibition dates: april 6 - may 5, 2013|
“There's no race to the finish line here, not really, because art – like life – is more about
the journey itself. And these five artists offer an array of delights from their own journeys
to improve the mindscape, the visual experience, of everyone's runaway lives: Kaci
Beeler's realistic oil-on-canvas renderings of desserts from local culinary hotspots; Katie
Rose Pipkin's detailed pen-and-ink illustrations of fables renowned or obscure; Katy
Horan's delicate and eerie lacework portraits; Katy O'Connor's brightly colored splashes
of everyday existence; Kristin Hogan's fanciful 3-D fabrications of Our Cephalopod
Friends … These are creations worth running to see, a curated rush of diverse wonders
from five Austin-based "K"s of our very human race.
I like the contemporary accessibility of art. I contend that art is of benefit to anyone who is actively willing to find benefit. The improviser in me makes me want to engage my audience, whoever they may be, and in that respect I think my work is very open. I sincerely believe that I can bring art into the world that people can find inspiration, purpose, and joy in.
Kaci Beeler holds a BA in Art from St. Edward's University summa cum laude. She has been fortunate to receive several awards including an Austin Critics Table Award (2010), a B. Iden Payne for Outstanding Work in Improvisational Theatre (2009), and a Still Water Foundation Grant (2008). Her artwork has been featured in Saveur Magazine, Time Out New York, Eater.com, and on EatMeDaily.com. Kaci is the Director of Design at The Hideout Theatre in Downtown Austin and the design director for the Ladies Are Funny Festival (LAFF) and the Out of Bounds Comedy Festival.
Kristin A. Hogan graduated Cum Laude from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001 with a double major BFA in Sequential Art and Video/Film. She received the Outstanding Achievement in Sequential Art award upon graduation. Kristin has been working in the arts in Austin since 2002.
Research plays a large role in my work. I derive visual reference and ideas from film, literature, the Internet and countless other sources. I then filter and combine fragments of imagery and information absorbed from this research through an intuitive process. This allows me to explore subject matter and interests that range from Victorian spinsterhood to Renaissance portraiture to the archetypal witch figure. I also work to incorporate imagery from the books and movies that affected me as a child. By working organically, and moving between repetitive detail and loose experimentation, I am able to bring these varied sources together as singular characters.
Form, detail and gesture are also important aspects of my work. Solitary figures allow more focus on their interior structure and detail, which I intend to hold as much interest as the character itself. Historical costume has long interested me, and I use these inner details to reference varied eras of dress and decoration. Similarly, I use my character’s postures and gesture to explore those found in art history and illustration. While external research informs each piece’s narrative and concept, emphasis on form, detail and gesture inform its execution.
Katy O’Connor is an artist and animator living in Austin, Texas. She received her MFA in painting from the University of Texas in 1999. Her figurative paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the Austin Museum of Fine Art, Arthouse, D Berman Gallery, Dallas Contemporary Art Center, as well as in the quarterly magazine, “New American Paintings.”
Katie Rose Pipkin
I am also interested in rebuilding these remnants, in pulling from them a past, or fantasized, reality. We record into all things. Couches sag in the shape of our repose, shoes wear the patterns of our days, and walls vibrate as we speak, changing. Even a thought, unuttered, cannot exist without altering a physical space - our neurons have been realigned. Nothing is invisible. It is merely a matter of finding these cracks, holes, and alterations in course; and casting their negative, finding their truth. I am interested in working along these fault lines.