Cycles of Life
Margaret Smithers-Crump & Tahila Mintz
May 30th - July 10th, 2015
The Gallery Space at 2000 East 6th St., Austin, TX 78702
Friday, June 12th, 2015
5:30pm to 8:30pm
with a brief artist introduction and demonstration at 6:00
Tuesday: 1:00 - 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Other times by appointment.
Houston based artist Margaret Smithers-Crump received her BFA in Painting from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. In her current body of work, she focuses on vulnerability, growth, powerlessness, and transformation within natural cycles of life. Her work addresses the passage of time, the maturation of beauty, and the inevitability of disintegration. Using Plexiglas as her primary material, she explores these concepts of strength and frailty and the dual relationship of death and renewal. The Plexiglas can function as a painted substrate or it can function as a substance that can be manipulated.
Austin based artist Tahila Mintz received her Masters of Fine Art in Photography from the University of Texas and her BA in Multicultural Communications from American University. She considers herself a visual story-teller, utilizing a variety of mediums to inquisitively explore and understand herself and how she exists in the world with amalgamation of her background and life experiences. Each mode of production is aligned with a different series of work. These series overlap and combine to create one larger cohesive body of work that communicates topics of guardianship, land resources, empowerment of women, spirituality, circular time, and being a contemporary Native American.
In "Cycles of Life", we focus on one series of Tahila Mintz's work in which she makes abstract wet color photograms as a way of documenting Ceremony. Due to respect, Ceremony is not a place for documentation sytle photography, so she utilizes Chromogenic print materials, colored filters, and a variety of raw materials such as cedar, sage, corn, and tobacco, to express deeper investigations into Ceremony for herself and the community.