WHO WE ARE: memories, myths, & fantasies

Patrick Palmer - Yuliya Lanina - Matthew Gantt

April 3rd - May 22nd, 2015

 

The Gallery Space at 2000 East 6th St., Austin, TX 78702

Opening Reception
Friday, April 3rd,2015
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Artist in attendance.

Closing Reception
Friday, May 8th, 2015
5:30pm to 8:30pm
Artist in attendance.

Exhibition Hours
Tuesday: 1:00 - 6:00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11:00am - 5:00pm
Other times by appointment.

 


Referencing the human form, each of these artists uses their own unique style to create characters that engage the viewer in examining who we are.  The "we" in "who we are" should be read as all inclusive: who the characters are, who the viewers are, who the artists are, and who we are as a society or a tribe or a race.

Consider the proposition that we are our memories, we are our myths, and we are our fantasies.  These memories, myths, and fantasies shape how we see the world, how we interpret the world, and how we see art.


 Patrick Palmer - detail of "Lasting Memories 1"

Patrick Palmer - detail of "Lasting Memories 1"

In his most recent body of work, Patrick Palmer is embedding images in his paintings and drawings that explore the ideas of memories and dreams.  He is hoping to engage the viewer in his stories, while still allowing th viewer space to create their own stories.  Palmer is currently the Dean & studio School Faculty Chair and Department Head of Art History at The Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.


 Yuliya Lanina - Still image from video "Jekyll and Hyde"

Yuliya Lanina - Still image from video "Jekyll and Hyde"

Born in Russia, Yuliya Lanina relocated from New York City to Austin, where she now creates works ranging from paintings and mechanical sculptures to animations and video.  Drawing on many sources to create her characters, Lanina strives to create a multidimensional and interactive experience for the viewer.  She received her BFA from Purchase College of Art and Design in New York and her MFA from Hunter College in New York.


 Matthew Gantt - detail of "Fauna's Elation"

Matthew Gantt - detail of "Fauna's Elation"

Matthew Gantt creates mythopoeic images from his unconscious using a technique he calls "Constellationism".  Like seeing images in the night sky or in cloud formations, Gantt is engaging in a practice of self-exploration that identifies the characters and thoughts of his sub-conscious and exposes them for others to see.  A graduate of the Seattle film Institute, Gantt is also a decorated U.S. Army veteran.