February 24th - April 1st, 2018

Opening Reception
Saturday February 24th, 2018
5:30pm to 8:30pm with the artist in attendance
Facebook event link HERE.

Conversation with the Artists
Sunday March 18th, 2018
1:00pm to 2:30pm with the artist in attendance
Facebook event link coming soon HERE.

SIXTH STREET GALLERY: 2000 East 6th Street, Austin, TX 78702

Sixth Street Gallery is pleased to announce the start of our 2018 exhibition programming with the group exhibit Ethereal.  Curated by CAMIBAart Associate Director Emerson Granillo, this exhibit features six Austin based artists: Clarke Curtis, Mai Gutierrez, Heather Halbert, Dominic Leon, Mayu Nagaoka, and Sylvia Troconis.

On a daily basis we are presented with imagery that seems too perfect for this world. We all have an ultimate achievement we are yearning to possess.  We are explorers who seek control; we are makers who try to activate our space.

Clarke Curtis admiration for the erratic, the glum and the natural purely delineates from his formative years. His only memory of his grandmother is associated with HE-MAN. He finds this saddening and amazing at the same time. Between two strong oppositions lies a grey area larger than both. He tries to depict the fog of equivocal thought.

Mai Gutierrez considers rocks to be oldest souls, with lots of history in their veins. Carving stone is utterly slow and demanding of patience mirroring the original creation of these natural substances. These pieces are an interpretation of how humans can easily forget their interaction with their environment.

Heather Halbert states control is often desired but rarely attained. Through an examination of her own compulsive need for control, she has developed a keen awareness of how useless an attempt is. Using photography, she is able to create permanence and confront momentary anxieties. By adjusting lighting and framing, photography functions to alleviate the tension between want and fulfillment.

Dominic Leon photographs his daily life, mundane objects, and singular events such as the sun rising or setting in an attempt to create works that point to the importance and urgency of life--the simplest chance encounters become seemingly important. He believes living is both difficult and complex, and to discuss it is full of contradictions, joys, and pains

Mayu Nagaoka documents and archives moments in her daily life. Things she sees, people she interacts with, the food she eats, and her pets.  Recording these moments is a practice of collecting and studying.  By photographing these quiet moments in her life, with no ulterior motive but to document, she creates quiet and honest images.

Sylvia Troconis entire process has a recurring theme: To Discover. She has always wondered what it would be like to be a kid during adulthood; to be a child while keeping our adult skills in reason and understanding; to keep a child’s sense of wonder while being conscious of our own sense of amazement. Her goal is to engage spectators with a concept that leaves them wanting to learn more and spread the word.