Brian Fee

December 26, 2012, 8:52am

Taking A New Perspective: Leah Haney at Tiny Park

Welcome to the future...and it's the mid-1980's. Leah Haney revels in it, from the jewel-toned color palette to Art Deco revivalism to cyberpunk. In her hands, these vintage ingredients manifest as frozen explosions of multiple perspectives and cosmic architecture, in her appropriately titled solo exhibition Divergent Space (on view through January 5) at Austin's Tiny Park. They're anything but dated. — Brian Fee (Austin contributor)

Listed under: Austin, Review

October 24, 2012, 8:25am

Into the Wild: Shara Hughes at American Contemporary

Shara Hughes (NAP #58) deserves our total, undivided attention when experiencing her works. There is little static or passive about the furiously colorful interiors and environments constituting See Me Seeing Me, her debut solo exhibition at American Contemporary. Are you ready to give your oculars a calisthenic workout? Dive in. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: New York, Review

October 22, 2012, 8:25am

Abstract Dissection: Alex Olson at Lisa Cooley

Alex Olson dialogues with her paintings, building up layers of oil on linen, asserting with palette knives or opining with a window scraper. When she is satisfied with the exchange, she backs off, revealing an array like those comprising Palmist and Editor, her second solo exhibition at Lisa Cooley. Each is so imbued with the history of its creation that it's not quite accurate to call them “nonreferential”. Like the exhibition title alludes, we must read them. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: New York, Review

October 17, 2012, 8:25am

Painting Upgraded: Analia Saban at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery

You'll never look at a painting and say: “OK, that's just a painting” after viewing Analia Saban's stunning New York solo debut at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. This young Argentinian artist, who has been increasing her international exposure exponentially every year, collides artistic tropes with whimsy and serious wit in an envelope-pushing array of works that are all, essentially, paintings. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: New York, Review

October 15, 2012, 8:25am

A Celebration of City-Living: Wendy White at Leo Koenig Inc.

Wendy White's (NAP #22, #28) Fotobild series, the subject of her third solo exhibition at Leo Koenig Inc., enhances the medium-blurring cool developed since her 2008 debut at this gallery. Angled structures and gestural graffiti recur, paired with silkscreened awnings stretched over metal armatures. What emerges is a deeply contemplative grouping, tied intrinsically to the urban landscape. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: New York, Review

September 26, 2012, 8:25am

Introspection's in the Details: Anthony W. Garza at Tiny Park

A solitary tree branch. A rocky shoreline. A bizarre animal-architectural amalgam. A night sky. As evinced from his exhibition at Austin's Tiny Park, local artist Anthony W. Garza depicts all these with understated reverence, via graphite, watercolor, and acrylics. The sum effect is a naturalistic cycle, engaging us and encouraging us to be more aware of the world around us. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor.

Listed under: Austin, Review

September 20, 2012, 8:30am

Composing and Compositing for Reactions: Cordy Ryman

Scraps and discarded wood become remarkable, contemplative creations in Cordy Ryman's hands. His style bears some influence of dad Robert—connoisseur of white tones and alchemist with mounting implements—but Cordy is more likely to coat his second- or thirdhand lumber with dazzlingly colorful paint. Or he'll leave the wood bare to highlight its recycled history. Viewing Ryman's work, his relief-like paintings and painterly sculptures, in his second solo exhibition at Lora Reynolds Gallery is best done up close and personal. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: Austin, Review

July 19, 2012, 8:30am

Heart to Art: Thao Votang and Brian Willey of Tiny Park (Part II)

Part two of my interview with Thao Votang and Brian Willey, owners of Tiny Park in Austin, TX. Find part one here. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: Art World, Austin, Interview

July 17, 2012, 8:00am

Heart to Art: Thao Votang and Brian Willey of Tiny Park (Part I)

Living half a block from West Chelsea's gallery scene equalled art overload for this former New York City resident. I figured I wouldn't find the same convenience in Austin, TX...until I discovered the adorable apartment gallery Tiny Park, within walking distance of my flat. Tiny Park's petite size belied its creative and compelling exhibitions, organized by owners Brian Willey and Thao Votang. Less than a year after opening their doors to the public, Tiny Park moved to a proper commercial space on Austin's east side. I spoke with Willey and Votang about their plans for the new, not-so-Tiny Park. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Listed under: Art World, Interview

March 27, 2012, 8:15am

The Frozen Moment: Nick Brown at Tiny Park

The human experience, how we navigate through this turbulent world, interacting with society and nature, and our destined demises—all this dwells within Nick Brown's affective canvases. Not to say the lot are sombre: this array of paintings and pastel drawings at Austin's Tiny Park conjure a spectrum of complex emotions befitting their varied imagery. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Brown's works embody infinitely more. - Brian Fee, Austin Contributor

Listed under: Review

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