Hanging Around Austin

Hanging Around Austin: 5 shows celebrating the art of paint and printmaking

5 local shows celebrating the art of paint and printmaking

Ericka Walker
Work from Ericka Walker.  PrintAustin/Facebook

Art on paper! We've got plenty of it hanging around town this time of year, thanks to PrintAustin and its annual celebration of all things inked and struck. We’re in the home stretch of PrintAustin now, but there are still plenty of shows out there for your viewing — and learning — pleasure. 

New Perspectives in Printmaking
ART on 5th, through February 14
Fine art printers Cathy Savage, Jesus De La Rosa, Ericka Walker, Michael Barnes, Samantha Parker Salazar and Paula Cox unite to display more than 30 pieces that show how the ideas and methods of today work to push the traditional bounds of the medium. This one closes fairly soon but comes highly recommended thanks to its multiple flavors of breathtaking stuff.

PrintAustin: The Contemporary Print
Big Medium Gallery at Canopy, through February 21
Kathryn Polk and Kevin McNamee-Tweed performed the unenviable task of selecting 25 representative works of contemporary printmaking technique from a pool of more than 600 candidates, and we as patrons are richer for it. Participating artists include Amber Heaton, Tom Druecker, Teresa Gomez-Martorell, Oscar Gillespie, Erin Kerr, Juergen Strunck and many others.

JIM SHERRADEN Personal Woodcuts: 1983 to Present
Yard Dog Gallery, through February 28
Despite a body of work befitting the longtime resident master printer and curator at Hatch Show Print, a legendary poster house in Nashville, Jim Sherraden has only recently started touring the gallerysphere with his solo exhibitions. Sherraden's retrospective at Yard Dog emphasizes the element of wood in the printing medium, showcasing dissected and reassembled compilations of his colorful and idiosyncratic monoprints.

Patrick Puckett: Solo Show
Wally Workman Gallery, through February 28
In one of the few non-printmade shows around town this month, Austin painter Patrick Puckett reunites with the walls at Wally Workman for a second solo exhibition of his expressionistic scenes and portraits. Broad brush strokes and evocative color palettes lend a dimension of the extrasensory to his simple human forms and arrangements, often humming with unspoken tension in their stillness.

Peregrine Press: A Texas Legacy
Flatbed Press & Gallery, through March 8
This homage to Flatbed’s spiritual ancestor — Dallas studio and gallery Peregrine Press, hailed as one of the first fine art presses in the Lone Star State — looks back over the 10 years of editions and monotypes created by its artists in the neon shadow of the 1980s. Even if you lived in 1980s Dallas, chances are you’ve never seen it like this. Also, don't sleep on the Flatbed Contemporary Print Fair 2015, February 13-14.