East Austin has always had a rich artist community, but in recent years emerging galleries, events, and initiatives have provided more visibility and more accessibility to the working artists of Austin.
The city’s newest art space, Dimension Gallery, is providing exposure to a specific type of art: sculpture and three-dimensional works. The only gallery in Austin focusing specifically on sculpture and 3D art, the nonprofit was started by Moya Khabele and sculptor Colin McIntyre in December 2015 and is working “to inspire dimension in the up-and-coming East Austin art movement.”
This weekend, Dimension makes its debut with the group exhibit “Birth: Rebirth, Elemental Origins.” The show takes viewers inside the creative process as artists work with metal, paper, clay, wood, and found objects in front of visitors’ eyes.
Sponsored by Big Medium, Dimension Gallery is housed in an industrial warehouse on Springdale Road that is currently being transformed into a commercial district that will hold Austin Eastciders, Ground Floor Theatre, Daily Greens, and Austin Bouldering Project. The covered outdoor space has seating and a display area, while inside boasts high ceilings; vintage lighting; brick walls; and a gift shop with art objects, prints, and jewelry from various local artists.
“As rents rise in East Austin, we are noticing more artists moving out of the area and galleries either shutting down or moving,” says McIntyre. “We are excited to launch this new hybrid between a traditional gallery with impeccable curation and an arts nonprofit, a unique model in East Austin.”
Dimension is situated a block away from the well-known studio/gallery campus, Canopy, continuing to grow East Austin's arts district. Khabele and McIntyre’s goal with Dimension “is to not only exhibit art, but to empower the artists to fund the creation of their work, considering the more intensive studio practices often involved in generating sculpture.”
Starting in April, Dimension will rotate eight local artists who will produce three-week solo shows throughout the 2016 to 2017 season.
“Our goal in choosing the artists was to ferret out those with extremely refined talent, whose aesthetic is contemporary, highly imaginative, and timeless,” says Khabele.
The opening reception of “Birth” takes place March 5 at 8 pm. The exhibit will be on display at Dimension through March 27 on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 6 pm.