Our City of the Violet Crown has almost as many art galleries as music venues. In Hanging Around Austin, we showcase the weirdest, most powerful and most interesting shows currently hanging around town.
Hannah Neal: Calaveras
Photo Méthode Gallery – Closing reception April 25
You may only think of these skeletal partygoers during the week of November 1, as the parades festoon the calendar and the ofrendas start to overflow, but photographer Hannah Neal’s calaveras and calacas dance their grim fandango all year long. Celebrate the beauty and the brevity of life with these photos of bons après-vivants so lively you’ll envy the dead.
Marking Time: Daniel Maltzman and Brandon Miller
Russell Collection Fine Arts Gallery – Closing April 30; Artist reception April 12
This dual exhibition pairs resident method-painter Miller with Los Angeles pop surrealist Maltzman for a one-two punch of abstract think-pieces and representational portraiture. Fans of Maltzman’s work include such notables as Canadian hairstyle icon Justin Bieber, but rumors that Biebs & Co. plan to crash the show’s artist reception on April 12 remain unconfirmed.
Benini Night Works
Georgetown Art Center – Closing April 27
Benini is an Italian master of acrylics whose way with color will knock your eyes wide open and shake the cobwebs off your visual cortex. The vibrant, kinetic stuff of Night Works is easily worth the short road trip north, but combine it with some R&R at a B&B and a few plates of that Rusty Winkstern food magic and you’re set up for a springtime weekender your friends will wish they’d thought of first.
Mallory Page: MARRIED IN A FEVER
Wally Workman Gallery – Closing April 26
Louisiana-born painter Mallory Page takes on the vastness of love in all its variety for her first solo exhibition in Austin. Her quiet, expansive one-color meditations deliver a sense of fluidity and pulsing motion that can draw you in, bear you up, carry you over distances and leave you staring — much like love might do, frankly, if you let it.