Feast for the Eyes

Hanging Around Austin: Color fields, calaveras and conceptually abstract shows you must see

Hanging Around Austin: April's most powerful gallery shows

Brandon Miller's work
Brandon Miller's work at Russell Gallery. Courtesy of Russell Gallery
Hannah Neal photography
Hannah Neal's photography.  Courtesy of Hannah Neal
Mallory Page painter at Wally Workman
Mallory Page's work at Wally Workman.  Courtesy of Wally Workman
Brandon Miller's work
Hannah Neal photography
Mallory Page painter at Wally Workman

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 GalleryClosing 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 GalleryClosing 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 CenterClosing 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.

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.