ICOSA Collective presents "Points of Convergence" opening reception

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"Points of Convergence" opening reception
Photo courtesy of ICOSA Collective

"Points of Convergence" is an exhibition of four women using four approaches: steel and glass, iron and silver, stone and steel paintings, and coppersmithing and found objects. Each artist brings complexity to their work that balances both strength and fragility of their process within the physical constraints of their individual chosen materials. Through the applications of pressure, force, heat, and sculpting, each work has transformed an existing object into something new. In this process, they conjure their own realm where actions imbue aesthetics representing natural behavior through unnatural forms.

Erin Cunningham is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003 and an MFA in studio art from The University of Texas at Austin in 2007. With a focus in sculpture, her work utilizes material combinations, such as cast metals, and the female figure to explore dualities of masculine and feminine, disposable and precious, fragility and strength. 

Andrea De Leon is a Mexican-American artist based in Austin, Texas. She obtained her BFA in Studio Arts from the University of Texas and has received multiple awards, some of which include residencies at Ox Bow School of Art and Penland School of Crafts. She has worked and exhibited internationally and currently teaches metalsmithing in several institutions in Texas. 

Mai Gutierrez is a multi-disciplinary architectural designer and artist living in Austin, TX. She earned her BFA and Masters in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design. Born and raised in Monterrey, Mexico, she sources her inspiration from nature by using natural elements in her work such as stone, wood and metal labored to display an architectural aesthetic. Her work has been exhibited in the United States and Mexico. Gutierrez’ current practice consists of architectural and interior design services, as well as sculpture and public art. 

Deanna Pastel was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2010 she received her BFA in Jewelry/Metals at Kent State University. For two years after college, she worked for Heather B. Moore Inc. in Cleveland, OH fine-tuning her skills in soldering gold, setting stones and hand stamping. She landed in Austin, TX in 2012, and began her career as a main teacher and Studio Manager at Creative Side Jewelry Academy where she has spent five years developing core curriculum, while working closely with other master artists and her students. 

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display until May 14.

Event Details



916 Springdale Rd. Bldg 2, #10
Austin, TX 78702

Ticket Info

Admission is free.