Artsty New Year

Hanging Around Austin: 4 fresh art shows to kick off 2015

Hanging Around Austin: 4 fresh art shows to kick off 2015

Richard T Walker Laguna Gloria Austin Art
Richard T. Walker gives "rock music" a new meaning.  Courtesy of Contemporary Austin

Happy 2015! Now that the holiday hangover is starting to wear off, we all need some edifying cultural experiences to help us through resolution season. These shows join multiple selections from our list of December art exhibits that remain live through the beginning of the month, so the variety is vast. Go see something!

Contamination | Pollination
pump project, through January 10

Elizabeth McDonald trained as a painter in both Texas and the U.K. Her exhibition addresses the tender underside of individual and collective anxieties by throwing light on our rituals and capturing their shadows on canvas and in form. Viewings are by appointment, or walk in on Saturday, January 10.

Collective Chemistry
Davis Gallery, through January 10

The holiday showcase at Davis remains in force in the new year, and collectors and spectators alike are richer for it. Stop in to check out paintings, sculpture, photography, ink prints and mixed media collage works by Caprice Pierucci, Matthew Fuller, Laurel Daniel, Joseph Hammer, Chun Hui Pak, Lisa Beaman, Chris De Dier and more.

Richard T. Walker: the predicament of always (as it is)
Gatehouse at the Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, through January 11

For this video installation at the Laguna Gloria Gatehouse, British-born Walker slung musical instruments around the Texas landscape and triggered them in unconventional ways. The result is a delicate balance of interactions between consciousness and the natural world that’s part performance art and part nature photography. It gives "rock music" a sly new meaning.

Susi Brister: Fables
Women & Their Work, through January 15

Although her current work is exhibited as photography, it’s fair to say that Susi Brister’s true medium is the landscape itself. Extraordinary creatures swaddled in faux fur and neon acrylic crystals emerge from quiet country scenes, disturbing the mundane world and letting the light of the sublime seep in.