March has been one beast of a month so far, but by all accounts it should be better soon. With both spring and SXSW coming, preliminary reports suggest that it may actually be pleasant outside as you bop between free official events and witness dozens of pretty good bands whose names you wish you could remember.
While there is plenty of art at SXSW this year, including Norman Collins (Sailor Jerry), SprATX, Hello Lamp Post, take the occasional break from the craziness and re-center yourself in a nice, quiet, art-filled place.
Sara Frantz: Between Borderlands
Women & Their Work, through March 18
The work of hypermodern landscapist Sara Frantz casts a sharp shadow on the myriad methods by which orderly human structures interfere with the cozy chaos of roadside scenes from West Texas to Iceland. The architectural shapes in her work stand up like high-noon shadows in Technicolor. Sticking out distinctly from the gray stalks and puffs of surrounding vegetation, these shapes are made to look as ephemeral as all human structures are.
Gabe Leonard: Desperados
Art on 5th, through April 4
Self-styled cinematic artist Gabe Leonard is back for another solo rodeo at Art on 5th, this time bringing roomfuls of artist’s proofs and new original oils that combine to forge a rumpus-room outline of the hard-edged, long-limbed, world-wandering spirit that dwells somewhere inside of all of us. Art enthusiasts can stop by on Saturday, March 7, to mix, mingle and meet the artist from 7-9 pm.
Milt Kobayashi + Gregg Kreutz
Gallery Shoal Creek, through April 4
The simultaneous exhibition of two New York-based painters currently up at Shoal Creek offers a look at two distinct and powerful methodologies in expert oilwork. Kobayashi brings a firm hand of visual fiction to his plummy, curvaceous interpretations of human moments, while Kreutz’s work serves up the warm awe of tightly representational forms with just a glimmer of impressionist backlighting.
JJ PEET: BRAIN to HAND to OBJECT_
Gatehouse Gallery at Laguna Gloria, through April 19
We gave this one a brief mention in our piece on the Tom Sachs boombox party at The Contemporary Austin this season, but Peet’s work is so raw and so odd that it bears further mention. This exhibition — his first anywhere in Texas — presents assemblages of found and made objects that challenge established structures of all types. It’s surreal, anarchic stuff; opaque, incisive, culturally critical and unflinchingly self-assured.