November is a great month for art. In addition to the East Austin Studio Tour, which is held November 14-16 and 21-23, there is a bounty of beautiful shows across town. From the haunting to the esoteric, our selections for this month's can't-miss shows run the artistic gamut.
HEIRLOOM: Featuring Adrian Landon Brooks and Megan Kimber
grayDUCK Gallery, through November 23
The arresting mixed-media work at grayDUCK this month is inspired by folk mystery and the sacred esoteric with hints of animalistic spirituality. Both artists bring haunting mythological depth to everyday objects in their work, and Brooks' bold figures on wood and paper mesh well with Kimber's disquieted pictorial stories of feral women and children.
Ellen Heck: Connections
Wally Workman Gallery, through November 29
This is Bay Area printmaker Ellen Heck’s fourth show at Wally Workman, and this time she's bringing an exhibit that's an exploration of identity, belonging and vulnerability through images of the gentle desperation of childhood. These thoughtful, softer images are crossed with color studies in tidy, sectioned circles, rigid in form but abstract, depicting places and things in synesthetic mind maps.
Miradas: Ancient Roots in Modern and Contemporary Mexican Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection
Mexic-Arte Museum, through November 30
It turns out that Bank of America has been amassing an excellent art collection over the last century or so, and Mexic-Arte invites you to explore a timeline of paintings, prints and photographs that illustrate the development of visual expression in artistic communities on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. National Museum of Mexican Art Visual Arts Director Cesáreo Moreno serves as guest curator.
Scott Bickerton: Totemic Explorations
Gallery Black Lagoon, through December 7
Scott Bickerton’s work is an endless collaboration with gravity — that most persistently mysterious of cosmic forces — in which each assists the other in expressing images and concepts that neither alone could bring to life. Most days an appointment is required to browse the exhibit, but the doors are open to all during Black Lagoon’s annual WEST of EAST exhibition on November 14, 15, 22 and 23.