FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 23, 2005
FOR MORE INFORMATION: please call (512) 322-2099
Hana Hillerova, Director, Creative Research Laboratory
EXHIBITION DATES: July 9 - 30, 2005
RECEPTION: Saturday, July 9, 6-9 pm
Gallery Hours: Tues.-Sat., 12-5 pm

fever

July 9 -30 at Creative Research Laboratory

image of FEVER postcard

Opening Saturday, July 9, Creative Research Laboratory presents Fever, introducing work by 13 Master of Fine Arts candidates and curated by four Art History graduate students, all from the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. The opening reception will take place 6 to 9 p.m. at Creative Research Laboratory, located at 2832 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard in Austin.

Fever is the first of two summer exhibitions organized collaboratively by students in the Department of Art and Art History. The artists featured in “Fever” are Eric Benson, Robert Boland, Erin M. Cunningham, Erin Curtis, Ali Fitzgerald, Sara Frantz, Ceci Israel-Bradfield, Aron Johnston, Jimmy Luu, Erick Michaud, Jared Steffensen, Stephanie Wagner, and David Woody. Curators are Alex Codlin, Laura A. Lindenberger, Breanne Robertson, and Edwin Stirman.

The first show in this collaborative project, Fever, features artists whose narratives directly engage and stimulate the viewer’s sensory perceptions. The second show, Shade, includes artists working in a primarily abstract mode, whose projects explore color, material, and visual structure. These two shows are in dialogue with each other, both conceptually as well as visually, and capture an incredibly fertile and creative moment within the Department of Art and Art History.

The artists in Fever address personal story-telling, ritual, or interaction with the landscape in work that is incredibly visceral, with a visual and optical intensity that seduces the viewer. Many of the artists re-think the terms of their media, appropriating from a range of sources and layering the materials, colors, ideas, and images that interest them into a multi-layered final product. Home and the landscape play an important role here. Many of the artists are interested in creating (or returning to) specific places of personal significance. Others are interested in processes of play and humor, encouraging viewer interaction with their works, both physically and mentally.

The second show, Shade, opens Saturday, August 13, 6 to 9 p.m. at Creative Research Laboratory.

Creative Research Laboratory presents a year-round schedule of exhibitions of work by students and faculty at the University of Texas at Austin and also facilitates workshops, performances, demonstrations, seminars and collaborations.

The Lab is located at 2832 East Martin Luther King Boulevard , located in East Austin at 2832 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard, inside Flatbed World Headquarters. There is ample free parking and bus service available on Capitol Metro's route 18. The activities of the Department of Art and Art History and the Creative Research Laboratory are free and open to the public.

For further information about the Lab, contact Hana Hillerova, Director, by email at crlab@uts.cc.utexas.edu, or 512.322.2099, or visit http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/~crlab/

For information about the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, contact Carolyn Porter, carolynp@mail.utexas.edu, 512.471.3379.

Creative Research Laboratory
2832 East Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Austin, Texas 78702
phone: 512.322.2099
email: crlab@uts.cc.utexas.edu

 

photo by David Woody

David Woody
Pflugerville, TX, 2005
C-print
30" x 40"

Photo of Steffensen performance

Jared Steffensen
May I Have This Dance, Tree? (Portable Nature Series), 2005 (detail)
performance

Image by Aron Johnston

Aron Johnston
Venus: Post Birth Interpretation, 2005
acrylic and mixed media
47" h x 47" w