Lone Star is a group exhibition of artists who are living and working in Austin Texas. Over the past several years there have been shifts and challenges due to growth, sky rocketing rents and housing prices. Many artists are being financially evicted from spaces they could once afford before rapid city development and over gentrification of the area. Landlords began to realize it was not beneficial to rent to artists but to cater to the younger affluent generation.
Even with this occurring, Austin’s contemporary art scene is thriving. The city is still filled with artists committed to regenerating the contemporary art scene. There are a multitude of galleries and artists strengthening the scene, new artists and collectives as well as staples of the Austin art scene who have been around for over a decade. The art and music scene have a strong connection and are very supportive of one another, creating a strong community. This exhibition focuses on the works of artists committed to the true art scene in Austin that makes it a cultural destination.
Alejandra Amuelle, Christina Coleman, Tim Kerr, Laura Klopfemstein and Win Wallace
Alejandra Amuelle was born in Arequipa Peru where she spent time in Pizac in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, a center of ceramic making. The common thread in her work is the humane shape. Alejandra has exhibited extensively in Austin and Houston.
Christina Coleman graduated with her MFA in Studio Art from University of Austin TX in 2012. Christina works predominantly with hair care products popular among African American women. Such as synthetic braiding hair, Ampro Pro Styl hair gel. She alters and recontextualizes these products focusing on their intrinsic functional qualities in an effort to show they relate to larger ideas. Christina recently showed at Texas A&M University and the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.
Tim Kerr graduated with a BFA in Photography and Painting from The University of Austin TX in 1978. Tim is a major influence in the music scene and was inducted into the Texas Museum Hall of fame in 1996. He was influential in the development of punkfunk, skaterock and garage music. He played in visionary bands including, The Big Boys, Poison 13, Lord High Fixers and Monkey Wrench. Tim is also a painter and his shown his artwork throughout the US and abroad, including PS1 New York, 96 Glilespie in London, Slowboy Gallery in Germany and Hyde Park Arts Center in Chicago.
Laura Klopfenstein uses the practices of printing, collage and painting. Portraying animals, insects and fish as symbols to narrate how human behavior often creates new environments for these populations. She is interested in the interplay between the micro scale and the human footprint, the systems, pockets, rhythm and ingenuity of nests, the world under rocks, the simplicity and elegance of decay and the tweaking of biological samples. Laura has shown extensively throughout Austin TX.
Win Wallace graduated with his BA in studio art from The University of Austin TX in 1998. Like Tim, Win also is influential in the music scene. Win is one of the most prolific poster artists for bands including the Melvins, Sleep, Helios Creed, Alice Donut, Animal Collective and Scratch Acid. He has also played in influential bands in Austin for years. Win’s visual art focuses on drawings influenced by history, dreams, nature and pathos. He has exhibited his work extensively in Texas, throughout the United States and internationally.