Spring has sprung. So has a new crop of gallery exhibits around town.
“Leslie Wilkes: Optic Verve”
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through May 18. Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St. Free. 512-477-1064, www.womenandtheirwork.org
Marfa-based artist Leslie Wilkes describes her geometric abstract paintings as “ kind of kaleidoscopic Rorschach blot(s).”
Using a vibrant, saturated palette reminiscent of 1960s and 1970s fashion and graphic design, Wilkes creates neat symmetrical arrangements of forms that almost seem to pulsate.
“I want to stimulate the viewer’s visual cortex where color, pattern and forms are interpreted,” the artist says.
“Mallory Page: Married in a Fever”
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through April 26. Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W. Sixth St. Free. 512-472-7428, www.wallyworkmangallery.com
New Orleans painter Mallory Page plays with luminous monochromatic color in her large scale gestural paintings. Says Page: “I want my work to pulse with fluidity and light so that they act as streams of thought and ultimately convey a certain sensuality.”
“New Works by Miguel Aragón”
Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through April 26. Tiny Park Gallery, 1101 Navasota St. Free. www.tinyparkgallery.com
Now based in New York, Texas artist Miguel Aragon returns to Austin with the latest of his delicate yet compelling series of prints, the surfaces of which are textured in unusual ways with a hand drill and other power tools.
Aragón culls media images of the violence resulting from the Mexican drug cartel wars in which his hometown, Ciudad Juárez, has been a primary battleground. Yet Aragón obscures the grisly scenes of murder and tragedy so that they are not immediately recognizable, demanding that viewers reconsider the tragic subject matter.
“My work is derived from a need to find meaning in these brutal events that reposition the corpse in our field of vision, reminding us that our physical existence is finite,” Aragón says.
“Second Nature: New works by David Everett and Billy Hassell”
Opening: 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 1o a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays through May 24. Artists’ talk 6 to 8 p.m. May 7. Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th St. Free. 512-477-4929. www.davisgalleryaustin.com
Austin sculptor David Everett and Fort Worth-based artist Billy Hassell are as much environmentalists and naturalists as they are artists, concerned with depicting the vitality and beauty of the natural world as well as its fragility. Everett’s hand-carved painted wood sculptures are both whimsical and poignant. Hassell’s vibrant paintings employ a graphic illustrative style that makes bold use of form and color.
“Tom Molloy: Native”
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays through May 10. Lora Reynolds Gallery, 360 Nueces St. Free. 512-215-4965, www.lorareynolds.com.
In exquisitely rendered graphite drawings, artist Tom Molloy creates beguiling recreations of paintings and postcards, erasing key figures to question how we represent “the other” — someone different than us culturally, ethnically or racially.]]