Julie Speed’s “Undertoad” show at Flatbed Press underscores her keen sense of the absurd. Contributed by Flatbred.

Utilizing her keen sense of the absurd, Texas artist Julie Speed ponders the big questions — the role of religion, isolation and longing, sexuality, sin and guilt — with a sly, sometimes dark sense of humor and a steadfast refusal to offer the viewer any tidy resolutions.

In her exhibit, which is also being displayed at a San Antonio gallery, she alternates between paintings, prints and collages to make her points, which put her at the forefront of a return to figurative painting in contemporary art.

Details: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through April 7. Free. Flatbed Press, 2830 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 512-477-9328, flatbedpress.com.