Considering retail stores had holiday decorations two seconds after Halloween, who isn’t sick of looking at Christmas visual clutter?
Austin’s indie galleries got fix for that this weekend.
Friday, Grayduck Gallery opens “Lumens & Currents: Elizabeth Chiles and John Swanger,” a smart pairing of two very thoughtful artists. Opening is 7 to 10 p.m.
Also Friday 7 to 10 p.m., Pump Project celebrates the opening of “I Saw the World: Betelhem Makonnen.” Using appropriated images from the British military invasion of Ethiopia, Makonnen subverts history and its authority.
At Mass Gallery, the cooperative is hosting a Big Blowout Holiday Sale, with 20% off everything in their shop including the one-of-a-kind artwork in the 12 x 12 bin. It all happens 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. (On Saturday they’re spinning vinyl and offering eggnog.)
It’s also the final chance to see “Understory,” yet another super smart group show by this artist-run gallery.
On Saturday afternoon, from 1 to 4 p.m., the galleries in the Flatbed building host an open house.
Camiba Art Gallery celebrates the opening of a solo show by Tahila Xicahuamazatl Mintz. At 2 p.m. Mintz will discuss her meditative black-and-white photo portraits of the forest.
Flatbed Gallery itself will offer 10% off any of its one-of-a-kind prints
And Gallery Shoal Creek and Photo Méthode also join in on the open house fun.