From large installations to mini landscape, five not-to-miss exhibits
Our list of must-see current exhibits:
“Shrine of Inevitable Forces.” Colin McIntyre salvaged several tons of building features from an abandoned 1930s Michigan factory — including segments of undulating, water-damaged wood flooring — to use in an ambitious site-specific installation in a vacant 1930s South Austin church. Through June 6. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Sunday. 108 W. Gibson St. Free. www.sculptureforge.com.
Katie Maratta. Maratta’s landscape drawings are a mere one inch in height but are often four feet in length. Homages to the vast Texas horizon, Maratta’s alluring horizon-scapes are rendered in impeccable detail: Trees, swirling dust devils, highway signs, horses, hay bales, pump jacks, barns, farm houses, silos and endless stretches of roads and fences roll by in cinematic fashion. Through Jun 6. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Free. www.galleryshoalcreek.com.
“I Only Know Plenty.” Austin artist Elizabeth McDonald launches her ambitious new series of large- and small-scale paintings, sound art and sculptures in a beguiling installation that probes the all-too-human culture of blaming and shaming. Through June 21. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. Free. www.grayduckgallery.com.
“The Aviary: The Birds of Flatbed.” Culled from Flatbed’s archives and cleverly curated, “The Aviary” demonstrates how for several decades this fine art print workshop has remained at the forefront in its collaborations with top regional artists. Using a whimsical point of entry — bird art — this exhibit nevertheless produces a veritable who’s who with prints by John Alexander, Kelly Fearing, Frank X. Tolbert, Dan Rizzie, Julie Speed, Luis Jimenez, James Surls, Alice Leora Briggs, Mary McCleary and David Everett. Through July 27. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday- Friday; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday. Flatbed Press and Gallery. 2832 E. Martin Luther King Blvd. Free. 512-477-9328, www.flatbedpress.com.
“Apology to Time: Mark Johnson.” Johnson uses a complex and varied set of painterly gestures and even sculptural elements to create intriguingly layered pictures that are meditations on the passage of time. Through Jun 24. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays and by appointment. Colab Projects N Space, 905 Congress Ave. Free. www.co-labprojects.org.