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Abstract Planking: Jason Middlebrook at Lora Reynolds Gallery by New American Paintings
July 22, 2013, 9:00 am
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Painting on wood panels is old-school, the most popular way of supporting media until canvas took over in the 16th century. Jason Middlebrook isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel by painting directly onto internally cut trunks from the local mill. But in relocating from Williamsburg to Columbia County in upstate New York seven years ago, the artist began infusing his nature-minded oeuvre with the natural landscape. The Line That Divides Us, Middlebrook’s debut solo exhibition at Lora Reynolds Gallery in Austin, is a distillation of his most recent work: subtle compositions on their own sublime hardwood slabs. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

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Jason Middlebrook | Black Betty, 2013, Spray paint on cherry, 105 x 18 x 1 1/4 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.  Continue reading


Novel Graphics: Richard Forster and Ewan Gibbs at Lora Reynolds Gallery by New American Paintings
April 1, 2013, 8:30 am
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Take two fortyish male English artists sporting intricate, process-driven drawing prowess: one a bespectacled, intellectual northerner (Richard Forster), the other a bearded, loquacious southerner (Ewan Gibbs). Put them in a room together. Wait two years. What do you get? An intense discourse on drawing and its ability to convey emotion as acutely as a photograph. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

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Left: Richard Forster | Fashion Girl Woodland Shoot, 2012, Graphite and acrylic medium on bristol board, 12 1/6 x 8 1/8 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.
Right: Ewan Gibbs | Arlington, 2012, Graphite on paper, 17 7/8 x 12 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin.

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Choose Your Own Imperfection: Joseph Phillips at Tiny Park by New American Paintings
February 6, 2013, 8:30 am
Filed under: Austin, Review | Tags: , , , ,

Tired of Big City confines, but reluctant to embrace the Baby Boomers’ love for suburban sprawl? Joseph Phillips (NAP #84 and 96) presents a solution in Infinite Perfection, his debut solo exhibition at Tiny Park in Austin. In just eight tidily composed works on paper and a modular wall piece, Phillips locks into that balance of manmade convenience and nature’s comfort, with results both blissfully utopian and chillingly severe. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

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Joseph Phillips | Variety Acre with Cabin and Tank, 2013, Gouache, graphite, and ink on paper, 15 x 19 inches. Courtesy the artist and Tiny Park, Austin.

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Taking A New Perspective: Leah Haney at Tiny Park by New American Paintings
December 26, 2012, 8:52 am
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Welcome to the future…and it’s the mid-1980’s. Leah Haney revels in it, from the jewel-toned color palette to Art Deco revivalism to cyberpunk. In her hands, these vintage ingredients manifest as frozen explosions of multiple perspectives and cosmic architecture, in her appropriately titled solo exhibition Divergent Space (on view through January 5) at Austin’s Tiny Park. They’re anything but dated. — Brian Fee (Austin contributor)

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Leah Haney | Hypernova Cityscape, 2012, acrylic and collage on panel, 24” x 18”. Courtesy the artist and Tiny Park, Austin.

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Introspection’s in the Details: Anthony W. Garza at Tiny Park by New American Paintings
September 26, 2012, 8:25 am
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A solitary tree branch. A rocky shoreline. A bizarre animal-architectural amalgam. A night sky. As evinced from his exhibition at Austin’s Tiny Park, local artist Anthony W. Garza depicts all these with understated reverence, via graphite, watercolor, and acrylics. The sum effect is a naturalistic cycle, engaging us and encouraging us to be more aware of the world around us. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor.


Anthony W. Garza | Layers Upon Layers, 2012, graphite on paper, 44 x 58 inches. Courtesy the artist and Tiny Park, Austin. Continue reading


Composing and Compositing for Reactions: Cordy Ryman by New American Paintings
September 20, 2012, 8:30 am
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Scraps and discarded wood become remarkable, contemplative creations in Cordy Ryman’s hands. His style bears some influence of dad Robert—connoisseur of white tones and alchemist with mounting implements—but Cordy is more likely to coat his second- or thirdhand lumber with dazzlingly colorful paint. Or he’ll leave the wood bare to highlight its recycled history. Viewing Ryman’s work, his relief-like paintings and painterly sculptures, in his second solo exhibition at Lora Reynolds Gallery is best done up close and personal. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor


Cordy Ryman | Green Book, 2012, Acrylic and enamel on wood, 24 x 20 x 6.5 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lora Reynolds Gallery.

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Heart to Art: Thao Votang and Brian Willey of Tiny Park (Part II) by New American Paintings
July 19, 2012, 8:30 am
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Part two of my interview with Thao Votang and Brian Willey, owners of Tiny Park in Austin, TX. Find part one here. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor


Tiny Park’s Greatest Hits grand opening at Navasota St, June 2012. Courtesy Tiny Park, Austin.

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