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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


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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Heart to Art: Thao Votang and Brian Willey of Tiny Park (Part I) by New American Paintings
July 17, 2012, 8:00 am
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Living half a block from West Chelsea’s gallery scene equalled art overload for this former New York City resident. I figured I wouldn’t find the same convenience in Austin, TX…until I discovered the adorable apartment gallery Tiny Park, within walking distance of my flat. Tiny Park’s petite size belied its creative and compelling exhibitions, organized by owners Brian Willey and Thao Votang. Less than a year after opening their doors to the public, Tiny Park moved to a proper commercial space on Austin’s east side. I spoke with Willey and Votang about their plans for the new, not-so-Tiny Park. — Brian Fee, Austin contributor

Part II has been posted! Check it out here…


Thao Votang and Brian Willey. Courtesy Tiny Park, Austin.

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The Frozen Moment: Nick Brown at Tiny Park by New American Paintings
March 27, 2012, 8:15 am
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The human experience, how we navigate through this turbulent world, interacting with society and nature, and our destined demises—all this dwells within Nick Brown’s affective canvases. Not to say the lot are sombre: this array of paintings and pastel drawings at Austin’s Tiny Park conjure a spectrum of complex emotions befitting their varied imagery. If a picture is worth a thousand words, Brown’s works embody infinitely more. – Brian Fee, Austin Contributor


Nick Brown | Poppies, 2010, oil on canvas, 36″ x 60″ Courtesy the artist and Tiny Park, Austin.

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