Los Outsiders curatorial collective (Jaime Salvador Castillo, Michael Anthony García, Robert Jackson Harrington, Hector Hernandez) announce their forthcoming curatorial undertaking, “Gently Fried: An Exhibition in Three Parts.” The work is being hosted in the beautiful Sam Z. Coronado Gallery at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Arts Center (ESB-MACC) in Austin, Texas. Programing for the exhibition begins on April 11, 2015.
At it’s heart,“Gently Fried” is about the rapidly changing face of Austin and the voices that are transformed by its growth. Los Outsiders aim to foster a dialogue within the city and its art scene, to both activate voices that are part of an essential conversation and start a creative cross pollination in the scene in Austin.The main themes explored in the exhibition are change, relationships, house/home and community.
1) The first component of the exhibition is comprised of all performance based works. It is a genre that garners little exploration in the city, but lends itself well to Austin’s reputation as a festival town. The performative works in the exhibition will be shown, in conjunction with the Fusebox Festival, at the ESB-MACC on April 11, 2015 at 12:00pm. Works will be presented in the facility’s Plaza and South Lawn areas. Artists performing are: Claire Ashley (Chicago), Autumn Knight (Houston), Jimmy James Canales (San Antonio), Katelena Hernandez Cowles (Austin), The Color Condition (Dallas), Sarah Hill (Austin).
2) The second part of the exhibition consists of works that will be installed in the Sam Coronado Gallery at the ESB-MACC for the duration of the exhibition, featuring the work of: Claire Ashley (Chicago), Jill Bedgood (Austin), Candace Briceño (Austin), Susi Brister (Austin), Jimmy Canales (San Antonio), Puro Chingón Collective (Austin), The Color Condition (Dallas), Katelena Hernandez Cowles (Austin), Sarah Hill (Austin), Jenny Kendler (Chicago), Irvin Morazan (NYC), Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (Winter Park, Florida), Deborah Roberts (Austin), Gil Rocha (Laredo, TX), Megan Stroech (Chicago).
3) The final portion of the exhibition is a symposium including various Austin cultural producers, as well as voices from other cities having similar changes transpiring across their creative landscape. This will allow us to raise questions about; cost of living and work spaces, the prominence of the academic community within the art scene, limited representation of visual art mediums, and the decline in racial diversity’s (concurrent with the booming population of the city as a whole.) Also, a conversation around the changing landscape and skyline of Austin and in particular how the developing of the Rainey district affects the architectural splendor of the ESB-MACC itself. Finally, we will investigate the division of labor across the city in general and take a closer look at the split between artist and artisan.
My Little Pony, 2013 sculpture/ performance by Claire Ashley
The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center is located at 600 River Street, Austin, TX 78701 with access and parking via Holly Street. The performance component of the exhibition is on Saturday April 11, 2015 at 12:00 pm in the ESB-MACC Plaza and South Lawn areas. The exhibition opening reception is in the ESB-MACC’s Sam Z. Coronado Gallery, Saturday April 18, 2015 and the exhibition runs through June 13, 2015. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 10am- 6pm, Fridays 10am-5:30pm and Saturdays 10am-4pm. The symposium will take place in the ESB-MACC’s Black Box Theater on May 23, 2015 from 12:00pm -2pm.
PDF VERSION:Gently Fried Press Release