Spellerberg Projects

Ongoing and Upcoming

Miranda Terry, Painting and Sculpture

Opens Sept 6

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Opens Fri Sept 6, 7pm


Miranda Terry creates paintings, objects, and installations that reflect upon the intangible qualities of remembrance, ingenuity, and function. She works with found objects that range from broken concrete to trash off the street.

“I pick up an object whose intended purpose has failed, and I say ‘No.’ Building these objects, I manipulate surfaces and materials in a tangible way while considering the intangible qualities of memory, resourcefulness, and function. I am interested in how the material lineage of seemingly inconsequential objects can converge into larger wholes that both reference and redefine our collective experience. My paintings and objects explore the tension between interdependence and autonomy.”

Miranda lives and works in San Marcos TX, where she recently received her BFA in Studio Art from Texas State University. She is currently intern at ICOSA Art collective in Austin and manages the painting studio at Texas State.

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Elijah Barrett, Rockport

Closes Sept 14

Spellerberg Projects
103 S Main St, Lockhart TX
Open by appointment (Email)
Closes Sat Sept 14


Leading up to the second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey (2017), Spellerberg Projects presents a new installation of Austin, TX-based artist Elijah Barrett’s work of photography, Rockport.

The series unfolds in a small Texas town along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the storm. On its surface, the group of photographs takes the form of a conventional photo essay, but its vantages are more oblique and open-ended, generating a retelling that is as searching and ambiguous as it is documentary.

Rockport is a disorienting, fragmented account of a time between times; a witnessing of the aftermath of the last storm and the anxious anticipation of the next one. From the bare description of the destruction, to the blinding saturated colors, to the bright glimmer of light, these photographs ask us to reflect on the natural impulse to shield one’s eyes or divert one’s attention from what is overwhelming and the strain that is required to see hard realities more clearly.

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Studio Show

Event Sept 21

Spellerberg Projects
103 S Main St, Lockhart TX
Sat Sept 21, 7pm


Featuring:
Andrea Wallace
Hollie Brown
Lisa Guevara
Marie Tobola
Michael Villarreal
Sam Thompson

Thompson & Wallace, Drag Nest

On now

Artists Sam Thompson and Andrea Wallace posed for a portrait

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Open by appointment (Email)


Drag Nest, an installation by Samantha Thompson and Andrea Wallace, presents the audience with an introduction to the diverse landscape of contemporary drag in an intimate setting.

The artists transform a space in the Masur Gallery into a Drag Queen’s bedroom, with a 1970s aesthetics and traces of the previous era. On the walls is art that this imaginary queen has collected, created by the artists, including portraits of performers whom one can imagine as part of the Queen’s drag family.

The room feels like an intimate space one has stepped into, unsure if they should be there. The visitor observes the personal artifacts of a stranger who could walk in any moment and catch them in the act, but the allure of the environment will make them want to linger. The furniture, textiles, light fixtures, books and tchotchkes all reflect a garish yet attractive lifestyle full of beauty, passion, vice, lust and art and otherness.

The opening reception, which took place June 22 2019, was accompanied by a performance by Hentaii.

Hollie Brown, The Triumph of Death

On now

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Open by appointment (Email)


The first known painting dubbed The Triumph of Death exists as a fresco in the Regional Gallery of Palazzo Abatellis in Palermo, dated around 1446, creator unknown. In 1562, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, inspired by the earlier fresco, painted a 16th century update for his version, also titled, The Triumph of Death.

The third iteration, again titled, The Triumph of Death, is currently underway in the form of a site specific painting and sculpture, by artist Hollie Anne Brown. Cut outs of both 15th and 16th century versions are crudely pasted onto a color field which was previously rendered in a slapstick manner on her laptop.

In 1446 and 1562 a hypothetical answer was proposed to the question, “What happens when we die?” Bruegel and the unknown artist painted an image of death (personified by skeletons) triumphing over humans, with comic undertones. Curiously, neither painting were biblically derived.

Brown’s 2018 version does not propose an answer to this question, rather it honors the beauty of questions remaining questions. Images alluding to the sun and black holes, representing questions of life and alternate dimensions, take a center spot in her two seemingly identical murals, each over 25 feet long and 8 feet high.

On the evening of November 2nd, 2018, the finished version will go on display. Sometime later the murals will be buried in the wall under a few coats of white paint.

About the artist:

Hollie Brown lives in Lockhart, Texas. She received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and currently teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

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