Spellerberg Projects

Past Exhibitions

Writing With Light

Jun 6–Sep 7 2018

Writing With Light: Explorations in Ethnographic and Documentary Photography

This exhibition in two parts features a survey of work from ethnographic photographers: Liz Hingley (England), Martin Saxer (Germany), Christian Vium (Denmark), and Alejandro Flores (Guatemala). The second part of the exhibition features prototype photo-essays on gallery walls.

The Writing with Light collective is comprised of Craig Campbell, Vivian Choi, Lee Douglas, Arjun Shankar, and Mark Westmoreland. We publish photo-essays with the journals, Visual Anthropology Review and Cultural Anthropology.

Presented with the Intermedia Workshop.

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

Closing reception

Friday, September 7 2018, 6pm
Free and Open to the Public

Marie Tobola, Canopic

Jul 6–Sep 1, 2018

Exhibition of paintings by artist Marie Tobola.

“I advocate the pursuit of a formal deconstruction of the figure. Separating line from shape and peering beyond.
In the digital age I find no interest in copies, we have lost something in the realm of the virtual. The tangibility of paint possesses the alchemy to go beyond surface to a residual presence and a preservation of being.”

Marie Tobola lives and works in Lockhart, TX. She received her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006.

Spellerberg Projects
103 S Main St, Lockhart TX
Open by appointment

Student Showcase

Apr 6 – May 13 2018

Spellerberg Projects, in conjunction with Lockhart ISD, is hosting a district-wide art show featuring works by LISD artists at the Masur Gallery, the city’s newest art venue.

Parents family members are invited to bring their children to view the artwork at a special opening reception Friday, April 6, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Members of the public are also welcome. The Masur Gallery is located at 119 W. San Antonio St. in Lockhart, just off the historic city square.

This event help tips off a weekend of activity in Lockhart with the annual Sip & Stroll event, hosted by the Downtown Business Association, drawing visitors to the city from all over the region with proceeds going towards beautification and promotion of downtown Lockhart. The student artwork will remain on display and open for public view during that event Saturday, April 7, from 1:00 – 7:00 pm.

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX

Elana Langer, Soul Revival Tent

Jan 20 – May 31 2018

This activation is an emotional intervention in the gallery space and provides tools for integrating empathy into our collective experience of the everyday. Emotional Aid Kit is akin to a first aid kit, filled with tools for emotional support, such as mantras, images and a bell; Soul Revival Tent creates a physical space for self-care interventions. Langer creates products and experiences that support people working to make their lives more purposeful. Her installations have been shown throughout the world, and her work is currently on view in the exhibition Access + Ability at Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian design museum in New York.

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX

Chris St. Leger, Skyline Prints

Jan 20 – Mar 31 2018

Lockhart, Texas-based artist Chris St. Leger presents a set of 10 prints at Masur Gallery.

St. Leger works primarily in watercolor. He also creates inverted watercolors through digital manipulation; he paints a watercolor based on the negative space of a source photograph, scans the painting, digitally inverts the file, and then prints the final result. St. Leger paints the built environment to explore the terrain of expanded civilization. His source photography captures fleeting moments of places he visits, but his focus is on the transportive aesthetic of each painting.

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

Artist’s website

Honoria Starbuck, Zen Chickens

Jan 20 – Mar 31 2018

Honoria Starbuck opens Zen Chickens at Masur Gallery.

The Austin, Texas-based artist is inspired by Zen calligraphers, mail art and her practice of tai chi to create a Zen Chicken each morning using ink, watercolor and collage. The exhibition includes six new small- and medium-format works on paper. Starbuck teaches design fundamentals, observational drawing, fashion drawing, anatomy and gesture drawing at the Art Institute of Austin. She serves on the advisory boards of SXSW EDU and SXSW Interactive and holds an interdisciplinary doctoral degree from University of Texas at Austin in communications, fine art and curriculum and instruction.

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

Artist’s website

Chris St. Leger, Originals

Jan 20 – Jul 23 2018

Lockhart, Texas-based artist Chris St. Leger presents a selection of paintings at our storefront gallery on Main St.

St. Leger works primarily in watercolor. He also creates inverted watercolors through digital manipulation; he paints a watercolor based on the negative space of a source photograph, scans the painting, digitally inverts the file, and then prints the final result. St. Leger paints the built environment to explore the terrain of expanded civilization. His source photography captures fleeting moments of places he visits, but his focus is on the transportive aesthetic of each painting.

Spellerberg Projects
103 S Main St, Lockhart TX
Open by appointment

Artist’s website

Studio WAC, Tempor Magazine

Oct 6 – Dec 2 2017

Tempor is the latin root for time or occasion. anything in the past is a memory, and anything in the future is a dream. the word tempor relates to this moment, the present. Founded in 2017, Tempor is an independent travel magazine for adventure seekers in North America. The magaine features original film photography and essays on history, politics, and immigration — inviting readers to dive into a variety of fields and encouraging self-reflection and awareness about the environment.

This exhibition is part of a collaborative project between Houston-based creatives, Scott Cartwright and Jenny Lynn Weitz Amaré-Cartwright, of Studio WAC. Using the built environment as a point of departure, Studio WAC focuses on issues facing art, architecture, and design. Seasonal publications like Tempor, its photography collections, objects, and overall creative practice, aid in the dissemination of ideas and encourage dialogue about current topics.

Magazine website

Michael Villarreal, Whitetail

June 17 – Sept 16 2017

Villarreal takes materials that are common for the construction of houses — such as pink insulation foam, joint compound, latex paint, and spray paint — and gives them a new identity. The objects he makes are depictions of items brought into his home when he was child, and are grouped to create both an interior and exterior version of a domestic environment. The three-dimensional forms create a conversation with his past work as a painter — most objects he makes have a relationship with the wall against which they are placed or hung and others mimic the idea of oil paint’s materiality. Some forms resemble minimal sculpture, leading the viewer to reinvestigate how we perceive the household item.

Michael Villarreal was born in Austin, TX and raised in Lockhart, TX. In 2013, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas State University, and in May 2017 a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has exhibited his work nationally at multiple commercial art galleries and art centers. Among these include: Art Palace Contemporary Art Gallery and Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, TX, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE, LA Artcore: Brewery Annex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA, and Art + Literature Laboratory in Madison, WI. In 2014, Villarreal was invited for solo exhibition at Art Palace Contemporary Art Gallery in their Project Gallery. He has been in several publications, online and in print, such as Huffington Post for a group exhibition in Los Angeles and in Issue No. 126 of New American Paintings which was release in October 2016. He has participated in several curatorial endeavors such as a show titled Conduit at Tugboat Gallery in Lincoln, NE which featured three artists from three different regions of the nation. Recently, he was awarded with the 39th Mayor’s Arts Awards in Lincoln, NE and the Francis William Vreeland Scholarship Award. In July, he will be an artist in residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in Nebraska City.

Artist’s website

Seth Anderson, UrbanSeens

Apr 1 – Jun 10 2017

Seth Anderson has been fascinated by photography since he was a small boy, and has been diligently taking photographs for over twenty years. One of his favorite pastimes is strolling in diverse neighborhoods, camera on hip, seeking the poetry contained in urban milieus, as seen in all four seasons. His work explores the intrinsic beauty of shared public spaces, from the dust of the pavement, to the delight of architectural patterns.

Artist’s website

Kate Schneider, We, the Heartland

Jan 6 – Mar 25 2017

On their 6,000-acre ranch in the Nebraska Sandhills, Richard and Bonny Kilmurry live a seemingly simple existence that belies their quiet intelligence and fierce independence.

When the Kilmurry family received a letter from the TransCanada Corporation in 2012 stating that their ranch could host a portion of a 1,833-mile tarsands oil pipeline, the apolitical family, by nature distrustful of environmentalists, found themselves on the front-lines of the Keystone XL pipeline protest movement.

This reluctant environmentalism is not unique to the Kilmurrys. The KXL movement aligned groups who were previously segregated and perhaps even antipathetic — liberal environmentalists, conservative ranchers and farmers, and Native Americans — to fight for the rejection of the proposed “black snake.&rdqoo;

We, The Heartland is a love letter to the cultural landscape of the prairies. Photographs by Kate Schneider portraying the proposed Keystone XL pipeline route in Nebraska and South Dakota are paired with handwritten letters to President Obama from landowners and Lakota natives. The landscapes address the unseen threat the proposed pipeline poses to the land, and the accompanying letters address the indexical relationship between the land and those who seek to preserve it.

— Kate Schneider

About the artist

Schneider is a Toronto-based photographer and educator. Her work is based in the traditions of documentary storytelling and ethnography, and her most recent works focus on the impact that land and the socialized landscape have on individual and cultural identity in North America. Schneider was recognized by the Magenta Foundation’s 2013 and 2015 Flash Forward competitions, and has recently shown her work at the Soho Photo gallery (New York), the Society of Photographic Education (Cleveland), and the floor of the United States Senate. She received her MFA in Documentary Media from Ryerson University (2009) and is an Instructor of Photography at OCAD University and the University of Guelph-Humber. This exhibition was made possible with the support of the Nebraska Arts Council and the Nebraska Cultural Endowment.

Alex Beriault, Paralleled

Oct 22 – Dec 31 2016

Two-channel video installation. Alex Beriault has developed a practice where the objects and circumstances that she creates manifest as purgatorial experiences for herself and for the viewer. She functions as a catalyst within her installation practice.

In September of 2016, Alex Beriault presented Paralleled, an art installation that intersected performance with sculpture. Commissioned for the eleven-day in/Future exhibition that occurred at the Ontario Place grounds in Toronto, it acted as a manufactured island: at once an object, a fragment of architecture, and a platform that hosted two performers, Alex and Andrew Beriault. The installation floated on Lake Ontario within the middle of a canal, isolating the performers from the surrounding viewers. On the platform, a single wall divided the pair, inhibiting their opportunity to see or speak to one another. The only dialogue they could share was through the action of a strike. One at a time, back and forth, each partner pushed his or her body into the boundary wall between them. Both partners engaged in this continuum of action & reaction, colliding into the dividing wall that prevented (yet suggested) an impact between him and her.

Alex Beriault with Spellerberg Projects presents documentation of the original work that transpired at in/Future. In the gallery, two projections at either end of the space re-play the actions performed on either side of the wall. By slowing down the pacing of time and manipulating the framing of the screens, Beriault augments the footage taken from the live performance to re-contextualize it into a looped two-channel video installation.

Alex Beriault holds a BFA in Sculpture/Installation from OCAD University, graduating as the recipient of the 2014 Sculpture/Installation Medal. She has developed a practice where the objects and circumstances that she creates manifest as purgatorial experiences for herself and for the viewer.

Beriault functions as a catalyst within her installation practice. The sculptures she constructs often affiliate her body. This develops into a physical dynamic between body and object where the object made governs and/or overtakes the object maker. For the viewer who encounters these situations, this tension disrupts the etiquette that dictates how one-person responds to the other. Her work interrupts (and reconsiders) the unspoken rules and boundaries that quietly delegate our positions relative to one another. A question remains in suspension; how do I understand myself in relation to You?

Beriault’s work has been featured in various publications including C Magazine, The Senses and Society, and The Varsity (University of Toronto). She has performed solo and collaborative projects at The Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Toronto International, The Ontario Science Centre and The Artist Project, as well as participated in performance festivals in Italy, Newfoundland and Toronto. Her work has been the subject of a presentation at the annual Museums and the Web Conference in Chicago in 2015. Beriault has given presentations about her practice at OCAD University, University of Toronto, and the Athens School of Fine Art in Greece. She currently lives and works in Toronto.

The artist would like to gratefully acknowledge the support for this project from the Ontario Arts Council.

Artist’s website

Pop Up, Group show

Aug 6 – Oct 7 2016

Central-Texas arts and crafts group show featuring tables by local artists, craftspersons and friends of the gallery.

Stephen Sellers is an artist, musician and activist currently living and working in Lockhart Texas. Stephen’s work is the manifestation of questions about process, permanence and the illusory nature of things. In 2014 he began working to create something that incorporated these three elements. His process is to sit quietly on these benches and strike these bells, seeking the real.

Janet Christian has been creating handbuilt pottery art since 2008. She works in her pottery studio outside of Lockhart, Texas, where she uses a large slab roller and two kilns to create her pieces. While most pottery is made by hand, the term “hand-built” refers to pottery that is not created on a wheel. Because of this, an infinite variety of shapes may be made.

Knut Graf is a German designer in Austin, crafting user experiences and objects. The “Kato” sculptures are an exploration into expressive posture through simple shapes. It strikes a chord in the context of Kawaii, the Japanese culture of cute things. The sculptures are precision 3d printed in Porcelain, and glazed in a traditional firing process. The SteelKitten variations are 3d printed in steel.

Liza Collins was born in London, UK, where she studied fine art and tapestry weaving, graduating from England’s Royal College of Art with a Master of Arts. Liza moved to Texas in 1998 and has made Lockhart her home for the past twelve years. She uses shapes and patterns drawn from the things she sees in the world around her, simplified, abstracted and transformed into her unique pictorial language.

Philip McBride, Janet Christian and Tam Francis are members of a Lockhart writers’ circle. These independently published novels represent the new face of publishing, bypassing traditional gatekeepers — agents and publishing houses. “Tangled Honor” is McBride’s 2nd book; “Double Trouble” is Christian’s 3rd book; “The Girl in Jitterbug Dress” is Francis’s 2nd book.

Elana Langer, We are all in this together

Apr 27 – Jul 10 2016

Exhibition of recent participatory performance-based installations

As I find my own inherent value, I learn to respect others as equal. Like me they are here with inherent purpose, like me they are here in it all.

As I find my own unique value, I learn to respect others as different. Like me they are all here of unique purpose, like me they are part of the mystery.

My work is designed to share these lessons and prompt them into daily exchange. There is no “right” way to approach my work, no “right” way to answer or respond.

The only right thing is the willingness to gain perspective on our assumptions, and to accept that our choices effect the world we live in.

I, matter. We, matter.
Like it, and not like it,

We are all in this together.

Poly-style, Group show

Mar 25 – Apr 23 2016

Poly-style is a Lockhart youth group show featuring artists Krista Cortez, Natalie Grimm and Abraham Serrato III.

In their own words:

Ever since I started traveling, I had the urge to draw the world I saw around me. It took me a while to find my exact “style,” but once I drew more it started to take its shape.

— Krista Cortez

Cartoons hold a special place in my heart. The vibrant colors and unique styles have always been more appealing to me than work on the more realistic side of things. I started making cartoons and comics when I was barely six years old and have kept up with it ever since.

— Natalie Grimm

The first thing I think when I do art is “grace.” I want to capture the beauty the world has to offer.

— Abraham Serrato III

This exhibition is staged in recognition of Youth Art Month, a national celebration of student talent and creativity. Special thanks to Nan Durham and Vivian Schulle.

Honoria Starbuck, Flaneuse

Jan 16 – Mar 20 2016

Spellerberg Projects is proud to present Flaneuse, a dynamic installation of small-format paintings by American artist Honoria Starbuck.

The works in this exhibition are 5 × 7 inch postcard-sized gestural paintings, produced in watercolor, pen & ink, pastel, collage, graphite and acrylics. They are the product of the artist as flaneuse, maneuvering through contemporary life and engagement with art history.

Starbuck’s inspiration flows from the earliest of mark-making gestures, prehistoric cave painting, through art history and up to present day practices such as digital painting via tablet computers. The pieces explore color, shape and the interaction of materials, with subjects ranging from observed nature, abstract forms and fashion.

The exhibition is a site-specific dynamic installation, conceived by the artist for the storefront gallery at Spellerberg Projects. Gazing in the windows of the gallery, the viewer sees dozens of small-format artworks displayed on a rail along the gallery walls. Upon entering the space, she encounters a cabinet containing hundreds of paintings, organized by theme. A white-gloved attendant invites her to select a set of work to display, then replaces the paintings on the rail with those of her choosing.

This installation format is inspired by that of the Lithuania Pavilion of the 54th Venice Biennale, held in 2011. Titled “Behind the White Curtain,” visitors could browse a catalog to select works, which would then be retrieved from an archive and displayed in a structure custom-made for the exhibition.

The artist’s choice of the 5 × 7 inch postcard-sized format derives from her long-term engagement with Mail Art, a populist artistic practice centered on sending small scale works through the postal service. Originally practiced by the Fluxus artists of the 1950s and 60s, it has since developed into a thriving global movement. The particular works in this exhibition don’t qualify as Mail Art, however, because they haven’t been sent through the mail… yet.

About Honoria Starbuck

Honoria Starbuck received an interdisciplinary Ph.D in communications, fine arts, and education from the University of Texas, Austin. She has been a member of the global Mail Art Network for over twenty five years and her work has shown in festivals, museums, galleries and private settings around the world. She has taught at the Art Institute of Austin, the Austin Museum of Digital Art and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh; and serves on the advisory board of SXSW Edu and the programming board of SXSW Interactive.

www.honoriastarbuck.com

What’s a Flaneuse?

The word flâneur refers to the nineteenth century French man depicted by writers such as Balzac and Baudelaire. He was a dashing young gentleman whose literary prowess allowed him to describe and analyze social customs, commerce and politics in the modernizing city. The idea of being a flâneur, someone who walks the streets observing city life, is key to our understanding of the urban, and of art, from the late nineteenth century onwards.

Historians typically portray the flâneur as an exclusively male identity. Nineteenth century urban women were assumed to have been passive, objectified, and exploited; not active participants in the burgeoning capitalist marketplace. For example, author Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dupin had to disguise herself as a man and use the pseudonym “George Sand” in order to walk the streets of Paris freely. But even today’s women discover obstacles when stepping off the well-trodden paths of career, marriage, children. Because of this, a flaneuse is more than just the feminine equivalent of a flâneur, she’s also a feminist.

(This definition owes credit to Dana Goldstein and Lauren Elkin.)

Past Screenings

All Is Well On The Border

Oct 20 2018

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Oct 20, 2018, 8pm
Free


Statement by curators Noor Ale and Claudia Mattos:

All is well on the border presents a collection of video works that contend with life on the margins. The program takes its name from the same-titled 1997 Akram Zaatari documentary, which offers for wide viewing the testimonies of three prisoners held in detention centers during the Israeli occupation of South Lebanon. These gathered works align histories, accounts and experiences surrounding immigration, exile, statelessness, and the precarity of moving across sovereign borders, as well as the fringes of social and cultural boundaries. These liminal zones have come to increasing prominence on the back of refugee crises stemming from Afghanistan, Somalia and Syria, and activist platforms that have granted greater visibility to those in the periphery. And as the Internet and its digital effects have staked greater claims in the lives of people globally; and facilitated communication and the bridging of experiences beyond arbitrary boundaries; borders, too, have grown increasingly irrelevant in our highly interconnected and global communities.

In these times of heightened national security, mass globalization, civic unrest and the rise of nationalist movements throughout the West, borders are both foregrounded and swept aside; highly policed or easily crossed; and used to reinforce geopolitical agendas and causes. All it well on the border is in many ways a case study of border states across diverse cross-sections of global society, offering a nuanced picture of the myriad lines that divide our world.


Program:

Akram Zaatari, All Is Well On the Border, 1997, 43:00
A critique of the political slogans which usually dominate the image of the shrit, or the occupied frontal zone in South Lebanon.

Mieke Bal and Shahram Entekhabi, Lost In Space, 2015, 17:00
The film about homelessness and displacement tears apart the different manifestations of language.

Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Declaration of Poetic Disobedience, 2005, 15:15
“In November of 2003 I began to write this text. It was my clumsy attempt at finding a post-9/11 pice and place in another map — an imaginary one drafted by me.” (G G-P)

Mona Hatoum, Measures of Distance, 1998, 15:25
This early work is concerned with the artist’s separation from her Palestinian family and, in particular, her relationship with her mother whose letters from Beirut are read aloud as the soundtrack to the tape.

Julia Meltzer and David Thorne, Not a matter of if but when…, 2007, 17:40
Developed with Rami Farah in 2005-06 in Damacus, when momentous events reverberated throughout Syria giving rise to widespread anxiety and anticipation around the potential for imminent change, regime change, internal reform, internal collapse, civil war and the increased power of fundamentalist Islam.

Run Like The Devil

Oct 5 2018

RUN LIKE THE DEVIL, produced by Richelle Fatheree and directed by award-winning Austin-based director Steve Mims, documents the 2018 US Senate race between Ted Cruz and Beto O’Rourke. A non-partisan deep dive that goes beyond the political campaigns, the film threads the stories of the candidates with those of their respective political parties during a historic period of national political tumult.

Participants include O’Rourke, Cruz, Evan Smith (CEO, Texas Tribune), Mark McKinnon (political consultant), David Richards (Ann Richard’s ex-husband and redistricting litigator), Bob Moore (former editor, El Paso Times), Joshua Houston (Texas Impact Attorney) and others. Run time: 59 minutes.

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Oct 5, 2018, 8pm
$10 suggested donation at the door

Film’s website


Statement by director Steve Mims:

In August of 2010 I was working on a documentary that found me out in front of the Texas capitol filming a Tea Party rally that focused on denouncing Barack Obama. One of the speakers that day was Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz. I had never heard of him at the time and he was largely unknown statewide. In a fiery speech he fervently called for ending the Affordable Care Act and for defeating the president in 2012. The event (which is included in this current documentary) made a huge impression on me. By 2012 Cruz had become a Tea Party hero. He surprised pundits when he toppled a mainstream Republican to win the nomination to run for U.S. Senate. Then he buried his Democratic opponent in a landslide victory in the general election.

I felt then that the election had unfolded with little examination of both Cruz and opponent Paul Saddler on film and in television.

When I picked up a copy of the Austin American Statesman in late 2016 and read that U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke of El Paso was considering a run for Cruz’s senate seat I took an interest. On March 31, 2017 I traveled to El Paso to film his campaign announcement. Off and on from that day until as late as August 2, 2018 I filmed and edited material for the film that has become RUN LIKE THE DEVIL.

The film is an honest effort to make a non-partisan film about the two candidates, their personal stories, their beliefs, their respective parties and some of the most controversial issues in the campaign. The film is independently funded. An ambitious Kickstarter campaign failed, but enough people donated to our project via a fiscal sponsorship through the Austin Film Society that we were able to cover most expenses for making the film. I work as a part-time Lecturer in film at UT Austin and as a freelance writer/director/cinematographer. I have my own gear and I also edit. My hours shooting and editing on this film are donated to the film as a civic commitment on my part and is also a reflection of my love of doing the job of work that is making a film.

Crucial in this effort is producer Richelle Fatheree. Early on we had help from Austin attorney Reid Nelson.

Like all projects, the very best part of the process is going to places you’d otherwise never go and meeting people you would never meet. Meeting Beto and his family was a true pleasure, as was getting to pick the brains of everyone else who was generous enough to make time for an interview. Ted Cruz’s staff kindly worked with us to schedule an interview where he answered all our questions without clearing them in advance.

In the end I think the film is as honest a portrait of the two candidates as I can make. There is much in the film that will be uneasy for partisans and which will anger some people. I think there is real utility in that and I hope it fosters frank discussions that otherwise might not happen.

25 Miles Damn

Sept 7 2018

A project of the San Marcos Cinema Club, 25 Miles Damn is comprised of one-minute-long, non-fiction submissions filmed somewhere within 25 miles of San Marcos, aiming to highlight our region’s unique subcultures and geographic diversity. We hope to engage filmmakers in Lockhart, Luling, Seguin, Wimberley, Kyle, New Braunfels, San Marcos, and others. More info to come.

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
7pm

Bodies of Water

Aug 15 2018

Curated by Sam Cotter and Fraser McCallum, for Vtape.

“The works herein are characterized by broad sensitivities to land and place, formed by past and present migrations of living things, ideas and commodities. Informed by de-colonial and postcolonial theory, anti-imperialist struggles and critiques of urbanism, water is the medium through which ideas are made to flow, erode and surge forth.”

Chaparral Coffee
106 E Market St, Lockhart TX
9pm

Films of Marie Menken & Stan Brakhage

Feb 13 2018

Experimental Response Cinema
Metaphors on Vision: Films by Menken and Brakhage

Experimental Response Cinema and Spellerberg Projects present an evening in celebration of the life and work of experimental filmmaker Stan Brakhage. This event includes a program of 16mm films by Marie Menken, who was a major influence on Brakhage early in his career, and two later Brakhage works, one of which is on 35mm.

Menken films include: Notebook (1963), Go Go Go (1964), Glimpse of the Garden (1957), and Dwightiana (1959). Brakhage films include Interpolations 1-5 (1992, 35mm), and one additional 16mm film. Total running time is approximately one hour.

This series is presented in conjunction with the republication of Brakhage’s 1963 book Metaphors of Vision, which has been out of print for 40 years. Copies of the book are available for purchase at the screening. The program is introduced by Light Industry’s Thomas Beard.

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Feb 13 2018, 8pm

ERC’s website

Guy Woueté, Being Awake

Aug 12 – Sept 16 2017

A program of short videos by artist Guy Woueté, examining migration and displacement, borders and non-places.

Opening with a special screening event at Chaparral Coffee Saturday August 12 2017, 8pm. The program will then be on view by appointment at Spellerberg Projects August 13–September 16 2017.

Guy Woueté divides his time between Antwerp and Douala. Born in Douala in 1980, he holds a Master of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts from Erg school of Arts in Brussels, and from the University of Paris 8. He has completed post-academic study at the Rijksakademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam. A video artist, sculptor and painter who also embraces installations and photography, Woueté creates his images following a conceptual artistic approach similar to that of a reporter, albeit leaving behind the reporter’s obligation to refer to familiar images. He confronts the paradox that as an artist he materializes and represents things that can only be experienced as contradictions and transitional situations. Guy Woueté’s oeuvre always encompasses elements of social criticism and the questions of migration in the age of globalization; everyday life realities are his source of inspiration.

Works being screened: Next week, 2010; D’ici là, 2015;
Volcano, 2008;
Echo Between, 2009;
After Walls, 2009;
La liste est longue, 2006–7;
Burka… (No, you have to ask the questions…), 2013;
Ouidah Return, 2007.

The presentation of this work by Spellerberg Projects is made possible though a partnership with Vtape, Toronto. The program was curated for Vtape by Pierre Beaudoin.

Past Events

MoHA presents You Can Have Your Cake

Aug 3 2018

An evening of artist video games, performances and screenings.

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
7pm

ACE and MoHA present Graduation

May 25 2018

Featuring:

  • Endless Sewer (Austin – Heavy Mutant Music)
  • Bill Daniel (Houston – Tri-X-Noise | Mobile Photo Exhibition and Book Launch)
  • Kuniklo (Puerto Rico/Austin – Viduseksu, an analog virtual reality experience to be shared between 8 participants)
  • Olivia Pepper (Austin)
  • The Quick Draw Photo Booth Presents Facesmasher (Austin)

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
free

The Alash Ensemble

Apr 7 2018

Hailing from Siberia/Central Asia, ALASH are masters of Tuvan throat singing (xöömei), a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. What distinguishes this gifted trio from earlier generations of Tuvan throat singers is the subtle infusion of modern influences into their traditional music. One can find complex harmonies, western instruments, and contemporary song forms in Alash’s music, but its overall sound and spirit is decidedly Tuvan.

Presented with support from the Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at UT Austin.

Saturday, April 7 at 7:30pm
Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Tickets $15 at the door

Artists» website

Gold Epicure, Pop-up Dinner

Jan 27 2018

Lockhart-based Chef Mike Torres brings his pop-up dinner food truck, Gold Epicure, to Masur Gallery. Torres creates farm-to-table organic cuisine for diners in a variety of nontraditional dining locations.

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Jan 27 2018, 7pm

Gold Epicure’s website

Masur Gallery Grand Opening (2018)

Jan 20 2018

Spellerberg Projects announces the opening of its second gallery space in Lockhart, Texas, 30 minutes south of Austin. The new space, Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery, occupies a circa 1900 building in the heart of the city’s historic downtown. Owner Marty Spellerberg opened the first space, Spellerberg Projects, in 2016, and has featured work by local, national and international artists, as well as public programs and community events. The Spellerberg Projects spaces serve as cultural hubs for the city’s burgeoning artistic community.

“I’m thrilled to open my second gallery in downtown Lockhart, activating the Masur building with artistic and cultural energy to create a new essential destination in the historic district,” Spellerberg says. “Opening Spellerberg Projects was a signifier of the change that was taking place in Lockhart, and over the past two years the vibrant community growth has made a second space viable.”

The space features a schedule of art exhibitions and installations, and it presents music performances, film screenings and art activations, as well as invites community organizations to host meetings, forums and a variety of events. Spellerberg partners with members of the Lockhart and Austin arts and culture scenes to bring world-class contemporary art to Lockhart.

The Masur Gallery grand opening includes exhibition openings featuring artists Elana Langer, Chris St. Leger, and Honoria Starbuck, live music by Rain Cross Trio, and a voter registration booth in support of Art Action Day.

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio Street
Saturday, January 20, 2018, 7pm

Andrea Wallace, Studio Launch Party

Sept 30 2017

Celebrate the grand opening of Lectro Studio, the photography-based practice of artist Andrea Wallace. Join us for music, Korean-inspired hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and local craft beer.

Artist’s website

Abigail Brown, Pottery

Nov 23 2016

Pop-up shop

Janet Christian, Artist talk

Jul 16 2016

An evening of art and conversation

Hayden Yates, Artist talk

Feb 20 2016

An evening of art and conversation

New Year, New Color!

Jan 23 2016

The first workshop held at Spellerberg Projects was New Year, New Color! by teaching artists Honoria Starbuck and Luanne Stovall. The workshop was held as a companion to Starbucks’s exhibition, Flaneuse; teaching is a big part of her practice and the workshop was a way to express that in the gallery.

Starbuck and Stovall began with an introduction to color theory, which included showing a video they’d produced. Participants then got their hands dirty, using paints and stamps on paper to put the ideas into practice. The paper was cut into cards of the same format favored by Starbuck and featured in her exhibition. Participants were encouraged to use the opportunity to make custom Valentines Day cards for their loved ones, many opting to experiment with colors other than the traditional reds and pinks.

Th event was held Saturday, January 23, in two sessions. As it happened, the first attracted more of an adult crowd and the instructors were really able to delve into the theory behind color; the second included some younger kids and was much more about just having fun! Filmmaker Hayden Yates was on hand, shooting video.