Please join us to celebrate the opening of Rachel Wolfson Smith’s completed public art commission!
Rachel was commissioned by AIPP as an artist-in-residence to create permanent artwork for Austin Fire Department (AFD) that reflects their mission to create safer communities. This exhibition features the six artworks that will be installed at six Austin fire stations, as well as ink-wash drawings that were created during her residency.
Opening reception: January 20, 2-4pm
Exhibition on view: January 27, 12-5pm and by appointment with Pump Project
Swing State: Cody Bubenik
Opening Reception: Friday, January 5, 7-10pm
Exhibition: January 5 - 13, 2018
Hours: Saturdays, 12-5pm or by appointment
Swing State is a collection of drawings, paintings, and sculptures that spans two years. It includes reflections and reactions to the changing culture, political, and geographical trends that make up the state in which I live. These observations are broken up into two series: Red State and Blue State. Shown together, they represent one of the most rapidly changing periods of our cultural history.
Cody graduated with a B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin. His work focuses on the intersections of politics, storytelling, and cultural image making. Since graduating, he dedicates his time to observing Texas culture and how it impacts the world.
TRADE SHOW: a collection of traded paintings. Curated x Rachel Wolfson Smith, December 1-December 23, 2017
Trade Show: A collection of traded paintings. Curated x Rachel Wolfson Smith
Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 7-10pm
Exhibition: December 1-December 23, 2017
Hours: Saturdays 12-5 pm or by appointment
Artists may be poor, but their art collections are mighty. The artwork they hang in their homes is acquired by forging friendships and making trades. Each piece shows a lineage of conversations, critiques, and ideas that their identity as an artist, and as a person were built on.
"Trade Show" is the collection of other-painter’s-paintings that Wolfson traded her work for over the years. Each piece shows insight into her past, be it from Ben McKee’s introspective rainbow spectrums , Chris Fitzwater’s blue drunks, Jovan Erfan’s modern Persian miniatures, or Laura Swytak’s unparalleled eye for light. Each is a piece of the puzzle.
The show is housed in the gallery at Pump Project Art Complex, a 1950’s warehouse built from long pine that’s been subdivided into dozens of artist’s studios and two galleries. Since its birth in 2005 it’s grown into a place of exploration, experimentation, and friendship. Trade Show coincides with sister gallery ICOSA collective’s TSA LA / MVP show, another show of trades with a broader community of artist collectives.
As we sit on the edge of the Pump Project building closing, it feels more timely than ever to show what community can look like, and how important it is to merge the existing history of Austin with the newcomers, like Wolfson, who want to grow with it.
*painting by Ben McKee
Born in Baltimore, MD, Rachel Wolfson Smith earned her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and her MFA from Indiana University. She is an Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant recipient, and has participated in artist residencies at Halka Sanat in Istanbul, the Babyan Culture House in Ibrahimpasa, Turkey, and with the Austin Fire Department. A frequent traveler, Smith is inspired by the similarities of different cultures. Her large scale drawings focus on myth and self through images of forests and crashing cars. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows nationally and internationally. She maintains a studio at Pump Project Art Complex in Austin, TX.