Last week us STAs took a field trip to the Blanton Museum. I always like visiting the Blanton, especially as a nice break in between classes or work on campus.
We visited “Austin,” the permanent building installation by Ellsworth Kelly. It is a pseudo-cathedral constructed with materials from Spain, Germany, and the US (Georgia and Austin). I enjoy Kelly and others like Frank Stella who work in the abstract color blocked style, and it’s interesting to see that translated into a structure. The black and white “paintings” are actually black and white marble, each sourced across the world, and fused together.
The lighting in the building is gorgeous but doesn’t translate well to iPhone photography. So I rocked with it and made this edit.
Next was the Jeffrey Gibson exhibition. It featured geometric paintings and beaded sculptures inspired by his experiences growing up Native American living abroad. It was interesting how his art incorporated many words and even phrases (some lyrics?), I think it added a lot to the exhibit. It was a great time!
Though honestly anything is better than the Blanton’s last exhibit where the featured piece was a “make tacos not war” neon sign… like are you kidding me? I’m sorry but that’s been done in 1,000,000 ~quirky~ South Congress-esque stores. Or like, cards from 2012. That’s my hot art take of the day. Thank you.