East Austin Studio Tour:
The Femme Abstract
1300 E. 5th Street, November 9–11 & 17–18
by Neal Baker
Artwork by Stella Alesi
Like its counterpart in West Austin, Big Medium’s East Austin Studio Tour happens every year, turning Austin into a wide-open showcase of creativity and design. This year’s tour includes nearly 600 participants, whose work will be on display on the weekends of the 10th and 16th. One show in particular brings together an extraordinary cast of artists. Organized by Moya McIntyre, “The Femme Abstract” assembles more than 50 Austin women in an extensive group show. McIntyre is experienced in organizing such exhibitions, and she has curated or co-curated numerous shows for EAST and beyond with the support of Big Medium.
“The Femme Abstract” is full of diverse styles and backgrounds, each notable in its own right. Brooke Gassiot prepares ornate lightwork and enigmatic installations. Arielle Austin creates nebulae of vivid floral tones. Vy Ngo’s woozy paintings translate distant impressions of a fantastic landscape. Mars Woodhill creates dense marbled textures on a large scale. The art is all connected by abstraction, and the artists by womanhood, but no two are quite alike. The show will be open each day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., bookended by an opening reception on the 9th at 7 p.m. and an artist panel on the 17th at 12 p.m.