Wednesday arts pick: Last days to see “Margo Sawyer: Reflect” at Umlauf

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By Luke Quinton - Special to the American-Statesman  Fifty-five thousand glittering chrome beads on the floor are not the sort of artistic medium you’d usually associate with Austin’s Umlauf Sculpture Garden, which houses a permanent collection that is all about the figure. Yet the chrome balls are one of the striking modern elements in a smart, forward-thinking summer show by installation artist Margo Sawyer. The acclaimed University of Texas professor’s show, “Reflect,” has works in three distinct styles: a lavish floor piece in the interior gallery (with the chrome beads alongside dozens of glass, metal and acrylic elements), blue- and white-colored tiles in geometric shapes embedded (literally) in the grounds in various grassy plots, and finally, a group of antique Elgin-Butler bricks stacked into pyramids. + Art, architecture mix at different kind of Umlauf exhibit photo Paul Bardagjy Margo Sawyer’s installation “Reflect” at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum includes vintage bricks salvaged from a 19th-century building in Elgin. On the phone from the rooftop deck of her Elgin home, Sawyer explains how these bricks came to be hers. “I’m a bit of a historic building lover,” she says, describing an Elgin building that once represented the end of the railroad tracks coming from the east. “Part of the roof had fallen. That year had a powerful windstorm — it was more like a mini-tornado, and it collapsed.” This precipitated, she says, a much longer, more complicated story, but in short order: Sawyer purchased the building intending to save it; the city had it condemned and ordered it demolished. “In the end, I had to mortgage my house. It was just horrible,” Sawyer says. “2013 was the worst year.” + Art, architecture mix at different kind of Umlauf exhibit photo Paul Bardagjy Margo Sawyer’s installation “Reflect” is on view through Oct. 19 at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum.

It’s the last few days to enjoy Margo Sawyer’s sublime multi-part installation “Reflect” at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum.  “Reflect” continues through Oct. 19.

Inside the gallery there’s an elegant floor piece in the interior gallery with 55,000 chrome beads alongside dozens of glass, metal and acrylic elements.

Outside on the ground there’s blue- and white-colored tiles in geometric shapes embedded  in the grounds and a group of antique Elgin-Butler bricks stacked into pyramids.

Read a feature story on it here: http://shar.es/1mdhMS  (subscription-free link)

Umlauf Sculpture Garden, 605 Robert E. Lee Road, www.umlaufsculpture.org

 

Margo Sawyer’s installation “Reflect” is on view through Oct. 19 at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum. Photo by Paul Bardagjy.


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