What to see at EAST: Art (literally) beyond studio walls

 If the East Austin Studio Tour started as an opportunity to peek inside artists’ creative spaces, outside installations and public projects have joined the fun adding artistic explosions to parks or overlooked public spaces.

Here’s our picks of what to see:

“Field Constructs.”  On a 10-acre former landfill, four large-scale installations inspire reimagining of the once-environmentally hazardous site. Circle Acres Nature Preserve, 900 Grove Blvd. Special hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14-15, 21-22. 

"Hybroot," by the Austin archiectural design firm OTA, is one of four installations of "Field Constructs" in the Circle Acres Nature Preserve.
“Hybroot,” by Austin architecture firm OTA, is one of four installations of “Field Constructs” in the Circle Acres Nature Preserve.

 

The Sky Looms.”   Nancy Mims uses the wondrous, hidden greenhouses and gardens space of the Utility Research Gardens for a singular installation of enormous photographs of the sky that are printed on cloth, then cut apart and woven back together. 638 Tillery St.

Nancy Mims' large manipulated photographs form the center of her installation in the Utility Research Gardens.
Nancy Mims’ large manipulated photographs form the center of her installation in the Utility Research Gardens.

 

“Omission” and “Sky Lines.” Juan Deleon’s “Omission” is 20 enormous inflatable white orbs. Underneath the Pleasant Valley Road overpasss, Melissa Borrell and Hanna Lupico drape an enormous garland of colorful solar-powered fiber-optic cable. Both are city-sponsored temporary public art project. Boggy Creek Greenbelt Park, Rosewood Ave. 

Juan Deleon's "Omission" is part of Austin's Art in Public Places "Tempo" project installation in the Boggy Creek Greenbelt during the East Austin Studio Tour on Nov. 14-15. Photo by George Ramirez
Juan Deleon’s “Omission” is part of Austin’s Art in Public Places “Tempo” project installation in the Boggy Creek Greenbelt during the East Austin Studio Tour on Nov. 14-15. Photo by George Ramirez.
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“Sky Lines” is underneath the Pleasant Valley Road underpass in Boggy Creek Greenbelt Park.

For more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.

 

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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