Refigured:Radical Realism

Classical is the new radical. An exhibition of contemporary artwork by 12 Austin artists at the vanguard of the new wave of contemporary realism. Austin, internationally recognized for its trend-setting creative culture, is now at the vanguard of an emerging Figurative Art Renaissance. Opening February 10th and running through March 10, 2018, “Refigured: Radical Realism” unites twelve of Austin’s best figurative artists for an exhibition, to to be held at the Julia C. Butridge Gallery as the Dougherty Arts Center celebrates its 40th anniversary.For over a century realism was sidelined by modern and conceptual approaches but in a world of alternative facts, realist figurative art is finding new audiences as a new wave of artists are transforming classical art training into a new realism movement.  The show, will showcase Austin’s best figurative artist and their newest, most exciting work, including painting and sculpture in a variety of mediums.  Featuring the work of: Jose Acosta, Alejandra Almuelle, Jennifer Balkan, Justin Balleza, Denise M. Fulton, Felice House, Amanda Jones, Karen Maness, Karen Offutt, Johnnie Sielbeck, Amanda Wood, and Dana Younger Opening Event/Artist’s Reception Date:   February 16th 6-8pmExhibition Dates: Saturday February 10th - Saturday March 10thLocation: Julia C. Butridge Gallery, Dougherty Arts Center1110 Barton Springs Rd. Austin, TX 78704 Exhibition Sponsored by Atelier Dojo​

Wide Open Exhibit

Discover the vast spaces of our world through the eyes of three distinct artists. On August 25th, a new exhibit comes to Georgetown Art Center. Join contemporary painters Rebecca Bennett, Shawn Camp, and Karen Maness as they take you through their unique interpretations of the Wide Open.  Experience the dichotomy of light and dark, space and scale.  Step into new, vast worlds, and uncover the allure of the infinite.   The Wide Open Exhibit will be open for free to the public from August 25th through September 24th at Georgetown Art Center - 816 South Main Street Georgetown, TX 78626.  Opening Reception: Saturday August 26th from 7-9pm.  Artist Talk: August 27th from 2-4pm at the Georgetown Art Center as they host a free artist talk - open to the public.      ​

Look To the Skies

New work is brewing at Karen Maness’ Rust Red Studio.  Her eyes drawn in wonder of the Texas skies that stretch before her, Maness is creating a new body of work examining the powerful and expansive western sky.  Follow along as she creates her work on Facebook and Instagram. ​

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The Hollywood Reporter Article

Today an article about my new book "The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop" was published online from The Hollywood Reporter called "The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop From Munchkinland to Mount Rushmore" by Cathy Whitlock.

 

"A new book pays homage to the trompe l'oeil that created some of film's most iconic settings as great canvases still can get a second chance ('Hail Caesar!' borrowed from 'Ben-Hur') amid today's special effects.

 

In an era of eye-popping VFX illusions, hand-painted film backdrops, also known as backings, seem quaint to the point of cliche. But painted scenery enabled some of the most iconic settings in cinema — like Mount Rushmore in  and Munchkinland in  — and remains a vital resource for filmmakers. Richard M. Isackes and Karen L. Maness, who both teach in the department of theatre and dance at the University of Texas at Austin, celebrate the history and heroes of the craft in their November book,  (Regan Arts, $100). ..."

 

Go over and have a read - "The Art of the Hollywood Backdrop From Munchkinland to Mount Rushmore"

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