The opening reception last weekend was a huge success, thank you to everyone who came out and to our sponsors. The exhibition runs through June 9 with a closing reception on June 6, from 6-9PM. This weekend is the final weekend as a Select Event of the West Austin Studio Tour, https://www.facebook.com/events/1398918290433457/.
The show takes place at 108 W. Gibson, in the heart of the South Congress district, in an abandoned church built in the 1930’s. Sponsored by Big Medium, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting visual artists, Shrine of Inevitable Forces is an exhibition on the WEST Austin Studio Tour. Both receptions are featured as Select Events on the tour and is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
The show will feature the current work of McIntyre, which consists of three series. The newest one, Ligneous Currents, is a series of large-scale sculptures made from massively buckled maple flooring from an abandoned 1930’s industrial warehouse in Dowagiac, Michigan. These formidable and monumental works will resemble the rolling waves of the ocean captured in tongue and groove wood, rendered into framed slabs that divide the space. Photographic works of Heather Gollatz-Dukeman will also be featured in the exhibition. Heather's breathtaking photos capture the incredible building from which the material originated and Colin's process of removal.
The second series, the Hexobelisks and Sentinels are playful forms forged by selective hydraulic deformation of hexagonal tubing. The third, the Organism Series, is an ongoing series of works featuring imagined sinewy and flowing life forms forged in steel with the liquid metal sheen of nickel plate.
Shrine of Inevitable Forces is intended to be a thought-provoking reflection on transformation. The materials of the constructed world appear inert and still within a short span of observation. The works depict the responses in the materials to adverse forces of immense proportions. The reluctance to conform is clearly visible in the graceful topology of the works in both steel and wood.
Colin McIntyre’s work engages people's sense of mystery and wonder about the natural environment. He has been a practicing metal sculptor for 20 years and has made his life and livelihood centered around metal forging and fabrication, creating unique and monumental artworks.
Gallery hours are Thursday through Sunday, 11am to 6pm or by appointment.
Thank you to our generous sponsors:
City of Austin Economic Development Department
North Loop Signs
“Colin McIntyre…is a great talent and artist of the highest caliber… His projects investigate the social history and natural history of place in a beautiful dialectic.”
– Mark Dion, Artist featured in Miami Art Museum, MOMA New York, and Tate Gallery