Saturday, July 24, 2010

Gallery Opening – Women and Their Work, Austin

Join us for an opening reception with the artist!

Karen Mahaffy
Persistence of Moment

Opening Reception:  Thursday, July 22nd, 6 to 8pm
July 22 - September 2, 2010

Karen Mahaffy presents ephemeral, time-based video, as well as sculptural and drawn works which create reminders of the exceptional contained amidst the ordinary.  These works collectively address the seemingly insignificant, singular act or event and investigate how elements of place and time can become manifest.  Tiny acts accumulate in the work to create a new aggregate visual artifact, like foot steps creating a path.  Inspired by her recent Fulbright Scholar's Grant and residency in Estonia, Mahaffy's sculpture “Drift/Felt” is wool presented in two states.  In "Drift", blocks of carded wool reference both the snowy landscape and the act of aimless wandering.  In "Felt", felted insoles were made by putting wool in her shoes during her daily walks through the capital city of Tallinn.

Save the Date:
Thursday, August 12th at 7pm  -  The Phenomena of Place – a public discussion
Join us for a conversation with artist Karen Mahaffy, Megan Crigger, Austin’s Public Art Administrator, author Chris Oglesby and artist Chris Sauter.

Go to to read more about the art, see preview images, video clips and to see Karen Mahaffy’s impressive resume that includes exhibits at AMOA, The McNay Museum and ArtPace.

Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca Street, Austin, TX 78701, 512-477-1064, Mon. – Fri. 10am – 6pm, Sat. noon – 5pm

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