Mark Moore Gallery (Los Angeles), which represents the (mostly) Austin-based art collective Okay Mountain, has announced that the collective’s piece “Roadside Attractions” (2012) has been acquired by the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin. This is a nice sort of homecoming, since many of Okay Mountain’s members are UT alumni.
The piece was originally commissioned as part of a visiting artist series for the Cress Gallery of Art at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga. In solid Okay Mountain form, it’s a deadpan sculpture + print edition in the form of a wooden stand full of various travel brochures, just as you might find in a hotel lobby or welcome center, though all the content of the brochures is pastiche, created by the members of Okay Mountain. Per Mark Moore’s announcement: “Through calculated exaggeration and espousal of the absurd, Okay Mountain creates farcical caricatures of a national identity. Faux infomercials, flyers, guidebooks, and memos are rife with satirical imitations of salesmen, tour guides and mascots – playing on our communal tendency for insatiable want.”
Okay Mountain’s work has been acquired by a handful of other national and Texas museums. For a list look toward the bottom of this page. Nice work and congrats to the Blanton and Okay Mountain!
also by Christina Rees
- Buster Graybill at the Southwest School of Art - October 17th, 2017
- Misty Keasler's 'Haunt' at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth - September 26th, 2017
- Tom Sachs at the Nasher Sculpture Center - September 19th, 2017
- Ray Harryhausen's Singular Movie Magic - September 3rd, 2017
- Artists, Self-Sabotage, Integrity, and Selling Out - August 20th, 2017