January 15 - February 19, 2021
From Big Medium:
“In partnership, Big Medium and PrintAustin are pleased to announce the artists selected for The Contemporary Print: 5×5 international juried exhibition. Juried by Delita Martin of Black Box Press Studio, the upcoming virtual exhibition showcases the work of artists from the United States, Australia, and Slovenia, giving us a broad survey of printmaking happening across the globe.
This year’s selected artists include:
Chloe Alexander (Atlanta, Georgia)
John Klosterman IV (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)
Oliver Pilic (Kamnik, Slovenia)
Laura Post (Fort Worth, Texas)
Cleo Wilkinson (Melbourne, Australia)
The Contemporary Print: 5×5 will be presented on bigmedium.org and will run January 15 through February 19, 2021. In-depth artist features and online programming highlighting this year’s exhibit will take place in conjunction with PrintAustin 2021.
PrintAustin is an artist-led nonprofit working with local venues and artists to showcase traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking. The upcoming annual festival will take place January 15 – February 15, 2021, and offer both safe in-person printmaking focused experiences and virtual programming. For more information, visit printaustin.org.
Hillerbrand + Magsamen, A Device to Talk with God, 2020, Archival Inkjet Print
147 Devices for Integrated Principles
Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Kirk Lynn and Peter Stopschinski
(Public announcement on December 10)
On view January 16 – February 13, 2021 (by appointment only)
Member’s preview: January 16 – 17, 2021
Closing Zoom Event: February 10, 2021 6:30pm
Austin, TX—December 10, 2020 Big Medium presents 147 Devices for Integrated Principles by Hillerbrand+Magsamen, Kirk Lynn, and Peter Stopschinski featuring photography, video and sculpture and an interactive closing zoom event.
Rooted in our society’s ever-growing desire to exercise control over our lives through various devices, 147 Devices for Integrated Principles is informed by the artists’ experiences during Hurricane Harvey. Prior to the storm, the artists were confronted with a need to prepare a ‘hurricane box’ with devices such as batteries, canned food, toilet paper, and bottled water. As the hurricane passed, the water receded, and their lives started to return to normal, they realized that it was actually not returning to ‘normal’ – that the feeling of being overwhelmed by many external forces still existed. Not only was it the stress of a natural disaster, but also, divisive politics, economic pressures, and concerns with the aging of elderly parents, that brought Hillerbrand+Magsamen the idea to invent new devices for more intimate and personal problems. They turned to the concept of homo faber, or the notion that human beings can control their fate and their environment through tools. This turn of the century idea, a response to the Industrial Revolution, is as applicable today as it was then. Once again, our culture is faced with a new wave of technology that can either help us with our problems or exacerbate them.
To allow for social distancing, appointments will be scheduled every 30 minutes, with a maximum of 10 guests at a time. Starting December 10, visit our website to schedule an appointment with at least 24 hours advance notice. Masks are required at all times.
Appointment hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm
916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101
Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Together they create sculpture, installation, performance, video, and photographic works they call “Suburban Fluxus”. Often including their two children in their work, Madeleine and Emmett, the family critiques and playfully scrutinizes contemporary suburban life.
Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in international film and media festivals including Houston Cinema Arts Festival, London SciFi Film Festival, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival, and MonkeyTown. Their cinematic based installations have been exhibited at the Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), Center for Photography Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), Diffusion Photography Festival (Wales, UK), and Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX).
They have received grants from Sustainable Arts Foundation, Austin Film Society, Experimental Television Center, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance, and Houston Center for Photography. Their project HIGHER GROUND was a commission from the Houston Airport System and received 1st prize from juror Richard Linklater in the CineSpace program at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.
Hillerbrand+Magsamen has participated in residency programs including Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York, NY), Experimental Television Center (Owego, NY), Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM). Stephan Hillerbrand is a recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships (Germany) and MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) residency.
Mary and Stephan live and work in Houston with their two children, Madeleine and Emmett.
Kirk Lynn is a novelist and playwright living in Austin, TX with his wife, the poet Carrie Fountain, and their children, Olive and Judah. Kirk is one of five artistic directors of the Rude Mechs theatre collective. With the Rudes Kirk has written and adapted a bunch of plays, including Lipstick Traces, Method Gun, and Not Every Mountain, which will premiere in 2018 at the Guthrie in Minneapolis. Kirk has also written work for the Foundry Theatre and Playwrights Horizons, who produced Your Mother’s Copy of the Kama Sutra in 2014 and who commissioned a new piece, My Heart is a Library, Yours is a Museum, which is in development now. Kirk is working on a new commission for Seattle Children’s Theatre entitled, The Lamp is the Moon, about a girl who hates naps and wants to be an astronaut. Kirk is also working on a commission from UT Austin and Texas Performing Arts about Leonard Bernstein for his centenary in 2018. Kirk is developing a TV series for the Weinstein Co. And in 2015, Kirk’s debut novel, Rules for Werewolves was published by Melville House which is currently being adapted for the screen for Temple Hill Entertainment.
Peter Stopschinski has composed music/lyrics for New York Musicals Festival’s 2015 Winner Best in Show: The Calico Buffalo, string arrangements for Grupo Fantasma’s 2011 Grammy Award winning album El Existential, music for Madeleine George’s Off-Broadway play which was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in Drama: The Curious Case of the Watson Intelligence, and the 2016 film score for two-time Academy Award winning director Al Reinert’s film for PBS Rara Avis: The Life of John Audubon. His operas and musicals have been performed across the country from Arena Stage (DC) to Playwrights Horizons (NYC) to Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theater (LA) to Gertrude Opera in Melbourne, AUS to La Mama (NYC). Peter is currently working on a new opera based on Terry Galloway’s one woman show Lardo Weeping that was commissioned by LOLA Opera and will be premiered in Austin, TX in Fall 2020. Peter has just finished a new experimental rock version of Verdi’s MacBeth for Gertrude Opera in Melbourne Australia which premiered in Ngambie Lakes Fall 2016 and will tour in the U.S. in 2019. In 2018 he produced and co-wrote several tracks on Basura, the album by the revolutionary transgender artist CHRISTEENE. In 2017 he released 50 albums (totaling 496 songs or more than 1.2 days) of his own music for free on his website.
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On View: January 15, 2021 | 1–5 pm
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