The crisscrossing back alleys of Austin’s older neighborhoods are a prominent but under-appreciated feature of the city’s urban landscape. Overgrown with trumpet vines, scrapped cars, graffiti-covered fences, and the occasional pomegranate tree, these spaces present a latent potential for reclamation and recognition through artistic interventions.
Inspired by Gordon Matta-Clark, feral cats and New Urbanism, the Alley Cat Project is a distributed outdoor exhibition of 11 site-specific artworks that quietly activate the back alleys of East Austin. A grant from the Idea Fund allowed MASS — a collective of Austin artists, writers and curators — to commission new works by Texas-based and out-of-state artists. The Idea Fund is a re-granting initiative, supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and distributed by DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show and Project Row Houses in Houston. The Alley Cat Projects will be installed at locations throughout East Austin between December 2012 and December 2013 and will remain on site for one year.
For more images, visit Alley Cat Project album. We’ll be posting images of the pieces as they’re completed.
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Artists participating include: