The more enlightened our houses are, the more their walls ooze ghosts.
– Italo Calvino
Around 30,000 years ago, humans built the first permanent walls. Now, they surround us. Walls give form to our lives, our institutions, and our dreams, protecting us, penning us in and orienting our thoughts. It truly is a wally world we live in.
Wally, at MASS Gallery, presents works in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, and sculpture by six artists from across the U.S.: Leah Bailis (Philadelphia, PA), Kyle Bravo (New Orleans, LA), Ryan Davis (Austin, TX), Yashua Klos (Brooklyn, NY), Isaac Lin (Philadelphia, PA), and Lee Piechocki (Kansas City, MO).
The artists in Wally are linked by an interest in bold color, shaped canvases, and the creative use of walls and physical space. For some, this engagement means eccentric wall placement, explicit relationships between the wall and the work, and a desire to engage with and take over surfaces. For others, it simply refers to the relationship that any ‘hung’ work has to the architecture that contains it and influences its perception.
Other themes that crisscross the show include fragmentation, unconventional printmaking, memento mori, and the tension between the natural and man-made world.
Wally runs from May 18 to June 22, with a full-day opening in coordination with other East Austin galleries as part of Frame. Join us on Saturday, May 18, from 12pm to 10pm, for art, live music, lawn games, refreshments and more. The event is free and open to the public.
Leah Bailis was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She received her BA in Film from Bard College and her MFA in Studio Art from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She was a resident at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and Bemis Center for Contemporary Art. She was a member of the artist-run gallery Vox Populi from 2005 to 2012, where she served as Member President from 2008 to 2011. She has exhibited her work at Vox Populi, Lump Gallery (Raleigh), Fleisher Ollman (Philadelphia), ThreeWalls (Chicago), Cell Project Space (London), Field Projects (New York), The Front (New Orleans), and the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art (Wilmington). She currently live and works in Philadelphia.
Kyle Bravo lives and works in the upper 9th Ward of New Orleans where he is a founding member of the artist-run gallery The Front, and a co-founder of Hot Iron Press, a print studio and hub for grassroots arts endeavors. He is also the editor of the book Making Stuff and Doing Things: A Collection of DIY Guides to Doing Just About Everything, published by Microcosm Publishing and when he has a spare moment, he also plays music, most recently with his projects Kay Swiss and the Keddz and Okay Failures.
Ryan Thayer Davis was born and raised in Austin, TX. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Studio art in 2006. From 2004–2006 he was the intern at Slugfest Printmaking Workshop in Austin, TX. In 2011 he had his first solo show at the Gallery Black Lagoon in Austin, TX. He was invited to the Jentel Artist Residency Program in North Central Wyoming in the summer of 2012. He lives and works in Austin, TX.
Born in Chicago, Yashua Klos currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and teaches at Hunter College where he received his MFA, and at Parsons The New School for Design. He was a resident of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2005 and at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in 2012. Klos recently had a solo exhibition, We Come Undone at Tilton Gallery in New York. His work was also included in Fore at The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York and in Bigger than Shadows at Dodge Gallery in New York.
Philadelphia artist Isaac Tin Wei Lin makes prints, sculptures, and installations that explode with layers of calligraphy, cartoons, color, and pattern. Lin graduated with a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design and has an MFA from California College of the Arts. He is an alumnus of Philadelphia’s artist collective Space 1026 and is represented by the Fleisher/Ollman Gallery.
Lee Piechocki is an artist living and working in Kansas City, MO. He has exhibited his paintings in Kansas City, St Louis, Austin, Seattle, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Chicago. His work has been featured in New American Paintings in 2010 and 2012. Piechocki has a BFA from Ball State University and will begin the MFA program at Virginia Commonwealth University later this year. Piechocki is currently an instructor at the Kansas City Art Institute and cofounder of the Kansas City Plein Air Coterie (KC PAC).
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