MAY 2020

Outdoor Interventions in Austin, Texas

Sterling Allen
Ted Carey
Sarah Fagan
Rachel Freeman
Adreon Denson Henry & Jennifer Henry
Emily Lee
Sean Ripple
Amy Scofield
Meghan Shogan
Amanda Julia Steinback & Staci Maloney
Alyssa Taylor Wendt
Suzanne Wyss


Left in Leaves is a group show of interventions across the city of Austin, freely left in outdoor public spaces between May 1st and 31st. Organized by Phillip Niemeyer

Reviews and press: Robert Faires for the Austin Chronicle, Jeanne Claire van Ryzin for Sightlines, and Michael Lee for KUT radio.

A zine for LEFT IN LEAVES is available for purchase. It features images and interviews with the artists, and a map of the project.

Left in Leaves, zine, 28 pages, edition of 60


At Big Stacy pool, there’s a regular named Ken. He’s about 72 years old with a silver ponytail and the cliched fitness of a man half his age. He swims a mile, at least, then does press-ups with his feet on the bench. On cloudy, humid days he sets up in the park outside the pool with a custom rig to conjure enormous soap bubbles.

I asked him about it. He told me he learned the art in Guatemala where he surfs and helps leftist groups. There they call him Comandante Burbujas. He built the set up himself, with his own glycerin mixture. On wet, cloudy days, the bubbles can be as big as cars.

I suggested, hey what about a show for kids or something organized. Ken demurred. This is “Arte Puro” he told me. “It is not done for money and can never be scheduled. It just is, free and enjoyed, then gone.”

—Phillip Niemeyer