For the last three years, Josh Ronsen invited Mail Artists to send him art works as postcards, and in exchange he would send unique handmade postcards back. 182 artists submitted 327 postcards, many of them stunningly beautiful and creative. Works came from 29 countries, including Brazil, Mexico, France, South Africa, Ukraine, Serbia, Luxembourg, Spain, Portugal, Japan.
All of the postcards, with Ronsen’s responses, and his personal collection of Mail Art will be on display at Northern-Southern gallery for only one day: Sunday, October 2, 2022, from 2-6pm.
As the work is as tactile as well as visual, visitors are welcome to handle and touch the postcards.
Drop into Northern-Southern Sunday 3-5pm with an extra copy of a book you love. Leave it on a table with a note in it or on it, and take a book somebody else leaves. You can bring more than one book, if you wish.
There will be coffee, tea, and cool drinks, too. You can stay and chat, and check out the show fitting, a perfect one for stillness and book flipping.
Sunday, March 13, 2022
11am – 5pm
J. Johari Palacio
In our complicated times, I have frequently asked myself why do we do such embroideries at all when there are so many more practical and especially more necessary things to do. I believe the urge to make things more beautiful is a deep and primeval one. Only when we go into ourselves and attempt to be entirely true to ourselves will we succeed in making things of value, living things, and in this way, help to develop a new style that’s fitting for us.
–Sophie Taeuber-Arp, 1922
Art Praxis Reading Group is organized by Charles Heppner with Naomi Schlinke, Jeffrey Primeaux, Tom Athey, Stella Alesi, Tyler Hobbs, Sydney Yeager and others.
FESTO FEST is a festival of manifestos.
Public and personal festos from artists and others will be displayed on the walls of Northern-Southern gallery, January 7–8, 2022.
Download all the Festos (pdf)
Friday and Saturday
celebrate permanent installations of art and design by
Michael Krumenacker (Blue Sky Design)
4th Edition Design
Northern–Southern curated a collection of art and design by Austin makers for Cielo Property Group’s new building: the Foundry at East 4th and Comal, East Austin. The sustainable, mixed use building features new permanent installations by Stella Alesi, Blue Sky Design, Rachel Freeman & 4th Edition Design, Phillip Niemeyer, Transmountain Design, Simon Walker, and Jamie Zuverza.
Cielo is throwing a party for E.A.S.T. 2019 to celebrate:
Friday, November 15
1501 E. 4th Street, Austin, TX, 78702
Drinks, DJs, and Conversation
Ample Parking Onsite
Where is Here is a project to photograph at least one person of every age—newborn to the most senior—of the people who live, work, grew up in, are from, or frequent the thereabouts of East Austin around East 12th Street.
Where is Here is curated by Keyheira Keys with Phillip Niemeyer.
Photographers (a growing team): Tyeschea West, Arius Holifield, Hector Hernandez, Beartie Pearson, Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon, Ryan Junell
Special thanks to Miriam Conner.
Saturday Nov 17
Gretchen Phillips & Pico Farad
Saturday, November 17
Pico Farad will perform in front of ‘SCAPES by artist Joseph Phillips.
The whole shebang is presented by Phillip Niemeyer, director of Northern–Southern and huge fan of Joseph and Gretchen. Don’t miss! It may be Gretchen Phillips’s last show before moving Canada!
Mikki Gibson (not Phillips) will open with a short, acoustic set of thoughtful new songs at 3pm.
Only valid for Travis County, Texas. You can get these postcards, free, at any Pubic Library or at Northern-Southern gallery. The postcards can be mailed postage free.If you can’t get to a library or N-S, print this out, sign and mail.
Friday, December 23, 8pm
at Co-Lab Demo Gallery
Matthew Steinke & Octant Ensemble
Matthew Steinke is a composer of new music and an inventor of new instruments. Steinke’s Octant Ensemble is a band of midi-controlled acoustic robots.
Co-Lab Projects and Northern-Southern are proud to present the third annual performance of Steinke’s program of Christmas music: The Stuttering Clock.
The concert is free! But we will accept donations toward The White Helmets, an organization dedicated to relief and aid to those trapped in war, www.whitehelmets.org/en
PERFORMANCE AND DOCUMENTATION
Brad Tucker as Bad Trucker
Sarah Saltwick & Katy Taylor
Sol LeWitt Bootlegs
BLUE FLAMES and WARM ASHES were companion events. BLUE FLAMES was a day-long show of music, performance art, experimental theater, poetry, story-telling, and visual art as choreographed movement. Weeks later, WARM ASHES presented documentation and remains of the previous show.
A flame is a verb as a noun — the object (the plume of fire) is an action (burning, a rapid chemical change). The is is a does. Ashes are what flames leave behind.
At BLUE FLAMES, Lisa Choinacky drew and hung two large pieces. The video documentation and the pieces were shown at WARM ASHES. Artist Bridget Evarts spoke as Liza Minnelli at BLUE FLAMES. At WARM ASHES she made a encore appearance, signing 8×10 glossies photographed at the previous event. And so on… Poets’ readings were made into texts. Stages for performance became installations. Singers’ songs were played on an old tape recorder at the spot in the room where the tape was recorded.
Matthew Steinke & Octant Ensemble
For the second year, Matthew Steinke presents the Stuttering Clock of Christmas, a recital of Christmas music performed by the acoustic robots and new musical instruments of the Octant Ensemble.
This year’s performance features The Magnetosphere, a device that remotely transforms metal objects into resonant musical instruments.