Sunday, October 2

Postcard Mail Art Exhibition

one day only

organized by Josh Ronsen

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.

press release [pdf]

Sunday, April 10

Leave a book you love for another (with a note).

Take a book another loves (with a note).

Mingle with others who love books.

Sunday, April 10

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

Drew Liverman
J. Johari Palacio
live painting
Katherine Vaughn

Drew Liverman and J. Johari Palacio will paint live for an audience, between 11am and 5pm at Northern-Southern.

Katherine Vaughn will show up to dance, unexpectedly between 2pm and 3pm.

This is Northern–Southern’s SXSW 2022 Day Party, and it’s organized by Keyheira Keys and Phillip Niemeyer.

Food provided by Baby Greens. Drinks sponsored by Jack Daniels. Big thanks to them!

Saturday, Feb 12, noon

Art Praxis Reading Group

Art Praxis Reading Group will meet at Northern-Southern, Saturday, February 12, noon.

You are invited to join! Email to RSVP

The group will discuss craft, being true to ourselves. The conversation will center around the final pages of Kae Tempest‘s book “On Connection” and the quote by Sophie Taeuber-Arp printed below.

Download the pdf of the last pages of Kae Tempest’s “On Connection”

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.

Jan 7-8

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)

Visiting hours
January 7–8
Friday and Saturday

Festo Fest is organized by Suzanne Wys, Ann Armstrong, and Phillip Niemeyer.

January 2020


Final photo shoots

We are collecting the last batch of photos for WHERE IS HERE, a project to photograph the people of East Austin, one of each age, 0-100.

If you know anyone special to the East Side who should be photographed, please contact us. We can send a photographer and curator to meet them where they are most comfortable.

November 15
7–11 pm
E.A.S.T. 2019

Party at the Foundry

celebrate permanent installations of art and design by

Stella Alesi
Jaime Zuverza
Rachel Freeman
Transmountain Design
Michael Krumenacker (Blue Sky Design)
Simon Walker
Phillip Niemeyer
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
7–11 pm

1501 E. 4th Street, Austin, TX, 78702

Drinks, DJs, and Conversation
Ample Parking Onsite

The party is produced by Velvet Cartel

press release [pdf]

Stella Alesi installation at the Foundry

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.

We want to include you and your group, family, friends.

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
ambient set
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.

Deadline OCT 9, 2018

Register to Vote in Travis County

Register to vote by mail. You cannot reliably register to vote online. Here’s a link to a printable pdf form:


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.

Deadline: Before October 9, 2018

Sunday, September 9, 2:30pm

Elaine I-Ling Shen & Alyssa Taylor Wendt

Circular Reading

Elaine I-Ling Shen & Alyssa Taylor Wendt will lead us in an intimate, participatory text seance.

Participants should arrive no later than 3:00 pm.


Put down blankets
Intro to discussion of randomness, divination fitting narratives

Pass out books. Participants randomly select passage/sentence. Open discussion.

Facebook Event

The WHY ANNUAL group show will also be on view.

New Years Day 2018

Jana Horn opens

Tae Won Yu of Kicking Giant performed an intimate set of songs at Northern-Southern on a record-cold New Year’s Day. Jana Horn opened. The show was free and attended by people of all ages.

Tae Won Yu performing in front of work by Anne Austin Pearce, January 1, 2018.
DEC 15-16

Matthew Steinke & Octant : CHRISTMAS

Northern-Southern presents Matt Steinke’s fourth annual Christmas Concert featuring new robotic instruments and other inventions.

The concert is for all audiences (kid-friendly, grandparent-friendly, jaded teen-friendly, etc)! Admission is free, but seating is limited. Chairs are available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The concert will be hosted by Mission: Possible! at its Sanctuary,
1190 Chicon St, Austin, TX 78702.

Two shows:
Friday Evening, December 14, 8 pm
Saturday Matinee, December 15, 1 pm

Facebook event

Nov 11-12 and 18-19

EAST #113

Conrad Keely
Rebecca Whitehurst

Saturday Nov 11

Conrad Keely performs 7pm

Sunday Nov 12

Saturday Nov 18

Rebecca Whitehurst performs 3pm

Sunday Nov 12

Clarevon performs 2-4pm

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,

APR 2016


Brad Tucker as Bad Trucker
Caroline Gormley
Jared Leibowich
Bridget Evarts
Lisa Choinacky
Benjamin Cissner
Matthew Steinke/Octant
Monika Rostvold
Rachel Freeman
Sarah Saltwick & Katy Taylor
Sean Ripple
Shafer Hall
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.

Lisa Choinacky

Caroline Gorely
Bridget Evarts as Liza
Sean Ripple
passenger Instructions for “This is Hardcore” – a performance for car
MATTER is a one-actor play about an astronaut written by Sarah Saltwick and performed by Katy Taylor at BLUE FLAMES. For WARM ASHES, Taylor’s space suit costume was displayed floating weightless above the room.
Sol LeWitt Bootlegs are instruction art pieces very loosely based on Sol LeWitt wall drawings and geared toward drafts-people of any skill level. Two were made during BLUE FLAMES.
DEC 19–20


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.

Two performances:
December 19, 2016

Sunday (matinee)
December 20, 2016