Northern–Southern presents a suite of new paintings by Michelle Marchesseault, an explication on apocalypse and its souvenirs.
A pleasure city topples at the edge of a deluge. An exalted aura is crowned in laurels of pasta. A shelf of novelties swelters under pendulous sacks of full oranges. A conspirator in a neo-Roman moment is spied from above. Visions of release summon themselves, warm and shimmering.
Deep quiets made solid and real. Zoo-like geometries breathe—beings equally shape and spirit.
Lit works alone and without computers. The work in Others she patiently built over two years: skeletons of wood, muscle of foam, tissue of paper clay. The forms are painted with acrylic and oil, adorned with feather-feelers of plastic or scales of dyed resin. Some sculptures are the size of rabbits. Others loom like growing trees, or coil, undulating with color.
Not to be missed.
November 12–December 17, 2023
Visit: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 2–6pm
Closed Thanksgiving Thursday, but open the rest of the holiday weekend!
September 15–October 15
Lauren Moya Ford
Evan Horn sculpts with clay dug from Texas riverbeds. Hand-shaped ceramic forms twist like vessels imitating liquids.
Lauren Moya Ford guides watery ink fields into candid invocations of memory, spirit, womanhood, and the body.
Artist Happy Hour:
Tammy West & Amy Scofield
Friday, June 16
4pm at Northern-Southern
A talk with two prolific wild artists, both based in Austin. Amy and Tammy each make art constantly as they roam, from the things and in the places they encounter. They will talk and visit.
Artist Walk with Christos Pathiakis
Saturday, June 17
10am meet at the Spyglass Trailhead of Barton Creek
Christos will lead us on a tour to his installation: seven lantern slide portals in the banks of the creek. Cold drinks and ice coffee served from a cooler. We’ll meet at 10am, and walk to the site at 10:30am.
Artist Run Club FROM Run: Highland
Tuesday, June 20
6:45am–meet at Reznicek Fields, off St. Johns near North Lamar
We’ll run the Highland and Skyview neighborhoods to see work by Sterling Allen and Jesse Cline. Sterling will run with us and talk about the work.
Artist Run Club FROM Run: Govalle Park
Friday, June 23
6:45am—meet at Govalle Park
We’ll run the Walnut Creek Trail to see work by Amy Scofield and Given McClure. Given will run with us and talk about the work.
Art x Bike:
12-mile ride to FROM sites led by Ash Duban
Thursday, June 22
7am meet at Northern–Southern
Ash will lead us on a mellow 12ish mile ride around Austin to see a lion’s share of the FROM sites. We’ll meet at 7am at Northern–Southern, ride at 7:30am.
Tillery Tree Tour led by Ann Armstrong
Saturday, June 24
8am at Flitch Coffee
Ann will take us on a Tree tour of the incredibly diverse trees living under the E. 7th St. Bridge at Tillery. Closed toe shoes and bug spray recommended. We’ll meet at 8am and walk at 8:30am.
Twists and Riverscapes. Picnics in ancient places. Memories tumbled with magic. Vulnerable practices, explosions of sunlight. Change and comfort.
Green Eyes are new paintings by Michelle Marchesseault, her second solo show with Northern–Southern.
Visiting hours Thursday to Sunday, 2-6 pm.
Special events to be announced.
Tuesday, Mar 14
Kicking It ATX
“Running a business, particularly a small business takes creativity that is shown in the product, the story, and the people behind it. The first KBDB is a tribute to the art of the entrepreneur. A retail as art exhibit that showcases Austin-based businesses and highlights black culture. It blends the lines of art and consumerism and begs the question of art and how we define it for ourselves.
“In the midst of SXSW, one of the most popular times of the year for the city, we want to pay homage to that creative business owner and allow them a space to share their art with those in town.”
— Keyheira Keys
Katherine Vaughn & Ryan McKerley
Woo Nerk is a scored duet performance for dance and ceramics.
Katherine Vaughn & Ryan McKerley make new work before the audience at the moment of exhibition. They collide and integrate.
Woo Nerk brings shape from earth and body. It is a celebration of creation at its instance.
Saturday Performance, March 4
complimentary cocktails by Phillip Niemeyer
limited seating PURCHASE TICKETS
Saturday Rehearsal Matinee, March 4
Sunday Matinee, March 5
Katherine Vaughn is a dancer and performance artist. Ryan McKerley is a potter. They are friends and former roommates.
Jan 20–Feb 19
Alyssa Taylor Wendt
Emma Hadzi Antich
GOING DOWN delves passage to counter places and underworlds. In painting, photography, sculpture, taxidermy, and games the artists seek to rebalance the spirit and the flesh; to synthesize myth and experience.
Northern-Southern’s first art fair. Laura Lit at NADA Miami. Email if you would like a preview, and we’ll send you one.
Nov 11–Dec 18
Virginia Fleck fills the gallery with shimmers of sound and light, strings of tens of thousands of aluminum can tabs. From salvage and discard, Fleck weaves a tour de force of serenity, wonder, and peace.
Drew Liverman’s new paintings are immediate and oddly refined. Thin layers of summer-intense color soak into the canvas, or float above it. The compositions breathe with yin, and sear with eye-burn emotion and thought.
The subject matter: hot doom, the joys of love, bike rides, Olaf from Frozen, Goya’s covens, and scraps of what could be something for a place to live, for a time.
Introspective, with a funny gloom, these are paintings for an infinite summer.’
Michael W. Hall
spirit forms, continuous and ever-changing & describes Alesi’s art and practice: flowing always to new forms and new reasons. Alesi works in a series:, each an era in a moment, marking the emotional time of the making. They seldom revisit a series. Alesi moves to the next one, and the next, and the next. And, and, and.
a solo show as a community & is a Stella Alesi solo show as a community. Alesi invited four artists to contribute—friends and those they admire from afar. All searching abstractionists, seeking to make a spirit material. Each artist balances rigor with freedom, finding the eternal in the moment of making: Momo, Michelle Marchesseault, Michael W. Hall, and Evan Horn.
Matt Steinke‘s second solo show at Northern-Southern, un•verb defies the illusion of still life. Robotic musical objects chant and chat with each other in an aspirational din.
Matt Steinke’s work is—in turns and all-at-once—music, robotics, sculpture, animation, instrument building, puppetry, and computer programing. Steinke gives objects voice and identity. Mechanical sound sculptures mimic the behaviors and personalities of animals, people, plants, and machines. The objects discourse, chant, and interact in group ruminations on consumerism, morality, transcendence, ecology, health, and neurodiversity.
Tyeschea West was one of the principle photographers of Where is Here, photographic portraits of the people of East Austin, ages 0-100.
For Drawing Conclusions, West expands her palette. Vivacious layers of painting and photography overlay on translucent sheets. Photo-like images defy photography, each angle of viewing reveals a new way to see a human face. The title of each piece is a statement made by the real or imagined subject.
Rachael Starbuck‘s work imagines touch and its absence. Ceramic pots bulge like bags with soil. Brass rods lithely support the stems of living plants. The plants, nurtured by Starbuck, are descended from cuttings from her childhood home in Florida. Hand-sized and pit-fired ceramic “handholds” echo the feel of Starbuck’s holding hands as if they were yours.
Michael Muelhaupt sculptures are functional furniture. With some, he Frankensteins surplus furniture parts into witty pastiches, like a ’00s Droog designer. Other pieces lovingly tease modernism, upholstering pirated classics with white socks or Starbuck’s father’s old leather belts. Gentle startles, the sculptures are comfortable in unexpected ways.
Jesse Cline‘s sculptures are puzzles as formal meditations. Tactile, oblique, and hypnotic, the pieces are answers without questions.
FITTING is Texas late-Covid, an earth-toned punk. Subversive by being kind, gentle, crafted, warm, life-scale. Their hands make homes.