Carol Dawson: Eye to Eye, The Private Lives of Birds

October 8 - 29, 2016

Preview Happy Hour + Artist Talk Thursday, October 6th at 6pm

Dawson aims to transform the perception of commonplace natural scenes into one of new wonder. She demonstrates how a small piece of our everyday world is filled with detail and life, turning the micro into macro. In this body of work, Dawson employs birds as her subjects and depicts them on a human-like scale. The effect not only captures their immediate beauty but lends each an inescapable presence. As iconic as birds have been throughout human cultural development - occupying an archetypal place in our psyches - they are often seen as small, distant creatures, forever flitting beyond reach. However, in Dawson's work, they confront the viewer eye-to-eye, ensuring a new consideration. Dawson hopes that the viewer will perhaps feel as if he or she is facing an equal - a bird meeting another bird on its own ground - and remember that the conservation of this dwindling population is of primary importance to us.

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Fine contemporary art gallery in Austin, Texas | Wally Workman Gallery

Established in 1980 and located in a 100 year old historic house in Austin’s art district, the Wally Workman Gallery specializes in emerging and collected talent. The gallery has two stories of exhibition space where one can view the 58 artists currently represented, including the contemporary talents of Will Klemm, Joyce Howell, and Mallory Page as well as the figurative work of Tracey Harris and Ian Shults.

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Parking is available in the front lot as well as the lot behind the gallery, accessed from the alley off Blanco and Harthan St. Unrestricted street parking is available on Blanco St. and parking is allowed after 7pm on Harthan St.