The best and freshest of what to see in Austin galleries this month.
Through May 22
Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery, 3411 E. Fifth St. cloudtreestudiosandgallery.com
New work by eight Austin artists who share a penchant for using natural elements in their abstract paintings: Rory Foster, Shawn Camp, Abi Daniel, Jason Brooks, Ann Flemings, Jana Swec, Court Lurie and Blair Gallacher.
Ascent: New paintings by Christopher Cascio
Through May 28
Ivester Contemporary, 916 Springdale Road, ivestercontemporary.com
Houston-based artist Christopher Cascio describes his new work as hard-edge abstract painting, inspired by traditional quilting designs and infused with positive energy.
Karen Navarro: The Constructed Self
Through June 4
Big Medium, 916 Springdale Road, bigmedium.org
Houston-based artist Karen Navarro presents a series of portraits that use collage to visually represent the intersections of identity, self-representation, race, gender, and belonging within first, second, and third-generation American immigrants.
Doom and Bloom
May 7-28; Opening 7 to 10 p.m. May 7
Co-Lab Projects, 5419 Glissman Road, co-labprojects.org
Clever responses to current events come in an exhibition of drawings, prints, sculpture, and new media by Alex Boeschenstein, Anthony Rundblade, and Emma Rossoff.
Jules Buck Jones: Circles and Cycles
May 13-June 10; Opening: 7 to 10 p.m. May 13
Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. grayduckgallery.com
Jules Buck Jones creates vivid, dense paintings and drawings — and sometimes room-size installations — of fantastic happenings in nature, blending mythology and natural science in glorious, strange scenes. It’s been a while since the busy artist had a solo exhibition in Austin. We can’t wait to see this one.
Un-verb: Matt Steinke
May 13- June 12
Northern-Southern, E. 5th and Brazos streets, northern-southern.com
Composer and conceptual artist Matt Steinke use modular kinetic and musical sculpture and new music to examines the implausibility of stillness in our contemporary world.
Hysteria: Molly Sydnor
May 16-June 18
Contracommon, 12912 Hill Country Blvd. contracommon.org
Dallas artist Molly Sydnor uses colorful fiber material in an installation that plays with the idea of “women’s work” and “girly things” questioning what terms like “girly” or “feminine” mean.