Artwork by Dawn Okro (left) and Meena Matocha

We’re giving it up to the East Austin Studio Tour this week. With a mind-boggling 585 tour stops and events this year, the tour is daunting. A few of Sightlines’ visual arts contributors offer their recommendations.

Lindsey Reynolds

SPACE FOOD, EAST #99, Hot Pants House, 2118 Roundtree Dr.
A group show from the Hot Pants House artist collective, SPACE FOOD explores the pressing question – What will we eat in space? The group will discuss stars, astronauts, and time through weird and wonderful media.


Kakii Keenan, EAST #178, Picturebox Studios, 701 Tillery St.
Keenan has eschewed the dramatic color of her formal practice to challenge herself to sculpt with cardboard. Her studio will host guest artists, such as Amy Rosalyn, whose resin-coated works on paper blend a bold palette with geometry.

Jonathan Kiritharan, EAST #201, 3405 Charles St. More a happening than an exhibition, Kiritharan will construct a bed made of pancakes to the tune of spoken-word poetry and live music to comment on pleasure associated with food and chains of consumption.

fd2s, EAST #455, 1634 E Cesar Chavez St.
fd2s — a design firm involved in the new Austin Central Library — is gathering a grouping of work from design-focused artists, both handcrafted and digitally produced.

Thao Votang

Meena Matocha, EAST #7, The Parish House, 1618 Ashberry Drive
Matocha’s training in painting comes through in her recent work of charcoal drawings. Her portraits and swaths of charcoal evoke a strong feeling of sorrow and a darkness beneath as she explores her “relationship with grief, time and the metaphysical realm.”

Rachel Wolfson Smith

Ana Esteve Llorens, EAST #142, Las Cruxes, 1900 E. Twelfth St.
Esteve Llorens’ woven works are presented in mind-bogglingly fabricated frames. The work explores the mediation of weaving, the natural mistakes, and the corrections or acceptances of the artist as they work.

Rachel Wolfson Smith, EAST #280, Canopy, 916 Springdale Road
Wolfson Smith’s drawings fluctuate between a precision and a playfulness that seems impossible for a meticulous draftsperson. Her work captures energy and movement intrically between her marks and erasures.

Daniel Morrison, EAST #377, Splinter Group South, 405 Springdale Road
Ceramic or leather hardware, glorious selections of wood, and Cordova shell limestone make Morrison’s design incredibly eye-catching. Add wonderous curves that contrast against straight lines and see if you don’t want to redesign your house.

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

refleXion, EAST #154, Gallery at Six Square: Austin’s Black Cultural District, 1152 San Bernard St.
Dawn Okoro and Adrian Armstrong celebrate Afropunk and Afrofurturisism — young sharp artists whose millennial perspective of Black consciousness is considering many  interpretations.

Adrian Armstrong

Afroamericana, EAST #167, African American Cultural Heritage Facility, 912 E Eleventh St.
In the restored historic Dedrick-Hamilton House — built about 1880 by Thomas Dedrick, one of the first freed slaves in Travis County — there’s a group exhibition featuring the work of four African American contemporary artists: Tyson Davis, Giovannie Licea, Jeffrey Miles, Ryan Rucie and Carlotta Vann.

Huston-Tillotson University, EAST #172, 900 Chicon St.
An historically black university, Huston-Tillotson is the oldest higher education institution in Austin, (Yes, it predates the University of Texas.) It joins the EAST this year, opening its building including the historic Anthony and Louise Viaer Alumni Hall, to show off the artwork within.

Arielle Austin, Aimee M. Everett, Kemi Yemi-Ese, EAST #149-151, The Gallery at the George Washington Carver Museum, 1165 Angelina St.
This is a smart showing of three women artists. Everett examines the intergenerational silences around gender, race, and place. Yemi-Ese surreal images are rooted in West African mystical traditions. Austin celebrates color and abstration.