As the seventh installment in the ongoing Duplex Series conceived by artist/curator Hills Snyder, Sala Diaz (517 Stieren, 695-5132) presents new work by Los Angeles-based artist Todd Hebert and Austin-based Brad Tucker. The show opens Friday, October 24, with a reception from 7-11 p.m. Hebert's small-format, idiosyncratic bubble paintings and Tucker's handmade manhole covers and audio sculptures should be a visually tantalizing duet. Past Duplex pairings include Constance Lowe and Callida Borgnino, and Jeff McMilllan and Terri Thornton. Viewing by appointment only.
On Saturday, October 25, the Triangle Project Space (1501 S. Flores, 224-7587) opens its second show, "The Further Back I Look the Further Forward I Can See," by NYC-based video artist Steve Hamilton. Hamilton has worked as a film editor and post-production audio supervisor on feature projects with Hal Hartley, Ang Lee, and art world heavy Matthew Barney. Hamilton is also a member of the SONTEXT Collective, an NYC-based project spearheaded by artist Debra Warner. "The Further Back" is his first solo effort.
Independent curator Jennifer Jankauskas selected Hamilton for the TPS's sophomore show; this is her first curatorial project after leaving ArtPace, where she served as program coordinator for just over a year. The opening reception will be held on Saturday from 7-9 p.m.
If you're in the mood for a drive, it would be worth your while to swing by Lawrence Miller's Testsite in Austin (502 W. 33rd St.). Miller brings together writers and artists on a quarterly basis, providing his home as the backdrop for impromptu intellectual collaboration. The current experiment in progress features the work of Kelly Baum, the Assistant Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum at the University of Texas at Austin, and Luke Savisky, a film and projection artist also based in Austin. Savisky has collaborated with the likes of the Butthole Surfers, Poi Dog Pondering, and the Golden Arm Trio. Stars of the Lid contribute the audio component of the new installation, in which Savisky's elaborately layered film projections are interspersed with insightful excerpts from related texts by Baum. The show runs October 2 through November 20. •