Opening Friday, December 9, 2011, from 7 to 11 p.m., at 607 ½ Genard Street in Austin, Tiny Park will feature the work of Michael Sieben and Sam Prekop (of The Sea and Cake). The exhibition runs through January 14, 2012, and will be available for viewing from 12 – 5 p.m. on select Saturdays (12/10, 12/17, 1/7, 1/14) and by appointment.
Sam Prekop’s paintings and photographs have been exhibited at the Modern Institute (Glasgow), Clementine Gallery (New York), Jan Cicero Gallery (Chicago), Durstewitz Sapre Galerie (Hamburg), Galerie Ghislaine Hussenot (Paris), and Mixture Contemporary (Houston), and have been featured in ARTFORUM, ArtNews, Black Book, and Index Magazine. Sam Prekop: Photographs (2007) was published by Presspop Publications (Japan).
Those familiar with Prekop’s music will recognize his art from the album covers of his influential and widely acclaimed band, The Sea and Cake, and his solo records. He has released 13 albums in 20 years and is internationally recognized for his explorations of pop, jazz, electronic, and Brazilian music. His exhibition at Tiny Park will feature drawings, paintings and photographs. Like his music, his visual art demonstrates a strategic restraint and focus on the subtle qualities of mood and atmosphere.
Michael Sieben is a founding member of Okay Mountain Gallery/Collective. His work has been shown in the US, Europe, Japan, Mexico, and South America. He also works as a professional illustrator and designer primarily within the subculture of skateboarding and is a staff writer and illustrator for the iconic Thrasher Magazine and staff writer for Vice.com. In 2009, Gingko Press published a 96 page book of his work titled: There’s Nothing Wrong With You (Hopefully). He was the 2007 Austin Chronicle Reader’s Poll Best Visual Artist.
The characters populating Sieben’s work seem to bear the weight of (some very heavy) experience, but maintain an almost ridiculous optimism in the face of disaster and absurdity. For his exhibition at Tiny Park, Michael will show new drawings and sculptures.
Tiny Park, an exhibition series and art space located in Austin, presents contemporary art exhibitions, readings, and film screenings by local and national artists. Functioning out of the organizers’ home located at 607 ½ Genard Street, Tiny Park also utilizes outside venues for larger exhibitions and events, and collaborates with guest curators and other galleries to present conceptually and aesthetically diverse works. Tiny Park is organized by Brian Willey and Thao Votang.
***The Sea and Cake is performing in Austin at the Mohawk on December 8th, the evening before the opening of the exhibition.