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"Complex 2," "Remote Viewing," "On My Mind, Again" & "Esprit de Corps"

Architectural interventions, imagined landscapes, amplified nature and marching bands are but a few of themes examined in four exhibitions opening at the Southwest School of Art on Thursday and remaining on view through October 30. An Indiana-born artist, curator and freelance arts writer who earned his MFA from the Glasgow School of Art, Seth Orion Schwaiger crafts works that aim to “seduce the onlooker into the position of jeopardizing often pre-constructed notions of value and quality.” Presented as the second chapter of his “Complex” exhibition series, his “Complex 2” promises a “radical, anti-passive approach to art viewing and curation” via works that shift and change based on the viewer’s position in the gallery. Drawing from memories and his own imagination, Houston-based Will Henry creates paintings and drawings that nod to pop culture, art history and Southwestern landscapes. Known for cinematic vistas visited by the occasional floating tumbleweed or flying saucer, his “Remote Viewing” borrows its name from a “pseudo-scientific government program wherein the viewer would project themselves into future events for defense purposes.” After living in New York, California and Europe, Austin native Elizabeth Chiles returned home to Texas to further artistic pursuits in photography, video, installation, drawing and language. Curated by Mary Mikel Stump, her “On My Mind, Again” puts a kaleidoscopic spin on the natural world via “abstract meditations.” An amusing and easily digested wildcard, Walker Pickering’s “Esprit de Corps” opens an odd yet intimate window onto the world of marching bands. Born in Texas and now based in the Midwest where he teaches photography, video and bookmaking at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Pickering describes his intriguing works as “quasi-documentary photographs.”

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