Austin Thomas

United States
New York, NY

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New York-based artist Austin Thomas builds structures known as perches which are both functional and aesthetic objects that invite viewers to experience art in ways that extend beyond the object itself.

Monumentality breaks down and collapses into its constituent parts in Thomas’s drawings and collages. Her drawings are not sketches for sculpture, although they are are nearly architectural in form and sculptural in shape. She merges a retro-palette of mint greens, buttery yellows, and glossy oranges with the subject matter of outdoor gardens, imaginary patios, models and plans.

Thomas is a recipient of a Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, an LMCC studio residency, and Public Arts Fund Commission. Her work has been featured at The Drawing Center, Murray Guy, The Sculpture Center, Debs & Co., Sara Meltzer Gallery, Art in General (all in NYC), and at the Corcoran Biennial, Washington, DC.

Selected Exhibitions

2007

Inside/Outside: Habitat,” Sculpture Park, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

2006

Garden Improvement, Glyndor Gallery and Grounds, Wave Hill, Bronx, NY
Out of the Blue, Co-organized with Joy Episalla & Amy Lipton, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA

2005

The 48th Corcoran Biennial, Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC

2004

Danica Phelps, Mark Lombardi and Austin Thomas, Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Grinnell, IA
Playpen, The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Drawings by Sculptors, Black & White Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2003

High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA
Breaking Ground, White Columns, New York, NY
Float, Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens
World Speak Less Dumb, Uplands Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
Tasty Buds, The Work Space Gallery, New York, NY
Inscribing the Temporal, Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Austria

2002

Serious Fun, Castle Gallery, The College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
Ballpoint Inklings, Geoffrey Young Gallery, Great Barrington, MA
Periphera, Murray Guy, New York, NY

2001

Hospitality, A Constructed World Project, Foxy Productions, Brooklyn, NY
Temporary Residents, Public Art Fund, Metro Tech Commons, Brooklyn, NY
Interval: New Art for a New Space, The Sculpture Center, Long Island City, NY
Brewster Project, Brewster, NY
Let’s Get to Work, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA
Toothfairy Retribution Manifesto, Debs&Co., New York, NY

2000

Collector’s Choice, Exit Art, New York, NY
human/nature, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY

 
Artworks adopted from this artist:
Pinky
Stacked
Other 8 x 10 inches
Pinky
Group Perch
Sculpture 7 x 3 x 3 inches & 110 lbs.
Pinky
Building Blocks
Drawing 17 x 21 inches
Pinky
Open and Shut Case
Sculpture 0 x x inches & 80 lbs.
Pinky
Fence
Drawing 22 x 17 inches
Pinky
Mandala
Drawing 3 x 6 inches
Pinky
Silver Lining
Drawing 6 x 6 inches
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Mars
Painting 3 x 4 inches
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Tuesday
Drawing 5 x 7 inches
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Another Day Space
Drawing 2 x 5 inches
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Geological Abstraction
Drawing 7 x 9 inches
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Tag Sale
Painting 44 x 40 inches
Pinky
Geological Abstraction
Painting 8 x 8 inches