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.
Inside/Outside: Habitat,” Sculpture Park, Abington Art Center, Jenkintown, PA
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
The 48th Corcoran Biennial, Corcoran Museum, Washington, DC
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
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
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
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
Collector’s Choice, Exit Art, New York, NY
human/nature, Caren Golden Fine Art, New York, NY
Other 8 x 10 inches
Sculpture 7 x 3 x 3 inches & 110 lbs.
Drawing 17 x 21 inches
Sculpture 0 x x inches & 80 lbs.
Drawing 22 x 17 inches
Drawing 3 x 6 inches
Drawing 6 x 6 inches
Painting 3 x 4 inches
Drawing 5 x 7 inches
Drawing 2 x 5 inches
Drawing 7 x 9 inches
Painting 44 x 40 inches
Painting 8 x 8 inches