berman gallery presents new work by two Austin
artists, Faith Gay and Lauren Levy .
In her first two- person exhibition in Austin,
Faith Gay continues to explore themes of color
and pattern. Utilizing plastic beads which have
been arranged in vibrant color configurations
or into Rorschach- like abstractions, Gay then
melts them and pins them to the wall. In addition,
her transparent resin- coated dot- grid works
bring to mind the
op art movement popularized in the 60 ís. Gay
received her BFA from The University of Texas
in 1995 and has exhibited widely in the state.
Lauren Levy, known primarily for her sculptures
created from buttons and wire, traverses new
territory in this exhibition with collage works
based on the theme of memory. Using old family
snapshots scrimmed with small beads of varying
degrees of transparency, Levy allows the images
in the photos to surface or to nearly disappear.
Other collages consist of a delicate cutwork
and reassembly technique in which the original
photos used in the process seem to be transformed
medium altogether. Levy will also include two
new button sculptures in this exhibition. Levy
has exhibited her work most recently in a one-
person show at the Southwest Center for Craft
in San Antonio. She also exhibits regularly
in Austin and Houston.