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Co Lab and the Bootstrap Method

April 24, 2010

Boots are made for walking but they are also made for strapping.

Any city that is worth visiting has embraced the arts because art is a defining characteristic of the urban fabric. Without creative communities cities become flat, dreary and are easily forgotten. When anyone imagines a city art will come into that picture. Ask someone on the street about good art cities and they are likely to mention New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Minneapolis, Houston, Dallas or Santa Fe, but a city that may not often make the art list is Austin. Austin is a city that is know for its musicians but it may also be growing a reputation as a city with a strong visual art community.


In most of the larger urban areas a visitor can always find the museums or the galleries but community art spaces often do not come onto the radar. In Austin a community art space worth mentioning is Co-Lab. According to the press materials Co-Lab is dedicated to exhibiting collaborative new media projects within a community-oriented framework. By avoiding the traditional gallery model and maintaining a constant rotation of collaborations, screenings, performances, and installations Co-Lab is able to provide a space for new media artists to exhibit work on a more frequent basis. Co-Lab is also home to a free community garden and various workshops, which serve as a forum for exchange, growth, sustainability, and a community center that allows the visual arts to reach out and engage local residents.

Co-Lab is just a few minutes from downtown in East Austin. The space is located 613 Allen Street (512 300-8217). The manager of the space Sean Gaulager could give anybody a few pointers about running a community art space. His programming is ambitious with a new show weekly.

Texas Crude

This week a show entitled Texas Crude opens in the space. TEXAS CRUDE will be an offering of artwork that is rude, raunchy and generally explicit. Artists will come from a variety of backgrounds and the artwork will have a range of media and content (as long as that content is vulgar and of a revolting nature). Anyone is welcome to join in the show.

Lets put it this way. The art space is worth the drive and you might meet the next Barry McGee or Margaret Kilgallen.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. katycrocker permalink
    April 27, 2010 1:55 pm

    The large mural painted on Co-Lab’s warehouse exterior was executed by David Ellis At Co-Lab Ellis painted a blue, yellow, orange, and red, cheerful owl in diptych. Ellis lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. His work has been exhibited throughout the US, and in London, Tokyo, Paris, and Auckland. Ellis has been reviewed in “Art in America,” “artforum,” and the “The New York Times.” His improvisational, site-specific paintings are often commissioned, and he recently completed a piece at the Savannah College of Art and Design.


  1. Katy Crocker › David Ellis

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