Pilgrim’s Progress at Art Palace


This week's pick involves a visit to the most-anticipated new space in town, Art Palace, which has carved out part of the cavernous former Finesilver Gallery to bring a thoughtful dose of the burgeoning Austin scene to town. Case in point, owner-director-curator Arturo Palacios presents Jonathan Marshall, a talent who is synonymous with Art Palace, and one of the first artists to enter Palacios' stable. This show is important for highlighting works by this UT grad (BFA, 2003) who is on the trajectory to international importance. A current candidate for a MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University, and fresh from a solo at Man%26amp;Eve Gallery in London, Marshall's exhibition here, entitled "Doubled Vision," continues his preoccupation with the concept of a make-believe voyage, from a Robinson Crusoe-like trek to that of an interstellar nature. The artist rolls out a panoply of media and techniques, often exquisitely executed, to convey an epic journey that moves from a ship wreck, to a Western odyssey to galactic space travel%26nbsp; %26#8212;%26nbsp;including drawing, painting, print-making, sculpture, photography and a very compelling video, "Quest of Sight" (2009, film still shown) which puts all these disparate messages into a statement edged with wit, and possessing a buoyant DIY aesthetic. Marshall leaves the interpretation to us. Art Palace, 3913 Main St., 512.496.0687; artpalacegallery.com; through March 6, 2010.

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