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A gallery of images from Austin-based artist Sarah Stevens‘ current exhibit at the City of Austin’s Dougherty Arts Center. The Julia C. Butridge Gallery is one long space, and Stevens has loosely divided her show into two parts, one side mostly consisting of drawings and wall-mounted constructions, while the other is largely filled with freestanding constructions/conglomerations of mixed media (all kinds of textiles from yarn to cut-up upholstery, plastic beads, duct tape, ink-on-vellum “lichen” and more,) with the entryway providing a neutral buffer between. She achieves an unforced balance, and the sculptures on the east side of the gallery particularly benefit from their grouping together. The work on view shows the increasing coherence in Stevens’ last few years of intuitive exploration of reproduction, sexuality (and asexuality,) domesticity, and their entanglements with our culture of consumption – an instantly recognizable body of work, with boundaries between her earlier delicately compulsive ink drawings and garishly colored, sprawlingly anatomical and slightly grotesque sculptures increasingly being blurred and in some cases now erased.

On view through July 29th in the Julia C. Butridge Gallery at Dougherty Arts Center – 1110 Barton Springs Road, Austin, Texas.