June 28 - August 30, 2014
Closing reception + potluck Saturday, August 30, 2014 6-8pm

The precise mechanics of Matt Norris and imaginative compositions of John Self combine in Lifecycles to create an ecosystem of interacting assemblage creatures. Both artists give new life to discarded objects — Norris with bicycle chain, nails and sheet metals; Self with “authentic garage sale artifacts”. Their art ties together the lifecycles of organisms with those of consumer products in this dual exhibition of sculptural work.

On view Tues – Sat 12 – 6pm (Thurs 12 – 5:45pm) + by appointment.

Sponsored By Treaty Oak Distilling Co.


July 11, 2014 ‘The Telsa Project’ / ‘Lifecycles’ reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, The Austin Chronicle


John Self (Kerrville, TX) is a sculptor making art constructed from “authentic garage sale artifacts” collected over the past 40 years. He grew up in Wichita Falls, TX where he received his BFA from Midwestern State University in painting and sculpture in 1977. With equal parts wit and skill, his current work transforms others’ castaways into new life forms that are not only charming, but often mischievous. In his own words, “No awards, no honors, no one man shows, no artist statements. I just continue to make art.” John has exhibited at 500X Gallery (Dallas, TX), AHHA Hardesty Art Center (Tulsa, OK), Art.Science.Gallery. (Austin, TX), K Space Contemporary (Corpus Christi, TX), and Tornado Gallery (Lubbock, TX).

Matt Norris (Oakland, CA) is a sculptor whose work is an appreciation of the mechanical engineering aspects of living creatures. He grew up in San Antonio, TX and studied studio art and design at the University of Texas at Austin. He is fascinated by the way animals are made to move, the articulation of their joints, and the elegant forms that evolve to perform specific functions. All of Norris’ pieces are made to be posable, with working joints that approximate the range of motion their living counterparts are capable of. Insects in particular, with their exoskeletons, are a natural fit for his metalworking techniques. Their physical forms, filtered through the limitations of his craft, are the basis of much of Matt Norris’ work. Matt has exhibited in San Antonio, TX, Austin, TX, Baltimore, MD and Oakland, CA.

October 6th – November 30th, 2012

presented by
ART from the ashes (AFTA) &  Art.Science.Gallery. (512.5228.ART)
with support from Big Medium
Texas Forestry Museum, 1905 Atkinson Drive, Lufkin, Texas
Exhibition Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm
Opening Reception + Activities: Saturday Oct. 6th 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Click here to view the full catalog. Art sales directly benefit the Lost Pines Recovery Team. 

In September of 2011, the most destructive wildfire in Texas history raged through Bastrop County, TX. The Bastrop County Complex Fire destroyed 1,667 homes, destroyed 33,033 acres and claimed two lives. Known as the Lost Pines Region, this blaze devastated the population of its signature Loblolly pine and further compromised the habitat of the endangered Houston Toad.

This exhibition will feature works of art created and donated by Texas based artists and ART from the ashes. In AFTA’s spirit of “Support. Inspire. Create. Renew,” works featured will incorporate materials salvaged from fire site locations in Bastrop County. Proceeds from the sale of art and donations at these exhibitions will support the restoration efforts of Bastrop County’s Lost Pines Recovery Team

Art.Science.Gallery. is proud to partner with our friends at ART from the ashes (AFTA) with support from Big Medium, to continue their fundraising efforts for the Lost Pines Recovery Team’s restoration work in the Lost Pines Region of Bastrop County. The ART from the ashes exhibition at the Texas Forestry Museum will be the third incarnation of AFTA’s Texas fundraising initiatives during 2012, following exhibitions in April in Austin, TX and June in Bastrop, TX. The exhibit will feature select works from the Austin and Bastrop exhibition, several new works and a unique art-science exhibit that explores the creative ways in which fire ecology has been depicted in art through the ages. Proceeds will support the restoration efforts of the Lost Pines Recovery Team.

This video explores the Austin AFTA benefit for the Lost Pines Recovery Team:


contributing artists. Leon Alesi, Stella Alesi, Billy Beasty, Jill Bedgood, Laura Dugan, Joy Feuer, Brooke Gassiot, Hayley Gillespie, Leah Godfrey, Jesse Hartman, Roxanne Hernandez, Peggy Jo Hilburn, Shea Little, Paul Mangan, Revi Meicler, Paul Meyer, Aaron Michalovic, Marjorie Moore, Kandra Niagra, Karol Rice, Rebecca Roberts, Barbara Samuelson, Nina Savill, Andrew Shapter, Russell Smith, Jessica Stone, W. Tucker, Kenny Trice, Wendy Wight, Jon Windham, Michael Yates.