Austin Thomas: Metropolis
July 10 - September 3Free
Municipal Bonds is pleased to present Austin Thomas’s second exhibition with the gallery, titled Metropolis. In this homage to her hometown, Thomas’s work embodies the dynamics of New York City, its architecture and energy. Featuring a selection of abstract monotypes on found paper, her solo show is both referential and reverential of quotidian moments from the city streets.
With syncopated rhythm, Thomas paints and prints geometric forms in unique color-blocks. Her process captures gesture, allows for experimentation and the emergence of imagery that at times suggests, even points to, her narrative. Distilled to impressions of light and shadow, mass and transparency—New York’s buildings and bridges, bustle and bravado meet between the printing press and Thomas’s paper.
Book covers and pages, ledger sheets and proofing papers are marked by craft foam and templates Thomas borrowed from a metalwork shop. These machine-age shapes are arranged with skyscraper-like verticality and the beat of her daily walks. The resulting work has an improvisational buoyancy, combining Thomas’s spontaneity and precision, and referring to a range of modernist styles, including Constructivism, Minimalism and Color Field painting.