Tiger Strikes Austin


December 1, 2017 - January 6, 2018

ICOSA was pleased to present Tiger Strikes Austin, a collaboration between artist-run spaces in Austin and Los Angeles. ICOSA formed in 2015 as a group of artists converting an old auto-body shop into a gallery space to show their work independent of traditional avenues. This exhibition marks an effort to work with other groups sharing the same self-determining and organizing philosophy. There is a rich national history of artist-run spaces dating back to the 1960’s. These third spaces, left of the mainstream, have provided a path in which artists can exhibit their work free from conventional constraints and determining voices. This exchange between ICOSA, TSALA, and MVP continued this tradition of artists creating their own alternatives while establishing ties between the Austin and Los Angeles art communities, thus broadening the scope of what is typically a localized effort.

The exhibition included fourteen Los Angeles-based artists from Tiger Strikes Asteroid – Los Angeles (TSA LA) and Monte Vista Projects (MVP).

TSA LA artists included: Carl Baratta, Annelie McKenzie, Christopher Ulivo, Erin Harmon, Jonathan Ryan, Kari Reardon, Liz Nurenberg, Mark Brosseau, Stacy Wendt, Warren Schultheis, and Brittany Mojo.

MVP artists included: Chris Miller, Rebecca Bennett Duke, and Roberta Gentry.

Tiger Strikes Asteroid (TSA) is a network of artist-run spaces with locations in Philadelphia, New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Each space is independently operated and focuses on presenting a varied program of emerging and mid-career artists.

Monte Vista Projects (MVP) is an artist-run space. Started in 2007, MVP has collaborated with artists and practitioners in and around the greater Los Angeles arts community. MVP has served as a space to share ideas and cultivate exhibitions articulated in experiments and play.

In addition to the exhibition, there was a panel discussion Sunday, December 3rd from 1 - 2:30pm with members from local Austin art spaces. ICOSA published a zine highlighting the various artist-run spaces across North America. Finally, a wiki was launched to serve as a collaborative directory of present and past artist-run, DIY, and noncommercial spaces.

This project was funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.