Leslie Mutchler: Green Space / Outer Space

art collage of green hills

February 4 – May 7, 2010

Leslie Mutchler, associate professor and area head of 2D Foundations in the Department of Art and Art History, has created a new series of digital collages that are culled from catalogue glossies such as IKEA, West Elm, and Pottery Barn to create both fictional and real realms focusing on the current use and misuse of ‘green space’ and ‘outer space.’ By rethinking the model of efficient, built and controlled environments, Mutchler’s collages present these relevant environments in favor of commodity and purchase power, without the restriction of waste. Mutchler was recently awarded the John D. Murchinson Fellowship in Art, the Effie Marie Cain Regents Chair in the Arts Fellowship, and the Creative Research Grant, all from University of Texas at Austin. Mutchler’s work has been included in numerous exhibitions across the country, including ones at the Crane Arts Center in Philadelphia, the Harvey Gallery at Miami University in Ohio, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts in New York City, and the Ewing Gallery at the University of Tennessee. She has been included in a series of group exhibitions at venues around Texas, including Cactus Bra in San Antonio, dberman Gallery in Austin, and Box13 Art Space in Houston.