Friday, September 4, 2020

Alejandra Almuelle’s Portentous Buddhist Porcelains in Austin

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By Michael Barnes
Alejandra Almuell's grouping of seven figures is taken from the Buddhist practice of making tankas, paintings that are tools for meditation and teaching
AUSTIN, TX--Two things urged me over to Cloud Tree Studios and Gallery in East Austin for my first in-person art show in months: Alejandra Almuelle’s portentous porcelains, earthenware and stoneware, as well as the gallery’s inviting plan for visitor safety. Let’s deal with the latter first. Cloud Tree owner Brian David Johnson — a wood artist in his own right — has chosen a reassuring format for visiting his gallery located inside a vintage 1948 Quonset hut on East Fifth Street. An interested party may book a time slot at the gallery website for a 20-minute visit with a small group or, as I did, just for oneself. Johnson lays out all the familiar precautions — masks, distancing and so forth — then he and/or the artist are on hand to welcome you to the show. [More]