Austin Artist Explores Relationship between Technology and the Natural World in “Nexus” Exhibit opening April 6, 2013

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Court Lurie’s Solo Exhibition “Nexus” features over 30 new abstract paintings and photographs for sale at the Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery.

Creating is an opportunity to feel something in the world that has not existed before you, but is calling out to be birthed

When Court Lurie wanders into her neighborhood hardware store, it’s to source new tools to paint with. Lurie frequently visits thrift stores and salvage yards to discover new technologies for mark making that craft the visual dialogues that come alive in her work. She takes industrial materials out of their assigned function and repurposes them to create marks that weave together an intricate nexus of line, color, form, and content. In this solo exhibit, her powerful abstract works illuminate a dance between technological influence, and the forces of nature we confront daily - a beautiful tension where entropy meets order. The Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery is honored to host this Austin artist in an exclusive exhibit April 6-May 5, 2013, where new and varied pieces will be for sale including abstract paintings and photography. And, on May 4 and 5 from 11-6 pm the gallery will be open for the 2nd annual West Austin Studio Tour – a free self-guided tour that highlights local Austin artists.                    

“In my work, I am interested in the emblematic capacity of nature and the technological world, as well as the potential that nonrepresentational art has to allude to that which we cannot define”, says Lurie of her upcoming exhibit. She adds, “The process of creating each work is a dialogue that unfolds in the moment. Creating is an opportunity to feel something into the world that has not existed before you, but is calling out to be birthed.”

Originally from Chicago, Lurie has lived in Austin for seven years. She has gallery representation in Austin, New York and Santa Fe. She received a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. She spent a decade in New Mexico, as Program Manager of the Albuquerque Art Alliance, and Education and Volunteer Coordinator for a prestigious contemporary arts organization. She spent a year in Europe and the Middle East. Locally, she served on an advisory committee with Art Alliance Austin, works frequently with Big Medium and Pump Project, and has spearheaded collaborations with other artists, organizations, and community government for the past two decades, advancing support and around arts, community, and education. She mentors young artists in the early stages of their careers. Each move is revealed in the tapestry of her work. After years of personal and spiritual growth, her work has transformed into unpredictable raw meditations on letting go. In her own words, she is “creating form from the formless realm.”

“I am thrilled to showcase Court’s talents,” says gallery owner Lisa Russell. “She is truly taking Austin and the art world by storm. I have shown her work before at the gallery, and had such an enthusiastic response that I knew I wanted to put the spotlight solely on her at some point in 2013.” A reception on Saturday, April 6th, 2013 from 6-9 p.m. will give guests the chance to meet her and to dialogue about the new body of work.

An opening reception will take place on Saturday, April 6 from 6-9 p.m. The event is open to the public, however a RSVP is requested. All art is available for acquisition and will be displayed April 6-May 5, 2013. Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (except for times mentioned above)

WHERE: Russell Collection Fine Art, 1137 West 6th St., Austin, Texas 78703, (512) 478-4440, info(at)russell-collection(dot)com,

Over a decade ago, entrepreneur Lisa Russell transformed Austin’s arts landscape when she opened Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery. With a permanent collection that includes approximately 100 original works spanning the history of art from 1600 to the present, Russell Collection remains the premier destination for world-class visual art in Austin and Central Texas.

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