Join us for the closing reception for 2023 LINE x Big Medium Artist Resident, Rian (raven) Crane, in the 201 Artist Studio.
“sable waters :: hesperidium lands , is an extension of my exploration of my Blk landscapes series reflecting on Tiffany Lethabo Kings “Black Shoals,” as place of where Black and Native studies meet. A reflection on Blues as a color/ sound/ feeling using cyanotypes. I use words, found “Texas” wild flowers, drawings, photos of a lover daily life, and friends to explore the range of Blues as way of liveliness.”
Rian (raven) Crane (he/they) is a post-disciplinary performance artist interested in Black diasporic rebellion as an anti-thesis to borders, gender, and prisons. Their work explores the paradox of hypervisibility for Black +/ Trans folks as well as the ongoing genocidal settler project of Anti-Blackness, displacement, colonial-made borders and severed ties from the land. Their work posits Black fugitivity as a refusal to the colonial imagination; they imagine Blackness in relation to land, water, and nonhuman kindred. He collaborates with other artists and communities to counter isolation, individualism, and the hyper-productivity of end-capitalism.
The LINE Residency is an artist-in-residence program produced by Big Medium in partnership with LINE Austin. Artists selected for the residency program have access to a private studio space within the LINE Austin, located in the heart of downtown Austin overlooking Lady Bird Lake. In a city where art spaces are disappearing, Big Medium sees this as an innovative way to address a critical issue with a partner that is similarly committed to nurturing the art community. The LINE Residency is in its 5th year, continuing to find opportunities to celebrate the arts community.