Here are some images from a recent visit to Austin Thomas’s studio, where three-dimensional collages, text-based drawings, and handmade prints line the walls. Small-scale and composed of humble materials like graph paper, colored paper, and pencil, Thomas’s thought-provoking work exudes an understated anxiety tempered with wry humor. Working toward a solo show in September, Thomas, who closed Pocket Utopia last year, is determined to avoid any additional projects for the time being–except for organizing Camp Pocket Utopia, an artists’ retreat inspired by the legendary Black Mountain College. Camp Pocket Utopia will convene in upstate New York this July.
Thomas’s recent curatorial projects include Ocketopia @ Lesley Heller and the Auxiliary Art Exhibition at Tom’s Salon.