With our visit to the Big Medium gallery in Austin last week, featuring the art of Johnathan Faber, my opinions on contemporary art have shifted. The gallery was a simple square space which allowed Faber’s pieces to pop out and lead you around the room. The simplicity also allowed the art to speak for itself on one hand, and let the viewer run with their imagination in the other. The opportunity to have the artist actually speak and explain, slightly, how he developed his pieces added extra appreciation to the entire experience. The size of the space was also an ideal for the artwork, he explained the intentional spacing of drawings that went on to influence the larger paintings. The flow and positioning concepts were also fascinating; placing the largest canvases in the back of the room really drew you in and, along with their bright colors, were intimidating. The curator was also there to explain what the gallery was all about, including the non-profit aspects and how they choose their featured artists. The only regret was not being able to see the entire space; we only had a tour in the one gallery, but the impression that was left was a great one. Big Medium also hosts Biennial Texas, and, according to their website, are always looking for volunteers at both Big Medium location and at the Biennial event. This would definitely be a space I would recommend seeing for yourself and to take a look at Johnathan Faber’s art.