Now Redbud Gallery presents the exhibit ''Manik Nakra: The Tigering.'' Starting in January 2012, Austin artist Manik Nakra began documenting all 436 tiger attacks in crude works in watercolor and gouache on paper — one painting for each attack. So far, Nakra has completed about 200 pieces depicting pre- and post-attack imagery, including the actual killings. For the Redbud exhibit, the works plaster the walls from floor to ceiling.
Asked why he chose to concentrate on such a brutal and violent killing spree, Nakra says the story of the Champawat Tiger has become an ''allegory for the messy and maddening road to progress in India.'' He adds, ''[And] because it's fucking badass.''
''No one else has done this, to my knowledge,'' says Redbud owner Gus Kopriva of Nakra’s ''The Tigering'' series. ''[It's] imaginative and very serious/humorous at the same time.'' Not to mention badass.
Noon to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Through April 29. 303 East 11th. For information, call 713-862-2532 or visit redbudgallery.com. Free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: April 6. Continues through April 29, 2013