Lei Yixin, Stone of Hope
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Lei Yixin, Stone of Hope
Friday, August 24, 2007
Anyone familiar with this art piece?
The Chron comes down hard on Dallas today, calling out the North Texas cattle rustlers and bullshitters are little more than Houston's shadow. While the 'ol #4th biggest city in the nation tag is kind of a stretch (we're the 6th largest urban area, Dallas is #4) blasting theatre funding, architecture, and museum spaces up I-45 out of the water is something the paper should devote time to regularly.
Civic pride starts with a good enemy!
best comment on the article: mekv
1. JFK got out alive.
2. Houston has much better looking women.
3. Rich folk in Houston come from all communities.
4. Yankees hate to leave Houston after living here a little while.
5. Dallas is a pit stop on their career track.
6. Houston, San Antone have all the jobs, Austin has the beauty and Dallas takes all the credit.
7. I'll take a hurricane with 2 weeks notice any day over a flipp'in tornado with 15 minutes notice. 8. Houston's marina district is the 3rd largest in the US after the Mud Ducks in San Diego and the big boys down in South Florida.
9. High school grads can find respectable life time employment in Houston.
10. From Houston, Cancun is closer than El Paso
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Kirsten Hassenfeld, Installation in progress, 2007
The fall season is big time this year, and it kicked off early with the blockbuster navel-gazer Red Hot: Asian Art Today at the
Another emerging talent is having her first solo show this fall, as Lisa Marie Godfrey moves into the limelight with an opening September 14th from 6-9 pm at Domy Books. Godfrey draws copious amounts of ghosts, piles of intestines and landscapes all in her endearing, lilting lines and soft pastel watercolors. Stop by the bookstore on the corner of Westheimer and Dunlavy to find out about their upcoming movie nights too!
On September 8th from 6-9pm the new exhibit at the Blaffer Gallery of
Lessons From Below, a take on the Menil Collection’s large holdings of art, focuses on juxtaposing ephemera from the civil rights movement with African tribal art, Native American Hopi masks and figures and one of Warhol’s Mao silkscreens. Art collective Otabenga Jones has scoured the treasure troves of the museum in search of divisive racial politics “to mess wit whitey.” Weekly classroom sessions will focus on politics, poetry, racial identity and hip hop. Opens Thursday September 13th, classroom events will continue through October and November.
Want to look like a fool in front of Houston's elite? To be treated like a second-class citizen? Enter the third annual Houston Hunting Art Prize, sponsored by oil giant Hunting LLC. This year's event provoked a bit of outrage 'round here, and here. Next year's call for entries has just gone out, and all representational painters without self-worth are encouraged to apply.
What's worse? A gallery 'encouraging' its artists to do artworks about their employees and products, or the writer who think that artists should aspire to sneaker design? Either way this article really made me feel like graffiti-inspired artists are stuck between a rock and a hard place over at Premium Goods in the Village.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
PBS has been running a series of shows that have become cult DVDs for art fanatics, and here's their new lineup! Set your tivo to 10PM Sunday night, Channel 8!
Courtesy of Modern Art Notes:
October 28, Romance: Pierre Huyghe, Judy Pfaff, Lari Pittman, Laurie Simmons
November 4, Protest: Jenny Holzer, Alfredo Jaar, An-My Lê, Nancy Spero
November 11, Ecology: Robert Adams, Mark Dion, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Ursula von Rydingsvard
November 18, Paradox: Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Mark Bradford, Robert Ryman, Catherine Sullivan
What do you think of El Franco???
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Call To Artists
For the October 13th S.M.A.R.T. Fair
At The LoneStar Studios
Needed: Artists to provide visual performance art while live musicians perform at the S.M.A.R.T. Fair LoneStar Studios stage.
The Blend? http://www.myspace.com/theblendtx
The Blowing Trees http://www.myspace.com/blowingtreesmusic
Morris Orchids http://www.myspace.com/morrisorchids
John McQuillen Sample driven electronic punk
DJ Rasta Mike http://www.myspace.com/digthefunk
Your responses need to include:
• Your top two choices of which band you would like to pair up with.
• A portfolio of your past work - it does not need to include performance pieces just
examples of what you have done in the past.
• A rough outline and rough drafts of your ideas for the show.
*Due Date: September 10, 2007*
Please keep in mind:
This is an all-ages show, children will be there, so keep it clean.
You must cover all of your costs and provide your own materials.
No fire, pyrotechnics, or other dangerous elements.
You are collaborating with the band, not choreographing their performance.
107 Lonestar Blvd.
San Antonio TX 78204
The city of Houston is trying to shut down the strip clubs, or at least make it a little more like London around here. After a lawsuit was brought by Colorado Bar & Grill and The Men's Club to stop a 1997 city ordinance, and at least five other large businesses including the Ritz Cabaret, Treasures, Trophy Club, Gold Cup and Centerfolds joined the fray. Other businesses, including some bookstores, also joined in the appeal.
Barring a successful Supreme Court appeal, the businesses face some difficult choices. Topless and fully nude clubs could avoid regulation if dancers wear bikinis, or even skimpier opaque coverings, allowing them to get around the "sexually oriented" classification, police and city officials have said.
At 20% of the average Houstonian's budget, transportation costs are ballooning in Southeast Texas. As the rail down Richmond looks more and more like a mirage every day (have you heard about the rubber road plan?!?) there is nothing else in the pipe to ease congestion in the city. Even Dallas is building commuter rail lines, while the METRO corporation gorges itself on inefficient city funding. Read the Forbes article here.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Colorful, spiritual, symbolic, allegorical, historical, folkloric and charming, this genre of folk art represents the heart and soul of traditional religious beliefs in 17th through 19th century Mexican culture.
A process which was originally introduced by the Spanish, the retablo was an art form that flourished in Mexico and reached its pinnacle of popularity in the last quarter of the 19th century. Retablo 'factories' were established with a hierarchy of artists who worked to produce the same images. A typical "retablero," seldom recognized as an artist, may have reproduced the same image thousands of times in their career.
The oil paintings were sold to believers who displayed them in home altars to honor their patron Saint. There are hundreds of saints invoked to remedy different situations. San Ysidro Labrador, the patron saint of farmers, is prayed to for good weather and prosperous crops. San Jeronimo is called upon for protection against temptations and want.
Counterpart to the retablo, ex-votos are devotional paintings on canvas or tin which offer thanks to a saint in the form of a short narrative. A small child becomes ill, a favorite animal disappears and returns or a family narrowly escapes death after their house burns to the ground. The petitioner, grateful for a miracle received, dedicates a small painting with a short testimonial text.
The Mexican retablo is a hybrid of Native American artistry, Catholic iconography and Spanish culture. This combination of subject and style reflects the links between the old and new world.
Dia de los Muertos
Lawndale's 20th Annual
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Lawndale Art Center will celebrate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with a swath of programming.
The Retablo Silent Auction/Gala is on Friday, October 26.
Lawndale invites artists to create a retablo- inspired work for the auction using a small sheet of metal that is provided by and can be picked up at Lawndale Art Center. One sheet per artist. First come, first served.
TINS ARE AVAILABLE NOW!
Great! Someone is doing some stupid shit and getting press! Funny reading about a New York performance art show supposedly about immigration, but it is a nice little article.
Elaine Bradford of Buffalo Bayou Art Park and the contagious creative crochet work (it's not knitting!!!) is busy as hell, check out her chock-full schedule!
August 24- September 21, 2007
Opening reception Friday Aug, 24, 6-8pm
Cecille R. Hunt Gallery
8342 Big Bend
in the Visual Art Studios of Webster University
for more info contact 314.968.7171 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Raised in Craftivity
September 7-September 29, 2007
Opening Reception Friday Sept 7, 7-9pm
Kansas City, MO
More Art, Less Filler
August 29th - October 12th
opening reception Sept 5th
Ingram Studio Art Center at Vanderbilt University
Cowboy pose, psychedelic plaid
The Chron is running a tiny little interview with painter and curator Susie Rosemarin where she breaks down the Op art vibe of a lot of Houston artists from the mid-nineties, and her new show at Texas Gallery.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Pics from the opening Friday night!
Paul Slocum screen captures
Lauren Kelley's wall of drawings
Paul Slocum's dot-matrix printer/ musical instrument / porno printer
Joanne Park and Elaine Bradford
Sterling Allen (Elaine Bradford owns this bushy dude)
People looking at Amy Blakemore's photos
Artist Keijiro Suzuki in front of George Smith's Dogon inspired sculpture
Julie DeVries and Sebastian, back from Haiti!
Will Boone and Greg
XX, Sasha Dela and Lauren Kelley
Benji and Greg
Ebony and Robert Pruitt
Jenny Schlief and Ed
Toby Kamps gettin' some dude to laugh. Maybe it was that English Patterson guy.
Yeah, Richard Patterson
Michael Smith's class portraits
Margarita Cabrera, Bicicletas
(Elaine Bradford own this one too!)
XX, Bryan Miller (CTRL) and Patrick Reynolds (Inman)
XX and Maria Elena
Martina and Andy
Pruitt and Jim
Allison and Michael Sieben
Susie Rosemarie and Sharon Engelstein
Katy and Joel
Arturo (of Art Palace) and Cauleen Smith
Gene got married!
Gene got married to Jenny!
Jack and Susie and crew
Pruitt, Kenya Evans and Hodge
Maya Schindler back in town (she opens a show at Devin Borden Hiram Butler in September)
Quincy and Kenya
A. and Cary Wolfe
Jenny and Gene and tacos
Meredith Goldsmith at the Mink