Saturday, May 2, 2009

That's a Good Jump

Peter Mulders from Brussels, Belgium jumps for a work by Keith Haring which hangs in the Layout Department at MAKS! magazine.

via Jumping in Art Museums

Wooster sez:

You know Winter is over when guys are dressing up in a fish mascot costume and giving free bouncy rides on the L Train -via Wooster


Friday, May 1, 2009

Blargggert Allen Feezill Sterblarghhhhhling

Britt's got Blarghhhh

Not One Object

Seventh Heaven

May 1, 1991

Nolan Ryan's 7th No-Hitter

Rickey Henderson steals #939

screw Steroid Ball, but I sure do remember that day

Happy May Day

May 1, 1951

May 1, 1860

May 1, 1947

May 1, 1913

May 1, 2006

May 1, 1994

May 1, 1836

Thursday, April 30, 2009

The Comix Among Us

via Lana Berkowitz, Chron


• When: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2009 and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, May 3

• Where: • West Oaks Mall, Westhemier and Texas 6, screenings at Alamo Drafthouse

• Admission: Free.

• Information:

Free screenings of Greg Jurls’ documentaries about comic-book creators will be shown at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema beginning at 1 p.m. each day. Panel discussions will follow most of the screenings. Terry Moore, creator of Strangers in Paradise, will take questions after the screening of Paradise Found at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. The artists will donate work for an art auction at 5:30 p.m. Saturday to raise money for the family of Leigh Boone, the executive assistant at the Houston Center for Photography who died after the collision of two firetrucks smashed the bicycle she was riding.

New York artist David Mack will contribute an original for the auction. Mack is enjoying the success of his latest hardcover volume Kabuki: The Alchemy, which made the New York Times’ new best-seller list of graphic books.

Comicpalooza organizer John Simon of Midnight Comics is pleased with the growth of the free showcase, which features many Houston-area artists/writers, including Mat Johnson, Dirk Strangely, Ryan Burton and Rodney Ramos.

“Last year it was some guys in the lobby of the Alamo Drafthouse. It was a great first step, but it just wasn’t enough,” said Simon, who started Comicpalooza as a way to strengthen the local comic-book community.

the {cosmo}Politician sez:


Peeps, please join myself and Chris Valdez this Thursday, April 30th, from 6-9pm as we excitedly host this year’s Dining Out For Life event at t’afia, benefiting AIDS Foundation Houston.

Dining Out For Life is an annual fundraising event where Houston restaurants donate a portion of proceeds to local area AIDS agencies for all lunch and dinner sales. The event takes place all across the country on this night, and Houston is a proud supporter of this cause for the 3rd year.

check it HERE.

Facebookery (Everyone's Doin It)

Artist's Eye: Chris Sperandio on Robert Rauschenberg's Cardboards
Host: The Menil Collection Bookstore

Sunday, May 3, 2009
3:00pm - 6:00pm
Menil Collection and Menil Collection Bookstore
1515 Sul Ross
Houston, TX

Phone: 7135259400

Rice University professor Christopher Sperandio will speak on the work of Robert Rauschenberg, specifically the "Cardboard" currently on display in the 20th Century gallery. The Artist's Eye series at the Menil is designed to open dialogue on specific pieces in the collection, mediated through the eyes and words of local artists. Join us afterward for a small reception on the bookstore deck where Mr. Sperandio will sign copies of his book "Kartoon Kings," a monograph on his collaborative work with British artist Simon Grennan. Have a frosty beverage and talk with Chris.

Houston Indie Book Festival
Host: Art Lies

Sunday, May 10, 2009 at 10:00am
through Monday, May 11, 2009 at 5:00pm
Domy Books
1709 Westheimer Road
Houston, TX

Phone: 8323661388

The event features Houston- and Austin-area independent publishers, magazines, and booksellers, all selling their wares at deeply discounted prices. Stay tuned to Gulf Coast Magazine for more details!

Night of the Masters and Mystics
Host: Danny McMahan

Saturday, May 16, 2009 at 10:00pm
through Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 12:30am
Avant Garden
411 Westheimer
Houston, TX

Phone: 8325191429

Avant Garden promises a night of masters and mystics with the performances of Metal Rouge and A Thousand Cranes. Metal Rouge, sound artists from New Zealand, channel the freedom of the ancient Maori of their land in their free noise/new music. It was formed in Aukland, N.Z. by Andrew Scott and Helga Fassonaki, They are performing across the United States to spread groundbreaking art from the southern hemisphere of the world to the northern hemisphere.

Discussion with Guest Editorial Contributor Stuart Horodner
Come hear Stuart Horodner and Anjali Gupta speak!
Host: Art Lies

Saturday, May 16, 2009
11:00am - 1:00pm
Lawndale Art Center
4912 Main Street
Houston, TX

Phone: 8323661388
RSVP to info [at]

Discussion with Guest Editorial Contributor Stuart Horodner and Editor Anjali Gupta. This is an invitational event for members of Art Lies and Lawndale Art Center, become a member today!

Please RSVP to info [at]!!

Pics from Sterling Allen at Optical Project





Sterling Allen
The ABC Project

Optical Project
through May 24, 2009
open this Saturday, go see it!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Well Lookie Here

pic from that flooding Monday
click to enlarge

I Hart Ponzi

via Brian Rogers, Chron

The owners of Hart Galleries, a Galleria-area auction house specializing in antiques, were sentenced to 14 years in prison on Tuesday after pleading guilty to financial crimes in connection with their business.

Jerry Hart, 65, and Wynonne Hart, 61, pleaded guilty to misapplication of fiduciary property of more than $200,000, a first-degree felony, in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges of theft and laundering.

“Mr. Hart, you are a thief in a suit. Mrs. Hart, you are a thief in a dress.”


Judge Randy Roll said putting senior citizens in prison was difficult, but said they did not take any responsibility for stealing money from their customers. They had faced punishments ranging from probation to life in prison.

“It was a classic Ponzi scheme,” Roll said. “They were using the newest customers’ money to pay off the oldest customers.”

read the rest HERE


Pics from the Houston Bicentennial at the joanna

on the way

all the cats and kittens in front of Emily Halbardier's installation



chicharrones on the ceiling

Jack Eriksson

Robyn O'Neill

Brian Moss

Billy Cuerto

Claire Chauvin

loafers, check. red pants, check. sweater from mom, check.
dance moves, check.

Emily Halbardier, Cheyanne Ramos and Norberto Gomez Jr.


Cody Ledvina

Eric Pearce

Collages by Bill Willis, salt lick breasts by Jack Eriksson

Bring it to Sotheby's

Design Factory

Jack's gross-ass bacon quilt hanging in the rain.

giant David Addicks Telephone on the way out

the joanna
Houston Bicentennial

craft by artists, and what the hell is art...
you missed it!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Them's Good Eatin'

The Houston Arts Alliance is managing an open, national call to professional artists working in video. This call requests submissions for existing works of video art of up to 240 seconds duration to be purchased ($3,500 stipend) for the city’s George R. Brown Convention Center. A distinguished art selection panel will select up to thirty works that reflect the freshness and energy of this Houston downtown landmark that welcomes 1.5 million visitors annually.

Deadline: Friday, May 29, 2009 at 5 PM.

Please visit submissions- for more information and submission requirements.

Houstonist Photo of the Day

De Menil Museum (upper floor abstract)

De Menil Museum (upper floor abstract)

via Houstonist

Tom Kennedy TIME

Topsy Turvey in San Francisco

Art Car Parade, 2008 (i don't know what city)

eye, gun, fins, what else do you need? (outside Diverseworks)

Art Car Parade, Houston (collage from back in the day)

Art Car Parade, Houston video madness with Tom at a young age
(w/ Ripper the Shark and purple painted lady)

one of Tom's last works- a fire-spewing whale at Burning Man
(Ahab wouldn't stand a chance)

Art Car creator and Houston native Tom Kennedy had his obituary published in TIME magazine this week. OK, it's mostly for his West Coast shenanigans, but the Chron gets a shout out and all those pics of Kennedy cruising in Screwston from the 90s to today can't be wrong.

"He was a fin man. That was Tom Kennedy's specialty when it came to his pioneering work in the art-car movement: dolphins, sharks, whales--Kennedy did all of them. After he succumbed to an unforgiving riptide while bodysurfing near San Francisco's Ocean Beach on April 12 at 48, his close friend Harrod Blank remarked that Kennedy's works were, "ironically, inspired by the sea."... he [drove] his trusty Ripper up and down the roads of Northern California with sharklike restlessness."