Saturday, August 22, 2009

Nick Meriwether: Beard Drawing

Nick Meriwether, Beard Drawing, 2009

via Drawing Rice

Wandering Around

in the windows at the CAMH offices




Tim Gunn in there?



in the joanna's yard

Friday, August 21, 2009

This A/V Swap is Here!


The A/V Swap: Houston Artists

The Good, the Bad and the Dirty

August 29, 2009

Rice Media Center

8 pm

Best of The A/V Swap 2009

Houston, Austin, Buffalo and New York

September 18, 2009

Rice Media Center

8 pm

This fall The A/V Swap is back with a bigger and badder group of films, this time from both Texas and New York! 34 films by Houston artists and musicians will screen at 8 pm, Saturday, August 29nd at Rice Media Center in our The Good, the Bad and the Dirty show. For our second screening Friday, September 18th at 8 pm, The A/V Swap presents the Best Of 2009, a selection of collaborations from Houston, Austin, Buffalo, New York and New York City created this summer. Both screenings will start with artist's receptions at 7:30 pm and the Best Of 2009 screening will conclude a Q & A with participating filmmakers and musicians. This is the 6th annual A/V Swap, and we are glad to bring you more of the emerging filmmakers, aspiring composers, established artists and soulful songwriters that have made the swap a success in the past.

The way the A/V Swap works is quite simple and intuitive. A/V Swap projects are collaborations that begin with a film or song that is traded between artists to complete; we hope to provide a forum where artists can showcase their talents by manipulating audio and video they would never otherwise encounter. In this "swap" we anonymously pair composers and filmmakers, hoping to expand their creative horizons. This year's Houston artists include Ahmad Squad, Bexar, Chin Xaou Ti Won, Jody Cochran, David Courtney, Face and Russ Kuhner, Fumblz Fingerz-Nacha, Justin Giardina, Scott Gordon, Philip Hays, Chuck Ivy, Kanude, Travis Kerschen, David Lowy, Shawna Mouser, Ron Ochoa, Sharad Patel and Andrew Edison, Phara, PR!MO, Patrick Renner, Michael Rodriguez, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Aimey Stinchcomb, Everett Taasevigen, The Art Guys, Thousands, Eric Todd, Vanessa Voss, Ramon West, Able Windham and Ruben Ybarra. Over thirty more artists from New York and Texas participated in this year's swap.

The A/V Swap was born in 2004 to give artists an outlet to create innovative works that enrich Houston's cultural diversity- and the A/V Swap has grown exponentially in the last six years. Inspired by a love of film and desire to form an artistic community, the A/V Swap was born and has now expanded to include four cities. Landmark Theaters hosted the A/V Swap in 2004 and 2005, a bootleg event at the now defunct Landmark Greenway Plaza, with beer and cigarettes in the theater after midnight. The event grew to demand a larger venue and premiered at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 2006 to a crowd of more than 350 Houstonians, becoming the most successful local film screening in MFAH history. Through the success of the first two years of the swap, an increasing number of artists submitted their work. In 2007, the 4th A/V Swap was held at the Angelika Houston and a midnight viewing at the River Oaks Landmark Theatre. For the A/V Swap 2008, we were invited by the Houston Downtown Alliance to participate in Houston Theater District Day. Many thanks go out to Houston's dedication to support for the arts.

This year the A/V Swap is proud to be screening films at the Rice Media Center, founded in 1969 by Dominique de Menil and an evolving haven for experimental film for 40 years. Many inspired events have happen at Rice Media Center; Andy Warhol premiered Lonesome Cowboys, Dennis Hooper performed the Russian Dynamite Death Chair Act and Spike Lee was hosted for a screening of Do The Right Thing followed by a "spirited debate" with the crowd. The founders' intent was that the Media Center provide a channel through which different peoples of the world could communicate- and for four decades it has lived up to their vision. The A/V Swap is pleased to be working with another exemplary innovator to bring you this event, KTRU, Rice Radio.

News on the What?@!?!?

Oh yeah, march.

Ytrap Retfa

KAI/ROS, Dust 1921

Squirrels All Up In My Shit

Give and Take, Dean Ruck and Dan Havel, 2009






Thursday, August 20, 2009

2 Things

El Rincón Social

3210 Preston St.
Houston, Texas, 77003


Lawndale Openings!
Friday, August 21, 2009
6:30-8:30 PM
Artist Talks at 6 PM

Lawndale Art Center 30th Anniversary Exhibition
Curated by Clint Willour

John M. O’Quinn Gallery

Clint Willour takes a look at the last five years, since Lawndale’s 25th Anniversary Show and gathers new work from artists who have shown in each of Lawndale’s four galleries, as well as from The Big Show and the Artist Studio Program.

Me, Mine, and not Yours | Joe Ives and Jahjehan Bath Ives

Mezzanine Gallery

“I’ve grown tired of your company, I wish you would go away, I need a moment to myself, could you please be quiet.”

After years of living with someone these are things that we often think when our “other” walks into the room. What if we were no longer polite, what if domestic politics took over our house, what if we could simply employ the tactics of our childhood to gain that needed isolation? For their exhibition at Lawndale Joe & Jahjehan Bath Ives present an installation of sculptures and videos for the Mezzanine Gallery created by their antiheros who playfully make suggestions and recommendations of isolationist tactics that anyone can employ to gain some alone time.

Paper or Plastic? | Nathaniel Donnett

Grace R. Cavnar Gallery

Nathaniel Donnett addresses social issues and the human condition through narratives, codes, and symbols. He reconstructs materials while shifting through references and fluctuations in communication. Donnett’s series refers to the "brown paper bag test" used to separate darker and lighter skinned African Americans- creating division, ostracism and envy in the community. Paper or Plastic? explores the history and effects of the test, social residue and impact in contemporary society. The hierarchy created within the African-American community with issues of hair texture, skin tone, and the acceptance or rejection of African features as they relates to beauty. This work is a metaphor; a healing agent to analyze and confront personal baggage.

The Green™ cyber web | Adela Andea

Project Space

The Green™ cyber web is a kinetic installation incorporating the latest gadgets in a spatial web design using the geographic models of internet maps. Electronic components connected to power sources suggest a confrontation of virtual reality within the realm of environmental sustainability. Andea uses green cathode lights, skewing the question of what constitutes "green". Chosen for their symbolic meaning, these materials become wry subject matter, mitigating extremes between the resources of information and responsibilities for recycling, giving a different meaning to the phrase “residual value.”

the 'ol gang

Lawndale from 1979 | James Surls
August 27, 2009
6 PM

In conjunction with Lawndale Art Center's 30th Anniversary, Lawndale Art Center founder James Surls, presents a talk on the origins of Lawndale, its unique place in Houston's art community, and its relevance today.

Followed by a reception at Barbara Davis Gallery where James Surls's From 2009 is on view through August 29, 2009.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Never Can Spell It Right, But They'll Make It Right

Chin Xaou Ti! Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Thursday, August 20
6:00 - 9:00pm
Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
5216 Montrose
Houston, TX

Good Chron

Aug 18 2009 9:55PM
Michael Paulsen/Chronicle

An art car enthusiast lights up his propane powered torch built into his art car entitled The Beach while gathering with a group of other art car enthusiasts on the Sabine Street Bridge in Downtown Houston.

via Chron

The Last 12 Hours

Bike Ride through Willowbrook Mall

Still destroyed apartments in Galveston

Atoms of Atom

The Octopus Project, Truck

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

On the Edge of Town...

Frenetic Fringe Festival LogoFrenetiCore presents: 2nd Annual
Frenetic Fringe Festival
August 7-23, 2009
Fridays and Saturdays 8pm
Sundays at 7pm
Frenetic Theater 5102 Navigation Blvd. 77011
Tickets: $18 @ door/ $15 if purchased online
Only one weekend left!
here for the festival schedule
and to purchase tickets
Frenetic Fringe Festival Program 3
August 21-22 @ 8pm at Frenetic Theater
Two nights only! You don't want to miss this program--here's the lineup:
Mildred's UmbrellaAlice and the Underground
Company: Mildred's Umbrella
Playwright: Janet Thielke

Director: Mark Carrier
Classic children's story characters join the Weather Underground
Company: FrenetiCore
Filmmaker: Robert Thoth
Choreographer: Rebecca French

PAIN, PLEASURE, and a bunny rabbit
Company: Slump
Playwright/Director: Keith Reynolds
No actual rabbits will be harmed or pleasured

Rob Davidson Drag
Forever Hold Your Piece (for now)
a.k.a. Bob Hope's Nightmare!
Company: Kinetic Architecture (New York)
Choreography: Rob Davidson
Buster Keaton meets butoh--sensual/comical/riveting

Liz Gilbert
Easy Credit Theater
Choreography: Richard Hubscher
Houston's own king of Outsider Dance

Liz Gilbert
What the Storm Brought Home
Playwright: Jere Phister
Director: Sara Draper
Musings of family secrets a hurricane drug up

Jim Pirtle
Director/Performer: Jim Pirtle

The avant performance legend himself

Two nights only!
Save $3 a ticket if you buy online-they're selling fast, ya'll!

Go to the website for more information

Monday, August 17, 2009


Calling All Artists - Deadline October 30, 2009

The Idea Fund provides cash awards to Texas-based, artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify the unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices that occur outside of the traditional frameworks of support.

The Idea Fund will accept proposals from artists/curators focusing on the visual arts, performance, film, video, new media, social practice, and interdisciplinary projects. Grants are awarded for up to $4000. The 2010 deadline is October 30, 2009. For guidelines/applications and more information, visit

Oh, Did I Forget That?

I guess while I was all out of sorts in July I never posted pics from Sketch Klubb's show at the joanna. Here it is!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Brims' Vids

No Zoning @ the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston from Michael Brims on Vimeo.

Michael Brims has been making videos about shows around town, this one is cool 'cause it's got Jack in it.