Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dispatch 3 on Cablegram

Art Workers Coalition's poster, 1969

Check out Eric Zimmerman's blog Cablegram for Noah Simblist's: Dispatches #3 | Ecologies Of An Art World, "What is missing is the DIY spirit that allows grassroots projects to grow." READ MORE...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

State of the Union, Part II: cool kids keep wearing your cool shoes.

Part II of Christina Rees state of the galleries on Glasstire.com,
"There are different kinds of contemporary art collectors and would-be collectors in any large city, of course, and during downturns, their various profiles are thrown into sharper focus in the eyes of all who depend on them for their existence, which includes galleries and the artists they show. What’s happening to the Dallas art scene in the recession, and the way collectors are responding to it, is happening everywhere."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Bemis Open Studio: spotlight Sterling Allen

Well tonight is an open studio at BEMIS: Sterling Allen, Morgan Shwartz, Min Kim Park. Sorry to see Sterling go but happy to know him better when we get back to Austin. Above are some images from his 2 months at Bemis and check out his website and OKAY Mountain's as well.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Sister Corita Kent

Sister Mary Corita Kent was an artist and an educator who worked in Los Angeles and Boston. She worked almost exclusively with vibrantly colored silkscreen and serigraphy. Her artwork, with its messages of love was particularly popular during the social upheavals of the 1960s and 1970s and reflects her spirituality, her commitment to social justice, and her hope for peace.

At the age of eighteen Kent entered the Roman Catholic order of Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Angeles. She left the order in 1968 and moved to Boston, where she devoted herself to making art. Kent created several hundred serigraph designs, for posters, book covers, and murals. She died of cancer in 1986.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Happy Father's day!

NYtimes Artists and their dads.

Thursday, June 18, 2009


My friend Eric Zimmerman's newest project:
"Dispatches is a year long project that invites contributions to Cablegram from around the globe. Intended to provide a forum for a variety of voices and perspectives the series asks artists, curators, scholars, and critics to respond to a chosen artwork, artist, exhibition, article or theoretical idea. After one year the posts will be published as a book."

First guest dispatch from the lovely Noah Simblist:
"In a recent piece in Glasstire, Christina Rees lays out a stinging critique of the current state of affairs regarding the art market in Dallas. Much of what she had to say was connected to the recession and its effect on galleries like her own. Reading her article, I found myself nodding and smiling as she said things that many have whispered to each other in private. But I also felt that her focus on the market in Dallas was potentially the start of a discussion about a much larger art ecology."Read post 1 of a 3 part series here.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Bemis: 2 weeks today.

Heyd Fontenot: Get Your Wood On

One of my favorite people, Heyd Fontenot that is, in the entire world! Go see his work through Saturday, July 18 at Conduit Gallery.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

State of the Union, Part I

Haven't been reading Glasstire much these days but this feature by my friend and Road Agent gallery owner Christina Rees is something to share and think about as I sit in my Bemis studio buying supplies and making work that in all reality will become part of the "artist's collection".

"A few days ago, an acquaintance walked up to me at an art event and asked, “Are you enjoying all your new leisure time?” I blinked, took a deep breath and finally managed to cough out something about doing some writing.

I felt like he had slapped me hard. He couldn’t have known that I took his question so badly, but his impression of my gallery’s reduced public hours is, evidently, that I’m sleeping in and then lazing around some swimming pool. This person, by inheritance, has uninterrupted and unquestionable cash flow. My gallery does not. When I sent out the press release for my most recent show, I included at the end of it a kind of postscript that announced reduced gallery hours. In this economy, plenty of people know how to read that kind of news, though this well-meaning acquaintance did not, or willfully chose not to, and for reasons of diplomacy I didn’t feel like I could set him straight. Not there, in public, while standing right next to one of my young artists." READ MORE...

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

one thing leads to another

Just found this artist:Annie Kevens

Made me think of this artist:Marlene Dumas

Made me remember how much I love this artist:Alice Neel

Monday, June 8, 2009

What do they got in Omaha wrap up.

La Buvette interior.

Building in Old Market and below is dinner with market ingredients and peonies!Productive 1st week at Bemis. Spent the weekend working with a few breaks to check out our neighborhood. Saturday dinner compliments of the local farmers market and Sunday's dinner break was at La Buvette. The cheeses were amazing! Check out this design sponge Omaha guide and if you really want to get excited and come visit us Kurt Anderson from STUDIO 360 does a piece on his hometown.
Studio update soon.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Girl Fight

Girlfight (2000), director Karyn Kusama. Click here for the trailer.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Bemis: Day 1 in the studio.

Building a boxing ring, sewing new branches, thinking, thinking thinking. Met other residents and the director. Oh and the best falafel at the cutest place: Amsterdam Falafel and Kabob.

Amelia Bauer

libido, my work
branch, amelia bauer
When I found this artist yesterday I thought "Wow! How Beautiful". Then I thought "Shit". Looking at my piece "libido" can see why I love and hate her...especially the branch piece. Maybe its time I stop looking at art and start making before I talk myself out of ideas. So I'll keep stitching those branches and slicing up my poor fingers...

Monday, June 1, 2009

Robert Dale Anderson 1949-2009

Great shock and sorrow for UT and the Austin art community. I learned today that Bob Anderson died suddenly in his sleep. My 2 years teaching at UT are filled with many memories involving Bob, both in the classroom and out and around austin. He was a nice man, committed teacher, art enthusiast and prolific artist. He will be missed. RIP Bazooka.

Please pass the word along that this Thursday June 4th at 6:00pm, at Okay Mountain in East Austin, there will be a gathering and exhibition in memory and celebration of Bob Anderson. Okay Mountain is located at 1312 E Cesar Chavez St. Ste B Austin, Texas 78702.