Sunday, December 26, 2010

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas 2010!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Marty Walker Small Works show reviewed...

Glasstire review of Small Works at Marty Walker...


"Margaret Meehan offers her own reclaimed object spoof as well, though these have word play far removed from Mr. Green’s high-brow, dorm room humor. Ms. Meehan, like many of her artist colleagues here, is playing with words. By wrapping thin, branched twigs in soft pink or black leather, binding them with beads and colored thread and calling them all Libido (with various numeral assignations) she’s turned fragile little fallen branches into S and M personas, cladding something utterly benign in an armor of identities and suggestive forces. The sticks, fastened deftly to the wall to appear to grow out of it, cast shadows three layers thick around themselves, increasing their thrust, shall we say, and making them seem more beautiful, but more terrifying too. A small white fur and plaster bust beneath the branches called The Pugilist opens a toothy slit of a mouth and drops a tear from a hollow, beady eye. It’s a beaten creature."

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

From Behind



Circassian Beauty

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Studio Austin-2010



Sunday, November 21, 2010

New work at Marty Walker small works show...

SMALL WORKS: ART + OBJECT
A SMALL SCULPTURE INVITATIONAL
NOVEMBER 20 - DECEMBER 23, 2010 / Opening: Saturday, Nov. 20, 6-8p
Marty Walker Gallery presents “Small Works: Art + Object” -a small sculpture invitational group exhibition, featuring strange and fantastic small art objects from a selection of 15 stellar artists:
Sterling Allen - Frances Bagley - Richie Budd - Thomas Feulmer
Nathan Green - Elliot Johnson + M - Margaret Meehan
Pard Morrison - Rod Northcutt - Tom Orr - Allison Schulnik
Jay Shinn - Wayne White - Megan Whitmarsh - Billy Zinser

Monday, November 15, 2010

Marc Bauer


Friday, November 5, 2010

kiki smith




Friday, October 22, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Circassian Beauty

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Queen:

Friday, October 15, 2010

Nough said...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Monday, October 11, 2010

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Texas Artists Today

A 260-page oversize book that surveys 62 Texas artists (of which I am one) who are changing the way the world perceives the Lone Star State's art landscape.Still haven't seen a copy or know the company I keep but the cover looks great!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Hirsutism

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bubbles Rothermere

"Who can shake the picture of a desperately jolly woman in her 960 Fifth Avenue penthouse buoyed by a tent’s worth of watered-silk taffeta? (Bubbles also had homes in Beverly Hills, East Sussex, Round Hill in Jamaica and on London’s Eaton Square.) As only her head and hands emerged from the tent, she looked positively celestial, as if she might take to the heavens as a plus-size putto."
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Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Monday, September 6, 2010

By Your Powers Combined

jared steffensen  
                                                 margaret meehan                        

September 10-October 15, 2010  
Deriving inspiration from the animated series Captain Planet circa 1990, this group exhibition features artwork addressing the five elements from the show:  Earth, Wind, Fire, Water and Heart. Curated by Austin based alumnus and teaching artist, Jaime Salvador Castillo.

Opening Celebration: Friday, September 10
5-7 PM
Marwen
Untitled Gallery
833 North Orleans, Chicago, IL 60610 2nd floor
This exhibition is free and open to the public, please join us!

This exhibition is curated by Marwen alumnus, Jaime Salvador Castillo, and features artists:
Roberto Bellini: www.robertobellini.com
William Hundley: www.williamhundley.com
Margaret Meehan: www.margaretmeehan.net
Erick Michaud: Erick Michaud
Jared Steffensen: www.jaredsteffensen.com
Eric Zimmerman: www.ezimmerman.org
Jaime Salvador Castillo: http://salvadorcastillo.wordpress.com/

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Ruin with a view.

Books molder on library shelves. A vial of blood from a murder investigation, sealed in a plastic bag, lies in a jumble of old evidence at the former police headquarters. Shirts hang in a hotel closet. A hair dryer, typewriters, a switchboard, pianos, lamps — all left behind. At first glance, Detroit looks more like Pompeii than, say, Buffalo — like a city whose demise arrived overnight rather than over decades, whose residents fled en masse, midsentence, instead of drifting away as the jobs ran out and prospects dwindled. READ MORE...

Two forthcoming books of photography: “The Ruins of Detroit,” by Yves Marchand and Romain Meffre (Steidl), and “Detroit Disassembled,” by Andrew Moore (Damiani/Akron Art Museum).

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Hans Op de Beeck at Marianne Boesky

"Thematically the entire exhibition focuses on depopulated spaces at night, and the melancholic and alienating mood that staged, composed or constructed surroundings often convey. Contrary to what the title suggests, the show does not include a film, but offers the viewer a collection of static images that might evoke film like moods or narratives.

With simple means, the white cube gallery space is transformed into a silent interior, discreetly referring to traditional museum spaces and intimate print rooms. Because of the absence of color, this environment refers to old black and white film as well, which accentuates the representational aspect of it"... MORE.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

my work, your casa: Highland Village, way north of Dallas and south of Denton.

In good company with Betsy Odom's "White Bengal Squirrel" and
Brad Tucker's "Gravity's Ballroom".

Monday, June 28, 2010

Darwin's Worms

Nature is, as it were, always on its own side. So when people are destructive or self-destructive, they are not acting against their own nature. They are just being natural in ways that we don't like. -- Adam Phillips, Darwin's Worms

Amazon.co.uk Review; 

His gift for finding the "words to say it" has become one of the hallmarks of Adam Phillips's writing. Described as a "philosopher of happiness" and a therapist who "writes as well as he doctors" Phillips has done much to bring psychoanalysis into contact with the broad spectrum of cultural life (the "larger world of words", of literature and story, as he puts it at the beginning of On Flirtation in 1994). Following his exploration of the child as a figure of life and passion in The Beast in the Nursery (1998), in Darwin's Worms Phillips travels to the opposite end of the line: suffering, loss, mortality are the key themes in this reading of Darwin's lifelong passion for the earthworm and Freud's equally longstanding distaste for the idea of biography (the pretence at a coherent and narratable life). Weaving a complex and persuasive tale around his two apparently disparate subjects, Phillips finds Darwin and Freud united in their sceptically secular attitude towards the "higher things" of this world. He suggests that both men "recycle what their cultures try to disown": the creative achievement of the lowly worm, the grief which both keeps people going and drives them to death. That paradox in turn drives this book: its sometimes unexpected interpretation of the constraints and transience of human life as a pull towards the future--and a different way of thinking about death. --Vicky Lebeau

Book Description: 

Adam Phillips has been called the 'psychotherapist of the floating world' and 'the closest thing we have to a philosopher of happiness'. In this extraordinary book he takes a look, via Freud and Darwin, at endings - at mortality, extinction and death. Darwin and Freud took God out of the big picture, leaving nothing between mankind and nature. Their ideas were met with righteous indignation. But today, whether or not we read Darwin and Freud, we speak a version of their languages. Most of us think of childhood and sexuality as sources of suffering, and we picture ourselves as animals struggling competitively for survival. Yet, as Adam Phillips argues, we are not merely trapped in a world of continuous loss. Taking as his examples Darwin's life-long fascination in lowly earthworms, and Freud's life-long antipathy to grubbing biographers, he unexpectedly finds much to celebrate. For both of these writers are interested, above all, in how destruction conserves life. They take their inspiration from fossils or from half-remembered dreams, and show how life is about what can be done with these humble remnants from the past. Darwin and Freud render aging, accident and death integral, not alien, to our sense of ourselves. They teach us the art of transience. 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Pugilist Pages

Literary authors have always been drawn to boxing, and many have written beautifully about the sport. Despite dire prediction of its demise, boxing persists and, cyclically, thrives; fortunately, over the past half century and more, talented writers have chronicled its appeal while dissecting its ugliness. The nature of the sport—two human beings in competition, distilled to its barest essence—lends itself to contemplation of bigger ideas and deeper meanings.
The Sweet Science by A. J. Liebling

Liebling's sharp-eyed, sharp-eared, and sharp-witted tome is the foundation, the boxing book referenced by every other. Although he wrote in a glorious era—the days of Sugar Ray Robinson, Rocky Marciano, and Willie Pep—he pines for the past, especially fighters like Jack Dempsey and Liebling's forebearer Pierce Egan. In the chapter "Ahab and Nemesis," Liebling writes of the match when Archie Moore's brain met Marciano's brawn and realizes that the two men would have fared well in Dempsey's time: "I felt the satisfaction because it proved that the world isn't going backward, if you can just stay young enough to remember what it was really like when you were young."
The Fight by Norman Mailer

The Fight by Norman Mailer
$13.95 List Price
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This memoir about 1975's "Rumble in the Jungle" between Muhammad Ali and George Foreman features Mailer at his most flamboyant. Part journalism, part autobiography, part reflection on African mysticism and American race relations, Mailer is best at describing the two fighters. Foreman, he writes, "appeared sleepy but in the way of a lion digesting a carcass," which, to anyone who knows Foreman's mid-'70s body language, is prose that connects like an Ali jab. Mailer pays particular attention to Ali, marking how he transformed from an intimidated spectator who noted—with some trepidation—that "Foreman can hit harder" into the braggart we all remember in the buildup to the fight. In Ali, "the funk of terror," Mailer writes, "was being compressed into psychic bricks."
The Black Lights by Thomas Hauser


In charting lightweight Billy Costello's journey from the streets of Kingston, New York, to a big televised fight with Saoul Mamby in 1984, Hauser maps the corridors of power in the absurdly complicated business of boxing. Whereas other books on this list primarily reflect the point of view of the spectator, The Black Lights offers an engrossing perspective on the people who run the sport and participate in it behind the scenes, from Don King down to the poorly paid sparring partners. Amid the darkness, one thing shines through: Boxing is the purest sport of them all, and the people who love it know this to be true, which is why they endure so much for the thrill of a big event or even a good, small one. Mamby, after taking a ferocious beating from Costello, reluctantly contemplated retirement. "I'll miss it," he said. "I love boxing. Everything passed too soon."
On Boxing by Joyce Carol Oates


It's no wonder that so many boxing phrases, such as "on the ropes" and "down for the count," make their way into descriptions of everything else. "Life is like boxing in many unsettling respects. But boxing is only like boxing," Oates writes in this cerebral essay collection. Despite calling it "the cruelest sport," she doesn't seem to consider it a sport at all: "One plays football, one doesn't play boxing."
Ringside: A Treasury of Boxing Reportage
by Budd Schulberg
$16.95 List Price
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In this 2006 volume, On the Waterfront screenwriter Schulberg summons knowledge from fights he lived through in the 1920s to properly estimate modern boxers' place in history. He describes Roy Jones Jr. as a genius, then later, when Jones settled in uneasily between greatness and ennui, as "Hamlet with a mouthpiece." Along the way, he turns the phrase "the manly art of self-defense" to coin "the manly art of no defense," a fitting tribute to the face-first brawler Arturo Gatti. Schulberg's most lasting contribution, though, is the ultimate boxing motto, voiced by underdogs everywhere: "I coulda been a contender."

Tim Starks writes about boxing for his blog, The Queensberry Rules.
He has penned freelance articles for The Ring and other boxing publications.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Young Curators Speak, NYTimes

 
The New Guard of Curators Steps Up
Published: March 18, 2010
Far from the stereotype of fusty academics, curators in their 30s and 40s are bringing eclectic backgrounds and a fresh eye to Manhattan’s museums. READ MORE...
 and HEAR MORE...

Saturday, June 19, 2010

art camp 2010