Art Post Haste July edition! Here’s another round of stories from the art world and its nearby surroundings. Click around to find out why bugs are so important to painters’ palettes, the artsy return of a Kansas City institution, and a smattering of good, bad and interesting art stories for another month.
Stanley Spencer is an amazing painter I’ve always admired. He was also, sadly, a broken man.
I randomly ran across this sketch by Turner in London’s Tate Museum of a version of one of my favorite Titian paintings I’ve ever seen in person. (Here’s the version I saw in Munich, here’s the version that I think Turner drew from)
I hate it when Arts and Entertainment budgets get overrun by Sports. They’re pretty separate industries in every way, and only one of them is a handout for billionaires. Good luck Austin! I’m sure development won’t run every artist out of town!
After teaching both children and adults to paint and draw for the past 14 years, one of the worst things I can ever hear is some ignoramus standing in front of some modern art in a museum and commenting, “My kid can do this.”. The ignorance drives me absolutely insane. But this is probably one of the times I can honestly say, “I know so many kids that would be offended if they did that.” Keep your scribblings on your refrigerator and stick to your performance art, thank you very much.
Here are the latest links from around the web that deal with the art world, design, or just some interesting stuff in general:
Austinites! Courtesy of the fine folks at Big Medium, the West Austin Studio Tour revs up this weekend and continues through next weekend. It’s your uber-less duty to check out and support as many artists as you can!
More and more I’m of the mind politics and art shouldn’t cross paths too much – there’s plenty of reasons for this that I’ll go into in a future blog post – but when an artist does do something novel that combines the two and becomes notorious for it – the result of that notoriety shouldn’t be a punch in the fucking face. Seriously?
I went and saw the final presentations of the Spring 2016 Artist Inc Fellows last week, and it was a pretty amazing wealth of talent on display and a pretty great program run by some fine, dedicated folks. Applications are now open for the next session in KC, so sign up today!
Here’s a look back at one of the crazier art events Ian Shults and I put together for Blue Genie Art in Austin, Texas. The Danger Derby is a no-rules pinewood derby race featuring a 120′ track fraught with dangers the entrants must overcome – a firepit, blowtorches, swinging anvils and swablades. Continue reading →
A few months ago I was commissioned to paint a version of the Last Supper for a client. I visited the space, came up with some ideas that would fit the room, including scale and colors, and after a few months of painting held up by an unheated studio in the winter months, this is what the finished result looks like.
The oil painting is on canvas, on a hand built stretcher and the actual size of the painting is 11 feet by 5 1/2 feet. It was an incredibly fun painting to design and paint. When hung in its space, the painting can be seen from its left from the outside, front and center from the main entrance, as well as from its right from a side entrance. When approached from the right side, an optical illusion is created as the table in the painting appears as a square and ‘unfolds’ as the viewer walks towards the center of the room, extending to its full size.
Further down the page you can take a look at the installation and how the painting looks in situ, located in a nice residence in the western reaches of Austin, Texas.
Just prior to the last Presidential Election, I was invited to partake in a great idea for a group art show – a show devoted to all the men and women who ran, and lost, a Presidential Election. The show, the brainchild of the crazed Austin energies of Shannon McCormick and Brenner, culminated in an amazing show featuring well over 70 artists from Austin, Texas, and the rest of the United States, and has culminated into a printed book celebrating the art of the show! Continue reading →
Despite the near freezing cold, the days and nights prior to the event were spent standing in puddles of icey water to set up the track, and the elements provided a gusty wind just to make sure everyone was properly chilled. Much like the celebration of the holiday in the Grinch Who Stole Christmas, all the weather and last minute improvements to the track couldn’t stop the fury of the 2nd Annual Blue Genie Danger Derby, and it went off without a hitch – topping the last year’s inaugural event.
About 16 years ago, the early version of Blue Genie was asked to make a sculpture for the roof of Fran’s Hamburgers. For all those years, she stood vigilante over South Congress as the restaurant served its burgers, fries and shakes. The family run business lost its 40 year lease to a parking lot for the new hotel being built across the street in SOCO. Fran’s in the shop at Blue Genie awaiting some maintenance and will move up to the final Fran’s location on Cameron.