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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!
The Austin Critics’ Table announced their Class of 2014 inductees into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame and Blue Genie Art and Big Medium were named, alongside the Rude Mechanicals.
I’ve had the pleasure of working side by side on tons of projects with both groups, along with curating shows at their spaces, advising on the East Austin Studio Tour, and putting together the Blue Genie Danger Derby.
It’s been a great time working with such talented folks in both camps, and I appreciate all they’ve done for me as well. It’s great to see Blue Genie and Big Medium get the attention they deserve for everything they’ve done to the Austin art scene over the years.
Shea is a life long resident of Austin who attended the School of Visual Arts in New York. While studying design, bookmaking and printing, he began to run in an ever tightening circle with Jana Swec and Joseph Phillips. Together, they formed the SODALITAS Art Group, working in a collaborative group that churns out intricate graphic laden works depicting the urban environment and finding beauty in a steady sense of decay and worn imagery.
In addition to the collaborative work, Shea endlessly draws and takes notes in a series of sketchbooks, gathers rusty and discarded materials for his own works. Continue reading →