During the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour, I was interviewed by KLRU for their Art In Context program. I was asked about a variety of subjects during the hour long process, all done while I was working on my large commission of the Last Supper and greeting visitors into my studio during the busy tour. It was a fun afternoon, and the interview was an unexpected surprise. The whole segment was boiled down into a few awkward sentences, but overall, Art In Context presented a pretty accurate look at the East Austin Studio Tour. Here’s what ramblings of mine that they chose to include in their short called: Perception.
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.
In conjunction with the East Austin Studio Tour, and Blue Genie’s First Annual Invitational Art Show, the kind folks at Blue Genie are hosting the party of parties during EAST. Backed up by free drinks, sweet sounds from the BURGER CITY DJ, and the awesome artworks of over 30 awesome Austin artists in the Blue Genie shop, the Danger Derby allows you to build your own PINEWOOD DERBY car and race it in a NO RULES race along a 100′ long, 20′ tall track with a myriad of additional dangers added to the mix.
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