Tag Archives: Michael Schliefke

A look back at the Blue Genie Danger Derby

The Blue Genie Danger Derby
Blue Genie Danger Derby

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

Through the Years…

original website logo design

original website logo design

Recently, this website shot past its 12th anniversary. What started out as a juvenile joke on a fateful day in late January walking the streets of downtown Austin, Texas with fellow painter Chris Chappell  soon became “the reason the internet was invented” (actual quote, 27 year old Michael Schliefke). With no prior knowledge of website design or creation I sat down for a three hour crash course in Dreamweaver and built the first site in a few hours. After buying a cheap copy of Frontpage, I spent the next nine years building every page by hand, staying up all hours of the night to produce page after page describing my favorite t-shirt colors, upcoming art shows and recapping various trips I took to visit friends and family across the country. This website has taken on many forms and designs over the years, but somehow, has been an invaluable asset that has helped me sustain my life as a self employed artist over the past dozen years.

Here’s a look back at some of the old designs schliefkevision has taken on over the years:
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Review: The Accidental Gentrifist Looks at the Really White Vigilante

Reprinted from the Austinist, a noble experiment in documenting a city and its social stratas that ended a couple years ago.  I met lots of people who sweated and worked hard to make the website interesting, fun and provocative, and Benjamin Reed‘s 2007 review of my satirical comic book started a long friendship:

DECEMBER 17, 2007

The Accidental Gentrifist Reviews Tales of the Really White Vigilante


Benjamin Reed

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My Onion Interview

Onion Interview
In 2007, I took some time off from painting to work on a book.  Unbeknownst to me, the story I was about to write was a bit more autobiographical than I ever wanted to admit at the time, and the project took on the format of a comic book.  In November, shortly after the book’s publication, I was interviewed by Sean O’Neal of the AV Club, and my interview appearing in the Onion. Continue reading

New Art Project Coming Up!!!

A New Art Project That Should Result in a Grand Show in Kansas City
art project
While taking a nice Sunday morning walk on 39th Street, the rumblings of my empty stomach were replaced with the rumblings of an idea for a new, exciting art project that will culminate in a large, collaborative group show featuring artists from Kansas City, Austin, and parts unknown.

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Art in Context: the EAST tour

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.

Austin Critics’ Table Awards

The phone call arrived just before noon and just before my plans for getting the day got the call for action.

Rachel Koper was contacting the four folks who put together Radical Nautical – Ian Shults, Kevin Peakes, Kevin Tijernia and myself – and asking that we attend the Austin Critics’ Table Awards that night.

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