Documenting Change @ RE-aRT

FRIENDS + INFLUENCES

Change Studies at KD’s Backyard Gardens

There is a curiosity-inspiring little community growing in the fenced-in yard next to 11th St.’s Victory Grill.  Between that historic venue and the nearby trailer eateries which buffer old East 11th from the monstrously modern new orange-balconied development, is Kenny Dorham’s backyard, a fantastic place to take in some blues or soul music, tend to some plots, or to have a healthy garden-to-plate meal with kind new friends.

I made a post on the Austin Time Exchange Network a few months back, offering my services as a photographer to do a time-lapse sequence of a project or place.  Kesten Broughton, proprietor of SunFarmKitchens, a (partially) solar-powered food trailer, has been spearheading the community garden projects and hosting Fambly Dinner once a week, and he took me up on the offer.  So far I have been out there 3 times, and it has been a good learning experience for me to observe the changes and try and figure out the best way to capture it on camera.  Some of the work-in-progress below:

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sunflowers, 5/7/12

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sunflowers, 5/16/12

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sunflowers, 6/21/12

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center garden, 5/7/12

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center garden, 5/16/12

 

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center garden, 6/21/12

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haybed, 5/7/12

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haybed, 5/16/12

 

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haybed-turned-food, 6/21/12

 

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mural side, 5/7/12

 

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mural side, 5/16/12

 

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mural side, 6/21/12

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This last time I was there, there was a lot of stuff growing all around, so I have a lot of extra pictures which do not show an evolution. See those and more at http://www.flickr.com/photos/70127061@N07/sets/


Gang of 6: The Wreck Center Does Its Thang

Grady Roper, Enoch Rios, Michael White, Holly Brown and myself.  Mike’s piece was an interactive sound collage.  February 2012…

We had fun hanging the show til 3 in the morning.  We found ways to connect the bodies of work at their meeting points, like Enoch’s photo of the mermaid arms connects to Holly’s photo of the arms + ice cream on dirt. Etcetera…


Favorite Chad documentary pics Of late…

photo by Chad Hopper

photo by Chad Hopper

photo by Chad Hopper

photo by Chad Hopper


Not knowing where to start…

One month ago tonight:

this photo taken by Stephanie Bonham :

And this was the end —

Sean actually got some good documentation with his fancy camera and made a mini-documentary about it.  You can watch it on vimeo.  Thanks, Sean!


LAST (Odd) Saturday…

Gee-willickers, TIME is constant. tick-tock.  Keeps on moving, just like this wind, here.  (I live in the “Blackland Heights” neighborhood of East Austin, atop a hill with an almost constant breeze from the South.  Across the street, just downhill a little to the South, is an elementary school.  Behind us are the backyards of neighbors, some with shady trees and dense weeds, some with hard-worked garden rows, protected by solid fence.  There used to be orchards here, some say… )  Anyway,
Here is our Documentation of APRIL 9th, 2011 (minus a video of a new musical instrument, which is coming soon…):

After Luke (our Participant #1  in the Social art Experiment which is “Odd Saturdays”) tinkered awhile to invent a fantastic use for glass bottles, he spent a lil time in the Studio, tidying up and doodling with the special treasures.

the objects in the studio have personalities and prefer sitting next to their friends

This guy's Surprised To Be Alive.

a pirate... (w/reflection)

An Albert Einstein cyborg.

Chad came out for awhile and SORTED.  He managed to pop open some deep pockets of time-accumulation, and then he took some scientific-ish shots of these details:

As it was already a hot day, salad with hard-boiled egg and cran-rasp. spritzers were had by all.

In the afternoon, SIGN-PAINTING was undertaken as a serious motion to advance the cause of RE-aRT.  Unfortunately for Luke (or fortunately, if he’s into action-adventure scenarios), the master list of JOBS changed

after he had already begun painting.  The term palimpsest was discussed.  The list continued to change long after Luke had to journey forth into the rest of his day.

...work-in-progress...

I enjoyed the day very much.   I became re-aware of how much work there is to do, which is invigorating.  And I made this picture:

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(check back later for video updates)


Art From the Streets

Well, the 18th Annual Art From the Streets art sale is coming up really soon — Nov. 6th (12-5) and 7th (9-5) — so I thought I’d share this beautiful piece that I purchased there a few years back:

signed Michael S. Moore

I am still not tired of looking at it, so I would say it’s definitely part of my permanent art collection.

You really should check this event out if you’ve never been before.  In the past it was inside ARCH, but now it will be a block over, at St. David’s Trinity Center, @ 7th & Trinity.  There is sure to be an overwhelming amount of artwork to look at and choose from, starting at $20, with the proceeds going directly to the homeless artists.  If you go to the link you can read bios from some of the artists and learn about the program.  Mark the calendar!

 


the Cadillac of worms, she says

Because there is so much going on right now that I am befuddled, I am giving you a non-sequitor title, c/o my dear friend Laura Cyan Anderson.

Art shows!  Co-Lab this Saturday; Cheer Up Charlies (East 6th @ Waller) all June; Thunderbird (Koenig) in July: these are all collaborations with Chad Hopper.

At CUC you will find a small installation of a whole bunch of stuff all under the heart-shaped letters which spell out “DNA ERA”.  We worked hard in there on a hot day without A.C., so go look at it.  It’s kind of like going to the zoo, only it’s a bread factory.  In it I express my  love for nets, lamps and physics.

The Co-Lab show is an experiment in rules (and the flip-side of that, freedom).  It is well explained on the Project blog (link above), so read that if you want to know more.  Or, just show up to Co-Lab on Saturday eve if you can.

Finally, July’s coffeeshop show will probably just be a bunch of framed art/collages.  I have a surplus of old stuff, but plenty of material to make new ones, too- ahem- art collectors!  Take note.  Art is important to have in your house.  It helps loosen the brain in those odd moments between mundane bits of life, etcetera.

So, enough with words, here are some pictures:


April showers

Thanks to a computer angel from the Austin Time Exchange Network, we are back in action!

This is a picture about the love in my home, and also about Spring allergies and birds.

Oh boy– I just watched the Science of Sleep, so I am looking forward to dreamland.

*Dear Michel Gondry, I will be your slave.  Please call me about your next project.  Thanks!*


Purtiful


..What’s New.?

Doesn’t the word New look really weird when you stare at it for 3 seconds?

There are people outside my house wearing mirrors on a Friday night.

We (my honey + me) have a New office.
(it’s much more fun to rearrange the furniture when your furniture is just make-shift parts & pieces.)

It’s ARIES time!

I have a New way of showing you things, as my old way has died (and yet to be restored completely).

Here (hear):

Let me Show You:

Though I don’t have Photoshop at the moment, I Do have my SCANNER/

/ // / / // / (CAL|BRAT|NG)/ // / // / // -=

((and feedback screams from another room, another house…))

Now, here’s Something From the Past:

Scan #2: two Old photos, of the traditional sense.  [yes I have a thing or two to learn about preventing dust speck-age;]

Top photo from IT’S ABOUT TIME (l_m_n_l 4:2008); bottom from TURNING POINTS (Co-Lab 12:2008).  The nice thing about physical object photos (vs. digital files) is how they can end up in shuffled stacks, and then two will get together like this and share a harmonious moment.

more soon!