August 15th, 2012
Houston artist Nicky Davis creates vibrant and positive images while still questioning if we are doing right to the earth. His work has been featured in shows around the country and internationally. He has an active website and internet presence (he can be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Tumbler) and has recently added some new fun and affordable items to his website. Current Mood:
Current Music: I'm Shakin' ~ Jack White
This Bandana can be worn on your head like a Native American headdress,
or to cover your face like a wolf mask. Its available in five colors:
blue, green, red, white and black and costs $10.00.
There are numerous sticker packs available on the site ranging from $3-$5.Nicky currently has some discounted paintings on the site as well. This paintings appeared in recent shows and he is clearing them out at discount prices to make room for new work. Don't miss out on this great opportunity to own a Nicky Davis original painting!
(This original painting is 18x24 and is currently for sale for $100.00)
Also in Houston Art News: Stick 'Em Up! - the award winning documentary about the Houston Street Art scene will be screened at Cactus Records on Saturday August 18th from 2-4 PM.The viewing will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Alex Luster, writer Tony Reyes and artist CUTTHROAT. They will also have DVD's for sale and time to get them signed.
If you're unable to attend the event or prefer to watch the film from the
comfort of your home you can now rent the film from their website for $2.99 or purchase the film from the website (which also gives you a free rental viewing). DVD's are also available at the Menil Museum Bookstore and DOMY books.
May 1st, 2012
"For thus it chanced one morn when all the court, Current Mood:
Current Music: 72-74 ~ The Spinanes
Green-suited, but with plumes that mocked the may,
Had been, their wont, a-maying and returned,
That Modred still in green, all ear and eye,
Climbed to the high top of the garden-wall
To spy some secret scandal if he might..."
From the poem Guinevere by TennysonHappy May Day! I always miss my Grandma Byrd on the first of May. She would make paper flowers, leave them on my porch, ring the doorbell and run away. She continued the traditions in memory of the May Day celebrations of her youth.
I would leave her fresh flowers in exchange and when I was older, I would send her flowers. The practice has long since been forgotten by most but I like to think that there are still a handfull of people that are still practicing the traditions in honor of loved ones.
John Collier Queen Guinevre's Maying
I've written about it many times on my blog (follow tag above to learn about the film and see work by the artists featured in the film), and THIS WEEKEND ONLY you'll have a chance to see the GREAT film about HOUSTON STREET ART; Stick Em Up! at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston! Tickets are only $7 and there are two shows on Fri, two on Sat and one on Sun. Check out the website:
August 2nd, 2011
Current Music: Temenos (Here Come the Shakes) ~ Remy Zero
Went on a Street Art hunt this weekend. Much like real hunting, you never know what you'll find, and what you'll be able to bring home. I found a couple of pieces by favorites, a few things that were completely new to me, and as always was sad to see some great pieces painted over, written on or otherwise destroyed.
The piece on the left is by an artist that is new to me, RED. Unfortunately it was late at night when I took the photo so it doesn't give the image as much clarity as I would like. The piece has layers of background pattern, stencils of a face (Freud?) with text, (I think it says "You are invited") and graffitti designed writing in blue. There is a beautiful juxtaposition of color and design elements. The signature red caught my attention because many of the Houston Street Artists use all caps for their names while this artist chooses the exact opposite approach.
Notice my work not my name?
Another piece that was new to me is this triptych of origami cranes. I didn't see any artist name or signature of the piece. In Japanese culture it is believed that if one folds one thousand origami cranes then their heart's desire will come true. They are also known as the symbol of peace. I notice that the head of the top crane is colored lavender and almost looks more like a duck's head. I wonder if the artist was planning to paint them more and got interrupted, or if someone added that to the piece. Anyone know who's work this is?
This is the second piece that I've found by REVOLT. I love the clarity of the facial features and the shading incorporated into the stencil. This is actually a relatively large piece.
I'm guessing 16x20.
I always love finding a piece by BRIKS. I'm a self professed graphic novel/comics nerd and I appreciate the cartoon like quality of Briks pieces. The mix of funny cute with evil sharp teeth, the perplexed face on the mask and the character in a flight, running position tell more of a story then the playful style suggests. This ZEN is just barely hanging in there as the paper is slowly peeling away. An iconic pose of Jackie Onassis. She the symbol of fashion and beauty as well as private pain, living a life of love betrayed known to the world. With her full lips and shielding glasses this a simplistic poster, with rough permanent marker strokes, it invokes an instant reaction as one reflects on who Jackie O was to them.
Eyesore with trademark hatchmarks on a pillar at Black Swan printing. What is this piece called? I was happy to see that Eyesore's Cats are still standing on the building on Westheimer.
Loved this huge DUAL also seen at Black Swan printing made only sweeter with the STICK EM UP! sticker on there.
The next CAN'T MISS event for Houston Street Art?
on White Linen night Saturday August 6, 2011
(also known as the day that I graduate with my Master's at SHSU
so I'll be ready to CELEBRATE)
from 6-10 PM
Jenni's Noodle House
Featuring the art of:
July 12th, 2011
Current Music: Bloodbuzz Ohio ~ The National
I saw a re-tweet this morning about an article regarding the 25 Banned Books that you should read and was inspired to share it. The article is at this address: degreedirectory.org/articles/25_Banned_Books_That_You_Should_Read_Today.html1. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee- Why is this still constantly on the banned book list? We've all agreed that its an important and insightful book. Yes, it addresses rape and racism but enough already. We should not still have to fight for this book to be read.
The top four books listed in the article all have special meaning to me and may surprise
some people by being included on this list.
2. American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis- I love to hate to love this book. It is such a dark and masochistic view of excess and greed in the American culture in the 1980's that we need to create new words for it. Bordering on violent pornography this is a difficult read for many people but if you can stomach it, it gives some raw insight into the depth of the danger of self absorption and power. (Yes Raeanna, you now have my permission to read this book.)
I also love the film version of American Psycho with Christhian Bale as Patrick Bateman. It is offensive and gruesome and strangely beautiful and brilliant. I have written about it before, please click on the tag to read more.
Completely embracing my "hipster" stereotype I recently began playing with the Instagram app on my phone and am officially addicted. This is my tribute to the character Patrick Bateman.
3. And Tango Makes Three by Peter Parnell- It is endlessly annoying to me that this adorable and touching story about a families love is constantly on the banned book list because the book insinuates (although I've never met a child that noticed) that both of the penguin parents are males. The story is based on the true story of two male penguins that raised a baby together. Follow tags for more on this adorable book.
4. The Awakening by Kate Chopin- "Chopin's story of Edna Pontellier asserting her independence was a pioneering work of feminism when it was published in 1899. Yet it faced challenges from the moment of its release. This was due in part to its treatment of gender roles, but also for its depiction of female sexuality, a highly taboo subject at the time. As recently as 2006, the book was still being challenged by conservatively-minded people for its progressive attitudes towards women." (direct quote from the aforementioned article).
In a more personal note, I'll never forget the first time that I read The Awakening. I was in my early 20's in a conservative environment and I thought that my passions and desires were "unladylike". That combined with a slowly developing confidence made this book a precious read and a tremendous breakthrough for me.
A couple of sneak peeks of recent Houston Street Art: all of these were spotted on the 1600 block of Westhheimer.
This piece which I'm assuming is called ART is by the new mirror artist XOXO. I also saw a tiny XOXO on N. Main but was unable to photograph it.
READ and READ & WRITE by Jay Giroux My photo doesn't do the vibrancy of the green, orange and yellow justice.
Check out his website: jaygiroux.com/wordpress/
I found this CUTTHROAT sticker on a sign outside of the Colton & Farb Gallery. I posted a reproduction of it on Facebook and CUTTHROAT said that this is one of his earliest stickers and was surprised to learn that it was still there.
July 8th, 2011
I should be writing my portfolio which is due in 10 days but I'm having major inspiration block...so...time again for... Current Mood:
Current Music: Walk in the Park ~ Beach House
RANDOM POP CULTURE STUFF THAT JENN LOVES FRIDAY!
Justin Beiber has a perfume out called Someday. This is the package design. I'M NOT KIDDING, THIS IS REAL...
If you find the design (and just the idea of a Beiber perfume) disgusting then you must treat yourself to viewing the 30 second commercial. Beiber in colored high tops flying through gently wafting curtains in a smoky haze...really you've gotta see this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVxVpNvb79g
The Strokes posted their new video for the song Taken for a Fool and it is ever so fun. It's a bouncy flouncy Julian Casablancas multiplying trippy video with brightly colored bouncy firefly light orbs...www.thestrokes.com/us/news/video-premiere-of-taken-for-a-fool-watch-now Did I mention that Julian Casablancas multiplies????
Desperately Seeking this Book: How I Stole Johnny Depp's Alien Girlfriend
David Gershwin's summer is about to take a turn for the weird. When his dad's new patient Zelda tells him shes from outer space and on a quest to take Johnny Depp back to her planet, he knows he should run away screaming. But with one look from her mean, green eyes, David's hooked, and soon he's leaping across rooftops, running from police, and stealing cars just to stay by her side. He might not be a typical hero, but David's going to get the girl even if it takes him to the ends of the earthor beyond.
If you have a copy that you'd like to loan me, send me a message. Thanks XOXO
And finally if you live in Houston or will be in the Houston area next Thursday night, consider heading over to Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar from 5-10PM, when a portion of the proceeds benefits a new local non profit arts organization each week! Cultured Cocktails was named "Best Happy Hour of 2010" by the Houston Press.
This week learn more about Aerosol Warfare:
Aerosol Warfare Gallery is hidden deep within Houston’s newly acclaimed EaDO district. The gallery is defined by 20... years of history and people; it strives to assist street, urban and graffiti artists in showcasing artwork. At Cultured Cocktails, each cocktail purchased will benefit the recently screened film Stick 'Em Up!
ABOUT THE FILM: Stick ‘Em Up! is a captivating film that explores the little-known world of wheat pasting, an inner-city art form that’s as provocative as it is misunderstood. Documentary filmmaker Alex Luster in collaboration with GONZO247 of Aerosol Warfare and Tony Reyes of Stone Kanyon Productions delve into the minds and motivations behind some of Houston’s most notorious guerilla street artists, capturing the lifespan of their art… conception, creation, placement and – ultimately – removal by the city’s abatement enforcement. With commentary by legendary street artists and top local law enforcement officials, Stick ’Em Up! is a gritty, street-smart documentary that reveals the secret truth behind the prolific images you see every day – in cities all across the nation. Film includes interviews with artists Give Up, Shepard Fairey, DUAL, Eyesore, Cutthroat and Bomit.
For complete information, check out their events facebook page: www.facebook.com/#!/event.php
May 27th, 2011
Current Music: Ego Tripping at the Gates of Hell ~ Flaming Lips
I posted my entry, and it was empty...This is the 3rd time that happened TODAY! What up with Live Journal?
Awesome FREE art show tonight at MegaHost Gallery: OFF THE WALL featuring art by:
Today at 8:00pm - Tomorrow at 12:00am
*To learn more about the artists and/or street art click on the tags above*
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!
April 20th, 2011
Current Music: Laughing with a Mouth of Blood ~ St. Vincent
No big blog today, just some photos of Street Art that my daughter and I found last weekend in Houston in the Montrose area. If anyone knows the name of the artist of the flowers with the snake, please let me know. Thanks and enjoy!