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Cronos, 1993 Dir. Guillermo del Toro
Cronos, 1993 Dir. Guillermo del Toro
ACROSS THE POND! Happy to report I have a small & cheery selection of works on display at the new COS flagship store at Coal Drops Yard in King’s Cross, London. The space looks divine and if you’re lucky enough to be enjoying London now through mid-November, please pop in for me to say hello to them. Thank you to my Uprise Art team for making this happen. Cheers!
The only thing I love as much as making artwork, is collecting and spinning vinyl records as my alter ego Mira Mira. I am super lucky to be thriving in both arenas over the last 3 years and I most of the time I am able to make ends meet. However, recently our little family had some unexpected medical costs so I've set up a Patreon page to help offset our expenses. I am eager to try out this platform for creatives to directly reach and monetize their contributions.
HOW IT WORKS
Each patron signs up at whatever price point meets their budget (can be as little as $1 a month!) and in return will unlock special all vinyl mixtapes with complete song lists they can download for keeps. I created one this weekend with vinyl collected from my recent visit to Mexico City and it's the perfect summer mix for your road trip cross country or your trip to the pool.
Every little bit helps, even if it's just sharing this with a friend with the link above. Our little family thanks you for your support!
Ingrid Fetell Lee, quoted above, is the author of Joyful and has traveled around the globe studying how environments affect happiness. In her book, she identifies 10 Aesthetics of Joy and how making small changes can bring joy to everyday routines. Lee curated a special collection at Uprise Art according to the 10 aesthetics of joy from her new book and my work Slow Dazzle was selected to reflect ENERGY. Fitting, yes?
To see all of Lee's picks visit Uprise's site here.
Creating a set and setting a mood sonically isn’t unlike making a visual composition for me. Found images = found sounds. As Mira Mira—my DJ persona—I get to make sound collages and be the public performer I always wanted to be. Keep on eye on my growing Soundcloud account to listen to all my vinyl mixes made especially for your enjoyment.
Major props to la mera mera Laurel Barickman aka RECSPEC for my most awesome logo.
Movement through five major mediums in a sunshined filled shiplap gallery space, "Mujeres del Sur / Women of The South", is a group exhibition that encompasses fifteen contemporary Latina artists living and working in Southern Texas, well curated by Theresa Escobedo. Before one even delves into the various works within the space, one can already sense the balance between their honored heritage and their current home just by the title. This exhibition isn’t simply a collection of women artists. It isn’t just a visual interlude of Latin culture either.
Honored to be amongst such incredible talent and to have the support of curator Theresa Escobedo at The Union HTX. Even remotely, I have felt the love of the 14 other artists and hope our paths all cross soon, because no doubt we have SO MUCH to talk about as we navigate this art world. It's been a busy fall, but I am hoping to make it to Houston to check out the show in all its glory before it closes on November 24. Thank you Meghan Hendley Lopez of the The Houston Review for your critical eye!
NOW ON SHELVES! A BIG IMPORTANT ART BOOK (NOW WITH WOMEN): Profiles of Unstoppable Female Artists--and Projects to Help You Become One by the formidable Danielle Krysa aka The Jealous Curator is ALIVE!
I feel like I’ve known Danielle now forever and she was one of my very first internet champions, sharing my work and kind words on her blog years ago. Now the second book we've worked on together, this beautiful book energizes and empowers women, both artists and amateurs alike, by providing them with projects and galvanizing stories to ignite their creative fires. Each chapter leads with an assignment that taps into the inner artist, pushing the reader to make exciting new work and blaze her own artistic trail. Interviews, images, and stories from contemporary women artists at the top of their game provide added inspiration, and historical spotlights on art “herstory” tie in the work of pioneering women from the past. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Congrats to Danielle and the other 44 artists found inside this awesome compendium of talent. Find your copy at Running Press, Amazon or at any fine purveyor of print near you!
The fifth volume of Women Artists is hot off the presses and ready to get into your hot little hands. A long time in the making, it was a pleasure to work with the ultra talented photographer Valerie Chiang and the fine women behind the publication. Grab your’s today by visiting their website and while you’re at it, snag one of their MEN HAVE MADE A LOT OF BAD ART tees, because you know it’s not not true, ha.
Women Artists, is an annual(ish) publication profiling women working in the contemporary arts. This issue features Alison Baitz, Sister Wendy (Wendy Beckett), Tanya Brodsky, Valerie Chiang, Sharleen Chidiac, Angella D’Avignon, DIRT Collective, Dayna Evans, Ana Leovy, Caroline Tompkins and Xochi Solis.
Edited by Tricia Gilbride and Caroline Knowles. Designed by Naomi Elliott.
Tabloid sized (11.5”x15")
48 pages, full-color newsprint
Excited to see that The LINE Hotel Austin has opened to positive reviews this June 2018 and more than just honored to have my work in their collection amongst some of my most fave Austin artists like Elizabeth Chiles, Jeffrey Dell, Manik Raj Nakra and Jules Buck Jones. Cheers to everyone involved on the project - looking at you especially Natalie Davis - and hope to clink glasses with you someday soon!
As a note, the project with The LINE was a HUGE step into affording life as an artist full time. While perhaps my website has been accumulating a few cobwebs, it's only because I have been WORKING HARD to keep a million little projects rolling. Hope to check in here more often with news and sources of inspiration in the coming months, but until then, carry on with your summer and you can always catch the latest on my IG feed :)
"Who belongs to which side and to what extent does crossing geographical and sociopolitical boundaries allow for a new or renewed sense of identity? The hyper-visibility of Mexican-American, Chicano, and Latino artists in general in this country has come about in the past year precisely due to these questions. And while visibility is an important tool for the diversification of artistic spaces, a danger resides in providing platforms of expression that further question belonging, as opposed to historically contextualizing and thereby making problematic the very roots of such an interrogation. Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place succeeds by doing both, and more. Aside from being an exhibition of some terrific contemporary Mexican-American and / or Chicano artists, Mi Tierra forms an important art-historical exhibition that has much to show us about modes of belonging and the creative practices that might allow us to belong elsewhere and otherwise."
I love that my studio practice now includes more reading and ruminating than ever before. This week I'm working on curriculum for a series of workshops I'll be teaching with the Art Students League of Denver. That's right, I'll be back in Denver this June for a lecture and a Saturday of workshops aimed at building participant's agency and appreciation for the medium of collage and the weight of image appropriation in relation to culture, identity, memory and place. If interested in learning more, visit the Art Students League website for registration information. LET'S GET INTO IT!
Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place in this week's Art Forum Critic's Picks! Thanks to Chelsea Weathers for her thoughtful insight on the work on view including a sweet nod to my installation, We were not always fallen from the mountain.
-Roberta Flack, Go Up Moses
Quiet Fire, 1971
A mixtape offering to remind us all of our freedom. The psychic liberty we have to change our minds and the music to help move our body in the direction best meant for us...even when that just means to the dancefloor with friends & lovers. Happy Friday!
As one of 13 artists who created installations at the Denver Art Museum for Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place, I recorded a short video with them during my installation of WE WERE NOT ALWAYS FALLEN FROM THE MOUNTAIN. Even though it was only a few months ago it is a sweet reminder of all the things that were going through my head as I was taking on the challenge of creating a giant new work. Take a peek!
Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place is on view at the Denver Art Museum through October 22, 2017.
As part of my time with #bossbabesATX this April, I recently had the best cpnversation with their board member, Leslie Lozano, to talk about my practice and imagined purpose the last several months as I continue to navigate the world as a self-employed artist. It has been a challenge, but knowing that I have the support of an incredible community of creative women entrepreneurs has been invaluable. I treasure conversations like the one here and I hope other young artists feel encouraged to take a chance on themselves, too.
I have been a longtime fan of the badass women that operate #bossbabesATX and this month I was choses as their featured artist! #bossbabesATX is a nonprofit event production agency and collective. They produce meets, workshops, festivals and other pop-up events for self-identifying women in creative industry and the arts and I have had the pleasure of working with them before with the Chulita VInyl Club, but working with them on craftHER has been something else!
Apart from getting the opportunity to have long conversations with their team about my practice, I will also be presenting work at their upcoming craftHER Market. This annual market is a space for self-identified women to sell, showcase and share their wares, makes and goods. On April 2, 2017, they'll feature more than 90+ booths at Austin's Fair Market, produce panels covering different topics relevant to the maker community and showcase resources in the Austin community (art collectives, other art markets, etc.)
I'll be doing a live Q&A with their crew at 3pm, but check out the full scoop on the #bossbabes website and while you are there take a peek at their amazingly prolific calendar of events, these women are non-stop hustle!
2017, wow! We've made it this far and as this first month of 2017 has provided so much necessary frenetic energy, I'm sliding into this week with a little focused meditation. As my soundtrack, I'm thrilled to announce a recent collaboration with UK-based dark ambient band, Slomo. Their fourth album ‘Transits’ features a small painting of mine for it's cover and the deliciously slow celestial tracks are perfect for moving with intention and grace.
‘Transits’ finds the duo of Holy McGrail and Howard Marsden further psychedelicising their core guitar/synth drone sound with loops, bit-crushers and ring modulators to deliver three shimmering pieces for frozen night skies.
The music is psychedelic, instrumental and abstract and I'm honored to have worked with the musicians to bring a face to their new sound. Follow the link above to experience Slomo's music and float away.
The TEXAS HEAT is something really special. It's hallucinatory, detoxing, and my absolute favorite annual surreality check. Here's a little mix I made to help you accept the things you cannot change and learn to love the high temps. Throw on your chanclas, grab a cold chela or Topo and chill out!
OVER THE MOON to announce my participation in an upcoming exhibition at the Denver Art Museum! I'll be spending the next 6 months preparing for a MASSIVE installation and I am so thankful to the wonderful curators at the DAM for all their creative input and their support, thus far. This is going to be a game changer, as I prepare to create the largest scale installations I've ever constructed. Keep it here and on my Instagram feed, as I document my travels collecting materials and inspiration for the work and document my journey in better understanding my place as an artist in Texas and Mexico.
Check out the curator's statement below and explore the websites of the 12 other artists that will on view with me:
Mi Tierra: Contemporary Artists Explore Place will feature site-specific installations by 13 Latino artists that express experiences of contemporary life in the American West. Energizing and vibrant artwork will be presented by Carmen Argote (Los Angeles), Jaime Carrejo (Denver), Gabriel Dawe (Dallas), Claudio Dicochea (San Antonio), Daniela Edburg (San Miguel de Allende), Justin Favela (Las Vegas), Ana Teresa Fernández (San Francisco), Ramiro Gomez (West Hollywood), John Jota Leaños (San Francisco), Dmitri Obergfell (Denver), Ruben Ochoa (Los Angeles), Daisy Quezada (Santa Fe), and Xochi Solis (Austin).
These artists examine diverse narratives of migration and the complex layering of cultures throughout the Western United States through ideas related to labor, nostalgia, memory, visibility, and displacement. Installations will incorporate mixed-media, performance-based video art, digital animation, fiber constructions, painting, sculpture, and ceramics.
To foster creativity and provide insight into the artistic process, the on-site development of the installations will be visible to the public beginning in December 2016, with scheduled opportunities for visitors to engage with artists. The exhibition will open February 19, 2017, and will be on view through October 22 of that year.
IMAGE: Dmitri Obergfell, Statues Also Die (Mauricio), 2015 (detail). Plaster and graphite; dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Gildar Gallery and Casa Maauad. © Dmitri Obergfell
Amores Perros / Love's a Bitch, 2000 Dir. Alejandro G. Iñárritu
It is a rare treat that I get to exhibit my work in my home town of Austin and I was honored to show a few of my recently created monoprints alongide a site specific wall work at MASS Gallery as part of their spring exhibit, Extended Technique.
Long associated with improvisation and experimental modes of expression, the musical term “extended technique” refers to a variety of unorthodox approaches to playing a musical instrument. These methods elicit unfamiliar sounds and blur the distinctions between instruments.
In this three person show, the diverse methodologies of each of the artists challenge and expand the boundaries of their own mediums. Though all aesthically varied in our approach, we all three work with a musician’s spirit of free play and improvisation. It was incredibly rewarding to work alongide the curators to better understand my own association with the musical world beyond just the affection for my favorite song's lyrical qualities. Through my discussion with them I was able to more fully recognize the breadth of my extension of the painting medium and its similarities to the creative process of sonic composition and improv.
As with each group show, I am now totally smitten with new artists and the work of David X. Levine and Kaz Oshiro is pretty incredible. Can you believe the works of Levine are all done with colored pencil?!
David X Levine, Tin Can Painting, 2011, Color pencil, collage, and graphite on paper
Kaz Oshiro, Untitled Still Life, 2013, Acrylic on canvas. Photo by Joshua White JW Pictures, courtesy of Honor Fraser Gallery.
Another marriage of music and making came with the gallery's Close Encounters series. The program series encourages participating artists to devise a program designed to provide new methods of engaging the public’s curiosity and invites them to participate intellectually or physically with the exhibition space, as well as the artist’s work and concepts. For our edition, David X. Levine and I decided to expand upon our shared affection for the songs that fill our everyday to create a playlist for sharing with MASS's audience. The result was two stellar mixtapes you can hear below! All in all the show has been a breath of fresh air in my busy schedule and a welcome opportunity to play. If you are in the Austin area, the show is up now through June 4. Come visit!
WOWEE! When I got the sweet email from Meghan Murphy, Editor-in-Chief of Paper Darts Magazine, to be featured on their beautiful blog, I couldn't resist! Paper Darts is a literary + art magazine and publisher that is volunteer run by 8 fierce advocates for uncommon work by new voices, paired with custom illustration. After getting lost in the webpages of their dynamically designed website, I have quickly become a HUGE fan and love the feature they produced. But don't take my word for it, check it out for yourself by following the link above and while you're there do yourself a solid and take in the rest of their inspiring content! Thank, PD team for including me!
Every year creatives, musicians, tech jockeys, and general all around weirdos descend on my home town of Austin, TX for a little thing called SXSW. This year I strategically scheduled an artist residency (more on that later) during this jam-packed week, but boy was I so happy to have the venerable Leigh Patterson reach out about an opportunity to interview in a special Austin focused edition of UO Studio Visit for Urban Outfitters. Recent clients and collaborations for Patterson include: synonym journal, sight unseen, alldayeveryday, remodelista and her interview questions were thoughtful, considerate and really gave me pause for self reflection.
To take a peek at just the most luminous photos of my studio taken by Austin-based photographer Katie Jameson, plus learn a little more about what I've been inspired by and what projects lay ahead follow the link here. Thank you, Leigh + Katie!
Have you heard?! I'm joining the ranks of the all girl, all vinyl DJ crew called the Chulita Vinyl Club! Take a listen to a mix I made for my girls.
I've been one of the lucky to have a super special ally in artist and writer, Danielle Krysa AKA The Jealous Curator.
The Jealous Curator launched in February 2009, as a place for Krysa to show artwork that made her green with envy. Over seven years later, that “jealousy” has turned magically, wonderfully, and thankfully into inspiration. Inspiration for herself as an artist but also inspiration to so many others who read her blog and share her unabashed enthusiasm for artwork and art practices that produce awe and wonder.
Great fortune came in 2012 when Danielle first blogged about me and since then we have worked on a book project, a Land of Nod print and most recently many years later, we finally spoke on the phone and heard each other's chipper voice. The result is Episode 39 of The Jealous Curator's podcast ART for YOUR EAR. Take a listen and get to know a little more about me and my practice through a winding conversation about paper, music and err..margaritas. ALSO, there are tons more episodes from fabulous artists all around the world and Danielle publishs a new one each and every Saturday. Sounds like you have yourself a new audio obssession?
It Felt Like Love, 2013 Dir. Eliza Hittman
BTW I am so in love with discovering new films via MUBI's curated collections devoted to women filmmakers. Swoon.
They don't walk,
they just glide in and out of life
They never die,
they just go to sleep one day
-Sons of the Silent Age from David Bowie's 1977 Heroes
Yesterday's news of David Bowie's death came to me from the radio in the living room as I wiped sleep out of my eyes to greet another Monday. As the day unfolded with jam-packed social media feeds and radio news and television announcers sharing songs, images and thoughts about what David Bowie meant to the world, I took retreat to my studio.
It feels selfish to be sad about a man's passing, a stranger who you never met, a person you only knew via media and music, but yesterday and today and probably for many days to come, I find myself dim with the concept that the world lost such a true original with the passing of Bowie.
I stumbled across this 1979 BBC Star Special recording that Bowie did via a DJ friend Tommy Blackburn and it's a wonderful listen. Bowie sharing music that he loves, it's simple and easy and like his own music and song writing poetry is a wonderful treat for a grey day like this one. ♥ RIP David Robert Jones (1947-2016)