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Delightful things, part VI

Deep sea life

Whenever I need to remember that the world is full of wonder, my go-to subject is creatures of the sea, particularly the deep sea. It’s estimated that nearly 80% of all life in the world’s oceans has yet to be studied or even discovered. While we’re off exploring Mars and Pluto, there’s a whole alien world right here on our own planet to be explored.

These stunning photos are by Alexander Semenov, a marine biologist who most recently studied life in the Arctic sea. He will be leading the 3-year Aquatilis Expedition to explore the world’s oceans.

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Kelly Puissegur

Obviously I have a thing for the absurd and animal-human hybrids, so naturally I love artist Kelly Puissegur.

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Hassan Hajjaj

I first ran across Hassan Hajjaj’s work at Houston’s Fotofest a couple of years ago, and it seems like ever since then I see his work everywhere.  I wanted to go to his riad when I was in Marrakech. I tried. I must have been within feet of it, but I never found it. I was always lost in Marrakech.

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People’s Gallery 2014

Coming up next . . . I’ll have three things in the new People’s Gallery exhibit at Austin City Hall.

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The Economic Development Department is proud to announce the 10th annual People’s Gallery exhibition at Austin City Hall will officially open Friday, February 28 with a free public reception from 6 to 9 p.m. The public is invited to meet the artists and view the exhibition which features artworks on loan from local artists, art organizations, and galleries on display throughout the first three floors of City Hall. Local indie rock band Mobley will perform on the City Hall Plaza at 8 p.m. and the Whole Foods Market trailer will be on site offering food for purchase.

The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase regional artistic endeavors and to encourage public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division of the City’s Economic Development Department issues a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations. The selected works are displayed in the public spaces of the first three floors of City Hall for one year. The 2014 exhibition jury members were artist and curator Michael Anthony García, art historian and co-owner of Tiny Park Gallery Thao Votang, and illustrator Terrence Moline.

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Some things

In a couple of weeks, at Austin City Hall, I will be talking about my art and how I ended up this way. It’s a little bit terrifying, but I’m pretty sure I won’t pass out.

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And I got my ducks in a row and a photo included in this book from Chronicle.

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Delightful things, part IV

I tried to do some embroidery on paper and there was a lot of disaster. Let’s admire some artists who know what they’re doing:

Jose Romussi

Maurizio Anzeri

Shaun Kardinal

Stacy Page

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Delightful things, part III

The continual sharing of delight, part 3.

Kevin McNamee-Tweed paints on small rocks, documenting “a comprehensive history of humanity.”

 

 

The photography of Joshua Dudley Greer:

Tourists Watching a Bison Give Birth,Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, 2011

Near Hope, New Mexico, 2011

 

The site Bad Postcards, quite possible the best website of all time.

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West Austin Studio Tour

I’ll be participating in the West Austin Studio Tour May 19 and 20. Just like its counterpart, the East Austin Studio Tour, WEST is a free, self-guided tour that champions the abundance of talent of Austin’s large and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and support the arts community.

 

I’m #151 onthe map. My most recent work will be on display and I’ll have some originals for sale, prints, and cards. There will also be fortune-telling.

 

My guest artist is jewelry designer Lisa Chandler.

 

There is a corresponding group show open this week (10-5) and on the weekend during tour hours at 241 West 3rd Street. It’s a good place to get an overview of all the artists participating and figure out whose studios you want to check out.

 

Print catalogs and maps are available for free at all Austin public libraries. I’m partial to this page:

If you’re in Austin, come out and see us! I cleaned for you.

 

 

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Delightful things, Part II

Continuing with sharing the delight . . .

Bo Carter’s “Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me”

Bo was very subtle. Some of his other hits include “Banana in Your Fruit Basket” and  “Please Warm My Wiener.”

Continuing on a musical theme, let’s take a moment to appreciate Glen Hansard‘s guitar.

The guitar may be named “The Horse.” Hero Design Studio made a poster of it.

It has also been carved in pumpkin.

Here in Austin on the grounds of one of the art museums, artists have designed miniature golf holes. Course obstacles include giant chickens, scary clowns, and my favorite – the Nutrioppossomus by Boozefox.

Artist Andrea Dezso created an embroidery series based on lessons from her mother.

Alex Gross’ transformed cabinet cards:

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Delightful things, Part I

It just occurred to me that I have been hoarding delightful things and not sharing them. This is wrong.  So now, I alert you to delight:

Art of David Fullerton

Adorable dioramas by Sabine Timm

Josh Ritter, whom I am convinced has developed extra strong facial muscles from smiling so much. He can write the hell out of a song. Here is one that he can’t sing on the radio.

The many projects of Brock Davis:

Paintings, illustration, & collage by Oliver Jeffers:

David Shrigley

Amelie Mancini’s Left Field baseball cards. She has two series so far – one featuring players’ bizarre injuries, and one with players with food-names. This, of course, is Astro Kevin Bass.

Stay tuned for more delights. I promise not to keep them to myself anymore.

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Every day seems more exciting than the day before

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Cutting Edges

Very excited to have some of my work in a new book out by Gestalten, edited by James Gallagher. It’s out now in Europe, very soon in the UK and Asia, and next month in North America.

 

Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage

 

 

 

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