What a great way to spend a few hours! Wanda Corn, the Robert and Ruth Halperin Professor Emerita in Art History, Stanford University, held the overflowing Chiego Auditorium rapt at the McNay on August 22nd. She was brought to San Antonio as a Louis A. and Frances B. Wagner Lecture Series Distinguished Lecturer. The subject was one that many may believe they understand fully — Norman Rockwell — that maudlin old fuddy-duddy.
We hustled over Geekdom on Monday evening to join Kelly Schaub and her first crop of artists to participate in the CSA. The Community Supported Art initiative gives 9 artists a stipend to create works of art for 50 shares. These shares are available for purchase at $350. We think it is a great concept,and one that is catching on around the country, so why not San Antonio?
Follow the sign…keep going up and up and up until you emerge on the rooftop! That’s what we did Friday night — not once, but twice. Stonewall Gallery and Artpace both decided to present rooftop parties to kick off the Labor Day weekend, which is a great thing to do on a sultry summer night in San Antonio. This city is really starting to come into its own as an arts entertainment destination — we’re not driving to Austin anymore, they’re coming here!
Is photography a form of art? This has been an ongoing subject of vociferous debate ever since the medium was invented. In the case of Bryan de la Garza (or “Brain” as his skatepunk friends like to call him), the answer is an unequivocal “yes”. Brain is a photographer/cinematographer who eschews digital media in favor of film.
Why choose an analog format in a digital world? The answers are complex. Working with film can be a daunting proposition. First and foremost, a roll of film — plus developing — isn’t cheap. And there are only so many exposures per roll. Each shot must be carefully considered, and if the camera is manual focus and exposure, it takes time to get all the settings correct. Every shot must count. But the results can be worth the effort.
Not knowing exactly what to expect, I grabbed my trusty old Polaroid SX-70, a Flash Bar, and a pack of expired film and headed down to the Fox Motel to attend a conceptual/performance art event entitled “DTF”, hosted by Jessica Garcia & Wesley Harvey. For those of you who don’t know what the acronym DTF means, click here at your own risk. You’ve been warned, the rest of this blog post is probably NSFW…
The Fox Motel is a relic of a bygone era — a Motor Court, which was popular in the first half of the 20th Century as a place for people traveling by car to spend the night as they slowly made their way across the country. As they fell out of favor (and got bypassed as Interstate highways were built) Motor Courts transformed into “no-tell motels”. A place that you could rent for short periods of time in order to achieve sexual gratification (of sorts) with the partner of your choice, who generally required payment at the end of the session.
And no, I’m not talking farm-fresh produce here. I’m talking about Community Supported Art.
This initiative first came to my attention via the Rivard Report and its coverage of the latest round of Awesome SA nominees in July 2013. I had to know more. I had to reach out and discover more about Kelly Schaub and her vision for the arts. It was as easy as sending an email. We soon had an invitation to come and visit her office at Geekdom – interesting. Now, I had never met someone with an office at Geekdom. Our meeting began with a tour of the facilities that Page covered in an earlier post. I gotta say, what a cool concept! Way to go Graham Weston! But I digress…
So…this innocuous-looking postcard arrives in my mailbox this afternoon. What could it be? And who sends postcards in this day and age, anyway? My 90-year-old aunt? Nah, she uses Facebook, too.
Let’s take a look at the other side, shall we…? (I strongly suggest you click on the link. Just sayin’…)