On the Street - Artpace, 2nd Saturday, and SXSW Free Shows

On the Street - Artpace, 2nd Saturday, SXSW Free Shows On the Street - Artpace, 2nd Saturday, SXSW Free Shows

As SXSA SA Indiefest proudly (and nervously) took center stage for the week, a few other events and occurrences transpired across our effortlessly serendipitous yet lamer than lame city.

On Thursday night Artpace unveiled the latest work from its three artists-in-residence: Glenn Kaino, Robert Pruitt, and Katja Strunz. I arrived in time to hear the artists' dialogue, which helped give an important understanding to the work. According to curator Debra Singer the artists were chosen with contrast in mind, which is cool because in knowing that I don't need to try and force some tenous connection between the three. Nonetheless, at least for two of the artists, a shared interest in music and comic books were revealed as influences. For Pruitt, soul/funk album covers were a specific point of departure.

Pruitt's exhibit of photos, drawings, and sculptures "exemplifies his renogitiation of stereotypes of black identity." {1} Pruitt came across as very sincere and thoughtful as he talked about his work. He mentioned a shared theme in black culture and history - looking for a way out. By that he meant escape to another place, and made the connection between the writings of Marcus Garvey to the intergalactic "travels" of Sun Ra to the album covers of Parliament Funkadelic. In several of his pieces, Pruitt created his own escape narrative as different characters look off into the distance waiting to be saved.

Since the Current has started the blog I don't believe the Spurs have lost a game. The synergy between the two groups is not obvious but palpable in a sort of indirect way.

Ebert & Roeper's 2 thumbs up review of 300 is perplexing. Granted Ebert was on leave this episode, but how could two professional film critics approve this movie?

{1} Kate Green, Artpace Gallery Notes, New Works 07.1


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