Artists Commute Too

Here's what my commute to my studio looks like:

David at Angel's Gate  by  S.C. Mero

David at Angel's Gate by S.C. Mero

I walk past this sculpture by @s.c.mero on my route from the metro to my studio. 'David at Angel's Gate' uses 7,501 pennies! Love the hair and the (one) copper-colored shoe. Located in Broadway Spring Arcade in DTLA.

Grey on grey . Waiting for the train. 

Grey on grey. Waiting for the train. 

Yes, I did say my walk from the metro. I am blessed to live relatively close to a station, where I can park for free, take a 22-minute ride downtown and walk 4 blocks to my studio. Besides not having to pay for parking nor deal with traffic, I love this because it means I get to enjoy all these amazing murals!

I don't have the best photos - they're so big it's hard to capture - but I would actually suggest a mural tour yourself if you ever happen to be in the area. I know that's next on my list - I want to find out what I'm missing!

Top: unfortunately I couldn't find the artist name on this one; it's on Main St. near 5th.  Bottom: Marilee Spencer, 2015. On Main St. at Winston.

Top: unfortunately I couldn't find the artist name on this one; it's on Main St. near 5th. 
Bottom: Marilee Spencer, 2015. On Main St. at Winston.

Street Art Utopia

I love this:

By Sainer from Etam Crew - On Urban Forms Foundation in Lodz, Poland

I got this photo off this blog my brother sent me called Street Art Utopia. Their tagline is "We declare the world as our canvas".  I like that; especially with the work they're doing with it. It amazes and inspires me when art is public, accessible and free. Making the world a better and more beautiful place. If I had my way, artists would have subsidized living expenses to help beautify the world around them, wouldn't that be nice?

By c215 in Oslo, Norway

See more of the great street art from around the world that this group has collected http://www.streetartutopia.com/?p=9303

Art Shows Beating the Heat around Austin 2: Grafficanos

Young Latino Artists 17: Grafficanos @ Mexic-Arte Museum, through Sept. 9

I think there's some debate somewhere about what it means to bring graffiti into the gallery/museum, but this show gets around that conundrum by stating these are graffiti-inspired works.  I know several of these artists continue to work as street artists, and I think it's cool that they can get both recognition of their achievements and more exposure to their work  through this show. While there are many interesting and amusing works, I particularly liked the work of both Miguel Donjuan and Niz.

In the back gallery you can also check out the Serie Project XIX featuring prints made by artists in Mexic-Arte's Serie Print Project.

Art shows beating the heat around Austin 1: Rigoberto A. Gonzalez

They say summer is a sleepy (i.e. down-and-out) time for art shows here in blazing Austin, but there are some great shows up right now in appropriately air-conditioned settings.  My next couple of posts will feature shows I've been enjoying, here's the first: Rigoberto A. Gonzalez, Baroque on the Border @ the Mexican American Cultural Center, through Sept. 1

Levanton

Gonzalez is from a small town in Texas and made his appearance on the art radar by being featured in the 2011 Texas Biennial,  followed by reviews in Glasstire and shows in Houston and now Austin.  Well worth seeing in real life, Gonzalez's paintings are made with old techniques reminiscent of Caravaggio paintings to depict the current drug war in Mexico and along the border.  The stunningly beautiful chiaroscuro lighting combined with traditional Biblical-type scenes portray horrific events, from kidnappings to beheadings, as poignant as Fernando Botero's Abu Ghraib paintings.

I particularly liked the painting above, titled Levanton (The Kidnapping), because of the emotion on each of the individual's faces and the chaotic motion of the scene, but also because of the direct stare of one of the kidnapper's right out at the viewer, like a challenge: "What are you looking at?" It's chilling and evocative; what can/should we do about this violence? The scale of some of the paintings seems to reinforce the vastness of the problems and the helplessness of it's many victims.

After the heaviness of this show, you can lighten up by visiting the community gallery downstairs featuring Matthew (Rodriguez) Bonifacio's playful show,  Scruffy Kitten.