As I was getting ready to graduate from high school things were super hot in town. The gamers at Origin Systems and Human Code were hiring “technical artists” left and right. Graphic artists, painters, and musicians alike were finding work. All of these creatives were running around town and continue to feed the Austin buzz. SXSW had its largest event to date and looks to continue to grow in popularity.
Then there is the Republic of Texas Biker Rally. The organizer moved to Austin in order to make it one of the three biggest rallies. Lets not forget the success of our thespians and dramaturgs. They’ve been working hard to represent in the Big Apple.
But where are the visual arts? Everybody else is coming in to town for a convention of their liking. I mean high school basketball converges at the Erwin center every year. But where are the arts. What’s that place out west with the metal boxes? Fargo? … oh yeah, Marfa. Marfa gets more love.
The Texas Biennial was a good start in calling some attention. Lets bring back some more art from beyond Austin. But let’s also attract the national and international community. Sure, Houston and Dallas have mo’ money. Sure, San Antonio is tourist destination, Texas. But Austin is the freakin capital of Texas. The center of the Lone Star, dammit. We’re bigger’en France. Lets show ’em how much bigger.
There’s no need to turn it into a completely commercial thing. I know people have to eat, but as a cultural and academic activity it should work in creating more of that sort of dialogue with others.
That’s what I sees. I’ll tell you ’bout what else I sees.