Its the episode where I’m back from Dallas. Yo!
The symposium went well. Nothing too surprising was said, but it wasn’t as superficial/ignorant as the Glasstire messageboards suggested it would be. They (as in Dallas) have money and support for their institutions, but maybe need to work on cultivating their frontline community, ie. artists. But its not the institutions’ responsibilities to do so. Without sounding too condescending, I would challenge the artists themselves to provide what they feel is lacking from their hometown. I’ll post notes as soon as I can. Which probably won’t be for a while.
SHOUTOUT! Hi Greta and Chester!
I tried zooming to Wichita Falls (I was like Keanu Reeves, and didn’t go under 80 mph since getting on to I35 here in Austin. Whoa), but at 3:30pm I reached North Richland Hills on I35-W, just past the 183 intersection with bumper to bumper traffic as far as the eye could sees. I was discouraged and didn’t believe I would reach the Wichita Falls Museum of Art before it closed at 5pm. Instead, I went to see Robert Dale Anderson‘s paintings at Conduit Gallery. The very friendly assistant director, Danette Dulfiho, made me feel welcome and a little embarrassed. She remembered me and my story from last month’s visit. With just enough time for one more gallery, I chose Dunn & Brown. The rest of the weekend was family time and was great. That is until I got home and realized that I forgot about the panel discussion at 500X. drat.
Thanks to all who have commented on the Battle thus far. According to my triangulating calculations of the available statistical integers (four fingers on one hand and one finger on the other), I am winning. Even though I want the voting to continue for the rest of this week, I feel I should do some ‘splaining.
Its been months now since I started considering the addition of more people to the site. I was thinking I could have a pool of writers to cover any dry spells in terms of reviews, such as this first quarter of 2007. I’ve also been feeling lonely and even more interested in having constructive art discussions. Its one of the factors for collaborating on the Biennial reviews for the Chronicle. When Dominick approached me with his review I was reluctant because I hadn’t figured out what that would mean to “what I sees”. Recalling last year’s squabble, I thought I could replicate/ dramatize a similar discussion by pitting our reviews against each other. Tongue-in-cheek of course, since both reviews were written before the “battlecall”.
After agreeing to post the review and before I even mentioned the battle on the site, I was approached by another writer with a similar proposition. So this inaugural battle is also a test run. I look forward to more collaborations ’bout art in Austin and Texas. And because this is my site, it doesn’t matter if Zom-Be gets 500 more votes than mine, I win. I wanted discourse and I am more aware of it happening locally. Of course, that means you the reader wins too!
Speaking of numbers, the last time I thought I hit a milestone was three months ago. As of today, I’ve received 42,000 hits! That additional 12,000 is almost half of last year’s total! In three months! I have a feeling, somebody’s watching me. Mo’ pressure, mo’ problems (’cause I haven’t seen mo’ money).
Here’s an interesting factoid [via]. I always compared Austin as a small to mid-sized American city. Thinking ’bout it as a large city puts a depressing spin on things. I realize Austin is favored for its independent, friendly, grassroots energy, but that means we’re near the bottom of the institutional/ money totem pole. Hunh.
UPDATE: April calendar updated. Some shows happening this week at La Pena, Austin Figurative Gallery, Gallery 3 and Gallery Lombardi.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.