What you rappin’ for, to get fame or get rich?
I slap a nigga like you
And tell him “Rick James, bitch!”
Wit’cha Hollywood stories, on porches
We prolly heard stories about who became rich
And whatever light they hit, we wanna hit the same switch
You didn’t know where to aim it, you still remain bitch
Yeah, I know I ran late with the Houston SeeSawS. What can I say?
Check out the calendars for upcoming events. Roy McMakin is extended through 19th and testsite is back!
You’ve probably already read it, but I’ma link to it anyway. Capital A on Glasstire has announced a call to arms. Why? Because, “We’re dangerously close to being a boring town again!”
[damn, Zimmerman beat me to a response.]
Me? I’m more of a pessimist and will say we are already boring. I had three conversations this year where it hit me. I called something “too safe” and the response was “hell yeah this town is too safe and predictable!” When asked about Austin’s energy, I’ll agree there was an explosion of growth but now its felt like we plateaued. Then I admitted the scene felt like it was shrinking.
I don’t want to be the harbinger of malcontent, but here’s what I sees;
- Jana Swec & Shea Little i.e. Big Medium @ WTW
- Sodalitas i.e. Big Medium @ CRL
- Okay Mountain @ CRL
- former directors of Else Madsen @ Big Medium
- Big Medium tenants @ Else Madsen
- Pump Project members @ Art Alliance Austin
- Austin Figurative Gallery directors @ Davis Gallery
Now, we can say that this is proof that our artists are working hard and have the standards not to show in the venue they run. Certainly. But then, where did the discussions go? The two or three years before the Blanton opened, I could read lively banter on the Glasstire forums. Now? None at all. If we’re not talking, then we are not sharing information. The Art I’m looking for is an intellectual endeavor so there needs to be intellectual stimulation to feed that. Discourse.
Please don’t try to ride someone else’s coattails or expect handouts, though. And let’s open up our borders. I’ve mentioned our one way relationship with San Antonio before. We need not be afraid of others coming into our city. Immigrah… I mean, artists are not trying to steal our jobs. They’ll bring with them different perspectives, energy, discussions and audiences.
Lozano called out Arthouse, so I’ll call out UT. Since the faculty show will become a triennial at the Blanton, and the VAC opening soon, maybe the CRL can open up to programming schedules like those found back east?
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.