Or should I say, thanks for having me back. I noticed you’ve been loitering around this place all week.
I’ve been in Austin long enough to notice that there are three types of Spring Breakers:
- Those that head off to South Padre (or elsewhere)
- Those that scour the city for SXSW events
- Those stuck at work trying to avoid downtown (and SXSW related traffic) at all costs
Since I never was one to run with the Alpha Betas, spring break does not equate to a beach trip (I watched suckas since 9th grade tell stories ’bout Padre). And ’cause I’m neither a music geek, tech nerd, nor a film dork I never had reason to spend my money trying to catch a glimpse of the celebrities (did I ever tell you I indirectly sold my art to Sean Lennon?). So I try to chill. But like Scott says, “there’s art going on.” I couldn’t resist and went to some museums.
At the Blanton there is a nice little show that is about to close. Folded, Torn, Cut, Woven, and Pulled is a tight group of work. Went down to San Anto for the artist talks at Artpace. Powerful group of artists this round. Regina José Galindo’s work was gut-wrenching!
Cantanker is back up and running. But so is Odic Force Magazine. I don’t want to go countin’ chickens and all that, but they seem to have gotten something right and look like heavy-duty competition. Will they add the critical voice that Risa Puleo was looking for oh so long ago? I’m definitely holding out until they have a couple more issues under their belt to call that one.
I’m not trying to snub anyone. When choosing what to promote next in my new promotion box, I went with the festival with lesser marketing presence. Art City Austin has the marketing monster known as Wyattbrand behind it, so when I receive numerous announcement emails I can only assume people already know ’bout it.
Art Week Austin will be kicked off by Art Talk Austin. The schedule’s not posted yet, but I think I would like to listen in on the April 9th TOGS Ideas Competition Talk and the April 12th Art+Architecture.
By the by, they are welcoming volunteers for Art City Austin.
Speaking of volunteers, First Night Austin has some work to do. They are again looking for a director. Hopefully they’ll find one that understands that volunteers can only take you so far and the destruction of artwork is inexcusable. I mean, come on, a call for volunteers a week before New Year’s Eve is discouraging and hearing a story of how an ill-guarded piece was wantonly destroyed by the public just makes you wonder if artists will want to participate next time.
I’ll tell you ’bout what I sees.