Not Your Typical Thursday Night

The artGANG was lucky enough to get to host a table at the latest Thinkery 21 event: Transformations. The Thinkery, an innovative children's museum in Austin Texas, hosts quarterly events where they open up the museum to adults at night. The theme for this event, Transformations, allowed people to explore how art and science can lead to interesting and creative transformations.

The artMEAT table provided famous works of art for participants to transform using a variety of mediums. We would like to thank the Thinkery and everyone who put this event together! It was a wonderful experience and allowed us to engage with the Austin community in a fun and interactive setting. We look forward to working with them again in the future.

For those of you whom we met at the event, keep an eye out for the next artGLOSS issue. We will be featuring our favorite work from the night in the zine! Until next time!

CrEATively Yours,

K

Ready for something Transformational?

The artGANG has teamed up with the crew at the Thinkery museum in Austin, TX. We are running one of their exhibits for the upcoming Thinkery21 event: Transformations. The party starts at 7pm on Thursday, August 25th.

Remix Renoir, Picasso, Mondrian, Munch and more at the artMEAT table! We will have famous artworks all ready for you to make your own improvements and additions. Get ready to create your very own masterpiece!

The event will feature transformative tastings, performances, discussion, makeovers, and more. The evening explores transformations on a personal level and in the world around us. Eat, drink, mix, and mingle while enjoying innovative science, art, and special activities at this adults-only (21 and up), after-hours event. So what are you waiting for? 

CrEATively Yours,

K

The Art of Humanity

There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. The artGANG is going to choose to ignore all of that and focus on what really matters, people. The Olympics are a celebration of so many wonderful qualities of humanity. We can show strength, ingenuity, courage, dedication, creativity, and love. We can come together as the people of this wonderful planet to celebrate each other's victories and pull each other up through our downfalls.

Shout out to the incredible photographers who captured these amazing moments from this year's games.

Image Credit: Reuters

Image Credit: Reuters

The Olympic games got started with a cultural explosion at their Opening Ceremony. It was a celebration of Brazilian dancing, fashion, and artistry.

Image Credit: Dylan Martinez

Image Credit: Dylan Martinez

In an amazing show of how the Olympics can bring us all together, two gymnasts, one from South Korea and one from North Korea got together and took a selfie. We are all the same no matter what side of the line we were born upon.

Image Credit: Lee Jin-man/AP

Image Credit: Lee Jin-man/AP

In an incredible feat of strength, Katie Ledecky, has won 4 gold medals and 1 silver medal as of Friday night. She has set world records and won one race by 4 whole seconds. She is incredible.

Image Credit: Reuters

Image Credit: Reuters

This picture perfectly captures how we are all the same. We are not defined by our race, gender, sexuality, or religion. We can celebrate all of our differences and still play together. All cultures can be respected and commemorated.

Image Credit: NBC Sports

Image Credit: NBC Sports

Michael Phelps broke a record Thursday night that has stood for 2,160 years. I am not sure what is more impressive. The fact that humans have kept records dating back over 2,000 years or the fact that this man just broke that record. He has officially won more Olympic titles than Leonidas of Rhodes who competed in Ancient Greece. This event highlights the human spirit to always strive to be better, no matter what.

Image Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Image Credit: Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Simone Biles is an athlete. She is an artist. She is a champion. This young woman is so strong and dedicated. She exemplifies all that is beautiful and powerful in the human form.

Despite all of the negatives and controversies, it is still a beautiful thing to see humans the world over put aside their differences and join together on the field. Hopefully as our world becomes more globalized, we will see that we are all really the same and join together in peace.

CrEATively Yours,

K

Call to Action

artMEAT is based out of the wonderfully creative city of Austin, TX. One of the reasons why we wanted to start this group in Austin is because of the wealth of talented artists we have come to meet in this cultural haven. Part of the charm of Austin's cultural scene is the variety of performance spaces. People do shows in old warehouses, stores, and office spaces. This has allowed many companies do shows with a lower budget or not charge as much for their tickets. Due to the expansion of this great city and the rising cost of living, many of these wonderful houses are facing pressures to close. Earlier this year, the Salvage Vanguard Theater on the east side of Austin had to close their doors.

Salvage Vanguard Theater

Salvage Vanguard Theater

In an effort to save as many of these spaces as possible, new groups are forming. The Austin Creative Alliance, the fiscal sponsor for artMEAT, is creating a new organization with the sole mission of saving creative spaces on the east side of Austin. More details about this group will be provided soon.

The Off Center

The Off Center

For those of you who are upset by these closures, we would like to submit a call to action. The Off Center is hosting the Arts Commission for the City of Austin at their space tomorrow night. They are asking local artists and artistic supporters to attend their event on Tuesday, August 2nd from 6-8:30pm at the Off Center. Time will be allotted to have everyone have their voices heard. Even if you do not have anything to add to the conversation, there is strength in numbers. It will be nice for the City of Austin to see how many locals are concerned about this issue. We are so grateful to the Off Center for letting us host two play readings in their space. Please contact us with any questions.

With some hard work and luck, the artistic community in Austin can work together to keep this city weird. Thank you for your support!

CrEATively Yours,

K

Find Your Beach

How many of you have a vacation countdown clock providing a daily reminder of just how many days until you get to break away from that desk? Is your screensaver some tropical locale? Have you mapped out the road trip of a lifetime? Summer is about relaxing and getting out of the house. Whether your summer involves travel to foreign lands or soaking up some sun in your own backyard, there is only one thing to remember, Enjoy It! 

Artist: Andre Amador, Location: San Francisco

Artist: Andre Amador, Location: San Francisco

Listen to some music.

Artist: Andre Amador, Location: San Francisco

Artist: Andre Amador, Location: San Francisco

Read a book.

Artist: Andre Amador, Location: San Francisco

Artist: Andre Amador, Location: San Francisco

Laugh with friends.

Enjoy the world around you.

Because we all must remember.............................Winter is Coming.

CrEATively Yours,

K

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andres_Amador

Art on the Go

A phenomenon has been sweeping the Nation and it is causing people to actually go outside of their homes and explore their neighborhoods. This trend goes by the name of Pokémon Go. As you are out on your block trying to catch the elusive Pikachu, take in your surroundings. You may just find some Art on the Go.

Take a look around in between poke stops. You may be amazed by the beautiful creations celebrating you local town or city. Be sure to keep an eye out. You gotta catch'em all! 

CrEATively Yours,

K

The Art of Protest

Photography is an art form we have often celebrated in this blog. Like many mediums it is mainly perfected by timing. The photographer must capture the moment in exactly the right way. These moments are often impossible to recreate. It is amazing when the perfect combination of composition and subject matter come together to create something that will capture the public's imagination. This week Jonathan Bachman from Reuters took a photograph of a woman at an anti-police brutality demonstration. The photograph was so moving, it quickly spread over social media.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Bachman, Reuters

Photo Credit: Jonathan Bachman, Reuters

The identity of the young woman is unknown. During a time of much sorrow, this picture shows how we can stand strong without the use of force. Photographs of nonviolent resistance movements have grown to be icons of different protest eras.

During the Vietnam War, Jan Rose Kasmir attended an anti-war march at the Pentagon when she stopped to share a flower with the National Guard. This photograph went on to be an iconic image of that era.

One of the most important images ever captured is the one of Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat on a bus in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955. This nonviolent protest led Rosa Parks to become an inspirational figure in the Civil Rights Movement. Following her arrest, African-Americans boycotted public transportation for 381 days. This led the Supreme Court to desegregate public transportation in 1956.

Capturing these kinds of moments can affect real change in our society. It is important to stop and take notice of these important historical moments. 

CrEATively Yours,

K

 

Creative Patriotism

As we take this time to celebrate the foundation of our Nation, we look at the creative ways Americans have showed their patriotism.

The ultimate icon of America is definitely the stars and stripes. Here is the American Flag made out of inventive materials.

Baseball Bats

Photo Credit: Homerunputter

Photo Credit: Homerunputter

Crushed Cars

Photo Credit: CNN - The Blaze

Photo Credit: CNN - The Blaze

Toy Soldiers

Photo Credit: Jacob Feazel, Miami County, Indiana, 12th grade student at Maconaquah High School

Photo Credit: Jacob Feazel, Miami County, Indiana, 12th grade student at Maconaquah High School

Putting the American Flag on Clothing is also a popular choice.

Katy Perry - Flag Dress

Photo Credit: Barcroft Media

Photo Credit: Barcroft Media

Frat Boy - Star Spangled Suit

Photo Credit: Shinesty

Photo Credit: Shinesty

Finally, our very own artMEAT contributor, Danielle Green, created this amazing American Flag with makeup!

Photo Credit: Danielle Green

Photo Credit: Danielle Green

She is such a creative genius! Happy 4th of July!

CrEATively Yours,

K

 

Defining Works of Art

This week, Slate, ran a piece entitled, "Angels in America: The Complete Oral History." In the article authors, Isaac Butler and Dan Kois, piece together stories they collected during 50 interviews with those involved in the writing, producing, directing, acting, and reviewing parts of this show. The article spans the history of the production starting in 1981 when Tony Kushner got the idea to do a show shining a light on the AIDS epidemic that was crippling the Nation. It is wonderful to see a long-form article be so thorough and engaging.

Chapter photo illustrations: Lisa Larson-Walker. 1. Tony Kushner. (Schwartz/Thompson) - Slate

Chapter photo illustrations: Lisa Larson-Walker. 1. Tony Kushner. (Schwartz/Thompson) - Slate

Butler and Kois provide a detailed and engaging account of where all of the key players started, how they met, and how they became involved in the project. They then lead us through Kushner's process and the hurdles the team had to overcome to get to the first production. The turning point in the whole process turns out to be when they were first reviewed by Frank Rich in the New York Times. They were very nervous about the review because the show was quite raw in the beginning and at this point, Kushner had not even started the second half of the production. A testament to what a solid review can to do a show, the wonderful review from Frank Rich threw a lot of excitement and power behind the show. This compelled them to launch productions in San Francisco, LA, NYC, and London.

Frank Rich reveals how moved he was by the show even so early in it's inception. At the time Broadway had become a rather seedy part of NYC and there were not very many long running shows. Many were bored with the scene because it did not seem relevant to their everyday lives. The producers of Angels in America were very brave to back a show about a controversial topic like the AIDS epidemic, but it paid off because it resonated so strongly with the audience. During the interviews, several people draw comparisons between Angels in America and Hamilton. While Angels in America was set in present day and dealt with surviving a disease many in the audience had been personally effected by, Hamilton takes us back to the founding of our country. The similarity between the two pieces is the relevance to their audience. Hamilton uses casts that look like Americans today and they tell their stories through modern mediums. If you meet the audience where they are and produce quality work, you have the makings for a hit. 25 years ago, Angels in America shook up the Broadway scene in a way similar to the way Hamilton is currently running.

While it is hard to imagine that there are many individuals as talented as Tony Kushner or Lin-Manuel Miranda, it is important to remember how taking these kinds of risks can pay off in artistic works. Pushing the envelope, shaking up a story to put it in a new context, or bucking the supposed trends of the day can have major pay-offs. They can be groundbreaking and dare I say, revolutionary.

CrEATively Yours,

K

http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/cover_story/2016/06/oral_history_of_tony_kushner_s_play_angels_in_america.html

To Do List

Have you taken some great photographs? Written an amazing short story? Drawn a beautiful picture? Have you submitted to artMEAT yet?

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Wednesday, June 22nd but don't delay, submit today!

CrEATively Yours,

K

Clean Like A Goddess

As spring turns into summer, I bet a lot of you are wishing you had focused on spring cleaning a bit more. As many artists know, motivation can sometimes ebb and flow. When it starts to get nice and sunny outside, that project you have been wanting to finish can continually be placed on the backburner. Lucky for you, Clean Like A Goddess is a new initiative started by an artMEAT contributor that wants to increase your focus on yourself and your work by harnessing the power of cleaning.

By removing the clutter from our lives and working on a clean home environment, your inner artist can emerge refreshed and motivated. Clean Like A Goddess is offering a pilot workshop on July 23rd from 12 - 2:30pm at the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center.

This workshop will include an intimate collective of women gathering to discuss holistic cleaning, over light refreshments. Attendees will learn to create all natural, homemade cleaning products, as well as how to follow a simple 4-Step Cleansing Program to create space to allow our desires to flow with grace and ease. They are requesting that you RSVP for this event.

To learn more about Clean Like A Goddess follow them on social media for information on upcoming events.

Facebook: Clean Like A Goddess
Instagram: @cleanlikeagoddess
Email: Cleanlikeag@gmail.com

Once you have attended this event and found your motivation to complete your new work, do not forget to share! artMEAT will be accepting submissions to our next issue until June 15th.

Until next time Gods & Goddesses!

CrEATively Yours,

K

In Memoriam

As we honor those who have lost their lives serving in the Armed Forces this Memorial Day, we thought we would take a moment to celebrate modern memorials and those who created them.


Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Maya Lin, Washington, D.C., U.S. 1982

Many consider American architect, Maya Lin's Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall one of the first post-modern war monuments. It is one of the most highly praised monuments to have ever been created. The wall is made of reflective granite with the names of the over 58,000 Americans to die in the Vietnam War engraved on the surface.


Vanished Berlin Wall by Eunsook Lee, Berlin, Germany 2007

Artist Eunsook Lee took the familiar look of the Berlin Wall and created an installation displaying the names of 5,000 Korean family members who have been separated since the Korean War. This creates a memorial that is both eye-catching and powerful.


Spectra by Ryoji Ikeda, London, U.K. 2014

14-18 NOW created a large-scale initiative called Lights Out. During this campaign they asked people to turn off their lights for a specific hour on August 4th. This was the date the U.K. declared war on Germany. The British Foreign Secretary at the time, Sir Edward Grey famously said, "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime."

During this hour, there were five large-scale art installations placed around the U.K. This included Spectra by Japanese artist, Ryoji Ikeda. His installation consisted of a column of light being projected into the night sky.  


Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red by Paul Cummins and Tom Piper, London, U.K. 2014

The poppy has been the symbol for fallen soldiers in the U.K. for quite some time. Since this exhibit at the Tower of London debuted on August 5th, four million people have visited the WWI memorial installation. The exhibit was created by ceramics artist, Paul Cummins, and set designer, Tom Piper. They created a flower for every British serviceperson who died during WWI. This amounted to 888,246 flowers.

This large and creative installation differs from many of the traditional statuesque monuments typically displayed. It was commented that this contemporary exhibit expresses collective grief but also conveys hope for the possibility of peace in the future.  


Above and Beyond by Rick Steinbock, Ned Broderick, Joe Fornelli, and Mike Helbing, National Veterans Museum, Chicago, IL, U.S. 2001

This exhibit is made up of individual dog tags for each American soldier killed during the Vietnam War. This made up enough tags to fill 400 square feet of space. It was mentioned how the scale of the installation lends it an industrial strength.


These impressive artworks provide a place for people to mourn those they have lost, celebrate past histories, and consider the decisions we make in the future. Art could be considered the antithesis of war. It is the celebration of the human spirit where war is the darkest part of humanity. It is healing and helpful to be able to use this tool to understand the loss caused by war and help us move forward as a global society.

CrEATively Yours,

K

Celebrating Pranksy

Imagine you are a 17 year old kid strolling through the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. You see some very impressive works and this inspires you to create a piece of your very own. So, you take off your fake glasses and you proudly display them on the ground for all to enjoy. What happens next? People actually start to gather around the fake display and analyze it's meaning.

This is the story of young art enthusiast, TJ Khayatan. He and his friends had a great time taking photos of those who fell for his prank.[1] While some may see this prank as one making fun of pretentious art patrons, it can be interpreted another way. Searching for beauty in small places can make every day of your life an adventure. I am sure the designer of those specks appreciates the attention they received. There is always something new to discover and we should all remember to have some fun along the way.

This should also be a reminder to all artists to not take yourself too seriously and be BOLD. There is bound to be an audience for anything you can dream to create. While we are on the subject, remember to submit your bold, new avant garde creation to our artGLOSS Issue 1.2 - OTHER. You know we will eat it right up!

Have fun!

CrEATively Yours,

K

[1] http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/25/prankster-puts-glasses-on-gallery-floor---and-visitors-mistake-t/

Exploring the OTHER

What time is it? It's your time! Your time to submit that lovely matchbook artwork, the song you wrote for your frog, or the sculpture you made out of ice cream. artMEAT is accepting submissions for our next artGLOSS issue 1.2! The theme for the next issue will be OTHER. Do you have some work that is not in the mainstream? Does it explore an issue that never gets a lot of attention? Is it celebrating some beauty that we don't often see in every day pop culture? We are open to any and all ideas that say OTHER to you! 

We will be accepting submissions until June 15th. The pieces you submit can be new works or they can be something you have had hidden under your mattress since middle school. We want to see it all. To submit, please click on the button below. If you have any questions or concerns, please email us at thisisartmeat@gmail.com. We cannot wait to see your creations!

Sunday Funday

Yesterday, May 15th, we held the final Riveting Women symposium with a reading of "Keely & Du" by Jane Martin. Our amazing cast brought the captivating story to life. The reading was followed by a lively discussion led by Teresa Roberson, a producer of the Austin Writers Roulette group. The audience was thoughtful, energetic, and so engaging. It was a perfect Sunday afternoon.

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We are so touched by the response to our first series of artGRASP courses. We got to meet so many great people that make up this lovely Austin community. We would like to thank Maydee Distefano for letting us use Dozen Street and for participating in our first reading. A huge thank you to all of the wonderful local talent who performed in the readings. Thank you to Thomas Graves for allowing us to set up in the Off Shoot at the Off Center. Special thank you to Teresa Roberson for leading the discussion of the final reading. Finally, we would like to say thank you to everyone who attended the readings. You all inspire us and we are so excited to make art together!

Stay tuned for upcoming artGATHERs and artGRASPs! We will be announcing the theme for our next artGLOSS soon. If you have any ideas for events you would like to throw, things you would like to learn about, or art you would like to create, please email thisisartmeat@gmail.com. See you all soon!

CrEATively Yours,

K

Riveting Women #2 - Mission Accomplished

The time, 7pm, the place, the Off Shoot at the Off Center, it is here we found our rag tag group of amazing local talent gathered on a blustery Mother's Day evening to do a reading of Laura Schellhardt's "Auctioning the Ainsleys." Each actor brought life to the wacky bunch of characters in this delightful play about a family that runs an Auction house. What followed was a journey through the traumatic experiences of the Ainsley's childhood as they find a way to move forward with their lives. This reading was part two of the three part Riveting Women symposium. Each play focuses on stories with strong female characters.

Next Sunday, May 15th from 1-4pm we will conclude this symposium with a reading of "Keely & Du" by Jane Martin. The reading will also take place at the Off Shoot at the Off Center. "Keely & Du" is a gripping story that will keep you on the edge of your seat. We hope to see you there!

CrEATively Yours,

K

Say Hi to Your Mother For Me

This past Sunday, May 1st, we did a reading of "Rapture, Blister, Burn" at Dozen Street bar. Our talented band of actors lit up the stage and the reading was followed by an enthusiastic and engaging conversation about the piece. Pictures from our fabulous photographer, Brittany Mills, captured the spirit of the event.  

We are so excited to follow up this fantastic event with a reading of "Auctioning the Ainsleys" this Sunday, May 8th at the Off Shoot at the Off Center. "Auctioning the Ainsleys," by Laura Schellhardt, tells the story of a family who runs an Auction House finally facing their sorted past and maybe even putting a price tag on it. We have lined up some of Austin's finest actors for this event so you do not want to miss out. All Moms will drink for free so be sure to bring your very own matriarch along for the ride. See you there!

CrEATively Yours,

K

artGRASP Riveting Women Series - #1

We all know what is happening tomorrow.....

It is also the launch of the very first artGRASP series, Riveting Women! This series will feature play readings focused on stories with strong female characters. Each play reading will be followed by a discussion of the work. The first play we are reading is Gina Gionfriddo's piece, "Rapture, Blister, Burn." The play is a study of gender politics by focusing on the journey of two women. Catherine has pursued a career as an academic while Gwen has started a family with her husband. Each women feels unfulfilled for different reasons and attempts to see what it is like in the other woman's shoes. The story that follows is engaging and very funny.

So come join us at Dozen Street Bar tomorrow, May 1st from 7-10pm! There will be drinks, laughter, and thoughtful discussion. A perfect way to spend a Sunday evening!

CrEATively Yours,

K

 

 

SOUNDSCAPE

Did you come enjoy a beautiful day outside in East Austin this weekend at the artGATHER SOUNDSCAPE event? If not, then you missed out. artMEAT gathered four extremely talented music acts, a rag tag group of Austinites, and some artists hawking their wares to form this glorious event. Guests enjoyed some smooth stylings to go along with their brunch at Cherrywood Coffeehouse and then rocked out in the afternoon while enjoying several pomegranate ciders. There were dogs, kids, and the rarest thing of all - musicians out in the daylight.

The event was emceed by the amazingly talented Amber Quick & Miles Chick.

The event was emceed by the amazingly talented Amber Quick & Miles Chick.

The event marked the launch of the artGLOSS issue #1.1 "Never Have I Ever Issue." This zine features mixed media visual and literary works from people across the country and Canada.

We would like to thank all of the artists who shared their incredible talents with us. We were graced with the presence of Jefferson Lam, Dova, Sass & the Couchmen, and Goodnight Ghost.

For a full gallery of photos, please click the button below. Want to make sure you don't miss any upcoming artMEAT creative happenings around town? Sign up for our mailing list. Come hang with the artGANG!

CrEATively Yours,

K