Arch Nemesis Show

Hero Complex Gallery is curating an art show called “Arch Nemesis”, an art show themed around arch villains. The opening for the show is Friday May 24, 2013. I got wind of this event and immediately started on some fabric art pieces focusing on Marvel villains. I did Magneto’s helmet out of yarn using weaving techniques, Dr. Doom’s mask out of felt and fleece using a technique in the paper craft world known as quilling, and finally made an elaborate mask based on the Green Goblin. They all varied in difficulty of construction and the amount of time to finish.

I learned to read at the age of three with your standard children’s books, but also with  my older brothers comics, well, at least the one’s he’d let me get my greasy little mitts on. I grew up flipping through Omega Men, Billy Bayou, Toxic Avenger, Conan, The What If Series, X-Men, X-Factor, X-Statix, Spiderman, Superman, and Batman. Comic books and graphic novels are my jams. My favorite of the sequential arts.

Anywhos, here are the pieces I made for the show!

First off is the piece entitled “Dr. Loom”.

Next is “Magnus Bis Tincto”, which basically translates to “Yarn Magneto.”

And then we have the Green Goblin called “Green Feltin'” :

Glow in the Dark Show

From April 12, to May 1, 2013, Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, New York, is curating an exhibit called “When the Lights Go Out.” It is a glow in the dark themed art show where the gallery will be illuminated by black lights! Super fun! Bottleneck is ran by Joseph Bouganim and if you are in the Brooklyn area around then, you should go check out the show and tell him I say hi!

Recently, I experimented with some glow in the dark glass frit, so when I heard about this exhibit I jumped on the chance to use it some more! Here are pictures of my fused glass triptych entitled “Trichromatic Triptych” in natural light, under blacklight, and under no lighting conditions.

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(Note: I accidently flipped the blue and yellow tiles in the natural lighting one. The blue one is in the middle in the other photos. So the blue tile is the one that glows the most.) This fused glass triptych will be fore sale at the gallery, the whole set is $650.00, or $250.00/ea. Each tile is approximately 6″X14.” Displaying them all together takes up about 20″X14″ of space, that is including an inch spacing in between each one.

Here is the flyer for the show:

"When the Lights Go Out" flyer

“When the Lights Go Out” flyer

Here’s the gallery’s page on the event: http://www.bottleneckgallery.com/blogs/news/7597397-when-the-lights-go-out-opening-reception-april-12th-7pm

“Weapon of Choice” Show

"The Half-Breed" March 2011. Some of you guys might remember this piece!

It was in the “Quentin VS Coen” Exhibit that toured New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles in 2011. I made this piece of fiber art based on Gogo Yubari’s ball and chain weapon in Kill Bill using a combination of knitting, sewing, wet felting, and crochet. It’s going to be in another show coming up January 11-13, 2013 in L.A. at Design Matters. The show is called “Weapon of Choice”, and is themed around weapons in pop culture. If you happen to be in L.A. in January, check out the show!

Click here for the Facebook event. You can also check out the gallery’s site with list of exhibitions here.

“Posters Rock” Art Exhibit in Rome

So the time-lapse video of Clint and I collaborating on the Coldplay poster is going to be projected at the “Posters Rock” art exhibit in Rome, Italy on October 13, 2012. Exciting times! Wish I could go, but I didn’t know it got into the show until quite recently, and airplane tickets are a bit on the side of pricey. I’ll just have to hope that people attending take oodles of pictures!

“House of Architecture”. Architect’s Guild HQ.

What is really nice is the building the show is taking place in is the Headquarters for the Architect’s Guild, previously known as the Roman Aquarium, pictured above.

For those of you who speak/read Italian here is the show’s Facebook page. Click here for a sweet process video of Fabio making the poster for the “Posters Rock” Show.

Here’s the poster for the show:

Born to Folk Art

The title of this piece is “Born to Folk Art” and is composed of two marionettes. This piece is for a show in Brooklyn, New York at Bottleneck Gallery. The name of the exhibit is “More than You Imagined: Art Inspired by Premium Cable TV”.

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From start to finish it took me about two and a half months to make these little guys. With this set of marionettes I tried to design them to be more “theatre ready” as opposed to just simple “art puppets.” And by “theatre ready”, I mean that they have a better range of movement and articulation than previous designs.

If you are in New York in mid-late September, stop by Bottleneck Gallery and check out the show.

Strange Kid Comix Magazine Vol. 3

Along with writing articles for StrangeKidsClub.com, I’m putting a piece in their comic book the Strange Kid Comix Magazine Vol. 3. More details on this comic book’s much anticipated release to come. For now, here’s the piece I created for this upcoming volume of 80’s themed nostalgia madness.

Strange Kid Comix Vol. 3 Piece. Tessa Morrison. 2012.

Click here to see images from Strange Kid Comix Vol. 2! Volume 2 included the works of  David Hartman (who also did the cover), Glen Brogan, and many other talented artists. Hopefully with the release of the third volume there will be enough interest/money to do reprints of the first two and you can get your nerdy mitts on these rare comics.

Iron Fuser 3 Submission

This is my second year taking part in the Iron Fuser Competition at Helios Kiln Glass Studio in Austin, Texas. For the past three years Helios has put this annual juried glass art competition together which has had entrants from all around the United States. The title “Iron Fuser” is a spoof on Iron Chef, seeing that we “cook” glass and are given main ingredients that must be used in creating a piece of art. This year the special ingredients were a sheet of neo-lavender tint, a sheet of custom blue streaky, 6″ of copper wire, and the coolest ingredient of all, glow in the dark frit!

“Aoi Yuki”. 2012. Thanks to Helios for the professional photos.

Here are the pictures of the piece I entered, one in normal lighting and one with the lights turned off! You can go in to Helios Kiln Glass Studio and vote for your favorite piece, the winners will be announced on Friday, June 22nd. Voting ends Friday at 7:00 p.m.!

“Aoi Yuki”. 2012. Thanks to Helios for the professional photos.

New Studio Space!

My jewelry design project, REfused Designs Studios, has a new home! Here is a picture of the set-up at the new studio space off of Northloop. Its about 400 square feet, wood floors, and one wall is covered in a mirror. The space was used previously as a dance studio where they taught bellydance, pilates, and yoga. I’m sharing the space with painter Pat Taylor. We might be in the West Austin Studio Tour this year. From what I hear it’s the Spring version of the East Austin Studio Tour and it basically encompasses the rest of Austin. I’ll probably use the space for larger fabric sculpture, puppet making, and perhaps some filming. I’ve had an idea for a film project that I really want to do.

Leah Edwards Album Cover

Taking a break from the fused glass posts, friend and musician, Leah Edwards has commissioned me to design her album cover. Originally from Texas, I met her in Austin while we were both interns for the Downtown Austin Alliance, doing P.R. and street teaming for their 4th season of PBS/KLRU TV show “DOWNTOWN”. We were thrown into a room together to bundle up thousands of postcards for promotions, and instantly hit it off. Now she resides in Nashville, Tennessee where she is attending grad school and pursuing her musical career.

Her music is best described as Folk/Americana. I did a couple of designs for her and this seems to be the one we are going forward with:

I designed a similar font, but she ended up going with one designed by another friend of hers. I need to get their name to give them credit. This design is based on a well-known Lewis Carroll illustration of Alice.

Here is a poster design I did for Leah a few years back for her to promote her shows:

I keep saying that Leah is going to be the next Regina Spektor. She is one of the most kind-hearted people I know and she puts her all into her music. I only have tons of love for this wondrous lady.

Check her out at: http://www.myspace.com/leahmarieedwards

I think there is a video of us singing in her car while running errands for our internship. Fun times…

Sundown T-shirt Design

Sundown is a Columbus-based, psych-folk-rock band that is comprised of my brother, Dustin White, T. K. Webb, Vug Arakas, and Chris Pierce. They will be in Austin for SXSW this year. Dusty asked me to draw up a design for their shirts. He gave me a few references and here’s what I came up with:

She’s 50% Farrah Fawcett, 25% Ralph Bakshi, 15% pin-up, and 10% Sailor Jerry tattoo.