Submission for “Aloha Sametan!” Exhibit with Pangea Seed, POW!WOW!, and CometDebris

Recently I was contacted by Tre Packard of Pangea Seed who invited me to take part in a group show. Each artist is mailed a toy blank of their character/mascot Sametan to customize.
Here is my submission, “Findiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Shark” which will be on display Feb. 4-18, 2014, at POW!WOW! HQ in Honolulu, Hawaii. The custom vinyl toys will be for sale on the Pangea Seed site.

 

Steve Zissou Puppet

Spoke Art is having its annual exhibit, entitled “Bad Dads”, it features artwork inspired by the films of Wes Anderson. They were nice enough to invite me to take part again this year. The show opened yesterday, Friday, November 1st, and is on display until Nov. 23rd.

Seeing that for the last Bad Dads show I made Royal Tennenbaums marionettes, I decided to stay in a similar vein and created a Steve Zissou ‘muppet’ style polyfoam hand and rod puppet.

He took a few months to make, that was when I wasn’t working the ol’ day job or interning for Trouble Puppet Theater for their show “The Head.” I’m really pleased with how he came out, especially since he’s only the second hand and rod puppet I’ve ever made. The first one being the Kenneth the Spider puppet I made 3 years ago for the Youtube web series “Seth Martin and Friends.”

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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.

“Bad Dads II” Exhibit/ San Fran Trip Recap

Clint Wilson and I went to San Francisco to attend the “Bad Dads II Exhibit”, which is the Wes Anderson themed art show put on by Spoke Art.

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Spoke Art had a double opening on Saturday and Sunday of Halloween weekend at their location on Sutter Street. Wes Anderson related costumes were encouraged (and rewarded with a free poster), but not mandatory. The gallery was floor to ceiling artwork with a constant flow of people coming in and out wearing various costumes-Wes Anderson themed and otherwise. There were adorable Fantastic Mr. Foxes, poorly and well done Margots aplenty, a couple dressed as characters from Darjeeling Limited, and even a guy dressed as the yellow submarine from The Life Aquatic.

As you can see from the pictures, a large portion of the artwork was two-dimensional, about three others and myself were the only ones doing three-dimensional work. My favorite three-dimensional piece is the wearable pair of Team Zissou shoes from the Life Aquatic. Those are some sweet kicks. Some of the featured artists in the show: Tim Doyle, Kevin Tong, Rhys Cooper, Audrey Pongracz, Isaac Bidwell, Sandi Calistro, Dave MacDowell, Rich Pellegrino,  and Joshua Budich, who designed the flyer for the show.

While we were in San Francisco Clint and I got to go to Japantown (which was basically a giant Sanrio store), Little China, the De Young Museum, the Asian Art Museum (soo many Buddhas!), and the Golden Gate Bridge. We wanted to check out Muir Woods A.K.A. Ewok Village, but we ran out of time. We had dinner a with the curators Ken and Sarah, and artists Gene Guynn and Ashleigh Tucker. One evening we ate at an underground sushi place that kept playing hits by M.J. and another we went to a great bar/restaurant called Jasper’s, which is well known for its awesome service, french fries, and a burger that made me want to weep it was soo good.

The hostel we stayed at was in the heart of Little Saigon, between Japantown and Little China. It was very nice, they had an computer room equipped with Skypeing capabilities, a theater, a kitchen with free breakfast, a room to lock up bikes, and they organized evening group activities…there may have also been a bowling alley there for all I know. It was quite clean and well organized, the Greenbriar of hostels, if you will, minus all the brocade and clashing furniture and curtains.

The only downside was, we stayed at a hostel during Halloween weekend, I got zero sleep. Every night the tenants of the hostel were drunkenly yelling/singing?/chanting monosyllabically- alcohol apparently is the Rosetta Stone people. Every night was like a new rendition of “We Are the World” and no one knew the words or the same language. So that might explain my somewhat exasperated appearance in the group photo. Zero-three hours of sleep a night and walking up and downhill eight hours a day…I was a tired creature at the end, still had a blast though.

Between work and two marionettes to finish for the show, I didn’t have enough time to finish my costume, nor was there room in my suitcase to bring one. It was my first Halloween with no costume! I felt soo adult, and most of you are thinking, “Well Hell’s bells Tessa just buy a pair of fox ears or pop on a red beanie”, but I couldn’t bring myself to have a slapped together costume.

Overall my experience in San Francisco was great! We saw fantastic artwork and made new friends. Before I left Austin everyone told me that I wouldn’t want to come back, but I had to, the rent was too high.

Click below to check out the photography of Shaun Roberts: http://www.shaunroberts.net/project/artist-portraits/

E.A.S.T. (East Austin Studio Tour) at D & J Blueline

This is the first year that my new place of employment, D & J Blueline, is going to be a venue/event in the East Austin Studio Tour! This is my third year being a part of E.A.S.T., I’d taken part in E.A.S.T. 2009 and 2010. For those of you who do not know, D & J Blueline is a print shop on 1000 E. 7th St.,  Austin, TX, that specializes in printing bluelines and blacklines for architects, vellums for silkscreen artists, and high quality reproduction giclee’ prints for artists. We will feature several artists selling their work; Pat Taylor, Chris Chappell, Darren Minke, Teresa Avini, Rebecca Byrd Bretz, L. Marie Rockey, Clint Wilson, Jonathan Hubbell, and myself. Henry Gonzales from the South Austin Popular Culture Center will be hanging out telling his crazy stories (dude was there when Stevie Ray Vaughan died) and working on a mural he’s been doing for us. Chris Chappell and a friend of his will be setting up easels out front and painting live.

For those of you unfamiliar with E.A.S.T., here is a link to their site: http://www.eastaustinstudiotour.com/

We are going to be site E12 and our ad in the catalog is on page 357. They used one of my prints for the picture for our site! huzzah! I’m published. Its my print with the snail, entitled “Nomadic Intent” (Crispin Glover owns an original print of it!).

E.A.S.T. has gotten huge here in Austin, when it first started it only had 35 artist studios and now it includes well over 200 artists and 150 studios and galleries.

We will be showcasing artwork and doing demonstrations the weekends of Nov. 12th and Nov. 19th. Our address again is 1000 East 7th Street, Austin, TX. We will be open 11am-6pm both weekends.  We hope to see you there!

“Quentin vs Coen” Traveling Exhibit Recap

The art show tribute to the films of the Coen Bros. and Quentin Tarantino opening premiere at Bold Hype Gallery in New York City had a line going down the stairs and around the block with people waiting for an hour and a half to get inside. After the NY premiere, the show traveled  to San Francisco, displaying at Spoke Art Gallery and then wrapping up in early October at the Beyond Eden Art Fair in Los Angeles where they showcased artwork by prominent contemporary artists. I submitted two soft sculpture/fabric art pieces that were representations of weapons from the films of these directors. The idea was taking a deadly and otherwise frightening object and fabricating it out of materials normally associated with pleasant, tactile experiences.

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The captive bolt stunner device from “No Country For Old Men”, that’s the apparatus Anton Chigurh carries around with him busting locks and skulls (it is supposed to be used for euthanizing livestock), inspired me to create the piece entitled “Sweet Deal” which is presented in a point-of-sale experience. Its made out of felt and cotton jersey material. The other soft sculpture entitled “The Half-Breed”, is a soft sculpture replica of Gogo Yubari’s weighted chain weapon from “Kill Bill”. After doing some homework on ancient Japanese and Chinese weaponry, it appears that the weapon Tarantino crafted for Gogo was a combination of the kusari-fundo weapon (think longer nun chuks) of Japan and the meteor hammer (resembling a mace on a chain) from China. This soft sculpture was displayed as if in the armory section of a history museum complete with informative plaque. This piece was created using crochet, knitting, wet felting, and sewing techniques. This show got wondrous press through several magazines, newpapers, and well over 80 websites/blogs. I have a couple links in the “Press” section of my site if you want to read up more about this show. I heard from the curator that the Coen Bros. made an appearance and Frances McDormand pointed out my piece “Sweet Deal” to them, and they loved it! I don’t think Quentin Tarantino made it to the show… I heard something about his lawyers checking us out though.