TEXAS TOAST

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, November 2, 7-11pm

EXHIBITION DATES
November 2 – November 24, 2019 Extended through December 21, 2019

Co-Lab Projects @ Springdale General
1023 Springdale Road, Suite 1B
Austin, TX 78721

I’m excited to have work in this group show with some very talented people during East Austin Studio Tour 2019. Please consider buying art, a portion of sales go directly to Co-Lab. They are in the process of breaking ground on a major new self-owned art facility in East Austin and need community support.

food
noun, often attributive
\ ˈfüd \

Definition of food:

1 a : material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy
b : any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink or that plants absorb in order to maintain life and growth

A food-themed group exhibition featuring the work of Adrian Aguilera, Alexis Mabry, Alison Kuo, Amy Scofield, Anastasia Kirages, Andrea C Magnus, Annie May Johnston, Annie Miller, Ashee Brunson, Becca Estee, Beth Hoeckel, Brenda Armistead, Brydan McNeely, Cecilia Yakin, Cedric Ingram, Chad Hopper, Cheyenne Weaver, Diego Nava, Drew Liverman and Veronica Giavedoni, Edmond Heusner, Erica Lee, George Zupp, Glenn Twiggs, Greg Davis, Hattie Lindsley, Henry Smith, Iva Kinnaird, Jackson Sutton, Jacqueline Overby, Jozef Winemiller, Kate Hers Rhee, Lalena Fisher, Landon O’Brien, Matthew John Winters, Megan Hildebrandt, Meghan Shogan, Museum of Pocket Art Featuring Justin Favela, Niko Gouris, Olwyn Moxhay, Rachel Gibson, Rachelle Diaz, Rebeca Milton, Rebecca Marino, Robert Jackson Harrington, Ron Geibel, Ryan Davis, Sandy Carson, Stephanie Reid, Stephen Fishman, Susan LaMarca, Suzanne Wyss, Ted Carey, Tori Anne, Tsz Kam, Valerie Chaussonnet, and Zeke Brill.

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Springdale General.

Technorganic

New Work by Carlos Carrillo/Yevgenia Davidoff and Rachelle Diaz

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, September 27, 7-10pm

EXHIBITION DATES
September 27 – October 26, 2019*

ICOSA
916 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 2 Ste. 102
Austin, TX 78702

In Technorganic, the two-person creative team of CCYD Studio (Carlos Carrillo and Yevgenia Davidoff) and multidisciplinary artist Rachelle Diaz present an homage to infrastructure that exposes the vulnerability of built and natural environments while documenting the sweeping social changes of late-stage capitalism on a human scale. Through an immersive installation that utilizes assemblage, photography, and painting, the artists activate new relationships between everyday materials and recontextualize readymade elements.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Carlos Carrillo and Yevgenia Davidoff are a husband and wife visual art team. They met at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2001, founded CCYD Studio in Brooklyn in 2007, and relocated their studio to Austin in 2015. Their multidisciplinary works range from the traditional to the experimental.

Carlos Carrillo is best known for deconstructing everyday objects, exploring frameworks and reconstructing them using both planned and chanced additive and subtractive processes. He intertwines vintage technologies, ready-mades and obsolete objects to construct nature-inspired sculptures and power plant zones. Suitably so, his installations have been described as “feeling alive”. His works are also driven by the formal investigations of light, tension, contradictions, drawing in space and the atmospheric qualities of unlikely materials. To date, Carrillo’s body of work resonates with yesteryear-futuristic dreams and subtly suggests to the viewer the importance of logging off and tuning in.

Yevgenia Davidoff is interested in exploring the botanical world from physiognomic point of view. The investigation of aesthetic and poise became the focal point of her functional art collection launched in 2006. In parallel, she methodically explores the inner character and temperament of plants while analyzing relationships between the hand-drawn image and ready-made objects. Simultaneously Davidoff draws inspiration from Carrillo’s material choices. Their synergy of multi-perspective views is perfect for collaborative formal material experimentation.

Rachelle Diaz is a multidisciplinary artist living in Austin, Texas. She graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in Studio Art and a minor in Graphic Design from St. Edward’s University in 2002. Rachelle also studied printmaking and sculpture at SACI in Florence, Italy. Her work features a variety of subjects and varies stylistically from project to project, the common threads being femininity, nature, death, and humor. Evergreen, her current body of work (2016-present), is based on observations of the foodways, landscapes, and economy of far south Texas in the Lower Rio Grande Valley along the U.S. – Mexico border. These assemblages are an attempt to synthesize the ongoing societal and environmental change wrought by the national security industry through the minutiae of daily objects and natural ephemera found in this culturally significant region.

I was so busy last month, I forgot to post my own show on here! Thank you to the 1000 or so visitors who visited the gallery to experience Technorganic.

The Black Months II

About 10 years ago in 2010, I published a mix along the theme of this excerpt from A.S. Byatt’s novel Possession:

Today the storytelling beings. Everywhere in Brittany the storytelling begins at Toussaint, in the Black Month. It goes on through December, the Very Black Month, as far as the Christmas story.

The original Black Months mix consisted only of 60s/70s psych, rock, and folk; The Black Months II is much more eclectic but nonetheless consists of my usual melange of jazz, medieval, dark wave, tech house, Italo disco, library, new age, medieval, experimental, and of course psych and folk. To complete your autumn music experience, listen to my other mixes including Dancing In the Dark, Silk ‘n’ Sweater, and — should you want to continue the mood to the December holidays — The Dead of Christmas and There Will Be No Miracles Here. I bid you good darkness.

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  1. The Banshee – Henry Cowell [1925]
  2. Tamara – Adam Wysocki [1933]
  3. Naked When You Come – The Lollipops [1966]
  4. Behind The Moon – No Entry [1969]
  5. No Parking – Gold [1970]
  6. Untie Me – The Tams [1962]
  7. You’re Dead – Norma Tanega [1966]
  8. Astral Cowboy – Curt Boettcher [1969]
  9. Sad Are The Days – HIGH RISK [1974]
  10. Goodnight Jack – Saint Etienne [1998]
  11. So – Hareton Salvanini [1973]
  12. Flow my teares – John Dowland [1596]
  13. Hello Goodbye – Modern Art [1983]
  14. Starknight – Bob Salton [1982]
  15. Strange Day for Dancing – Moral Support [1984]
  16. Azure – Blaukoma [2018]
  17. Plateau – Motohiko Hamase [1986]
  18. She weepeth full sore – William Lawes [1648]

Main artwork: Mel Odom, cropped and modified by me
Tracklist artwork: C.H. Page and Son architectural rendering of the Wooten mausoleum at Oakwood Cemetery in Austin, Texas

Warmly Persuasive at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles

I have some work in an upcoming show at Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles, located in the venerable Bendix Building. It was such a pleasure meeting curator Andy Campbell in person for a studio visit, years after he selected one of my projects for The Destroyer magazine in 2012.

Warmly Persuasive: ICOSA in LA
September 7 – 29, 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday September 7, 7-10pm

Tiger Strikes Asteroid Los Angeles
Bendix Building
1206 Maple Avenue, 5th Floor, #523
Los Angeles, CA

Community can be the warmly persuasive word to describe an existing set of relationships, or the warmly persuasive word to describe an alternative set of relationships. What is most important, perhaps, is that unlike all other terms of social organization (state, nation, society, etc.) it seems never to be used unfavourably, and never to be given any positive opposing or distinguishing term.

Raymond Williams, Keywords: A Vocabulary of Culture and Society

Identifying community as the warmly persuasive term for being in relation to one another, the English theorist Raymond Williams rightly put his finger on community’s promise and its most common deception. Anyone who has been part of an intentional community, a collective, a consciousness raising group, a support network, or any other such organization knows that community rarely lives up to its promise—internicene fighting, power trips, and hurt feelings are mainstays of the social work of community formation and maintenance.

And yet: the potential benefits remain enticing enough to risk failure.

Investigating the terms of artistic affiliation and group structure, this exhibition features artist-members of the ICOSA collective in Austin, Texas, and aims to reflect one model of self-organization in our era of protracted economic precarity. The questions ICOSA poses via its very existence are simple and dire: how can artists create community, drawing upon commonalities while acknowledging—and fostering—difference? How can non-profit forms of governance benefit (or perhaps hinder) the artists that assemble under its administrative rubrics?

In the case of ICOSA, its mission is twofold: to provide community amongst its membership (monthly meetings keep members informed and accountable), and to generate exhibition opportunities (staging duographic exhibitions of its membership throughout the year). To accomplish these things ICOSA is organized as a 501(c)(6), unlike many other non-profits, including Tiger Strikes Asteroid, which is a 501(c)(3). The difference is slight but significant; a 501(c)(6) is considered a business league, whose primary aim is to serve the common interests its membership, while a 501(c)(3) is classified as a charity, and is meant to serve the interests of a general public. All ICOSA members are board members, and thus have a stake in the doings of the organization [this is atypical of non-profits, which often have a separate, smaller board culled from its ranks].

The works in this exhibition, taken from the roster of all current members of ICOSA in good standing, are installed to reveal networked relations between artists within this particular community. Hung in dramatic relation to the bureaucratic documents important to ICOSA’s founding the exhibition provides both a snapshot of the current members’ artistic practices, and the organizational peculiarities of the larger collective.

Warmly Persuasive includes work by: Leon Alesi, Amy Bench, Darcie Book, Shawn Camp, Carlos and Yevgenia, Jonas Criscoe, Erin Cunningham, Rachelle Diaz, Terra Goolsby, Sarah Hinreisen, Mark Johnson, Amanda McInerney, Matt Rebholz, Tammie Rubin, Jana Swec and Suzanne Koett*, Lana Waldrup-Appl, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, and Jenn Wilson.

Warmly Persuasive: ICOSA in LA is curated by Andy Campbell, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies at USC-Roski School of Art and Design, with assistance from ICOSA members Jenn Wilson and Amy Bench.

* not a member of ICOSA.

Virgo Aesthetic Mix

A sunny late summer musical harvest. Pure, polished, immersed in nature. Welcome to Virgo season.

  1. Painting – Jeff Resnick [1978]
  2. Love and Dream – Ariel Kalma [1970s]
  3. Ar Verjelenn – Les Soeurs Goadec [Breton Traditional]
  4. Sewnetuwa – Hailu Mergia [1985]
  5. Tropiq – i:cube [1999]
  6. Office Lady – Toshiki Kadomatsu [1982]
  7. Systems Breaking Down – Anna [1982]
  8. Sports Men – Haroumi Hosono [1982]
  9. Just be faithful (to me) – Manuel Darquart [2018]
  10. Colder Than Ice – Grant Miller [1985]
  11. 3 Rules – Tiga [2016]
  12. Private Life – Grace Jones [1985]
  13. Sa Fosca – Joan Biblioni [1989]
  14. Feel – Tabo’s Project [1986]
  15. Tropical Exposition – Hiroyuki Namba [1982]
  16. O viridissima virga – Hildegard von Bingen [12th century]

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CASPFEST

CASPFEST
Opening: April 26 at 7pm. Juror talk & awards given at 8:30pm.
Exhibition on Display: April 26, 7pm-11pm and April 27, 1pm-11pm
5&J Gallery
Lubbock, Texas

Presented by Charles Adams Studio Project, CASPFEST is an inaugural two-night festival of art, film, and music, which aims to showcase exceptional contemporary arts. The national art exhibition is juried by Christina Rees, the films curated by Paul Allen Hunton and Jonathan Seaborn, and the music will feature bands from across the state of Texas.

I’ll be in attendance on opening night. Honored to be included in this national show and excited to be a part of a brand new art event!

Vignette Art Fair Wrap-Up

I participated in the third annual Vignette Art Fair, an “alternative” exhibition featuring female-identifying and non-binary artists from across the state. It event was definitely “alternative” in the sense that it was in an alternative space! The Women’s Museum, located in a beautiful Arts & Crafts/Art Deco-era building in Fair Park, was in operation for just over a decade and closed in 2011. Prior to the museum’s opening in 2000, the structure was almost a total loss. Its future also remains uncertain. Rather than having a fun pop-up vibe, the space had the sense of a defunct mall, only much sadder in the #metoo-era because of the lofty ideas it once stood for.

My disappointment continued when I saw my 2D works were crowded in with that of several other artists in what I’m guessing used to be the museum’s gift shop. Meanwhile in the same room, other walls were almost completely blank. Rather than looking salon-style or intentionally unbalanced, the effect ultimately felt disorganized and chaotic.

I was dealt another blow when I found out (after searching the entire building three times), that my video piece, Apple Harvest, had been cut due to “space issues.” I’m really not sure how that happens in a massive three-level exhibition hall, but whatever. I would have been more understanding had a representative contacted me in advance to explain the situation and apologize, no matter how brief the missive.

But those are just my personal concerns relating to the physical setup and should be taken with a grain of salt. The entire exhibition of 78 artists with hundreds of pieces was installed in only two days, so it’s highly likely that many other details were overlooked. The key takeaway here is the simple fact that this behemoth of mind-boggling aesthetic diversity can forge on, in spite of any hiccups along the way. As female-identifying and non-binary humans, we should cheer each other on when opportunity knocks and celebrate each other’s accomplishments.

Indeed, the camaraderie and pride among the artists was palpable. I met new colleagues and got to know my existing art friends even better. I’m sincerely happy that so many other women seized the opportunity to lead and participate in this undertaking, because it means there’s hope. Through my experience viewing the vast array of contemporary art in Texas, I left Dallas with a great sense of confidence, almost mission, in continuing my practice.

New Work at Dontworrybaby Playhaus @ Unit C

Apple Harvest

New work by Rachelle Diaz
ASMR audio by Cromo Fragrance House
Presented by Dontworrybaby

RECEPTION
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
6-8pm
Sponsored by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Topo Chico

Unit C Studio & Gallery
1710 E 2nd Street
Austin, Texas 78702

Apple Harvest is a one night only exhibition of my recent photography and video work, plus a site-specific interactive installation with accompanying ASMR soundtrack. By RSVP only at dontw0rrybaby.splashthat.com. I’m looking forward to this one!

Chiaroscuro: probing mystery, seeking clarity and EAST 2018

Chiaroscuro: probing mystery, seeking clarity

ICOSA Gallery
901 Springdale Rd. Building 2, #102
Austin, Texas 78702

OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, October 19, 7-10pm

EXHIBITION DATES
October 19 – November 18, 2018
Fridays & Saturdays 12-6pm

EAST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR
November 10 – 11 and 17 – 18
Saturday & Sunday 10am-6pm


Chiaroscuro: probing mystery, seeking clarity is the first opportunity for this year’s ICOSA collective to show together. It’s a show of miscellanies: bits and pieces of new or recent work, a quick glance at what is brewing, a preview of what’s to come. Selected by Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, an Austin-based curator, the exhibition introduces new and ongoing members of the reformulated collective and some of the themes ICOSA’s 2018-19 calendar of collaborations will explore in their new space.

FEATURED ARTISTS

Leon Alesi, Amy Bench, Darcie Book, Jonas Criscoe, Kate Csillagi, Erin Cunningham, Bug Davidson, Rachelle Diaz, Terra Goolsby, Sarah Hirneisen, Mark Johnson, Dameon Lester, Amanda Linn McInerney, Teruko Nimura, Matt Rebholz, Tammie Rubin, Lana Waldrep-Appl, Alyssa Taylor Wendt, Jenn Wilson and Carlos Carillo/Yevgenia Davidoff.

Silk ‘n’ Sweater Mix

A softly knit mix for Fall.

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  1. Shadows From Nowhere – Blue Gas [1983]
  2. Childhood Portrait – M. Grechuta [1982]
  3. Waitin’ – Zenit [1986]
  4. In A Landscape – John Cage [1947]
  5. Crow – Yasuaki Shimizu [1981]
  6. Romance – Hiroshi Suzuki [1975]
  7. So Low – Carol [1981]
  8. Laura – Brian Bennett [1973]
  9. What You Are – Pete Brandt’s Method [1980]
  10. For Where Have You Been – Honeybus [1972]
  11. Bubble Gun – Hefner [2000]
  12. Cool & Get Up – Quartz [1979]
  13. Grey Skies – Turquoise Days [1984]
  14. Find It In Your Eyes – The System [1983]
  15. Audio Trip – Dreamatic [1991]
  16. Illusions – Optik [1991]
  17. Autumn – Richenel [1982]