Words and photos from the great Michael Sieben
Hello fecalfaces. This photo essay covers the following topics: Brett Millard at Okay Mountain, Sterling Allen at Artpace San Antonio, my cat, a piggy bank, Friends show (Cynthia Connolly, Bill Daniel, Rich Jacobs, Tim Kerr, and myself) at Domy Books in Austin, a skate shop BBQ, Enchanted Rock, and a small wooden painting of a monster riding a skateboard. If none of these topics interest you then reread Travis Millard's blog about pizza. Otherwise scroll on down the road.
Sterling Allen (pictured) invited Brett Millard to show his drawings in the Okay Mountain project space a few months ago.
Brett's drawings are rad. I like to picture him and his brother drawing together in their kitchen wearing pajamas and eating peanut butter Cap'n Crunch.
This one was my favorite. "Word Fever."
Speaking of Sterling Allen, did you happen to see his show at Artpace San Antonio? Research Artpace if you don't know about it.
Sterling built three identical houses made out of found and discarded materials (and crap from thrift stores.)
VHS shingles. Each house had the exact same tapes in the exact same order.
From a distance everything on the houses was recognizable but when you got close you could see the objects were all made from random materials. such as an LP satellite dish or a tupperware electricity meter.
Or a pill box faucet handle.
In addition to the three houses Sterling also ordered three paintings from China - Thomas Kincade style paintings that incorporate his makeshift houses into the landscape.
Each painting was painted by a different artist and each was slightly different. Just slightly. Similar to the actual houses which were nearly identical but due to the found nature of the materials varied a bit house to house. I'm pretty sure his show had something to do with the American dream. Which is currently looking like a big pile of B.S. if you look at the foreclosure rates.
Trippe's got a Poo, I've got a little baby Jo Jo. How about you guys?
This is a piggy bank I bought recently. The dude at the store told me this guy is from an old Popeye cartoon. I have yet to verify.
Back to art. Tim Kerr invited me to be in a show he curated at Domy Books with some really rad people. Bill Daniel for example. (these are all installation photos so excuse the dust.)
Bill's camera has seen some awesome stuff. Jeff Phillips skating in the 80's for example.
Or Tim Kerr bombing a parking garage in SF back in the day. Surf style.
Cynthia Connolly's camera has also seen some history. Research her work if you're not familiar. These were beautiful prints. Anti computer.
Rich Jacobs. Artist, curator, and all around great dude.
Rich isn't afraid to just jump right in and start coloring the walls. That terrifies me. I'm a control freak.
Next to Rich is Tim Kerr's work.
Tim's work primarily focuses on portraits and quotes from inspiration historical figures.
Which I feel like are reminders to the viewer that everybody has the power to contribute and participate in the world rather than stand by and complacently spectate. Did I use that word correctly?
Tim's wall doodle.
Rich's wall doodle. Again, good advice.
That's my stuff to the left of Rich's.
Experimental backgrounds and more color. That's what I was going for.
The next day I went to a backyard BBQ at my buddy's skate shop grand opening (Find N Grind.) It's good to see skate rock is still alive and well.
Bands, BBQ, Free Beer, Plywood Mini Ramp. Hopefully at least a few of the attendees supported the shop by buying something. I know I didn't... sorry Chris.
The kids loved it.
The next weekend (or somewhere around there) my wife and I went to Enchanted Rock which is about 25 miles North of Fredericksburg, TX. It's a huge granite boulder that rises 425 feet above the ground. It's a little bit of a hike. The rest of this blog is pretty vacation photo heavy so if you're just on fecalface to look at pictures of art or people drinking beer near art then you should click the back button now.
The view from the top of the boulder is really pretty awesome. One of those things that's hard to capture with a mediocre digital camera.
smaller boulder on a bigger boulder
I was really likin' the lichen. (Old dude joke.)
Jeff Soto would probably dig this place. Lots of cacti.
That's all the recent photos I have. Other than this one that I just took this morning. I got a jigsaw for Christmas and I finally got the courage to plug it in and try it out. I was really worried that I'd cut my fingers off but everything worked out okay. I'm sending this to Vans for a book release party they're having next month. I like skateboarding. The End.
Words and photos from the great Michael Sieben
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