Degradado

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The Projecto & Presa House Gallery are happy to present “Degradado” (Gradient), an exhibition featuring artists from Austin, Tx, and Monterrey, Mx in San Antonio, Tx.


“Long-lasting friendships and professional relationships inspired this show where colors turn to shapes and reason dissolves in emotions.

Each artists’ voice is clear and defined, they share very little with each other but together they meld into a gradient spectrum of awesomeness”. 


The opening reception will be held First Friday, December 7 from 6:00 PM to 12:00 AM featuring music by Chido Machine (Austin, TX).

Degradado will be on view by appointment December 7 through December 29, 2018.

Ernesto Walker (Monterrey, N.L., MX)

Based in Monterrey, N.L., MX, Ernesto Walker’s artwork is characterized by the exploration of chance and abstraction as a way to encode and visually translate the reality around us, looking for links between what is accidental and what becomes meaningful. His academic formation is on the field of humanities with a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations obtained in 2006. He has exhibited his work in over 15 solo and 60 group exhibitions in London, Brussels, Luxemburg, Athens, Switzerland, Argentina, United States, Colombia, Italy, and Spain. His work is also in collections in Italy, England, United States, Canada, Argentina, and Mexico.

Walker was recently a recipient of FONCA Fellowship in November of 2018, as well as FONCA Young Creators Fellowship in 2016. He was awarded 1st place in the Saatchi Gallery Drawing Showdown in 2011 among many other national and international prestigious awards. Since January 2011, Walker has served as a professor of the School of Art, Architecture, and Design at the Tec de Monterrey College.

Christina Moser (Austin, TX)

Christina Moser was born and raised in Houston, TX where art played a significant role in her childhood which continued while attending the High School for Performing and Visual Arts. In 2012, Moser received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Design from The University of Texas at Austin. She’s currently living and pursuing her art practice in Austin, TX where she also works as the graphic designer at Austin-based arts non-profit, Big Medium. Moser has exhibited her work in both solo and group exhibitions throughout Austin and Houston, TX.

Patricia Carrington (Monterrey, N.L., MX)

Patricia Carrington was born in Matamoros, Tamaulipas, and is currently based out of Monterrey, N.L., MX. Her work draws influence from the sea and the mountains of her childhood in Tamaulipas. In 2002 she received her Bachelor of Visual Arts specializing in Design, at this time Carrington also began to experiment and exhibit her photography throughout Monterrey. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibits throughout México and group exhibits and happenings in Austin, TX. Carrington has been the recipient of several notable awards in México including the Young Creators of the National Fund for Culture and the Arts (FONCA), and the Photography Salon Nuevo León (Mexica- Argentina), among others.

Greometría (Monterrey, N.L., MX)

Greometría was born in Monterrey, N.L., MX. He studied visual arts at The Autonomous University of Nuevo León. His work has been exhibited throughout Mexico and is often representational depictions of animals and other characters loaded with cheerful color and vibrant line work. In addition to Greometría’s studio work, he has worked in several museums, galleries, and cultural spaces in the area of museography.

Matthew Bonifacio Rodriguez (Austin, TX)

Matthew Bonifacio Rodriguez was Born in Austin TX. A self-taught and prolific muralist, his art dates back to the early 90s Austin graffiti street art scene. Rodriguez’ uplifting and instantly recognizable characters can be found all over Austin including his black cat mural and walking smiles at Cheer Up Charlie’s as well as larger-scale projects for Urban Outfitters and Facebook. Rodriguez’ work has been showcased both nationally and internationally including Mexic-Arte Young Latinos, Austin, TX; Rivera Gallery and Cinders Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; the Deitch Projects Art Parade, Deitch Projects, NY, NY; Scope Basil in Basel, Switzerland, and many more.

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Helping Horizons

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Our beloved artist, Patricia Carrington will be donating all profits from her 2016 series “Horizontes” to the communities affected by the devastating 8.2 scale earthquake in Oaxaca, Mexico.

You can purchase her gorgeous pieces at a discounted price and make your donation through our website.

As usual, if you live in Austin or Round Rock, we can meet somewhere in the middle for pick up without any extra cost.  Thank you! ❤

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Dougherty Arts Center

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You know how you open an email and open the newsletter and scan through it, then you click on a link, that takes you to an article that mentions something that seems interesting and you do a search and end up finding some really cool info?

That happened to me today. I ended up at the Dougherty Arts Center Website. I have passed by their building many times without ever wondering what goes on in there and boy am I happy I found their website!

As artists and performers, we are always looking for ways to stretch our money, heck, you don’t need to be an artist or a performer to want to save a buck! That’s why I’m sharing this tidbit of info in case you, like me, had not heard that the DAC now has a space where you can comfortably do your research (without the feeling you have to buy a coffee every hour to justify the use of the free wifi), meet with prospective clients or collaborators, or simply work in a comfortable place that is not your living room.

The Artist Resource Center at the Dougherty Arts Center provides with everything you may need to take care of the planning and production of your next project.

They have the basics: WiFi, charging stations and caffeine plus access to a resource library, TV with HDMI connection and even Adobe Suite. SWEET!

Best of all, you don’t need reservations, memberships or to succumb to the imaginary self-imposed pressure of buying something.

The space is open M-W 10 am to 10 pm and Saturdays 10 am to 2 pm.

For the dancers and actors in the bunch, the DAC also has rehearsal spaces available FOR FREE! For more info, send an email to DACInfo@austintexas.gov or contact the theater coordinator Lucy Miller-Downing at 512-974-4045

If you haven’t had the chance to check out the DAC, don’t waste another minute and hop onto their website or Facebook page. You’ll be amazed at all the other events, services and classes they have available!

Vegan Cannibal at YJSC!

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After years of waiting, our own Carlos Olvera aka Vegan Cannibal will be bringing new work and also playing a bit here at the Yellow Jacket Social Club!
So bring your best disposition for a synth explosion by this amazing Mexican talent.

The date is Monday, August 7th, 6PM

Cheers!

The Doughminican <3

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I just realized I haven’t told you about my new favourite food truck in town!!!!! You HAVE TO try the Doughminican, it’s so ridiculously good!

As the name says it, it’s authentic Dominican food, yes Authentic as a Dominican Mom and Son cooking the meals 😉 + Dominican people coming, and almost crying right there because the empanadas, pasteles and every item tastes like Grandma’s ❤

This is my first time trying Dominican food and I was almost crying myself when I took a bite of that gorgeous meal, OMG I cannot put into words how delicious it is! The owner, Melvin, prepares them right there and then, so get ready for fresh ingredients handmade to order scrumptiousness ❤

Anyway, go visit them at 1403 East 7th St Austin Texas 78702 (they recently moved from E 5th).

They’ll be this weekend at the “Keep Austin Weird Fest & 5K” treat yo’ self if you’re around 🙂

Enjoy!

I <3 LOLA

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A couple weeks ago, the outstanding Golden Hornet invited us to enjoy an event organized by them, Alamo Drafthouse, & LOLA; The event included a movie, a boat ride, and Opera! I was beyond INNNN! Oh and did I say something about the gorgeous cheeses from Antonelli’s & bread by Easy Tiger? Well, yeah, I had and loved a bunch of that too!

I have to tell you, I’m not opera literate at all, but it still sounded like a cool event. I decided to take my mom and sister along to this adventure. Boy was I entering another dimension!!! The movie showed was Werner Herzog’s Fitzcarraldo: a fun movie about a guy that is obsessed with bringing an opera to the jungle. The piece is a must see, super entertaining and fun, but the boat ride… OMG, I cannot begin to explain how cool that was!

As I mentioned before, my knowledge of opera comes from exposure to it in unconventional places; I’ve heard them as soundtrack of cartoons or commercials and that’s about it. The singers were amazing and talented and not only did they sing for our delight by bursting into random songs, they explained the type of voice and piece and acted a little bit so the spectators had some context.

It’s difficult to express how much their “extra” effort added to the experience. Plus, if you include the fact that the pianist was practically dancing as he was playing, noiseeee! The sunset as the backdrop, and the boat swaying in the water, you end up with PRRRRRFECTION!

I’m sure you can figure out the enthusiasm I am feeling while typing this; that is only a fraction of the excitement LOLA was gifting us that evening. Turns out LOLA (Local Opera, Local Artists) are a group committed to spread opera everywhere and give a different, more approachable perspective of this type of art. Kudos to all involved! These events change people’s minds for sure. I can confidently say this experience gave me a different appreciation for what this group of talented artists do and I love it!

I highly encourage you to follow them online and to go to any event they have next. Based on what I saw, felt, and heard, I can guarantee you’ll have a refreshed view on this music genre.

Oh! And before I forget! Still speaking about opera, check Joseph Keckler out; I saw him during Fusebox Festival and whatever I can tell you about him is an understatement of how much of a fan I am! He rocks and will make you laugh. What else do you need in life?!

Cheers!

 

Panel Cultural @ Casa Mexico

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Tuve el placersazo de asistir a un Panel Cultural organizado por el consulado de México en Austin, Tx. para la 2da edición de “Casa Mexico”, en SXSW.

En este panel se contó con la presencia de 3 artistas Mexicanos buenísimos que actualmente están trabajando en Austin Tx: el comiquero “Nava” de “Latino Toons”, el quasi científico-loco Victor Pérez-Rul y muralista extraordinaire Héctor Reez Ruiz. La #CuradoraItinerante mas trendy/siempre en ruta, Leslie Moody Castro fue moderadora y la responsable del vibe mas relajado, honesto y divertido que he visto en un panel tan oficial.

En la mesa se discutieron varios temas: las disciplinas de cada uno de los artistas,  importancia de la cultura y producción artística en tiempos como estos, el bizarrismo del love/hate affair de EU con México y sus productos, entre otros.

Varias cosas resaltaron, y me pegaron fuerte, cabe mencionar:

1. La experiencia de Nava en Marfa, Tx, donde se ha acogido tanto la imagen de Pancho Villa que es básicamente estandarte de la onda festivalera en esa ciudad, mientras que los mexicanos, está tan fuera de la escena como sus hogares… Nava se preguntaba si esta imagen tan fuerte, asertiva de “macho macho men” sería bienvenida en este país en realidad. Que curioso, no? Imagínense a la gringada feliz rodeada de posters de Pancho Villa, canciones, hologramas, tomándose selfies y demás, ahora imagínate donde se les aparezca en vivo, tome algo bruscamente, o les hable golpeado, no no no!.

2. Victor nos platicó de su experiencia trabajando con materiales no tan tradicionales, y como es difícil a veces transportar sus piezas de arte a EU. Nos platicó que en una ocasión le detuvieron unas partes de su obra por ser “Contundentes”(!!!¿?) así es que los aduaneros no lo dejaron abordar al avión con los objetos. Contundente? neta?! jaja digo, a todos nos ha pasado algo bizarro en la cruzada, pero esto de los objetos “contundentes” estuvo especial…

3. Héctor desde el principio nos advirtió que el no era tan platicador pero igual nos compartió varias anécdotas, entre ellas, nos contó como ahora que estuvo pintando el mural en Mexic-Arte a la gente le llamaba mucho la atención que fuera mexicano y pareciera blanco, el les aseguró que los mexicanos venimos en todos colores y sabores. También nos platicó del oficio y tradición mexicana del muralismo y como utiliza esta técnica para expresar sus posturas en estos tiempos tan eclécticos.

Anyway, nos divertimos mucho, Leslie mantuvo el panel super ligero e interesante, incluso hizo que Nava sacara unas calcomanías que traía en la bolsa y las pasara a la audiencia, claro que las pobres calcas tardaron menos en pasar por todo el auditorio que en regresar a las manos de de Nava jaja, pero si llegaron. Tarde pero seguras jaja!.

Un orgullo enorme ver que como Victor, la tecnología e invención siguen fuertes y contundentes en México; como a Héctor las raíces le llaman y le gritan fuerte; y como Nava tiene la misión-visión de un México mas unido a Latinoamérica y más aun cuando estamos fuera de nuestro país, cuando la unidad y la producción cuentan más.