Full Circle: Cornelia White Swann's Fugitive Color

By Céleste Wackenhut

There is an intentional intimacy in the way Cornelia White Swann has kept the beginning of her Fugitive Color series small in size—first and foremost, for herself as she becomes familiar with the materiality of natural pigments, but also for the viewer in reflecting upon the subtleties of her paintings...

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Joseph Beuys and Martin Kippenberger: Divergent Approaches to Relational Aesthetics

By Lana Shafer Meador

The enactment of the term relational aesthetics, placing the beholders’ (or participants’) social interaction at the center of the artwork, has come to prominence in contemporary art over the past two decades. However, the concept itself has been presaged throughout the twentieth century with the increased acknowledgement of the viewer’s presence and role in the artwork... 

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Lisa Qualls and the Impact of Place

By Céleste Wackenhut

Qualls has dedicated her entire artistic practice to the subject of cultural identity, consistently studying the environment, objects, and traditions that make up various communities. The Louisiana Portrait Project continues to embody this matter exhibited in Qualls’ previous work, in this instance bringing her personal association with her home state to light...

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Land Line with Jaelah Kuehmichel

Curatorial Assistant Kathryn Zimmerhanzel sits down with Jaelah Kuehmichel to talk about her recent exhibition Land Line in Austin, Texas.

KZ: What was the initial inspiration for your exhibition Land Line? How did it take shape?

JK: It was November or December when I committed to doing the show at Test Tube Gallery, so it was in development for about five months. I was asked to do the show and was given the freedom to do whatever I wanted...

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Part I: The Kitchen

By Liz Pearson

Like a wobbly first date, imagine developing a new recipe: arrange a pile of ingredients, force them to bump against one another in this vessel or that, and bully their awkward meeting with heat or cold or turmoil. All the while, hope for a positive result that breeds flavor and character. When done right, the process of recipe development is rigorous and airtight...

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Making Machines Uncomfortable with Andrew Wit

Curatorial Assistant Kathryn Zimmerhanzel sits down with Andrew Wit to talk about his work in robotic fabrication. 

KZ: When considering robotic fabrication, my initial impression is something very detached and streamlined. Your projects seem almost to counter this, working in a way that introduces aspects of craft. Could you discuss how you came to this?...

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Artist Statement for Cornelia White Swann: fugitive color I

I eagerly started this series with a limited foundation and vocabulary for a process that has a history both rich and vast. Working with plants to source pigment is a slow process, heavily dependent on the environment and time. While I’ve always felt that my work pertained to the subtleties of these elements, I was no longer led by my own timelines, but those of the seasons, a welcome and surprising challenge to my studio practice...

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Introducing FAM

Many years ago, I joined a few friends for drinks at Southtown’s La Tuna. They had just finished up a workshop on authentic branding run by Creative Capital, an organization that works with state and local artists to provide professional development within their artistic communities. Inspired by the topic, my friends and I discussed how artistic success is established and measured through writing—a creative field  often undervalued and overlooked...

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I’m About To Read To You Now

By Hills Snyder

It was the smell of weed that first brought us together. I was sitting in my car shortening a joint by lighting one end on fire while dragging on the other. I was parked on Thirty Fifth Street outside the gates of Laguna Gloria, a good place to be doing what I was doing. He was walking by, heading for those gates, when four fingers of smoke beckoned him to be tapping on my window...

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Neighborhood Placitas

The idea of the livable city is important to the contemporary conversation surrounding urban planning and design. Cities are socially constructed to correspond with the ideas and ideals of their inhabitants at the intersection of community, economy, and faith. Historically, the neighborhoods and streets of the city radiate from a central point of civic, religious, and commercial communion... 

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Historical Overview of 115 Michigan Avenue

Galveston-born T. R. Spence commissioned the construction of this new business after running his produce store from various home locations. He purchased the entire block north of French and south of Russell, building three homes on the north side of the block, and two businesses on the south. These commercial buildings faced a commercial plaza formed by the park, theatre, church, and school...

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Beyond the Pale: Contextualizing Supply and Demand [Excerpt]

Sarah Sudhoff seems to exchange looks with the frozen blocks of breast milk, cuddling the pieces like a child. She moves her arms slightly allowing the pooling liquid to run down her body. She shifts her gaze to the distance, reflecting, meditating. As the milk drops onto the ground, a puddle takes shape, sometimes standing still, sometimes moving forward, sometimes swirling back on itself...

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