DIEGO MIRELES STUDIO VISIT

We recently popped into the studio of Diego Mireles, at the Museum of Human Achievement, here in Austin, Texas. Here’s a look into his world…

Diego Mireles Duran is an experimental artist maneuvering through various forms of creative dexterity. Whether it is playing with unexplored media or collaborative work, he challenges himself beyond his known perceptions of comfort and temporal reality by self-integration with the spaces in-between.

Exploring beyond his superficial faculties, he eludes personal memories, gender, race, intellectual perspectives, and social or economic states. He moves parallel with influences like Genesis P’Orridge, Jodorowski, and other creative mystics. Collecting inspiration from nature, minimal electronic sound composition, and traditional sects of mysticism and spirituality, he manifests his own mutated interpretations through his process.

He is currently compiling work for a summer show at the Museum of Human Achievement and planning a collaboration with Meow Wolf, an art collective based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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SHAUN MEFFORD at END OF AN EAR

Join us THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 3rd, for the opening of our good buddy, Shaun Mefford‘s photo exhibit at END OF AN EAR. 2209 S 1st St.mefford

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WEBB GALLERY

All new works by Rich Cali and Dan Phillips / April 12th, at the Webb Gallery in Waxahachie, Texas. webbpromo1

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WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? VOMA VISIONARY TOUR PART IV MEGA POST

Part IV of the Voma Visionary Tour is a very special post. The destination pictured below, Howard Finster’s Paradise Garden, was the catalyst for the entire trip. A few short years ago, after I discovered the Reverend Howard Finster’s artwork, I became really interested in visionary artists and folk art environments. Upon researching Paradise Garden, I came across a very important and helpful website, www.narrowlarry.com, run by Larry Harris. Just like how I cannot express the feeling I get when I look at Howard Finster’s work or hear his voice, I also cannot express how invaluable of a resource Narrow Larry is to the public- it makes the obscure, out of the way, secluded, backroad, middle of nowheresville, art and artists obtainable. Larry is as committed to documenting environments and artists as the artists themselves are/were to their own work – and without even the slightest hint of pretension or reticence – with maps and directions to the sites that are clear as the day is long.

Thank you Howard Finster and Larry Harris for opening my eyes.

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The entrance to the late Reverend Howard Finster’s home in Summerville, Georgia.

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The World’s Folk Art Church

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Howard’s woodshop

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Howard’s Cadillac given to him by a Professor from Wake Forest University

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According the groundskeeper, Howard built this entire chapel without a measuring tape – instead he used two “sticks” of the same length.

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Fan art

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House of mirrors

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Bike Tower

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Whenever I’m on the road, I do everything in my power to not succumb to the convenience of fast food chains, and instead seek out local restuarants – you know the ones that just say “Family Restuarant” or “Rick’s,” or what have you. That’s where you find the real chiggin.’

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Nightfall heading up Lookout Mountain in Georgia.

Thanks for looking.

–William Gaynor

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WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? VOMA VISIONARY TOUR PART III

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I hate to blow my wad on the first photo, but here it is: The Ave Maria Grotto located on the grounds of St. Bernard Abbey in Cullman, AL. Aside from the actual Grotto pictured above, the grounds feature over a hundred sculptures and structures all designed and built by Brother Joseph Zoetl from 1912-1958.

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27 feet high, 27 feet wide and 27 feet deep

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Tiny city

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St. Bernard Abbey Cemetary, the final resting place of all the monks of the Abbey.

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I found this neat, little terrarium growing wildly by a creek behind the cemetary.

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Not much to see in Cullman outside of the grounds of the Abbey. I was especially out of luck being there on a Sunday during church hours.

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Yup… Cullman, AL, everyone.

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So it was a beautiful October day in rural Alabama and I’m cruisin’ down some country roads on my way to Georgia, maybe listening to The Allman Brothers or something, checking out the sky and then BAM!!! This bullshit pops up outta nowhere, a Walmart “Neighborhood Market” – run that through your head a few times and tell me how it sounds. I will keep my curse-words to a minimum, but passing this paradoxical atrocity had me seeing red and almost ruined my whole day. It’s not even in a “neighborhood” – it’s in the middle of nowhere on the cheapest land they could probably find. The Waltons are chomping at the bit for America’s small town pharmacies to give up and then at the first disgruntled yelp from some Susie Q who now has to “drive an hour to nearest drugstore,” who’s there to offer a convenient, corporate solution under the guise “Neigborhood Market?” WALMART.

–William Gaynor

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NEIL O’BRIEN photo recap

We recently hosted, New Jersey native, Neil O’Brien, for his solo exhibit. Neil drove down to Texas with a car full of artwork, including paintings, signage, mixed media, illustrations and screen prints exclusive to his Texas debut.

Show runs through March 22nd. Acommonhouse@gmail to make an appointment.

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OPENING SATURDAY, FEB 21ST AT COMMON HOUSE: NEIL O’BRIEN

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Common House is pleased to present our newest show featuring works by New Jersey based artist, Neil O’Brien, this Saturday, February 21, from 6-9 PM.

Check out our studio visit with Neil in the post below.

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