WHERE DOES THE TIME GO? VOMA VISIONARY TOUR PART I

On October 23 of this year, 2014, I left Austin for a couple weeks to tour the Deep South, reconnect with my roots in Virginia, and introduce myself to some more well, and lesser known folk art environments in the region. I deemed this trip the inaugural “VOMA Visionary Tour.” My first stop was the Abita Mystery House, formerly known as the UCM Museum, created and maintained by visionary artist/inventor, John Preble.

Disclaimer: All photos taken with Iphone 5 by crummy photographer

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In the small town of Abita Springs, Louisiana, most commonly known for its brewery, the Abita Mystery House sits hidden in plain sight just footsteps from the town square. Housed in an old gas station, the building now serves as part museum, antique mall, science lab, ongoing art installation, arcade, and finally, a soapbox for its creator to voice his feelings about FRACKING.

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Here we go.

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A good many of the dioramas and inventions were interactive – wherein you can push a button and things will start spinning around moving up and down.

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This is not a dream.

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Two tools necessary in making sincere art.

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(This photo was taken in a historic outdoor dance hall in downtown Abita Springs where I sat and smoked a cigarette and tried not to shit my pants from all the fun I had in New Orleans the night before. It was not part of the Abita Mystery House, but it was old and pretty, and begging to be Instagrammed.)

Thanks John Preble for this little nugget of American folk art gold. Definitely worth a visit if you’re heading north out of New Orleans. Stay tuned for the next installment of photos from the VOMA Visionary Tour, and for more information on the Abita Mystery House, google it or click here.

–Will Gaynor

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“COVER” OPENS SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22ND

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COVER, new works by Graham Franciose and Abi Daniel opens Saturday, November 22nd at Common House.

http://www.grahamfranciose.com

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TAMARA SANTIBANEZ X DANIEL ALBRIGO (recap)

Daneil Albrigo & Tamara Santibanez exhibit opened this past Saturday. We’d like to thank Tamara and Daniel for making the trip. Show runs through November 7th.
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THIS SATURDAY EVENING!

Proud to host Daniel Albrigo and Tamara Santibanez in the gallery, October 18th.

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TONYA LEE, artist spotlight

I first saw Tonya Lee’s work while on display at Cafe Volan, in Asbury Park, New Jersey.  After speaking with Tonya, and hearing her approach to her work, I wanted to know more about her process and her background. Here is what she had to share,  please enjoy.

“I am a slack-jawed southerner, raised on the salt of the Atlantic foam by a shark’s tooth hunter and a mythmaker. I have a BFA in fine art, BA in art history and a MFA in painting.  I have taught college-level art and design courses for twelve years.  Currently, I am an Assistant Professor of Art Foundations at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division where I am also a color theory Subject Matter Expert. Additionally, I am an Adjunct Instructor in the Art and Design Department at Monmouth University.

My work is about combining shapes, patterns, moments and pauses that are derived from passive spaces, fleeting thoughts and changing winds. In a multi-disciplinary process of combining painting, drawing, collage and construction, my intent is to explore the aesthetic oppositions of rigidity +/- gesture and heed +/- neglect.

Many of the materials that are used in my work are discarded from other processes.  For example, the collage pieces use scraps from my students’ projects.”

See more work HERE.

(studio photos by Doug Parent)
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Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 12×15”, oil, gold leaf, charcoal, pencil, oil stick on paper

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Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 10×15”, oil, pencil, charcoal, oil stick on paper

T Lee_web_8Untitled after Scott Matthews’ An Errand in the Black-Belt

2011, 10×10”, acrylic, ink, spray enamel, poly film, paper, thread

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2014, 24×36”, oil, acrylic, spray enamel on poly film

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Untitled after Scott Matthews’ An Errand in the Black-Belt

2011, 11×17”, ink, book paper, cardstock, thread

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Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 11×18”, oil, pencil, acrylic on poly film

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Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 12×15”, oil, pencil, charcoal, pigment, oil stick on paper

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Untitled from the series Blighted Numbness

2014, 9×13”, oil, pencil, enamel, chalk on poly film

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Untitled from the series Voltaire’s Mountains

2013, 11×19”, enamel, acrylic, poly film, book paper, thread

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Untitled from the series Voltaire’s Mountains

2013, 12×10”, enamel, acrylic, poly film, index card, paper, thread

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2014, 24×36”, oil, acrylic, spray enamel on poly film

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TAMARA SANTIBANEZ & DANIEL ALBRIGO

We’re proud to welcome Daniel Albrigo and Tamara Santibanez to Common House.

Exhibit opens October 18th.

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‘RULE OF THREES’ / COMMON HOUSE 3 YEAR ANNIVERSARY

Thank you, Austin for your continued love and support, and thank you to all of the artists that joined us for our ‘Rule of Threes,’ group exhibit. Much love to Austin Beerworks, Flat Track Coffee and Missy Valentine.
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