Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Greenhill Symposium & Other Things!

Inspired by the Elenor Greenhill Art History Symposium, which was held today at the Art Building at UT, I decided to share my art exploration plans here. This is basically a list of art exhibitions that I would like to see in the coming weeks in Austin.

In its "New Works" section, the Austin Museum of Art has Luke Savisky on view through May 9th. In his light installation Savisky uses film and digital projections to converse a light pose on the white wall of the galley. I like to see if this light projection, which sounds like an abstract dancing pose on the wall, will transform the space. I am interested in the transformation of the space. So I will walk into this show with an active expectation!

Desire will be on view through April 25, at the Blanton Museum of Art. Desire presents explorations on the concept of 'desire' by different artists in various mediums. Also at the Blanton, there is Manuel Álvarez Bravo and His Contemporaries, a photography show. The photographs are selected from the Harry Ransom Center photo archive and the Blanton museum collection. The show will be on view until the end of July.

Women and Their Work is featuring Kathryn Kelley’s work through April 15th. Kelley transforms urban waste and makes art installations: “treading where no one hears the echo of her foot fall.” I have been always interested in this process of art making, when the borderline between everyday life and art is minimized via a creative transformation. I did some work on Tim Nobel and Sue Webster, whose works are different in the medium but similar in the concept. My recent piece on Nobel and Webster was published in the English section of Peyk 125: Turning Garbage to Art; Shadow Sculptures by Tim Noble and Sue Webster.

And tomorrow I am going to the opening of Alison Kuo’s exhibition at the SOFA gallery.

I have been so busy with the school that I missed a bunch of good shows in Austin. So I thought if I do not make a public claim on some gallery trips, I would miss more exhibitions. Voilà !

Detail of treading where no one hears the echo of her foot fall
by Kathryn Kelley

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Our Green Nowruz!

Happy Nowruz!
Happy Persian New Year!
Happy Spring!
Happy Green!

The Year of Patience & Resistance for Iran!
Stay Awake with Iran !

Related links:
Mir Hossein Mousavi's Nowruz Message
Mehdi Karubi's Nowruz Message
President Obama's Nowruz Message

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Poetry of My Digital Life!

How digital my poetic life is,
How cold, print-like and flat!

How digital have become my eyes, my lips and my memory?

No trace of ink on my fingers, when I struggle
to touch on the soul of a faraway spring,
or the fear of a spring to come!

And when a phrase tickles my mind
and pours out of me,
I am often looking at the crowded road,
Surrounded by the scent of American highways,

And there is no scratch, no friction, no stroke,
when I materialize on a fake digital page.

Frozen, like a narrow creek in a harsh winter,
this is how digital my poetic life is, at the beginning of the spring!

Sunday, March 14, 2010

One of Those Days

One of those days,
When no one is left, but the streets are crowded,

One of those days,
When the hope is gone, but the day still goes on,

One of those days,
When dreaming is scary, but the bed is warm,

It is one of those days of the spring break!

Spring 2008, Princeton

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Voices in Green!

Voices In Green
Creative Practices in Response to the 2009 Iranian Presidential Election

February 19 – March 5 2010
FAB Galley
Join us for the closing gathering of Voices in Green, Friday March 5th at 6:30PM,

Take a last look at Voices in Green.
Please join us for the closing gathering of Voices in Green on Friday March 5th at 6:30PM in the FAB gallery, located on the lower level of the Doty Fine Arts Building. There will be a review and a gallery talk followed by Q&A. After the closing discussion on March 5th, Voices in Green will continue to celebrate at the Dog and Duck Pub . Voices in Green is an archival exhibition focusing on art and activism around the Iranian Green Movement. These works were created after the crisis of the 2009 Iranian presidential election and all of them were distributed online.

© Rauch Design, photo Green Bird

Related Links:
Department of Art and Art History:
Closing reception for Voices in Green exhibition at FAB Gallery