Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Esoterica featured in Layers show

see sample of work in show at www.flickr.com/photos/vanityfire/sets (under Show Oct. 20 folder)

Posted By:Lanie
Hosted By::Lanie McCormicke-mail
When:Friday Nov 30, 2007at 7:00 PM
Where::The Austin Figurative Gallery301 Chicon, Unit F.Austin, TX 78702United States View Map
This is an old school happening made new! Help us make this an evening to remember. 30+ artist, sounds by Spooky Texas, performance by Butoh. Dress in layers to become a walking work of art.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Hollywood Meets Austin once again

Join us this Saturday, from 10:00pm to 1:00am as we celebrate the making of Weezie Melancon's 40 LOVE starring Brittany Murphy and Pras Michel
J. BLACK'S, Feel Good Lounge710 W. 6th, Suite BAustin, Texas 78701512.433.6954
Join us this Saturday, October 27th, from 10:00pm to 1:00am as we celebrate the making of Weezie Melancon's 40 Love starring Brittany Murphy and Pras Michel, which is being filmed right here in Austin!
Come hang with us as we show an Austin welcome to the prodcuers and crew of LA's KissKiss Productions . . .
The night kicks off at 10:00 with DJ Czar and includes a special guest appearance from Austin's own, Ryan Read, at 11:00, who has recently been named a candidate for on-camera talent and the soundtrack of 40 LOVE.

Artwork will also be featured courtesy of Shanti Matulewski.

Special thanks to the efforts of the Texas Film Commission for bringing great productions like 40 LOVE to Austin!
Where & WhenJ. BLACK'S
710 W. 6th St.Austin, Texas 78701Saturday, Oct. 2710:00PM-1:00AM
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Thursday, October 18, 2007

The Red Slip Project

Lingerie travels the world in ‘The Red Slip Project’
By Emily Macrander

Photographer Shanti Matulewski incorporates everything from burlesque dancers to drag kings in her new exhibit.
The red slip has never been washed, has traveled internationally and just this past weekend took a dip in the Atlantic, soaked in the shower and swam in a swimming pool. But it has never gone for a spin in the washing machine.
The soiled poly-blend candy red piece of lingerie ties together photographer Shanti Matulewski’s collection, “The Red Slip Project,” which will be shown at the Austin Figurative Gallery Saturday night.
Matulewski began work on the project in May of 2005 when she was in Italy participating in an urban photography workshop under Harvey Stein. Her class was asked to shoot a small collection of photographs based upon their surroundings.
“I asked myself how I was going to make my work stand out from all the other people in the workshop who were walking around shooting essentially street scenes,” Matulewski said.
“It was this meditative moment. I was on this spiritual high when I was there. Everything the color red represents was how I was feeling: alive, impassioned, and all those things the color symbolizes,” said Matulewski. “I thought, well, I have this slip. I’ll let all the other workshop participants wear it, and I’ll shoot them out at night. I ended up shooting pictures of myself as well. That’s how it all got started.”
Two years later, the Red Slip Project is still a work in progress. Participants, the subjects of the photographs who wear the red slip, have ranged from those near and dear to the artist to acquaintances.
“Oftentimes a friend of a friend will hear about what I am doing and say ‘I totally want to do that. Let’s meet up next Saturday.’ And it’s done. There’s this sense of instant gratification. There’s not too much planning,” said Matulewski. “Sometimes, if I know someone well enough, I will see how I want to shoot them. I may say ‘Hey, why don’t we try this?’ and the process is more collaborative.”
Since handed a camera as a young teenager, Matulewski has recorded her surroundings frame by frame. On a recent trip to Lubbock, Matulewski and her creative collaborator and fellow artist Annie Simpson took a collective 900 photographs in 48 hours.
Matulewski’s interest in bending and blurring accepted gender norms is evident in her photography and stage work. For Matulewski, art is her way of discovering how to be what she defines as her best self. From hyper-femme burlesque dance to drag-king, Matulewski seeks forms of expression where she feels free from constraint.
“It’s fun to try on all of these different characters. Each character is a combination of a lot of things that are inspiring me at that time,” said Matulewski.
“What it comes down to is finding strength within myself, and ultimately becoming more of who I already am.”
A synesthetic quality, where something such as sound makes the viewer see something else like a color, is the common thread between Simpson’s and Matulewski’s work. But what is good art?
Matulewski said that good art is achieved by simply doing something different.
“I always forget how my photographs can make people uncomfortable, make them a feel startled for a moment, but that always been how my art has been,” said Matulewski. “I don’t necessarily want to make people feel uncomfortable, but I would like it to become more of the norm. I want to make more work of what I want to see. That is what excites me. That is good art.”
The Where & The When
The Red Slip Project
The Austin Figurative Art Gallery
301 Chicon Street
Saturday. 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.
For more information see today’s Life & Arts section of the Daily Texan


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Creative Workers Union, Emerald City Press, Jeanne Stern,
Pollen Pix, SoGlass,
Vision Corporation, Zela Day Productions

5 Years

It has been announced that the world will end because of lack of natural resources. Ziggy is in a position where all the kids have access to the things they thought they wanted. The older people have lost all touch with reality and the kids are left on their own to plunder anything. Ziggy was in a rock and roll band and the kids no longer want rock and roll. There is no electricity to play it. Ziggy's advisors tell him to collect news and sing it 'cause there is no news. So Ziggy does this and there is terrible news. Ziggy's cosmology is that Starmen were the invisible infinites. Black hole jumpers, who through a dream, tell the human Ziggy Stardust to write of the imminent coming of the Starman to earth. He subsequently writes "Starman" which is the first hope that people have salvation since the news that the earth has only five years left.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Shanti & Annie showing new works Oct. 20th at AFG

Annie and I will be showing new work one evening only at Austin Figurative Gallery at 301 Chicon.
Amber Rademacher will be spinning hot beats of love. You want to be there! xxx

Monday, October 8, 2007

I will be showing my red slip project and other works at Austin Figurative Gallery one night only October 20th. Annie Simpson will be showing in the Stairs gallery at AFG the same evening. I do hope you swing by our show on your way out into the night.
Stazzi Cash