Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Hey Bulldog!

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The annual BULLDOG INN ART SHOW is tomorrow night and we couldn’t be more excited. We blogged about the one we went to TWO YEARS AGO, which was totally surreal, bizarre, and a whole lot of fun. We went to last year’s Bulldog Inn Art Show as well, but, because we were preoccupied with running the MINI GALLERY at the time, we never got around to blogging about it…until now.

The art show is held at the titular Bulldog Inn, which is a seedy and rundown motel at the outskirts of Athens, Georgia. Every year, for the past handful of years, artists rent rooms from the Bulldog Inn and transform them into performance art and/or installation art pieces…unbeknownst to the regular customers who had the fortune/misfortune of renting a room on the same night, which adds to the edginess of the show. The mixing and mingling of artists, patrons, students, hipsters, townies, celebrities, movers, shakers, fakers, and various ne’er-do-wells adds to the spectacle of the night.

The first thing we saw was this “station” where you could trade a drawing for a piece organic fruit or vegetable. Missy traded a freshly-done drawing of TOFU BABY for a banana, which prompted some folks to take photos of Missy posing with her drawing and banana:

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STEVEN TRIMMER and friends (I think KILLICK? and one other musician I don’t know) performing experimental music in one room:

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some live-action drawing happening in the window of one other room:

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LATTICEWORKS built an entire façade over the entrance to their installation:

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The FLEABAG CIRCUS room featured SLACK LINERS, HOOP DANCERS, and JUGGLERS:

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Our favorite room of the night was the one by CHELSEA LEA. Her installation basically consisted of two TENTS, an army of TROLL DOLLS, and several hundred EMPTY WHISKEY BOTTLES. While the tableau was deceptively simple and whimsical, it was layered with so much meaning, intentionally or not…

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An assemblage of bungee cords, ropes, and lights seen through the window of one room:

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Some live action video manipulation in one room while next door, people gather around a window to watch two dudes make…sandwiches?

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Sunday, March 15, 2015

Black Cloud Morrissey Fanzine is Here!

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My latest zine is called Black Cloud! It is my fanzine devoted to Morrissey and the Smiths. This issue mostly has Morrissey-related goodies, comics, art, and even a paper doll!

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Here I am assembling copies of Black Cloud!

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You can order your copy of Black Cloud from My Etsy shop right here!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Missy At The Grit

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Missy has a solo ART SHOW at THE GRIT, Athens, Georgia’s world-renowned vegetarian restaurant. Her artwork will be up until March 8th, and if you’re anywhere near here, you should come check it out!

Even though Missy booked the show last summer, work only began in earnest about 3 weeks ago, after scrapping some of her original ideas and starting over almost entirely from scratch…

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Missy decided to supplement her show with some original COLLAGES she had hanging up in the LET IT BE yoga studio out in Watkinsville:

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Since her PAPER CUT SILHOUETTES always get a great response, Missy decided to bust out a handful of them for the show…

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The Sunday before last, we showed up at The Grit between their lunch and dinner service to hang up the show. We had a two-hour window between 3pm and 5pm to get everything up. It turned out to be a lot harder than we thought. Luckily, Matt, who books the shows at The Grit, was there to help hang art. While we started hanging art in one room, Matt started in on the other…

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About half-way through, it became apparent that we were going to run out of HANGING WIRE, so I ran out to the HOME DEPOT and bought out the last of their stock. I made it back to The Grit with 30 minutes to spare and we JUST BARELY got the show hung up before the first of the evening’s customers came through the door…

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One of the first people to come in was NATHAN and his mother, Catherine. Nathan is a HUGE TOFU BABY FAN and he wanted to show Missy his HANDMADE SCRAPBOOK that he uses to collect Missy’s weekly Tofu Baby comic strip that appears in our local culture and entertainment mag, FLAGPOLE MAGAZINE. Nathan decorated the front of his scrapbook with a great drawing of Tofu Baby up on a roof, looking like she’s ready to go down the chimney Santa-style! Missy and Nathan had a nice little conversation while she autographed and drew on the back of his book. It was a real honor to meet him!

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Much to her surprise, Missy ended up selling three pieces that opening night! So, between the sales and meeting Nathan and seeing his awesome collection, it turned out to be a brilliant evening…

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