Archive for March, 2006

New Issue of Art Prostitute Hot Off the Press!

After a long and winding road the new issue is soon to be in our hands. We are headed off to a release party at Merry Karnowsky in Los Angeles on April 8th! When we get back we will have a Texas release so stay tuned. This issue features the work of Camille Rose Garcia, Justin Krietemeyer & Steven Harrington (National Forest), Gary Benzel & Todd St. John (Hunter Gatherer / Green Lady) and Mike Slack. So much goodness!

One Bourbon, One Shot, One Phone Call

I really don’t want to come off like a hypocrite here. After all, I have so many opportunities to do that on other issues. But the recent ballyhooed TABC crackdown on “public intoxication” in bars just makes me want to make a couple of points.

First, anyone who has been out and about with my circle of friends knows we get loud, profane and boisterous. We argue silly and inane points, yell at each other from across the bar, and garner enough looks from the uninitiated to make anyone skeptical. This is regardless of how much alcohol has been consumed.

Last night, after picking my roommate up from the airport, we went to No Frills Grill. Since I’m still boozeless through Lent, I didn’t have one sip of alcohol — but if a field agent uses the same criteria they used when they arrested Burton Byers, the guy in an Irving hotel bar, I would have so been in jail Tuesday night.

Second, Our Fearless Mayor Laura Miller actually signed off on this operation. At a time when Dallas is already trying to mend fences with the convention business — after a decade of twiddling their thumbs and watching millions of tourism dollars fly elsewhere — the city is now the laughingstock of the nation. Again. Never mind that “Operation Last Call” is state-wide: the perception is that it’s happening primarily in Dallas because of the Byers story. Yeah, we need this.

Party Tonight

I’ve been riding a whirlwind of moving to and from Dallas. The 1st of the month is looming and I’m trying to head out in time. With the countless trips to Dallas and back, I’m realizing why a lot of you guys in Dallas are missing out on some of the great things that have been happening in Denton…just because you don’t want to make the drive. BUT if you are really looking for something great to do tonight, think about making that trip up here for the Art Prostitute farewell party at Hailey’s! It’s going to be well worth the trip, and this is coming from a very tired and sick of driving guy who is beat from three days straight of moving furniture and boxes…but I’ll be there anyway…and even drive back to Dallas when it’s all done. So I hope to see some fellow Dallasites there…can I call myself a Dallasite if I only have actually “lived” there one day as of yet!?

Here’s the information about the party:

LAST CALL: The Art Prostitute Farewell Bash.
Hailey’s
122 Mulberry St. // Denton, TX
Wednesday March 29th Doors at 9PM
18+ $5 // 21+ NO COVER!
www.haileysclub.com

Live Performances by…
THE DUST CONGRESS // 10PM
RECORD HOP // 11PM
THE BAPTIST GENERALS // 12AM

We will have select Jay Ryan Exhibition Prints for sale at Hailey’s if you missed our last opening. Hope to see you there.

We will re-open June 3, 2006 at 2919 Commerce St. in Dallas, TX with a solo exhibition of work by Los Angeles artist Dave Kinsey.

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The Final Denton Exhibition at Art Prostitute TONIGHT! Mar. 11

Art Prostitute Presents The Final Exhibition at our Gallery in Denton, TX…
SONGS OF FAREWELL AND DEPARTURE: MARCH 11, 2006 – APRIL 1, 2006
AN EXHIBITION OF SCREEN PRINTS BY JAY RYAN OF THE BIRD MACHINE

ARTIST RECEPTION: SATURDAY MARCH 11, 2006 :: 7-11PM
LIVE PERFORMANCE IN THE GALLERY BY SUB POP’S BAPTIST GENERALS AT 10PM
ART PROSTITUTE :: 210 E. HICKORY :: DENTON, TX 76201 :: 940.381.1526

We will be producing a limited edition 18″x24″ screen print for the occasion, that will retail for $30 and will debut for sale at the Good Records book signing. These are expected to sell out at the opening, you can pre-order yours by contacting brian@artprostitute.com. If you would like advanced images for press please e-mail Brian as well.
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100 POSTERS, 134 SQUIRRELS BOOK SIGNING: FRIDAY MARCH 10, 2006 :: 7-10PM
GOOD RECORDS :: 1808 GREENVILLE AVE. :: DALLAS, TX 75206
LIVE IN-STORE PERFORMANCE BY RECORD HOP AT 9PM

Come pick up and have Jay sign his first monograph 100 Posters, 134 Squirrels. This is a greatest-hits collection of the last decade of Jay Ryan’s compelling rock posters, 100 Posters, 134 Squirrels showcases one of underground poster art’s most prolific and talented practitioners. Framed by essays from luminaries in the music, poster, and design worlds – including Steve Albini, Art Chantry, Debra Parr, and Greg Kot- as well as an interview with Jay, 100 Posters, 134 Squirrels offers a unique look into Ryan’s unusual approach to poster art. There are a very limited number of copies available so come early.
www.goodrecords.com

ARTIST VISIT AT UNT PRINT PRESS: MONDAY MARCH 13, 2006 :: Begins at 2PM
1120 W. OAK ST. :: DENTON, TX 76201 (located on the University of North Texas campus, next to Oak Street Hall.)

Join Jay Ryan for a demonstration and informal talk at UNT PRINT Press.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jay Ryan (b. 1972) grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and split his time between drawing dinosaurs and floorplans of beach-side houses. He did a lot of skateboarding and a lot of falling off of skateboards. After gradating from the University of Illinois with a degree in painting, Jay stumbled into a job at a screenprinting poster shop in Chicago, where, after many late nights and pounding headaches, he learned one acceptable way to design rock posters, which he has exploited to a great degree. In 1998, Jay opened his own print shop, called ‘The Bird Machine’, and has been providing bands with ridiculous promotional images ever since.
www.thebirdmachine.com

Ryan’s work has been extensively exhibited in the United States and abroad. He has been featured in publications such as Anthem Magazine, Copper Press, Punk Planet and many more. His work has been recognized in Print’s Regional design annual over a dozen times since 1997. His debut 2005 monograph 100 Posters, 134 Squirrels: A Decade of Hot Dogs, Large Mammals, and Independent Rock: The Handcrafted Art of Jay Ryan by Punk Planet Books sold out in a matter of months and has a second pressing on the way. Jay is represented in Germany by Feinkunst Krueger Gallery in Hamburg, and in the U.K. by Richard Goodall Gallery. His work is in the permanent collections of the Chicago Historical Society, the Erie Museum of Art, and the Newberry Library’s Wing Collection. He has spoken about his work for students at several universities and high schools, including the School of Visual Arts (Brooklyn), Northwestern University, Columbia College of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, Edinboro University (Pennsylvania), Arkansas State University, the Erie Art Museum (PA), Michigan State University, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Ryan’s other passion is playing in a band called Dianogah which has been together for ten years, released three albums and a small pile of singles, toured the U.S. extensively, toured Europe three times, played in Chile, written soundtrack music for a John Hughes movie (“Reach The Rock”), played the “All Tomorrow’s Parties” festival in the UK, and is regularly featured as background music on NPR’s “This American Life”.
www.dianogah.com

Jay lives and works in Chicago with his wife, their two cats, and Seth the greyhound.

The tide is slowly turning…

For all the negative press that Deep Ellum is getting, there had to be some bright spots around the corner. Last night one of them lit up for the first time. Road Agent opened its doors right next to Barry Whistler’s gallery. Their first reception was entitled, Mountain Paintings an exhibition of new work by Evan Daniel Lintermans. The show represents 3 years of work as these very large scale abstractions of photographs Linterman took of Mount McKinley’s terrain as seen from a small airplane. The meticulously painted landscapes are executed beautifully on the backside of plexiglass. I appreciated the work for its aesthetic, but it felt a bit cold to me…I say this without having read any type of statement about the work as printed matter was in short supply due to the frenzy of any gallery’s first opening. This one was definitely hectic, as gallerist Christina Rees was putting on the finishing touches as guests started to come into the gallery. Things came together well and from what I heard pieces moved which is always a plus. This is not a surprise as Rees isn’t new to the game. She starting earning her chops over at Angstrom gallery and splitting time between New York and London for a few years. She seems genuinely excited for the opportunities that are ahead. I cannot wait to call her and Barry neighbor. We are going to have quite a mix and I really see the neighborhood turning around a lot faster than most people think. So before you say there is nothing to do…fight the urge to blog about the weather and go check out the Deep’s newest offering.

Road Agent
2909-A Canton St. // Dallas, Texas
Gallery Hours: Tues-Sat 11am – 6pm
www.road-agent.com

SPRING

spring is near and summer will not be far away in dallas. thank god we have lots of air conditioning in this part of texas. and thank god i’m not an “outside person.”

Where The Streets Should Have No Name

There’s a custom in North Texas that I’m told is fairly unique to the area: where the major highways and interstates are called by both their numerical designations (I-35, 183, Loop 12) and the “given name” of the road, bestowed in honor of the locally and nationally famous (Stemmons, John Carpenter, Walton Walker). This confuses the hell out of people new to the area at first, which is why I try to include both the official name and the honorific.

When the stretch of I-30 between Dallas and Fort Worth was given the moniker of “Tom Landry Freeway,” I didn’t give it much thought. Landry was a deity in most circles of the Metroplex, and it was a cool way to honor his memory (especially since Jerry Jones was damned sure not going to rename Texas Stadium).

But I saw something this morning that almost made me spit my macchiato all over my windshield:

Apparently, part of I-20 is now going to be called the “Ronald Reagan Memorial Freeway.

I’m sorry, but what ties did Reagan have with the area? Anything at all? The other honorariums went to people with history in the region, and that extends to the blue-blood Bush The First. This just smacks of insipid pandering. (And I wish to Christ I didn’t have to drive on that stretch of road, but work sometimes demands it. )

From here on out, if legislators want to rename a piece of road, it should at least be left up to a public vote — with the explanation of how much the nae change will cost taxpayers in new signage and so forth.

This is Epic…

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