Archive for November, 2006

Dallas’ 3rd Gift to the World

In the spirit of the abundant holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. This is Dallas’ 3rd Gift to the World.

JACK KILBY & THE INTEGRATED CIRCUIT

Jack Kilby of Dallas’ own Texas Instruments built the first Integrated Circuit which went on to revolutionize the world as we know it. Thanks to Jack, we have the computers that we are reading this post with, and the cell phones we’ll use to bail our friends out on “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” when they call and ask us to answer who created the first micro-chip. So I guess this means that everything is NOT bigger in Texas…well at least not in size.

For a facinaating article on Jack Kilby, be sure to read this article: The Chip that Jack Built Changed the World.

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Dallas’ 4th Gift to the World

In the spirit of the abundant holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. This is Dallas’ 4th Gift to the World.

THE WILSON BROTHERS + WES ANDERSON
Dallas’ gift 4th gift to the world isn’t necessarily Owen and Luke Wilson. It’s the fact that they were born in Dallas, and then went on to meet Wes Anderson at the University of Texas in Austin and soon after made Bottle Rocket, which launched all of their entertainment careers. Without this combination, there would never have been any of the Wes Anderson movies we all love.

Love Hotels Book Signing at PDNB Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

Dallas based photographer Misty Keasler will be at Photographs Do Not Bend this Thursday Nov. 30th and Friday Dec. 1st from 6-8pm for a book signing of her first monograph Love Hotels which has just been published by Chronicle Books. A continuation of Keasler’s work documenting spaces, the book consists of 80 portraits of the intensely themed rooms of the Japanese love hotel.

To mark this occasion a limited edition boxed set (pictured above) has been issued. They are in an edition of 30 with 5 artist proofs. Each set comes with a signed and editioned 8×10 chromogenic print and a book which bears a limited edition boxed set emboss stamp on the title page. The contents are housed in a hand made pink wooden box and set atop a pink velour pillow. The limited edition packaging was designed by Brian Gibb of Art Prostitute. These will go very fast, as they are cooler than the other side of the pillow, so don’t sleep on it.

PDNB is now located 1202 Dragon Street, Suite 103, Dallas, TX 75207.

Dallas’ 5th Gift to the World…

THE DALLAS SKYLINE

I never thought about the skyline of the city that I live in until 3 years ago when I met David Choe at what was then BLK/MRKT gallery in Los Angeles. He asked me where I was from and I said Dallas. His immediate response was, “Dallas…man that skyline is so futuristic.” I have to agree with him, it is pretty futuristic in a Tron sort of way, but nonetheless. Love it or hate it, that fiberoptic phallace, we call Reunion Tower, is one of Dallas’ most enduring landmarks.

Dallas’ 6th Gift to the World

In the spirit of the abundant holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. This is Dallas’ 6th Gift to the World.

SHOPPING MALLS!
It may not be the birthplace of the shopping mall, but Dallas has more shopping centers per capita than any United States city and metro. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dallas also has the most Strip Malls to boot. I’m assuming this explains why Texans really love their trucks and SUV’s. It is not the terrain. There is probably more concrete here than anywhere in the world…visit Texas in the summer and tell me global warming is not due to these massive super-shopping center parking lots where trees once stood. But back to my point. Texans drive their big gas guzzling tanks because they love to shop! …and they need all that extra room and suspension to accomadate the maximum amount of plastic bags possible.

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Dallas’ 7th Gift to the World.

In the spirit of the abundant holiday gift giving that will be taking place over the next couple of months, all the Metroblogging cities are giving 7 gifts to the world throughout the week of NOV 26th – DEC 2. This is Dallas’ 7th Gift to the World.

This one is obvious. With a 1980’s TV show as big as the state’s ego, Dallas’ 7th gift has to be Dallas. The unforgetable (ok that’s a debatable adjective) saga of the Ewing Family, began as a five part mini-series in 1978. Throughout it’s thirteen seasons, many actors passed through the gates of Southfork…but only one would become the answer to the now infamous question “Who shot J.R.?”

I still remember that theme song.

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Thieves Like Us Opening Sat. Nov. 4th at Art Prostitute

Art Prostitute Presents…
Thieves Like Us: An exhibition of new work by Vanessa Michel and April Pierce

November 4 – December 4, 2006 // Artist reception: Sat. November 4 (7-10PM)
Shiny Around the Edges will perform live in the gallery at 8pm
DJ Select of The Party will be on the turntables throughout

Art Prostitute Gallery
2919-C Commerce St. // Dallas, TX 75226
www.artprostitute.com // 214.760.7170

Vanessa Michel Bio
Exhibiting two bodies of work, Vanessa Michel’s paintings depict a single character posited in an oppressive space emptied of dimension – addressing our experience of the physical world. The large contour drawings are made with cochineal, a crimson pigment derived of a cactus beetle native to Central America. The bright red pigment, first cultivated by the Aztec and Mayan empire, was put into large scale production by the colonial Spanish Empire in the seventeenth century. Now only harvested by indigenous people in Mexico, cochineal becomes the modus operandi in which the historical reoccurrence of labor exploitation is linked to the present backlash toward immigration labor in the United States. The drawings are based on photographs taken by the artist while participating in Immigration Reform demonstrations in New York City.

Vanessa Michel is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is from El Paso, Texas and received a Bachelors of Fine Art cum laude from The University of North Texas. She will be participating in Painting: The Semi-Sublime curated by Diana Block at The UNT Artspace FW this spring, 2007.

April Pierce Bio
April Pierce’s paintings and drawings are vignettes seized from the everyday. Snapshots of the near and dear, magazine images, and video stills often provide the basis for her work. Since the completion of her BFA, from the University of North Texas, Pierce has spent her time developing a unique style of mark making easily described by a level of detail that borders on obsessive. Written words, buried within the drawings, reveal the vulnerability of her subjects as her pencil explores and defines every facet of their expression. Her illustration work has appeared in the pages of Art Prostitute, where she be a featurette in their upcoming issue. She has exhibited with the gallery in several group shows. Thieves Like Us, will be her first exhibition of note with Art Prostitute.

About the gallery
Art Prostitute Gallery was founded in June of 2004 in Denton, TX. The gallery’s reputation grew quickly as it brought in internationally acclaimed artists such as Rich Jacobs, Richard Colman, Evan Hecox, Cody Hudson, Mike Giant, Dalek, Todd St. John, Kozyndan, Jeremy Fish, Tiffany Bozic and many others. In most cases it was the first time they had exhibited in Texas. In June of 2006 the gallery relocated to the Deep Ellum area of Dallas. The doors were opened with a Dave Kinsey solo exhibition, the artist’s first show stateside in 3 years. The gallery’s main focus is to proliferate the work of artists who one would find within the pages of their publication. Well executed and culturally relevant exhibitions are the mainstay of the gallery’s program, showcasing artists who are emerging as well as established.

SUPPORT
www.vanessamichel.com
centralbooking.blogspot.com
www.shinyaroundtheedges.com

AL GOLSTEIN DISCUSSES SEX IN THE MEDIA AT THE ART PROSTITUTE ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2

Thursday, November 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m
6:00 p.m. Drinks and mingling
6:45 p.m. Al Goldstein and co-author Josh Friedman
7:30 p.m. Q&A

Art Prostitute Gallery
2919-C Commerce St. // Dallas, TX 75226 // 214.760.7170
www.artprostitute.com

Before Rolling Stone Magazine, Howard Stern and Larry Flint, Al Goldstein was fighting for his right for free speech in the media.

Sex in the media has become more and more revealing. Popular shows such as Sex in the City, Nip/Tuck have joined the ranks of top shows that portray sex in America. Not only are there rate-busting shows, we have sexually implied advertising in TV, radio and magazines. Sex in the media is now very, very mainstream. So how did we get here? Ask Al Goldstein. He lead the underground press movement in New York and helped pave the way for Rolling Stone Magazine, Howard Stern and other media icons. His newly published book, I Goldstein. My Screwed Life, which will be reviewed in the New York Times, is a colorful story about Al’s need for self-expression, his relationships with Larry Flint, Hugh Hefner and many others. His personal stories, his unique perspective about sex in the media today will provide historical as well as entertaining fodder for discussion.

Background
Al Goldstein has survived seventy years. Recently, after finally succeeding in cannibalizing his entire fortune, Goldstein toughed his way through a full year of being homeless on the streets of New York. And that was merely his latest accomplishment. Al’s list of priors involves two dozen arrests, four ex-wives, Mafit hit contracts, thousands of death threats, innumerable medical procedures, and most significantly, constant legal attack throughout his thirty-four years publishing Screw Magazine.

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