Big Medium's East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) is a free, annual, self-guided art event that spans two weekends in November. EAST provides opportunities for the public to meet Austin artists in different venues, ranging from gallery spaces to people’s backyards.
EAST 2017 was an opportunity for us to spend face-to-face time with the community as well as bring a new art installation to life. Collaborating with The Projecto, we chose seeing differently as the theme for the showcase because we wanted to spotlight artists who represent not only different styles and media, but also identities and perspectives. seeing differently is simultaneously about art’s ability to introduce us to new ways of seeing as well as a celebration of the wholeness of the creator.
For our art installation, called passage, we pulled inspiration from a recent road trip we took to the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, TX. Nina worked closely with Moyo Oyelola to bring the installation to life. We wanted to invoke reflection around the idea of passages – pivotal moments or decisions in one’s life.
We had an inspiring time collaborating with The Projecto and getting to hang out with local artists (shoutout to the wonderful and talented Akki Brathwaite who's supported us since Day 0) as well as artists from The Projecto’s hometown of Monterrey, Mexico. Naturally, there were lots of laughs, great conversations, and authentic quesadillas cooked over a campfire.
Check out the full artists lineup below and follow them on social to support their work.
Equal parts New Englander and Californian, Miranda Pierce currently lives and works in NYC. A comedian, artist, and dream interpreter she brings her sense of humor, love of color, and strong intuition to all that she does. She's performed here and there, had art exhibitions here and there, and can probably tell you what your problem is.
“I am a self-taught musician and mixed-media and collage artist based in Austin, TX. My style of the past few years started when I was designing album art for my band Big Jaw. It started me on a track of trying to find a way to make compelling pieces in the simplest terms by using symbols from nature and pop culture and combining these symbols with basic elements of design and a limited color palette. At most, I hope my work would evoke a story or a feeling or even just a question in the viewer’s mind. At least, I hope it’s fun to look at.”
Patricia Carrington is a photographer based in Monterrey, Mexico.
Carlos Olvera a.k.a. Vegan Cannibal focuses his practice on art, music, and tattoos. His work addresses Underground Punk, Pop and different countercultural strategies with their visual imaginaries, developing a grotesque aesthetic based on the human body depiction and apocalyptic landscapes that you can usually see in his paintings and collages, but also on the immediacy of drawings. Sculpture, installation and space intervention has been also part of his work.
Greometría is an illustrator/muralist based in Monterrey, Mexico.
Lou is a professor, traveler, artist, and architect.
East Austin Studio Tour marked the end of our programming for 2017, and we couldn’t have picked a better way to close out a pivotal year for collective blue. Right now, we’re slowing down to reflect and plan out our goals for 2018.
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