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Still Think Dallas Has No Culture? Look Underground.

Posted in Artists, Community, Love, Magic, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 23, 2012 by artlovemagic

Story by Brentney Hamilton
Photos by Taryn Walker

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Ponchaveli Design Group

Man, I still get the same old tired line: Oh, you write for the Culture section? In Dallas? What Culture.

Yes, yes. We know. Dallas is no New York. Or, Paris. Or, hell, even Austin. I was just the same when I left here in back in 2006 with both barrels blazing and two middle fingers waving. But, then I realized something. Cities like Dallas, and you know what I mean, tend to foment rebellion. Her manicured nails and sky-high coif — reaching gloriously to the heavens like a tribute to Reunion Tower — inspire folks of a recalcitrant nature, giving us something to buck against. When I was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts, I was just another pinko lefty nerd drowning anonymously in a sea of my own kind. Back here, I’m that obnoxious pinko lefty asshole nerd, and if you’re reading the Mixmaster, something tells me you might catch my drift.

But, for those still spitting jokes about the City sans Culture, after Saturday night, I’ve got to think that maybe you’re just not paying attention. Underground 4, a mashup of everything art by 2011 MasterMinds finalist ArtLoveMagic, went down at the Janette Kennedy Gallery at South Side on Lamar, and it was worth every penny of the $15 cover charge. DJs were spinnin’, artists were creatin’ and patrons were drinkin’. It was loud, busy, bright and alive, and it was Dallas at her finest.

A yearly event, Underground presents emerging and established local artists working live, all to the tune of live bands, musicians and DJs, as well as spoken-word poets, dancers, and performance artists like the always-entertaining Circus Freaks. Our intrepid photog Taryn Walker snagged shots that are worth a thousand words, but if you’ve got time for about 500, we’ve got some observations of our own.


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I don’t roll on Shabbos.

Hey, careful man, there’s a beverage here! Underground was crowwwded. Which is a great thing. And, the abundance of hot bodies in fabulous outfits, made for primo people-watching. From the gorgeous ladies in pin-up corsets to the gent in the burnt orange suit — replete with the plaid undershirt — the fly denizens of Underground were not the side of Dallas typically observed in West Village or along Knox-Henderson. And, they were having a blast. The only things missing were White Russians.

Shit, I need more cash. I’ve got a big yen for local art on my walls, but turning tricks for my beloved Mixmaster will, in fact, not likely get me in Forbes. But a lot of the art available for sale last night was affordable, which is not always the case for such high-quality goods. Hey man, artists gotta eat. I totally support the price-point, intellectually, if not financially.


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Robb Conover

There were a few damned fine items that even I could take home last night, and among them, my personal favorite was a $20 coaster of a graphic painting of Amy Winehouse by popArtist Robb Conover. Check out more of his bright and bold (and NSFW) work here.

Do not feed the artists. As I stood, mouth gaping and crudely snapping shots with my iPhone, the evening evoked a subtle sense of … school children at the zoo. I gawked impotently as the brilliant artists before me worked, laser focused on their respective tasks at hand and entirely oblivious — or so it seemed – to the all-encompassing chaos abounding. High heels stamping dangerously close to $300 canvas paintings and oversized butts (mine, specifically) swinging clumsily toward breathtaking sculptures, it is totally unclear how so many artists kept their cool and continued working throughout the shenanigans.

But, they did, and two of my favorites were Theo Ponchaveli of Ponchaveli Design Group and Jaime Navarro. Poncaveli was working ceaselessly on a killer painting of J.R. and Bobby Ewing (Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy) from TV’s Dallas with insane cut-outs that added dimension to the city’s skyline. His glitzy, massive homage to the Purple One, also made the kind of glorious, gender-ambiguous statement that would make a dove cry.


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Jaime Navarro is all-business through the bacchanalia.

On the other end of the spectrum, Jaime Navarro sketched among his Southwest sculptures, including a Native American chief and all-too-sexy feminine figures (one of which he likes to call the “J.Lo”), that are constructed of drywall plates and thin set finished metal. Because Navarro was so hard at work, I chatted with his brother-in-law who said that this was the artist’s first time showing his incredible work.You can find more here.

Did you miss it? Mark it down, dude! On your calendar, for next year, I mean. Underground is living proof that there’s more to Dallas than meets the eye. See some of your work here, un-credited? Let us know, so we can get your name up here where it belongs.

Originally posted on Dallas Observer blog: http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/mixmaster/2012/02/still_think_dallas_has_no_cult.php

Community – A twist on the Art & Coffee model

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2011 by artlovemagic

Each month, on the first Friday, ArtLoveMagic hosts Art & Coffee. It’s a great event to get to know us at. Live art, live music, and an open mic that allows the songwriters and poets in our audience to perform.

This month, on August 5th, we’re presenting a new take on the model. Instead of inviting out individual artists to create live, we’ve invited local ART GROUPS. Each group will set up and create live art, and share information about what they do to help make Dallas successful.

The groups involved are-

The Sunshine Store – handmade jewelery in Deep Ellum for nearly 20 years. The store’s owner, Ruth, will create live custom jewelry on site.

The Artistic Push – a Dallas arts group dedicated to bringing local art into homes, schools, and galleries. They will bring both a gallery of painting and artists who will create live.

The Just.Us.League – a massive art collaboration experiment. The JUL will be bringing painters who will team up to create a large painting…together…live​.

Audio Warfare – AW is a music collective dedicated to creating and promoting local music. Lead DJ Dean Dillenger will head a group of musicians who will entertain us on the outdoor porch.

FUEL.ph – a small crew of local folks who have pledged two years of their life to go to the Philippines to open a coffee shop centered around creating a thriving art and music community. They”ll be leaving Dallas for the Philippines in just a few months.

Rec Shop – an amazing community of skaters and graffiti artists. Their artists will be on hand to do some amazing live painting.

The Circus Freaks– a local crew of live circus performers. They will roam our event juggling, spinning, and hooping and will have a few surprises in store.

In addition to those groups, we also have a feature musician – Carlos Young, and a feature poet – Jay Bookworm of Mystical Misfits.

And local artist Cori Berg will bring supplies and set up a “community-themed” interactive table that every attendee can roll up their sleeves and create art at.

We’re expecting an amazing event filled with good people who do good things. This is a great opportunity to understand your local art community in a BIG way in a single night. Hope to see you there!

Art & Coffee
Friday August 5th
7:30-10:30pm – free to attend
(open mic signup at 7pm)
at It’s A Grind Deep Ellum
2901 Indiana Blvd Ste 2d, Dallas, TX, 75226

Here’s the facebook page for this event in case you want to see more, or share the good news.

Thanks!

community flyer design by Jerod Alexander

Art & Coffee was a joy (May 2011)

Posted in Artists, Deep Ellum, Shows with tags , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2011 by artlovemagic

Our monthly Art & Coffee show (every first Friday) has really been popular lately. Each of the last four or five shows have been absolutely packed. In case you missed it, here’s some photos from May’s show by Firebird Images.The man with the plan. KZach, our trusty open mic general, keeps the performances moving.

Audience members brought their passion to the stage. Poets and Musicians always bring surprises to Art & Coffee.

Even our music director, Deborah Driscoll, brought a guitar up and performed. We haven’t seen that from her in a bit.

Of course, live art is a HUGE part of the show as well. Joshua Poole worked on his found art/painting creations and spoke with attendees about how he creates his art.

We even pulled a few new tricks out of our sleeve, like a live DJ covering the It’s A Grind’s outside porch area.

Beware of roaming performers! The crew from the Circus Freaks came out to join our merry event…

…and impressed with some beautiful motion and color.

One of the highlights of the night was a huge artist jam that went down outside. The team shown above is a pretty impressive lineup of local painters: from the front, Kelsey Kincannon, Daniel Perez, Ixchel Aguliar, and Eddie Walker.

I think artlovemagic as a whole has a collective crush on poet Maggie Smith.

Oh Mama Nye, how you love us with your beautiful songs. Thank you.

All in all, another amazing one for the history books. Big ups to first time producer Hallie Garcia for putting this one together (with trainer Nicole Rodriguez). You girls did amazing.

Art & Coffee is the first Friday of every month in 2011 at It’s A Grind in Deep Ellum. Don’t miss it!

-ML