Archive for Underground 2012
Those folks at Loyal KNG really knocked this video out of the park. It was filmed at UNDERGROUND 4 (2012) and includes narration by producers Cody Phillips and David Rodriguez. What an amazing capture of what we do. Great job, guys!
Story by Brentney Hamilton
Photos by Taryn Walker
|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.
|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.
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.
|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
The Observer got some fantastic pics of Underground 2012.
And writer Brentney Hamilton wrote a wild write up of the show 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.
Nice to see the Observer showing us some love.
Underground 4 was a crazy massive success. Our biggest annual show got bigger, bolder, and had more people both creating and attending than ever before. As usual, the photographers were out in force, and each who shot saw the show in their own unique way.
Here’s just a glimpse of what their lenses caught.
Photogapher: Robert Hold
Robert’s entire set can be seen here
Low res are free to download, and prints are 30% of when you use codeword “Underground”
Photographer: Heather Alley
Heather’s entire set can be viewed at www.enjoyphotos.com
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Low res are free for download
Photographer: Jen Shu
All of Jen Shu’s cosmic photos can be seen here
Are you in there?
Photographer: Tyson Sommer
Tyson can be contacted on facebook here
We’re thankful for everyone who helped capture Underground. Check out more great work of these photographers by following their links.
We’ll see you next year.
Saturday Night, Dallas’ largest live art experience descends on South Side on Lamar. Underground has become so big, that we begin setting the show up the day before the show. On Friday, the lead producers came in and started to work on Underground’s key areas.
Here’s a few photos snapped while it was happening.
We build stuff
Most of the physical setup for Underground will happen Saturday, but a few of the bigger projects had to be begun Friday.
The task list looked something like this:
- Build and Paint Cosmic Transportation Booth
- Hang giant blacklight paintings
- Sex-ify Blue Room
- Mermaid tank! Yes, Mermaid Tank!
The VIPs are in for a few surprises.
200 gifts bags have been packaged with goodies. The VIP lounge itself will serve free food and drinks. And you’ll see amazing live acts, like the brilliant Black Market Pharmacy perform.
This is artlovemagic’s first VIP experience and we’re thankful you sold it out days before the presale ended.
What does this thing do?
Attendee piloted – interactive light and acrylic paint control system – to the sounds of local DJs.
The Blue Room will take your breath away.
The ladies of the Blue Room will present a 21 and up experience in Underground where adults can appreciate adult arts. Body painting, burlesque, erotic photography and painting, and sensual performances.
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You don’t know us but you will.
These set up pics barely give you an idea of what you’ll experience at Underground. But this thing does. Read this link.
Tickets to Underground will be available at the door for $15. Doors open at 8pm.
This show is setting records for us in many ways. Largest physical space we’ve ever taken over (much bigger than last year), largest number of performers ever, highest number of attendee presales (by more than double), and probably 5 other records we haven’t even noticed yet. Get ready for the show of a lifetime. More than 100 of Dallas’ brightest talents, creating their masterpieces live.
3 music stages, 5 bars, 3 galleries of art, dozens upon dozens of live artists, dance contests, wild collaborations, and tons of mind blowing creativity.
We’ll see you tonight! Bring your third eye.
NOTE- NOW SOLD OUT (2/7/12)
Story by David Rodriguez
Underground is building up steam and the Pre-sale tickets are racking up! This event will be insane. There are less than 40 passes left for VIP and the sale ends Sunday at midnight! VIP tickets will NOT be sold at the door.
So what do you get when you purchase VIP tickets for Underground? Check this out!
Here are some more details:
Local accomplished photographer, Carolyn Collins, has graciously offered a signed, limited edition print of her work “The Sofa” to be used as a raffled prize give-away to a random VIP ticket holder during Underground 2012 on Saturday, February 11th. This gorgeous piece (24″x36″ framed to 30″x43″), which retails at $1,000, was a featured work exhibited during the 11/11/11 grand opening of Omni Hotel Dallas Convention Center and was featured on UtopiaPkwyArts (http://utopiapkwyarts.blogspot.com/2011/11/other-creative-souls-carolyn-collins.html) by Gina Marie Dunn (Dallas Arts Director for Origin Magazine). “The Sofa” is one of several works in Carolyn’s ongoing Conceptual Portraits collection and is currently on display within the collective works that represent this years Underground event at the Janette Kennedy Gallery (Southside On Lamar). More of her Conceptual Portraits are currently exhibited at Kettle Art Gallery in Deep Ellum, and at Classic Pilates Studio in Turtle Creek. You can see more of Carolyn’s work at carolyncollinsphotography.com