Archive for Underground
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
Last October, Dallas lost one of it’s brightest artists. Alvaro (Minus Won) Angeles was a talented grafitti artist who was known as much for his love and spirit as he was for his dynamic art. He passed unexpectedly at only 33 years old.
Minus participated in each previous Underground show alongside his friends in the Rec Shop crew (one of the only artists to be in each show). He was one of the first artists scheduled this year as well. Shortly before his passing, he and lead producer David Rodriguez spoke at the Vinyl Thoughts toy show in Deep Ellum and planned his participation in 2012’s Underground.
ArtLoveMagic is proud to show 3 pieces of Minus’ artwork in this year’s Underground. He was supposed to be there. We hope to allow new viewers to experience his creativity.
To learn more about Minus, check out this video.
There is also a page dedicated to his memory on facebook.
Underground will be this Saturday February 11th from 8 to midnight at SouthSide on Lamar.
More info on the show at www.artlovemagic.com
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
Contact: David Rodriguez
“Dallas’ Largest Live Art Event”
February 11, 2012
Janette Kennedy Gallery within
South Side On Lamar
1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
8pm – 12am (7pm open to VIP’s)
Post by David Rodriguez, Lead Producer for Underground
Underground 2012, Dallas’ largest live art event, has added a new element to its presentation: The VIP Lounge! Tickets for VIP are $25 and will ONLY be sold on-line.
As our VIP guest, you will be able to get into our event an hour earlier than the general public. If you remember the lines that formed at the previous events then you’ll know that this is a great feature! Not only will you avoid the wait but you’ll be able to get FIRST DIBS on some amazing new art and jewelry, as well as be able to speak to some of artist you are looking forward to see.
VIP’s will have unlimited access to the UNDERGROUND VIP Room. You must have a VIP pass to enter this room. Throughout the night you will be able to retreat to this location and enjoy a little getaway as 5 select local artists body paint under black lights. A dj will be spinnin’ within the room as additional artists create live.
Swag bags will be distributed to VIP’s within the VIP Lounge. Tons of FREE stuff, including a FREE Underground imprinted PINT GLASS!
There will be FREE food for VIP’s and, no more waiting in line to pay for drinks with a VIP ticket, FREE local craft beer from Deep Ellum Brewing Company and mixed drinks featuring Deep Eddy’s Vodka ONLY in the VIP Lounge.
Special presentation within the VIP Lounge to be announced!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
8pm – 12am General Admission
Janette Kennedy Gallery
within South Side On Lamar
1409 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75215
Story by David Rodriguez
At Underground you will find:
Jen Shu capturing your moment within an amazing interactive photobooth area.
Jen’s photography is amazing. She has been jammin’ with us for a few years but this will be her first Underground as a participating artist.