Desert #WHOA

If you’re one of thousands flocking to the desert for the annual Coachella music festival —or the sixth ed. of the one-night sonic showcase: the Wonder Valley Experimental Festival— and are curious to see what’s beyond the line-ups…. Or perhaps you’re still sweating out low-cost sleeping accommodation… Or searching for adventure-stops along your route… Congratulations, you’ve arrived to the right place.  WOAH’s scouted the sprawling desert oasis to present 10 picks for visual attractions that may leave you in a state of ‘whoa,’ or inspire mobilizing plans outside of the valley.  Here’s our EZ Desert A-Z…enjoy:

09252006a53d7419632e61918537e745CABAZON DINOSAURS
50800 Seminole Dr, Cabazon, CA 92230
from Coachella: via I-10 W · 40mi · 45min
— Creationist Dinosaur Displays
For the past 35 years, SoCal travelers headed west on Interstate 10 can see the monumental 150 ft Apatosaurus, ‘Dinny.’  At the Cabazon exit, the ‘World’s Biggest dinosaur’ is joined by his 65 ft Tyrannosaurus Rex counterpart, ‘Mr. Rex,’ together forming the Cabazon Dinosaurs.  Conceived by theme park mastermind, Claude Bell, the dinosaurs were intended to attract customers to The Wheel In Cafe (permanently closing Sept ’13), and to permeate a local monument.  Built from salvaged materials over 11 years, Dinny was completed in 1975, independently at the hands of Bell and ironworker Gerald Hufstetler.  ‘Mr. Rex’ was nearly finished prior to Bell’s 1989 death, but to this day the artist’s vision— a prehistoric garden complete with a Wooly Mammoth— remains incomplete.  However, an everlasting roadside attraction remains, with the Cabazon Dinosaurs immortalized in commercials and feature films (first cameo in Wim Wender’s ’84 film Paris, Texas, pictured) , and to every eye in transit from LA to Palm Springs.  For the inquisitive tourist, stop in to Dinny’s abdomen where the Creationist Museum lies, a gift store and museum promoting… yes, Creationism.

Palm_springs_aerial_tramwaypalm-springs-tram2PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY
1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262
from Coachella: via I-10 W · 26mi · 35min
—Ephemeral space-time travel in under 15 minutes
The largest rotating aerial tramway in the world, The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway opened in September 1963.  Designed by Albert Frey and Robson Chambers to provide an efficient method and mode of transit from the Indio Valley to the highest peak of the San Jacinto Mountains, the twelve and a half minute ride encapsulates passengers in a rotating module providing aerial, infinite panoramic views of a changing scenery.  Traversing landscapes, tramway riders start in the Sonoran Desert and arrive in the seasonally snow-capped alpine forest.  Hours and more info here.

1620449_10152340987036506_4649386854365182107_n PHILLIP K SMITH III: Lucid Stead: Four Windows and a Doorway
3190 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA 92260
from Coachella: via CA-111 N · 11mi · 20min
—Infamous light and mirror house, resurrected
For those at Coachella, it will be hard to miss the launch of artist Phillip K Smith’s largest light installation to date, Reflection Field.  The installation consists of five freestanding volumes of light and mirror scaled 18 ft high by 17 ft wide and spanning a diameter over 100 ft. Reflection Field lights-up on Friday April 11th and remains on view throughout the festival, ending April 20th.  BUT don’t despair if you missed the artist’s project in Indio Valley (or simply wish you never saw the ‘selfie wall’)… An abbreviated installation of the artist’s infamous LED mirrored shack, Lucid Stead— a light-based installation originally set-up for two weeks in Joshua Tree in Oct ’13— is currently on view within the walls of the Palm Springs gallery, Royale Projects.

BOMBAY BEACH at SALTON SEA
Bombay Beach, CA 92257
from Coachella: via CA-111 S · 40mi · 48min
—California’s French Riviera: land of a forgotten American dream
The ruins of Bombay Beach are ideally suited for any ghost town purveyor or seeker of the abandoned and forgotten.  Geographically, it is one of the lowest altitude settlements anywhere in North America.  Before ceding to the demolition of the Salton Sea’s rising waters, Bombay Beach’s initial development plans were intended to create an attractive playground for wealthy vacationers in the 1940s and ’50s.  Modeled and packaged as California’s version of the French Riviera, Bombay Beach now sits as a visible urban and natural gray field, with much of the wildlife succumbing to the increased sea salinity and a series of tropical storms destroying the area in the 1970s.  Today, few permanent residents remain— with the US Census Bureau measuring the population at just 295 people in 2010.  Scattered trailer homes animate a barren desert-sea-scape, haunting the destination that never was with a post-apocalyptic aura making it a must-see for the coast-inclined curious.

2430435038_47172c8c9b_b_tx700SALVATION MOUNTAIN at SLAB CITY
Salvation Mountain, Niland, CA 92257
from Coachella: via CA-111 S · 60mi · 1hr
—Mountain of God’s love at abandoned navy base
Built by Leonard Knight after his hot air balloon failed in this bleak patch of desert near the Salton Sea, the monumental Salvation Mountain exudes messages covered in and created from God’s love.  Beginning construction on the mound in 1986, Knight felt ordained by God to continue spreading his message of love in the hostile environment he unintentionally landed in.  For over twenty years, Knight lived out of his truck and worked continually on this colorful art ‘mountain,’ which forebodes the entrance to Slab City— a free campsite and alternative living community, namesake to the concrete slabs remaining long after the former WWII military base was bulldozed and abandoned.  Located near an active bombing range in the desert city of Niland, ‘The Slabs,’ is hailed as ‘the last free place on earth’ and commonly referred to as an ‘anarchist RV town.’  The off-the-grid housing and living community attracts thousands during winter months, with some permanent life retirees and residents enduring the blazing heats and populating the largely impoverished area year-round.

xr15Z.AuSt.36HIGH DESERT TEST SITES (HDTS) HQ
6470 Veterans Way, Joshua Tree, CA 92252 
from Coachella: via I-10 W and CA-62 E · 56mi · 1hr
Pop-ups throughout the desert
Located along a stretch of desert communities including Pioneer town, Yucca Valley, Joshua Tree, 29 Palms and Wonder Valley, High Desert Test Sites (HDTS) provides alternative space for works by both emerging and established artists.  An ongoing ‘experiment,’ co-founded by artist Andrea Zittel, HDTS hosts workshops, events and an array of site-specific art projects in the desert, which remaining continually elastic and calendared on its website alongside affiliated curated events (like the recent three-day event Spectacular Subdivision, showcasing Highland Park’s Monte Vista Projects, curated by Jay Lizo).  With a mission to ‘insert art directly into life,’ encourage site-specificity, and create a platform where art can be showcased on zero budget— HDTS serves a common ground belonging to no one, with floating experimental projects and permanent sites worth checking-out.  Visit the HDTS HQ for driving maps to project locations, catalogs, and more.  Open Sat-Sun, 11am-3pm.

chapelDESERT CHRIST PARK
56200 Sunnyslope Dr, Yucca Valley, CA 92284
from Coachella: via I-10 W and CA-62 E/Twentynine Palms Hwy · 50mi · 1hr
—#Selfies with Jesus at the Last Supper
On a barren hillside in the Yucca Valley, the slowly decaying Desert Christ Park has attracted pilgrims and kitsch hunters for over 50 years.  Near Joshua Tree National Park in the Mojave Desert, this Christian theme park was conceived by former local pastor Reverend Eddie Garver.  Visualizing the faith-based attraction to serve as a light monument and symbol advocating world peace, the US government assisted Garver’s realization and granted the ‘Desert Pastor’ 5 acres of south-facing land on this desolate and picturesque mound.  Today, the forty religious statues made of steel-reinforced concrete— ranging in scale from life-size to over twelve ft— attract those in search of capturing the perfect weird photo-op with each fragmented Christian hallmark weighing up to sixteen tons apiece.  Plus you can stop-in to visit the adjacent Rock Chapel— the perfect way to celebrate Christ Easter Sunday.

IMG_07802_smallNOAH PURIFOY OUTDOOR DESERT ART MUSEUM OF ASSEMBLAGE SCULPTURE
63030 Blair Lane, Joshua Tree, 92252
from Coachella · via I-10 W and CA-62 E/Twentynine Palms Hwy · 62mi · 1hr
—Sculpture museum in the middle of nowhere
Nearly 10 acres of desert land serve as permanent exhibition space for artist Noah Purifoy’s assemblage sculptures.  The sprawling open-air desert scenery houses Purifoy’s quirky artworks, all created on-site between 1989 and 2004.  Immersed in the open-air, visitors to the site are invited to wander the unfenced, unwalled, and unmarked museum.  Casually left to encounter and discover each project in an experience akin to a scavenger-hunt, the museum presents an opportunity to engage with the uncanny and to partake in a social experiment exploring the in-between.  Directions to the fairly anonymous desert site available here.

13design-web-joshua3-tmagArticleintegratron-roomINTEGRATRON
2477 Belfield Blvd., Landers, 92285
from Coachella: via I-10 W and CA-62 E/Twentynine Palms Hwy· 66mi · 1.2hrs
—Sound baths in a dome invoked by extraterrestrials
Built by engineer and UFO enthusiast, George Van Tassel— with a design inspired by Moses’ Tabernacle, the writings of Nikola Tesla and telepathic directions from Venusian extraterrestrials — the Integratron hosts recurring sound baths in its dome-shaped ‘resonant tabernacle and energy machine.’  Possibly the most intense 60-minute sound bath one can experience, visitors lie on the floor while listening to a sonic healing session of crystal bowls amplified by the space’s unique acoustics; awakening and reenergizing the body’s chakras.  We recommend inquiring on space availability—or booking a private group appt in advance— as this is arguably the most visitors the Integratron sees in the brevity of two weeks annually… If you miss the chance this time, check back for the no-reservation req’d events held two weekends per month and the pop-up sound bath calendar.


32_lockerLEROY STEVENS: UNDERGROUND SCULPTURE

Mojave Desert
—As above, so below.  Sound art, underground. 
For the more ambitious traveler, the Mojave Desert is the site for a unique underground sound installation by LA artist LeRoy Stevens.  Comprised of seventy-five 20 ft lengths of rebar buried below ground, viewers use an on-site provided metal detector to ‘see’ and experience the subsurface work.  Activated through changing pitches, the installation is open to the public throughout the year. Contact the artist for directions and to schedule a site visit.  More on the Center for Land Use Interpretation (CLUI) supported project available on the CLUI website.

Experimental Half-Hour

EHH

all images courtesy Experimental Half-Hour

WO∆H W∆VE: a new genre of Getting Your Sh*t Together!  Hosted by Kara Tomé, founder of ArtSite Projects, GYST Radio broadcasts conversations with DIY artists, independent curators and arts organizations.  A new addition to GYST, the WOAH Show highlights artists working with sound and moving images.  A virtual space surveying technological innovation in the arts through conversations with purveyors of electronic arts and new media, the WOAH Show had it’s first half-hour on-air with the duo behind Experimental Half-Hour (EHH).

h e a r >Experimental Half-Hour | WOAH Show on GYST Radio < h e r e

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vlcsnap-2012-07-24-20h02m10s10Broadcasting experimental music and performance art, Experimental Half-Hour is a show co-founded by Eva Aguila and Brock Fansler.  Developed as a cable access program for experimental media and it’s makers, EHH is a platform connecting and servicing a diverse network of local and international cross-disciplinary artists.  Showcasing an eclectic and extensive roster of musicians, performance artists, dancers, and comedians through televised episodes (seriously though… look at this list), EHH is in many ways a real-time archive documenting the elasticity of contemporary performing arts, audio and video culture.  Broadcasting bi-weekly half-hour episodes on multiple cable access programs in Portland since 2010, EHH has reached the airwaves of NYC, St. Paul, and beyond— collaborating and exchanging content with nomadic new media organizations like NYC’s ESP TV and LA monthly animator and video artist hang-out, Ghosting.

Officially relocating to Los Angeles in late 2013, EHH is in the process of resurrecting a fully-equipped film studio attune to their former home at Portland Community Media—where a green screen, multi-camera setup, and mix of analog and digital technologies synthesize to create a new space for accessing and cultivating experimental work.  To continue this unique DIY language and growing archive, EHH’s fundraiser benefits the equipment needed for setting-up their new digs.  All proceeds directly assist in writing EHH’s LA chapter, where shows will be custom produced, logged, live broadcast, and freely available for HD streaming from floating locations. Committed to shaping and sharing the cultivation of new work through this open platform, you can support Experimental Half-Hour Live in Hollywood by pledging a donation here (through 11:59pm Friday 3.28).

Popping-up with interactive video installations and mobile set-ups throughout the city as part of their month-long campaign, come commune at EHH’s closing appearance: Rebuilding the Temple, an evening of live video synthesis, performance, and video at Human Resources.  As EHH’s first live-taped show in the media capital of the world, Rebuilding the Temple promises to be a multimedia experience as conceptually and visually dynamic as the virtuosos mapped through the couple’s ongoing creative collaboration.

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Rebuilding The Temple | 8pm Thursday 3.27 at Human Resources

Experimental Half-Hour’s one-night takeover of HRLA complete with performances from Afterhours, Geneva Jacuzzi, Diva, and GX Jupitter-Larsen; video screenings by Jennifer Juniper Stratford, Taryn Tomasello, Cristopher Cichocki, Pod Blotz (Suzy Poling), Sarah Rara, Johnny Woods, Peter Larsson, Dungeon Majesty, E.S.P. TV, Vitamin Wig C, and Derek Larson; with the installation Esoterica by Sylvie Spencer in upstairs gallery.

www.experimentalhalfhour.com

 

# N S F W

| d o n ‘ t  f o r g e t | TRY TO FORGET: A Group Show

Try To Forget

| opening | 8pm-1am Saturday, March 8th | 1443 N. Highland Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90028

Hentai Origami - Eron Rauch

Hentai Origami – Eron Rauch

| d i g i t a l | * Anthony Antonellis  * Ian Aleksander Adams * Terrell Davis * Bebe Bones * Natalie Hands    * Hush B Quiet * Jim Anderson (GrimGrimGrim) * Dave Hudson * Spencer Keller * Marci Pinna * Mauzy Virginia * Carlos A Etchverry * Mattie Hillock * Tracy Clark

| v i d e o | * Molly Ryan * H. Martis * Estrid Lutz + Emile Mold * Logan Owlbeemoth (Tachyons+) * Faith Holland * Vishal Nirvana

| p h y s i c a l | * Trevor Brolin * Jen Miller * Gabe Martinez * Rhys Jones * Eron Rauch * XE Davis * Nora Quinn + Sammy Wong * Trevor Treglia * Jimmy Swill * Rae Threat  * Dorian Wood  * Aria Maximillian * Crystal Brackett  * James Marshall

| s o u n d | (live) * Bastard Noise and Witches Of Malibu * Crowhurst * Hive Mind * Breakdancing Ronald Reagan (TX) * Endometrium Cuntplow * Derek Rogers

| r e a d i n g | * Ian Dick Jones | i n s t a l l a t i o n | * Jay Gambit

| d e s i g n | * (stage) Eron Rauch * (lighting) Obfuscated Visuals

| c u r a t e d  b y | * Jay Gambit

| co-p r e s e n t e d  with |  We Open Art Houses – WOAH

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art + sound #IRL

It is truly the catastrophe of meaning that lies in wait for us – JEAN BAUDRILLARD

In a world where our virtual life has consumed our physical state of being, the lines between IRL and URL dissolve through mechanical routine and limitless manipulation.  Modulators and controllers of an overwhelming panoply of sights, sounds, information, and events, we function in communication networks as both alienated subject and mediated object.  Virtually extended, we are trapped in a circular loop of presented and re-presented information and images–– a simulated reality where representations of history, society, adolescence, youth, and ourselves are commonly perceived as lived experience.

Instruments and vessels of absorption, the evolution of becoming an adult has changed with the expansion of open-source information and the elaboration of pop culture.  We inhabit an age where information and value, notions of private and public, as well as distinctions between the natural and the neutralized, collapse into meaningless noise.  Like the World Wide Web itself, the Post-Internet visual and sound artists showcased here deconstruct the past by reassembling fragments into new strange hybrid forms and futures.

Screen Flicker | Faith Holland

The beauty of this new habitat is juxtaposed in a political climate with recurring themes of corruption, immorality, violence and invasion of even the most basic of personal privacies.  Deeply entrenched in a lifestyle of habitual routine and manufactured need–– where we are constantly having new necessities forced upon us through rendering the technological items our culture has forced us into addiction to–– looking back less than twenty years ago seems like an eternity of waste.  Overloaded and overwhelmed, the only hope is to try to forget.

Try To Forget: A Group Show

AUDIO |DIGITAL | VIDEO | INSTALLATIONS + PERFORMANCES

CURATED BY JAY GAMBIT (Crowhurst)

CO-PRESENTED WITH WOAH

OPENING RECEPTION: 8PM–11PM SATURDAY, MARCH 8TH

AT THE RAT FACTORY

1443 N. Highland Ave, Hollywood CA 90028 (Map)

– Facebook event –

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>DIGITAL: Natalie Hands | Anthony Antonellis | Dave Hudson | Ian Aleksander Adams | Hush B Quiet | Terrell Davis | Bebe Bones | Jim Anderson | Spencer Keller >VIDEO: Molly Ryan | H. Martis | Estrid Lutz | Logan Owlbeemoth | Faith Holland >WALL: Trevor Brolin | Lydia Jones | Nora Quinn/Sammy Wong | Eron Rauch | Trevor Treglia | Jen Miller | Gabe MartinezJimmy Swill | XE Davis >PERFORMANCE: Crowhurst | Bastard Noise + Witches of Malibu | Hive Mind | Circuit Rider | Endometrium >INSTALLATION: James MarshallJay Gambit

2013: a ⅃ook ᗺack + whoa recap

2014
Numerology.
2+0+1+4=7
The Future.

WOAH bids adieu to MMXIII with a chronological recap of our most whoa-provoking audiovisual moments.  In light of resolutions to cross more trajectories and open more art houses– with 2014 set as a ’7 Universal Year,’ with the number 7 alluding to greater intellectual and spiritual awakening – there’s hope for much more whoa to come in the new year.  Here’s to the 7 experiences likely to linger with us well beyond MMXIII …

LABookFair13>>LA ART BOOK FAIR presented by Printed Matter at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.  Printed Matter presented the first-ever LA ART BOOK FAIR in February, housing over 200 international presses, booksellers, antiquarians, artists, and independent publishers for the three-day archival symposium.   Free to the public, the annual LA ART BOOK FAIR features artists’ books, catalogs, monographs, periodicals, and zines from around the globe and is companion to the NY ART BOOK FAIR, held every Fall in NYC.  Attendance all-day, every day is recommended for the LA ART BOOK FAIR 2014 just around the corner: January 31- February 2, 2014 // laartbookfair.net

>>HAPTIC & HOLISTIC STRATA by Hiroaki Umeda at Redcat.  The sold-out  HAPTIC & HOLISTIC STRATA at Redcat in February marked Tokyo-based multi-disciplinary artist Hiroaki Umeda‘s US debut.   A compelling vision of dance as multi-sensory visual installation, Umeda’s tight choreography moved synchronously to strobic projections and sonic glitches.  Within flashing patterns, scrolling videos, and explosive light particles, Umeda’s enveloping world of sound, light and movement somehow sublimated looping vertigo into transcendental equilibrium.

Luciana>>PURO DESEO by Luciana Achugar and Michael Mahalchick at Showbox L.A. Brooklyn-based choreographer Luciana Achugar performed alongside frequent collaborator Michael Mahalchick for the LA premiere of the Bessie Award-winning PURO DESEO at Showbox L.A. in March.  Evoking the occult and supernatural through sound, movement, and a moody eye for the preternatural, Achugar and Mahalchick seamlessly webbed the cavernous black-boxed theatre into an eerie, infinite– and at times nightmarish– vortex of apparitions.  For the first minutes of the performance, the viewer sat blinded in darkness (unexpected, this roughly five minutes felt like eternity), with nothing but faint sounds of bells shifting footless through space… casting the spell for the visceral and durational experience that followed.

>>WASH presented by Machine Projects As part of the Field Guide to LA Architecture series running contingent to The Getty’s PST Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., Machine Project presented WASH, a site-specific, interactive sound installation in an indoor swimming pool.  Speakers installed above and above water channeled live and recorded sounds from Ing (John Wood and Max Markowitz), with frequencies and harmonies changing based on the viewer’s vantage point. Layers of feedback were continually added to the composition as the installation evolved throughout the afternoon.  Inviting the audience to swim through the aquatic soundscape or observe from an underground ‘viewing room’ the piece offered room for both collective and personal mediation.  Weightlessly floating and diving through underwater arpeggios, WASH, was almost as ‘immersive’ as possible.

>>THE GREY ONES by WIFE at the Downtown Independent.  WIFE is the performance trio born of LA artists Jasmine Albuquerque, Kristen Leahy, and Nina McNeely.  Premiering at TEDxSoCal, and later airing on The Creator’s Project, THE GREY ONES, juxtaposes live projection mapping with synchronized choreography to create a narrative on the evolution of time.  With an original score by Amon Tobin, THE GREY ONES evokes myth, matter, and decay; employing alternate medias to illuminate mystical phenomena and uncover collective truths.  Amazing to be apart of the team responsible for bringing this to the Downtown Independent  in August.  Presented by Phyllis NavidadINSTALL:WeHo, MKL GalleryFruitFlyLife, and WOAH.

>>Goblin: Giallo Live at the Egyptian Theatre. 40 years in the making, Halloween 2013 marked the Italian legends LA debut at the inaugural Beyond Fest.  Goblin’s live set drew from the foreboding, whispering melodies of their acclaimed horror and giallo soundtracks.  With founding members, Massimo Morante and Claudio Simonetti center stage; Suspiria 35mm on the–big–screen; and hosted at the landmark Egyptian Theatre– notorious as the site of Hollywood’s first movie premiere– this was an appropriately hyped event honoring the Maserati of film composers.  Presented by American Cinematheque and Amity, the month-long fest featured screenings, premieres, and music events especially suited to bate and satisfy the tastes of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi fans and nerds everywhere.

>>NUIT NOIRE V presented by Mount Analog A quarterly soiree presented by Highland Park record haven Mount Analog, NUIT NOIRE V welcomed Minimal Wave Founder Veronica Vasicka, duo Beau Wanzer (Mutant Beat Dance) and Elon Katz (White Car) as Streetwalker, Karl O’Connor (Regis) and Juan Mendez (Silent Servant)’s first-last-and-always performance as Sandra Plays Electronics, and the US debut of In Aeternam Vale.  At the risk of sounding like a groupie (because for IAV, I proudly am), I stuttered out ‘thank you’s’ and seized the opportunity for a hug-in-passing from the humbled, single-braided, Laurent Prot.  The magician behind a truly insane labyrinth of sounds, Prot first appeared as IAV in 1983 France.  NUIT NOIRE VI hits the LA underground February 14, make it your valentine and reserve tickets at climbmountanalog.com.

Satellites + Socialists

Published by Skydive Art Space in partnership with Temporary Art Review Sponsored by a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation Coming Soon!

Satellites and Socialists: On the Fringe of the Houston Arts
Published by Skydive Art Space in partnership with Temporary Art Review
Sponsored by a grant from the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation

Houston, Texas.  A city I have been lucky to visit and engage with in recent years since the first conception of WOAH (West Oaks Art House) was born in early November 2011.  As a first-time traveller, worldwide urban-dweller and self-professed city-junkie, Houston was one of those destinations where I really didn’t know what to expect, nor did I anticipate the incredibly diverse and enigmatic artist-driven energy existing within this vast metropolis.

There are certain places where you truly do feel a collective creative consciousness brewing, where you actually see experimentation happening outside of prevalent critical discourse; ecologies where artists, activists, institutions, and cutting-edge nonprofits are evolving together to create something unparalleled outside of white walls; where possibilities are being built and new spaces and trajectories are being excavated in the process.  Art and a sense of community can be mistaken for those awkward moments when you continually run into the same semi-familiar sea of art goers at the so-and-so weekly choice art happening, usually with a crowd contingent and distinct to the venue itself: institution, gallery, or alterna-space.  That’s not to say I myself don’t partially enjoy attending and maintaining aloof anonymity at each of these art happenings.  But, my point is, in Houston, there is a cross-pollination bridging artist, museum curator, commercial gallery owner, critic, collector, nonprofit space, newcomer, and audience into one all-inclusive art community.  As an out-of-towner, feelings of inferiority initially plagued my stag attendance to varied art events, only to be quickly eradicated by the instantaneous feeling of being a key player in this creative exchange and dialogue.  I was welcomed with the feeling of being integral to the experimentation and innovation taking place within and beyond this city’s kunsthalle infrastructure –– brimming with artists, renowned institutions, and community-centric projects–– sheerly because I, too, was an artist with an idea in Houston.

With that said, I continue to be humbled to be included in the upcoming book project, Satellites and Socialists: On the Fringe of the Houston Arts, published in partnership with Temporary Art Review and edited by Founder of landmark Houston artist-run venue, Skydive Art Space, Sasha Dela.  Through an anthology of essays, interviews, mission statements, and floorplans, the book focuses on Houston as a city enabling and sustaining a variety of creative endeavors, chronicling a group of local arts organizations, that through an economy of means taking unconventional forms, envision a more perfect connection to and relationship with place.1

Included in the book: Antena Books / John Pluecker / Jen Hofer, Aurora Picture Show / Andrea Grover, Art House Rules / Nancy Zastudil, Box 13, Galveston Artist Residency / Eric Schnell, Hear Our Houston / Carrie Schneider, Hello Lucky / Teresa O’Conner, The Kenmore / Emily Sloan, Mainstreaming the Militants / Raj Mankad, Many Mini Residency / Sarrita Hunn / Ryan Thayer, The Mitchell Center for the Arts / Karen Farber, Notsuoh / Dean Liscum, Phoenix Commotion / Robert Boyd, Project Row Houses / Rick Lowe, Rice Gallery / Josh Fischer, Roadsign USA / June Woest, Settlement Goods / Jenny Morgan, Shrimp Boat Projects / Eric Leshinsky / Zach Moser, Skydive Art Space / Sasha Dela, West Oaks Art House / Sharsten Plenge, Workshop Houston and more!

We’ll keep you posted on where to read-up on the varied spaces and entities shaping Houston’s unique artscape  … Plus, you’ll want to pick-up a copy for a pair of the hand-crafted WOAH enhancement included with our textual contribution.

For more information, please contact Sasha Dela.

HIP Pops-Up at WOAH in Houston

Designs by HIP Founder, Toni Whitaker. Image courtesy Toni Whitaker.

Designs by HIP Founder, Toni Whitaker. Image courtesy Toni Whitaker.

As part of the programs facilitated and supported through WOAH’s mobile Houston art space, West Oaks Art House, we are pleased to announce the upcoming opening of the HIP Pop-Up.

Making it’s grand debut on the biggest national shopping day of the year –– yes, that would be Black Friday–– the HIP Pop-Up sets-up-shop at West Oaks Mall thru December 31st. The opening of the HIP Pop-Up marks the landing of Houston’s first concept store exclusively dedicated to showcasing emerging designers under the innovative program of the Houston Incubator Project (HIP). A not-for-profit initiative headed by veteran designer and choice dresser to Houston’s most fashionable A-list, Toni Whitaker, the mission of the HIP is to grow and sustain the business of participating designers by developing the skills needed to thrive and survive in a competitive retail environment.

Animating a 500 sq ft. storefront space with participant’s collections, the HIP Pop-Up helps selected designers build and expand their brand’s exposure. By housing retail space at West Oaks Mall with locally designed and produced clothing and accessories, the HIP Pop-Up aims to generate attention to Houston’s leading fashion-entrepreneurs while simultaneously enabling them to test the ready-to-wear market. Offering business mentoring, networking opportunities, and the use of retail space at no-cost to participating designers, the HIP Pop-Up provides a unique, professional platform encouraging up-and-coming talent to reach their full potential, while exposing them to the real-life challenges of garnering a target-audience within an established retail landscape. Additionally, under Whitaker’s stellar curation, the HIP Pop-Up introduces new customers to the first incarnation of the incubator project, which is set to reach full program fruition come Spring 2014.

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For more on the HIP visit www.houstonfashionincubatorproject.org

In addition to the HIP Pop-Up, West Oaks Art House provides a second location for the nonprofit arts organization Katy Visual & Performing Arts Center (KVPAC West Oaks).  Offering a Fun Friday Workshop on Black Friday, KVPAC West Oaks invites parents to drop-off kids to partake in fun arts and crafts activities while they enjoy shopping Black Friday bargains.

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For more on the holiday programs offered at KVPAC West Oaks visit www.kvpac.org

Click here to download WOAH’s Press Release.