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Tue, 16 Sep 2008

CADD Art Lab and Show 18 at and/or gallery

Two must see shows going on in town this month. Check them out.


Rusty Scruby, Kwajalein, 14 1/2 x 10 feet, Mixed media reconstruction, Pan American Art Projects

Open House: In the Lab presented by DOWNTOWNDALLAS
Saturday, September 20 // 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Join us for the opening of CADD Art Lab with gallery talks throughout the day and the Art Lies Fall 2008 issue launch, featuring the group exhibition. Rusty Scruby to give artist talk at 2pm.

INDEXING THE MOMENT "Indexing the Moment" examines how artists capture unique instances in time and space to create a constantly evolving archive of the contemporary. Featuring painting, photography, sculpture, and new media from eleven of Dallas’ premier contemporary art galleries, this exhibition includes the work of David Dreyer, Vincent Falsetta, Greta Gunderson, Ted Kincaid, Janaki Lennie, Kristen Lucas, Kenda North, Brent Ozaeta, Rusty Scruby, Ludwig Schwarz, Allison V. Smith, and many more. The exhibition will run September 20-October 30.

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas

1608-C Main Street, Dallas, TX 75201
Located in downtown Dallas between Neiman Marcus and The Joule Hotel

Opening Sept. 20, 2008

Tues-Sat. 11-6 p.m., Thurs. open until 8 p.m.

And/Or Show #18:
Show #18: Sold On Soylent (Sculpture's Back In Town)
curated by Ludwig Schwarz

September 13th - October 18th
opening reception Saturday, Sept 13th 6pm-9pm

Organized by guest curator Ludwig Schwarz, this show presents a "nod and a wink" to the 1973 science-fiction classic, Soylent Green. Featuring artists Ann Craven, Danius Kesminas and the Histrionics, as well as selections from The Estate of Uma Klick, this group exhibition explores contemporary art inspired by "stock" nature footage and modern nostalgia. Please see our press release written by Ludwig Schwarz

[+ in Austin, check out RESET/PLAY curated by Paul Slocum and Marcin Ramocki at ArtHouse through November 2nd ]

And Or Gallery Show 18

and/or gallery | 214.824.2442 | 4221 Bryan St. Suite B, Dallas, TX 75204
hours: wed 5p-8p, thurs-sat 12p-6p, and by appointment


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Mon, 01 Sep 2008

110th Congressional Assembly, worst ever!

110th Congressional Assembly, worst ever!

Rahm Emanuel, Dem. Caucus Chair, House of Representatives, 110th congressional assembly.

SOURCE: Gallup/Rich Clabaugh congress reaches all time low approval
SOURCE: Gallup/Rich Clabaugh/ CS Monitor

The 110th Congressional assembly has the worst job approval rating since pollsters have been able to track such things. This congress has even managed stay less popular than President Bush, an achievement worthy of recognition. So this particular congressional leadership has been immortalized in infamy with an offshoot of the hair particle drawing project.

The series includes dripping hairy portraits of: Adam Putnam,Chris Van Hollen Jr, Debbie Wasserman Shultz, Diana deGette, Ed Pastor, Eric Cantor, G.K. Butterfield, Janice Schakowsky, John Boehner, John Carter, John Larson, John Lewis, John Tanner, Joseph Crowley, Kay Grainger, Maxine Waters, Nancy Pelosi, Rahm Emanuel, James Clyburn, Rosa Delauro, Roy Blunt, Steny Hoyer, Thaddeus Mcotter, Tom Cole and Xavier Becerra.

The beauty industry and the advertising industry have conditioned us to hide or cover up so called "unwanted hair" such as back hair, pubic hair, arm pit hair and leg hair. We cover it up, shave it and wax it off. With the proliferation of mass media it is desirable to white wash the unattractive traits of politicians. Using hair as a metaphor for that which is undesirable, what would politicians look like if they did not cover up their unwanted hair?

This series was done in C++ and Open GL using openframeworks.

Adam PutnamChris Van Hollen Jrdebbie wasserman shultzdiana deGetteEd Pastor
eric cantorGK Butterfieldjanice schakowskyjohn boehnerjohn carter
john larsonjohn lewisjohn tannerjoseph crowleykay grainger
maxine waters nancy pelosi rahm emanueljames clyburnrosa delauro
roy bluntsteny hoyerthaddeus mcottertom colexavier becerra

I have uploaded these images to my Flickr account so be sure to check out the whole set and add me as your contact while you are at it!

My two favorites of this series are Nancy Pelosi and Rahm Emanuel. I guess they had the most attractive looking photos of the bunch and subsequently turned out the best. But pretty pictures are not the point of this excercise.

I chose congress first because there are only 25 members in the leadership and I figured it would take a long time to get all these images done. Not so with openframeworks. If I get some more time I may chagne the algorithm up a bit and tackle the senate leadership.

I really have become disillusioned with the political process in this country. I really think that the two party system is hopelessly broken. Politicians from both parties appear to be for sale to the highest bidder. The taxpayer no longer has any real representation at all.

I chose the garish colors and absurd rendering techniques to fit the subject matter. It is absurd to me that these people can take so much of my tax money and not get much done except allocate 16 billion dollars for pork barrel spending. They recess for vacation, usually leaving critical issues facing the nation not addressed.

I added a new class that draws fake dripping ink. I do this to reinforce the idea that what you are looking at is a lie. In some cases I intentionally went in and blackened their eyes so darkness would drip out of thier sockets.

Rahm Emmanuel
Rahm Emanuel, Dem. Caucus Chair, House of Representatives, 110th congressional assembly.

nancy pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives, 110th congressional assembly.

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