Congratulations to Mike Fiddleman of Dallas, the winner of the Flickr Photo of the Week contest! This is the third time Mike has won our Flickr Photo of the Week contest: his last win came in April, 2011 . He follows last week’s winner, Braulio Lazon-Conde.
If you would like to participate in the Flickr Photo of the Week contest, all you need to do is upload your photo to our Flickr group page. It’s fine to submit a photo you took earlier than the current week, but we are hoping that the contest will inspire you to go out and shoot something fantastic this week to share with Art&Seek users. If the picture you take involves a facet of the arts, even better. The contest week will run from Tuesday to Monday, and the Art&Seek staff will pick a winner on Friday afternoon. We’ll notify the winner through FlickrMail (so be sure to check those inboxes) and ask you to fill out a short survey to tell us a little more about yourself and the photo you took. We’ll post the winners’ photo on Tuesday.
Now here’s more from Mike.
Title of photo: “now for another of america’s favorite pagan holidays…”
Equipment: A used Panasonic Lumix GX-1
Tell us more about your photo: This was just one of the many gruesome, tortured faces that all the kids love (depicted in vegetable) I saw at the Dallas Arboretum recently. This one just captured my attention for some reason, and black and white seemed most suitable for the subject. Halloween is a curious holiday, isn’t it?
The DMA’s ‘Encounters 5′ exhibition. All photos: Tracy Hicks
Tracy Hicks, whose work was paired by the DMA with works by Damien Hirst in a 1994 exhibition, died Friday in North Carolina of a heart attack. Hicks grew up in Dallas and lived here until moving to Atlanta in 2010 with his wife, Dallas Morning News journalist and playwright Victoria Loe Hicks. The couple had recently built a home in North Carolina. (“We carved this house and studio site out of the forest” — as he writes in his website.)
Much of Hicks’ work was devoted to the intersection of art and science, particularly his installations. A 2005 show in Lawrence, Kansas, was even titled “Two Cultures” — referring to C. P. Snow’s famous separation of science and art into ‘two cultures,’ a separation Hicks regularly bridged.
Work by Jeff Koons, part of the URBAN THEATER: NEW YORK ART IN THE 1980s exhibition at the Modern.
For this week’s Art & Seek Spotlight, we’re headed to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for a special 80s edition of the Modern ‘til Midnight. The museum stays open late for this party featuring break dancing, classic arcade games, and tours of the exhibition “Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s.” Head out to the lawn to hear local bands play 80s favorites.
Art Conspiracy turns 10 this year. 165 artists will create works in 24 hours. They’ll all be auctioned off on Nov. 15 at a big party in West Dallas featuring music from Booty Fade, Son of Stan, The Happy Bullets, and DJ Ceepee. The annual event raises money for a different small arts-related non profit – this year, it’s Anita M. Martinez Ballet Folklorico. We just got the list of the “conspirators.” Check it out.
Continuing to share Glasstire’s weekly Top 5 – a look at their picks for art to see around the state.
This week, there were two picks from the DFW area. The third installation at The Wilcox Space, a space dedicated to the artwork of the late John Wilcox, is opening on Friday night, which is the only time the public can view the space without an appointment. The artist’s former studio in Exposition Park has been turned into a gallery dedicated to showing his work. The guest curator changes from show to show. This time it’s Leigh Arnold, assistant curator at the Nasher Sculpture Center, who focuses on Wilcox’ use of words in his work.
Also, Mike Osborne’s Monopoly is showing at the Holly Johnson Gallery. Monopoly translates the board game into photographs that grapple with Atlantic City’s complicated past and present.
David Pierce, center, and chorus line in rehearsal for Cirque du Horror.Photo: Jerome Weeks
The past five years, a musical cabaret horror show has become a popular, annual Halloween tradition in Denton. It features dancers, musicians, shadow puppets and people dressed up as zombies and giant spiders. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports it’s mostly a funky, silly scarefest – with the real thrills coming from the band.
What’s bubbling underneath the surface and emerging outside the mainstream in art, music and fashion in Dallas? It’s a question that fascinates Lee Escobedo. With Javier Valadez, Escobedo, 29, co-publishes THRWD, a quarterly magazine and web site, and throws a host of related shows from music to poetry.
THRWD’s audience is inspired by collaboration, cross pollination and DIY culture. Turns out, Escobedo isn’t just writing about it. He’s living it.
Here are excerpts and extras from our conversation:
On who’s reading THRWD:
It’s mainly a group of kids from inner city neighborhoods – Pleasant Grove, Oak Cliff, Irving, South Dallas. These are mostly minority kids. I say kids loosely, between the ages 17-23.
Kids who like to skateboard. Kids who like to make zines and listen to a wide variety of music, from punk and noise to hiphop and avante garde and jazz. Kids who aren’t necessarily plugged into what’s happening in Dallas contemporarily, but also are aware that something exists outside their neighborhood and they’re curious about that. And that’s evolved too.
The art installation is called the White Rock Lake Wildlife Water Theater. The metal poles standing in the water attract birds. But years of neglect have caused the poles to rust and neighborhood groups to call for their removal. KERA’s Jerome Weeks reports now the Water Theater has been placed on a national list of “at-risk’ cultural sites, and the city is trying to determine what can be done with it.
In Listen Up Philip, Jason Schwartzman is a novelist who uses his professional struggles as an excuse to alienate everyone in his personal life. The film was developed by the North Texas production company Sailor Bear, and this week, we talk to one of its principals – James Johnston – about what it took to make the movie. And we give him a chance to glow in the rave review fromThe New York Times.
Listen Up Philip opens at the Texas Theatre on Friday.
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