Yesterday I only ended up with two hours to spend studio-hopping along the E.A.S.T. tour, having promised my bunny-obsessed seven-year old that we would volunteer at a local bunny shelter. That endeavor ended up taking far longer than I had expected. I thought I was going to have to resort to calling the fire department and asking them to bring over the Jaws of Life so I could pry her away from that place. TWO. HUNDRED. BUNNIES.
If you just have a little bit of time on your hands and want to hit the tour, follow my lead and hit some of the bigger studios–one parking stop and you can see a bunch of artists’ work at once.
I decided to hit both Pump Project sites, and it took me right at two hours. One of the features of both of these locations is they have a group exhibit in a centralized location on the premises, allowing you to see one piece from every artist there. Checking this out first is a great way to hone in on whose studios you want to make sure you visit. Even though I had my own handy-dandy “hot list,” experiencing art in person is far different from looking at a photo of a work in a catalog, so this gave me an opportunity to add folks to my list that I’d passed over before.
Pump Project Satellite
Austin artist Patricia Chapa wasn’t even in the catalog, and what a great discovery her work was. As I posted on Room Fu’s Facebook wall, all of my Mueller clients need to rush over there with $350 and buy up her silkscreen paintings of the old Mueller Airport air traffic control tower. It’s such an iconic part of the neighborhood and Patricia’s paintings are a modern tribute. She’s done the tower in a few different color combinations, as well as a few with plywood exposed as the background–creating a cloud effect with the woodgrain. I’m telling you, they’re fabulous. She said she can do them in custom colors, so if you don’t respond to the pieces she has on display, you can always commission something special for yourself. I’d like to get one and I don’t even live there. It’s so refreshing to see Austin landmarks that aren’t just the Pennybacker bridge or the old power station. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sentimental about those landmarks too, but this feels like the keepin’-it-weird side of Austin, which I love.