Posts tagged “Houston

Marcus Vinicius RIP


We were so sorry to hear the news about Marcus. Here is a link to his Facebook page where you can offer your condolences.


Non Grata in Force Majeure at DiverseWorks

On March 8th at DiverseWorks Non Grata did their performance Force Majeure.

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Herb Melichar

Non Grata in Force Majeure

Non Grata Force Majeure at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

Non Grata Force Majeure at DiverseWorks

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Herb Melichar

Non Grata in Force Majeure

Non Grata Force Majeure at DiverseWorks

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Herb Melichar

Non Grata in Force Majeure

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Herb Melichar

Non Grata in Force Majeure

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Herb Melichar

Non Grata in Force Majeure

Non Grata in Force Majeure courtesy of Herb Melichar

Non Grata in Force Majeure


1KA from France Performed Every Night

It was a real thrill to witness a talent like 1KA from France. An important member of Non Grata, this guy was totally fascinating to watch and to listen to, whether he was performing or simply escaping into the sounds on the street.

1KA at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

1KA at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

1KA at Deans, photo courtesy Alex Barber

1KA at Deans, photo courtesy Alex Barber

1KA at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

1KA at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

1KA at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

1KA at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar


Elena Nestorova, Words, Light and Sound at AvantGarden

Words from Gabriel García Márquez’s One Hundred Years of Solitude, Identity as circle of light calling through tiny electric sounds a heartbeat, heard on embrace. This performance was beautiful, and the huge white balloon floating away beyond any vision as the fiber optic light in it still shown bright. I’m still contemplating it’s possible destination.

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden courtesy Micheal E. Johnston

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden courtesy Micheal E. Johnston

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden courtesy Micheal E. Johnston

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden courtesy Micheal E. Johnston

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden courtesy of Michelle Lanter

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden courtesy of Michelle Lanter

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden courtesy of Michelle Lanter

Elena Nestorova at AvantGarden courtesy of Michelle Lanter


Rodney Dickson and his F#*cked Up World

I had the great pleasure to work very closely on this performance piece with Rodney Dickson. When he first sent his list of materials needed it was funny enough to post. From then on our group of conspirators and F*#cked Up Houston characters started coming together.

Rodney Dickson at Diverse Works, photo courtesy Kelly Alison

Rodney Dickson at Diverse Works, photo courtesy Kelly Alison

Talking to Rodney I gather that this piece is progressive and that each “F#$Cked Up Place gets added to the videos showing at the next event. So far the show has traveled to Beijing, Mexico City and Vietnam among other locations.
Rodney Dickson in F..cked Up Houston at DiverseWorks

Rodney Dickson in F..cked Up Houston at DiverseWorks

The meaning is to reflect the Chaos in our F#*Cked Up world. I think it also reflected the unity in our F#$%Ked upedness.
Rodney Dickson in F..cked Up Houston at DiverseWorks

Rodney Dickson in F..cked Up Houston at DiverseWorks

Thanks Rodney for letting me be myself and try and paint during this performance. I thought it was very funny that the nude models multiplied everytime I looked up. Yep. The audience started joining in with EVERYTHING!
Rodney Dickson in F..cked Up Houston at DiverseWorks

Rodney Dickson in F..cked Up Houston at DiverseWorks


Orion Maxted does Banana Banana at notsuoH

Saturday afternoon a van full of performance artists from around the world pulls up to the Fiesta Mart at Studemont and 14th. Mission BANANA. Later that night Orion Maxted includes Houston at notsuoH as his latest testing ground.

Orion Maxted at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Orion Maxted at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Orion Maxted at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Orion Maxted at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Tina McPherson and Orion Maxted at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Tina McPherson and Orion Maxted at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Jim Pirtle in Orion Maxted's Bananba Banana, photo courtesy Herb Melichar

Jim Pirtle in Orion Maxted’s Bananba Banana

Orion Maxted and Ms. Pirtle during Banana Banana, courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Orion Maxted and Ms. Pirtle during Banana Banana, courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Orion Maxted, Banana Banana at notsuoh, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Orion Maxted, Banana Banana at notsuoh, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Orion Maxted Website


Gim Gwang Cheol from South Korea Performs twice.

Gim Gwang Cheol at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

Gim Gwang Cheol at notsuoH

Several years ago, it was spun off in a taxi to a cellphone. Alcohol is also intoxication. The next day I was told at a slower and permeate the body of thin mens Cruiser came close to their contacts, which had started to learn to run annoying memory.

Gim Gwang Cheol at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Gim Gwang Cheol at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Especially in the ‘ Donkey Kong ‘ means the game 10 years ago it was Iran’s game is challenging but Tendo saves when there isn’t a point of severe stress when I felt relatively clear spirits in a Word can be said to ‘ bust ‘. Start at the origin is traced to the Middle, very tired and blah blah. Recently, I have always felt that the restart at the origin and often. When I see something I like to look at the cusp point will be in.

Gim Gwang Cheol at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

Gim Gwang Cheol at notsuoH

Sometimes the negative mood in, when I gaze on this thread, devastating, positive looked ‘ boundless learning ‘ dumb dumb. Cell phone lost when making the cab ride since you wont have a habit of the old seat again to another country or to another country, even in areas where I have heard and I always have a habit of Xena in the old article, but which seemed to often it is thrown, and the laughter coming sometimes it wont hurt to ride strange direction as is the lesson of the interpretation.

Gim Gwang Cheol at notsuoH courtesy of Herb Melichar

Gim Gwang Cheol at notsuoH


Julia Wallace challenges our perceptions at notsuoH

Julia Wallace did a beautiful piece that struck right at the heart of our insecurities and ask us the question “What Do You Think of Me Now?” Talking to her about her personal journey for cathartic change made the performance even more intense as I watched this artwork unfold. A week later and I am still thinking about it.

Julia Wallace at notsuoH, photo courtesy Alex Barber

Julia Wallace at notsuoH

Julia Wallace at notsuoh, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

Julia Wallace at notsuoh

Julia Wallace at notsuoH, photo courtesy Herb Melichar

Julia Wallace at notsuoH

Julia Wallace at notsuoH, photo courtesy Alex Barber

Julia Wallace at notsuoH

After the show, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

After the show, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

photo courtesy of Alex Barber

photo courtesy of Alex Barber


Myk Henrry in Never Ending Freedom at DiverseWorks

Born in Dublin Ireland; moved to New York 1984 and worked as the fastest blackjack dealer in the underground casino scene. Henry became a pioneer of the Williamsburg bohemian “immersionist” movement. His art investigates the audience’s sense of self awareness through using his mind and body in a way which engages them in a transformative process. His work is provocative, edgy and slams the viewer into the center of political issues, social conditioning and human taboos.

Myk Henry at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Myk Henry at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Myk Henry at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Myk Henry at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Myk Henry in Never Ending Freedom at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Myk Henry in Never Ending Freedom at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Natali LeDuc in Myk Henry's Never Ending Freedom, photos courtesy of Alex Barber

Natali LeDuc in Myk Henry's Never Ending Freedom, photos courtesy of Alex Barber

Myk Henry at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Myk Henry at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Alex Barber


Jill Pangallo does Happy Go Sad at DiverseWorks

In her latest multimedia, persona-based performance, Jill Pangallo re-creates the compound and often-incongruous roles that people perform on a daily basis. Pangallo’s detailed, nuanced portraits oscillate between emotional and emotive polarities—funny and serious, happy and sad, tribute and observation—and endeavor to highlight what she believes to be an epidemic of denial and lack of self-awareness, both on a personal and public level. “Pangallo’s work is smart, funny, highly original and kinda creepy.” Glasstire

Jill Pangallo at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter

Jill Pangallo at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter

Jill Pangallo at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter

Jill Pangallo at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter


Nancy Douthey at notsuoH

Nancy Douthey performed at notsuoH as part of the Lone Star Performance Explosion. Photos courtesy of Michelle Lanter, Ben DeSoto and Alex Barber.

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter

Nancy Douthey at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter


Brian and Stevie McCord tell us to..

There are always some back stories going around at any major event like this one. Knowing some of this back story, I had to give it to Brian and Stevie McCord for telling us exactly what they think.

The butler prepares the meal, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

The butler prepares the meal

Brian and Stevie McCord at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Brian and Stevie McCord at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Brian and Stevie McCord at notsuoH

Brian and Stevie McCord at notsuoH


Nestor Topchy, A Geometry of Painting

While in school in Baltimore in 1981, Topchy chanced upon an exhibition of Yves Klein’s IKB work. Topchy credits Klein’s use of a saturated ultramarine blue pigment that represented “the void” as a pivotal discovery. After using this color on spherical sculptures, Topchy realized their connection to Pysanky, the ornately decorated Ukrainian Easter eggs he made in childhood with his mother and grandmother.

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH byAlex Barber

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH byAlex Barber

Following in Klein’s footsteps, Topchy earned a black belt in judo under Karl Geiss, which led to studies in Buddhism and a deeper understanding of his Ukrainian roots and identity as a dual American and Canadian citizen.

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH by Herb Melichar

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH

Mariana Lemesoff in Nestor Topchy's Geometry of Painting at notsuoH

Mariana Lemesoff in Nestor Topchy’s Geometry of Painting at notsuoH

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH by Herb Melichar

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH

Nestor Topchy at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Nestor Topchy and Greg Henry at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber


Natali Leduc does The Fotofonotron 3000 at DiverseWorks

Natali Leduc at Diverse Works, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Natali Leduc at Diverse Works, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

With the help of the audience, Natali demonstrated how to take a photograph with a rotary phone. I got to participate as a “Snake Handler” (which everyone knows is mandatory when you develop a Rotory Phone photograph) in this clever, witty and totally whimsical performance Natali created objects and situations as solutions to real and imaginary problems. Getting to know Natali just a little bit I have a feeling that the show never ends.

Natali Leduc at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

Natali Leduc at DiverseWorks

Natali Leduc at Diverse Works, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Natali Leduc at Diverse Works, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Natali Leduc at Diverse Works, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Natali Leduc at Diverse Works, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Natali Leduc at Diverse Works, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Natali Leduc at Diverse Works, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto


Nyugen E. Smith performs at AvantGarden

I would have liked to see Nyugen perform again during the festival. It was one of the most moving segments of the three nights. Nyugen’s motions and references brought forth a tangible sense of sorrow. Photos courtesy Micheal E. Johnston

Nyugen E. Smith at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Nyugen E. Smith at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Nyugen E. Smith at AvantGarden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Nyugen E. Smith at AvantGarden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Nyugen E. Smith at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Nyugen E. Smith at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Julia Wallace at AvantGarden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Julia Wallace at AvantGarden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

John G. Boehme at Avant Garden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

John G. Boehme at Avant Garden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston


KPFT Interview

CLICK HERE for the KPFT INTERVIEW Interviewing Orion Maxted, 1KA, Elena Nestorova, organized by Kelly Alison for Michael Woodson of the “LIVE” 6am Friday morning program “LIVING ART”. Only on our local public radio KPFT Umm.. at 6am in the morning.. let’s just say some..cough.. most.. of us were still awake.


the goose a prisoner

the goose a prisoner is a shadow of a strangulation. Odysseus’s sadness as he tried to embrace the shade of his mother–hugs in Hades are impossible. Had he known that violence is what allows us to seize the phantasms of our dead loves, perhaps he would have been more Oedipal with his mother’s ghost. Transplanted into the bowels of New York from the carcass of Houston, the goose a prisoner, though immaterial, is unable to escape the tight grip of a chokehold that is self-administered.

the goose the prisoner at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter

the goose the prisoner at AvantGarden, photo courtesy of Michelle Lanter


Daniel-Kayne 3 Day Fast at notsuoH

Daniel-Kayne spent three days in the window of Deans. Photos courtesy of Ben DeSoto, Michelle Lanter and Alex Barber.

Daniel-Kayne 3Day Fast at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Daniel-Kayne 3Day Fast at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Jonatan Lopez *cell phone

Daniel-Kayne 3Day Fast at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Daniel-Kayne 3Day Fast at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Ben DeSoto

Daniel-Kayne 3Day Fast at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber

Daniel-Kayne 3Day Fast at notsuoH, photo courtesy of Alex Barber


Orion Maxted Words

Orion Maxted and Nestor Topchy at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

Orion Maxted and Nestor Topchy at DiverseWorks

Here is the statement I wrote in the lead-up to the festival, part of which I read out at the seminar we gave:
“The Paris ’68 slogan: ‘Take your dreams for Reality’ can be taken as a practical methodology. Brain-washing, another related example, first requires breaking-down the subject’s psychic-integrity; their information processing and concomitant social values.

Orion Maxted and Nestor Topchy at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

Orion Maxted and Nestor Topchy at DiverseWorks

Art can be a third example, an alternative way of achieving some practical change. Through performance, my work takes a sideways look at language and cognition. the method is to unlock, jolt, or re-examine our ‘psychic-integrity’. I mean to find gaps – to show that reality is not fixed, but porous, fragile and reprogrammable. To examine what we take for granted – These are all forms of intellectual violence. Which is the first aim of my work.
Right now society is in the middle of exactly such a reprogramming phase. Example: God is ‘sort of’ dead; machines are ‘sort of’ alive; and we are somewhere between the two. The second aim of our work ought to be constructive: nothing less than helping to describe the language with which the world is programmed – and to reprogramme the world. This language will be music.
Orion Maxted (b. 1977) is a performance artist and curator based in Berlin and London, who studied Music & Visual Art at Brighton University, England. Presenting solo works widely in Asia, Europe and America he is also member of protoPLAY and Non Grata international performance groups, and works for Testing Grounds an artist development organization operating in the UK and internationally as a curator and mentor.”

Orion Maxted and Nestor Topchy at DiverseWorks, photo courtesy of Herb Melichar

Orion Maxted and Nestor Topchy at DiverseWorks

Orion Maxted Website


Jonatan Lopez at Lone Star Explosion

Jonatan was more that a performer in the Festival.  Jonatan did our promo video and our PR work.  We are very grateful for all his help.  He also did a hard hitting work at AvantGarden called “Brown”.

Jonatan Lopez at AvantGarden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Jonatan Lopez at AvantGarden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Jonatan Lopez signs for Brown at AvantGarden, photos courtesy of Alex Barber

Jonatan Lopez signs for Brown at AvantGarden, photos courtesy of Alex Barber

Jonatan Lopez signs for Brown at AvantGarden, photos courtesy of Alex Barber

Jonatan Lopez signs for Brown at AvantGarden, photos courtesy of Alex Barber

Jonatan Lopez at AvantGarden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston

Jonatan Lopez at AvantGarden courtesy of Michael E. Johnston


The Art Guys at notsuoH

The Art Guys performance at notsuoH, photo by Ben DeSoto

The Art Guys performance at notsuoH, photo by Ben DeSoto


Non Grata Improv at AvantGarden

Pictures by dadadreams and Alex Barber of the Improve done by Non Grata at AvantGarden March 9, 2012 Non Grata Improve at Avant Garden courtesy of dadadreams

Non Grata Improve at Avant Garden courtesy of dadadreams

Non Grata Improve at Avant Garden courtesy of dadadreams


Considered Contractions. John G. Boehme. Lone Star Explosion – YouTube

John G. Boehme at notsuoH courtesy of Alex Barber

Click on the link on this page and the next to get to the video of Gohn G. Boehme at notsuoh March 10, 2012

 

Considered Contractions. John G. Boehme. Lone Star Explosion – YouTube.


Rebekah Herzberg: Lonestar Art Explosion

Model Rebeka Herzberg and (help me identify)

Click the link on this page and the next to go to  Rebekah Herzberg’s blog and read about her experience as part of Rodney Dickson’s F#@ked Up Houston on opening night at DiverseWorks Art Space.

Rebekah Herzberg: Lonestar Art Explosion