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Great Grapevine Show opening

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It was fun watching people interact with my art at the Texas Sculpture Association show opening reception this evening. This show is in the tower building in the center of old downtown Grapevine, TX and runs through the end of October.

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Kids get it. Many adults don’t, including many artists. I am surprised by how many artists I talk to who have no idea what I am doing. They are fixated on making pretty things. Using art as a means to explore new concepts or to comment on contemporary culture doesn’t cross their mind.

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I think if I ever win an award from the art crowd I should start to worry that I have stopped innovating, Fitting into one of their categories is not my ideal. In fact, in case you didn’t get it, crossing boundaries is much of what I am about,

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Merging art and tech should be the obvious, but it is also about blending real and virtual experiences, high tech and primitive, historic with contemporary, in one continuum, Breaking rules such as “don’t touch the art” and inviting audience participation physically, mentally, and emotionally is my intention,

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TechXpressionism is a celebration of the digital experience but also a kind of relief from it. Like comic relief in a serious story, it intends to inspire a breath of response from the audience. It is a form of experience design. It’s what I do. Get it?

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Its fun watching people react to the at and get drawn into it.  Then it can become a social experience as they invite others in.   It’s not uncommon that people want their photos taken or do selfies with the art.  When art becomes a social event, that to me is cool.

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This show is in the Tower building in the center of old downtown Grapevine, TX and runs through the end of October,  2014

Hosted by the Grapevine Visitors Bureau
636 South Main Street
Grapevine, TX. 76051

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– roger

Frisco Fireball Run Car Photos

I love shooting photos of classic cars and hotrods.  It is a favorite thing to do to shoot close ups of details that form compelling compositions.  Something i learned from my mentor Robert E. Graves.  Camera is ready and film is free.  Consider it another installment in the My Favorite Machine series.

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http://fireballrun.com/

roger

 

McKinney WERX, My favorite venue so far!

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This place is a must-see.  Even if you have seen my TechXpressionist art before.  Even if you don’t like TechXpressionism, you have got to see this building.   It’s an old cotton mill from over a century ago.

Rustic doesn’t begin to explain this setting.  Authentic is a more suitable caliber word.   I’m not sure i can even explain it.   There is just something about this place that grabs the heart, the soul.  And the mind is inspired to create.  Creating things.  WERX.  That what it’s about.

Check it out.  Come by and say hi.  MicKinney WERX has a coffee hour every Thursday morning.  Say hi to Christine.  she’ll show you around.

– roger

 

Sculptechular Show in Frisco is a Hit! Wrapping up the large pieces this week

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A great time at the show.   A new audience became acquainted with TechXpressionism and i was asked to be on the panel  of selected artist talking about their work.  Wonderful time sharing thoughts with these talented individuals.

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My mention of our digital culture becoming sensory deprived in terms of physical interaction  seemed to strike chord with everyone.  We are all geeks these days.  It’s fun when those images come out from behind the glass and into our real space.

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The show runs just a few more days.  See http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/

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One of my favorite pieces from the show.   i love the mix of tech and painterly textures.   And it is quite a clever use of a junction box.   I learned this was not actually in the show, but is part of the permanent exhibit at the Frisco Arts Center.

– roger

Sculptechular Show opening this weekend in Frisco, TX features TechXpressionism

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My art is being featured in the Frisco Arts Sculptechular show, opening this weekend. This will include some of my steel figures in the gallery and some large metal TechXpressionist pieces in the event center located behind the Frisco Discovery Center. The city of Frisco is stepping up to being the art-tech hub and i am happy to be right in the middle of it. It sort of just makes sense, don’t you think?

Sculptechular Show in Frsco

http://www.friscodiscoverycenter.com/index.php/events/sculptechular-2014/

Sunday afternoon is the opening reception. I have been asked to be on the panel. I expect there will be some interesting conversations about art, technology, and the unique connections here in the North Dallas area with Frisco as the pinnacle. It is, after all, a rightful contender to the claim as the birthplace of TechXpressionism.

It should be an eye-opening array of work.   Looking forward to seeing you there!

– roger