Archive for January, 2013

PBS Presents Scott Thurman’s “The Revisionaries”

Scott Thurman (2007 BFA in Studio Art; MFA from University of North Texas) who currently resides in Austin,  was back in the media spotlight this week as PBS announced that they would be airing The Revisionaries this week, an independent film he directed.  In Lubbock the film aired on Monday evening, January 28th.

If you missed it, you can stream the film online via PBS-Independent Lens, for free, through February 28th.

The film premiered last April at the Tribeca Film Festival where it received a “Special Jury Award” which was presented by Michael Moore at the awards ceremony.  Since then the film has been selected by and screened at various national and international independent film festivals.

You can read more about the film and all the folks who worked with Scott to get it done at The Revisionaries – Official Movie Site.

David Dubose at Belfast Print Workshop Gallery

David Dubose, “Yellow House with Cone”

David Dubose (1986 BFA Printmaking and Drawing, MFA from Louisiana State University) is a favorite printmaker in the Taking Home With You exhibition at the Belfast Print Workshop Gallery through mid-February.

In this exhibition, Dubose is joined by School of Art faculty Sang-Mi Yoo, associate professor in Foundations, and Stacy Elko, associate professor in printmaking, current MFA candidate in printmaking Michael Glenn, and several other US printmaking artists.

Read a complete review of the exhibition at Ni Scene, a UK based online blog.

Corey Escoto at Regina Rex in Brooklyn, NY

Exhibition installation view at Regina Rex.

Corey Escoto (2005 BFA in Painting, with an MFA from Washington University, St. Louis), a Texas native currently living in Pittsburgh, PA, has a solo show at Regina Rex in Brooklyn, NY through February 17th.  This exhibition includes photographic sculptures and a grouping of instant-film photographs (think Polaroids) that defy immediate comprehension.

Reviewing the exhibition for online blog The L Magazine, Corinna Kirsch observed, “What’s being emphasized here is the physical nature of photography.”

Corey’s take on this assessment is, “Let me just say that I care about imagehood as well as the objecthood because while I find the discussion about images, photos, and how they operate to be interesting that is not one of my primary concerns as an artist more broadly.”

“Dreamliner” (2012) Fuji Color Instant Film, 5×4 inches.

I chatted with Corey in early December about his new “photographs,” soon after his return from the Miami NADA art fair (which coincided with Art Basel Miami) where his 4×5” “Polaroids” were snapped up by savvy collectors (for only $1,200 apiece). He suggested that although the works are photographic, they are made with the concerns of a painter.  “…[T]he works are constructed by hand and I wanted them to be able to stand alongside paintings and dialogue with the painting process. Additionally, I am interested in creating photographs that run counter to (but also in dialogue with) the type that our photography-obsessed culture makes on a daily basis (100 million photos on Facebook a day).”

“Zion Cubes” (2012) Fuji Color Instant Film, 4×5 inches.

I observed that standing in front of what I recognize to be a Polaroid photograph or any other instant-photo object, yet seeing photographic images that do not correlate to any known indexical possibilities, causes me to become “visually flummoxed.”