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Ron English: VTXIFF 2015

One of the most prolific and recognizable artists alive today, Ron English has bombed the global landscape with unforgettable images, on the street, in museums, in movies, books and television. 

 

English coined the term POPaganda to describe his signature mash-up of high and low cultural touchstones, from superhero mythology to totems of art history, populated with his vast and constantly growing arsenal of original characters, including MC Supersized, the obese fast-food mascot featured in the hit movie “Supersize Me,” and Abraham Obama, the fusion of America’s 16th and 44th Presidents, an image widely discussed in the media as directly impacting the 2008 election.

RISK: VTXIFF 2015

Kelly Graval, the multi-talented Fine Artist, Illustrator, and Graffiti artist known as RISK, has been synonymous with the Los Angeles art community for decades. With a career spanning 30 years, RISK has solidified his place in the history books as a world-renowned graffiti legend. He has come a long way since he pioneered the painting of freeway overpasses, signs and billboards, dubbed “heavens.” Although RISK loves aerosol art, he sees it as merely just one genre in his life’s work. From his days as a student at the USC School of Fine Arts to Gallery and museum showings around the world; RISK has transformed from a street artist to a rising star in the contemporary art world.

Clayton Patterson: VTXIFF 2015

Clayton is an artist documentarian.  A large portion of his photo & video archive focuses on the Lower East Side of New York City.  He caught the last of the wild and free pre-gentrification and then into the gentrification period.   His archive also covers an in-depth look at the reorganization of the NYPD street control units, in Manhattan, over the period 1988- 1993.  As well as artists, poets, riots, arrests, performances, neighborhood people, and many of the different facets of LES life.  Has produced a number of books, and he is profiled in three feature documentaries:  10 Talking Simon Heath, Everybody Street Cheryl Dunn, and Captured Ben Solomon, Dan Levin, Jenner Furst.

Art Gallery and Live Screen Printing put on by the Antagonist Movement during VTXIFF 2014

Sunday 5 pm!

Live printing and meet ‘n’ greet event before the screening of Self Medicated, a movie about art! We will be printing shirts and tote bags. Got and old shirt you want to give a fresh new look? Bring it and we will bang it out in a new style.

 

You can also come to the Salon earlier and meet the up-and-coming artists from Texas! Talk to them about their art, see their work, and then see a movie. This will all be set up in the hallway outside the films, because there is no need to ever be bored while waiting for a show. Survey the scene. Say, "Hello good sir or madam. Tell me how you made that fine work of art!"

 

Watch and learn.

 

Salon Hours:

April 5th 10am-6pm;

April 6th Noon-6pm

 

Printing Hours:

Sunday, April 6th at 5pm

 

Place:

Sam Houston Theater

120 S Main –2nd floor, (enter on Santa Rosa Street)

Victoria, TX 77901

SprATX to visit VTXIFF 2014

SprATX (pronounced Spray-TX) is a collective of street artists, muralists and creative energies in Austin, TX. We use our talents and visual art to impact our city in positive and beneficial ways.

 

The SprATX family is comprised of individual artists who unite as a whole to perform live street art exhibitions, pop up galleries, and custom mural painting for businesses, private events and charities. We also oversee the community art project known as #atxfreeartfriday, where we gift free pieces of art every Friday to members of our community.

 

 

Wade Krausse, Pinball artist and Screen Printer to visit VTXIFF in 2014

Unwilling to let pinball die at the hand of video games, master screen printer and craftsman Wade Krause reinvents and restores everything pinball. Wade collaborates with pop artists like Dirty Donny on custom games from a mad workshop in a rural California rodeo town.

 

With more than 20 years of experience screen printing, if an artist can imagine it, self-taught master craftsman Wade Krause can bring it to life. Wade collaborates with high profile contemporary artists and has revitalized pinball as kinetic sculpture in galleries and museums.

 

 

Sierra Granger, Tattoo artist and painter to visit VTXIFF in 2014

It's like a party in a handbasket. Sierra, painting both skin and inanimate mediums alike, works as a tattoo artist in Southern Germany.

 

After flirting with Austin's independent film scene, she snagged a BA in Advertising from UT and promptly set it aside to learn a new trade: tattooing.

 

Since 2011 she has set up shop at Rabauke Tattoo and Arts and became a proud crafts woman of bold, bavarian ink.

Bernd Muss to Visit Victoria in 2014

Bernd Muss was born in Hamburg Germany 1973. Since the age of 15 he feels attracted to surfaces and textures, which started with a spray at first and he luckily discovered tattooing at an early stage, which kept him out of trouble. Since then he is working on drawings, screen printing or sculptures, where he takes his inspiration to describe an images or a simply a story from his point of view of reality. And he definitly has a lot of stories to tell through his work as a tattoo artist.

 

He is constantly looking for new materials creatingcollages and is always open for collaborations with other artists. So no wonder he had been a contributor to the local READ magazine from day one and also designed the logo for the VTXIFF.

 

Some of his works can be seen on his webside www.berndmuss.de

 

 

The Antagonist Movement Visits Victoria in 2014

The Antagonist Movement will be coming back to Victoria in 2014 for a new documentary, part of which was filmed in Victoria.

 

Self Medicated from Ethan Minsker

Winner D.I.Y. award at RXSM 2014

 

Whether you are a successful artist, an unproven entity, or struggling to create while working a 9-5, there is a common thread amongst most creative types: a depression that is kept at bay by producing new works. Art can serve an artist much in the same way any drug might. “Self Medicated” is a new film about art, artists, and their struggles to stay happy. The Antagonist Movement was formed by a group of unknown artists in 2000. Begun in bars and clubs of the Lower East Side, the movement promoted lesser-known works by up-and-coming talent. Over the last thirteen years the Antagonist Movement has grown and expanded from its base in New York to show in cities around the world, including Berlin, Lisbon, and Quito. This film documents the entire history of the Antagonist Movement and the artists involved, employing animation, stop-motion film techniques, interviews, and a killer soundtrack that spans the globe. From the street to the gallery and back again, “Self Medicated” reveals a new wave in art from the last American art movement. join our facebook page facebook.com/SelfMedicatedMovie

 

Berlin Artist offered first USA show at VTXIFF

April 4, 2013

VTXIFF is proud to present the artist Stohead to the community, and offer him his first ever art show in the USA.

 

While in town Stohead will be painting a couple of giant walls downtown, as well as creating several original pieces of art that will be on display during and after the festival.Stohead’s artistic passion is to depict the art of writing, which is displayed throughout his oeuvre. Scripture transports information, provokes thoughts and emotions, which coalesce and are then permanently preserved on paper. However, scripture can turn into an aesthetic masterpiece when using the skill of calligraphy. It is this very process combined with the code of the streets that characterize Stohead’s creative work. These codes are composed of lyrics from songs, texts, and or keywords of relevant social issues decoded and organized by the artist. With repetition of the extracted phrases they are then turned into a design and or a three-dimensional sculpture.The arrangement diverts readability and leaves the beholder with the impact of colour figure, and shape. With fierce determination and intense physical labour, Stohead puts his raw emotions and feelings into the sculptures primer.When the viewer starts to decipher the codes they will be confronted with subtitle references to socio-critical themes and poetical discourse in daily world affairs. The quite aggressive diction in Stohead’s calligraphies evolves from his disillusions, anger, and feelings toward a generation that is overburdened with technology. Stohead represents his cultural identity by seeking inspiration from the Hip-Hop and Punk music scene. He uses their urban vocabulary as a main source of inspiration for his work. Therefore preserving the scripture of the street beyond the digital realm and viewing himself as a modern day historian.

 

 

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