Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Frank Billingsley discusses ShadeCloud; installation extended to February 24, 2012

video

by Juan Gonzalez and Alyssa Ramirez of J & A Productions

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_paPApjF1Yw&list=UUV7YT4XCau1C3D1i8UGS3vg&index=1&feature=plcp

ShadeCloud by Emily Sloan
a sculpture court installation of lamp shades
August 25, 2011 - December 31, 2011---extended to February 24, 2012
SCULPTURE GARDEN
Opening reception August 25, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Art League Houston is excited to present ShadeCloud, an outdoor installation by Houston-based artist Emily Sloan in the Art League Sculpture Garden, which weaves together a diverse selection of new and recycled lampshades into three cloud-like structures that suspend from the surrounding trees.

The installation not only references the dynamic weather patterns characteristic of the Houston area, but also provides a unique source of shade for the local community, especially with the extreme heat waves we are currently experiencing within our city.

Art League would like to say a big thank you to Boheme and Spacetaker for their support and generosity through the Cultured Cocktails program, along with Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., as well as the local community for their generous donations.
Special thanks to Jason Ash, Rob Greenstein, Matt Jackson, Jill Nepomnick, Crystal Owens, Linda Phenix, Helena Gijsbers van Wijk, and Jim and Vanessa Wodehouse.

Above: SHADECLOUD at night. Photo by Jennifer Ash.

ABOUT EMILY SLOAN

Emily Sloan is a Houston-based artist who received an M.F.A. in Sculpture from the University of Houston (2009), a M.A. in Painting and Sculpture from Stephen F. Austin University, and a B.S. in Sociology and Social Work from Abilene Christian University. She also attended the New York Studio School and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Her site specific installations include Burning House located on Highway 59 in Polk County, Texas; Sabine Street Bridge Lamp at Buffalo Bayou Art Park in Houston, and To Whom It May Concern, located on a private lot next to Lawndale Art Center. She has completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, Vermont, and Labotanica and The Many Mini Residency at SKYDIVE in Houston, and is currently the Artist-in Residence at 14 Pews in Houston.

Sloan's performance art includes Napping Affects Performance (NAP), a participation and performance project, which is ongoing in Houston, as well as her Alta Ego performances as Zarvin Mindler. She has exhibited at venues including the Texas State Fair, the Cotton Bowl, the Dallas Contemporary, Lawndale Art Center, Redbud Gallery, Gallery 1724, and the Vermont Studio Center, and is currently the Curatorial Director of The Kenmore, a small, cold exhibition object measuring 36 x 24 x 24, which is located at BOX13 ARTSPACE in Houston.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Insperity Golf Experience Extended to December 25!

Pictured above is "Winding Fence" by Emily Sloan.

For more information and hours, please visit: www.discoverygreen.com

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Sunday, October 23, 2011

NAPTURE!

Rev. Emily of the Southern Naptists being interviewed by sleep deprived, undead on October 22, "The Day After."

The rested Reverend spreading the word about The Seven Blankets.









The rested Reverend's always-ready halo-pillow.



Photos courtesy of Lenard Brown.
Special thanks to Lenard Brown and Bobby Younce.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Up next at The Kenmore...

Artist Jonatan Lopez will unveil a new multimedia installation examining his physical attraction towards "Beefy Men" at The Kenmore, located in Box13 ArtSpace, with "Beef: Cattle that is Reared for its Meat." This one night only event will take place on October 1, 2011 from 7:00pm to 9:30p.m.

For this work, the artist has immersed himself in an arduous examination of his physical attraction towards "Beefy Men." He has selected a few bulls from the herd incessantly pursuing them without their knowledge, luring them, acting out his desires, and using his own body as a research tool in an attempt to solve the mystery behind his obsession. His installation at The Kenmore invites us to enter the secret room of his darkest fantasies, a place where lust and transgression reign. Ingredients: voyeuristic footage, found organs, stolen photos, beef derived products, obsession. (Viewer discretion is enforced.)


ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jonatan Lopez is an interdisciplinary artist. His works examine issues of debate within social and personal realms, often using empirical observation as research method. His performances and installations become surveys and social experiments that open valuable community discussion.

Jonatan has exhibited in numerous venues in Houston, from alternative art spaces like Project Row Houses and DiverseWorks Art Space to more traditional venues like Bayou City Art Festival. He enjoys curating and collaborating with other artists.
He currently lives in the Houston Heights with his partner and their three lab dogs.

ABOUT THE KENMORE
Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold exhibition object measuring approximately 36" x 24"x 24". The Kenmore's mission is to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context and the experience of collaboration.

ABOUT BOX13 ARTSPACE
BOX 13 ArtSpace is an artist run nonprofit innovative environment for the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art in Houston. BOX 13 artists create this environment through the offering of affordable workspaces for emerging and established artists, dedicating five interior spaces to the exhibition of artistic explorations, a window gallery for installations and an outdoor courtyard space. BOX 13 promotes dialogue among artists and the art community on current trends affecting the arts.

GENERAL INFORMATION
On view: Saturday, October, 7pm to 9:30pm

CONTACT
Emily Sloan
The Kenmore
c/o Box 13 ArtSpace
6700 Harrisburg Blvd.
Houston, TX 77011
thekenmore@gmail.com
713-582-1198

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Hair Washing and Story Recording this Sunday at 1724 Bissonnet

As last year, this Sunday, September 11, 2011, I will be washing people's hair and recording their memories of "where we were and what we were doing on this day in history..." This event will take place from 10am to noon at 1724 Bissonnet (between Dunlavy and Woodhead), Houston, Texas 77005.

In my practice, I utilize hair washing for memory, story telling, cleansing, ritual and intimacy. Hair washing has been a vehicle for people to share stories for decades in salons. Additionally last spring, this ritual helped us to raise funds, similarly to a car wash as a fundraiser, for relief efforts in Japan after the tremendous earthquake.

(Photo by Dean Liscum.)

ABOUT EMILY SLOAN
Emily Sloan is an internationally unknown artist, curator of The Kenmore an exhibition mini-fridge, and founding Reverend of the controversial Southern Naptist Convention.

ABOUT GALLERY 1724
Gallery 1724 is a gallery, salon, home, and chicken ranch located in the Houston Museum District. The space features experimental rotating house exhibits.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Event time: Sunday, September 11, 8am to 12pm

CONTACT
Emily Sloan
c/o Gallery 1724
1724 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005
gallery1724@gmail.com
713-582-1198

Insperity Golf Experience at Discovery Green

Info. from the Houston Press:

The Insperity Golf Experience, a 9-hole mini golf course, opened at Discovery Green this month featuring holes designed by a local Houston artists. The course was curated by Clint Willour with various holes designed by The Art Guys, Elaine Bradford, Bill Davenport, Noah Edmundson, GONZO247 of Aerosol Warfare, Jonathan Leach, Jason Makepeace, Seth Mittag, Anthony Thompson Schumate, and Emily Sloan.

Park visitors can play a round on the miniature golf course from Sept. 1 through Nov. 27, 2011. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Thursdays – Sundays. Admission is $5 per adult player and $3 for children under the age of 12.

You'll find my work at Hole 1.


Photo by Marco Torres

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

ShadeCloud

ShadeCloud is an outdoor installation located in the Art League Houston sculpture garden. It weaves together lampshades into four cloud-like structures that suspend from the surrounding trees. These structures provide shade and cool misting during the day and lamplight during the evening.

The installation not only references the dynamic weather patterns characteristic of the Houston area, but also provides a unique source of shade for the local community, especially with the extreme heat waves we are currently experiencing within our city.

The opening reception is Thursday, August 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. ShadeCloud will remain on view at Art League Houston through December 31, 2011.

(Photo by Jennifer Ash.)

Art League Houston and Emily Sloan would like to say thank you to Boheme and Spacetaker for their support and generosity through the Cultured Cocktails program, along with Sunbelt Rentals, Inc., as well as the local community for its generous donations.

Special thanks to Jason Ash, Jennifer Ash, Rob Greenstein, Matt Jackson, Catherine Morgan, Jill Nepomnick, Crystal Owens, Linda Phenix, Ann Rush, and Helena Gijsbers van Wijk.

Location:
Art League Houston
1953 Montrose Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77006

Questions, info.:
Emily Sloan---713-582-1198 or emily@emilysloan.com

Sunday, August 21, 2011

OPERATION Nap Time, Houston Free Thinkers

The Southern Naptists are joining the Houston Free Thinkers for OPERATION Nap Time, a response to the civil ordinance passed recently (http://bit.ly/r2U12y) which makes it illegal to hang out on sidewalks in the city between 11 am to 7 pm, and to raise awareness on a planned extension for the east side of town.

This will take place on Monday, August 22 from 11am to 7pm at Congress North of 59 outside downtown. PLEASE JOIN US!

To learn more, please visit: www.houstonfreetthinkers.com

We applaud this use of the power of the nap!

Sunday, August 14, 2011

A "Midissage in the Mini Fridge" for Edward Lane McCartney's and Cat Coombes' "CRAFTISM: Preserving the Future of Art"

There will be a midissage in the Mini Fridge from 1-5pm this Saturday, August 20 for Edward Lane McCartney's and Cat Coombes' "Craftism: Preserving the Future of Art." Both artists will be present, Cat will be performing a recitation of the Craftism manifesto and brooches will be given away.

This event is taking place at The Kenmore, within the first floor studio of Emily Sloan at Box 13 ArtSpace, 6700 Harrisburg Blvd., Houst...on, TX 77011.

The exhibition will remain on view, Saturdays from 1-5pm through September 10, 2011.



More about the exhibition:
Houston-based artists Edward Lane McCartney and Cat Coombes have inaugurated a new art movement at The Kenmore, located in Box13 ArtSpace, with Craftism: Preserving the Future of Art. The organization of the Craftism movement, unveiling of McCartney’s shrine to art, and presentation of the collaborative’s manifesto will occurred at the opening reception on August 6, 2011 from 7:00pm to 9:30p.m. It remains on view Saturdays from 1-5pm through September 10, 2011.

The exhibition mixes jewelry, installation, and performance in a context that demands audience participation. The physical aspect of the exhibition centers around the transformation of The Kenmore, a mini-Fridge curated by Emily Sloan, into a Plexiglas and gold-leaf, post-modern-gothic shrine to Craftism, holding a single, sanctified jewelry object, by Edward Lane McCartney. During the reception, Cat Coombes presented Craftism’s manifesto to begin the consolidation of the movement. As relics of the performance, the manifesto has been been left on display, and viewers may wear jewelry objects bearing excerpts from the manifesto out into the world.

The artistic goal of the collaboration between jeweler and metal artist Edward Lane McCartney and conceptual artist and art historian Cat Coombes is to seek out a new relationship between “art” and “craft,” in search of an art that features “depth and humanity” as core values. The statement they make may provoke frustration, anger, or relief: “All art is craft. All so-called ‘art’ that is not craft is art criticism, industry, or empty posturing.”

THE KENMORE
Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold exhibition object measuring approximately 36" x 24"x 24". The Kenmore's mission is to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context and the experience of collaboration. This project sprung from Aisen Caro Chacin's N Gallery, was initiated by Emily Sloan and is "run" (refrigerator humor) under her development and guidance. By its nature, The Kenmore remains a work in progress.

BOX13 ARTSPACE
BOX 13 ArtSpace is an artist run nonprofit innovative environment for the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art in Houston. BOX 13 artists create this environment through the offering of affordable workspaces for emerging and established artists, dedicating five interior spaces to the exhibition of artistic explorations, a window gallery for installations and an outdoor courtyard space. BOX 13 promotes dialogue among artists and the art community on current trends affecting the arts.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Reception: Saturday, August 6, 7pm to 9:30pm
Midissage: Saturday, August 20, 1pm to 5pm
Open Saturdays from 1-5pm or by appointment

CONTACT
Emily Sloan
The Kenmore
c/o Box 13 ArtSpace
6700 Harrisburg Blvd.
Houston, TX 77011
thekenmore@gmail.com
713-582-1198

"Vacation" at Williams Tower Gallery


(above: Greg Donner, Tepee Curios, 2007-8, acrylic on canvas, 32x44")

Please join us at Williams Tower Gallery from 6pm to 8pm this Thursday, August 18 for a reception for "Vacation", an exhibition featuring artwork by the following artists:

Adela Andea
Heimir Bjorgulfsson
Jay Davis
Greg Donner
Loli Fernandez-A.
Duncan Ganley
Dennis Harper
Paul Kittleson
Edward McCartney
David McClain
Neva Mikulicz
Tudor Mitroi
Paige Davidson
Lordy Rodriguez
Stephanie Saint Sanchez
The Art Guys
Patrick Turk

This exhibition has been co-curated by Emily Sloan and Sally Sprout. It opened July 28 and will remain on view through September 2, 2011.

Also on view at Williams Tower Gallery is Jay Giroux's "Redux." For more about Giroux, please visit: www.jaygiroux.com

Location and contact:
Williams Tower Gallery
2800 Post Oak Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77056

Emily--713-582-1198

Friday, July 29, 2011

Craftism Declares New Art Movement in The Kenmore at Box 13 ArtSpace

Houston-based artists Edward Lane McCartney and Cat Coombes will inaugurate a new art movement at The Kenmore, located in Box13 ArtSpace, with Craftism: Preserving the Future of Art. The organization of the Craftism movement, unveiling of McCartney’s shrine to art, and presentation of the collaborative’s manifesto will occur at the opening reception of Craftism: Preserving the Future of Art, on August 6, 2011 from 7:00pm to 9:30p.m., and remain on view Saturdays from 1-5pm through September 10, 2011.

The exhibition will mix jewelry, installation, and performance in a context that demands audience participation. The physical aspect of the exhibition will center around the transformation of The Kenmore, a mini-Fridge curated by Emily Sloan, into a Plexiglas and gold-leaf, post-modern-gothic shrine to Craftism, holding a single, sanctified jewelry object, by Edward Lane McCartney. During the reception, Cat Coombes will present Craftism’s manifesto to begin the consolidation of the movement. As relics of the performance, the manifesto will be left on display, and viewers may wear jewelry objects bearing excerpts from the manifesto out into the world.

The artistic goal of the collaboration between jeweler and metal artist Edward Lane McCartney and conceptual artist and art historian Cat Coombes is to seek out a new relationship between “art” and “craft,” in search of an art that features “depth and humanity” as core values. The statement they make may provoke frustration, anger, or relief: “All art is craft. All so-called ‘art’ that is not craft is art criticism, industry, or empty posturing.”

Craftism Brooch, 2011, 24K Gold on Glass, 24K Gold Plate on Sterling, Paint, and Stainless Steel.

THE KENMORE
Not just another white cube, The Kenmore is a small, cold exhibition object measuring approximately 36" x 24"x 24". The Kenmore's mission is to keep ideas fresh through the opportunity of a unique exhibition context and the experience of collaboration. Inspired by exhibits such as "Cooler than Usual" at Aisen Caro Chacin's N Gallery, The Kenmore was initiated by Emily Sloan and is "run" (refrigerator humor) under her development and guidance. By its nature, The Kenmore remains a work in progress.

BOX 13 ARTSPACE
BOX 13 ArtSpace is an artist run nonprofit innovative environment for the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art in Houston. BOX 13 artists create this environment through the offering of affordable workspaces for emerging and established artists, dedicating five interior spaces to the exhibition of artistic explorations, a window gallery for installations and an outdoor courtyard space. BOX 13 promotes dialogue among artists and the art community on current trends affecting the arts.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Opening reception: Saturday, August 6, 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Open Saturdays from 1-5pm or by appointment

CONTACT
Emily Sloan
The Kenmore
c/o Box 13 ArtSpace
6700 Harrisburg Blvd.
Houston, TX 77011
thekenmore@gmail.com
713-582-1198

Friday, July 15, 2011

A Movie with Marvin: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas

For a Many Mini Residency at Skydive ArtSpace, Zarvin Mindler hosted a movie night with friends to watch “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.” This movie and former Broadway musical is inspired by a brothel outside of La Grange, Texas that Houston investigative reporter Marvin Zindler, Zarvin’s hero, helped bring to its knees.


Above: Skydive ArtSpace, 2041 Norfolk St., Houston, Texas 77098

The show offers a glimpse of some Texas history including some references to Houston. The majority of the viewers had not seen the movie with a few people having seen it when it first came to movie theaters in 1982—almost 30 years ago.


Above: Emily Sloan's character Zarvin Mindler acting out a scene in which Marvin Zindler's character Melvin P. Thorpe is de-wigged.

Monday, July 11, 2011

A Movie with Marvin: The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas


This Thursday, July 14 from 10pm until mid-night, Zarvin Mindler is having friends over to watch "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" (staring Dolly Partin!). This movie, whose story was once a Broadway musical, is inspired by The Chicken Ranch, a long running brothel outside of LaGrange, Texas, which investigative reporter Marvin Zindler had a hand in bringing to its knees.

This movie night is Zarvin's Many Mini Residency project and will take place at:
SKYDIVE
2041 Norfolk Street,
Houston, TX 77098
info@theskydive.org

Tactics for Napping in Rebellion

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1-3pm @ SkyDive ArtSpace
as part of a Many Mini Residency

“NAP Church: Exercises for Rebel Nappers”
Prepared by Emily Sloan

Above: prepared materials and extra pillows, ear plugs, and eye coverings.

REBELLIOUS USES OF NAPPING:

To protest. Napping as a protest delivers a message and is fast, easy, recordable, and free.

To avoid undesirable events. Napping can make travel seem faster, can delay meetings, can block entrances, can create confusion, can get you dismissed from jury duty, etc.

To avoid danger (rebellious if unsupported in work environment, etc.). Napping can prevent work-related injuries and accidents endangering the environment.

One of the beauties of napping is it is a benign. By its nature it is anti-spectacle, but in an unexpected setting or situation can become a mild spectacle. Also, though there is often a stigma of laziness or time-wasting associated with napping, but when a group comes together to nap, non-nappers can begin to feel uncomfortable or agitated.

Many situations will require adaptation. A comfortable environment for rest may not be available. Hard surfaces, loud sounds, and annoyed non-nappers are potential interferences. Eye coverings and earplugs (when appropriate to safety within the environment) can alleviate these problems.



References: Glitter Bombing, Buck Wild trial, How to Get Away with Sleeping at Work by Adam Dachis

For more information, please visit: www.nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com

Thursday, July 7, 2011

NAP-related Clarifications

Clarification #1:
Neither NAP Church nor the yearly Southern Naptist Convention are operating as church-related get-rich-quick money schemes. Napping is FREE!

Clarification #2:
Despite flattering accusations, Napping Affects Performance, NAP Church and the Southern Naptist Convention have NOT made any claims to being a response to the Apocalypse...

...until NOW: Go ahead, sleep through the Apocalypse if you are lucky!

Clarification #3:
We DO advocate napping! We encourage a health-related sustainability practice, not unlike recycling and reuse encourage environment-related sustainability practices.

To learn more, please visit: www.nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com

"NAP Church: Exercises for Rebel Nappers"

Sunday, July 10, 1-3pm, at SKYDIVE ArtSpace as part of a Many Miny Residency.

"NAP Church: Exercises for Rebel Nappers" by Rev. Emily Sloan
Napping Affects Performance’s NAP Church will meet for a Sunday nap on July 10 from 1-3pm. In addition to napping, we will be discussing rebellious napping strategies. This B.Y.O.P. (Bring Your Own Pillow...and blanket, yoga mat, whatever suits you) event of “two or more gathered” to nap is open to all faiths!

Location:
SKYDIVE
2041 Norfolk Street,
Houston, TX 77098
info@theskydive.org

About the Many Mini Residency:
Many Mini Residency is a short-term residency program operated in conjunction with alternative exhibition venues in Europe and the United States. The name 'Many Mini' encompasses two main components of the project which is hosted in one room 24 hours a day for one week. The 'Many' describes the open call for proposals and the resulting multiplicity of responses and participants. The 'Mini' component of the residency describes the limited amount of time available and the scale of the room.

About SKYDIVE:
SKYDIVE is an artist run exhibition venue unique to Houston. Its mission is to broaden the spectrum of the dialogue in Houston by bringing in artists from outside of Texas. The aim of SKYDIVE is to host a range of art practices that push the limits of their material forms, including non-traditional methods of sculpture, installation, video, performance, and works that engage the viewer through participation, as well as text and web-based projects.

SKYDIVE utilizes an open and collaborative model for producing its programming. A group of artists, curators, and other professionals function as Advisors to help create shows, invite artists, and collaborate in the mission and programming of the space. Participants in SKYDIVE will be invited to Houston for a sustained number of days, previous to the exhibition to make their work, interact with the Houston community and see the sites in Houston and surrounding areas.

About Napping Affects Performance:
Napping Affects Performance (NAP) and NAP Church are interactive performance projects by 14 Pews artist-in-residence Emily Sloan providing community naps in collaboration with various performances, including (but not limited to) collaborations with sound, word, touch, and the delivery of naps to various sites and/or contexts. In May and June of 2010, NAP operated out of Art League Houston with six weeks of continuous performances taking place during Art League’s regular hours of operation. Since then, followers and napophiles began meeting once a month for a Sunday naps and naptisms during NAP Church services.

NAP Church meets monthly for Sunday naps.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Salon des Refusés, People's Choice Cash Prize

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Salon des Refusés last night! Congratulations to all of the artists and a special congratulations to Emily Connor for winning the $400 People's Choice Cash Prize.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Participating Artists of the 2011 Salon des Refusés

The participating artists of the 2011 Salon des Refusés:

James Arp, Marty Arredondo, George Bibb, Christi Bruecher, Karen Brasier-Young, Greg Budwine, Linda Buikema, Sondra Chambers, Ana Champion, Lisa Chow, Jing Chung, Lim Chung, Margaret Colvin, James Ciosek, Emily Connor, Felipe Contreras, Kenn Coplan, Richard Crishock, Kevin Cromwell, J. Culp, The Davenport, Harry Dique, Steve Emery, Alicia Esquivel, Valerie G., Daryl Gannon, Bryan Gardner, Diane Gelman, Helena Gijsbers van Wijk, Sarah Gish, Candice Goodwin, Nell Gottlieb, Mitch Samuels “graystar”, Demetre P. Grivas, Mary Hallab, Rachel Harmeyer, Sue Burke Harrington, Janet Hassinger, Wes Holloway, Jane B. Honovich, Reema Houwari, Eugene Hughes, Mike Hunt, Peter Janecke, David A. Jaros, Cecilia Johnson, Kym K., Irish Klenow, Kristen Kramlich, Diane LaFranca, Jennifer Lang, Jerry Lara Bea, Karen Lastre, Robyn Lehmer, Renato Lenzi, John Linden, Chris Lylerly, Mic McAllister, Eileen McClellan, Van McFarland, Tina McPherson, Lori Miglioretti, Merilee Minshew, Carol Musik, James Myres, Victoria Narkin, Anita Nelson, Bernice Peacock, Christian Perkins, Donna Perkins, Low Brow Pilgrim, Linda Posey, Mason Rankin, Cary Reeder, Sue Reeves, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Greg Scott, Karen Smith, Becky Soria, Tahamina Spain, Rosalind Speed, Frances Carter Stephens, Christine Stevens, Kamila Szcesna, Saralene Tapley, Martha J. Terrill, Chris Thompson, David Veale, Wayne Ward, Diane K. Webb, Sarah Whatley, Caitlin Williams, Dave Wood, Michael Wooten, Lee Wright

People's Choice Cash Prize to be voted on during the opening, one vote per person so bring your parents! The winner will be announced shortly after 9pm. Prize money has been generously donated by Marv Chasen & Mike Rudelson.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Salon des Refusés drop-off update

Monday, June 26 we will only be able to accept a limited number of small works no larger than 2 foot by 2 foot due to space. If you have friends coming with larger works, please notify them.

Salon des Refusés drop-off update

Tomorrow, we will only be able to accept a limited number of small works no larger than 2 foot by 2 foot due to space. If you have friends coming with larger works, please notify them.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Salon des Refusés: Artwork Rejected from Lawndale Art Center's The BIG Show 2011



Salon des Refusés is an exhibition of artwork rejected from Lawndale Art Center's 2011 "The BIG Show."

Location: Gallery M Squared
(339 West 19th St., Houston, TX 77008)

Opening date: Friday, July 1, 2011, 6:30-9pm
Opening Music provided by DJ Esteff/Stephanie Saint Sanchez.
(www.lachicanalaundrypictures.com/dj-esteff.html)

On view: Wednesday through Saturday, 10am to 6pm
Closing date: Saturday, July 9, 2011

Important dates and times for artists: (Artwork will not be accepted before these dates/times.)
Drop off: Sunday, June 26, 1pm to 5pm
Drop off: Monday, June 27, 5pm to 8pm
Artwork Pick-up date: Sunday, July 10, 3-7pm

Details:
*One entry per artist.
*Entered artworks must have been rejected from Lawndale Art Center's The BIG Show 2011 and meet Lawndale's entry requirements.
*Artworks must be accompanied by their label from The BIG Show.
*$5 to $10 suggested donation, 100% of which will go to the bar/reception
*Please note: space is limited.
*Priority will be given to artists NOT in The BIG Show.
*Work may be turned away.
*Artists may bring one page of information (such as a statement or bio.) to be included in a notebook about the exhibition.
*People's Choice Cash Prize to be voted on during opening, one vote per person so bring your parents! Prize money has been generously donated by Marv Chasen & Mike Rudelson.

Questions? Please contact Emily at emily(at)emilysloan(dot)com or call 713-582-1198.

Thank you, and best of luck either way!

About Gallery M Squared...
Gallery M Squared founded in 1991 is located in the historic Heights Theater at 339 West 19th Street. The gallery represents American artists of different generations and handles work in all types of media, including painting, sculptures, photography, film, video, drawings and printmaking. The mission of the gallery is to collect, preserve, research and exhibit fine and decorative art. The gallery owner's are Max Boyd Harrison and Mike Kubis. (www.gallerymsquared.com)

About the Salon des Refusés: Artwork Rejected from The BIG Show...
The Salon des Refusés: Artwork Rejected from The BIG Show is an independent exhibition organized by Emily Sloan of artwork rejected from Lawndale Art Center's jurored exhibition, The BIG Show. It is inspired by the Salon des Refusés held in Paris in 1863. The original salon of 1863 consisted of artwork rejected from the official Paris Salon. Exhibiting artists of the Salon des Refusés of 1863 included Paul Cézanne, Édouard Manet, Camille Pissarro, and James Whistler among others. Following in the spirt of a statement from Napolean III about such a salon of "Wishing to let the public judge...," this current day version allows Houston-area artists the opportunity to share their work regardless of a juror's selection choices...though they must at least have tried! (www.emilysloan.blog.blogspot.com)

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Fit to be Tied! (My BIG Fat Group Wedding)

14 Pews artist-in-residence Emily Sloan will host Fit to be Tied!, My BIG Fat Group Wedding this Saturday, June 13 at 14 Pews. The event will begin at 1pm with a meeting of those relishing life marriage-free, followed by vow writing, contracts and interviews from 2-4pm. The main event, a group ceremony will take place at 4pm with a reception of cake and wedding photographs following at 5pm.

“There are so many facets to marriage including desire, avoidance, struggles for rights, and struggles involving individuality and property,” said artist Emily Sloan. “I am looking forward to the experience of the sharing of unique views through interviews, vows, and pseudo-contracts. The ceremony itself will then be the icing on the cake where the audience can vocalize and share their interpretations with a group.”

Organizer/Host/Blessed Reverend: Internationally unknown artist, Emily Sloan has projects including Napping Affects Performance (NAP), a participation and performance project hosted live for six weeks at Art League Houston and ongoing in Houston, east Texas, and upstate New York; Wash and Hair Wash (a benefit for Japan), public, all day performances hosted by Gallery 1724 (Houston); Salon des Refusés: artwork rejected from Lawndale Art Center's The BIG Show (2010-2011); Funeral Party, a life and death experience performed at 14 Pews, January 1, 2011 (upcoming again in 2012); TX BI 2011; a public art project for Art League Houston to be unveiled later this summer, and is the artist-in-residence at 14 Pews where the Southern Naptist Convention was recently hosted.

In her free time she enjoys impersonating and experiencing life as investigative reporter Marvin Zindler through her alter ego, investigative performer Zarvin Mindler. http://www.emilysloanblog.blogspot.com/

About 14 Pews: Located at 800 Aurora St., Houston, Texas 77009, this Houston landmark is the oldest white wooden church in the Heights. Built in 1924, it has housed the Sunset Heights Church of Christ, Aurora Picture Show, and is now home to 14 Pews. 14 Pews is a non-profit microcinema providing regular screenings of independent documentaries and feature films, along with 4 annual film festivals and several affordable film/video educational classes. For more information, please visit: http://www.14pews.org/

Special thanks to our patron saint, Saint Arnold, for sponsoring the event with beer.

Monday, June 6, 2011

What is a Naptism?

What is a naptism?
When someone believes in and is committed to a regular practice of napping, they are ready for naptism. Naptism involves an outward professing of this belief and then a ceremony of being laid to rest and doused with feathers. The believer then awakens to a new lease on life provided by regular restful, healing naps and the abolishment of any shame regarding napping.

Naptisms will be offered this Sunday, June 12 during the Southern Naptist Convention hosted by 14 Pews, 800 Aurora St., Houston, TX 77011.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

THE NAPTURE!

The Napture is based on the prediction that humans are increasingly becoming insomniacs. There is already evidence pointing to it being true as humans stay awake for 16-18 hour stretches on average while most animals engage in napping throughout the day (just think of how much our pets sleep!). The invention of the light bulb has affected this change as have societal pressures. People staying up through the nocturnal hours fuels insomnia and increases the usage of environmental resources while daytime sleeping is demonized as laziness. Technology is also keeping people "wired" for longer hours.

Naptists believe we need sleep for survival. If not practiced, it is predicted that on the set date of October 21, 2011 non-nappers will be left awake in an insomniac hell.



About Napping Affects Performance: Napping Affects Performance (NAP) and NAP Church are interactive performance projects by 14 Pews artist-in-residence Emily Sloan providing community naps in collaboration with various performances, including (but not limited to) collaborations with sound, word, touch, and the delivery of naps to various sites and/or contexts. In May and June of 2010, NAP operated out of Art League Houston with six weeks of continuous performances taking place during Art League’s regular hours of operation. Since then, followers and napophiles began meeting once a month for a Sunday naps and naptisms during NAP Church services.

Napping Affects Performance, Universal NAP Church, and the Southern Naptist Convention are organizing the "NAPTURE: Don't be Left Awake!" event to be held in Houston, October 21, 2011 at 14 Pews. For more information, please visit: www.nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Southern Naptist Convention, Where Two or More Gather to Nap!


The Southern Naptist Convention is congregating Sunday, June 12 at 1pm at 14 Pews. Please join us for napping, naptisms, and preparing for the upcoming NAPTURE!

This is a very busy weekend as the Southern Baptist Convention is also taking place!

The Southern Naptist Convention is open to all faiths!

For more information, please contact Emily Sloan at 713-582-1198 or emily@emilysloan.com or visit: www.nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com

About Napping Affects Performance: Napping Affects Performance (NAP) and NAP Church are interactive performance projects by 14 Pews artist-in-residence Emily Sloan providing community naps in collaboration with various performances, including (but not limited to) collaborations with sound, word, touch, and the delivery of naps to various sites and/or contexts. In May and June of 2010, NAP operated out of Art League Houston with six weeks of continuous performances taking place during Art League’s regular hours of operation. Since then, followers and napophiles began meeting once a month for a Sunday naps and naptisms during NAP Church services.

Napping Affects Performance, Universal NAP Church, and the Southern Naptist Convention are organizing the "NAPTURE: Don't be Left Awake!" event to be held in Houston, October 21, 2011 at 14 Pews. For more information, please visit: www.nappingaffectsperformance.blogspot.com

About 14 Pews: Located at 800 Aurora St., Houston, Texas 77009, this Houston landmark is the oldest white wooden church in the Heights. Built in 1924, it has housed the Sunset Heights Church of Christ, Aurora Picture Show, and is now home to 14 Pews. 14 Pews is a non-profit microcinema providing regular screenings of independent documentaries and feature films, along with 4 annual film festivals and several affordable film/video educational classes. For more information, please visit: www.14pews.org

Friday, May 27, 2011

Save the Date: Fit to Be Tied!!!---at 14 Pews, Saturday, June 18, 2011

Schedule of Events:

1:00-2:00pm---"To Tie the Knot or Knot?": A meeting of those relishing life MARRIAGE FREE! Includes: group discussion, single ceremony, interviews

2:00-4:00pm---"Knot-tying Prep, Negotiations, and Interviews": vow writing, contract negotiations, and interviews.

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4:00---Group Wedding Ceremony, Hand fastings--Hear others profess their do's, don'ts, won'ts, can'ts...join in or watch

5:00-7:00pm---Reception: cake, wedding photos and dancing!



Organizer/Host/Blessed Reverend
: Internationally unknown artist, Emily Sloan has projects including Napping Affects Performance (NAP), a participation and performance project hosted live for six weeks at Art League Houston and ongoing in Houston, east Texas, and upstate New York; Wash and Hair Wash (a benefit for Japan), public, all day performances hosted by Gallery 1724 (Houston); Salon des Refusés: artwork rejected from Lawndale Art Center's The BIG Show; Funeral Party, a life and death experience performed at 14 Pews, January 1, 2011; curating the TX BI 2011; and is the artist-in-residence at 14 Pews. In her free time she enjoys impersonating and experiencing life as investigative reporter Marvin Zindler through her alter ego, investigative performer Zarvin Mindler.

About 14 Pews: Located at 800 Aurora St., Houston, Texas 77009, this Houston landmark is the oldest white wooden church in the Heights. Built in 1924, it has housed the Sunset Heights Church of Christ, Aurora Picture Show, and is now home to 14 Pews. 14 Pews is a non-profit microcinema providing regular screenings of independent documentaries and feature films, along with 4 annual film festivals and several affordable film/video educational classes. For more information, please visit: www.14pews.org

Zarvin Mindler at the Art Car Parade

Zarvin Mindler visits the Houston Art Car Parade 2011 to support this amazing Houston event and share appreciation to the Art Car Artists for their dedicated work!

Above: Meow for the pick-up pussy, THUNDERPUSS! (A La Chicana Laundry Production expertly crafted by and Richard Solis and Henry Lozano.)

Greeting and thanking Stephanie Saint Sanchez for her dedication to (you-guessed-it) picking up pussy! Thanks for looking after those that stray!

Wow! Zarvin really liked this style of wearing underwear as outwear! It's contagious!!

Zarvin greeting Karen Olds with Bubbles LaRue!

Zarvin with Bonnie Blue! Bonnie, the Rock Lady, organized a group of over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders in support of breast cancer survivors! She rocks!

Zarvin with the breast cancer survivor group. Some in the group decided to refer to Zarvin as "Dr. Zarvin" due to the clean white suit!

Zarvin taken for a ride.

Bonnie Blue sharing the wealth of pink beads.

Rochelle's view...

Bonnie in mirror.

Bonnie's husband on a bike. Check out that crowd! A fabulous turn-out!

More amazing cars:








Special thanks to Bonnie Blue and Women Who Rock!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Zarvin Mindler: Public Appearance at PODA (Portable On Demand Art)

Thursday, May 19, 2011: Zarvin Mindler makes a public apprearance at PODA (Portable On Demand Art) at Discovery Green! PODA is a project of Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) as part of the American Association of Museums 2011 Annual Meeting and MuseumExpo.

Above: Zarvin at large.

Zarvin deciphering Aerosol Warfare Codes.

Zarvin peeking-in-a-pod. (Jillian Conrad)

Zarvin shaking hand with a man in a striped shirt.

Zarvin spots a fourth PODA titled "Box of Curiosities". There are also whispers of it curiously being referred to as Box 13...Is this to throw Zarvin off?

Zarvin shakes hand of man in blue shirt.

Zarvin horrified that the alcoholic refreshments have been depleted.

Special thanks to: Emily Link, Dean Liscum and Alex Tu.