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Friday Morning Roundup


by Stephen Becker 31 Jul 2009

AROUND DENTON: The Visual Arts Society of Texas recently launched its 125 Mile Visual Arts Exhibition at Texas Woman’s University. The juried exhibition invites artists who live within 125 miles of the city to participate. Lucina Breeding of the Denton Record Chronicle has been covering the show, and in her review she says the three-dimensional […]

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AROUND DENTON: The Visual Arts Society of Texas recently launched its 125 Mile Visual Arts Exhibition at Texas Woman’s University. The juried exhibition invites artists who live within 125 miles of the city to participate. Lucina Breeding of the Denton Record Chronicle has been covering the show, and in her review she says the three-dimensional work has the most to offer. In a separate column, she looks into Mark Rothko’s influence on Denton artist Yuki Ogura, whose painting Rothko + Craft = is in the show. Ogura is a recipient of this year’s Clare Hart DeGolyer Memorial Fund Award.

LET’S CHECK THE VIDEO: A couple of new music-related videos are floating out there on the Interwebs. Former Sorta bandmates Trey Johnson And Danny Balis sit down to discuss their new solo albums on quickdfw.com. … Phat Armadillo Productions has partnered with Pegasus News to show its videos of local bands. The first video in that series, from Mesquite metal act Decide Your Betayal, is on the site now. … DC9 at Night has posted the latest in its DC9 in SPACE series, a performance by Fort Worth band Telegraph Canyon. If you like what you hear, take a listen to Paul Slavens’ recent Track-by-Track podcast with the band.

WORLD TRAVELER: Each Friday, the North Texas photography site photopol.us posts its Friday Art Star. I’m finally getting around to checking out last Friday’s, and I’m glad I did. Dallas photographer Tyler Sharp has carved out a niche for himself in travel photography, and his images from his globetrotting are top-notch. The three that accompany his Q&A with the site will make you want to pack your bags and discover the world.

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  • Ms Breeding seems to be making a sincere attempt to bring thoughtful art reviews to the Denton newspaper. My only regret is that the lack of professionalism common with small town papers and their staffs may allow speculation, allow typographic errors and then end up misrepresenting what their covering.

    “Encore 54: Memory of Bikini” is one of the sculptures Ms Breeding highlighted in her review. It’s my wife Alison Starr’s meditation on her experiences 20 years ago with former residents of the Bikini Islands in the South Pacific, who’d been displaced to the Marshall Islands by U.S. atomic bomb tests.

    Instead, the Bikini that Ms Breeding thought the she’d referred to was the bathing suit, so she decided the title was missing a word, changed it to “Memory of A Bikini,” described it as “a full trash can on a public beach” and concluded, “There’s no bikini among the trash”