Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Year-end accolades for bees!

2009 is like 5 hours away!!!!
It's gonna be gr99999999999 around here. We have a new collection of videos for everyone, a fancy new website, and new members in the works!

But the end of the year obviously also means looking back at what's happened, and this year two of our bees have gotten some shout-outs from the internet:

Despite labeling AMOA's "20 to Watch: New Art in Austin" their WORST#4, Glasstire declares Jill Pangallo the standout of the show:
Pangallo’s work is smart, funny, highly original and kinda creepy. Let’s hope for more finds like her in the next show.

And let's not forget that that piece, Note To Self, won best work of art award in the 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards!

Also, the fabulously fantastic Andy Campbell, in the Austin Chronicle's Gay Place blog decrees that Ivan Lozano's FANTASY VISION MEDITATION (IN COLOR) was the #2 best gay thing in Austin this year:
Everything from the archival material (Fred Halsted pornos) to the soundtrack (a glacially paced disco anthem) not to mention the heaps of glitter piled up on mirrors like so much glam blow, was truly spectacular. It was an ache and an elegy. Gorgeous.

Campbell also gives a shoutout and a co-#2 spot to Bee fwend Ben Aqua's " incredible photos of his friends in their domestic interiors." Hooray for gay!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Videos by Women in Austin! Hazah!

Hello, I just watched this new video from Crafthole, and wanted to share it with you all. It is a video loop by Elana Farley, Veronica Giavedoni, Marie Butcher, and Amanda Joy.

BORN HAPPIER from amanda joy on Vimeo.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

The Bees Do EAST!

Make AVB a stop on your East Austin Studio Tour!

We're celebrating the release of our second video compilation with a group show at Salvage Vanguard Theater as well as an evening happy hour and screening. Come by to enjoy some great new video work and a pony keg.

xo, the Bees

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My Love of YouTube Montages.

I went a rambling on my blog yesterday about montages... anyone else out there into this stuff?

Friday, November 7, 2008

Cartune XPrez Tonight!

Friday, November 7, 2008 at Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (S. Lamar)
1120 South Lamar, Austin, TX
7pm–9pm, $7 Admission, Ages 18 and Up

more infoz

Austin/Kansas City Swap Part 1

Slow Cooked - New Work from Kansas City
From Okay Mountain's Website...
In conjunction with Kansas City’s Urban Culture Project and the Charlotte Street Foundation, Okay Mountain is pleased to present “Slow Cooked” – New Work from Kansas City, curated by Sterling Allen. The show is one half of an exchange project wherein the communities of Austin and Kansas City are brought a bit closer due to the sharing of each city’s artists and resources. The other half of this collaborative effort culminates in two exhibitions at Kansas City’s Paragraph Gallery; one featuring six Austin-based artists, curated by Kate Hackman and Grant Miller and one featuring a collaborative show by the partners and members of Okay Mountain gallery.

Though the formal and conceptual aspects of the five artists chosen for “Slow Cooked” are very different, an underlying detail to all the work is what seems to be a solid commitment to an idea and the patience necessary to carry that work into fruition. Though somewhat of a survey, this exhibition can also be seen as an
alternative to a current trend of artists who make work hastily or with little regard for craft. Artists include Marcus Cain, Michael Converse, Colin Leipelt, Kacy Maddux, and James Woodfill.


Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Friday, October 17, 2008


There's a lot going on this weekend. Maker Faire, the Austin Film Festival(and the Austin String Band Festival).

On Saturday Night, there are a bunch of openings:
@ 1305 Position *NEW SPACE*

@ Art Palace
Peat Duggins: Black Room

The Compression of Post-Pop Narratives
into Non-Space and Pre-Time

Monday, October 6, 2008

2008 Austin Film Fest

The Austin Film Festival is approaching, and with over 190 films, panels, and parties around Austin, there's probably something for everyone. The Festival runs October 16th-23rd.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Everything's Going to be Okay - Young Latin American Artists 13

Opening Reception – Friday, October 3, 2008
Reception – 7:00-9:00 PM
Performance by Carlos Rosales-Silva – 8:00 PM

Mexic-Arte Museum
419 Congress Avenue Austin, TX 78701

Everything's Going to be Okay
illustrates how moments of vulnerability can turn into our greatest strengths. The artists in this exhibition do not define themselves by the blood running through their veins or their ancestral history, but rather their personal histories. This exhibition, in its 13th year, features and challenges young Latino artists under the age of 35 to create and present their vision in a reexamination of social and aesthetic norms with new and experimental media.


Luis David Contreras II (Mission, TX)
Adriana Garcia (San Antonio, TX)
Cardee Garcia (San Antonio, TX)
Gerardo Garcia (San Antonio, TX)
Christina Garza-Mitchell (Corinth, TX)
Ivan R. Lozano (Austin, TX)*
Nathan Orosco (Odessa, TX)
Carlos Rosales-Silva (Austin, TX)
Xochi Solis (Austin, TX)
Lupita Murillo Tinnen (Plano, TX)
Felix Anthony Trejo (Brownsville, TX)
David "Shek" Vega (San Antonio, TX)

*member of Austin Video Bee!

Curated by Leslie Moody Castro


Saturday, October 4th
Okay Mountain 1312 E. Cesar Chavez, Ste. B, Austin, TX 78702

EIHITV is a new public access series created in part by local artist
collective The Totally Wreck Production Institute. With influences
ranging from The Electric Company and Solid Gold to TV Party and MTV,
EIHITV presents a variety show experience promoting a neofuturefringe
community and active art/music/performance/video/et cetera
experimentation via the medium of television. The first episode (which
we will be screening) features a live studio performance by dance diva
Tummy Toast, animation by art collective Paper Rad, and more. The
preview gathering will also include music by DJ Jaunty, refreshments,
and hot raffle prizes!

EIHITV will air Sundays at 7pm on Channel 16, from October through January.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Yum... Burgers!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Things to see on a Thursday!

Under the Microscope,
Standing on Glass

A collaborative visual exploration of space and scale by Sean Ripple, William Hundley and Paul Moncus

Atlas holds up the atom
how do ants make mounds?
how do birds make nests?

Tonight, Thurs 9/25 6-8pm
at Salvage Vanguard Theater Gallery

2803 Manor Rd
Austin, TX 78722

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Underminer rides again!

Check out NYC performance artist, Mike Albo's lastest video incarnation from his series, The Underminer:

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Salvage Vanguard Benefit featuring... US! and fabulous others!

Help support SVT in supporting all the arts! Yeah!
Tonight Saturday September 20th 7:30 - Midnight

Entertainment from: Tina Marsh of Creative Opportunity Orchestra with Alex Coke, Peter Stopschinski of Golden Hornet Project, Bill Meadows experimental music with CHURCH OF THE FRIENDLY GHOST, Ellen Bartel from Spank Dance, TROUBLE PUPPET COMPANY, AUSTIN VIDEO BEE, a live art installation by Sean Ripple, Paul Moncos, and William Hundley. Austin poet Hilary Aaron Sanders. MC Shannon McCormick will also give you a sneak peak at SVTs next show UNBEATEN (featuring music by Graham Reynolds). Cool raffle, silent auction, caricature drawings, photobooth, DJs Second Line Social and The Reverend end the night with a dance party... What more can you ask for? Really?

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hawnay Troof, Best Fwends, Pataphysics, Mike Bovas Band at Okay Mountain

Tuesday 9-16-08
5-10pm (EARLY SHOW)

Okay Mountain
corner of Cesar Chavez and Navasota (behind the Pinata shop)
Austin, Texas 78702

BYOB but we will have some beers there for you.

Free show with a suggested donation($2-3) for Hawnay Troof, who is on tour from Oakland.

1.Mike Bovas Band
2.Best Fwends
3.Hawnay Troof

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Recently deceased Nagi Noda

I just read about this, and don't know the whole story. Her work is pretty amazing.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

You know her...You love her...

Keep mushing, Sarah.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Weekend Warriors

So much to see...

At ArtHouse: RESET/PLAY In addition to the opening Friday evening 8-10pm, Paul Slocum and Marcin Ramocki will be giving a talk at Saturday 3pm. (thanks Anna for the correction)

At Art Palace : FICTITIOUS REALITIES / REALISTIC FICTIONS Elaine Bradford and Seth Mittag, 8 - 10 pm. Looks real good.

At MASS Gallery : HARVEST New work by Ryan Lauderdale, Dylan Reece, Anthony Romero, and me. It starts late. I recommend arriving around 10:30 pm.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

GIF show- this one's for you, corkey

I heart Photograph plugs the Bond Street Gallery's show comprised primarily of young artists working in new media and GIFs.

Thursday, August 28, 2008


AVB RE-Performs from Austin Video Bee on Vimeo.
Austin Video Bee members Elizabeth Abrams, Anna Krachey, Ivan Lozano, Jill Pangallo, Corkey Sinks, Lee Webster & Jamie Wentz re-perform some of their favorite performance art works in one-minute or less.


We're gonna show a preview of one of our new video collections, featuring re-performances of (mostly feminist) performances we've never actually seen in person!

Friday, August 22, 2008

2008 Austin Underground Film Festival Now Taking Submissions

Visit their website for all the details.
* Early Deadline: August 31st - $15
* Regular Deadline: September 30th - $20
* Late Deadline: TBA

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

"We're All In Love With Dying And We're Doing It In Texas" Closing

ARTIST TALK: Wednesday, August 27th 2008 7pm sharp Followed by the film Sleepaway Camp

Butcher's works examine the repercussions of modern masculinity in the male psyche. The artifacts and images are tangible reflections of physical, emotional or metaphoric wounds. The iconography acts as a catalyst for the modern males & ""walkabout" to discover a more substantial sense of meaning and purpose. Combining a modern males' apotheosis for the Southern Gothic and the psychologically violent climate of America, the personal mythologies explore the psychological hinterland at the core of a fear-based culture where instability, exploitation and violence are ever present.

Jesse Butcher b. 1982 Memphis, TN B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design 2005

Sleepaway Camp (1983)
After a horrible boating accident kills her family, Angela, a shy and sullen young girl, moves in with her eccentric aunt Martha, alongside her protective cousin Ricky. One summer, Martha sends the kids to Camp Arawak. Soon after their arrival, a series of bizarre and increasingly violent accidents begins to claim the lives of various campers. Who is the twisted individual behind these murders? The disclosure of the murderer's identity is the most shocking climax in the history of American cinema. -IMDB

Friday, August 15, 2008

Cut the Cord! at Okay Mountain

From the Okay Mountain website...

Cut The Cord! From Up Here Everything Makes Sense!

Opening Reception: Saturday August 16th 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: August 16th - September 20th 2008
Gallery Hours: Wednesday 7-9pm and Saturday 12-5pm

This group show is centered around the medium of video art. The videos will be shown in the screening format, one played after the other. There is no specific theme, rather the videos are put together as one would put together a mixed tape, allowing for a natural flow to form as one work leads into the next.

Elizabeth Axtman
Terry Chatkupt
David Dempewolf
Benjamin Dowell
Marcella Faustini
Timothy Hutchings
Annetta Kapon
Luke Lamborn
Cynthia Randolph
Andrew Simsak
Alexandre Singh
Jared Steffensen
William Wegman
Ryan Widger

Curated by Erick Michaud

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Friday Night Lights

I have always wanted to see what production is like on a "real" movie or TV show. I can easily tell when something is high or low production, but I don't actually *know* what that means, literally.
So, I might go be an extra on Friday Night Lights.
( Ok, so I might also want to see the dude who plays "Tim" in person. sue me.)

Wednesday, August 13, 2008


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Law and Order: variations on a theme

Christopher Meloni yeah YEAH...

Free Spirit, Alive and Well: Jazz-Elle

My friend Matt recently introduced me to this Santa Cruz-based performer, Jazz-Elle. Her seemingly limitless energy and passion delight me every time I watch her vids. We all should be so lucky to feel this way about making art.

A performance for cable access...

And a political performance...

Monday, August 4, 2008


nobody's girl

Hey, it's great to see grassroots projects like NOBODY'S GIRL are alive and well in the ol' ATX. Last night some of us caught a screening of the 30-minute film, brainchild of Michael Nason (AUS) and Brendan Harman (NYC), at the Blue Theater. Shorts by Max Juren, Elliot Hoestetler and Duncan Malashock got the crowd pumped beforehand.

The central theme of the movie appears to be immigration, but I am still unpacking the whole thing - Harman threw the word Dada around a couple times when discussing the movie, so maybe I'll never finish. Regardless, it's really inspiring to see an ambitious, considered, collaborative work like this come to fruition. Shout out to Johnny Cisneros in his short, but dead-on portrayal of "Director."

Also, if somehow you can get a hold of Elliot's Rapture (getting sucked up to heaven, not the band) themed short, do so. It is perfect in all ways, right down to the highly visible... well, I don't want to give it away.

Nobody's Girl Website

Thursday, July 24, 2008


When: Saturday, July 26, 2008, 9 pm – 2 am
Where: The Victory Grill, 1104 E 11 Street, Austin, TX 78702

Cost: $5 suggested donation at the door, $5 raffle tickets, $5 dance-off tickets

The Texas Biennial is excited to announce, ‘Hot Fun in the Summertime’, a dance party fundraiser event at the Victory Grill on SATURDAY, JULY 26TH from 9 pm to 2 am. As it is summertime and we know Austin loves a good dance party, we will be entertaining crowds with Austin bands, {{{SUNSET}}}, VC Chldkrft, and a long DJ set from MEN-R-G. In addition, the Texas Biennial has paired with the Austin Video Bee and will have the pleasure of showcasing their video work, as well as videos from artist, Ben Aqua. As the evening unfolds, a dance-off will commence encouraging participants to showcase their best dance moves in hopes that our guest judge, The Immortal Pansy, will award their talents with a prize.
In the past, the Texas Biennial has been fueled by the passion of its organizers and a small budget to construct a viable and valid commentary on the contemporary arts scene in Texas. Now in it’s third edition, we are gearing up for exponential growth and need all the funding we can raise. The purpose of our ‘Hot Fun in the Summertime’’ fundraiser is to both raise awareness and resources for our upcoming 2009 Biennial. These funds will contribute to fulfilling our educational responsibility to the community by providing a diversity of complementary programming to our exhibitions. We have thoughtfully put together prize packages from generous in-kind donations from both local businesses, as well as arts organizations, that will be raffled off throughout the evening helping to meet our goal of creating the best Texas Biennial to date.

The Texas Biennial would like to thank Bacardi, Sweet Leaf Tea, the Historic Victory Grill, the Austin Museum of Art, Arthouse at the Jones Center, the Blanton Museum of Art, Artlies!, the Rude Mechanicals, and Refraction Arts, as our major sponsors for the evening, as well as all the businesses that graciously donated gifts for our raffle and the artists that are donating their time.


Austin Video Bee (you know us!)

Ben Aqua is the founder of OK! FRESH, as well as a photographer and new media artist based in Austin, Texas. He earned a BFA in Design from UT Austin in 2005 and is a founding member of the Austin, Texas-based Totally Wreck art collective. Ben's work has been published in NYLON Magazine, ARKITIP, XLR8R, and Fecal Face. His work has been exhibited throughout the world, including Arthouse at the Jones Center (Austin, Texas), The Future Gallery (Berlin, Germany), and Trece Lunas (Monterrey, Mexico). He has performed at the SXSW Music Festival in 2005, 2007, and 2008, Fusebox Media Festival 2007, and the Austin Museum of Digital Art in 2006.


{{{Sunset}}} Local psych rockers Sunset having been playing their brand of jingle jangle rock for more than a year now. Initially formed as the solo project of Bill Baird from Sound Team, Sunset has since become a main stay of the Austin music scene with spontaneous, unguarded folk pop.

VC Chldkrft Local Electronic Artist

Men-R-G DJ group made up of Ben Aqua and Dylan Reece

And a DJ set from Anthony Romero

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Monday, July 21, 2008

AFS Avant Cinema 3

Join me this Wednesday July 23 at 7pm at Austin Studios Screening Room (map) for a screening of my work and some videos I love.
Here's the rub:

AFS Avant Cinema 3:

For this third in our series, Scott Stark has asked local video artist and former Cinematexas programming director Ivan Lozano to present selections from his body of work, contextualized by a few of his favorite videos.

21st Century Machines: A Technodrama for Future Generations, Ivan Lozano (2007, video, 6:00)
Using the technologies of the past (pen and paper, analog video) as filtered by the technologies of the present (Internet video, p2p networks) to comment on the technologies of the future (post-biological humanity, hive minds), 21st Century Machines chronicles a cyborg love affair soured by technological incompatibility.

Recall, Torsten Z. Burns and Darrin Martin (1999, video, 15:00)
Through the context of training tapes from the mid 70's, Recall mines the possibility of existing alternative therapies that have gone untapped and lie dormant within the body. Mediated memory exercises of reflective therapy sessions and staged fire prevention methods used in camping are coupled with the artists' own physio-dynamic interactions. The result opens up an arena of slippage that questions the very nature of human intimacy and distance through the framework of the controlled experience and its surveillance as a record of memory.

Sad Disco Fantasia, Steve Reinke (2001, video, 24:00)
“An episodic tour through the void of L.A., slips of pop culture, and Reinke's own astringent self-regard. Despite the blasts of dry wit and the hopeful embrace of gay porn, this is a lament. What grounds the tape like a bass line is Reinke's response to the death of his mother. What stops it cold is his tossed-off remark that this is ‘my last, my final video.'’” -Cameron Bailey

If I Had A Hammer
, Bobby Abate (2001, video, 8:00)
“Crafted from softly pixilated QuickTime, NetMeeting sessions, emotive vintage pop, airplane disaster footage, online porn, streaming Hollywood trailers, and the curious hypnotic qualities of taping off computer monitors, Bobby Abate's internet-sex-n-death video explores new anxieties made possible by technology, and the profoundly intimate places that tiny images and lonely piano chords burrow deep within the soul. If I Had A Hammer is like a tender and tumultuous visual virus, created to infect a world where humans live through movies, die through malfunctions and, in between, email their love.” - Ed Halter

, Ivan Lozano (2007-8, video, 5:00)
Structured as a continuous mix of videos from a recent series investigating the parallel historical narratives of disco, gay liberation movements and AIDS. Lozano creates a phantasmagoric elegy for the fallen soldiers in the hidden cultural wars of the 70s and 80s by transforming two sources generally dismissed as vapid and disposable. The musical collaboration between disco singer Sylvester James (a victim of AIDS) and producer Patrick Cowley (who succumbed to AIDS less than three months after the disease was codified) and A Night At Halsted's by queer porn auteur Fred Halsted (who overdosed on sleeping pills after the death of his lover from AIDS) who helped in defining the culture of the era. Lozano imbues his materials with pathos by a careful and labor-intensive digital exegesis of the unconscious spiritual elements hidden in the originals.

Papillon D’Amour
, Nicolas Provost (2003, video, 4:00)
By subjecting fragments from the Akira Kurosawa's film Rashomon to a mirror effect, Provost creates a hallucinatory scene of a woman's reverse chrysalis into an imploding butterfly. This physical audiovisual experience produces skewed reflections upon Love, its lyrical monstrosities, and a wounded act of disappearance.

Ivan Lozano

Friday, July 18, 2008


A few weeks ago I wrote a post about an awesome video festival happening in Dallas, and here are the updates & a schedule if you need to plan ahead!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

The Empty BOX fundraiser and art event Saturday, July 19, 2008

BOX 13 ArtSpace is a nonprofit artist run 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 three interior spaces to the exhibtion of artistic explorations, a window gallery for installations and an outdoor performance exhibition space. BOX 13 promotes dialogue among artists and the art community on current trends affecting the arts.

The founding members of BOX 13 are Elaine Bradford, Woody Golden, Michael Henderson, Young-Min Kang, Kathy Kelley, Teresa O'Connor, Whitney Riley and Mat Wolff.

Saturday 7-11:30 pm (check out the site for all the details)

Artists donating work for the raffle and silent auction include:
Amy Missorelli Sorrensen, Angela Maxwell, Ann Holloman, April Hernandez, Barry Stone, Christine West, Corkey Sinks, Cory Wagner, Cynthia Reed, David Brown, David Waddell, Debbie Riddle, Donna Perkins, Elaine Bradford, Eric Pierce, Erika Buentello, Garland Fielder, Geoffrey Aldridge, Graham Childs, Helen Altman, Ivan Lozano, Jesse Butcher, Rory Skagen, Dana Younger, JoAnn Park, Joyce Harlow, Kamila Szczesna, Katherine Veneman, Kathy Kelley, Katy Anderson, Katy Heinlein, Kelly Ulcak, Kia Niell, Lily Desaussure, Lisa Marie Godfrey, Lynne Rutzky, Mari Omari, Marie Weichman, Mark Schatz, Mat Wolff, Matthew Guest, Melissa Hanes, Meredith Cunningham, Michael Henderson, Michael Schliefke, Michael Moncus, Hector Hernandez, Mindy Kober, Paige Davidson, Patrick Palmer, Rebecca Finley, Renate Jones, Rene Cruz, Robin Germany, Ryan Geiger, Sean Carroll, Seth Mittag, Sondra Mullenax, Sterling Allen, Teresa O’connor, The Art Guys, Tim Brown, Whitney Riley, William Winkler, Woody Golden, Xochi Solis, Y.E. Torres, Nine Francois, Michael Anthony Garcia, Jaime Salvador Castillo, Sean Flournoy

Monday, July 14, 2008


Two openings you don't want to miss...First, head over to Domy Books and check out "Stupid Answers to
Snappy Questions" new work by Justin Goldwater

Opening Reception from 7-9pm
Justin is on his way to CalArts to get an MFA in experimental animation! Austin will miss him.

After Domy, head over to MASS Gallery to see "WE'RE ALL IN LOVE WITH DYING AND WE'RE DOING IT IN TEXAS" new works by Jesse Butcher

Opening Reception from 8-10pm

Friday, July 11, 2008

Night Owl & Early Bird

From Big Medium's Website :
Big Medium presents a fundraising auction
“Night Owl and Early Bird"

Friday, July 11th from 7:00pm - 11:00pm “Night Owl” A Call to Artists,
Saturday, July 12th from 10 am- 1pm “Early Bird”- Art Auction

Free to the public, donations appreciated.

Big Medium (formerly Bolm Studios) is a grassroots, artist-run organization working towards becoming a nonprofit. For the past six years Big Medium has introduced and run programs such as the East Austin Studio Tour and the Texas Biennial. In addition to those programs, Big Medium operates an alternative gallery space, 20 artist studios, and has just recently introduced a project space that will be used for exhibitions, workshops and educational programs. Please join us at our first fundraising event: “Night Owl and Early Bird”. This two day event is both a call to artists and art supporters. Big Medium needs the financial and creative support from the community it has been serving and enriching since 2002.

Night Owl - A Call To Artists
Friday July 11th, 7:00 pm - 1:00 am

Artists, please join us for an evening of art making. Artists are encouraged to bring their preferred supplies and Big Medium will provide a selection of materials and surfaces. Create your own art and collaborate with others, all art created will be donations to Big Medium. Artists are welcome to bring finished pieces to donate to Big Medium’s auction as well. Food and drinks will be provided. Come back and join us in the morning for refreshments and the art auction.

Early Bird- Art Auction
Saturday July 12th, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Art lovers please join us for a morning of art. Place bids during the silent auction on artwork created the night before by local artists. Enjoy breakfast treats provided by Central Market, Coffee from CafĂ© Mundi, and Tito’s Bloody Mary’s. The silent auction begins at 10:00 am and promptly ends at 12:00 pm, followed by the live auction from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm with donated art and services from local businesses.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

I best not catch this flick on YouTube

I hear this song almost every day on my way to work. Now it's high art on YouTube.

Read more on Rhizome.

Saturday, July 5, 2008

The Fifth of July

Tonight at Okay Mountain...

The Fifth of July

Photographs by Anna Krachey & Barry Stone

Opening Reception: Saturday July 5th 7-10pm
Exhibition Dates: July 5th - August 9th
Gallery Hours: Wednesday 7-9pm and Saturday 12-5pm

+ more photographs in the Okay Mountain Project space including photos by Laura Turner!

Monday, June 30, 2008


Just a warning that you might want to plan a few quick roadtrips up to Dallas for an awesome video series curated by Carolyn Sortor, Charles Dee Mitchell, and Bart Weiss. Artists include some of our favs: Ryan Trecartin, Kalup Linzy, Shana Moulton, and more!
"The new, video art + other media-based art exhibition series to be shown at Conduit, called THE PROGRAM, starts July 26: 5 shows over 5 weeks, with openings on 5 consecutive Sat. nites, after-parties, etc. etc."

Anyways, sounds pretty awesome.

Friday, June 27, 2008

THE MOUNTAIN IS ALIVE an okay mountain fundraiser

Please join us on Saturday, June 28th starting at 5pm for an opportunity to get a good deal on your new favorite piece of artwork, help us to continue running our favorite gallery, and have fun all at the same time.
We will have a silent auction for original artworks and other amazing prizes from local businesses and the closets and garages of the Okay Mountain staff. There will also be door prizes and raffle tickets sold for additional items. Raffle prizes will range from the exciting to the very exciting (including AVB Failure DVDs) so don't miss out on an exciting chance to win the exciting prize of your dreams. In addition, we will have some good bands playing, food and cold beverages to consume, as well as many more goofy ways to spend five bucks.

Schedule of events
Silent Auction: 5pm-8pm
Music: 8pm (Mother Falcon) 9pm (Pataphysics)
Games & Raffles throughout the night!

Participating Artists Include:
jacques louis vidal, jason villegas, robert dale anderson, andy coolquitt, rebecca ward, kevin bewersdorf, william hundley, travis millard, mel kadel, mike aho, jesse greenberg, jenny hart, benito laren, elaine bradford, zach mcdonald, heyd fontenot,, anthony romero, eric gibbons, dylan reese, leona scull-hons, daniel heimbinder, adam schreiber, basim magdy, shea little, joseph phillips, sam sanford, jana swec, barry stone, andy mattern, evah fan, ryan lauderdale, raymond uhlir, jesse butcher, carlos rosales silva, hana hillerova, erick michaud, ivan lozano, joe biel, jesse butcher, bryan de la garza, matt rodriguez, monica vidal, anna krachey, dave bryant, jonathan marshall, tim brown, sterling allen, nathan green, ryan hennessee, justin goldwater, josh rios, peat duggins, corkey sinks, michael sieben

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Reality Show

Organized by Jill Pangallo
Anna Krachey, Jill Pangallo, Cecelia Phillips, Laura Turner and Jamie Wentz
Opening June 26, 6 - 8 pm

This is the true story of what really happens when five artists get together every week to watch Reality TV. As the artists absorb the ritualistic dazzle of So You Think You Can Dance, the surreal ceremoniousness of The Bachelor, the manifest narcissism of The Swan and an array of other televised odes to our society’s chronic oversharing, what begins as an innocent time-waster rapidly turns to guilty obsession—complete with “countless nights of screaming and yelling at the television.” Reality Show is the culmination of these countless nights. Artists Anna Krachey, Jill Pangallo, Cecelia Phillips, Laura Turner and Jamie Wentz create collaborative as well as individual pieces meticulously parsing the looking-glass effect of a fame-obsessed medium, with deadpan results. Taking familiar memes from reality show rituals and applying them to painting, photography, video and collage, Reality Show explores the frequently bizarre side effects of living in a culture that can no longer discern the difference between reality and “reality.”

Monday, June 16, 2008

Events this weekend (if you're trying to plan ahead and/or looking to sell some art)

Saturday, June 21, 2008, 7pm
810 East 13th Street
Austin, Texas

The Mercado is an anarchic open market where artists and collectors can connect directly, with live music and refreshments. Our goals are to make art more affordable, to help artists make a living, and to provide a venue for ephemeral and noncommercial art.

if you want to show/sell your work or do an installation or performance, write to

P.S. Ivan Lozano will have an installation up for the event!

Saturday, June 21, 2008, 8pm
1312 E. Cesar Chavez Suite B (behind the pinata shop)
Austin, TX

A note from Dan Boehl:
"Dear Friends, Family, and Distinguished Enemies,

Please join me, Erin Vaughan, Jeff Daily, Josh Rios, and Christopher Savage for a poetry reading spectacular held at Okay Mountain, June 21st at 8pm.

There will be free beer and the Kings of the F**king Sea will be showing slides of their summer vacation where they engaged and destroyed the forces of their arch rivals, the Cobra Sombrero.

Friends and Family, hope you can make it. Enemies, did you see the new Rambo movie? Yeah, be prepared.


Dan Boehl"

I Luv You Kalup!


Kalup Linzy does it again. Ew, how I love picturing them fancy art people watching this in the gallery...

scroll to the bottom to see the video

And he has one of them new-fangled wikipedia entries, too:

Kalup Linzy (born July 23, 1977) is an American video and performance artist currently living and working in Brooklyn. Born in Clermont, Florida, Linzy graduated from the MFA program at the University of South Florida in 2003. He also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture video art workshop, and in 2005 received a grant from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation. Recently, he was named a Guggenheim fellow for 2007-2008. Linzy's best known work is a series of video art pieces satirizing the tone and narrative approach of television soap opera.[citation needed] Linzy performs most of the characters himself, many of them in drag. Linzy also performs on stage using many of the same characters. His work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Art in America, and Artforum.

Performance Artist Riddles

Q: How many performance artists does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
A: I don't know. I left.

Q: Why did the Performance Artist stare at frozen orange juice can for 2 hours?
A: Because it said 'concentrate'.

Q: What did the Performance Artist say to the hot dog vendor?
A: Make me one with everything.

Q: How do Performance Artists go through the forest?
A: They take the psychopath.

Q: What did the Performance Artist get on his I.Q. test?
A: Drool

Q - what has two legs and bleeds a lot?
A - Half a performance artist


Sunday, June 15, 2008

Notes on Net Art

The Floating Island, Jeff Baij

Marcin Ramocki wrote an amazing list of talking points about Net Art 2.0, trying to delineate the thing or give it some structure or something. It's still a very uncharted practice in that the edges are completely blurred and there's still so many possibilities in the "medium." Critical writing about it is a double-edged sword in that it both helps those who haven't immersed themselves in it to understand the appeal and "catch up" with what's going on while helping artists solidify what they are trying to do either in relation or in opposition to a set of constraints. And that's the negative part of charting this territory, that in doing so, categories become fixed, the edges become more defined, and the crazy anything goes attitude it has held so far runs the risk of transforming into a strict model, or template for what Net Art is.

Monday, June 9, 2008

California Video

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New American Talent is a national all-media competition open to artists living and working in the United States. This year 2 bees are included in the show: Jill Pangallo & Anna Krachey. Awesome.

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Congratulations to Jill!

One of our Bees, Jill Pangallo, was chosen as Best Artist by the Austin Critics Table Awards 2007-2008, and her video/performance/installation Note To Self was voted Best Work of Art.
Check out the rest of the awards here.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008



Baby Bush meets Tubby-land.

Completed in August 2001, this project was initially just a simple comic skewering of George W. Bush and his defense policies—but after September 11th, it took on a whole new meaning. State of the Union now has a surreal documentary quality that is genuinely disturbing.

"George W. Bush is reimagined as Teletubbies' giant baby-in-the-sky for Bryan Boyce's uproarious short State Of The Union; Daddy's boy makes the same gurgling sounds, though his eyes launch smart bombs at the small, defenseless bunnies who hop around the countryside (one hauntingly devoid of Teletubbies)."
—Village Voice

"Bryan Boyce's hilarious Bush-meets-Telletubbies spoof, State of the Union garnered some of the most enthusiastic and raucous audiences of this, or any, festival."
—Paul Power, in the 42nd Thessaloniki Film Festival program

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Nohegan's Coming Down the Pike!

Just to get everyone pumped, here's a little blast from the past…

"Nohegan Horror" (2006) by Jamie Wentz and Kurt Mueller


"Sister Golden Hair" (2007) as interpreted by Bunnyphonic

Friday, May 16, 2008

Outdoor Wall Animation

More neat stuff here.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Reality Show

Reality Show Opens June 26th (6-8pm) at Women and their work, featuring work by Jill Pangallo, Anna Krachey, Cecelia Phillips, Laura Turner and Jamie Wentz.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The joys of Youtube: part 1 of billions

Welcome to My Face Off

Hopefully this isn't new to any of you. But if it is, and you have been missing out on the serious power of Deven Green's youtube videos, check out her page and make sure you're not drinking anything while you do.


Another youtube favorite of mine is Cat Bus, a ridiculously DIY animated series about cats who take buses and their adventures.

Monday, April 28, 2008

The Historic Victory Grill/Fusebox 2008!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Victory Grill on friday night for some cabaret action! Special thanks goes out to Stanford Dole, who came out here all the way from Delaware to MC the show! Thanks Stan!

Backtracking: LOOPS

Um, we should have linked to this a looooooong time ago, but did everyone notice we had an artist space project on ...might be good?
We made loops. And you can watch them right here, on the internet.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

dandelions, daffodils, and ...

Sedmikrasky (Daisies), Dir. Vera Chytlova (1966)

Happy Springtime!

Monday, April 7, 2008

Bees Getting Degrees

Austin Video Bees, Anna Krachey, Jill Pangallo, and Laura Turner, will be presenting thesis work along with other studio artists completing their Master of Fine Arts degrees from the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.

April 12 - May 4
(located at the University of Texas Art Building, 1.105)

Click here for the official press release.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

NYUFF 15th and FINAL year

I'm flying to NYC this weekend to attend the 15th and FINAL New York Underground Film Festival. It's sad that it's dying but I understand and know that things will pop up to fill the void. Still, it's sad.
So, to alleviate any weird feelings, here's Ben Coonley's trailer for the festival!

You can watch all 6 commissioned trailers on the NYUFF08 youtube page.
I'll miss you!!!!!

Camp to the Nth Degree Video Contest

My friend Josh's second book is coming out in May. He and the publisher are having some contest where you send in a video of you enacting the script that the gay, 15-yr-old, midwestern protagonist writes in the book. Very meta.


Go here for more info:
josh's blog