Optimus primAtive: Research Lab Open Friday Aprill 11th, 2014

mktOPRL2014 “Optimus primAtive: Research Lab,” an exhibition created by artist Michael K. Taylor, opens Friday, April 11, with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Community Artists’ Collective. The exhibition runs through May 31st, 2014.

Taylor has created a speculative fiction based auto-biographical exhibition using games, maps, found objects, sculpture and poetry. Taylor began creating the “Optimus primAtive” narrative as an art practice platform to continue creating work during a severe injury that inhibited his ability to differentiate memories, experiences, and imagined possibilities. The exhibition represents a studio or laboratory of a character researching his belief in the possibility of existing during various time and space experiences. Themes includes messages left in falling stars, searches underwater and conversation with Houstonians about themselves and the city which may lead to clues.

The artwork in the exhibition began creation over the year through residencies and workshops at Atlantic Center for the Arts (Florida), Woodstock-Byrdcliffe (New York), Ox-Bow School (Michigan), Goldsmith University (London) and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts where Taylor has been developing ideas and gathering material.

The exhibition was supported through the City of Houston and Houston Arts Alliance (HAATX) with an Established Artist Grant.

For more info on Michael K Taylor please visit mktartist.com.

The Collective, located in the Midtown Art Center Tea Room Gallery, 1413 Holman at LaBranch, is open Thursday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more gallery information contact The Collective at 713-523-1616 or visit www.thecollective.org.

The Community Artists’ Collective programs are supported in part by grants from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Texas Commission on the Arts, H-E-B and through collaborations with community organizations. The Collective is a member of Fresh Arts.

"In Order of Life" by Michael K Taylor and Monica Villareal featured front page of Houston Chronicle Zest with curator Robert Pruitt

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Article Quotes

"Taylor and Villarreal devised a new language. The big sun piece, "In Order of Life," is one of the symbols they created for it.

"That's what I like about this show. They probably knew each other, but during the meetings they started operating together," Pruitt said.

For the opening a few weeks ago, Knight staged a performance beside "In Order of Life" in which three black men practiced yoga to music by a DJ. It was about presenting something that is not seen every day - "a new image of the black male body," Pruitt said."

"Taylor brought work from a residency last year in Maine. It's also inspired by yearning for a journey; in this case, time travel. In the center is "Texter's La Bor A Tory," a table set up with an archaic computer, cameras and wires all painted gold. This transport machine seems to have exploded; its speaker lies on the floor.

At right hangs one of Taylor's signature carved discs, rigged with electric light. To the left is the gold-covered "Treemonisha James - New Dream A.G.E. (All Gold Everything)," a curious grid supporting three bicycle tire frames along a vertical rod - a backbone, perhaps."

"Coming Through the Fear of Impossibility on a Myth" - performance w/poetry by Michael K Taylor and co-choreography with dancer Abijan Johnson TSU Museum CTGMETSU Museum CTGME

Museum of Fine Arts Houston 5a Citywide 2013 exhibition curated by Michael K Taylor opens to 500 visitors

MFAH Citywide Houston 2013

The 17th annual Citywide African American Artists Exhibition offers visual artists in the greater Houston area the opportunity to show their work to a broader public and to the collecting community. Each year, all artists of the African Diaspora, over the age of 18, are invited to submit up to six works for possible inclusion in the exhibition. Applicants whose artwork was accepted were notified on July 16. This year, some 80 artists submitted artworks of all media and 47 artists were selected to have their work on view at the MFAH Glassell School of Art. Past venues have included museums, office buildings and schools around Houston, such as the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Houston Urban League, the Museum of Culture Houston, the JPMorgan Chase Building and Rice University.

To kick off the exhibition and recognize the finalists, the Glassell School of Art will host an opening reception on Friday, July 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. On August 23, the first, second and third prize winners will be announced. The opening celebration and prize ceremony are free and open to the public.

This year’s Citywide exhibition is curated by Michael K. Taylor, artist and curator. The awarded prizes will be juried by Danielle Burns, curator; Sally Frater, curator and former MFAH Core Program artist; and Alison de Lima Greene, curator of contemporary art and special projects at the MFAH.

MFAH Citywide Houston African American Artistmfah citywide opening reception

 

Atlantic Center for the Arts presents INsideOUT Residency #150

INsideOUT - Closing reception and informal studio visits with Artists-in-Residence

Event Date:
Friday, July 12, 2013 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Atlantic Center for the Arts presents INsideOUT, a presentation of works-in-progress by artists participating in its 150th artists-in-residence program.  The program will be held in the Joan James Harris Theater at Atlantic Center for the Arts, on Friday, July 12 at 7:30 PM. A cash bar and light refreshments will be served. The program is free and open to the public.  ACA members receive VIP seating.  Atlantic Center for the Arts is located at 1414 Art Center Avenue, New Smyrna Beach.

free/public invited. For more information visit http://www.atlanticcenterforthearts.org/atlantic-center-arts-residency-150 or call 386-427-6975

(post performance stills from the residency)

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Awarded artist residency at Ox-Bow (SAIC) and awarded a scholarship funded by the Joan Mitchell Foundation

Ox-Bow School of Art Taylor has been awarded a 2013 artist in residency at the Ox-Bow School of Art.  Founded by Frederick Fursman and Walter Marshall Clute, artists from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Ox-Bow was to serve as a respite for artists from the industrializing havoc of Chicago. Today, Ox-Bow's longevity is due to the strength of this mission and the artists who have held true to it. Ox-Bow offers a wide range of opportunities for artists at all stages in their career. With year-round programs that cater to degree-seeking students, professional artists and those new to the field, Ox-Bow is a protected place where creative processes break-down, reform, and mature. Fall Artists in Residence at Ox-Bow are given the time, solitude, and focus often unavailable to so many working artists. Ox-Bow is pleased to be the recipient of a grant award from the Joan Mitchell Foundation which are awarded to ten selected individual painters and sculptors.

 

Ox-Bow School of Art, Artist in Residence, Saugatuck, MI

Awarded artist residency at the Wodstock Byrdcliff Guild

Woodstock Byrdcliff AIR Taylor has been awarded a 2013 artist in residency at the Wodstock Byrdcliff Guild. The Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence program provides visual artists (including ceramic artists), writers and composers of exceptional talent with uninterrupted time and creative space within the serene natural setting of the Byrdcliffe Art Colony. Lasting between three and six weeks, Byrdcliffe’s residencies provide artists with uninterrupted private studio time within a community of peers. Artists are invited to participate in open studios, work-shares, communal dinners and field trips, or may spend their residency working in the creative solitude of a private studio. Byrdcliffe’s residencies are particularly beneficial to those who find it restorative to live in a simple, communal environment in close proximity to natural beauty.

Wodstock Byrdcliff Guild A.I.R., Visual Artist in Residence, Woodstock, NY

Awarded dance and choreography residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts

Taylor has been awarded a 2013 artist in residency at the Atlantic Center for the Arts with Choreographer Victoria Marks. Victoria Marks’ creative work migrates between choreo-portraits for individuals who don’t identify as dancers-- made for stage and film, and dances for and with dancers that fuel Marks’ inquiries into movement. Atlantic Center for the Arts is an innovative nonprofit artists-in-residence program that provides artists with an opportunity to work and collaborate with some of the world's masters in the visual, literary, and performing arts. Since the program began in 1982, over 3500 artists have been served from the US and around the world.

Atlantic Center for the Arts, Dance & Choreography Associate Artist in Residence, New Smyrna Beach, FL

Awarded Established Artist Grant by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance

 

Taylor has been awarded a 2013 Established Artist Grant by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance. Houston Arts Alliance recognizes that a city's excellence in the arts is enhanced through the encouragement and support of local artists and their engagement in creative endeavors. The Individual Artist Grant (IAG) Programseeks to support the development and presentation of new artistic works by local Houston artists to help advance Houston's reputation as a vibrant creative hub and a destination for cultural tourism. IAG provides New Works Fellowship opportunities through a competitive application and review process. Applications for these grants are reviewed by external peer review panels composed of inclusive groups of artists, arts professionals and community volunteers selected for their expertise and objectivity.

Awarded artist residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

skowhegan school 2012 Taylor has been awarded a 2012 artist in residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Skowhegan, an intensive nine-week summer residency program for emerging visual artists established in 1946, seeks each year to bring together a gifted and diverse group of individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to art-making and inquiry to create the most stimulating and rigorous environment possible for a concentrated period of artistic creation, interaction and growth.

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Artist in Residence, Skowhegan, ME

Communograph Sidewalk Talk - Life Archived Through Art @ Project Row Houses

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011 (Communograph Sidewalk Talk)Sidewalk Talk: Life Archived through Art Time: 6 pm - 8 pm Place: 2521 Holman Street Houston, TX 77004 (713) 526-7662

Michael K. Taylor will use art as functional interactive objects while reading and performing poems written from interviews and research in 3rd Ward Houston, Texas. Some of the interviews were conducted at S.H.A.P.E. Community Center's Elders Circle of Wisdom and will feature members in attendance and dialogue.

The Sidewalk Talks series extends the exhibition out of itself and onto the sidewalk in front. This opens the project’s discourse to the voices and concerns of the surrounding neighborhood, taking up its pressing issues and inviting neighbors directly into the project’s dialogue.

Communograph is a multi-platform art project, conceived and initiated by Ashley Hunt and organized in collaboration with residents of Houston’s Third Ward community, Project Row Houses, the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, and students and faculty of the University of Houston’s School of Art.

New Museum Book Launch and Performance for Book Club Book

Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet: Book Club Book: Reading and Book Launch @ the New Museum Book Club Book: Reading and Book Launch The book SOLD OUT and is now available via Amazon, please send email if interested in preorder. Book Club Book is a collection of stories, emails, poems, indices, and reflections by Houston artists with an oral history of Project Row Houses. This is the sixth in a series of books published by Future Plan and Program, a publishing project initiated by Steffani Jemison that features book-length literary works by visual artists.

Performance Photos:

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"A group exhibition featuring a new work by MKT. Cliff Gallery @ Mountain View College in Dallas, Texas November 15 - December 9, 2011 Reception: Saturday, November 19, 2011  2:00 p.m. David Kirkland, Curator

Michael K. Taylor Title: "She's HeLa Complex : 82 Chromes" Engraving on Wood 40in Circumference, 2 inches deep Represents the HeLa cells modal chromosome number of 82 and the way the "immortal" cells multiply.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Atlantic Center for the Arts Fundraiser

Michael K Taylor received a residency to study poetry from May 16th – June 5th and will share and sell works from his art studio followed by hosting a poetry night to help cover his final travel expenses.  At the ACA Residency he will study for three weeks with acclaimed poet Thomas Sayers Ellis.

Saturday 12-7pm with reception from 4-7pm. Black Heritage Gallery 5408 Almeda (713) 529-7900

Followed by a night of poetry co-hosted by Michael K Taylor @ Secret Word Cafe 2016 Dowling St http://www.secretwordcafe.com

THOMAS SAYERS ELLIS, poetry Thomas Sayers Ellis co-founded The Dark Room Collective (in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1988); and received his M.F.A. from Brown University. He is the author of Skin, Inc. (Graywolf Press, 2010) and The Maverick Room (Graywolf Press, 2005), which won the John C. Zacharis First Book Award, and a recipient of a Mrs. Giles Whiting Writers’ Award. His poems and photographs have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Callaloo, Best American Poetry (1997, 2001 and 2010), Grand Street, The Baffler, Jubilat, Tin House, Poetry, and The Nation Mr. Ellis is a contributing writer to Waxpoetics and Poets & Writers. He is also an Assistant Professor of Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, a faculty member of the Lesley University low-residency M.F.A Program and a member of the Cave Canem Faculty. He lives in Brooklyn, New York and is currently working on The Go-Go Book: People in the Pocket in Washington, D.C.

Residency program at the Atlantic Center for the Arts A residency at Atlantic Center allows artists to devote time and attention to their art in a community of like-minded artists. Atlantic Center for the Arts provides workspace and equipment to create without interruption. After the residency, many artists-in-residence continue to maintain close ties with one another. Master Artists spend two hours per day, five days per week with their Associate Artists. This time can spent in formal or informal group settings, individual conferences, or just working in the studio. Master Artists are available for questions and consulting.

CALLALOO Volume 34, Number 1 feat. Michael K Taylor

CALLALOO Volume 34, Number 1 Featured in this issue: an interview with Michael K Taylor during his solo exhibition "Re : Vision Pro :Cess" at Prairie View University Gallery,  also Thomas Sayers Ellis,Carl Phillips, John Edgar Wideman, Zora Neale Hurston, Albert Murray, Louis Edwards, Alena Hairston, Dawn Lundy Martin, Amber Flora Thomas, and GerShun Avilez among others.

Eco-logic

HOUSTON (October 1st, 2010)- The Community Artists’ Collective (the Collective) is pleased to announce the opening of Eco-logic from October 15, 2010 through November 13, 2010. The exhibit showcases the politics of human interaction and response to the natural environment with work by Shannon Duncan (Houston), Amy Gerhauser (Austin), Raishad Glover (New York), Tierney Malone (Houston), Andy “Champa” Moore (New York), Kaneem Smi…th (Houston) and Youngsuk Suh (San Francisco). The Eco-logic exhibition curated by Divya Murthy and Michael K. Taylor will open with a reception Friday, October 15, 2010 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibition runs in cooperation with Life is Living and the Mitchell Center which will host a second welcoming reception at the Collective on Nov. 3rd from 6-9pm, with an artist talk at 6:45 p.m.

Shannon Duncan’s photographic tree grid results from a compulsion to collect and archive discarded and abandoned objects. Her work presents three selected views of trees affected by Hurricane Ike in 2008 and a floor installation of actual documented tree stumps removed after Ike. Duncan’s project is an ongoing pro-active process in which she replants and documents the trees at the same sites.

Amy Gerhauser creates one-of-a-kind map installations showing the direction of currents and location of gyres dealing with the issue of plastics accumulating in the ocean and its effect on pelagic birds. She plays with the shapes of the North Pacific Ocean and images of albatrosses, which are especially vulnerable to plastic debris mistaken for food. Her drawn graphite and iron-capped maps reference science to create visually informative installations.

Raishad Glover creates performative imagery integrating natural organic materials such as diamond dust, soy ink and cotton paper to show chemical descriptions of mass consumption. He utilizes mainly natural organic media to visually comment on transactions of power, natural resources and economy. By using bold colors and referencing Western art history, Glover encourages his viewer to question consumption and class.

Tierney Malone references social awareness through the re-telling of narratives. He has created a new set of colorful works expounding on the challenges of social activism against human “greed” by highlighting the environmental awareness of Dr. Seuss’ 1971 childrens’ book The Lorax. Malone’s sophisticated imagery suggests that the Lorax’s speaking out against the “Once-lers” shameless destruction of their own habitat is reflective of our need to preserve and sustain our community against environmental indifference.

Andy “Champa” Moore’s audio installation collects and contrasts many of the disparate sounds from urban streets and rural landscapes allowing the listener to reconsider the nature of “silence” and “noise.” Moore’s ability to create an auditory experience that dislocates the audience from the white cube brings attention to the underrepresented environment of sound as an art form.

Kaneem Smith’s massive installation opens the dialogue on commercial crop trading with special focus on coffee beans. By creating large fluid shapes out of “found” commercial burlap bags, Smith’s piece challenges her audience to participate in a dialogue that references global concerns on ethical trade, the West’s over- consumption of natural resources, colonialist interactions on the natural environment and economy of developing nations.

Youngsuk Suh’s stunning photographs magnify the complex interdependency of our relationship with the natural world through contemporary rural landscapes using the smoke created by wildfires as a reference of the luminous effects of 19th Century Romantic landscape paintings. Suh addresses the nature of wildfires’ large-scale government response projects, which reveal central questions about human presence in nature and the overwhelming uncertainty of human control over natural phenomena in our society.

Life is Living (Nov. 3rd, the Collective reception) is a hip-hop-based environmental justice festival focused primarily on Houston’s Third Ward neighborhood and the extraordinary people who sustain Houston communities and is sponsored by the Mitchell Center and additional partners at Emancipation Park on Nov. 6th. Houston’s New Living has donated their NOVOC low-voc paint to assist in repainting the Collective gallery as an example of environmentally friendly and sustainable choices for family and community dwellings.

The Collective, located at 1413 Holman in the Midtown Art Center (Tea Room Gallery), is open Thursday through Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. and by appointment. For more information call 713-523-1616.

The Community Artists’ Collective promotes and preserves for all people evidence of African American cultural traditions. Its programs are supported in part by a grant from the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance and through collaborations with community organizations. The Collective is a member of the Fresh Arts Coalition.

For more info visit www.thecollective.org or www.lifeisliving.org/houston

OFFLINE FV and Our Image Film and Arts Festival present

SPECIAL SCREENING of the The Beat

THIS THURSDAY Sept 23th 2010 6-8pm

6-6:30pm OFFLINE Film & Video (short international films) TheCollectiveWebsite

6:30-8pm The Beat presented by Our Image Film & Arts OurImageFacebookPage

The Community Artists' Collective 1413 Holman near LaBranch Houston, TX 77004 713-523-1616

OFFLINE FV : Film and Video Exhibition curated by Michael K Taylor

Exhibition Dates: Sept 11th 2010 - Sept 25th 2010 Hours: Thurs-Sat 12-5 with special screenings 6-8pm each Thursday @ The Community Artists' Collective - Tea Room Gallery

OFFLINE FV : Film and Video Exhibition focuses on experimental video and film narratives from local and international artists and filmmakers Jude Anogwih (Nigeria), Simone Bailey (San Francisco), Uchay Joel Chima (Nigeria), Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria), Jeff Faulkinbury (Houston), Tierney Malone (Houston), Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria), Lilian Pilaku (Nigeria), and Patrick Lovejoy (USA).

Anogwih's "Dreams (Smaerd)", Pilaku's "Outage - Outrage", and Chima 's "Carbon Blues" are abstract collages addressing migration, energy and transportation within Africa. Tierney Malone's "Songs for My Fathers" features multiple paintings and score Charlie Perez. Jeff Faulkinbury's feature-length film "Read On" follows four couples experiences with racism, infidelity, and identity when pushed by economic downturns. Run Time: 25 minutes

Our Image Film and Arts Festival showcases positive and entertaining imagery through film, arts and music about Black cultures of the world.

The Beat:

"The audience actually clapped in the middle of this film during the screening.  That has only happened a few times, so we thought this film would be perfect.  It captures life's tribulations, the arts, and humanity."
Film Synopsis: Director Brandon Sonnier’s THE BEAT travels “the roads not taken” through the life of Philip “Flip” Bernard. Following a tragedy, aspiring rap artist “Flip” Bernard is caught between two staggeringly different realities, each with its own irreversible consequences. Flip is torn between surviving on the streets in order to pursue his own dream of becoming a hip-hop rapper, or giving in to his father’s demands of getting a “real job” with a steady paycheck. In a surreal, suspenseful shuffling of parallel realities, Flip lives out both contrasting fates.

Run Time: 90 minutes

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OFFLINE Film & Video Curator Michael K Taylor is a Texas-based artist and curator whose work over the past few years has been featured at the MFAH, Lawndale Arts Center, Project Row Houses, Rice Media Center and Go Down Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. He curated the exhibitions Future Present Series and The Love Movement at the Community Artists' Collective incorporating visual art, live dance and video.

The Community Artists' Collective is located at Tea Room Gallery 1413 Holman near LaBranch Houston, TX 77004

The Community Artists' Collective (The Collective) is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization dedicated to making the arts and arts education more accessible to all children and adults and to foster an appreciation for art and the creative process. The Collective is funded in part by grants from the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, Inc., corporations, individuals and through collaborations with community organizations. The Collective is a member of the Fresh Arts Coalition, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the African American Tourism Council of Greater Houston and the Third Ward Community Cloth Cooperative.

OFFLINE FV & SWAMP Present THE TERRITORY

SPECIAL SCREENING of the PBS Show

The TERRITORY SWAMP  PBS & OFFLINE FILM & VIDEO

THIS THURSDAY Sept 16th 2010 6-8pm

presented by SWAMP & The Community Artists' Collective 1413 Holman near LaBranch Houston, TX 77004 713-523-1616 www.thecollective.org www.swamp.org

OFFLINE FV : Film and Video Exhibition curated by Michael K Taylor

Exhibition Dates: Sept 11th 2010 - Sept 25th 2010 Hours: Thurs-Sat 12-5 with special screenings 6-8pm each Thursday @ The Community Artists' Collective - Tea Room Gallery

OFFLINE FV : Film and Video Exhibition focuses on experimental video and film narratives from local and international artists and filmmakers Jude Anogwih (Nigeria), Simone Bailey (San Francisco), Uchay Joel Chima (Nigeria), Andrew Esiebo (Nigeria), Jeff Faulkinbury (Houston), Tierney Malone (Houston), Emeka Ogboh (Nigeria), Lilian Pilaku (Nigeria), and Patrick Lovejoy (USA).

Anogwih's "Dreams (Smaerd)", Pilaku's "Outage - Outrage", and Chima 's "Carbon Blues" are abstract collages addressing migration, energy and transportation within Africa. Tierney Malone's "Songs for My Fathers" features multiple paintings and score Charlie Perez. Jeff Faulkinbury's feature-length film "Read On" follows four couples experiences with racism, infidelity, and identity when pushed by economic downturns.

Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) & THE TERRITORY

THE TERRITORY is a 13-part, 30-minute showcase series of short films and videos broadcast statewide on Texas PBS stations. www.theterritory.tv

SWAMP evolved from programs originally organized at St. Thomas University and later at Rice University Media Center in the early 1970s through the vision of the internationally acclaimed filmmaker and educator James Blue. Houston philanthropist John de Menil lent initial financial support to the program that became an independent nonprofit organization in 1977 under the direction of founding director Ed Hugetz.

SWAMP brings artists and audiences together by providing a variety of on-going exhibition, education, and information services. www.swamp.org

SCREENING TIMES: 6-8pm

OFFLINE FV Shorts 6 - 6:30pm
(short experimental films from American and Africa): total run time 21:23 min
Songs for My Fathers - by Tierney Malone feat. Charlie Perez (Houston, TX)
length 2:43 min
Against the Wall - by Andrew Esiebo (Lagos, Nigeria)
length 3:51 min
[dis]connect - by Emeka Ogboh (Lagos, Nigeria)
length 1:58 min
Dreams (Smeard) Smeared - by Jude Anogwih (Lagos, Nigeria)
length 1:02 min
Carbon Blues - by Uche Joel Chima (Lagos, Nigeria)
length 2:44 min
Outage - by Outrage by Lillian Pilaku (Lagos, Nigeria)
length 2:16min
Elinor Beauregard - by Simone Bailey (San Francisco, CA)
length 1:35 min
Vanishing Point - by Patrick Lovejoy (NY & CA)
length 4:36 min
Read On- by Jeff Faulkinbury
length 2:10 hrs (Viewed on the Side Screen except for selected times)

Selections from THE TERRITORY, season 33 - 6:30 - 8pm TYGER (Guilherme Marcondes, Brazil, 2006, 4:30, no dialog) A giant tiger mysteriously appears in a big city, revealing the hidden reality in an otherwise ordinary night. SCENE PRIMITIVE (Daniel Faubert, Canada, 2007, 12:10, no dialog) Like a scroll, this traveling film sequence gradually unfurls, revealing the story of a civilization struggling against nature and human nature. TELERIFIC VOODOO (Paul Jadoul, Belgium, 2006, 4:30, no dialog) Counting down, is this the Armageddon? A world evolution by music supremacy becomes manifest. APNEE (Claude Chabot, France, 2006, 3:50, no dialog) In this paparazzi revenge fantasy, a photographer tries to capture an embarrassing moment in the life of a celebrity. HORN (Roohollah Masroor, Iran, 2007, 9:35, Persian with English subtitles) On a cold, snowy day in Tehran, a man getting on a bus serves to symbolize Iranian social life with honesty and irony. RED WEDNESDAY (Nazanin Shirazi, Texas, 2008, 11:21) While trying to heal her mother, a young girl dangerously mimics traditions she doesn’t fully understand. NO MAIL (Ken and Simon Macrae, Australia, 2006, 6:57) Small minds in a small town attempt to ostracize the local Muslim postman and divide the town with their actions.

SWAMP & THE TERRITORY are represented by Mary M. Lampe the Executive Director of Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) since 1998. In addition to her duties as Executive Director, she is also the Co-Executive Producer of THE TERRITORY, SWAMP’s short film showcase series broadcast on Texas PBS stations.

OFFLINE Film & Video Curator Michael K Taylor is a Texas-based artist and curator whose work over the past few years has been featured at the MFAH, Lawndale Arts Center, Project Row Houses, Rice Media Center and Go Down Arts Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. He curated the exhibitions Future Present Series and The Love Movement at the Community Artists' Collective incorporating visual art, live dance and video.

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The Community Artists' Collective is located at Tea Room Gallery 1413 Holman near LaBranch Houston, TX 77004

The Community Artists' Collective (The Collective) is a nonprofit 501c(3) organization dedicated to making the arts and arts education more accessible to all children and adults and to foster an appreciation for art and the creative process. The Collective is funded in part by grants from the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston Endowment, Inc., corporations, individuals and through collaborations with community organizations. The Collective is a member of the Fresh Arts Coalition, the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau, the African American Tourism Council of Greater Houston and the Third Ward Community Cloth Cooperative.

SWAMP is supported in part by grants from the Houston Endowment, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Brown Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Houston Film Commission, and many other individuals and contributing organizations.

Las Comadres Recycled: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition

Discovery Green & Talento Bilingue de Houston - Las Comadres RecycledDates: September 3 - October 22, 2010

EXHIBITION DATES & LOCATIONS: Discovery Green, September 3 – 17 Guadalupe Plaza Park, September 24 – October 22
Talento Bilingue de Houston presents the Las Comadres Recycled: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition.
A  juried outdoor public exhibit entitled “LAS COMADRES RECYCLED,” in which Houston artists create EIGHT life-size statues inspired by fictional “Doñas” (matriarchs) which commemorate sustainable ideas and practices which benefit and nourish our Pachamama (Mother Earth).
In Latino culture, “Doñas” (matriarchs) are revered for shouldering family traditions, enforcing rules and efficiently running the household. These influential women, endearingly called "COMADRES", are integral pillars in the community. As friends who support one another, these pertinent female metaphors are symbols which nurture values and behaviors to promote dignity and pride for our collective home.
By creating a memorable and iconic “Comadre,” artists make a dynamic statements relating to the environment. The event acts as a precedent as sculptures are constructed exclusively of recyclable materials and will be a part of a collective outdoor exhibit at both Discovery Green and Guadalupe Park Plaza, two highly visible locations in Houston to be seen by thousands of park-goers.
Inspired by a goal to unite the arts and prevailing attitudes towards the bioshpere, Planeta Verde Now (PVN) an ecologically driven campaign begun in 2009 by TBH, continues a green initiative within the Latino community by aligning art, performance, and cross-media events as well as relationships with artists, groups, and relevant organizations in Houston and make an impact in the way our culture relates with the environment.
Each “Doña” will have an accompanying plaque with her name and accomplishment(s).
Selected artists and respective “Doñas”:

LIZ CONCES SPENCER, Doña Rosa Gardenia Muelle LISBETH ORTÍZ, Doña Eva Luz JORGE GALVAN, Doña Susie de la Limpieza REGINA AGU, Doña Renee “The Fuel Fixer” Green MICHAEL K TAYLOR, Doña One’der Full’estima STEPHANIE GUAJARDO, Doña Frida de la naturaleza ERIN FRY, Doña María Ramos STALINA E. VILLARREAL, Doña Poly frou-frou Sanguínea
Planeta Verde Now is a TBH Latino Green Initiative dedicated to bridging the arts to local ecological concerns. We offer a multifaceted series of artistic endeavors designed to foster environmental awareness and social responsibility.
With the use of strategic community efforts and through specific grassroots actions, TBH commits to transforming the lives of Latinos by empowering them with the creative means to become involved as green artists and promoters, as recruiters of additional community participation and as vital educators to others by means of its Manada Verde (Green Pride) Campaign. Green Pride’s main objective will be to make its community 100% ecoliterate--in other words, able to read and compose the environment by acquiring a deep understanding of its place and its relationship to it. Also, the Green Pride will educate its community with social practices aligned with sustainable living.
(Pictured Above: Doña One’der Full’estima by Michael K Taylor).
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