Tuesday, September 9, 2014

As predicted: Caca's Stolen Image Rape Culture Show a Hoax.

Last Thursday, I predicted that Cory Allen, XVALA and CACA gallery were perpetrating a hoax with the Jennifer Lawrence stolen image show and that the show would never open. It won't. Allen and XVALA ended their charade yesterday.

Allen made submoronic statements such as "We found them on Google" about the stolen pictures, and rode the wave generated by 4Chan and the release of the stolen images. Caca's hoax resulted in nearly two million Google hits. 

These two men capitalized on and perpetuated rape culture to gain name recognition (who will remember them a week from now?) all at the expense of women all over the globe.

They were going to reproduce and sell work to which they had no license nor copyright, in their own words, "unaltered". An affront against all artists everywhere.

Allen today, says he was moved by the petitions he received...more than likely by the legal threats that were looming on his horizon.

These two Con men deserve to be ostracized, their gallery boycotted. 

Astonishingly, the majority of the Saint Pete Arts community remained silent during this smarmy episode. The few that spoke up at all were for silent boycotting. We'll see how many show at the opening for the alternate show.

I'm glad to see this hoax come to an end, very unhappy that in almost two million sites, people equate Saint Petersburg with Caca gallery and rape culture. CACA is not a PR gallery, it is a Tabloid gallery, one who has obviously done their marketing in relocating to Saint Petersburg.

This is NOT who we are.

--- Luis

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Publicity stunt regarding Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansen picturesat the expense of the Saint Petersburg arts Community.

The Apple Cloud was recently hacked in a disturbingly simple manner, with private nude photos of several movie stars (Jennifer Lawrence, et al) and celebs stolen. Given the prurient nature of all this, media have been blasting it non-stop in an effort to sell diapers at the break.

Locally, one unscrupulous -- and until now, unknown -- St. Pete gallery, which will not be named in this post, did a press release saying they would host a show in which an artist will be showing prints from these pictures. Immediately, there was a feeding frenzy in the media, giving this obscure gallery incredible international name recognition.

We all know that one court injunction from the lawyers of the women that had their images stolen will stop the show (and the ensuing lawsuit will bankrupt the artist and gallery). It's a low-brow, typical Florida snake oil salesman con...at the expense of the hard-earned credibility of the arts scene in Saint Petersburg.

--- Luis

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A marketing strategy: Mining the Collective Backstory

Everyone loves a good story. Language itself has evolved for story-telling, as have our brains. Backstories help sell everything from You Tube personalities to paintings. Works that are intensely personal, unless opaque/hermetic, the commonality of human experience assures some connectivity.

In a way, lacunae in a backstory are often filled-in by the viewer in this regard, and it is a complex thing, because cultural factors, formal aspects, context and more enter into it.

How does the savvy gallerist use backstory to increase sales? He can infuse it into each work, which is time-consuming and labor intensive or better yet, have the artist present to do the same, preferably by talking about his work.

Some gallerists take the path of least resistance with this issue by relying on shared backstories. Stories that are already embedded in the viewer. A good example would be Pop Art. To give one example of a gallerist that is working this formula well, Chad Mize of Blue Lucy does this consistently with very good, albeit uneven, results.

A great example is the current show at their Ybor City location, "Toons". Artists came up with paintings themed around cartoons, done in the usual Blue Lucy same-size wooden boxes. Easily identifiable with the original characters, these works had a collective backstory built into the viewers. Many of them were offering sentimental memories of the characters depicted to their friends as if talking about a common acquaintance or relative. No need to inject backstory, it is already in the memory of most prospective buyers.

--- Luis

Monday, August 25, 2014

This November Man Week, 8/25 - 31.

Monday, Aug 25th

From August 25 to September 5, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host Rise In Kyoto by the graduate students of the USF School of Architecture and Community Design 2014 Study Abroad Design Studio. Visitors to the gallery will encounter technical architectural design with the significant influence of Japanese design.

Rise In Kyoto is an opportunity to experience two different entities: Japan and architecture school. The exhibit will allow visitors to be transported halfway around the world to the beauty of Japan’s natural and built environment. Rise in Kyoto is also the culmination of many weeks of work by the graduate students of USF SACD to design their own built environment through models, plans, sections, graphics, and sketchbook scans from the group’s month long study abroad trip in Japan.

The USF SACD 2014 Study Abroad Design Studio comprised of fifteen upper level graduate students led by award winning Associate Professor Michael Halflants. The studio spent a month immersed in Japanese culture and used their gained knowledge to complete a design project. This project not only relied on the understanding of design principles, but also how the students chose to use cultural and customary knowledge to create a space that would respond to the people’s needs in their project site, the historic city of Kyoto.

DessART, Centre Gallery’s opening reception for Rise In Kyoto, will be held on August 25th from 12 – 1 p.m. The closing reception will be held from 7 – 9 p.m. on Friday, September 5, in the Centre Gallery.

For more information, please contact the Centre Gallery at 813-974-5464.


Wednesday, August 27th

The second in a series of free monthly meetups open to artists, performers, and cultural organizations of all types with RSVP.

Presented by Creative Pinellas and Wordier Than Thou, CRAFT offers an informal space to meet fellow artists in all disciplines, learn about local cultural venues, and discuss potential collaborations.

We begin with a casual gathering and tour through a participating arts venue, and later adjourn to a nearby local brewery for drinks and conversation.

Bring business cards or event flyers to share with the group. Stick around for a free raffle afterward, and you might win a museum membership, art supplies, event tickets, or other great items.

** Please RSVP to info@creativepinellas.org with "CRAFT" in the subject line to confirm your attendance **

Wednesday, August 27

Morean Center for Clay
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Three Daughters Brewing
7:45 p.m. – ??


Thursday, Aug 28th

Come hang out with me at my studio this Thursday, as I will open it up to the public for the first time in two months (and the first time at my new location at Bloom)!

Works in progress include a new painting series and some installations in the works.

Contact: 727 644 6833 or




 Friday, August 29


Saturday, August 30th




The Studio@620 and Echo Bridge Pictures invite you the regional premier film screening of "Persistence of Vision", a documentary from Director Kevin Schreck. The film chronicles the struggle of animator Richard Williams ("Who Framed Roger Rabbit?") and his decades long attempt to finish his masterpiece, an animated epic titled "The Thief and the Cobbler". There will be a post-screening discussion with the director via Skype connection.

"It may not be unusual for an animated film to take a few years to finally come together, but The Thief and the Cobbler isn’t exactly a typical animated film, and Richard Williams isn’t a typical animator. His dedication to the art surpasses anyone else in the field, and his work is a stunning example of what an animator can accomplish. Unfortunately, nobody is really aware of just how amazing his work is, since his film, as he envisioned it, remains unseen. Director Kevin Schreck looks to change that with his documentary, Persistence of Vision." -- William Brownridge, Toronto Film Scene

Admission $5 at the door.







Sunday, August 30th


Creating Masks from Nature
A Hands On Workshop with Demeree of DemiGod Studio

Create your own painted and embellished upcycled mask from palm tree bark with local artist Demeree of DemiGod Studio.
Work with Demeree to create a one-of-a-kind mask for your home or garden. She will guide you through the process of planning, sketching, painting, and embellishing a piece of palm tree bark found readily in Florida. Once you make one, you will have the skills to create another on your own at home!
Supplies will be provided to use during the class, which will include palm tree bark and paint, and reference photos to get your creative juices flowing!

Class size limited to 20 participants. Call 727-895-6620 to reserve a space in this fun workshop!




This SIn City week, August 19th - 23rd.

Things are picking up in the area in anticipation of Tourist Season....

Tuesday, August 19th

The Arts Association St. Pete (AASP) is holding its annual general meeting and Summer Social on Tuesday, August 19th ; 6:30 pm at the Morean Arts Center! We invite all artists, gallery owners and interested arts supporters to attend. You do not have to be an AASP member to participate – just bring your ideas and a friend or two. AASP has been busy re-energizing and would love to hear from you!
Contact us on our website for more information, or call our Interim President Leslie Curran at 727-898-6061.
Thank you to the Morean for hosting AASP’s social this year. We look forward to seeing everyone in the St. Petersburg art community that can make it to this great event.



Every Tuesday we have figure drawing at Soft Water Studios. Models are nude or partially draped. 2, 5, and 20 minute poses. Benches, tables, easels, and drawing boards are available. Bring your own paper and supplies. $7 model fee. Soft Water Studios, 515 22nd St S. Saint Petersburg.

Wednesday, August 20th

440 2nd Ave North. 9:00 AM

Join Spathose as we present at 1 Million Cups! We have been singing the praises about this amazing program that is happening right here in our fair Burg! So experience it first hand and as we talk about our business. Come out and show your support…perhaps wear some of your Spathose wearable sculpture…or perchance we may have some extras to giveaway! Hope to see you there!
1 Million Cups (1MC) is a simple way to engage entrepreneurs in communities around the world. Each week, the 1MC program offers two local entrepreneurs an opportunity to present their start-ups to a diverse audience of mentors, advisers, and entrepreneurs. Presenters prepare a 6 minute educational presentation and engage in 20 minutes of feedback and questioning after they present. Entrepreneurs gain insight into possible ways they can improve their businesses, gather real-time feedback, and connect with a community that truly cares about their progress, while walking away feeling like they have advanced their business. The audience also learns a great deal from the presentations. Whether this is through passively listening or deeply engaging with the entrepreneurs, there is much to learn every week from these dynamic and diverse communities.


Saturday, August 23rd

Story Telling, with Linda Rollins at Galerie 909


 An afternoon to get your Professional Photo taken and touched by Rossie Newson Photography. We hosted ComPOSE last month and it's back by popular demand because those who participated really loved the opportunity to get a three professional images by a professional photographer for only $40. COUPLES | FAMILY are welcome. Your photo is taken and by the following weekend you're able to pick up your CD with 3 images from the photo shoot. Gallerie 909 will have jewelry on hand for your use and light refreshments. MEN ARE WELCOME TOO!!!


Exhibit will focus on classic cartoon characters.

The List...

STOIC - Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
David Cabassa - Power Puff Girls
Mara Latorre - Speed Racer
Andrea Pawlisz - Porky Pig
Krysteena Runas - King of the Hill
Vanessa Culver - Sailor Moon
Adam T - Super Friends
Michelle Sawyer - The Jetsons
P$YNNER - The Tick
Ashley Bates - Care Bears
Derek Donnelly - The Maxx
RJ Runas - 1940s Superman
Salvatore James - Popeye
Joanna Ledingham - Tom & Jerry
Joshua Pearson - Heckle & Jeckle
Brandon McLean - Scooby Doo
Moy Loera - Voltron
Warren Kenny - Herculoids
Scott Hillis - Fat Albert
Josh Sullivan - Space Ghost
Chris Seney - Beavis & Butthead
Hugo Porcaro - Casper
Samantha Churchill - Speedy Gonzales
Reid Jenkins - The Boondocks
Chris Pelkey - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Zulu Painter - Betty Boop
Ceri Watkins - Futurama
Carrie Matteoli - Pepe le Pew
Calan Ree - Felix the Cat
J Michael Taylor - Aeon Flux
Emily Dwyer - He Man
Rachel Weirich - Jem & the Holograms
Stephen Palladino - The Smurfs
Brandon Bailey - South Park
Theresa Crout - Mickey Mouse
Chad Cardoza - Charlie Brown
Sara McClarnon - Bugs Bunny Show
Victoria Berrios - Road Runner Show
Phillip Clark - The Impossibles
George Retkes - Johnny Quest
Sue Woodall - Boris & Natasha
Sean Greene - Adventuretime
Lauren Gentry - The Flintstones
Lorin Winter - Marvin the Martian
Danielle Shockley - Alvin & the Chipmunks
Eleanor Pigman - Teen Turbo
Joseph Ieracitano - Ren & Stimpy
Ken Echezabal - Astro Boy
Christopher Maslow - Pink Panther
Cat Manolis - Red Hot Riding Hood
Chad Mize - Richie Rich
Robert X Rules - Tranzor Z
Melisa Taylor - Bob's Burgers



Saturday, August 16, 2014

This Blasted HOT Weekend, August 16-17

Saturday, August 16th


Yvonne Young Reception, 6 PM at Artworks on 60 blk Central.

On August 16th Eight of Tampa Bay’s most daring writers will face off in live literary combat! In Lucha Libro two authors are given a random prompt and then they have five minutes to create an original piece of written brilliance, right before your eyes! After the frenzy of spontaneous creation, our combatants will present their work and a winner will be declared! Winners move on to the next round until only one remains!

Theatricality and costumes encouraged!

(The art courtyard stage is behind the address we have listed.)

Gulfport’s Art Courtyard Outdoor Stage- 2908 Beach Boulevard South, Gulfport FL.  7 PM
Sunday, August 17

Regenerate at Blue Lucy


: formed or created again
: spiritually reborn or converted
: restored to a better, higher, or more worthy state

This exhibit will feature each artist finding an old thrift painting, vintage item, old furnishing, garish lamp, etc. Each artist then regenerates a newer piece of art with the old.

Participating artists:
Mitzi Gordon
Gabriel Ramos
April Seelbach
Bradley Kokay
Laura Miller
Daniel James
Cassandra Wahuhi
Missy Roll
Phillip Clark
Lainey Rhodes
Casey Paquet
Mishou Sanchez
Ricky Seelbach
Sarah Gail Hutcherson
Chad Mize
Gretchen Suding
Mason Schwacke
Xina Scuderi
Hugo Porcaro
Lauren Gentry
Will Kuncz



Saturday, August 9, 2014

this Weekend, Saturday, August 9.

In the Sumer doldrums...raining or between rain...the heat...will it ever end?

Saturday, August 9th.

Ernesto Piloto. Culinary and visual art, fused and synthesized into something new.
Trust me on this one. 649 Central, 5-9

Join Capricorn Studios as we host The Art of KINK! at Tampa Fetish Con! For five years now The Art of KINK! has been FetCon's hottest alternative art installation, where you can find original pieces by the country's most talented and edgy artists! Come see what these incredible artists have created for this year's show. Themes range from fetish to bondage to zombie and everything in between (and some that defy description!) You might find that perfect piece you've always wanted for your home or studio right here! Many of our artists will be in attendance, giving you the opportunity to connect with these amazing creators personally! We will also have music from local musicians and DJ's playing during gallery hours, and CD's will be available to take home with you if you love the music as much as the art.

The Art of KINK! is located on the second floor of the hotel, and is outside of the Convention area. So you don't need to purchase a Con badge if you want to come by and check us out. We encourage both Con attendees and interested outsiders to pay us a visit. You never know what you might find...or find out about yourself. Capricorn Studios specializes in edgy, dark, alternative art. And we want you all to join us as we explore the true meaning of “Art that’s not afraid of the dark!”

Hilton, downtown Tampa, at Fetishcon.


An Exhibition of Florida Themed Artwork, Water Images and More presented by Gulf Coast Artists' Alliance.

Participating Artists: Deborah Pridgeon, Bob Wieser, Eunice Fisher, Mary Bottini, Karan Porter, Jim Kirkman, Brandy Stark, Caroline Karp Babis, Carole Shelton, Savelli, Kim Kramer, Kevin Nodland, Judy Vienneau

Saturday August 9th,
Noon – 9pm

ArtLofts @ Florida Craftsmen
10-5th St. North, Second Floor
Studio 210B
St. Petersburg, Florida.

Contact: Judy Vienneau 727-738-8010

FREE and open to the Public. ArtLofts Studios will be open from 5:30-9pm for the Second Saturday Art Walk.


Calling all animal lovers! U562 is proud to host a benefit for the SPCA of Tampa Bay. Join us for live music, food, refreshments, and Arts & Crafts all to support the great work of our local SPCA!

So come enjoy a great evening Arts and entertainment, all for a great cause. Always something new at the U!




The Waterfront Arts District, Central Arts District, The EDGE District of St. Petersburg, Grand Central District Association and the Warehouse Arts District become one arts destination for the St. Petersburg Second Saturday “Shop Local” ArtWalk on August 9 from 5-9pm.

During our “Shop Local” ArtWalk, you can ride the trolley, or drive yourself using our map, for a tour of over 30 warehouses, galleries and studios that are staying open late just for you! The studios and galleries provide an informal, engaging social evening to drop in and meet our community's artists. Some venues are only open during ArtWalk and many will have demonstrations and refreshments. Be the first to see new affordable works of fine, glass, and clay art!

In addition, Keep Saint Petersburg Local will be holding a raffle! The winner will receive a private tour of the Downtown murals by artist, Derek Donnelly of "SAINT PAINT" Arts and Apparel, with stops at both Cycle Brewing & St Pete Brewing (KSPL will pick up the tab)! Raffle tickets will be available at the majority of the venues - the more you visit, the better your chances to win this priceless prize!

Stop by Zen Glass Studio and see live glassblowing demonstrations and check out our new jewelry display.

Visit the other art spaces in our community.
Plenty of parking.


We are excited to have Marilyn joining us in our shop for art walk. Marilyn has been reading the leaves and tarot cards for over 30 years. Over that time she has developed as a medium and medical intuitive as well as a counselor to help clients begin to resolve any problems or blockages they may be encountering in their lives, whether emotional, physical or spiritual in nature. She is known to have a high degree of accuracy and an entertaining and cheerful reading style. You're almost sure to have a good laugh and a good cry during your reading as well as a sense of breakthrough and moving on with your life. She can also spark your intuition and teach you to read the tea leaves. Readings are $1 a minute and readings usually last between 10 to 20 minutes. Let Marilyn know before hand how long you would like the reading.

Show on view Aug 1-31. Opening coincides with St. Pete's 2nd Saturday ArtWalk on Aug. 9th. Come say hello to Rocky and see his new body of work! Tarpon Springs mixed media artist Rocky Bridges is taking the work "off the wall" for a new series of sculptures.


Tim Hutton: At Everything Dolce, 900 block of Central.



Tampa - QUAID is proud to present "Bodice Rippers", a solo exhibition of new work by Monica Perez. Gallery visitors will view a series of works that feature visually rich collages and large scale cutouts. “Bodice Rippers” is a response to the exploration of human fascination with flora, specifically at an obsessive state, and questions what is considered valuable. Join QUAID for the opening reception of “Bodice Rippers” August 9th at 7pm.

The event is free and open to the public but donations are greatly appreciated. Classes and groups are encouraged and welcomed. This exhibition will run from August 9th, through August 31th. The gallery is open Thursday 7PM-10PM, Friday through Sunday 12PM-5PM, and by appointment.

Located at 4636 N. Florida Ave in South Seminole Heights, QUAID is an artist-run project space in partnership with TEMPUS PROJECTS. The artists who run QUAID are members of the Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang. Since March of 2013 this group of eight Tampa artists has met weekly to collaborate and draw. The Tampa Drawers Sketch Gang will be organizing exhibitions at QUAID throughout 2014, including solo exhibitions of all its members and various other group shows and projects throughout the year.

What: “Bodice Rippers”: New works by Monica Perez; Public reception/art exhibition,refreshments.
When: Saturday, August 9th, 7-10PM
Where: QUAID; 4636 N. Florida Ave. Tampa, FL 33603
More: After party immediately following the reception at the Mermaid Tavern.__________________________________________________________



Fundamentalism in Art: A local view.

noun: fundamentalism
a form of a religion, especially Islam or Protestant Christianity, that upholds belief in the strict, literal interpretation of scripture.
strict adherence to the basic principles of any subject or discipline.

We live at a time when the basic Abrahamic, tribal, sheep-farmer religions have become hopelessly outdated. People are becoming more unorthodox, leaving religion, or fundamentalist. The latter have spread rapidly throughout the world in the form of radical Islamists and Christian fundamentalists (of all stripes). By going backward, they are returning to a simpler time or starting over, shuffling off the "untrue", "disbelievers" etc. Fundamentalists believe they and they alone know the truth, and are entitled to force it on others.

This has happened many times in the art world. People holding on to things calling those who are evolving in the present/embracing the future false, forgetful of the principles, etc. Invariably, they have ended up steamrolled by the future. A lot of this has to do with identity through tribalism, and it is of the most primitive version of "think as I think".

The tell-tale sign is that they are not content with leading by example. They have to call out others and question, and attack their ideas, usually under the guise of ethics. At the humble, local Bay Area level, one would think everyone has bigger problems, but amazingly this still happens.

All people who make art are artists, and since "Art" is not very well defined, that's a big umbrella. Stop questioning the authenticity and legitimacy of others and worry about your own.

--- Luis

Stay curious, my friends.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Evenings In Wonderland: At the Park

Somehow, I got disoriented along the way. The obvious location, as per the address, wasn't sinking in. In retrospect, it may have been a sixth sense thing, the future affecting the past.

The usual suspects were there. Socializing, playing, posturing, vulturing for customers, hobnobbing for walls etc. One, well-known, talked to me for a bit, and drawing uncomfortably close, whispered: "It's as if they don't care....they are only doing the minimum required to make a sale..."  Tired, restless, buoyant, adrift...photographs were coming to me slowly, but steadily, more than enough for my needs.

I engaged in the social graces at a thing like this, hugging and hello-ing people, describing ellipses across the space, crossing the Ley lines of desire polarizing the people in the area, somehow colliding with a ring of five or so.

Holding court was a local banker, who is also on the Board of Directors of one of the major local arts organizations. We had met before, albeit briefly, at a 2nd Saturday, when her bank opens up its lobby as a pop-up exhibition space. One of the artists was thrilled, being told they could show in the space. The Banker turned the conversation to a black artists' show at the Museum of Fine Arts from a private corporate collection, and remarked: "What did that do for the community?".

My heart sank. That moment when people in the arts backbite and cannibalize each other is always sickening. The exhibition she was referring to was "Mixed Metaphors", put on and paid for by a rival bank, Bank of America. Disgusted, I replied that they had brought very good ethnic art to the city, and spent the better part of a million dollars in the community doing so.

"But it didn't put money in the pockets of local artists", she said righteously. That represented an elemental misunderstanding of the difference between museums and galleries. While artists drool at the money sinks that museums are, their emphasis is in bringing work to the community, first-rate work. Neither the Chilhuly or Dali "put money in local artists' pockets.

There was some well-played theatrical hand-wringing about the Sisyphusian agony of bringing more sales to local artists. I suggested that local artists need to market their work where there are more buyers, though looking around, it was obvious that, at best, 3-5 of those ever would. A push for quality, as the other artist had suggested, might be a good thing.


Thursday, July 31, 2014

This Lucy Weekend, July 31-August 2nd.

The heat has been imposible...mosquitoes now could be carrying West Nile, Dengue, Chikungunya, Malaria etc. Go in the water and you have four times the chance of winning the Lotto of being infected with flesh-eating bacteris...yeah, summer.




 At Workspace, 4501 N. Florida Ave, Tampa.

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EPOXY presents Unadorned, a sensible collection of imagery referencing mysticism and dream analysis. We have paired two artists who work similar with materials pen and ink and application using a thin delicate line. Both artists illustrate images that attempt to map mental and spiritual pathways similar to the faces of tarot cards, but both differ with their objective. Featuring JP Marra who works within a simple format appropriating mystic icons to create a ‘tongue-in-cheek’ obsession with a dark-wave culture. Also works by Katie O’Gorman who is sincere using her own dreams dating all the way from her childhood. The memory of her dreams is a rarity due to the attention to detail which translates within the drawings. O’Gormans approach to depicting these illusive scenarios is a way to quantitatively study the meaning of dreams. These drawings are a gateway to self reflection and furthers the conversation of symbolism as a language for the self. Join us in conjunction with First Friday in Seminole Heights, August 1st, 6 - 10 pm.

 Calling all musicians, poets, storytellers and comedians! Please join host/poet Diana Browning and sound guy Moe St. Evergreen for an exciting evening as some of the best talent in Tampa Bay perform at this adults only open mic at Stefani Hope Beddingfield's Inkwood Books. We are one of the most welcoming and encouraging groups around so don't be shy, come on out and show your stuff ! A suggested donation of $5 for beer, wine or other beverages or better yet, buy a book.


Miss Emmy Lou (star of "We Fucking Forgot", "Stone Circles", "Ultraviolence", "Drone Warfare", "The Future Sucks", "Negro y Blanco", and many more) returns to St. Pete for her new solo exhibition, "Figure Man". Miss Emmy Lou helped launch The Venture Compound as one of the most successful independent art galleries, turned herself into a cult star, and set standards of poor taste that few artists have managed to lower. "Figure Man" is likely to provoke concurrent waves of nostalgia and revulsion. Small wonder Newsday described "Figure Man" as going "past angst, past shock, past entertainment...pure pathology." Even Fran Lebowitz, writing in interview called it "one of the sickest art shows ever made...and one of the funniest."
Dubbed "The Pope of Dumpsterpop" by no less than Bradley Kokay, Miss Emmy Lou has earned a few other titles as well: The Princess of Puke, The Baroness of Bad Taste, The Rapscallion of Repulsion, and The Godmother of Gross. If that's not enough, she's giving away a bunch of free stuff! Zines, comic books, buttons, and art. Plus, a limited edition blind assortment collectable figure raffle. Featuring musical performances by Nequam Sonitus, Lovebrrd, Wolf Pussy, Whitey Alabastard, and Smith Lavender, as well as the world premier of "Pony Heaven" a short film by Bradley Kokay. Saturday, August 2nd 8pm The Venture Compound $5

Figure Man: A Solo Show by Miss Emmy Lou
Doors at 8,
$5 donation
There will be....
-Lots of art priced under $50 & some cool stuff that is a little more
-Interactive art
-Free zines
-Comic release
-Blind box door raffle (5!)
-Noise Noise Noise!

Also feel free to take home a shadow person or two




QUAID has been having an amazingly successful 2014 so far and we are starting to plan for the future. We have been operating in the smaller project space at Tempus Projects but Tempus is preparing to fully expand into that part of the building next year. We have been fortunate enough to sell much more work than we expected to in the first half of 2014, but we have been working with a budget of almost zero dollars and we need to raise extra funds to be able to continue through the end of 2015 in a new location.

“Contemporary Issues in Understanding Summer Sales” will be our first fundraising effort. “Contemporary Issues” will be a group show of work from the gallery cooperative members where every piece will be under $100. We aren’t filling the gallery with small, minor, or old works, instead for one night only we will be installing a show of work that would usually be priced much higher than $100.

Every purchase will be a giant step to our continued existence and to a more permanent location. Take advantage of this sale, and be a part of serious, progressive, and fun contemporary art in Tampa!


 August 2nd @ Schoolyard Skatepark
4033 35th St. N. St. Pete FL 33714

Doors @ 7pm $8
Featuring works by:

Sebastian Coolidge
Stephen Palladino

with a solo exhibition by Aurailieus

Performances throughout the night by:

The Happiness Machine

Jordan Elliott

OL'MadNess - St. Pete
Jeremy InfiniteSkillz Writt - St. Pete
Joe Stu - ATL
Rudy Shred Covington - ATL
W.I.C. - ATL

With Djs :
Earl Grae
Adrian Young Bacon Arnold
D.j. Galaxz
D.j. Galati


Bboy Battles hosted by Geno Sky Ambrocio

Judges - Blayshin Neal l Dolo l Stedlove Kim

$5 registration fee to enter either battle.

1v1 All-Styles Battle for $100 cash prize. Sign-up starts now. Ends Aug.1st Pre-lims start @ 8pm.

Please register with myself, Kyle G-Really or Geno Sky Ambrocio.

2v2 BBoy Battle for $300 cash prize. Sign-up starts now, ends Aug. 1


Please join The Studio@620 in celebrating the diversity of our community through the artworks displayed in the third annual Members Only Art Show.
This year's collection is varied and includes all types of styles from abstract to impressionist, with media ranging from photography to ceramics, sculpture, mixed media, and painting.
The Studio looks forward to honoring our members with this exhibit, come get to know the artists in our midst!
Opening Reception Friday August 1, 2014 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Admission is free and open to the public.

Contributing Artists:

Caroline Karp Babis

Michael Bereznoff

Mary Bottini

Margaret Connell-de Ruyter

Michael Conway

CyberCraft Robots

Carol Dameron

Coralette Damme

Jeannine Clark Dunlap

Wendy Durand

Janet Folsom

Eileen Goldenberg

Patton Hunter

Diane Hutter-Stewart

Carolyn Janik

Kenny Jensen

Bob Konstantinovich

Bridget W. Marshall

Irina Norkina

Andrea Pawlisz

Jane Peppard

Debra Radke

Mirella Smith

Patrick Stickney

Jeff Wilcox


[From Gina Moccio]

Vote for your favorite local restaurants, businesses, and movers & shakers beginning on August 1 at http://cltampa.com/botb

Winners will attain local prestige and prominence, and be featured in the 'Best Of The Bay' issue of Creative Loafing that's in print and online September 18.

After You Vote:

Celebrate Tampa Bay's best restaurants, businesses, and people at The Coliseum on Wed. September 17 from 6 to 10 p.m. There will be delicious food, dynamite drinks, and dozens of surprises and guest presenters throughout the evening. We'll also be releasing the Best Of The Bay issue one night early, so the winners will be revealed to you before they're officially released to the public on Sept. 18.

Tickets: http://cltampa.xorbia.com/botb

General Admission includes food and drink sampling - Advance $20 (now through September 16), Day Of at the Door $25 (September 17)

VIP Admission includes exclusive food sampling and an open bar - Advance $75 (now through September 16), Day Of at the Door $100 (September 17)


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Chaos, Turing's Oracle, and Art.

Venture Compound performance, July 2014.
 In art, we hear a lot about intent and control. This is true in computers, too. I was reading New Scientist magazine (7/19/14), about Alan Turing's "Oracle" computer, as described in his 1938 thesis. He understood that computers based on logic had their limitations. There would always be problems they could not solve and what they did solve was enslaved to that logic as well.

In his Oracle machine, he wanted to go beyond human logic. To do this, he thought to inject randomness, via a detector sensing the emission of particles from radioactive matter. Chaos as a way to break out of the logical box.

Artists can, and a very few actually use, chaos in this manner. Breaking out of one's own logic is not easy. Several artists have done it, which is often described as "re-inventing".  Sometimes less order and control is more.

--- Luis


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Dreaming Florida: An Airstream Ad.

This is an Airstream ad depicting a man, his wife and two young daughters. Their chrome sled and trailer are parked in the sand, (but they will never get stuck) on an idyllic beach of their own, with a ready-made little hut that was waiting for them.  and a weightless moment, which implies the apex of their trip, a moment that can tell the story of this journey.

 They could have done this by their house, in their front yard in Ohio, and they brought it with them in the Airstream, a space capsule, rolling man's castle and property rolled up into one shiny aluminum fuselage, looking like a wingless, shortened WWII bomber. Trailers change the way one travels. They are a constant, enveloping one's choices -- and family -- as they travel, content being contextualized mile after mile. 

Linear time is implied through the idea of the journey. They came to Florida from somewhere, and being tourists, will have to drive back to their permanent home.

The Airstream is hooked up to an equally shiny new car, giving an aura of newness, yet the rounded forms of the trailer blend aesthetically well with nature in the form of trees in the background, and tonally with the beach.

Note how the suspended ball affects our perception of time. This is a particular moment, one of familial bliss and a father playing with the two daughters who will soon grow up and leave to start families and homes of their own. But the moment hangs suspended. In the photograph, they have left linear time, and entered mythic time.

The ball is like a nucleus, and the figures float around it, like a 60's depiction of an atomic nucleus and its orbiting electrons. This is a nuclear family....

--- Luis

Three fading, nearly gone historical murals in Tropicana parking lot, and a little brand-new illegal stencil, all in Ybor City.




Saturday, July 19, 2014

This Weekend, July 19.

Saturday, July 19th.

From July 14 - 31, the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida will host bittersweet dreams in blue by Lisana Mohamed from July 14 - 31. Visitors to the gallery will be flooded with a wash of color, transporting them to the tropics.

Created with acrylics and photography, bittersweet dreams in blue is inspired from the vibrancy and simplicity of life in the artists’ home country of Guyana in the West Indies. Gallery visitors will not only experience Guyana’s warmth and glimpse its culture, but ideally will leave with the desire to be mindful of all that surrounds them—the shape of a leaf, the color and texture of a pear, the shape of the moon.

Mohamed has a Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics from USF and intends to pursue another Master’s in an additional field. As an undergraduate, she majored in Literature and Linguistics with a minor in Art.

Mohamed hopes to raise money for a charity to help orphans in Guyana through a voluntary donation box available during the exhibit.

DessART, Centre Gallery’s opening reception for this exhibit, will be held in the gallery on July 14th from 12 - 1 pm, and the closing reception will be Friday, July 25th from 7 - 9 pm .

Free and open to the public, the gallery is located on the second floor (room 2700) of the Marshall Student Center (MSC) on USF Holly Drive and is open from 11 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday.



Join Andreas Goff and Sharon Norwood for a live demonstration as they sculpt each other. Galerie 909, 22nd St S. Saint Petersburg.

Come to Channelside July 19th, Saturday - and see awesome, one of a kind art! Artists Painting Live, Fireworks, Music, Kids Free Art, Food Trucks and more.

Exhibit will feature the theme of biking culture.

Participating artists: Jon Stine, Daniel Mrgan, Sebastian Coolidge, John Bartone, Javier Fick, Todd Frain, Travis Hise, Mason Schwacke, Dennis Meloy, George Retkes, Sue Woodall, Rylan Wright, Julia Michael, Mia Culbertson. Brian James, Joseph Burnsed, Julie Brookins, Will Kuncz, Wilmer Vergara Homez, Melia Carino, Ungala, Timothy Innamorato, Reid Jenkins, Arielle Levasseur, Ashley Bates. Josh Stover, Vanessa Culver, Jonathan Hobbs, Eva Avenue, Lainey Rhodes, Ceri Watkins, Angela Faustina, Joanna Ledingham, Korey, Jessi Donnelly, Wade Slater, Jennifer Kosharek, Hugo Porcaro, Eric Kent, Jeffrey Sincich, Salvatore James, Aurailieus, Jameson Wilkins, John Suarez, David Cabassa, Kurt Wright, Adam Graham, Olin Meusling, Jamison Waddell, Juliana Villamil, and Mishou Sanchez

Sponsored by 2FOLD BIKE, St. Pete Bike Co-Op, Cycle Brewing, and Tour De Pizza !!!

Exhibit runs July 19th - August 9th, 2014