Pinball - Winter 2014

Very happy to be a part of Pinball Issue 3!



The Vinyl Show at Borderline Gallery


This Saturday at Beep Beep Gallery: ALCHEMY

Opening reception is Saturday December 1st, 7-10pm as part of PONCE CRUSH.
Beep Beep Gallery | 696 Charles Allen Drive, Atlanta GA 30308

Excited to be involved in this show. The six small pieces I'm including consist of static representations of various analog video experiments I've completed in the past month:
From Beep Beep Gallery:
This is our second year doing "Alchemy", which is a group show where Beep Beep cuts a bunch of multi-sized triangles and hands them out to artists.  For us, part of the fun of this show is that the plethora of works combined with the specific shape of the triangles allows us to create a series of patterns and designs where each artist's work plays off another.  This is turn allows for a unique collective exhibit.

Artists include:
Sean Abrahams, Jason R. Butcher, Jessica Caldas, Kelly Cloninger, Kat Cooper, Jaynie Crimmins, Laurie Delmedico, Peter Ferrari, Sat Kirpal Garcia, Mike Germon, Heather Greenway, Lauren Hoell, Morgan Kendall, Harrison Keys, Romy Maloon, Natasha Pantelides, Nathan Phaneuf, Sanithna Phansavanh, Andrew Prieto, Chelsea Raflo, Lucha Rodriguez, J.R. Schulz, Lydia Sharlow, Nathan Sharrat, Ansley Sproull, Marcy Starz, Dorothy Stucki, Allen Taylor, Paco Vergachette, Lydia Walls, Jonny Warren.....and I probably forgot some other people, sorry.  It's madness!

Also, the holidays are coming up.  That means there will be tons of affordable local art available for fill up that Christmas list!

(You don't have to give us anything.  We've been stockpiling coal from all these Naughty years.  It's plenty warm at Beep Beep!)


A "Call And Response" with Empathinc.

"We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time."
- T. S. Eliot

I recently participated in a "Call and Response" with the good people at Empathinc. It was a call for 2-4 pieces of evidence (which could be images of my work, work I like, or things I find interesting). Here's is my two-fold response and further ruminations by Tom Schulz, artist.

from empathinc.blogspot.com:

The Response:
#1. Interlacing / Intertwining: The Book of Kells and Wildstyle Graffiti
Lately, I've thought quite a bit about the interlacing of elements found in early medieval illuminated manuscripts such as The Book ofKells and how those images may have influenced graffiti artists in the creation of Wildstyle graffiti pieces. I've enjoyed experimenting with similar methods of intertwining on occasion and will continue this pursuit because I am absolutely fascinated by the history and the process.
Detail from The Book of Kells
An example of Wildstyle graffiti by Yurika of Bogotá, Colombia
A painting of mine from 2007#2. Subtractive Synthesis, Video Feedback Loops, Videodrome and Marshall McLuhan.
 I have enjoyed learning subtractive synthesis over the past few years and it has been extremely rewarding to me. I love the immediacy of hitting a key and hearing a sound as well as the idea of sculpting sound from a basic tone, much like a sculptor starts with a block of wood or marble. I have also enjoyed experimenting with video feedback loops (with a cheap movie camera pointed towards an old analog set) and seeing waves of color and shapes cascade forward as I adjust settings on a video enhancer. This particular interest was rekindled recently after re-watching the David Cronenberg film Videodrome. I think there are some very interesting ideas (though not for the squeamish) there concerning technology and how it can change us both psychologically and physically. I also find it interesting that the director modeled the character Brian O'Blivion after Marshall McCluhan who championed the idea that human inventions were extensions of the human body, like the gun being an extension of the human hand, the wheel (or car) being an extension of the foot, and so on. I feel that as our devices become increasingly focused on the self, a closed loop is formed much like a video feedback loop. An extension of the self presenting the self to the self, folding in on itself...
Here is a video feedback loop which I have framed within a painting of a fossilized Curtis Mathes television set. I composed the music on an Alesis Ion synthesizer:

And here is a clip from the film Videodrome (1983)David Cronenberg:

tomschulzartist responds:
Somehow or another I've become a kefir guy. Which is no real surprise, seeing as I started out in my hippied youth as a yogurt guy (having stolen a copy of Abbie Hoffmans"Steal This Book").
I've got these starter grains that look like cauliflower and when I add milk and let it sit around, it ferments and creates a symbiotic matrix of sugar and lipids and stuff. The resulting cultured beverage is chock-a-block full ofpro biotic organisms creating a network of interacting community (antioxidants began to have such negativeconnotations for me).

And that is what I find so fascinating in the evidence provided to this humble blogger: these pieces are of a whole. They (together) create a symbiotic matrix of information. McCluhan said that, "Art at its most significant is a Distant Early Warning System that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen to it."

What J. R. Schulz posits in this response is that we as a people are being acculturated by the very specific nature of our inventions. So as ancient nomadic shepherds of the 
Caucasus Mountains discovered that milk carried in goat skin containers fermented into aneffervescent drink, then Schulz connects the dots and locates a soured starter seed of intertwining threads of interest and disinterest. And this seed feeds upon itself and grows. Our efficient and considered utilization of this potential sustenance becomes the mainstay of art. And culture.
Strain and refrigerate.

When the Ten Thousand things are viewed in their oneness, we return to the Origin and remain where we have always been. 
- Sen T'sen

While comprehending both the conveniences and pitfalls of a Cause and Effect existence, here at empathinc. we prefer to live in a Call and Response Universe. This series is an exploration of that space.
Thanks J. R., for Responding to the Call. Tom
Above: "Gordian Knot"©, mixed water media on paper, Tom Schulz, 2008.

This Saturday... Another Green World

From beepbeepgallery.com:

Beep Beep Gallery is proud to present "Another Green World", a group exhibition of artwork based on the 1975 Brian Eno album of the same name.  A mix of vocal and ambient pieces, the album's descriptive titles and atmospheric songs lend themselves to a variety of literal as well as abstract interpretations.  With this in mind, we asked 14 artists to each choose a track from the album and create a visual representation, the line-up of which is listed below along with links to each song:

  1. Sky Saw - Megan Lillie
  2. Over Fire Island - Stephanie Dowda (website]
  3. St. Elmo's Fire - Aubrey Pope
  4. In Dark Trees - Matt Relkin [website]
  5. The Big Ship - Shana Robbins [website]
  6. I'll Come Running - Metatronic [website]
  7. Another Green World - Erin Plew
  8. Sombre Reptiles - J.R. Schulz
  9. Little Fishes - Kelly McKernan [website]
  10. Golden Hours - Allen Taylor website]
  11. Becalmed - Born
  12. Zawinul / Lava - Alex Kvares [website]
  13. Everything Merges with the Night - Morgan Kendall [website]
  14. Spirits Drifting - Sam Parker

The opening reception for "Another Green World" is February 4th from 7-10pm as part of Ponce Crush.

There will also be a closing reception February 23rd where the entire album will be played live between three bands:

Dean & Leon 
Kid Pyramid & Hidden Noise Ensemble
Robby Kee with members of Lucy Dreams

Hope to see you there!
Beep Beep