16 March 2008

SXSW - Art Outside

What an incredible SXSW (South by Southwest) week?!? My shoulders are killing me. I did over 20 hours of bullwhips, 12 hours of photography and the rest on other artistic modalities. Over the next few days, I'll try to share a few of my favorite pictures from the Enchanted Forest.

To get this shot of one of my favorite installations at Art Outside: I had to climb higher than I am comfortable with into a cedar tree while precariously balancing my camera. It was worth it to be able to share this artist's work with you. (I'm still tying to find out who created it) The work was done with beans, corn and lentils. It makes me think that a dragonfly whispered this into a shaman's ear.

This guy greeted people as they were entering Art Outside. Created by Starry-Johnny Fleisher. The size of this installation was impressive, as was attention to detail. But...It looked like robot torture to me.

This was one of the signs hovering above the creek near the back stage. Of course, I couldn't walk out without taking a shot of this sign.


Chris McCormick said...

WOW Erik, SWSW looks amazing, I checked out the artoutside website, very cool. Would love to get to Austin for it sometime.

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Amber said...

I think Eric and I need to add Austin to our list of places to check out where life still has a little magic!

We are near Norfolk, VA, and the life is damn near sucked dry by the NAVY. I'm impressed - I don't know much about Texas, but I didn't expect to see something as pretty as all this!

Pollockfan said...

I can't thank you enough for turning us on to this festival. The weather was great, your bullwhips got everyone worked up, the art was beautiful and thoughtful and the environment and the people we met were downright earthy.

Joy and I will return again and again. A strong friendly embrace...until next time.

Erik said...

Chris, Amber and Eric: Let us know anytime you will be in the area. We always love showing off our town.

Austin is still a magical place. It is an oasis of reason, beauty and creativity in our massive state. Our community values music, film, arts, individuality and creativity.

Thanks Monitor. I'll check out your site when I get a couple of free minutes.

I wish you all a wonderful day and look forward to seeing you at the next event.
Pollock and Joy, it was great seeing you. I hope to see you again.