Scream Queens Press

23/05/2013

I recently came across a review written by Aaron Bielich for Gulf Coast, a journal of literature and fine art. It covers the group show I was in that was curated by Sapphire Williams this past Spring (Present Tense). Here is the link if you would like to read it: Repetition, Variation, Connection.

You can see more images from the entire Present Tense exhibition (in addition to images from the other four exhibitions and installations on view at the same time) at Lawndale Art Center’s Flickr Page for January 25, 3013 – March 2, 2013 Exhibitions.

Silent Disco Success!

02/10/2012

The 27th has passed and there is no more Silent Disco. Saddness, I know. However, I have 75 Gigabytes of footage to now shuffle through to compile my final video from the event. While I am a little worried about the audio due to all the fans that were on, I am more than certain the footage was golden. Thank you to everyone who came out and participated. A big thanks as well to all my volunteers. Ya’ll made things run so smoothly! I will let you know about show dates for the video as soon as I can get through this new massive editing project. However, in the meantime, I am in need of actresses for my next video piece that I will start shooting next month. A new flyer is soon to come. If you are interested, fill in the contact form!

Thank you to Sara Peacock for taking this photo!

ARE YOU READY TO DANCE!?

06/09/2012

Thursday, September 27th,

8pm @ Numbers Night Club

In fulfillment of my HAA individual artist grant, I am creating a video piece utilizing silent disco technology. I am documenting the physical interactions between people in a club/party atmosphere without the distraction of music. A silent disco is a dance party event in which a disc jockey uses an FM-transmitter instead of speakers to broadcast beats into wireless headphones worn by attendees. Omitting the music will speculatively make any movement look foreign to bystanders by eliminating the beat commonly coupled with club dancing. It will also place focus on overpowered peripheral sounds such as of jostling clothes, feet scuffing the floor and many unforeseeable noises produced by attendees.

If you are interested in being in the video and hearing some great music by Echoplex (Peter Lucas), Gracie Chavez and Navó (Bombón), DJ Ipod Ammo, and DJ Sun, please come and dance the night away! Doors open at 8pm. $5 cover unless you contact me to get on the list or bring an official event card. There are only 200 headphones so come early! There are no guarantees that you will get in if you show up late!

Breathe Wraps Up

04/07/2012

My show in the upstairs gallery at Box13 Art Space just wrapped up last week. If you missed it, I will upload some video documentation of the installation as well as the actual videos very soon. In addition to this news, I have a large silent disco event approaching September 27th (as part of my HAA grant) as well as a three-person exhibition at Sam Houston State University in September. It’s my first visiting lecturer/critic opportunity as well so I am very excited! In the meantime, I am moving into a new house with a much larger studio in the next week or so before I head off to Los Angeles and San Francisco. Unfortunately, it means I will move from Box13 Art Space. All in all, a lot of flux. Check back soon for further updates on all these events!

HAA 2012 Individual Artist Grant Recipient

20/05/2012

Good news! I am officially a 2012 Houston Arts Alliance grant recipient! I was awarded money to carryout a proposed video project. Utilizing silent disco technology, I will create a video documenting the physical interactions between people in a club/party atmosphere.

A silent disco is a dance party event in which a disc jockey uses an FM-transmitter instead of speakers to broadcast beats into wireless headphones worn by attendees. Omitting the music will speculatively make any movement look foreign to bystanders by eliminating the beat commonly coupled with club dancing. It will also place focus on overpowered peripheral sounds such as of jostling clothes, feet scuffing the floor and many unforeseeable noises produced by attendees. The public is invited to participate in the event and view the resulting video through a separate exhibition. I will keep updating the blog as dates and locations are set!

My First Gender-Bending Review!

07/05/2012

Kristy Peet and Britt Ragsdale’s Body Talk at Gallery 1724

I love that I am able to be both a man and woman due to my shortened name (yes, I am a Brittney, click the link above to read what I mean). I always thought my art screamed “A WOMAN MADE THIS!”, but I am glad to see that it is not as apparent as I first thought. I believe this reviewer had some fair criticism of both the place and art. Please read, and then go see my photographs if your are in Houston. Also, I am far from done with this series. I am still making studies for larger pieces. So if you are interested in modeling and will be in Southeast Texas, please fill out my contact form. I don’t pay people (starving artist), but I will provide water, snacks and awkward entertainment.

Members: Gallery 1724

25/04/2012

I have an exhibition on view at Gallery 1724 in Houston, TX. It is a gallery/hair salon so go get your hair “did” as you look at my artwork. It is a very interesting old house with a bookcase as the bathroom door (so go potty while you are there!). The address is 1724 Bissonet with regular business hours. It is on view through May 31st. Don’t miss it! It is my first full photography show since 2008, no sculpture, no video. Also, no manipulations, straight photography. I know some of you photo geeks love that (you know who you are!).

Otherwise, my next show is at Box13 Art Space on May 19th. It is a stop animation installation in the upstairs gallery. I am hard at work on it so come see how it turns out! It is a return to a project I started 4 years ago that was never resolved. I am glad to finally redo it and present it to the public. Be there or be square!

BOX 13 Collective: Right To Assemble

06/02/2012

If you will be in the San Marcos, TX area, please stop by the art galleries at Texas State University and see the new exhibition, BOX 13 Collective: Right To Assemble. Opening is Thursday, 2/9, 5-7pm.  It is an exhibition of only collaborative pieces between Box 13 Art Space members.

I myself being a Box 13 member, made a sculptural piece with members, Karen Brasier Young, Emily Sloan and David McClain. We disassembled an 8-ft diameter sun pinata into 4 pieces, reworked them separately based on parameters that we set, and then reassembled the fractured star in the gallery. My piece is the wall pinata in the image below. Inside McClain’s piece (floor section) is the soundtrack and title to our collaborative piece, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr.’s 1977 hit, You Don’t Have to be a Star Baby

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Art in Empty Spaces

22/11/2011

A few months ago, I came across a non-profit group whose sole purpose was to connect artists with companies who have empty retail space so that the artists may carry out temporary exhibitions and performances. I thought this was a genius idea! Instead of charging the artist, curator or organization for the use of its location, the company joins forces with them in order to spur interest in a vacant space that may be lacking prospective tenants. During openings and performances, people not only look at the art, they look at the space. The event showcases possible ways the space may be utilized as well as what kind of traffic the location can attract, a great sales tactic! I would love to start something like this in Houston, making it easier for artists and independent curators to find available exhibition space.

This kind of tactic is actually how the PG Contemporary exhibition I was just in came to fruition. PG Contemporary’s landlord was sitting on vacant property only two storefronts down from the gallery. The landlord did not charge anything to host the temporary annex show. Added bonus: It is rumored that someone contacted the landlord about renting the space for a gallery. With artist projects such as Sharsten Plenge’s plan to transform an abandoned JCPenney into an art complex in Houston, I think it is about time H-town had its own non-profit resource to utilize vacant property and bring art to new areas of the community.

If you know of any non-profit organizations who focus on this, please let me know. I would love to visit them and learn more about how they function.

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PAN Y CIRCOS: group exhibit, Houston, TX

24/10/2011

Hello friends,

Above is a walk-through video created by one of the co-curators of the current exhibit I am in. Pan y Circos is a group exhibit curated by Robert Boyd, editor/publisher of The Great God Pan is Dead, and Zoya Tommy of PG Contemporary Gallery. I encourage everyone to go see it! I think they did a wonderful job and I am honored to have been selected to participate. You can also read a review from Houston Press here!