So its Friday morning again and Beth and I find ourselves at Co-Lab Studio, the artistic brain child of Sean Gaulager. Co-Lab is really really cool, not sure that any other word will suffice. Basically, the gist is that every week new artists come in, work on a project, and then at the end they have a night, sometimes two, to share their work with the world. Co-Lab’s website touts a a long list of artists that they support, and their mission states “Co-Lab is dedicated to exhibiting collaborative new media projects within a community-oriented framework. By avoiding the traditional gallery model and maintaining a constant rotation of collaborations, screenings, performances, and installations Co-Lab is able to provide a space for new media artists to exhibit work on a more frequent basis.” We like this concept– A Lot.
When we show up, the space is getting ready for a big overhaul. T-shirts are getting ready to be hung, Art and murals decorate the walls. Hanging out, early on this Friday morning, were Chris Holloway and Cody Scrogum, the curators of this punk rock, screen printing art extravaganza, blowing into Co-Lab this Saturday night. What followed was an in depth convo about screen printing as an art, what turned these trained painters into screen printing business owners, how a childhood dream to be a fashion designer carried through all the way to adulthood, what really is up with all the hipsters on the east side, How Co-Lab is hooking up with the Austin Museum of Art and tons more.
Impressive Four Arms is a massive screen printing party. Tons of screen printing artists (Down Deep, Future Perfect, Holloway Art, GAT5, Speakerbang, Twin Villain ), a photo booth, drinks and a hard core time. Ten bucks gets you a t-shirt, poster, photo booth time, and some other fun things. By the end of the interview, I felt just a little bit more punk rock. Come to this show tomorrow. If you like screen printing, or just want to see artists do their thing live, or always secretly wanted to be a fashion designer yourself, Impressive Four Arms is for you.
For more info on Impressive Four Arms, and other Austin events, check out Now Playing Austin.
Saturday, March 6, 2010
5:00pm – 11:00pm
Co-Lab: 613 Allen St
$5 recommended donation gets you a hand-printed poster
$10 donation gets you a hand-printed poster + a blank T-Shirt for customization
FREE ticket to Austin Museum of Art’s current exhibition HATCH SHOW PRINT with $10 donation! (limited to the first 100 donors)
Music provided by Dj Orion + Nathan Gt.
Photo-booth provided by Danielle Dawley (D’Monstrative Studios)
Food provided by mmmpanadas, gourmet empanadas
Podcast! Part One