"Je Suis Ame Solitaire"
digital collages by William Elliott at High Street Gallery, opening October 11
“My name is William Peter Elliott III. People call me Billy. I was born in the vast metropolis we call Beaumont, TX. My mom said I was born during Guiding Light, so she was pissed that I made her miss her soaps.
I went to private Catholic schools for most of my life. For college, I went to LSU, Lamar University and also have an EC-12 teaching certification. Mass Communications and Graphic Design were my majors with Photography and History as my minors.
My work is a series of collages mixed with images to mimic stenciled street art. It displays a substantial amount of layering, positive and negative space, as well as sticking to simple color schemes. I wanted to somehow capture the current dreams/nightmares I was having into a series of work. So, basically it is a dream sequence involving horror, sexual situations, movies and images from 1950’s Americana.
My biggest influences were David Choe, Willem De Kooning, Matisse, Man Ray, Raoul Hausmann, Bruce Conner and Peter Phillips.
What I want people to take away from my work is up to them. I don’t really care about other’s opinion on my work, that’s their problem. I’m not trying to get a message across, I’m not trying to change the world, it’s neither religious or political, it’s art for art’s sake. Art is therapy. If I had to put some sort of message with it, is that our subconscious mind can influence our waking life. Whether positive or negative, looking into our sleeping self is something I value and will interpret from now on. ”
SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY!
sept 21! we’re having a rad screen printing party at the house.
Amanda Balla will be demonstrating and teaching us her screen printing process, and we can all make shirts (or whatever) with some of her original prints! particularly, the V House exclusives that she made especially for the Factory Party! there was so much happening during the party that she could not print fast enough for everyone to get one, so we are welcoming her back for a fun and casual workshop-esque sunday hang out!
we’ll have some blank shirts available (for a li’l donation), or you can bring your own. we’d also like to share a sunday linner potluck with anyone up for it, so if you can’t bring a few bucks, maybe bring a covered dish or snicky-snack! and BYOB! or just bring yourself and let’s have a chill sunday together!
CHECK IT OUT RIGHT HERE AND RSVP!
WE’RE GONNA HAVE RARE CD-Rs of Octopoodle’s infamous police-interrupted set at Beau Jam 2012 available at the show tonight!
you gotta be there early to get one, and we’ll gladly accept small donations in exchange for them, if you can spare a couple bucks on top of the cover!
MUSIC STARTS AT EIGHT O’CLOCK SHARP!
and here’s a Cat5 article about CADDYWHOMPUS who will be rocking us roughly and gently this evening. just like you like it.
BAND NITE at THE ART STUDIO!
it’s coming up on Sept 27th and it’s a great lineup.
-In the “fresh new locals” department, we present Dunn With Leonard. they may not have a recognizable name yet, but come find out for yourself first and form your own damn opinions.
“His noisy power-pop and home-recorded blues draw from vintage bubblegum and soul as much as twee, injected with the high-pitched anxiety of his own persona, a crushed romantic with a mind always racing to no real finish line.”
-and in the “duh!” department, tried and true hometown boys WE ARE WOMBAT guarantee a good time!
INVITE YER FRIENDS!
SEPT 19 @ TEXAS ROSE!
Caddywhompus returns from New Orleans,
Octopoodle returns from THE DEAD,
and a fresh new local Dunn With Leonard is opening!
MUSIC AT EIGHT!
$5 at the door (if you CANNOT pay, just say it to my face, we’d hate for you to miss out on good music. SNEAK INS ARE PUSSIES.)
here’s a few choice shots from THE FACTORY!
it was a raging success. we raised $200 (which is a lot for us).
to everyone who worked so hard to make sure everyone had a great time, we cannot thank you enough. and we cannot express how appreciative we are to have folks around with whom we could share such a good time.
check out the rest of the pictures from the party photographers:
Local Honey Photography
The Local Scene - an extension of cat5 magazine - explores music from Beaumont artists, work from Southeast Texas natives, Texas music and tracks by artists visiting the Golden Triangle while on tour. Submit radio-friendly tracks to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/WIM0xv This episode aired Saturday, Saturday, Aug. 23 - tune in for our next episode at 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13 on 91.3 FM or KVLU.org.
did y’all hear MOTHERFOLK on the radio?
THEY ARE PLAYING BEAUMONT TONIGHT!
go ahead and listen to the latest episode of The Local Scene for a bunch more goodies, too!
and come see a great show at LogOn Cafe!
happening this saturday
at the Victoria House.
we will be showing our original film about Victorian “it girl” Alexicon, during the event. you won’t be expected to sit down and watch it all the way through, but you are welcome to lay on the floor in bask in it if you feel so inclined.
we would like as many photographers on hand as possible. if you own a camera, bring it, or be prepared to live with that regret. the whole house is a perfect backdrop, and we want all of your marvelous outfits to be documented. give us a link to your pics afterwards and we promise you an internet shout-out and our eternal love.
we’ll have a keg of fresh home brew on hand for everyone to try for free thanks to the boys of BREWMONT. But it won’t last forever, so come early for that and remember to BYOB. they will hold a contest to pin a name on the mystery beer.
there will also be live screenprinting during the event, so you can take home something to remember the night by. bring your own blank t-shirt or whatever, and get an original warhol-inspired design by DUMB DUDS printed just for you. this is donation based, so please throw in a couple bucks if you can.
you wouldn’t miss it for the world, just trust us.
PLEASE CARPOOL. we’re trying to be a good neighbor. you WILL get a ticket if you park faced the wrong direction, and the cops WILL come out if you block anyone’s driveway or act a fool on the streets. let’s not have that.
it’s our unofficial four year anniversary today!
HERE’S TO MANY MORE!
and here’s some pictures of one of the first house shows we had,
The Poisoned Pizza Party
August 14, 2010
when we were just widdle babies!
showing at High Street Gallery
on Sept 5
“The best way I try to describe my work is a mixture of pop art with abstract/neo expressionism. I say this because I like the thought of taking ordinary and mundane things we see all the time and distorting, simplifying, and just plain making the piece say ‘Here I am!’ along with vibrant colors as well. I also embrace the beauty of imperfection too because I’m not a perfect person and I want my art to be an extension of myself.
My influences are countless, but the ones that always sneak their way into my paintings are Picasso, Keith Haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat. All were so prolific and never afraid to raise the bar or push the boundaries of art.
If people are happy and inspired to create from what I do, then I’ve done my job as an artist.”