alison starr.INTERVIEW

I met Alison and her husband Jim back in 2006.  Both of them are wonderful artists who are constantly experimenting with new things.  At the time I didn't have any older artists in my life so it was refreshing to see what a career in art looks like long term. I've enjoyed watching and collecting Alison's art from ceramics to sewing instillations and paper, to more recently performance art. She is kind and compassionate and always has a listening ear and sound advice. 

None-repair | allayed performance 2012, by Courtney Brown and Alison Starr @ 500X (Dallas, TX)

None-repair | allayed performance 2012, by Courtney Brown and Alison Starr @ 500X (Dallas, TX)

foxLOR: Have you always known you were an artist and what obstacles did you overcome to move into that reality of yourself?

Alison Starr: No, I haven’t always known I was an artist. I knew that I liked to draw when I was young but once I began High School I was more interested in applying my creativity to something other than “art” as I thought. So I was in Acapella Choir and on the yearbook staff. It wasn’t until my 40’s that I realized that I just might be an artist, but it took others to help me embrace that.

foxLOR: What in your artistic process has surprised you in recent years?

AS: My technical abilities and gifts. It doesn’t take me much effort these days to learn various audio and video editing programs. I love making video art as well as sound. The other surprise is my love for writing for performance art and making my own performance art work.

Images of Indifferent,  February 2014, Courtney Brown and Alison Starr  Performance in the Houston International Performance Biennial

Images of Indifferent, February 2014, Courtney Brown and Alison Starr

Performance in the Houston International Performance Biennial

foxLOR: What does art look like in your every day life?

AS: I am constantly observing and seeing and inspired by things of everyday life and write performance scripts to be performed at some time later or to just be that script…that is art . I also record sounds as a sample for audio/sound work. Also I use my iPhone or whatever camera at hand to take video - typically mundane acts or just purely the actions of another. I make art constantly. I am art. My life is art.  :)

None-repair | allayed performance 2012, by Courtney Brown and Alison Starr @ 500X (Dallas, TX)

None-repair | allayed performance 2012, by Courtney Brown and Alison Starr @ 500X (Dallas, TX)

calatrava.HAUSCHKA // Part I

This is a series of three videos inspired by the Calatrava Bridge in Dallas, Texas. Driving on this bridge never gets old.  

This is Part I: Day

Check out more music by Hauschka here

Thanks to Esther Havens who cranked up the music, cleaned off the windshield, and kept driving across the bridge so I could get the shot I wanted. Your the best! 

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rachael.CURRIE

Dallas, TX USA 2013

Model: Rachel Currie: talented stylist and set designer. Check out her work here.

Photographer: Esther Havens

Stylist: Lori Fox

Inspiration: piles of scrap upholstery fabric and the 5pm evening slump.

Had fun playing along with these creative ladies this evening! We were all getting restless so the creative juices started to flow. Rachael had a pile of scrap fabrics that we mixed and matched and wrapped around her!

 

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missing.WELD

Coffee shops have been great this summer to mooch wifi, drink a cool beverage, and have some human energy around, but it is sure no substitution for WELD-Dallas. Hoping we get one in ATX soon so we can bring all these lonely creatives together! Check out their new campaign to bring WELD to ATX! By voting you will also unlock a little ambassador video I made talking about my experience with this collaborative communal workspace.

Are you a free-lancer? How do you work best? (group setting? alone? collaborating? etc...?)

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