Biram brings musical influences
to a boil with ‘Bad Ingredients’
By Catherine Harper
For musicians, influential artists and genres can simmer together to form a satisfying musical brew. For Texas State University alumnus and musical fusionist Scott Biram, the pot comes to a boil with his new album, Bad Ingredients, released Oct. 11.
Since his graduation from Texas State in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in art, Biram has released six solo albums mixing blues, country, folk, hard rock and punk genres for a style all his own.
From flea market to fine art:
Professor gives new life to relics
By Billi London-Gray
Randall Reid is an alchemist. His ability to turn base metals into gold has been showcased in galleries, museums, offices and embassies stretching across the globe from San Marcos to Kuwait.
The Texas State University art professor specializes in deconstructing antique found objects — like oil cans, rulers, rakes and signs — to create new works of art. Collecting objects from flea markets, garage sales, antique stores and junk shops, Reid transforms them into minimalist masterpieces.
“My work reflects the process of aging, in that the chance and random circumstances involved in its creation are closely correlated with the physicality of growth and decay,” Reid says. “By combining raw and well-worn materials, I seek to give visual form to our relationships with the past.”
Currently on faculty development leave, Reid is working in his on-campus studio creating pieces for his upcoming solo exhibition, “Evidence of a Society,” which will be held on campus in the fall 2012 semester. In the more immediate future, his work will be on display in two upcoming events in San Marcos’ neighboring metropolises. Continue reading
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Tagged art, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Davis Gallery Austin, Faculty development, found objects art, McNay Museum, Randall Reid, School of Art and Design, Texas State, Texas State University
Helping with tsunami cleanup
strengthens resolve to serve
Lauren McMurray joined tsunami cleanup efforts in Ishinomaki, Japan.
By Lauren McMurray, ’07
I just arrived back from my work in Japan. I am exhausted. There is still so much work left to be done in Ishinomaki, and that was only one of the several coastal areas destroyed by the tsunami. I wanted to share a little bit of my experience. Thank you to everyone who supported me in my efforts. It was something I had to do and I hope to do again soon.
Every morning from 7:30 a.m. we began our work. Each team of six to seven people was assigned a house or area for the day. The foreign teams were mostly assigned the grunt cleaning work at the disaster sites. It was easy to point us in the direction we needed to go: the job was relatively self-explanatory, and little language was needed. Continue reading
After 37 years, retrospective celebrates work of retiring art professor
Jean B. Laman’s artistic career is woven across nearly half a century of experience. From her first group exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art in 1966 to her 37-year tenure on the faculty at Texas State University-San Marcos, Laman has created a lasting legacy both through her work and through her students.
“Jean B. Laman: Points of Departure,” a retrospective of her work, will open Thursday at Gallery II in the Joann Cole Mitte Building on campus. The show will examine Laman’s work and explorations in celebration of her upcoming retirement from the Texas State faculty in May. Mitte Gallery director Mary Mikel Stump will curate the show. Continue reading
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Tagged BFA, BFA Fibers, College of Fine Arts and Communication, Faculty, Jean Laman, Joann Cole Mitte Gallery, School of Art and Design, Texas State, Texas State University, Texas State University-San Marcos