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Monster Show Seven @Domy Books (Austin)

Written by Manik Nakra   
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 10:37

Monster Show Seven- Austin TX
Domy Books and Gallery
913 E Cesar Chavez, Austin, TX 78702
Exhibition runs Oct 27–Nov 29, 2012
Legend has it that when Russell Etchen, founder of Domy, moved into a 180 year old former sugar cane plantation 7 years ago he found a very peculiar barrel of brandy in the damp wine cellar. Unable to move the barrel, he served up the brandy for a housewarming party. His guests drank copious amounts of the brandy, leading to great party times and drained the mysterious barrel. Next day, Russell once again tried to move it but the thing wouldn't budge. "Curse this barrel, i'll chop it up" and so he took an axe to it. Couple swings and the barrel busted open. Tumbling out came a naked old man with horns all over his body!! AHHHH!!!! The horned man claimed that he was 666 years old and the brandy had preserved him. He growled, "Im going to haunt all those that drank my brandy forevermore unless you hold an annual art show featuring demons eating corndogs, conjoined twins doin' it, and people melting!" He then died and his body disintegrated. This year's show was especially scary with Michael Sieben, Mel Kadel, Matt Furie, Matt Leines, Jay Howell, Lola Dupre, Sean Whelan, and a whole bunch of other friends who are into messed up shit. -Manik Nakra

If you think we're adding this Halloween themed show opening late... you'd be correct.

That skeleton arm is real. Sike! Its made of wood!

Clockwise starting top left: I forgot, !LBS!, Don Pablo Pedro, Jonny Negron, Lola Dupre, and hmmm..forgot again, damn.

Brendan Monroe with a killer piece.

Rand Renfrow on the left. Deth P. Sun on the right.

Michael Seiben's "Dog" right above Matt Leines' "Mitch". And one of Mel Kadel's ladies doin the monster mash.

Snow'm Sayin in the back doin what they do best. Serving up alcoholic snow cones. Thats hood stuff.

One of Austin's best kept secrets, Ryan Rhodes, on the right.

"Sultan Drawing" by me!

Raymond Uhlir (top) and Aiden Koch

Wake up Garth! You're at a party!

A collaborative drawing by Jay Howell and Matt Furie. All of these are great tattoo ideas if any of you readers are wondering. Can't you just picture that pizza slice on your neck?

This guy wanted his picture taken. Here you go buddy.

Sean Whalen "Drive Them Out" My favorite artwork in the show.

First rocks became tools. Then they became pets. Now they are art.

Monsters playing poker? Makes sense.

A Ruth Van Beek collage and Matt Lock creepster.

Travis Millard in da middle. I think my first time seeing an original drawing of his in the flesh. So good.

Boo! This is me. Eyeball guy. Made that headpiece out of paper mache. Ironic thing is I could hardly see out of it.

Domy has recently renovated and added 3 new shops into the mix. Olive Vintage, Paper Party, and Busy Being. They each curate their own art shows and opened same day as the Monster Show.

Paper Party held "At the Boundary". An exhibition of paintings by Ryan Thayer Davis.

I loved Ryan's work. Great textures and perfect mix of materials. Pen, graphite, pastels, watercolors maybe.

This one reminds me of my first love, Cy Twombly. So I bought it.

Olive Vintage put on a show called "Stoned" by Cecilia Phillips.

Cute little geode drawings. I love shiny art so I'm partial to the gold leafed one.

Amber Abramson from New Image Art Gallery in LA recently moved here to Austin and opened a shop/gallery called Busy Being in the back of Domy.

She sells handmade things made by artists she has met in her tenure with New Image Art. A shop dedicated to the mark of the human hand. On the walls was an exhibition by Austin artist, Sam Sanford "Finally Punk"

These abstract works are a big departure from his more figurative and still lifes from the past. I have been a fan of Sam's artwork for a couple years now.

Soap! by Sam Sanford.

Alison Blickle @NYC's Kravets Wehby Gallery

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Interview w/ Kevin Earl Taylor

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Peter Gronquist @The Shooting Gallery

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Jay Bo at Hamburg's Circle Culture

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Gator Skater +video

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Ferris Plock Online Show Now Online as of April 25th

5 new wonderful large-scale paintings on wood panel are available. visit: www.ffdg.net

ClipODay II: Needles & Pens 11 Years!!

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AJ Fosik in Tokyo at The Hellion Gallery

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Ferris Plock - Online Show, April 25th

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Jeremy Fish at LA's Mark Moore Gallery

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John Felix Arnold III on the Road to NYC

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FRENCH in Melbourne

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Henry Gunderson at Ever Gold, SF

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Mario Wagner @Hashimoto

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Serge Gay Jr. @Spoke Art

The paintings in the show are each influenced by a musician, ranging from Freddy Mercury, to Madonna, to A Tribe Called Quest and they are so stylistically consistent with each musician's persona that they read as a cohesive body of work with incredible variation. If you told me they were each painted by a different person, I would not hesitate to believe you and it's really great to see a solo show with so much variety. The show is fun, poppy, very well done, and absolutely worth a look and maybe even a listen.

NYCHOS Mural on Ashbury and Haight

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Sun Milk in Vienna

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Kirk Maxson and Alexis Mackenzie at Eleanor Harwood Gallery

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Jeremy Fish Solo Show in Los Angeles

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The Albatross and the Shipping Container

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