11.03.2019

Greetings from 77002: Downtown Houston on Foot

During my five day stay in Houston, I had opportunities to escape my StARTup Art Fair room and explore the historic downtown area. [Long post with lots of photos]
But first, the view from my room:
Definitely a Maxfield Parrish dawn
I won't bore you with the tons of pictures taken of the view from my room.
If curious, go to my StARTup Houston photo dump on Flicker.
A significant amount were taken, at all hours!
My first foray was on Friday, when I was craving something sweet.
These shots were taken on Main Street.
My hotel, the Hotel Icon, is in the background on the far right. 
Saturday, I headed northeast for breakfast on San Jacinto Street.
This took me past the courthouse, an unusual parking lot sign, over the Buffalo Bayou, and into the land of bail bond establishments.
This was my breakfast view.
On Monday, I had to get some supplies at CVS. En route, I got good views of the neighboring Islamic Center, which housed the curious open air structure on its roof, seen in the first room view picture.
The impressive facade of my hotel.
It was originally a bank.
Near CVS was Market Square, a lovely park with fun decorations. In the sidewalk surrounding it, old tiles (original establishments?) were embedded in the sidewalk.
Returning to the hotel, I heard a familiar Texas sound: the cry of a grackle.
My Texas sojourn was now complete.
Linking up with
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10.13.2019

Greetings from 77002: Video Walkthrough of Room 400, StARTup Art Fair, Houston


There's a great video interview posted on Facebook shot by Ray Beldner, the fair director (which I don't know how to post anywhere besides Facebook. Sorry. It was one of those Facebook Live things).

10.11.2019

Greetings from 77002: Setting up my StARTup Houston Show

The concept of the StARTup Art Fair is this: it's a pop-up takeover of floors of a hotel. Each artist (or group) has a room to make over into their exhibition space (without damaging the walls).
I walked the Venice CA edition last February, and wrote about it here.

Here is my process of redecorating room 400 at the Hotel Icon in Houston.
Room 400 before.
The hallway before.
Those cow prints did NOT want to be removed.
The cow print hanging hardware that I had to work with
Preliminary #dailytrucks hung on existing hardware.
More trucks piled on the orange chair.
Took a break from the trucks to work on hanging the On the Edge pieces in the hallway.
Getting the north edge images hung (left side of hallway).
Southern edge.
My "Eureka!" moment with the blue tape. Better than sticky notes.
This was the most mathematically challenging wall to hang.
The center piece was 5x7", the rest were 4x6".
Southern edge completed.
I installed the eastern edge vertically in the arch of the entryway and the closet door.
I placed the western edge (only had two pieces), random other pieces, and the road trip journal
in a nicely lit niche where the coffeemaker had been.
At this point, Danielle Grant came by to help curate. I was in somewhat of a quandary over how to display the trucks and she gave me some helpful tips. We also discussed the lack of lighting in the hallway.
Trucks randomly hung on existing hardware.
On the walls by the bed, filled in the space keeping the same rhythm
and extended a line to the left over the bedside table.
Took the $25 prints off the bed (too messy) and had a "secret drawer" for them in the bureau.

On the big wall, Danielle suggested "embrace some chaos" vs keeping to a strict rhythm.
I loved this suggestion and it made hanging MUCH easier! No more hanging math!
Room 400 ready to show. I then sat in the chair and took a nap.
The next post will be a video walkthrough.