Gallery Mondays: Mark Mothersbaugh’s ‘Myopia’

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Back in March when I visited Austin, Texas, I dropped by The Contemporary Austin to check out some art. The exhibit on view at the time was Mark Mothersbaugh’s ‘Myopia.’

My favorite part of the exhibit was the room filled with albums upon albums of pop art. Each card in the 4-section albums come across as a scene, and each album appears as its own mini drama.

Above is my favorite album. The card on the top right corner strikes me as most heart-wrenching because of the way the woman’s head is bowed down in deep thought over whatever had happened in the scene before.

Learn more about the exhibit over on The Contemporary Austin’s site.

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Gallery Mondays: #CreekLove

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It’s finally back to feeling like spring again, and Earth Day is coming up, so I’ve decided to feature this artwork I found while visiting Austin, Texas in March.

The piece was created by Lucas Aoki as part of SPRATX‘s #CreekLove Storm Drain Project to promote keeping the creeks and lakes of Austin free from pollution. All of the art created for the project a painted over a storm drain.

I think it’s a pretty cool way to remind people to take care of their city. I was also quite odd but very pleasant to find art like this on the ground instead of on a wall.

See more of the art created for #CreekLove.

 

Gallery Mondays: Rainy Day

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On my trip to Austin in March, I stayed at an Airbnb that had two very nice paintings on the wall. This scene of two women holding umbrellas as they walk toward the Eiffel Tower was one of them.

Today was another rainy day in New York. Upstate even got some snow. So much for spring, huh?

I love how this painting appears like a foggy dream. The street looks so slick from the rain, and the Eiffel Tower almost didn’t make it into the painting!

I have no idea who painted this, but if you do, leave a comment below with a link to the artist’s site!

Mini Vacay in Austin: SXSWedu, Texas Capitol & More

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Last week, from March 7th-9th, I took a mini vacation to Austin, Texas with my mom!

March 8th was the main day of our trip, which was loads of fun since it was the day of the SXSWedu Expo, National Pancake Day and International Women’s Day.

This trip marked a few firsts for me, as it was the first time traveling to a central time zone and the first time I used an Airbnb. I also ended up using Lyft for the first time on this trip as well.

I stayed about 30 minutes from Downtown Austin at this Airbnb. I totally recommend it for the price and comfort. My host was very nice.

We started the day on March 8th with a trip on the Capitol Metro Rail.

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It was so crowded that morning because of the SXSWedu Expo, which was taking place at the Austin Convention Center less than 100 feet away from Downtown Station.

It was pouring rain by the time my mom and I arrived in Downtown Austin. Since it was National Pancake Day, it would have been unwise to skip a free short stack from iHop, so we ran through the rain to get there.

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Before going through the door at iHop, an elderly man dressed in a suit draped in party favor necklaces offered us what he called “iHop Beads.” I gladly took a gold one.

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By the time we’d finished eating, the rain had let up, so we went over to the Austin Convention Center for the SXSWedu Expo. I think my favorite part was watching all those talented kids perform on the Next Stage!

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At the Raindrop Turkish House booth, my mom and I were presented with roses for International Women’s Day. That was just too kind of them! We had to leave the roses at the Airbnb, though :/

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After we were done walking around at the expo, we went over to The Austin Contemporary to see Mark Mothersbaugh: Myopia. It was a fascinating exhibit. I loved all of Mothersbaugh’s prints and the interactive exhibit upstairs as well.

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I drew the one on the blue piece of paper!

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This pair of glasses in the interactive exhibit confirmed Austin’s weirdness.

We could see the Texas Capitol from the street outside the museum, so we headed there in time for the 3pm tour.

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The Senate Room

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The Elevators.

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We ended the day with a short trip to Lady Bird Boardwalk.

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My mom.

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Before leaving Austin on March 9th, I tried the famous breakfast taco and my mom tried a breakfast burrito from Fuzzy’s.

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I wasn’t really fond of it. I think it needed more flavor in the chorizos.

At the airport I bought this keychain to remember this short but fun adventure!

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If you’re interested in using Airbnb, use my link for $20 off your first trip: www.airbnb.com/c/danag194?s=8.