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Read Reader (snow)

Terry Allen – really, you should know about him. The thing is, though, it is almost impossible to know where to start. His Wikipedia page says he’s  an “American Texas country and outlaw country  singer-songwriter, painter and conceptual artist.” And that’s true. But barely touches the surface of what he’s done. He’s recorded several albums, including the incredible Lubbock (on everything). His songs have been recorded by everyone from Guy Clark to David Byrne.

And, so then, in his spare time, he’s also a talented visual artist and sculptor. His work can be seen in places as diverse as the New York Museum of Modern Art, the San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. You know, just to name a few.

Additionally, he and his wife, the artist and playwright Jo Harvey Allen, have recently established the Terry and Jo Harvey Allen Center for Creative Studies at Texas Tech, and have donated their personal papers to the university.

Want to know more? Here’s a song, Gimme a Ride to Heaven, that I’d recommend. Or, maybe you’re in the mood for a short film? (The film is produced by Lubbock’s own Paul Allen Hunton, if you were wondering.)

This piece, “Read Reader,” is made entirely out of cast books. And on a snowy morning, the figure seems to be striding with much determination toward the university library.

“Read Reader”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.10.2021

Square Spiral Arch (snow)

More snow, more public art.

This piece, Square Spiral Arch, is by Jesús Moroles. It features spiraling lines of texture – which are enhanced by the snow clinging to them – to represent fingers of energy. The circle and square motif represents heaven and earth and are reflective of the artist’s work and travels in Asia. (from Texas Tech’s public art app, ArTTech.)

“Square Spiral Arch”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.10.2021

Details

My observant reader(s) will have probably noticed by now that I am big fan of this sculpture. I am so much a fan that I got up the other day, before it was even light outside, just to drive up to campus and get photos of it in the snow. It was worth it.

“Oblique Intersection”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.10.2021

A mumuration

If you’ve never seen a murmuration of starlings, stop reading this and go watch this video. It’s five minutes long. I’ll wait…

Pretty amazing, wasn’t it?

And maybe it gives you an idea about why the word “murmuration” came to mind when I made this photo.

“Oblique Intersection”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.3.2021

“Oblique Intersection”

One of the coolest things about Lubbock is that Texas Tech University has a nationally-recognized public art program, with major art installations on their campuses in Lubbock, El Paso, Odessa, San Angelo, Abilene, and Amarillo.

This piece, which was installed in 2019, is one of my favorites, because it looks like a pencil sketch come to life. It’s called “Oblique Intersection” and is made of short stainless steel rods welded together. The shapes in the piece mirror the architectural shapes of the campus buildings. From certain angles and even though it is a huge piece, it almost disappears. It looks different depending on the sunlight’s angles. It looks different at night. It looks different in the snow (come back on January 25 to see that.). It is, in short, a delight to view, no matter when you look at it. Here’s an article (that has an imbedded video) about it.

The piece was produced by Lead Pencil Studio (Daniel Mihalyo and Annie Han).

“Oblique Intersection”
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas
photographed 1.3.2021

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