Written by Jacob and Warren. Nonfiction
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Warren has been in well over 25 shows of the biannual Pecan Street Art Festival in Austin, Texas, including the upcoming festival on September 27th and 28th. This year he will be in the center of Trinity and Sixth Street selling prints, paintings, and bronze sculptures. If you can’t make it to the festival, Warren is also holding a follow-up show at his studio on October 4th and 5th. After submitting paintings to the competition for featured art at the festival for years, Warren has been asked to submit paintings for posters in the last two shows.
The idea derived from a bronze sculpture that Warren created a year or so before. The spirit woman holds a crystal in her hand as if she is the mystic. Birds of all description disintegrate around her, and don’t miss the birds in her hair.
Three musicians play in the open air on sixth street, enjoying the fine wine and cosmopolitan setting among some of the iconic small businesses of Austin, Texas. Even the cat appreciates the music. Texas is often stereotyped as being hot, dry, and conservative, but this painting reminds us that the state is also home to warm festivities in the night air, when you can hear music on every street corner.
The Old Pecan Street Café is located on the famous 6th street in Austin, Texas, surrounded on all sides by the city’s most colorful and eccentric businesses. The comedy show Esther’s Follies, the many venues where the Austin music scene started, and the old fashioned Grove Drugs and Soda.
This poster, “Cat-fish Romance,” evokes the old-time grace of jazz and fine dining. The couple – a well dressed man in his fine suit, his date in a red dress – are toasting a perfect evening. One can easily imagine smooth jazz playing in the background. Below, a black cat waits patiently for his chance to steal dinner. Hence the pun “Cat-fish Romance.”
What story do these tiles tell? Each image is distinct, but together they form a narrative. Cool faces are checkered with warm symbols. The cat and rooster are in a standoff, and four faces have to share three hearts. Who will go without a heart?
“Base Romance” – A man and woman share one eye – are they two people, or one? Two glasses sit on the table, but the couple stand united as one figure. They share their romance. The bass stands in the background, impatient to be played.
For the upcoming September 27-28 Pecan Street festival Warren created Serenade.
Come back next week for The Wire Challenge as Warren turns cool junk into fun art.
I want one! I’d love to have Serenade for my son.
Mary, Thanks for reading and your son will get the first poster of Serenade before anyone else.My blog is a fledgling project and yet I am enjoying the experience. I am juggling two professions, being an artist by day and a writer by night.
Visiting from Victoria BC and picked up a copy of your 2014 Pecan Festival poster at the festival today. I took one look at it on display and had to have it!. Is there a website where the posters on this site can be purchased? I particularly like the three musicians playing outside.
I’m on the lookout for “The Wire Challenge as Warren turns cool junk into fun art…”.
Ellie, thanks for reading. I would like to see some wire ideas from you. Warren Cullar