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The 1st Friday of every month means all of the art galleries, photo studios and related places on South Alamo Street in "SouthTown" are open at night, free, in a block party type atmosphere.
Food and jewelry booths line the street, live music and art is performed, and thousands of people roam around soaking up the vibe.
The west end is anchored by the Blue Star Art Complex, where I shot these first photos.
Multi-media is the norm, so you never know what you'll see or how it'll be presented.
I think of this piece as "twisty bits on white" since I didn't bother to learn the name or artist--sorry. I liked the shadows. Other twisty bits were on the floor beneath it, hopefully on purpose and not through destructive audience interaction.
These two are from a piece called "A Minor Gesture".
I was always a fan of the intricate and repetitive art the speedfreaks in San Francisco used to make in the '60s and '70s. I got the feeling a similar inspiration was responsible for this, but what do I know about art? Not much, beyond the old saying that ends with "...but I know what I like".
I preferred the twisty bits.
The room with it's art displayed on computer monitors had the biggest crowd, staying for the longest time.
Big surprise in this era of TV and computers ruling the masses.
I wasn't sure about the rules regarding photography here; since I was the only person with a camera I tried to be stealthy but when I saw this scene I busted out my big flash and bounced it off the ceiling and the wall on the left.
To be honest, I was feeling a little smugness and contempt, and was in the mood to turn the viewing of "art" into a bit of my own art.
I feel like I succeeded not because this photo is great or anything, but because it was the 2nd exposure and I don't think a single person tore their eyes from the screens after my flash lit the hell out of the whole room the 1st time.
LCD screens rule the earth, and if nukes started dropping people would respond by searching for video footage on YouTube.
More on 1st Friday soon.
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