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Catalonia graffiti

Our recent trip to Catalonia proved to be a magnificent overload in the eye-candy department.  Of course, the Moderniste architecture (and urban infrastructure) is spectacular, especially in Barcelona. But there are also blocks of Medieval structures wedged between Art Deco, Roman foundations and arched vaults cropping out of contemporary buildings, and even exquisite minimalism.

Barcelona is one highly-concentrated example of the built environment as a living organism. Everywhere you glance is something  textural, structural, and tectonic to behold, and often that something presents the essential riot that is that city’s history.

Amazingly, excellent graffiti is also pervasive. These images were taken in Barcelona, Tarragona, and Girona and are a sample from about 60 images of graffiti art. Oh, but did I mention the paving stones … Maybe next time.

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December 17, 2010 at 8:21 pm

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Angels and Devils

People are surprised when they hear that I grew up in Houston, Texas. The stereotype of a brash, potato-faced, shit-disturber doesn’t fit me in any way, shape, or form. But it doesn’t fit most of the people I know from Texas either–even those self-identified as cowpokes.

I spent a lot of time in and around Austin, especially as a teenager. I would go to Austin for weekends, stay with friends, and explore being a restless young person who was, otherwise, bored and frustrated with life at home. South Congress Avenue was the edge of my universe. I remember it mostly as a rough, no-income neighborhood brimming with mechanic shops, bodegas, auto detailers, storefront notaries with brown wallpaper, and the Continental Club where Roky Erikson of the 13th Floor Elevators used to play.

In April, I went to Austin with my husband and son for spring break, to visit family and swim in Barton Springs. South Congress  Avenue has been transformed.  Man, it looks like LA! Bright stucco storefronts, vaudeville decor, gothic curiosities, milagro-studded signage, vintage tiled doorways …. a cornucopia of DIY enterprise punctuated with taquerias, irony, and orange cowboy boots. 

It was worth a trip just for the inspired window displays.

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September 13, 2009 at 4:11 pm

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Carbon hoofprint

Stallion saddled next to mail box on NW 23rd Street in Portland, Oregon. Hundreds of these ponies (and a few dinosaurs, chickens, and Playmobil) have roamed the sidewalks of Portland. For a sample, go to The Horse Project.

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February 24, 2009 at 6:03 pm

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