Sep 18 2009
Marfan Videos Oct. 9-10


Have you heard the news? Marfa is having another fun party. This one’s at Liz Lambert’s El Cosmico. It’s called the Trans-Pecos Festival of Music and Love. The Heartless Bastards will play. So will Ben Kweller, Amy Cook, Hotel Brotherhood, Tift Merritt, and Patty Griffin. And Monofonus will be there to debut our new video series, organized by the great Jill Pangallo, under the biggest of night skies.

Jill, a founding member of the Austin Video Bee, issued an open call to artists whose work she admires, mindful to mix it up by inviting a range of artists – beginners and pros, Mononofus and non. The only requirements were that each submission be under seven minutes, and not have been shown in Texas recently. Given the wider breadth of talent that Jill has wrangled for this, we can guarantee that there will be something for everyone. Also, given how beautiful El Cosmico is, we can guarantee that this will be a mind-blowingly fun weekend. So, make the mind-numbingly boring drive; it’ll be worth it

And if those vague promises aren’t enough, here’s some nuts and bolts for you art nerdz.

Participating artists are:
Leigh Brodie, who experiments with digital information—how it is presented,
translated, and outputted. Brodie is a 2007 MFA graduate of the School
of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She received an NEA Grant in
Extending Creativity and Digital Media in 2008 as well as the SMFA’s
Karsh Prize in Photography in 2006. Her recent exhibitions include
showings in the Texas Biennial in Austin, TX; Double Take at Eyebeam
in New York, NY; Pixel Pops: Wide Open at the Krannert Museum at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Circuitry at Axiom
Gallery in Boston.

Michelle Devereux, a multimedia artist born and cultivated in the
“Lone Star State” who combines familiar media, humorous subject
matter, and obvious archetypes in the forms of drawing, painting,
installation, and video. Her work is concerned with mimicking reality
to the point of absurdity, the search for the quintessential, and
finding beauty in the utterly embarrassing. She also enjoys playing
drums and tap dancing.

Jody Fausett, who was born in 1973 and studied photography in Atlanta, Georgia at
the Art Institute before moving to New York to work, concentrating in
fashion and portraiture. His work has since appeared in numerous
publications including Surface, Tokion, Oxford American and Photo
District News. His photographs have been in various group shows
nationally in New York, New Orleans, Oregon and Washington, and he
mounted his first solo show at the University of Southern Illinois,
Department of Motion Picture and Film in Chicago. His first book,
Second Place, was released in 2007 through GHava Press. This year he
is in Atlanta Homes and Lifestyles’ top ten tastemakers of 2009, and
his photograph “Baby Powder” is the cover of Contemporary Annual, a
British journal surveying photography around the world. Mr. Fausett is
currently represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, where
he lives and works.

Lillian Gerson, who was born in Houston, TX in 1985. She received her BFA
in Studio Art from the University of Texas in Austin in December 2008.
Lillian currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Max Juren, who makes objects and environments in the form of video,
installation, and attempted pop phenomenon product sculptures. He
believes in the power of novelty, the gimmick, the absurd, and snacks.
His work is concerned with transforming impulse into coherence, and
the obvious into entertainment. He lives and works in Austin.

Duncan Malashock, a new media artist living in Austin, TX. Born 1982, San
Diego, CA. Often using new media tools and analog equipment together,
his work explores artificiality and imitation, and the ways in which
they shape our reality. He is a member of and the
community-run MASS Gallery in Austin.

Michael Nason, a filmmaker and video artist whose works have been
shown in New York, Austin and San Francisco. Born in the early
eighties to two Massachusetts based mental health practitioners he
learned early on that nothing is what it seems. After graduating from
Bard College in 2005 and winning the school’s ‘Maya Deren award for
cinematic achievement’, he has sought, through his work, to bridge a
folkloric history with a pixilated future. He is currently based in
Brooklyn, New York.

PJ Raval, an ex-scientist, ex-vegetarian, recovering central
Californian turned filmmaker and media artist. Named one of Filmmaker
Magazine’s 2006 “25 New Faces in Film”, PJ’s work has earned him
numerous awards and in 2004 his body of film work screened at the
Artists’ Television Access (ATA) in San Francisco sponsored by the
Alliance of Emerging Creative Artists (AECA). PJ’s film TRINIDAD (a
feature documentary about three influential transgender women living
in the “sex change capital of the world” ) can currently be viewed on

Shana Robbins, a painter, performance, and multimedia artist based
in Atlanta, Georgia. She has exhibited and performed internationally
in a variety of galleries, alternative spaces, and natural locations.
Many of Robbins’ performances occur in remote rural areas with no
human audience. This year, her work has been featured in Studio Visit
Magazine, OFF THE STRIP at the Las Vegas Contemporary Arts Center, and
THE POLITICS OF SHOES at Mobius in Boston.

Carlos Rosales-Silva, who was born in El Paso, Texas in 1982.
Rosales-Silva’s work has been shown in Austin, TX at MASS gallery,
Mexic-Arte Museum, Co-Lab, and the Creative Research Laboratory as
well as in Kansas City, MO at La Esquina Gallery. He is deeply
interested in manufactured goods, Edward James Olmos, Lou Diamond
Phillips, and the history of North America. He became a member of the
artist run gallery/collective Okay Mountain in 2008 and in 2009
became a Member of MASS gallery, an artist run project space. Both are
in Austin, Texas where he currently resides.

Stephanie Saint Sanchez, who was raised in the small town of Beaumont,
Texas where her imagination was encouraged and thrived. As founder of
La Chicana Laundry Pictures she has written, produced and directed
over 25 award-winning genre splitting shorts based on the images,
sounds and psychoses in her surroundings both real and Imagined. She
is currently in pre-production of her first feature, “Beyond the House
of Psychotic Women.”

Corkey Sinks (b. 1983 in Dallas, TX) received an integrated B.A. in
Media Studies from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the
University of Redlands, CA in 2005. Sinks is a partner of the
Austin-based gallery and collective, Okay Mountain, and a founding
member of the multimedia collective, Austin Video Bee. She currently
lives and works in Chicago, IL.

Skote, founded in 2006 by artists Jill Pangallo and Alex P. White. Skote is a
performance collaboration dedicated to the value of artistic play and
group dynamics. Skote utilizes the unpredictability of public
interventions and the accompanying documentation to evoke an alternate
universe that blurs the boundaries between visual art and theater,
fiction and fact.

Brina Thurston, a New York based multimedia artist whose work is
mainly comprised of video, sculpture and photography and has recently
begun exploring an increasingly social practice. Recent works have
included high school students, open call submissions, synthetic hair,
her father and subway stops. She is currently part of the Emerging
Artist Fellowship at Socrates Sculpture Park and will be presenting
work as part of the Frieze Projects in London 2009.

Trish Tillman, a multimedia artist who was born in Chicago, Illinois
in 1975, has lived in Washington, DC, various parts of the UK, and now
lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received an MFA from School of
Visual Arts in 2009 and is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation
2009 MFA Grant. She was a resident printer at Pyramid Atlantic for
three years and ran AAGPA Editions, a fine art printing press in the
Washington, DC area for eight years. Trish has shown her work in
various galleries in Washington, DC, New York and Miami. She is
currently showing a sculpture and sound piece in Anchorage, as well as
working toward a show at Parlour, a nomadic exhibition space in New
York City.

Alex P. White, a video and installation artist currently living in New
York City. He received his MFA from Hunter College in May of this
year. The artist has shown in museums, galleries, and alternative art
spaces including The Contemporary in Atlanta, Georgia, The Brogan
Museum in Tallahassee, Florida and The Weatherspoon Museum in
Greensboro, North Carolina. Most recently, his work has been shown at
GoGo Gallery in Miami, Florida, Chashama in New York City and Rock,
Paper, Scissors in Oakland, California. Some of White’s most notable
awards and honors include; an Honorarium for Public Art from the
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, a project grant from the
Georgia Bureau of Cultural Affairs, and an endowed fellowship to The
Atlantic Center for the Arts.

Joseph Winchester, who was born in a small Italian immigrant town in rural
Illinois in 1979. He received a BFA in photography from Ringling
College of Art in 2001, and an MFA in time-based art from the
University of Texas at Austin in 2009. His work includes film, video,
sound, installation and print projects. He currently lives and works
in Austin, TX.