Deciding How To See, 07.11.2013

“My work is about space and the light that inhabits it. It is about how you confront that space and plumb it. It is about your seeing… As you plumb a space with vision, it is possible to ‘see yourself see.’ This seeing, this plumbing, imbues space with consciousness. By how you decide to see it and where you are in relation to it, you create its reality.” – James Turrell For this month’s 20K Field Trip, we visited James Turrell’s The Light Inside, his retrospective exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. With knowledge of Turrell’s work ranging from near-scholarly to novice, we dove headfirst into his universe.

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Breath of Funky Fresh Air, 05.03.2013

This month’s field trip was hard work. As the hectic month wore on, we found ourselves postponing it again, and again… and again. But, we buckled down, completed our work to our exacting standards and allowed ourselves to get some fresh air. As usual, we were glad we did – this time, under Patrick’s direction. Our first stop on this month’s field trip was the famously quirky Beer Can House, located at 222 Malone Street. A monument to longtime owner John Milkovisch’s passion for beer, the shimmering house is a sight to see on sunny days. Once we got over the initial “wow” factor, the sheer magnitude and detail of the project set in. Fences, awnings and spaces where grass would ordinarily grow are all occupied by meticulously trimmed and arranged beer cans.  When Ripley’s Believe It Or Not visited the house, they estimated that about 50,000 beer cans adorn the structure. John’s wife, Mary, had this to say about her unusual residence: read more »

Breath of Fresh Air: Lost and Found in Houston, 03.10.2013

Last month, we told you that we're making it a priority in 2013 to get out of the office and seek inspiration around the city. We'll be taking turns planning these field trips, so we could end up anywhere from a mountain bike trail (Patrick) to a punk rock show (Amy), but we're certain there will be curious wonders found lurking in Houston's nooks and crannies. For our March adventure, Courtenay thought our Houston newbies should learn some local and cultural history at Project Row Houses, a nonprofit arts organization established by African-American artists and community activists in the city's Third Ward. Alas, Courtenay did not pay attention to the difference between office hours and exhibition hours. (For the record, exhibition hours are Wednesday-Sunday, 12-5 p.m.). But we're a PR agency. We're used to figuring out bigger and better solutions on the fly, and we like adventure. A quick Google search later, we found ourselves at the fabled The Flower Man House. For decades, Cleveland Turner has turned his Third Ward home (2305 Francis St.) into a carefully-arranged milieu of found junk. This folk art explosion feels like a secret discovery, as if only true Houston explorers (and neighbors, of course) know of its existence - and that may, in fact, be true.

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