I am back in Austin after a brief trip to Houston for the Houston Art Nerds Salon #8: Effigy. Road travel is hard on my fibromyalgia and so I have been avoiding long trips, but this was their first salon of the year and a special one — an almost all-night event combining our usual art salons with a miniature Burning Man style effigy Burn.
It was a real pleasure to see so many of my Houston family-of-choice and to reconnect with a group I helped found last year. I think it’s so important to set aside time where there is nothing else to do but make art — sure we socialize and network and talk about projects, but there is lots of time in a month to bullshit about art we might make someday. The Salons allow us to be surrounded by others working on art as well.
The mini-burn was beautiful of course. Many people participated by writing on a piece of paper the things they wanted to destroy from 2010 and tossed it into the fire; this felt very cathartic for me. There were a lot of wonderful things about 2010 but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t a lot I wanted to dispose of as well.
Here’s a small gallery of shots I took during the Burn. Like last time, use the FS button to turn on full screen mode.
Houston Art Nerds Effigy Burn
Anthony lights the effigy at Houston Art Nerds Salon #8.[img src=http://kitoconnell.com/wp-content/flagallery/houston-art-nerds-effigy-burn/thumbs/thumbs_img_20110108_002346.jpg]20Lighting the Effigy
Anthony lights the effigy at Houston Art Nerds Salon #8.[img src=http://kitoconnell.com/wp-content/flagallery/houston-art-nerds-effigy-burn/thumbs/thumbs_img_20110108_002515.jpg]20Effigy Aflame
The effigy on fire at Houston Art Nerds Salon #8[img src=http://kitoconnell.com/wp-content/flagallery/houston-art-nerds-effigy-burn/thumbs/thumbs_img_20110108_002535.jpg]20Ritual
Writing what we wanted to burn from 2011.[img src=http://kitoconnell.com/wp-content/flagallery/houston-art-nerds-effigy-burn/thumbs/thumbs_img_20110108_002557.jpg]10Watching the Fire
Watching the blaze at the Houston Art Nerds Salon #8.
Ranger Elder Warlock Breathes Fire
Warlock breathes fire at Burning Flipside 2010. Pyropolis, Texas.[img src=http://kitoconnell.com/wp-content/flagallery/warlock/thumbs/thumbs_warlock-oneflame-2.jpg]4604. Photo by Ryan of One Flame in the Fire
Warlock breathes fire at Burning Flipside 2010. Pyropolis, Texas.[img src=http://kitoconnell.com/wp-content/flagallery/warlock/thumbs/thumbs_warlock-sense-1.jpg]4601. Photo by Sense & Color Photography
Warlock prepares to breathe fire at Orfunner 2010, Dripping Springs, TX.[img src=http://kitoconnell.com/wp-content/flagallery/warlock/thumbs/thumbs_warlock-sense-2.jpg]3302. Photo by Sense & Color Photography
Warlock breathing fire at Orfunner 2010, Dripping Springs, TX.[img src=http://kitoconnell.com/wp-content/flagallery/warlock/thumbs/thumbs_warlock-weinschel.jpg]3105. Photo by Ira Weinschel of Seven Star Photo
Warlock breathes fire at Burning Flipside 2010. Pyropolis, Texas.
My pet accompanied me back to Austin in time to join me at another salon: the Austin Art Nerds salon being held tomorrow. Though there won’t be fire, we will be making art — and pussy prints! If you’re in Austin and you are creative, make stuff or do art, you should join us.