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Bacchanalia – David Adickes

Posted in art, band, blog, houston, performance, southmorehouse with tags , , , , , , , on October 28, 2012 by tymora42

I met David Adickes at the George R Brown Arts and Craft Faire. Adickes is a big deal in Houston as is the Craft Faire, I guess. Houston is known nationally in the art world for its collectors. Galleries an Brokers from around the US come to this thing bringing their A game of tipping point artisans because they know we have the money and want to spend it. We have the money because we have the oil. Alaska may have it too, but they lack the metropolis culture.

Adickes is a sculptor. His claim to fame is building the largest sculpture in North Amica, the Sam Houston Memorial in Huntsville. I wave at Sammy anytime I leave Houston going north on 45 and ask his protection while I am traveling abroad. Adickes has also done the bust of every American president in 20ft stone. Originally it was a commission for the Arlington Cemetary, but they pulled the funding before they were put on the trucks and shipped to DC. Now they sit in a lot across from his studio on Summer street, right across from the building we have reserved for the Bacchanalia Naked Tuesday.

So, I told him all about Naked Tuesday. I told him we were expecting about a hundred folks to participate but that our expectations generally tend to be too low. I told him about the ritualistic Church of Melkrath’s dark metal. I told him about the invocations in unknown languages of Serum Fantis. I told him about Ak’Chamel considering themselves puppet masters rather than musicians. I told him about southmorehouse and I told him he should come.

“You need a mask to get in. We don’t care whatever else you wear if anything at all.”

He laughed and asked if my beautiful partner would be there. I told him yes and he asks me, “How much of this is true?”

I said, “90%”

He thought for a second. “if this is true, I want you to dance naked around my president heads.”

Consider it done.

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Bacchanalia – finding the space

Posted in art, blog, houston, performance, southmorehouse with tags , , , , , , , on October 23, 2012 by tymora42

Finding the right space for this event has been a challenge. Asking local establishments if we can get naked there during business hours is always a challenge. Originally we decided on the Silo, the place art cars go to die. It met many of our requirements. It was unusual. It housed art. It was outside. They would have let us burn things.

We had the music – Serum Fantis, Ak’Chamel, and Church of Melkarth. We had the venue. I could worry about logistics and the next event in the weeks to come. Until the ball dropped – and I mean that in the least naked way possible. Ken, a great guy and owner of the Silo, had a conflict of interest with a social partner. He decided that he could not continue with hosting this particular Naked Tuesday, but to contact him in the future with any other engagements. We hope to. We really liked working with Ken, but we understood and put the word out that we were looking.

This is when Gutterbrain Studios at Summer Street contacted us. They REALLY wanted to be the host. I was conflicted because they are an erotic photography studio. This violated two principles behind NT – 1) no photography and 2) this is not sexual in nature but more about purity of the body. After speaking with Craig Christie about our goals for this event he seemed on board. He would hide his camera and penis for the evening or at least take it into a private room.

We were sold, spoke to the right people and dove head first into the arrangements.