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E.A.S.T 2014

November 15 & 16 and November 22 & 23

11am – 6pm

4704 East Cesar Chavez at the Artpost

November is here, fall temperatures have finally fallen into place and we all know what that means…It’s time for the East Austin Studio Tour. Kong is excited to be a part of it again this year and will have lots for our visitors to see and do!

Come out to the Artpost, the premier stop on the tour with over 35 artists, designers, creatives and craftsmen! KONG will open our studio to the public, showcase our creative designs and demonstrate the screenprinting process. We’ll have a lot of exciting things to you to see and do. Make your own t-shirt, enjoy some of Austin’s nationally recognized food truck vittles, enjoy a craft beer, and take in the all of the art. 

 

 

 

We’ve been rockin’ on a new project lately… printing on something we’ve not printed on before (we do that around here a lot)….a custom guitar by Moniker.

Custom Screenprinted Guitar by Kong and Moniker

We’re pleased to introduce “If It Ain’t Broke, Make It Better.” Here’s what Moniker’s luthiers had to say about the design, “The combination of the plaid with the text immediately reminded us of The Mighty Mighty Bosstones’ ska-punk style. We decided to pair it with a black trim around the sides and mix-and-match black and gold hardware. Only one pickup was used, a Moniker humbucker in the bridge, order to keep the design balanced with the text.”

Moniker by Kong

Moniker by Kong

The guitar will be unveiled tonight at Up Collective gallery for the HandPlayed exhibition. Local artists and designers such as Brian Phillips, Bob Schneider, MakeATX, Brian David Johnson and Sophie Roach were asked to design one of a kind guitars. You can read more about the artists here.

The opening tonight kicks off an auctionfor these one of a kind guitars and proceeds benefit the Austin Music Foundation.  The Auction runs through Dec. 15.

See all of the guitars and bid on them HERE.

 

The Austin Music Foundation (AMF) is a 501c3 nonprofit that provides free business education for Austin’s musicians and the music industry. AMF’s number of clients has increased nearly 300% since opening the Creative Media Center two years ago and needs to expand!

Fortunately, AMF has obtained a 15 year rent free lease at South Shore District, East Austin’s newest luxury apartment and mixed-use complex, located on East Riverside. The new South Shore location will be the new home for AMF’s Creative Media Center (CMC), providing intimate work sessions with experts in the music industry. AMF will also utilize the new space to enhance its Music Industry Collaborative (MIC), Leaders in Austin Music (LIAM) and other programs.

AMF is asking its supporters to invest in Austin Music and help fund the cost of the building/finish out on the new building. This is a huge opportunity for AMF’s growth and ability to continue to serve musicians and enhance Austin’s music-driven economy for years to come!

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E.A.S.T 2013

November 16 & 17 and November 23 & 24

 11am – 6pm

4704 East Cesar Chavez at the Artpost

November is here, fall temperatures have finally fallen into place and we all know what that means…It’s time for the East Austin Studio Tour. Kong is excited to be a part of it again this year and will have lots for our visitors to see and do!

Come out to the Artpost, the premier stop on the tour with over 35 artists, designers, creatives and craftsmen! KONG will open our studio to the public, showcase our creative designs and demonstrate the screenprinting process. We’ll have a lot of exciting things to you to see and do. Make your own t-shirt, enjoy some of Austin’s nationally recognized food truck vittles, enjoy a craft beer, and take in the all of the art. 

Featured Artists:

Kong is excited to showcase B.C. Gilbert, Brian Phillips and Coronado Studio at our studio. These artists works in a variety of media including printmaking, painting, and mixed media.

B.C. Gilbert

 

BFE, B.C. Gilbert, relief print

BFE, B.C. Gilbert, relief print

 

B.C. was born and raised in Amarillo, TX on the high plains of the Texas Panhandle.  He received his BFA in 1997 from CameronUniversity in Lawton, OK and his MFA in 2001 from TexasTechUniversity in Lubbock, TX.

B.C. lived and made art in Lubbock/Idalou, TX for eight years before moving to Wichita Falls, TX in 2005 where he now resides.  For four years he was the owner/operator of Gilrose Studios an artist studio/alternative space in conjunction with BC Country, a custom metal shop, in downtown Wichita Falls.

B.C. started his teaching career for the WFISD in 2008 teaching art at Barwise Jr. High before transferring to Rider High School where he teaches Art I-IV as well as 3-D AP studio. He is also an adjunct professor for Midwestern State University teaching Drawing I and Studio Foundations as well as a working and exhibiting artist.

 

Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips

 

We’re very proud to feature one of Kong’s own, Brian Phillips. Brian’s unique approach to art making has made him a treasured local artist in Austin.

His thoughts on his own art are to the point:

I get bored, so I create things to keep from going sane.

 I am a self-taught artist.

 My work is in collections all over the world.

 I’ve had solo shows in Texas, Ohio, Indiana and have also participated in group shows in Oklahoma and Georgia.

 

Coronado Studio

Coronado Studio

Coronado Studio specializes in hand-made fine art silkscreen printing on paper and they’ve been slinging quality posters and fine art in Austin for over 20 years. Founded by Sam Coronado, an internationally recognized artist and educator, Coronado will be showing a variety of recently completed prints. Known for complex, multiple color, hand crafted fine art prints, Coronado’s work always pushes the boundaries of the screenprinting medium.

 Katie Neustaedter

X-ray specs

X-ray specs

Katie Neustaedter, recent fine art graduate of UT and Kong Printer Extraordinaire, will be showcasing recent needlepoint works featuring her macabre sense of humor.

 

 

 

Kong’s Ryan Burkhart was recently invited to UNT in Denton to produce a limited edition of prints with visual artist, Scott Ingram. The residency was one week long and yielded 2 finished editions of prints. Ryan and Scott gave a public talk about the collaboration and production of the prints. They also were excited to have a public opening at the end of the residency to show off the new prints that are published by P.R.I.N.T.  Thanks to UNT and Director Lari Gibbons for hosting us and for making this project possible.

 

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Lari Gibbons and Scott Ingram.

Lari Gibbons and Scott Ingram.

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Editing the edition

Editing the edition

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Ryan presenting the staff at P.R.I.N.T. with new Kong Shirts.

Ryan presenting the staff at P.R.I.N.T. with new Kong Shirts.

If you’re going on an adventure, sometimes it helps to have a map. Here’s a good one to have as you set out to experience all the art that E.A.S.T. has to offer. This is of the Artpost where Kong is located, along with TONS of other artists working in all sorts of media. See you Saturday!

Download a PDF of the Map

Mark your calendars! E.A.S.T begins on Saturday.

East Austin Studio Tour

Sat. & Sun. November 10 & 11

Sat. & Sun. November 17 & 18

11 am – 6 pm Please RSVP on our Facebook Events Page!

Kong will feature original shirts and posters printed by Bruce Braden and Ryan Burkhart. There will be “pick your shirt” printing – you pick out the color shirt you want, you pick your design and you can even help print it! Also on exhibition will be artworks by Brian Phillips, including an awesome F1 car in full relief from recycled materials. There will be BBQ, ice cream and beer provided by our sponsors Thirsty Planet Brewery. 
Kong is part of the Artpost so there will be lots more art to see! The Artpost will exhibit works by more than thirty accomplished artisans, with works of sculpture, painting, mixed media, installation, screen-printing, jewelry, fashion boots, and audio electronics. 
 The Tour is an open studio event, providing an opportunity to see high-quality original work and meet with the artists in their studio, giving insights into their creative process, methods and materials.

We look forward to seeing you there!

4704 E. Cesar Chavez, Building C. 

E.A.S.T. Site 119AA

512-851-7024

 

We Print Stuff on Things – it’s not just a catchy slogan, it’s an approach to problem solving in the studio that clearly defines what we do. And Etsy likes our approach and attitude to our craft, because they support and value craftsmanship and creativity.

Kong began printing for Etsy during SxSW when we received an urgent call from Randy J Hunt, Etsy Creative Director. They were in need of  T-shirts for an event that they decided to participate in at the last moment. They wanted to promote a new project, Code as Craft.  We worked with Randy to produce glow in the dark shirts for that first event under a tight deadline. Since that time, we’ve continued to print shirts for Etsy events and programming.

 

 

Last month, Elana Dweck, Etsy’s Design Studio Manager, contacted us about a special project she was developing with Nicole Licht – handmade displays which would be used by Etsy partners. She needed 25 total displays to be fabricated and printed by hand. Etsy’s slogan is “Keeping it Real” and they wanted to invest the production of these displays with those values.

Bolts of sweet potato colored canvas began arriving to the Kong studios and we began plotting the best way to handle printing large format work by hand. Our large work tables became templates to streamline cutting all the fabric. New screens that would barely fit in our exposure unit were procured. Our friend Jim Braglia came in to provide some extra muscle and brain power for problem solving. It took a solid week to produce 5 prototypes that served to refine the design. Kong is currently producing the other sets.

Working with Etsy is such a pleasure because they value good communication, hand crafted objects, attention to detail and doing things your own way. That’s something Kong values too.

It takes two!
Ryan (left) and Bruce (right) printing together

 

 

 

Saturday, August 4 was a hot night in Austin. But, even with the high temperatures, more than 175 people came out to our studio to take in the collective show. After a successful 3 month long run at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, the show was moved back to the Artpost  Ultralab (home of Kong) and augmented with additional works from Artpost artists.

Exhibiting artists included: Marianne McGrath, Dan Arredondo, Court Lurie, Nicholas Dertien, Jack King, Tina Schweiger, Helm Handmade, Kristy Battani, Jodi Rae Designs, Lacey Richter, Jason Webb, Foster Talge, Rene Norman, Scott Proctor, Julie Stansberry, Katy Horan, Janelle Borsberry, and 4mspedals. Also featured were recent fine art collaborations with Jiha Moon and Scott Ingram.

Thanks to Chris Devore for the brilliant evening of incredible live music. Also thanks to Thirsty Planet for the supplying the brews. Special thanks to Jim McCurry, director of Artpost for organizing the show and designing the invitations.

 

KONG partner Ryan Burkhart has been printing fine art for over 20 years, and during that time ongoing relationships have been built with some amazing artists. One of the most amazing is Jiha Moon. In April, we printed 2 new editions for Jiha, Snow White – Detourist and Procession – Detourist. Snow White is an edition of 120, printed in four variations of color. The central panel was printed on Korean Hanji paper (white, cream, mustard, and orange) and then mounted to Stonehenge paper. Procession was also printed on handmade Hanji papers, each made unique by a master papermaker who hand tints each and every piece.

 

For her current exhibition at Saltworks Gallery in Atlanta, April 14 through May 25, 2012, Jiha and Ryan worked to complete a installation showcasing the prints. Elements from the two prints were screenprinted directly on the wall, in effect creating a wallpaper design for viewer to walk through.  For more information on the prints, please visit Saltworks Gallery’s website and Jiha Moon’s Website.