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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!

Kong Artist Series

Kong is excited to announce our new project, launching  11.15.2013.  Has Launched. You’ll be able to see the first editions at our studios during the East Austin Studio Tour starting tomorrow. See the shirts now by clicking here.

We’re taking art off the wall and putting it on you!

The Kong Artist Series (#KAS) is an ongoing collaborative series between Kong Screenprinting and leading contemporary artists.  Kong invites an established or emerging artist to design a series of shirts, focused on a theme of subject the artist selects. No limitations are placed on subject matter. Artist are encouraged to experiment with the T-shirt as a venue for their concept and aesthetics, and to use it as a way to build more intimate connections with the wearer.

The designs are printed on the finest garments with premium inks and the utmost attention of Kong’s Master Printers. Initial runs of each design will be 60 shirts, which are published as open editions. Every detail has been considered. Our approach is simple – use the highest highest quality garments and processes possible, and let the art shine.

Garments tell as story about who we are and what we care about in the world. The Kong Artist Series appeals to people who realize that graphics can project quality, intellect, humor and beauty. If you’re looking for something unique, the Kong Artist Series will offer you new ways to break the mold.

To launch the series, Kong has selected three artists – Jiha Moon, M-lon (AKA Miguel Gonzalez)  and Kristofer Porter. Here’s a sneak peak of what’s to come:

Sneak Peak of Jiha Moon Art #KAS

Sneak Peak of M-lon Art #KAS

Sneak Peak of Kristofer Porter Design #KAS

Sneak Peak of Kristofer Porter Art#KAS

 

EAST2013

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 recently completed printing 14,000 flags for this upcoming installation on Lady Bird Lake. This temporary art installation will be on view publicly for three months this fall. Women & Their Work invited visual artist, Beili Liu, (as lead artist), Emily Little and Norma Yancey (architecture), and Cassie Bergstrom (landscape architecture) to collaborate and the project, THIRST, was created. This large scale, site specific installation is located on Lady Bird Lake. THIRST memorializes the loss of the over 300 million trees that died in the drought of 2011. – quoted text from Women and Their Work’s Website. Please visit to learn more about this project.

Here’s a short video of the prayer flag hanging test:

We recently worked up some designs for our client who was celebrating her thirtieth birthday. Her plans for celebration were to drive to Marfa, TX with family and friends to see the sites and the wonderful art that has blossomed in the W. Texas desert. The concept of the shirt was to play off Ed Ruscha‘s use of screenprinting and words while incorporating the feeling of light that the landscape can offer.

Dirty Thirty in West Texas Shirts

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday, Katie!

Showing off their Kong style in front of the Prada store.

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.

 

M-Lon is the pseudonym of Miguel Gonzalez, an artist, illustrator and designer from Caracas, Venezuela. M-Lon is currently living in Austin, working on a new series of paintings and prints at Kong. Araguaney is the national tree of Venezuela and when you see the beautiful, full yellow trees spotting the green landscape, you understand why. M-Lon began working on this limited edition of 100 6 color screenprints with a series of sketches and painting studies that enabled him to get the color and composition just right before working on the prints. This is his first foray into screenprinting and Kong was happy to collaborate on the edition, which turned out beautifully!

A portion of the edition will return to Venezuela to be exhibited and sold to raise monies for a friend’s healthcare.

Find more information about Miguel on his twitter feed and his facebook page.

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