Press Coverage – Voyage Dallas

The Arts Magazine Voyage Dallas recently spotlighted me with an interview.

Read it for yourself by following the link:

http://voyagedallas.com/interview/art-life-kc-hulsman/

 

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It’s Hip to Be Square

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This Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 7pm – 11pm, I will have work hanging in the show at the Central Arts of Bedford located at 2816 Central, Suite #126 in Bedford, Texas.

The show is free and open to the public, so please come out and support all the exhibiting local artists.

3rd Annual Conroe Art League National Invitational Show

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Wide Open Spaces – Taken July 2017 in Valentine, Texas (near Prada Marfa)

I’m pleased to announce that out of a multitude of submissions from across the United States, my work, Wide Open Spaces, will be part of the 3rd Annual Conroe Art League National Invitational Show featuring 100 artistic pieces from 95 artists as selected by Juror Peter Andrew, Professor of Art at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Mr. Andrew is a Fulbright Fellow and member of the New York Society of Illustrators. He is also a working artist with the Liquitex Acrylic’s Artist’s Outreach Program. As an accomplished figurative and abstract painter, his work has been featured in over fifty solo shows and two hundred group shows. His paintings have been exhibited at three Presidential Inaugural Galas in Washington, DC. His commissions have included such clients as Amegy Bank, Houston Methodist Hospital and Fort Belvoir US Army Hospital, Virginia. See more about Peter and his art at www.peterandrew.net.

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The 3rd Annual Conroe Art League National Invitational Show 

 

 

  • March 7-31, 2018
  • The Gallery at the Madeley Building
  • 127 Simonton Street in Conroe, Texas

 Artist Reception and Award Ceremony

  • on Saturday, March 24 from 5:00 – 8:00 pm

 

 

 

Opening Night Reception at the Midwest Center for Photography

Midwest Center for Photography‘s 10th Annual “TEN X TEN Small Works Exhibition”

Opening Night Reception:

  • Friday, November 24, 2017
  • from 7-9pm
  • at the Midwest Center for Photography
  • 1215 Franklin in Wichita, Kansas

 

 

Photographs are on exhibition in the gallery through December 31st, and are also featured for sale online. To order online, please visit: http://www.mwcponline.com/tenth-ten-x-ten.html to purchase direct from the gallery who will package and ship straight to your door.

I’m thrilled to number among the 26 international photographers who have had work selected for the Midwest Center for Photography‘s 10th Annual “TEN X TEN Small Works Exhibition”, which focuses on offering affordable fine art photography works that are ten inches by ten inches in dimension.

Bear Mountain Suspension Bridge

Recently I got to spend a week in the Hudson River Valley, and while exploring the region I also crossed the Bear Mountain Suspension Bridge, which carries US 6/US 202 across the Hudson River between Rockland/Orange Counties and Westchester/Putnam Counties. At one point in time, specifically in 1924 and part of 1925, it held the record for the longest suspension bridge in the road. The bridge is flanked with a pedestrian walkway as well, so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to park and walk across it. Granted, with storm clouds on the horizon, the more I walked out towards the middle the more I was being plastered against the railing by the force of the wind tunneling between the mountains. I didn’t go all the way across, I figured half way in those nerve-wracking conditions was good enough.

While I tend towards nature photography, I do enjoy some more architecturally flavored photography from time to time, playing with light and shadow, geometrics, positive and negative space, and geometric shapes can be rather entertaining for a photographer.

 

 

 

Owl’right, Owl’right, Owl’right.

I love going to the Hudson River Valley in New York, not only does a very dear friend live there, but the countryside is beautiful and there’s so much natural beauty all around you. Considering the local environs, it’s really no surprise that it’s been an inspiration source for so many artists, and famous even for the Hudson River School, which is credited for being the first coherent American art style, which was very prevalent in the 19th Century and has a legacy that still influences and inspires artists today. The style was known for natural landscapes, and celebrating the environmental wonders and work of the divine found in the world around us as typified by a long list of prominent artists, some of which can be found here.
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The atmosphere of this image gives the impression of snow, but the white flecks in the background were some sort of fungus growing inside this hollowed out tree.While the mood of the image seems to suggest Winter, I took this shot on a recent autumn trip where it was in the mid 70s outside.
 
I’m not sure, but I believe this is a Barred Owl. If anyone knows for sure, could you please let me know?
 
 

GAP’s Winter Wonderland Art Show

I’ve got 4 different outlets this month where my photography is on exhibit. One of them now open to the public is at the historic Palace Arts Center in Grapevine where my photograph I took of Beacon Falls in the Hudson River Valley in New York entitled Bridge Over Troubled Waters is on display. It is but one work among many of the other talented works by members from the Grapevine Art Project. The show is free and open to the public.

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GAP WINTER WONDERLAND

The show runs from November 1st – December 31st, at the Palace Arts Center located at 301 S. Main Street in Grapevine, Texas and is available to view Monday through Friday from 9am – 5pm, as well as during other special events at the PAC.

 

 

For more information about the historic Palace Arts Center please visit  here.

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Pushing Daisies – Art Show October 28th

There will be a reception on Saturday, October 28th from 7-11pm for the latest themed show–Pushing Daisies–at the Central Arts of Bedford located at 2816 Central Drive in Bedford. I’ll have several pieces hanging in the show, and of course a range of my prints are also available for perusal.

Admission is free, costumes are encouraged, so please come on by to support your local artists!

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Marfa, Texas – One “Giant” Movie, & The Arts

As mentioned previously, Marfa’s claim to fame:

  1. the movie Giant was filmed here
  2. it’s a well-known Arts destination

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Giant (1956) was directed by Hollywood artistic juggernaut George Stevens (who won an Academy Award for Best Director for his work on the film), and earned a total of 9 Academy Nominations for work both behind and in front of the screen. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean in his last role (and only third film) before his untimely death. Even though the film came out in the 1956, there continues to be a dialogue about this cinemas Classic. There’s been at least two different documentaries: Return To Giant (2003), and Children of Giant (2015). Giant has withstood the test of time, because it dared to be about matters of substance. The film was ahead of its time as it spotlighted racial prejudice and segregation against latinos. One only needs to turn the news on to see how these are still relevant issues today as the nation is indulged in conversations about Mexican Immigrants and DACA.

One of the go to tourists destinations is the restored Hotel Paisano. The Hotel was designed by famed architect Henry Trost in the 1920s. In the 1950s Hollywood came to the Hotel, when the movie Giant was in production. Many of the cast and crew stayed at the hotel, or made use of its amenities. Today there’s some film memorabilia up around the hotel, and there’s a number of small shops (including one that sells Giant film related merchandise), and a gallery attached to the hotel too.

 

Despite being a town of around 2000 residents, Marfa boasts well over a dozen art galleries, the most preeminent Art destination being the Chinati Foundation. While Marfa may feature numerous art galleries plus a number of retail shops specializing in artisan wares. Many of them have limited hours primarily focused to Friday – Sunday. I knew this going to the town, but even so I found half the places I tried to visit closed the Saturday I went. Between vacations, and galleries between installations my luck was not with me.

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Still I managed to make it to Book Marfa, which features a specially curated book store, artisan made goods, as well as a mini art gallery with works for sale. I love their regional book section. Anyone with an interest in ancient art especially of ancient man the book the White Shaman Mural is a must read.

The White Shaman Mural: An Enduring Creation Narrative in the Rock Art of the Lower Pecos by Carolyn E. Boyd, Kim Cox

Winner, Society for American Archarology Book Award, 2017

The prehistoric hunter-gatherers of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands of Texas and Coahuila, Mexico, created some of the most spectacularly complex, colorful, extensive, and enduring rock art of the ancient world. Perhaps the greatest of these masterpieces is the White Shaman mural, an intricate painting that spans some twenty-six feet in length and thirteen feet in height on the wall of a shallow cave overlooking the Pecos River. In The White Shaman Mural, Carolyn E. Boyd takes us on a journey of discovery as she builds a convincing case that the mural tells a story of the birth of the sun and the beginning of time—making it possibly the oldest pictorial creation narrative in North America.

Unlike previous scholars who have viewed Pecos rock art as random and indecipherable, Boyd demonstrates that the White Shaman mural was intentionally composed as a visual narrative, using a graphic vocabulary of images to communicate multiple levels of meaning and function. Drawing on twenty-five years of archaeological research and analysis, as well as insights from ethnohistory and art history, Boyd identifies patterns in the imagery that equate, in stunning detail, to the mythologies of Uto-Aztecan-speaking peoples, including the ancient Aztec and the present-day Huichol. This paradigm-shifting identification of core Mesoamerican beliefs in the Pecos rock art reveals that a shared ideological universe was already firmly established among foragers living in the Lower Pecos region as long as four thousand years ago.

I swung by the famous Ballroom Marfa for their installation at the time, and was rather taken by this artists use of electrical current through tobacco to the cooper sheet metal. I think in this case, it brings back fond memories of me working with copper during my metal & jewelry days. There was also an interesting exhibit that tackled political issues of identity as found in language and how various countries were using accents to authentic paperwork and grant or deny admittance to their country for foreigners. I also tried to visit the artisan retail fronts of both Freda,and the Wrong Store but they were also closed.