10:55 am - Wed, Apr 9, 2014

Purring like a kitten…

The Cargo Space is purring along, despite what you might think. Rain, our great, mortal enemy, along with endless paperwork, our other great, mortal enemy, has caused so many delays that not working on the bus is currently the standard order of business. A few more weeks and we’ll be clear of rain and paper. We’ll necessarily accelerate as we prepare for the Great Lakes Tour that kicks off in July, and is still adding cities.

In the meantime, while you wait for news on the intrepid Cargo Space, buy our book!

5:33 am - Thu, Mar 27, 2014

There’s more to life than books, you know. But not much more.

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The Cargo Space book is now available on Amazon.com. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest internet to get your copy of this sleek tome. Curious about the contents? Use the Look Inside feature to get a glimpse. [hint: it’s full of stars]

10:53 pm - Wed, Mar 12, 2014

On Demand Print Is The New Black.

The first Cargo Space book is available for purchase now, and is coming soon to an Amazon.com or an Amazon.co.uk near you!

Cargo Space 77001>74103 is 40 pages of texts and full color images documenting the first Cargo Space exhibition, as well as a timeline of the Cargo Space project from its inception until about 2 months ago. 

Don’t let the on-demand thing fool you. This book is gorgeous, even if we do say so ourselves. 

9:58 pm - Wed, Mar 5, 2014
Once again, Mother Nature impedes our progress. The weather in Houston has been cold and rainy for days and days now, keeping us from working on the new paint job. The weather hasn’t stopped all progress. We just received the galley of our first Cargo Space book. Checking in at 40 pages, it’s a svelte encapsulation of our time at the Hardesty Arts Center back in October and November, as well as documentation (culled from this very web site) of the build process to-date. The book features texts by your favorite bus driver, as well as an essay by artist/curator/writer Michelle Grabner. Michelle graciously squeezed us in after her duties with this year’s Whitney Biennial were finished.
Cargo Space 77001>74103 will be available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk in about a week. When it does, we’ll post the link.

Once again, Mother Nature impedes our progress. The weather in Houston has been cold and rainy for days and days now, keeping us from working on the new paint job. The weather hasn’t stopped all progress. We just received the galley of our first Cargo Space book. Checking in at 40 pages, it’s a svelte encapsulation of our time at the Hardesty Arts Center back in October and November, as well as documentation (culled from this very web site) of the build process to-date. The book features texts by your favorite bus driver, as well as an essay by artist/curator/writer Michelle Grabner. Michelle graciously squeezed us in after her duties with this year’s Whitney Biennial were finished.

Cargo Space 77001>74103 will be available from Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk in about a week. When it does, we’ll post the link.

1:08 pm - Wed, Feb 26, 2014

"It’s just a ride, and we can change it anytime we want." - Bill Hicks

Comedian Bill Hicks died 20 years ago today. To mark his passing, we’ve asked Houston artist DUAL to paint a few of the things Mr. Hicks said (the ones safe for broad public consumption) around the outside of the Cargo Space, transforming the bus into a rolling memorial to Hicks as prescient truth-teller and adopted son of Houston.

We’ll present the new paint scheme to the pubic on Thursday, March 27, to coincide with the closing reception of DUAL’s exhibition at Rice’s Emergency Room gallery. You’re all invited, naturally. We’ll kick off at 7PM and carry on for several hours. 

In the meantime, if you want to help us to get the bus ready for a new coat of paint, shoot us an email. Of course you always can see updates on the project right here at thecargospace.com

5:27 am - Wed, Feb 19, 2014
After some unavoidable delay, we’re ready to pull the trigger on the first Cargo Space book. Rolling in at svelte 40 pages, it’s filled with images documenting our initial residency at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, as well as the evolution of the bus from initial plans through to the present day. The book should be available to purchase soon, and we’ll post a link when it’s available. 
Pictured above is the final draft of the cover. It’s a pastiche of, or homage to, the technical manuals that sometimes filled our days during the renovation of the bus. Cheaply printed, foxed and musty, these documents were sometimes the single set of footprints in the sand.
A labor of love, the book features dozens of photos, as well as texts by Grennan & Sperandio, and artist/curator/writer (and Whitney 2014 curator) Michelle Grabner. 

After some unavoidable delay, we’re ready to pull the trigger on the first Cargo Space book. Rolling in at svelte 40 pages, it’s filled with images documenting our initial residency at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, as well as the evolution of the bus from initial plans through to the present day. The book should be available to purchase soon, and we’ll post a link when it’s available. 

Pictured above is the final draft of the cover. It’s a pastiche of, or homage to, the technical manuals that sometimes filled our days during the renovation of the bus. Cheaply printed, foxed and musty, these documents were sometimes the single set of footprints in the sand.

A labor of love, the book features dozens of photos, as well as texts by Grennan & Sperandio, and artist/curator/writer (and Whitney 2014 curator) Michelle Grabner. 

12:17 pm - Mon, Feb 3, 2014
We’re back in the wood shop today, finishing the storage bins that slide out from under the bunks.

We’re back in the wood shop today, finishing the storage bins that slide out from under the bunks.

7:05 pm - Thu, Jan 30, 2014

Hot off the press is the final documentary film about the Cargo Space residency at the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, OK. Take a look!

Thanks to all our friends in Oklahoma, and in particular to Geoffrey Hicks for his terrific work on the project.  

1:20 am - Fri, Jan 24, 2014

Billboard projects

Here’s one last post on the recent billboard projects. This article contains brief interviews with the student artists responsible — courtesy of Rice News.

10:46 am - Fri, Jan 10, 2014

OUTSIDE CONTEXT: Rice students make new artworks as billboards in Texas

Rice University’s Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts presents Outside Context, a new series of artworks developed as billboards in and around College Station, Texas.

As part of a course that examined the evolving role of art in contemporary society, students enrolled in the Outside Context class developed new artworks as billboards. In an effort to extend cultural thinking beyond the traditional places for art, such as museums and galleries, these students made new artworks that are designed to be seen by wider audience. After a period of research, including meetings with students and faculty at Texas A&M on areas such as LGBT rights, women’s education, arts education and sustainable farming, the Rice students went through a design phase yielding artworks that suitably engage the topics in a visual engaging display. 

These billboards are currently on view around the town of College Station, Texas, as 22’ x 11’ billboards using space donated by Lamar Outdoor Advertising.

The Outside Context billboards are:

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What’s Left? by Yutian He

"This billboard is a collaboration between a Rice visual art student and an A&M student organization. In support of Texas A&M’s Life to Love, which champions for women’s rights by providing global women with access to education, this billboard is designed by Yutian He of Rice University to remind all that education remains a tangible, viable, and specific solution to alleviating the vast issue of gender inequality."

Location: N/S CARSON 50’ E/O FINFEATHER F/E, Bryan TX

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Howdy? by Michael Loconte

This project seeks to bring to light the apparent duality of Texas A&M’s famous ‘Howdy!’ Phrase. Where on one hand it is a harmless and traditionally Texan welcome, it can also raise questions of LGBT inclusion in a university that has been ranked as one of the least LGBT friendly in the nation.

Location: S/S UNIVERSITY DR. 1 MI W/O FM 2818, L/H, College Station TX

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Have you seen this child? by Constance Lewis

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up -Pablo Picasso.

The arts belong to everyone (not reserved for the fortunate or privileged). Arts education is not a luxury  — a necessity not a frill. Art education can make abstract concepts real and understandable—expanding options and opportunities for students. But, what is the quality of the core skill set with which we hope to —and must— equip future generations? And how are we connecting with urban, under-resourced youth? Amongst a sea of road-side directives, a large-scale public statement about “Art Education” has the potential to raise important questions, and to perhaps level the learning field across socio-economical  boundaries.

Location: W/S SH 6, .1 MI N/O HWY 21, F/S L/H, Bryan TX

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“Trust people with dirt on their hands” by Heather Olson

I worked together with David Smith and Elizabeth Kennedy of the Howdy Farm, a sustainable student-run farm at Texas A&M, to create the billboard.  The message “Trust people with dirt on their hands” challenges the authority that our society grants to scientists and bureaucrats in debates over farm policy and practices.

Location: S/S 290 W/O 389, RH/WF, Brenham TX

The Outside Context billboard project was supported by the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts, and is umbrellaed under the Cargo Space, a mobile artist residency program developed by Assistant Professor Christopher Sperandio. Cargo Space facilitates artists and cultural workers, helping them to engage a wider public in the development of new artworks. 

3:54 pm - Thu, Jan 9, 2014

Outside Context work in College Station

We took a rainy drive to College Station to take a look at the latest Cargo Space project. Students from Rice made new artworks as billboards, after engaging folks directly at Texas A&M. It was a rainy day, so our photos are a bit ‘oh, dear.’ Still the work is terrific and we couldn’t be more proud. The above piece is a subtle dig at the state of arts education. The child pictured is Pablo Picasso at age 15. We’ll post more images later, as we get them doctored into a presentable condition. 

The above drawing is the first artwork actually completed on the bus. We had company on the trip to College Station, and although the artist wishes to arrange anonymous, the paper napkin drawing you see will be framed and hung on one of the bulkheads. 

11:00 am - Wed, Dec 25, 2013
Happy New Year from all of us at THE CARGO SPACE! 2013 was a big year for the project, and we owe a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who helped get us on the road. We’ll be back in 2014 with our new book, and lots of updates on the project as we move forward. During this holiday season, please use extra precaution on the roads. To that end, refresh yourself with some defensive driving tips. Be safe, and have a great holiday!

Happy New Year from all of us at THE CARGO SPACE! 2013 was a big year for the project, and we owe a heartfelt THANK YOU to everyone who helped get us on the road. We’ll be back in 2014 with our new book, and lots of updates on the project as we move forward. During this holiday season, please use extra precaution on the roads. To that end, refresh yourself with some defensive driving tips. Be safe, and have a great holiday!

3:37 pm - Sun, Dec 22, 2013
Don’t judge our book by its cover. This is just an in-progress draft idea we’re toying with - we love old technical manuals and it shows. We’re furiously working on this companion documentation to the Cargo Space residency at AHHA in Tulsa. Expect the finished book in the new year, along with details on a slate of Houston-based events that we’re lining up for the spring. Miss us? Don’t be shy — send us an email and say ‘hi.’

Don’t judge our book by its cover. This is just an in-progress draft idea we’re toying with - we love old technical manuals and it shows. We’re furiously working on this companion documentation to the Cargo Space residency at AHHA in Tulsa. Expect the finished book in the new year, along with details on a slate of Houston-based events that we’re lining up for the spring. Miss us? Don’t be shy — send us an email and say ‘hi.’

12:22 pm - Mon, Dec 9, 2013
Our sticker wall (pictured) grows with every stop we make. 

We have been a bit silent here as we catch up on other responsibilities. We’ll use the upcoming holiday break to take care of a number of outstanding chores. The list includes hang the curtains, install drawers in the bunk cubbies, and, if we’re very lucky, build doors & a desk, plus knock out the house electrics. That’s a big list. Pictures will follow (or it didn’t happen).

Our sticker wall (pictured) grows with every stop we make.

We have been a bit silent here as we catch up on other responsibilities. We’ll use the upcoming holiday break to take care of a number of outstanding chores. The list includes hang the curtains, install drawers in the bunk cubbies, and, if we’re very lucky, build doors & a desk, plus knock out the house electrics. That’s a big list. Pictures will follow (or it didn’t happen).

7:53 pm - Tue, Nov 26, 2013

Outside Context

Only back in Houston for a day, and we’re already on the road again. This time it’s with Rice students as part of the Outside Context class. These young artists are making new artworks that will appear as billboards next month. These works will be made after a period of research, and some interaction with students at Texas A&M, in College Station. 

(A candid moment before departure)

We’ll also make a Cargo Space billboard. And when the billboards come down, we’ll capture it them to make awnings, book bags, and more.

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