Friday, October 02, 2009

American as Apple Pie - Art by Richard Rodriguez



Date:
Friday, October 2, 2009
Time:
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location:
Marbles Yoga Studio and Gallery
Street:
1905 Park Avenue
City/Town:
Saint Louis, MO

Richard Rodriguez approaches art from a political point of view. Apple Pie takes Americas love of guns and turns it on its head, capturing that sudden violent flash as a beautiful instant on canvas. In that instant he creates a collage of fractals and Mandelbrot sets, resembling views from the Hubble or the trails left by the remains of smashed atoms in a super collider. Scientists search for the glue of the universe, by looking back in time and pulverizing matter. As we hurdle through the blackness of the universe, he seeks to capture this elusive moment in time.

These objects were created by suspending paint filled balloons in front of stretched and prepared canvas. Tissue paper, foil, and markers were used in addition to acrylics. He then fired a variety of weapons at the balloon/canvas suspension.

Richard Rodriguez is a Mexican-American artist born in 1958 in St. Louis, Missouri. He graduated from Harris Teachers College and worked at Gateway Institute of Technology for many years. As the 2008 presidential election approached, Rodriguez captured this important American history moment in time by creating enormous Obama op art banner paintings each one unique hanging on the Royale, shown at Marbles and at various campaign offices.

Steven Smith of the Royale will be mixing FREE drinks and FREE beer on the opening reception.

Open before yoga classes through October 31. Call 314.621.4744 to confirm additional hours or for an appointment www.marblesyoga.com

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Mark Twain, sellin' newspapers in the STL and citrus


"A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain." - Mark Twain.


As a kid on the corner I would sell the Post year round even in the rain and snow. Usually I just got wet but if it was pouring I'd sometimes wear a raincoat. I would just light a barrel fire. Even in bad weather sales were still pretty good and I'd sell out.

Over the years I sold the paper I never did go home early. One night it was raining with temps in the 30s and I was still out selling the paper. Usually the tips were pretty good if the weather was crap, but on one sale of a three star edition to an old geezer gave me an orange as a tip. While I do love citrus, at that age I could have cared less. I wanted money. I wasn't standing out there for oranges. I chucked that orange back at the old man who bought that three star edition. It was sleeting rain out and I don't think he even noticed I chucked it at his Ford station wagon. While it was pointless to throw that orange, I still don't really regret it.

It is true that I place a high value on my produce today, but I still know to this day that cash is king. So on that cold rainy night when I was soaked and freezing I stayed out on that street corner, throwing oranges in anger and selling papers until I sold them all out. And at the end of that shift I walked home with a pocket full of cash.

Monday, August 03, 2009

test again

will this work???

Monday, March 30, 2009

Chanute Air Force Base, Ill, U.S.A.



The U.S.A. became decimated at the end of the Cold War. This is what is left of the struggle against world-wide tyranny.

Конец холодной войны разрушает американскую родину. Это что выйдено схватки против всемирного тиранства.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Peter Cooper Glue Factory 09/08

This was one of the more remarkable explorations by the UEU 314 made in September of 08 during a visit to Chicago and Milwaukee.  We stopped just south of Milwaukee to see the secluded Peter Cooper Glue Factory on Lake Michigan.  The walk up was pretty amazing for we had to walk through the late summer high grass, up hills and over rocks along the lake.  The plant closed about 30 years ago after operating at the location for about a century.  There were three large complexes, and they all stunk for they would render the horses.  There were six in our crew, and I have included three of the other's photographs in the work.

Friday, February 13, 2009

City Primary Discussions 2/16 & 2/23

In our fair city we have many elections, and a very important election is coming up in early March. It is the primary, the key election for most offices in Saint Louis city. In this election half of all of the wards will be up for election along with the executive branch, our city's Mayor.

Here at the Royale we discuss the future of our city. For the next two Mondays(16th and 23rd) starting at 8:30 to close we will have an open discussion about all of the city election races. These discussions will be hosted by Steve Patterson of the urbanreviewstl.com blog. All are welcome and encouraged to attend to learn more about the candidates.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

dangity

this blog is broke!!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Inauguration Party and DC Coverage

So the big day is tomorrow- I need to get some sleep! I am in DC right now, and I wish I was back in Saint Louis with my people. It makes me a bit sad, for all the work we have done, and work we still need to do is back home. We will be celebrating the inauguration of the new President, sure, but the real change has yet to come. We have much, much work to do and it begins with us. Much hard fought change will need to happen, especially in Saint Louis.

But today we will celebrate the inauguration of our new President. And we are having a party at the Royale for Barack Obama. We will be open at 10am with breakfast and the party will go straight through to 1:30am. We will have Josh Wiese hosting during lunch and L Curtis Lyle and Chris King host all day and afternoon into the evening with poetry and readings. Jim Utz, Thomas Crone and Jamie Toon will spin records in the evening. We will have specials of course on drinks and eats the whole time.

And I am covering the Inauguration for the Saint Louis Beacon and Salon.com with on the go video. It is great stuff, but it is pretty non-stop for me here. So I must get to sleep.

Peace and prosperity,

--
Steven Fitzpatrick Smith
Tavernkeeper
The Royale Food & Spirits
3132 South Kingshighway
STL in the MO 63139

314-772-3600

www.theroyale.com
www.stlstreets.com

Inauguration note and DC Coverage

So the big day is tomorrow- I need to get some sleep! I am in DC right now, and I wish I was back in Saint Louis with my people. It makes me a bit sad, for all the work we have done, and work we still need to do is back home. We will be celebrating the inauguration of the new President, sure, but the real change has yet to come. We have much, much work to do and it begins with us. Much hard fought change will need to happen, especially in Saint Louis.

But today we will celebrate the inauguration of our new President. And we are having a party at the Royale for Barack Obama. We will be open at 10am with breakfast and the party will go straight through to 1:30am. We will have Josh Wiese hosting during lunch and L Curtis Lyle and Chris King host all day and afternoon into the evening with poetry and readings. Jim Utz, Thomas Crone and Jamie Toon will spin records in the evening. We will have specials of course on drinks and eats the whole time.

And I am covering the Inauguration for the Saint Louis Beacon and Salon.com with on the go video. It is great stuff, but it is pretty non-stop for me here. So I must get to sleep.

Peace and prosperity,

--
Steven Fitzpatrick Smith
Tavernkeeper
The Royale Food & Spirits
3132 South Kingshighway
STL in the MO 63139

314-772-3600

www.theroyale.com
www.stlstreets.com