CUSTODIAN conceptual front man Adreon Henry is also one of the country’s most innovative and original visual artists and for his latest installation he’s taken over a convenience store…… and the internet… it’s complicated.
Marrying technology to art, Henry is tackling the gray area between physical and cyber in his new site-specific installation “E-Z Egos and Effigies.” It is part vinyl screen-printing and half QR codes and it’s all in a quickie mart, making for a totally weird experience.
The idea for E-Z Egos and Effigies was founded on Henry’s realization that “many people depend on social networking sites to communicate. Technology offers a convenient way to connect, which is why I chose to convert this location and engage audience participation with the use of QR codes to create a multidimensional form of social interaction.” Make sense? You’ll have to go to a pop-up art show at a gas station to fully realize it!
The installation is housed in a converted convenience store displaying sketch-art portrait pieces embedded with QR codes. Viewers are encouraged to use their smart phones to scan the QR codes which are linked to the portrait’s Facebook page that has been embellished with a unique persona and identity, often being befriended by other portrait personas, forming a ready-made community. Included with the purchase of each portrait the buyer will receive the administrative rights to a Facebook profile creating an opportunity to collaborate with the artist through cyber medium. Sounds weird, huh? We’re excited! Check out ALL the details HERE.
The installation will also be open to the public every Saturday and Sunday following the May 14th opening from 12pm to 5 pm.
Pick up a hand-numbered soapbox that has a CD with the debut CUSTODIAN ep inside of it HERE! Of course- there are also soap pads in there too. What a bargain!
Have you been to The ND yet? It is a cool space in Austin on E. 5th and Brushy that is hosting some even cooler music these days. We LOVE to see places like this popping up on the east side, and we love it even more when they host our favorite bands like CUSTODIAN, who played a dazzling, head scratching set on Sunday. Check out pictures (and see a little more of The ND) HERE.
In other news…CUSTODIAN is heading up to New Mexico in just a few days to perform at The Albuquerque Film Festival. According to the website, “The Albuquerque Film Festival is a community organization dedicated to celebrating writers, filmmakers, musicians, and artists from around the globe whose visions break rules and startle the imagination.” I’m not sure I could describe CUSTODIAN any better if I tried.
Alert your New Mexico brethren that their weekend just got more interesting. My only question…are they going to check the horse head? You can find CUSTODIAN set times HERE!
CUSTODIAN is warming up the stage by sweeping up the stage at Mohawk June 2nd for an excellent bill! Yes, before Fresh Millions, Dark Time Sunshine and Awol One do their thing you can watch conceptual performance art hip hop while the room smells of cleaning supplies and Lone Star. Watch CUSTODIAN clean up the stage and rap about the daily struggles, while you eat free cake. Really. We’ll have limited edition copies of the only article of music in the world that comes packaged in a soap pad box Ultrea-Fresh! Not going to be able to make it? Pick up the limited edition CUSTODIAN EP clickHERE. Get more info on the show HERE. See you Wednesday!
It has been an exciting and busy chunk of time for Artifact Workshop the past several months. We put out a soapbox full of boom-bap with CUSTODIAN in November, a slap bracelet full of electro-fun(k) with Neiliyo in February and now we are pleased to announce our fifth overall release will be coming from DJ Car Stereo (Wars)! The AW launch party back in August of 2007 doubled as the release party for the first DJ CS(W) release the Bandit, a record that garnered attention from Absolute Punk, Gorilla Vs. Bear, StereoGum and MORE. We are currently working hard on making the next installment in the mashup artist’s discography as great as it can possibly be; more details to come but know this for now: It will be titled Explains it All, and will have an epic release party at the Beauty Bar in Austin TX April 23rd with live performances by Neiliyo, the nation’s premiere LCD Sound System tribute band All My Friends, Hot Britches, and of course DJ CS(W)! Stay tuned and mark those calendars now!
The Austin based website Both Sides of the Mouth has a cool feature where they pose the question “what if you only have a short amount of time to acquaint yourself with a particular artist and need it to count?” It is appropriately called If you’ve only got. Well, the site was kind enough to pose the query- what if you only have 2 Minutes and 26 Seconds to get to know CUSTODIAN? They recommend Pop-A-Lock!
“Coming in just in time to make a party out of your weekend are none other than Austinite duo CUSTODIAN. What else can you expect from a label that’s known to party? Rounding out the roster at Artifact Workshop Records – home to names you might have read on here recently like DJ Car Stereo (Wars) and Neiliyo – with another addition are Adreon Henry and Jay Bradley of CUSTODIAN. See that? All caps, so you know they’re serious. With backgrounds that sprout from performance art, Henry and Bradley bring forth a sound that’s definitively creative and unique. With these artistic roots at their backing as they press forth into a realm of dance, CUSTODIAN is one group that’s sure to throw hearty arty parties.”
Thanks to Both Sides of the Mouth for the continued support! If you would like to order the CUSTODIAN album Ultra-Fresh today we still have some Free Tshirts to give out with it while supplies last! Hop to it!
We sat on this for a while waiting for just the right time to reveal it and now, here we are! In the middle of an NBC civil war, this recap video of CUSTODIAN’s Ultra-Fresh reminds us of a simpler time: a time of dancing and horse masks. Have I said too much? Just watch the video and learn:
As you can see in the video, Ultra-Fresh comes packaged in a janitorial soapbox. If you act fast you can order yours and get a free limited edition T Shirt along with your soapbox. We will contact you after you place your order about your preferred size…
For more info or to pick up the limited edition CUSTODIAN EP click HERE.
CUSTODIAN is opening up a great show presented by 101X and Knuckle Rumblerthis Saturday at Emo’s. This will be the first live show for CUSTODIAN since the epic release of their debut Ultra-Fresh! Arrive early to this jam-packed with awesome local bill to witness the partytime performance art show that is CUSTODIAN. And since you’re gonna be there anyway- don’t you dare miss Zlam Dunk!
Also- CHECK out the show’s recommendation from the Austin AV Club who points out the poppin’ and lockin’ goodness of CUSTODIAN. Read it HERE.
Speaking of CUSTODIAN- order Ultra-Fresh this week and get a FREE t shirt! Hard deal to beat!
Did you know that Artifact Workshop is on Twitter? You should follow us.: @ArtifactWork
Whoo- Hoo! CUSTODIAN got some niiiiiice love from Austin’s premier dance party blog the Peen Scene. The great thing about this site is not only do they keep the town up to date on all things nightlife related, they also take a mean picture wherever they go. I heard they are in the running for an Oscar this year. Just saying…
Check out what they have to say about Pop-A-Lock:
“When I jam this new track, “Pop-A-Lock”, by Artifact Workshop artist CUSTODIAN(caps lock is a must), I don’t know whether to wil’ out or double check my car doors. Just download it and see wtf I mean. CUSTODIAN is the new project of former Single Frame member Adreon Henry and partner in crime Jen Bradley…. Anyway, the download of this mp3 is a must, shit is dance punk freshness at its best.”