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Interactionarama Review
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Interactionarama: Linda Mary Montano’s Mysterium Masterpiece



When was the last time you sang a song to your pineal gland?


When you walk into Austin’s Vortex theatre you see the stage at floor level. The audience is banked on two sides. You find your seat. The stage is suddenly bathed in violet light, the color of the crown chakra, the color of mourning, of Lent.


One by one the nine performers walk to the stage, step to the microphone to reveal their day job and the role they are embodying, and take a seat at their respective stations. All are dressed in black and white. There are three Listeners — one with a therapy dog, a Water Healer, Dancer, Secretary, Choirmaster, Angel, and a Master of Ceremonies.


Wearing a flowing gold robe, Montano enters and sits at center stage, next to the Choirmaster. The Master of Ceremonies explains that we are venturing into the unknown space of death. We are invited to move in and out of the theatre, as needed, and to take advantage of the support system offered on stage. We can talk to the Listeners, describe thoughts about death to the Secretary who will record them on a scroll, dance with the Dancer, and engage with the Water Healer.


Audience members cross the threshold from the dark space to enter the stage illuminated with violet light. In addition to private audiences with the cast, a live microphone beckons at the front of the stage. Participants speak into the microphone, vocally meditating on a personal experience with loss and grief. The Angel with white gossamer wings comforts those who exhibit outward stress. The darkness provides a safe space of great potential. When we walk onstage into the mysterium, we journey into a spiritual place.


Throughout the evening, a large screen at the back of the stage plays a video depicting Montano’s father (before and after his stroke), his caregivers, and his dying days. Montano describes the video as “mourning art”. With the video, the cast in their stations, and audience members moving in and out, there is a lot going on.  At unpredictable intervals, a dynamic focal point is enacted at center stage. Montano delivers haunting renditions of lounge set songs. Her voice is mournfully hypnotic, laced with unexpected pathos and pacing.


Immediately following each lounge song -- and in contrast to the solemn ceremonial atmosphere -- the Choirmaster playfully leads the crowd in singing gratitude to seven glands: ovaries & testes, pancreas, adrenals, thymus, thyroid, pituitary, pineal. After two hours of this pattern of remembrance, deep reflection, and gratitude, we sing the finale to the last gland, the pineal. We exit theatre space singing I’ll Fly Away by Allison Krauss and enter real space -- the cool night and a welcoming campfire. The Secretary’s scroll is tossed on the fire, exploding into a glittering fountain of sparks that ascends to the heavens. We break into applause.


Interactionarama is a complex, generous, and profoundly touching happening. Montano has honed her art/life message and intensified her performing presence to create an important work of art. The title describes the level of engagement without exposing the gift of supportive spiritual opportunities this collective experience offers. Born of grief, Montano’s masterpiece is brilliantly woven from unique personal stories, sensuous singing, video biography, and cathartic insights. Interactionarama invites us into the Heart of the Deep and pulses with wise blood.



Honoria Starbuck, teaching artist, is a professor of drawing and design fundamentals at the Art Institute of Austin. honoriastarbuck.com


Luanne Stovall, lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin and the Art Institute of Austin, is an artist specializing in color with a passion for modernist design. luannestovall.com


Student comments - good teaching
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Summer 2017
This class has been everything I've ever wanted from an anatomy coursse: honest, raw, insightful, and educational.  thank you so much. You've taught me how to illustrate dynamic composition while maintianing a sense of realism.  Sierra W.

Expressions
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https://www.pinterest.com/pin/473722454534213768/  from  https://cuddlesandhuggles.deviantart.com/art/Cuddles-Expression-Tutorial-Ramblings-449040767

Old Women Artists
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Why Old Women Have Replaced Young Men as the Art World’s Darlings BY ANNA LOUIE SUSSMAN
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-women-replaced-young-men-art-worlds-darlings

Cary Grant
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You are only a bunch of molecules until you know who you are.  C. Grant

New Curator for Crystal Bridges
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Today, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, located in Bentonville, Arkansas, announced that Lauren Haynes would be joining the museum as curator of contemporary art.

http://www.artnews.com/2016/08/16/crystal-bridges-museum-of-american-art-appoints-lauren-haynes-curator-of-contemporary-art/
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At the vet
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Fashionably Late Lunch Trio
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Henry Tarin, Honoria Starbuck, and Daniel Esquivel the Late Lunch Trio playing fashion ideation at Big Bertha's Paradise.

Lemon Day Spring 2017
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Lemon Day in Spring 2017

We had new pastels in the classroom.  Some students had completed the color fundamentals course and their use of color strategies created nuanced relationships in the compositions.

Student Comments

Today we learned about light logic using lemons!  We talked about bracketing with values on different parts of the lemon in order to make it look more realistic.  I had a little trouble with the vertical placement on the second one.  But, with some assistance, I learned how to measure the distance between 2 lemons and how smudging the distant lemon will give it amor distant look. - Shelbi B.

We used Bracketing to learn how to shade light, midtone, and dark values.  This helped when moving into pastels.  We found the light logic on the lemons compared to a sphere and used vertical placement/arial perspective to create a picture with 2 lemons. - Celeste F.

Today was lemon day! I had a lot of fun! My first attempt of the lemons wasn't so great.  My proportions was a bit off, and I did not have enough mid-tones.  The second attempt came out great!  I used bracketing with values way better and my proportion was a lot better.  Also my use of color strategy gave a nice contrast and emphasis. Thank you for the tips! - Brigette P.

Draw in the Now
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People have been asking me for lessons so here is one for everyone with an internet connection.
Enjoy!

Draw in the Now: Lesson One
Drawing lessons by Honoria Starbuck, Ph.D.
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Paleolithic connections drawing
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Objective
To create drawings in the 21st century in response to drawings from 30,000 years ago
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Preparation and Materials
Internet connection
Soft Pastels
Black construction paper or black charcoal/pastel paper
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iPad or tablet with drawing app, in this case Paper53.
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Instructions
Find this video and set view to full screen.
Set one sheet of 11 x 14 black paper in front of you on a steady surface
Select 3 bright colors from the pastel box
Turn off all the lights in the room.
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You will only have the light of the screen and the contrast of your selection of pastel colors against the black paper. You are not looking for detail.  You are looking to connect to the lines on the cave walls.
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Sit down and play the video.
Let your hand holding the first color of pastel be guided by the lines on the drawings on the cave walls. Follow the contour of one animal. Relax, also be guided by the pace of the music.
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Play the video again and draw another animal with a second color on top of or near your first drawing.
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Repeat with a third color and a third viewing.
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What happened?
How did it feel to draw in the dark?
Did you identify with the paleolithic artist? The animals? The darkness? The space and time between you and the original creators?

We are all artists and always have been.
You can draw.

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