Tune in tomorrow (Thurs.) at 6p for the Pete Swan Trio ...Get ready for a swinging vid this week when we are joined by The Pete Swan Trio! Peter Swan, Robbie Lee, and Scott Krystyna Black met up with The Tucson Studio crew at the beautiful LandMark Sound Recorders studio for a memorable evening of jazz. With tunes ranging from Gershwin classics to creative & original treatments of jazz standards, this set will have you tapping your toe and snapping your fingers in no time. Video will premiere this Thursday at 6pm on Facebook, Youtube, and thetucsonstudio.com ... See MoreSee Less
In 1978, mold-breaking queer artist Robert Rauschenberg collected objects near his Florida studio and used them to create a series of six "Publicons" - icons for the public. He envisioned them as stations, much like the Stations of the Cross observed by Christians, but they resemble religious objects in design only. In function, they are objects of secular "worship" and playfully comment on the superficiality that has replaced spirituality in American society.
Station I, which we are privileged to have in our collection, opens to reveal a canoe paddle painted with gold leaf and adorned with a blue light bulb. The patterned fabrics of the interior seem to represent the materialism of contemporary culture, with the blue light calling to mind the "blue light specials" held by retail giant K-Mart.