Austin is one of those guys I originally encountered in the early nineties at VCU one of wave of people who’d come to Richmond for Art School at VCU formed a band while they were at it. Although Austin has been in many bands since, the first one I saw him in, King Sour is not just a band to me but a capsule of associations that were so quintessentially Richmond around VCU in the nineties. We talk about some of that and his recent resurgence as a painter. Begin side one.(Photo courtesy of Scott Miller)
Chris and I have known each other a long time, the length of time where friendship becomes something more like family and therefore more contentious. Of all of my friends Chris has had the most profound effect on me. As an artist, his example has influenced me to try not to take myself so seriously and to just do it….to mixed results. I’ve been a big fan for a long time,the way he has done his thing, explored his art lived his life, written music, created puppet shows, dropped trou’. Since college when I saw him dressed as Twinkie the Kid at his High School graduation, he has kind of embodied for me the prankster, the rebel and the fool, but most importantly, the idea that art is about being yourself and being able to laugh at yourself. Stick around til the end for a preview of a song from his next puppet show.