The End of Austin

an exploration of urban identity in the middle of Texas

Richie Deegan: an artist’s perspective of Austin

I came to learn about Richie Deegan through my search for artists who have experienced and depicted Austin over the past decade or more. His evocative work highlights the many … Continue reading

March 23, 2017 · Leave a comment

How Austin Became Weird: The Story of a Slogan

Everyday, thousands of Austinites roam our city’s sidewalk-less streets, creep along its concrete highways, and ramble through the corridors of its universities and start-ups with one question burning in their … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · 1 Comment

Spray-painting Austin: An Artist’s Perspective

Around two years ago I moved to Austin for a new job opportunity with an industrial design firm. It was a little challenging, considering I had no friends and family within … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Never the Same Again: A Story of SXSW 2010

The year is 2010, a time when Austin isn’t completely overrun with condos, cranes, and “hipsters” just yet, even during the infamous SXSW music festival. My favorite shows are lovingly … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · 2 Comments

Zombie Jesus in Hyde Park

Zombie Jesus was inspired by a conversation I had with my son Dylan after we drove past a group of door to door evangelists and laughed about the absurd way … Continue reading

February 7, 2015 · 1 Comment

The Austin Disaster

Use of the term “disaster” varies widely across Austin residents – ranging from calls for volunteers to aid those effected by flash flooding to Tweets of woe over traffic congestion … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Shorts from Yoke-Sum Wong

I’ve seen the neighborhood changed rapidly in eight months. At least six giant houses have come up, empty lots ripped up, earth moved, trees chain-sawed, streets punched and smashed while … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · 1 Comment

Photos by Adrian Mesko

TEOA is very pleased to present a selection of Austin photos from Adrian Mesko, a talented young photographer based in New York City. These photos emerged from his Fall 2013 visit … Continue reading

May 22, 2014 · Leave a comment

Black and White Austin

These photographs were taken in Austin on December 10th and 11th. I met these kids while exploring the neighborhood east of downtown. Anna Kuperberg is a photographer based in San … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Start Fresh: Never Give Up

TEOA asked Andrew Takano, a video artist, to comment on the relationship between the morphing character of Austin’s graffiti and the city itself as reflected in a recent time-lapse video … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Capital Improvements, 2013

If you want to learn something profound about how Austin has transformed itself in the last few decades, one of the best places to look is through the eyes of … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

An Emotional Map of Austin

TEOA sat down with Austin artist Jennifer Chenoweth to talk about creatively mapping the emotional highs and lows of the city in a project called the “Hedonic Map of Austin.” How … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 1 Comment

Noctornes

I came to Austin last week to work under the guidance of mentor and Magnum photographer, David Alan Harvey at a workshop and exhibition hosted at the University of Texas. … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Austin is a Graffiti Wall

The aerosol boom of the 1980s gave rise to a new wave of street artists who commandeered the popular image of graffiti as an illicit and subversive medium and breathed … Continue reading

December 19, 2013 · 3 Comments

Little Seeds of Special Potential

As a painter, I revel in the idea of gestation and change. My concept of gestation is that it is the first phase of change, when things are growing, fortifying, … Continue reading

May 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

Between the Windshield and the Rearview

  Driving in Austin suggests a metaphor: this town always has one eye on the windshield and one on the rearview. Everywhere you look things are being built, while others … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · Leave a comment

Memorial Wall

“It started out as something smaller, a Day of the Dead thing,” Henry Gonzalez explains, standing before the Memorial Wall at the South Austin Popular Culture Center on Lamar, “but … Continue reading

January 10, 2013 · 3 Comments

A Conversation With Thor

About halfway through Thor Harris’s A Post Apocalyptic Tale of Friendship (2010), a mutilated and deformed figure hauls a shark-filled aquarium through a desert populated by wilted flora and equally … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 1 Comment

End of Austin: West Campus

I’ve been taking photographs of graffiti on and around the University of Texas campus for six years. In that time, I’ve amassed a collection of about 600 photographs, including many … Continue reading

January 8, 2013 · 2 Comments
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