“Guitar Pedals” by David Byrne is an interactive art installation of 96 guitar effects pedals that are connected to one another as well as to a guitar and amplifier (video by Todo Mundo). Viewers are invited to step on the pedals, creating layered guitar effects.
Using the format of diamond signs that provide alerts and warnings about the road ahead, this series of works on canvas shows philosophical alerts, imperatives, and thoughts about the path past and future. This all started with real diamond signs made by a traffic sign company. I placed them along a curved road leading
to my sculpture fields.
“Art is art and everything else is everything else” is Ad Reinhardt, and “Just show up” is supposedly something Woody Allen wears on a t-shirt.
When I met with the dean, it was the only time in my life when that sense of Yankee superiority worked in my favor. I told him I’d just moved to New York from Huntsville, Tex. I said we had terrible art in Huntsville, but we didn’t use garbage for art. The dean understood immediately. I walked into that meeting as a vandal and left as a Philistine.
From April 1 to May 1, 16 pianos will hit the streets of Austin as part of Art Week Austin hosted by Art Alliance Austin. Located throughout downtown in public parks, streets and squares, the pianos are for any member of the public to play.