the arts

'The End'

'Cantanker' meets its end

By Caitlin Greenwood, Fri., Dec. 14, 2012

'The End'

As Cantanker magazine wraps its final issue, the founding members of this local visual-arts publication's staff came together one last time to jury a group show and celebrate the publication's six-year run. "The End," opening Saturday, Dec. 15, will feature more than 20 artists, including Hollis Hammonds and Shawn Camp, as well as a contribution from Ink Tank Lab. The exhibition plays to the bittersweet notion of demise, encapsulated by the publication's own end but heightened by the looming sense of the Mayan-predicted apocalypse.

Cantanker's closing comes soon after the news that Fluent Collaborative's online art journal ...might be good will also stop production, leaving a palpable vacancy in the art scene. With the closing of Houston-based Art Lies in 2011, the future of Texas art publications remains uncertain.

Shea Little, a founder of Cantanker and, along with Debra Broz, John Mulvany, and Sean Gaulager, one of the jurors for "The End," remarked, "I hope [Cantanker] finds a happy home on the Internet to live in peace for as long as possible. I think our years of work on the project generated some interesting ideas and gave quite a few good artists a platform to explore and develop ideas. I'd also love to see the print issues preserved for future generations to gawk at like a hot pink rotary phone."

"The End" will run Dec. 15-Jan. 18 at Big Medium, 5305 Bolm #12. An opening reception will be held 7-10pm. For more information, call 939-6665 or visit www.bigmedium.org.

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