East Austin Studio Tour: Who Is Marc English?
That question will be answered, vividly, and pretty much in full
By Wayne Alan Brenner,
4:15PM, Tue. Nov. 6, 2018
There are many intersections of the art world and the world of graphic design, and one of those intersections is vividly embodied by a rugged, bearded, motorcycle-riding, modern-day gentleman of a raconteur named Marc English.
English is a design shaman, if you ask him. We asked him – and featured him in this story years ago. He’s a longtime Austinite who swarmed in from Boston as fast as he could and set up shop back in the day, worked himself up an influential outpost of graphic industry among the breakfast tacos, tequila bars, film studios, and renegade artgroups galvanizing this town.
He's created, over the years, distinct looks for The Criterion Collection, the Harry Ransom Center, Austin Film Society, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, Girlstart, Troublemaker Studios, Sun Microsystems, the big and the small, the weird and the workaday, on and on and on.
And now, so many storied miles down the road, the man’s conjured up a show of his works, his projects, his explorations – his lifelong raisons d’etre, FFS – at Lewis Carnegie Gallery for this year’s East Austin Studio Tour.
“Frontiers Are Where You Find Them: The Road To Hope” is the name of English’s show of roadtripping watercolor paintings, personal cartography, journal excerpts, and more – all displayed within a welcoming Thoreauvian living-room installation that’s open to the public during the two EAST weekends. But which also includes three nights – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, in that first week – of live and videoed-for-posterity interviews of English by local journos, interviews which the general public (that’s you, citizen!) is also invited to attend.
Full disclosure: Your journo here, Brenner, will be interviewing English on that Tuesday night.
Partial, teasing disclosure: English may or may not be providing a freshly baked pie for each night of interviewing. We mean, sharing his homemade pies is a thing that this shaman sometimes does – shades of Eric Bittle! – but we don’t know if that’s gonna happen here, he’s been kind of … busy? Oh, definitely. Come see how!