I just had a nice little chat with Jonathan Brilliant, an artist working in the Jones Hall Gallery this week. Brilliant calls himself "The Goldsworthy of the Coffeeshop" and he sold me a purple t-shirt that glows in the dark. Here's his explanation of the project:
For the Goldsworthy of the coffee shop project I make reference to the role of a British artist who gathers materials in his natural environment and uses them to execute a site-specific installation. In my version the natural environment is the coffee shop, and my materials are the to-go coffee cup and all its accoutrements. The resulting work is both ironic and labor intensive with a traditional craft based sensibility. In this ongoing series of work i continue to explore my sense that the coffee shop and related consumer environs are more organic and nurturing than the "real" natural environment. This ongoing cycle of work is realized through the creation of large site-specific, site-responsive sculptural interventions.The reception for his installation in Jones Hall is tomorrow at 4:30.
Here's a video (of the real Goldsworthy) to get you in the mood.