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Ethan Azarian: 'Survive Yourself'

For many years, musician and painter Ethan Azarian staged an annual show of his works in his own home; his "In-House Galleries" became a well-known holiday event in Austin. These days, the home-based shows are no more, and Ethan has started putting together a quadrennial solo show at what he calls "a real gallery," by which he means a gallery space that's not also his own living room.

Ethan's 2015 show is 'Survive Yourself," opening this weekend at the Pump Project Gallery. It's a showing of some of his larger works, including many of what Ethan considers his best paintings of the past few years. 

To commemorate the occasion, Ethan's also planning his first-ever artist talk on May 30. He promises it'll be short, partially because he doesn't believe anybody wants to hear him give a two hour lecture about his body of work, and partially because he's a little nervous about speaking on the subject. "I thought about maybe I would just sing a song about my paintings," he says. "That would be easier for me."

'Survive Yourself' will have an opening reception and artist talk on Saturday, May 30, with a preview of the show on May 29. It'll be open through the weekend.

Mike is the production director at KUT, where he’s been working since his days as an English major at the University of Texas. He produces Arts Eclectic, Get Involved, and the Sonic ID project, and also produces videos and cartoons for KUT.org. When pressed to do so, he’ll write short paragraphs about himself in the third person, but usually prefers not to.
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