Tuvan throat singers Alash perform ‘The Reindeer Herder’s Song’ at the Artery 2012.
The Artery is one of Houston’s classic Art Houses. Unlike the Orange Show or the Beer Can House, its artist/director, Mark Larsen is still alive. Unlike Inversion the art space itself is alive and still struggling forward. Unlike Project Row Houses, which has moved from art to include immediate community development, the Artery remains focused on art and curates from a global range of localities, politics and cultures. The Artery depends on private donation almost exclusively and has a large retinue of longtime volunteer participants. In this aspect , the vibe and operation is most closely like Anderson Fair
I met Mark Larsen through Bill Kelley and first worked with Mark on the hugely ambitious and influential ‘The Imminent Asteroid‘, which I sound designed. This was the beginning of one of my longest attendances in admiration, in that I have witnessed many magical evenings there. Bill Day was the long time serving sound artist at the Artery. He recorded this and almost all of the Artery Media Project works while mixing the house PA through a window. Bill, to my mind, is one of the great unsung heroes of Houston Sound. It was my honor to be asked to finish mix several sessions for picture in my ProTools suite.