For our winter issue, we invite you to explore minimalism, decadence, and the tension between the two.
("Walk," 2013, oil on paper, 15" x 21")
When I asked Sam Sanford what brought him to Austin, he answered simply, “Music.” Many may know Sanford as the guitarist for Austin-based bands Sound Team and Sunset. “I did a retreat of silence at a Catholic hermitage, and when I came back, I got a note from Bill Baird (one of the band’s principal songwriters) that said, ‘Hey I want you to be in my band.’ The funny part was, while I was on my retreat, I thought, ‘I don’t know what I’m doing with my life, but I do know Bill’s band is really good and that I want to be in it if I can. It was destiny.” And it was. Sanford spent the next five years touring and playing with Sound Team, and later with another band formed by Baird called Sunset.
Paris is known for its love of art and courtesy of its history, an appreciation for showcasing decadence. Tour Paris 13 was an exhibit unlike walking into the Louvre or Musee D'Orsay, where centuries-old art hangs contently on the wall. It was an expression of temporary decadence rightly displayed through the medium of spray paint to bring attention to the need for quality public housing.