Randy “Biscuit” Turner is an iconic force of Punk Rock worldwide and Austin popular culture. Born in Gladewater, Texas, he was encouraged to create art and was drawn to the odd-ball, skate-punk culture of Austin where he and his friends formed the band The Big Boys. The Big Boys were innovative, sarcastic, and passionate in their music, building on punk conventions to create a unique funk-punk genre. As their front man, Biscuit was an edgy, energetic, inclusive, musician, poet, artist, and performer; The Big Boys grew, pushing the anti-everything Generation X to be more open-minded, bright, and relaxed, but still funny, shocking, and rebellious. Since the band broke up, all of its members have continued to play gigs with up and coming bands that espouse the punk ideals. Biscuit continued to create his own brand of performance art and celebrity. He died in 2005.
This exhibition presents a collection of Biscuit’s art, from the flyers he created to promote his bands, his poetry and song lyrics, to the works created from Austin’s junk and thrift stores. His visual style grew from the characteristics of Generation X fringe social outcasts into his own personal, authentic, and unique identity that embodied the ethos of DIY design and culture, here in Austin and globally, making Randy “Biscuit” Turner a real punk pioneer.
- Armadillo Art SquadThe South Austin Popular Culture Center features the artwork of the infamous “Armadillo Art Squad” dating from the 1960s to today. These artists have garnered international acclaim for their influence upon rock art in the 1970s and the contemporary Austin culture. They continue to producer art in a variety of mediums, including the quintessential Austin art form, the poster. Old and new works by these celebrities will be displayed on a permanent basis along with periodic displays, including the numerous notable contemporary Austin artists. Click on the images and names below to learn more about the artist. Danny Garrett Nels Jacobson Guy Juke G.L. McElhaney
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