Gary Sweeney

September 5, 2009
Rainey Knudson, Founder and Executive Director of Glasstire.com recommended us to Gary Sweeney after we had created several short film projects documenting Texas artists for her website. We had heard about Gary’s work from Jimmy Kuehnle, a performance artist we worked with this past summer. Jimmy talked about his pieces at the airport, particularly the one that shows several adults in a classic  red convertible and states “Black vinyl car seats? Not a good idea!”

Gary Sweeney's Nostalgia, Texas

Gary Sweeney's Nostalgia, Texas

Gary Sweeney's Nostalgia, Texas (Closeup)

Gary Sweeney's Nostalgia, Texas (Closeup)

Gary contacted us in August and invited us to create a short video about his permanent installation at The San Antonio International Airport. We were thrilled to document his work since we really identify with his nostalgic aesthetic. We visited the airport a few times, once to capture Gary’s insightful comments on each piece, again to just document the individual pieces and finally at night to see how beautiful they look with the lamp light on them.

Gary Sweeney's Nostalgia, Texas (night)

Gary Sweeney's Nostalgia, Texas (night)

Mark was standing up in the back of Gary’s truck with the camera and tripod filming the pieces as we drove past. It was at this point that we were pulled over by the police. Apparently it’s illegal to film the parking garage.  Luckily Gary also works as a baggage handler for Continental Airlines so he has proper security clearance.

Gary Sweeney in front of Nostalgia, Texas

Gary Sweeney in front of Nostalgia, Texas

Watch Gary Sweeney’s Notalgia, Texas

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