Just Because 15.1 ~ Notebooks

Steven Tomlinson

January 18 - March 22

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      Steven Tomlinson, detail of graphic notes on gridded paper, 1914

      Fluent~Collaborative & testsite are pleased to present Just Because 15.1: Steven Tomlinson: NOTEBOOKS. The exhibition opens on Sunday, January 18, with a public reception from 4-6 p.m. and a moderated discussion with Tomlinson at 4:30 p.m. The project will be on view through March 22nd and will be accompanied by a workshop on February 10th led by Steven Tomlinson. 

      This text-based installation features schematic drawings and notes from Tomlinson’s work as a management consultant and communications strategist, the first public presentation of these compelling artifacts from his work in academics, theatre and business. Whether collaborating with clients or organizing his thoughts for the classroom or the stage, Tomlinson creates intellectually and visually engaging maps of ideas, objectives and process. The testsite presentation explores the meditative, personal and professional qualities of his practice. testsite will host a complementary workshop on visual note-taking to facilitate ideas, objectives and process, Thinking Aloud on Paper, on Tuesday, February 10th, from 6–8 p.m. The workshop is led by Tomlinson, and is free and open to the public.

      Author/Artist statement:
      As a kid, I drew with my friends when we made up stories. This was my favorite way to connect with people, a form of dancing, and I've never outgrown it. Developing an idea graphically facilitates connections, engages the body and the imagination. Visuals provide an external focus, an antidote to self-consciousness, and a playful invitation to think together. I love the shared sense of accomplishment when I leave a visual with a client at the end of the meeting. Even when I’m alone, I think better “out loud” on the page, usually in very tiny print and whatever colors are at hand. Paper and pencils and felt tips conjure a very old and reliable source of inspiration stronger than competition and judgment.


      Steven Tomlinson
      Steven Tomlinson, Ph.D., is a management consultant and advisor based in Austin, Texas, who coaches Wall Street, Fortune 500 and high-tech start up executives and managers. He is a Founding Master Teacher at the Acton School of Business for Entrepreneurship. He taught economics and finance at The University of Texas at Austin where he designed and directed the MBA professional development program. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Pastoral Ministry at the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin and an accomplished playwright and performer. His award-winning solo shows have been produced in Austin and off-Broadway.


      Opening reception at testsite: Sunday, January 18th, 4–6 p.m., with moderated talk at 4:30 p.m.
      502 W. 33rd Street
      Austin, TX 78705
      General Hours during exhibitions: Sundays 4–6 p.m. and by appointment
      *The closing date for NOTEBOOKS has been extended to March 22nd

      Workshop: Thinking Aloud on Paper
      February 10th, 6-8 p.m. at testsite. The workshop is free and open to the public.
      Led by seasoned consultant Steven Tomlinson, this event is for anyone interested in visual note-taking to facilitate ideas, objectives and process. Bring your preferred writing utensils and paper.
      No reservations necessary. Questions: email sbancroft@fluentcollab.org.

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