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"Multi-media Exhibitions Reflect the “Poetry of Space” and Today’s “Anxious Accumulations”"
2008-10-30 until 2009-01-11
Southwest School of Art and Craft / Russell Hill Rogers Galleries
San Antonio, TX,
USA United States of America
Two new exhibitions at the Southwest School of Art & Craft bring nationally respected artists to San Antonio with thoughtful installations of mixed media works. Holly Hanessian is an Associate Professor of Art at Florida State University. Her work involves ceramic and mixed media installations, sculptural objects and artist books. The installation at San Antonio’s art school, “The Poetry of Space,” will include porcelain letters strung on monofilament, offering a chance to reflect on such notions as fate, luck and chance. Hanessian has said of this work: “By combining words with delicate porcelain chain link and ceramic objects, a story is woven reflecting what we both lose and gain at different times in our life. I continue to question how, why and where we end up in life; is it good fortune, destiny or the result of choice?” Hanessian serves as exhibitions director of the National Council on Education of the Ceramics Arts.
Travis Townsend is a faculty member at the University of Eastern Kentucky who uses a mixture of reclaimed building materials, wood scraps and other found materials to create curiously interactive devices that play off the look and feel of tools, toys, appliances – even airplanes. Townsend says he “embraces the unplanned…In an increasingly commercialized, fast, displaced world, I’m attempting to build idiosyncratic inventions that relate to our domestic lives.”
Also opening at the art school on October 30th is an exhibition entitled “Tzompantli” which was originally curated by Graciela Kartofel, a well-known Latin American art critic and writer, for the 2006 International Cervantino Festival in Mexico. Tzompantli can be interpreted to mean a wall or rack of skulls; contemporary Mexican artists revisit this Pre-Colombian style in a series of dramatic prints.
With the holidays fast approaching, “Art for Giving” opens on October 30th in the school’s Ursuline Hall Gallery, on the Ursuline Campus. These works by various artists from around the U.S. were selected for their appropriateness as engaging, unique gifts.
All exhibitions are free and open to the public Mon-Sat 9A-5P. The Navarro exhibition space is also open on Sundays, from 11A – 4P.
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