Sunday, January 9, 2011

Slideshow: The very First Thursday & Friday of 2011

Posted on Sun, Jan 9, 2011 at 7:33 PM

A handful of shows made 2011’s very First Thursday/Friday entirely memorable, and I even bought some art (Franco Mondini-Ruiz’s “Rabbit Food,” a figurine of a bunny tipping over a tub of coleslaw, $20). In fact, the amount deals to be had at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center seemed to be making art fans forget that Christmas has already come and gone. While Mondini-Ruiz bargained with customers at a pop-up shop, “Infinito Botánica,” a re-creation of his installation for the 2000 Whitney Biennial, Paper City’s Catherine D. Anspon signed and sold numbered copies of her new book, Texas Artists Today, in which Mondini-Ruiz is featured.

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Fl!ght Gallery’s Ed Saavedra transformed BSCAC’s Gallery 4 by cutting the space in half with a diagonal wall. With one painting cut into two strategic pieces, Saavedra’s Requiem for an English Major referenced Thomas Gainsborough's “The Blue Boy” as well as a symbolic Bexar County suicide.

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Among the Sean FitzGibbons sculptures Taking Up Space at Justiceworks Studio is an $11,000 chandelier, created in collaboration with glass artist Jake Zollie Harper.

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And sorority sisters collided with “Hannah Montana” addicts at UTSA Satellite Space, where photographers Leah DeVun and Sarah Sudhoff presented Femininity Constructed, a sharply-executed study of pop culture and female rites of passage.

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PHOTOS BY BRYAN RINDFUSS

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