Thursday, March 12, 2015

10 Things You Have To Do This Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Mar 12, 2015 at 2:07 PM

Thu 3/12
"One Way Trail"

click to enlarge 10857193_10153154280164805_6526946224317417752_o.jpg

For this year’s incarnation of the annual Art in the Garden series, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and the San Antonio Botanical Garden have enlisted celebrated multi-disciplinary artist, urban re-imaginer and Carnegie Mellon art professor Kim Beck. In her work Beck brings the stamp of the natural organism to synthetic creation and the order of the built world to nature’s particular prolificacy. Or, maybe, she reminds us that human beings are inextricable from nature, so our creations necessarily demand reflection through a natural lens. Her thoughtful and intellectually provocative art plays with our notions of urban and natural background noise, bringing fresh perspectives to our consciousness of the everyday. Beck’s contribution to the Art in the Garden series, a multifaceted and multi-modal installation entitled “One Way Trail,” expands on the nuances of these concerns and involves a sacrifice of the artist’s own narrative voice to the personal whimsy of the characters that helped shape the project. The concept is simple: no one goes to a park and only experiences the park. We bring our lives and worldviews and emotional palettes to bear on our experience of any setting. Likewise, no one trail is the right trail, no one experience is exhaustive and no one understanding is complete. Through a mechanism of 16 ‘tour guides,’ several trail heads and a multitude of color-coded, text-embellished signs, Beck’s installation offers a plethora of alternatives to the ‘predictable’ or ‘official’ trail. Complete with phone-accessible snippets of audio from interviews the artist did with each guide — a motley crew that includes SAY Sí art students, two dogs, a Buddhist priest, a Texas rancher and a 95-year-old SA native, among others — “One Way Trail” envisions our stories, our preferences and our desires as integral parts of our experience of the park. By tracing the steps and thoughts of others, here and there as they meander through the park, we come to appreciate the many ways there are to appreciate a single thing. Click here to read the San Antonio Current's Q&A with Beck. Opening reception: free, 5:30-7:30pm Thu, San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Pl., 207-3250,  — James Courtney

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We’re keeping you informed…
...and it’s what we love to do. From local politics and culture to national news that hits close to home, San Antonio Current has been keeping San Antonio informed for years.

It’s never been more important to support local news sources. A free press means accountability and a well-informed public, and we want to keep our unique and independent reporting available for many, many years to come.

If quality journalism is important to you, please consider a donation to San Antonio Current. Every reader contribution is valuable and so appreciated, and goes directly to support our coverage of critical issues and neighborhood culture. Thank you.



Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

© 2020 San Antonio Current

Website powered by Foundation