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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

First Friday Preview: 4 Shows Not to Miss

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 8:15 AM

  • Clockwise from top left: Sergio Mata, Justo Cisneros, Angie Riojas, Melinda Laszczynski and Megan Solis

With renovations in the works, Blue Star Contemporary won’t rejoin First Friday festivities in Southtown until August 4, when it opens shows by Thomas Cummins and Kirsten Reynolds in a satellite space at 112 Blue Star. But thanks to an array of galleries in and around the Blue Star Arts Complex, July’s First Friday packs a punch with artful investigations into everything from race and class to escapism and analog technology.

Thu 6/30 - Fri 7/1
“Christina Is a Coward”

click to enlarge MEGAN SOLIS
  • Megan Solis

Associate director of Olmos Park’s Ruiz-Healy Art, Alana Coates steps in as guest curator of local artist Megan Solis’ “Christina Is a Coward.” Hosted in Hello Studio’s newly expanded space, the solo show sees the recent UTSA grad using failed relationships and “superficial high school tropes” as creative points of departure for absurdist collage, assemblage and performance works. Free, 6-10pm Thu-Fri, Hello Studio, 1420 S. Alamo St., (210) 291-8640,

click to enlarge MEGAN SOLIS
  • Megan Solis

Thu 6/30 - Fri 7/1
“Party Tricks” 

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At the other end of the complex, Houston-based Melinda Laszczynski unveils her “Party Tricks” at UTSA’s Terminal 136. Employing thick layers of paint, shiny surfaces, wigs, hosiery and inflatables, her mixed-media exhibition aims to be “simultaneously seductive and discomforting.” Free, 6-9pm Thu-Fri, Terminal 136, 136 Blue Star, (210) 458-4352,

click to enlarge MELINDA LASZCZYNSKI
  • Melinda Laszczynski

Fri 7/1
“Stories Seldom Told: CORP/US” 

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Across the tracks, the creative youth development program SAY Sí opens the latest chapter of Stories Seldom Told, an exhibition series dedicated to issues the student-artists feel aren’t being addressed in their everyday lives. “CORP/US” represents a three-month study of ways “young people are affected by corporate entities.” Free, 6-10pm Fri, SAY Sí, 1518 S. Alamo St., (210) 212-8666,

Fri 7/1

click to enlarge ADRIANA MENDEZ
  • Adriana Mendez

And up the road at R Gallery, multidisciplinary artist Louie Chavez reactivates his street-smart art space Plazmo Contemporary as a pop-up. Addressing modifications to the atmosphere and surface topography, “Terraforms” unites pop surrealist Sergio Mata, fashion designer Angie Riojas, musician/ video artist Ryan McNight, illustrator Adriana Mendez, graphic artist Justo Cisneros and zinester Blair Wilson. Free, 6pm-midnight Fri, R Gallery, 725 S. Presa St., (210) 862-8875, 

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  • Justo Cisneros

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