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Monday, January 7, 2019

30+ Local Artists Repping San Antonio in Sprawling Exhibition Opening Friday in Corpus Christi

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2019 at 5:37 PM

click to enlarge SAN ANTONIO ARTIST JOSE VILLALOBOS WILL DEBUT THE PERFORMANCE LO QUE NO EXISTE DURING THE OPENING OF "CTRL+A"
  • San Antonio artist Jose Villalobos will debut the performance Lo Que No Existe during the opening of "Ctrl+A"

Beyond consistently highlighting the work of local artists via exhibitions year-round, Presa House co-directors Rigoberto Luna and Jenelle Esparza do a commendable job of introducing gallery-goers to artists living and working in other cities, including Brownsville, New York and Los Angeles.

For their final hurrah of 2018, the Southtown gallery collaborated with Coka Treviño on “Degradado (Gradient)” — a group show uniting unrelated artists from two creative communities the curator holds dear: Austin and Monterrey, Mexico.



Organized as a means to “promote one another, build relationships, create new exhibition opportunities, share ideas, gain new insights and bridge communities through the arts,” Presa House's March, 2018 group show "K Space in the House" welcomed more than 30 Corpus Christi-based artists, many of whom were showing in San Antonio for the first time.

Essentially the flipside of that cultural exchange with K Space Contemporary,
click to enlarge ARTWORK BY JAMES "SUPA" MEDRANO, ONE OF 30-PLUS S.A. ARTISTS FEATURED IN "CTRL+A"
  • Artwork by James "Supa" Medrano, one of 30-plus S.A. artists featured in "Ctrl+A"
 the forthcoming exhibition "Ctrl+A" promises to give Corpus a broad sampling of San Antonio's thriving art scene. Named after the keyboard shortcut for "select all," the sprawling group show also includes artists from Houston, Austin, Brownsville, Corpus, Los Angeles and Monterrey. As Luna sees it, "Ctrl+A" is "in many ways is a complete overview of all of the talented artists we’ve been fortunate enough to host in our space in San Antonio. The hope is not only to cut and paste our artists into the wonderful exhibition spaces of K Space and K Space studios but we also hope to bring the overall experience and energy that we put into each of our exhibitions at Presa House.”

Resembling something of a "Who's Who" list, the roster of 50-plus artists (more than 30 of whom are from S.A.) features more than a few familiar names, including Anthony Rundblade, Rolando Briseño, Joe De La Cruz, Charlie Kitchen, Joan Frederick, Ed Saavedra, Jacinto Guevara, Albert Alvarez, James “Supa” Medrano, Suzy González, Justo Cisneros, Allison Valdivia and Patricia Guerrero — not to mention the musical stylings of homegrown electronic duo Calico Club.
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"Ctrl+A"
Free, opening reception 6-8pm Fri, Jan. 11, on view 11am-5pm Wed-Sat through Feb. 22, K Space Contemporary, 415D Starr St., Corpus Christi, (361) 887-6834, kspacecontemporary.org, presahouse.com.

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