Silver Linings: San Antonio’s arts community weighs in on the positive side effects of quarantine

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click to enlarge Ed Saavedra, Beast - COURTESY OF ED SAAVEDRA
Courtesy of Ed Saavedra
Ed Saavedra, Beast
Ed Saavedra, artist and “senior creative co-conspirator” at FL!GHT Gallery
My top positive takeaways of 2020:

More people than ever realize the importance of having healthcare for all, and the stupidity of attaching “coverage” to employment.

More people than ever know the opposite is true when a politician or pundit says that “we can’t afford” something so basic.

More people than ever realize neither major party cares if they get kicked out of their homes for Christmas.

More of us artists realize we aren’t nearly as important or special as we would have collecting institutions believe.

More people and institutions have been exposed to the ugly realities of modern policing, its colonial origins (Irish Constabulary), its formative time in slave economies (Charleston City Guard) and alternative solutions that don’t “reproduce inequality along race and class lines.”

One of my paintings created with these thoughts in mind (way back in 2012) joined the extraordinary permanent collection of the McNay Art Museum a few weeks ago!

I have adapted more easily than most, because I can always use more alone time in the studio.

I was very surprised by the nationwide lockdowns. I was also surprised to make it into the McNay’s permanent collection before my 41st birthday.

David Salinas impressed me (no surprise) with his blockbuster “Dear San Antonio” exhibition at FL!GHT (on view through January 2021). Those pieces definitely belong in a museum. Louie Preciado’s “virtual tours” of recent FL!GHT shows are amazing!

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