"Some Kind of Primitive"
Self-described “artist/activist” Antonio Serna was born in the Alamo City and now lives and works in New York, where he’s exhibited everywhere from Manhattan’s Judson Memorial Church to the Brooklyn Army Terminal. A member of the group Arts & Labor (founded in conjunction with the New York General Assembly for #occupywallstreet), Serna has conducted research on alternative economic models and developed artCommons, a community art-sharing project launched in Queens in 2013. Working within a wide range of media (including painting, sculpture, found objects and collaborative experiments), Serna often addresses “the concept of progress and the way it shapes and affects the individual, society and culture.” Anchored by a “slightly ambiguous time shift,” Serna’s “Some Kind of Primitive” remixes prehistoric landscapes by introducing dinosaurs to Atari-worthy versions of themselves but also jabs at “survival and violence” via a 20-foot spear the artist reportedly found in Brooklyn. Previously on view at Harlem’s Chashama gallery, the mixed-media show opens at Bihl Haus Arts with a reception enhanced with wine, hors d’oeuvres and live music. Free, 5:30-8:30pm Fri, Bihl Haus Art (inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments), 2803 Fredericksburg, (210) 383-9723, bihlhausarts.org. Through December 13
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