First Friday preview

As the citywide Luminaria Arts Night approaches, local galleries are preparing to be at the forefront within days. So, be prepared for some serious art to be featured throughout March, especially during First Friday … consider it a sampling of what to expect at March 15.

Joan Grona gallery has the all-around art lover covered with the works of Eric Taylor, Mark Hogensen, and Daniela Oliver, which range from handmade wooden grids to prints detailing loss and grief. Hogensen’s show, Pronkstilleven: still-life of ostentatious display, is inspired by the Dutch still-life tradition of the 17th century. His works play off traditional fruit and flower arrangements and “expose symbolic details that reveal a disguised look at the vices and virtues of Man.” His work borders on surrealism, with bright, bold colors that leap off the canvas and grab the viewer. Hogensen’s paintings balance Oliver’s Loss and Grief: A Universal Journey, etchings that “represent several emotions we go `through` when we grieve.”

Over at San Angel Folk Art you can check out the work of Keith Davis. He taps into his childhood days in West Texas, where he grew up going to small-town rodeos and tending to the garden with his grandmother. Davis is a self-taught artist who delves into quintessential Texan-Western artistic ideals through flowers in Mason jars and cowboys on horses. His work “Bucking Bronco” is a Matisse-inspired piece that uses bold, eye-catching colors and lean faces to draw in the viewer, with a modern, almost comic appeal evident in the cowboy’s large hands and 10-gallon hat.

Down the street, Loft 120 teams up with Jive Refried for another showing at Capsule, a new gallery space located in the small room off to the side of the vintage fashion store. Loft 120’s co-founder and creative director Troy Wise will collaborate with Jive’s Agosto Cuellar and Labkids Steven Darby for the video installation Delicate Biological Blossoms (which will also be on view during Luminaria Arts Night). Cuellar and Wise did the filming and editing and Darby provided music that acts as the “mood-setting soundtrack.”

The exhibit includes a mix of documentary-type video from recent photos shoots and footage that was shot specifically for the installation. From the 36-second preview clip available on the website, hints of eroticism are evident and the rich colors allude to passion and mystery. The slow-beat, rhythmic sound is gorgeous as the backdrop for this organic installation.










More First Friday events
(and a Second Saturday pick, too) include:


Three Walls, Blue Star studio 106D
Blue Star Building B
(210) 212-7185

Nate Cassie is quite the busy man these days. He just closed a show a week ago and his current show opens this Friday. For You is similar to his recent Palo Alto installation in that it deals with community and solitude — he captures the emotion with images of beehives and birdhouses. The show will also be open for Luminaria on March 15 from 2-4 p.m.

cactus bra SPACE
106C Blue Star
(210) 226-6688

Whoever said international business organizations, political systems, and urban/suburban developments had nothing to do with art? Chad Erpelding’s latest work will prove them wrong by processing his own experiences through issues involving boundaries and space. Two pieces will be on display for viewing: “20 Miles” and “G8.” The standout is definitely “G8,” a video animation that examines the Group of Eight (the international forum that represents the eight most economically powerful countries) through images of the countries and their leaders.

Kitchen Goddess Goes to Work
Fiber ArtSpace
1420 S. Alamo St. # 202
(210) 271-1015

Local artist Suchil Coffman-Guerra celebrates Women’s History Month with her installation Kitchen Goddess Goes to Work, created entirely out of textiles. Coffman-Guerra’s tongue-in-cheek show takes viewers back to the days of 1950s homemaking. Her journey from pastel-colored kitchens and stay-at-home mothers of yesteryear to today’s modern industrial kitchens and working mothers shows viewers how times have changed, while keeping some 1950s ideals intact, too.

Saturday, March 8

Alter of Anguish
Gallista Gallery
1913 South Flores
(210) 212-8606

If you love Frida Kahlo then you’ll enjoy the works of Annie Gomez. A collection of 20 original drawings encompassing more than 20 years of work will be displayed at Alter. Gomez’s use of rich colors and odd characters fit well into the folk-art inspired works featured at the gallery. The Poet magazine will also host a poetry reading from 7-8 p.m.


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