news and notes from the san antonio art scene

Finesilver Gallery will function as a compound showcase from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, exhibiting new work by Lordy Rodriguez, Laura Lark, Loris Cecchini, Chris Sauter, and Courtney Smith. LA-based artist Rodriguez and Houston-based Lark both use unlikely genres of commercially applied art as starting points for their fine art. Rodriguez, skilled in meticulous map-making, renders fictionalized cartographic representations of real and imagined landscapes. Lark creates huge, pointillist interpretations of high fashion photography. Her work will also be on display later this month at Blue Star.

The upstairs gallery at Finesilver will feature "Seen/Unseen," new work by sculptors Cecchini, Sauter, and Smith. The three sculptors use semiotic play, artfully re-appropriating mundane, everyday objects to alter their traditional meaning. SA-based Sauter, along with Connie Lowe and Three Walls Gallery's Michelle Monseau, were recently awarded ArtPace Travel Grants for 2003-2004. Sauter will travel the VLBA (Very Long Baseline Array), documenting a group of radio telescopes that span the continental U.S., Hawaii, and the Virgin Islands. Lowe will visit Italy to research an upcoming installation. Monseau will use her grant to travel to Europe - legwork for a conceptually-based series of artwork on the theme of travel.

Regis Shephard, labeled by some as San Antonio's answer to Michael Ray Charles, hits it again on First Friday, May 2 at Blue Star Gallery 4. Shephard's explicit pencil drawings rage in an uncensored burlesque of so-called mainstream American morality. His current series, "What is Really What," addresses the general public's myopic consumption of state-sanctioned news outlets reporting on Iraq. Shephard holds a Masters of Fine Arts from University of Texas at SA, and is currently an assistant professor at St. Philip's College; most importantly, he is one of this town's truly underrated talents. His work will be on display at Blue Star through June 1.

Las Vegas-based evangelical artist the Reverend Ethan Acres will perform at Sala Diaz on Friday, May 2 in support of his ongoing installation, "Face vs. Hell: The Battle for the Soul of John Travolta." During a previous visit to the Alamo City, Acres teamed up with Sala Diaz's Hills Snyder for "Dunk," a bizarre trial by shattered teacup and baptismal episode performed at Art in the 'Hood - to the boisterous cheers of fellow artists and the baffled stares of many a King William housewife. Regardless, the piece ended up in the pages of Art in America. His follow up should be a doozy. Call Sala Diaz at 695-5132 for details. •

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