News and notes from the San Antonio art scene

On First Friday, August 1, 19-year-old artist Gabriel Garcia will take a crack at his first one-man show at the Cactus Bra (106C Blue Star). His new series of paintings, "Fleeing the Coop," investigates fight-or-flight responses to confrontation in a painterly, hybridized style that echoes the work of local favorites Vincent Valdez, James Cobb, and Lloyd Walsh. Garcia and the equally promising painter David Cordero - both former students of the Say Sí program and current Palo Alto students - will be leaving the Alamo City to attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago this fall. Check out this work now because you sure as shit won't be able to afford it later. For more information, contact Leigh Anne Lester at the Cactus Bra at 226-6688.

ArtPace kicks off its second film season on Thursday, August 7, with a free screening of Alfred Leslie's experimental assemblage, The Cedar Bar (2001). Aside from an extensive painting career, Leslie is best known for his 1959 film collaboration with Robert Frank and Jack Kerouac called Pull My Daisy, which featured Allen Ginsberg. Leslie originally penned The Cedar Bar in 1952 as a play, extracting dialogue from a series of drunken, heated barroom conversations between fellow abstract expressionists and the art critic Clement Greenberg. Most of these conversations occurred at the Cedar Bar, a favorite haunt of rowdy New York-based artists, writers, and critics in the 1950s. Leslie mingled original film footage, newsreel clips, and re-appropriated Hollywood film scenes to recreate the unusual social and creative context and apocalyptic tone of the postwar years in all its strangely violent ambivalence. The Cedar Bar premiered at the New York Video Festival in 2001 and has since screened at the Chicago Underground Film Festival, the London Times Film Festival, and the Goethe Institute.

Also of note, ArtPace recently announced an open call for its 2005 International Artist-in-Residence Program. Until now, a rotating panel of arts professionals generated a short list of Texas-based artists from which a guest curator would select one Texan participant per program. With this open call, all artists residing in Texas (who are not full-time students) are welcome and encouraged to apply for the prestigious two-month program. All applications will be reviewed by the ArtPace staff, who will then produce a short list for each of the three 2005 Residency Program guest curators. Applications are due by 5 p.m. September 19, and are available at Call ArtPace Program Coordinator Jennifer Jankauskas with any additional questions about the IAIR Program. She can be reached at 212-4900. •

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