January 23, 2018

Beyond Flash: Get to Know the Work of Painter and Tattoo Artist David Alcantar

A Laredo native who moved to the Alamo City as a child, artist David Alcantar has exhibited locally (at Blue Star Contemporary, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center and Freight Gallery, among others) and nationally (from Kansas and Louisiana to California and New York), often presenting work he’s summed up as “investigations and illuminations of the universal human characteristic of choice, or free will, with specific focus on negotiation behavior.” But despite his consistent contributions to San Antonio’s creative landscape, it’s safe to say many of us don’t know Alcantar’s full story or understand the breadth of his work. For starters, he’s been tattooing for 20 years and often works out of Flesh Electric Tattoo. Intentionally blurring — and questioning — boundaries between the two disciplines, Alcantar’s new solo show “Skin in the Game: Act 2” took over FL!GHT Gallery at the beginning of January with works that place “the language of tattoo into the framework of fine art, and vice versa.” Included in this slideshow are pieces from “Skin in the Game: Act 2” (which culminates with a “conclusion” reception from 6-9pm on Sat, Jan. 27) along with examples of previous work.
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What is Easy and What is Not (A Rose, Red or Yellow, in 1920.),  2018
David Alcantar
What is Easy and What is Not (A Rose, Red or Yellow, in 1920.), 2018
The Local Artist Flash, Page 1
David Alcantar
The Local Artist Flash, Page 1
Contextual Parodies (Local Artist Flash: Southtown Hat)
David Alcantar
Contextual Parodies (Local Artist Flash: Southtown Hat)
Inopportunely Staged, Too
David Alcantar
Inopportunely Staged, Too
Conceptual Contextual (Part B): A Sincere Gesture
David Alcantar
Conceptual Contextual (Part B): A Sincere Gesture
Contextual Parody Cutout: The Impossibility of a Simulacrum in 3 and 1 Boxes
David Alcantar
Contextual Parody Cutout: The Impossibility of a Simulacrum in 3 and 1 Boxes
Art History Flash, Page 2
David Alcantar
Art History Flash, Page 2
Invisible Current
David Alcantar
Invisible Current
Decision Tree
David Alcantar
Decision Tree
Delicate Positioning
David Alcantar
Delicate Positioning