Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fourth Saturday

Posted on Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 4:00 AM

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-07-21

No, nobody’s calling it that — and please don’t start — but a lot of art happens to be dropping on the fourth Saturday of July. To properly enjoy this artful challenge, be prepared with: one bottle of water (for thirst, as needed), enough gas to get you 21 miles from beginning to end (and then home), a blanket, and a bicycle. Taking it from the top (of the map, etc.), David Shelton Gallery celebrates a stellar year of forcing hardcore art fans (to carpool) beyond their safety bubbles, with a simply titled show. ONE: A Group Exhibition highlights artists Vincent Valdez, Dan Sutherland, George Schroeder (the only newcomer to Shelton’s gallery), Sarah Frantz, Jonathan Faber, and Judith Cottrell (6-9pm, David Shelton Gallery, 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 481-5200, davidsheltongallery.com). Now that you’ve safely landed in SA’s greige, stone-loving version of Futureworld, stop into Steve and Kelly Ramirez’s brand-new gallery ? right next door. Artistic Aesthetics: A Group Exhibition debuts art360 as the Northside’s newest gallery. With works by Bora Lee, Jung Hee Mun, Casey Arguelles, John Webb, and Vanessa Centeno, it’s hard to imagine who’ll be the first neighbor to come knocking for … a “cup of Champagne” … or maybe a “sheet of red-dot stickers”(6-9pm 20626 Stone Oak Pkwy, (210) 481-7519, art360gallery.com). Safely “out of town” with libation in hand, please walk (en pointe) over to nearby Quenedit Ballet School where a window installation of live dancers will be on view in conjunction with both receptions. Quickly now, fly south to celebrate Hausmann-Millworks Gallery’s second birthday, where “interactive sculptor” K. Hawkom Thomas will unveil Action as Trajectory: a collection of “fifteen innovative works designed to be destroyed by viewer interaction.” Me first! Hausmann-Millworks’ art-party will include live performances by Capoeira Luanda (5:30pm) and local “indie-Italian pop” band Glass Canopy (6:30pm), and a screening of Herb & Dorothy (8pm) ? a documentary about a fabulous art collection amassed by a librarian and a high-school-dropout-cum-postal clerk. The film’s tagline works well for San Antonio: “You don’t have to be a Rockefeller to collect art” (6-9pm, Hausmann-Millworks Galley, 925 W. Russell, (210) 884-6390, hausmannmillworks.com). Next door at Box Gallery, Juan De Santo Mata’s “Thou Shalt Be With Me In Paradise” (a 6’ X 5’ painting of Christ) will be blessed. Mata’s son DJ Gold Trash will wind the evening up and then down, with an exclusive mix of hot, Jesus-approved vinyl (6-9:30pm, Box Gallery, 921 W. Russell, Bldg. B). If you’ve made it this far, you deserve a bacon-wrapped hot dog and a cold beer, which is exactly what Unit B (Gallery) will be serving before their screening of The Happy Poet (this is where the blanket comes into play), a comedy by Austin’s Paul Gordon about a poet whose dreams include opening an “all-organic, mostly vegetarian food stand.” A Film and a Ride is Unit B’s first collaboration with Current contributor Mark Jones and will be followed by a bike ride to a “TBD drinking establishment” for a Q&A with the filmmakers (hot dog social hour: 8pm; film: 9pm; ride: 10:30pm. Unit B (Gallery), 500 Stieren St. (at Cedar), (312) 375-1871, unitbgallery.com). All events are free to attend and open to the public.

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