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For immediate release: August 17, 2018
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Southwest School of Art Announces Upcoming Exhibitions

San Antonio, Texas – Southwest School of Art (SSA) will kick off the fall exhibition season with the opening of three exhibitions by five renowned artists. The opening reception is scheduled from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on August 30 in the Santikos Building on the SSA campus. The reception and all exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Takuji Hamanaka, Pebbles in Water, 2017,
woodcut print collaged on museum board, 20 x 14 inches. Image courtesy the artist.

Victoria Burge, Jeffrey Dell and Takuji Hamanaka: We’re Not Even Supposed to Be Here
August 30 – September 23, 2018

We’re Not Even Supposed to Be Here a joint exhibition by Victoria Burge, Jeffrey Dell and Takuji Hamanaka is on view at Southwest School of Art from August 30 through September 23, 2018.

Victoria Burge is a visual artist working across several disciplines. Her drawings and prints are assembled using systems of mapping to generate abstracted cartographies of imagined terrains. Burge’s prints are in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the British Museum, and the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow. Burge has received grant awards from the Independence Foundation, Philadelphia and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, and is the recipient of 2018 Fellowships at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in Ballycastle, Ireland and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. She is currently based in Philadelphia.

Jeffrey Dell is a printmaker whose work engages themes of human desire and its effects on perception, impulse, appetite, and health. There is an earnest playfulness in his work, ambiguous to its origins. Dell’s exhibitions include Galleri Urbane, Dallas, Art Palace, Houston, Leipzig International Art Programme, Leipzig, Germany; and the International Print Center, New York, among others. He was twice a fellow at the Scuola Internazionale di Grafica, Venice, Italy. He is professor of printmaking at Texas State University and lives in San Marcos, Texas.

Takuji Hamanaka combines printmaking techniques and collage to create images of intricate patterns suggesting dimensionality. His biomorphic images evoke movement as they seem to breath or resonate on their flat surface. His work has been exhibited at the International Print Center, New York, Whitman College, Washington, National Academy of Fine Arts, India, and the Royal Scottish Academy in Edinburgh, Scotland, among others. Hamanaka has received two New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowships (2011 and 2017), KALA Art Institute Fellowship, CA, and has been a resident at the MacDowell Colony, Open Studio Residency, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, ME and the Museum of Arts and Design, NY. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.


Jonathan Faber, Interzone, 2016,
oil and acrylic on canvas, 40 x 26 inches. Image courtesy the artist.


Jonathan Faber: Ideal Fadez
August 30 – September 23, 2018

Southwest School of Art presents Ideal Fadez, a solo exhibition by Jonathan Faber, on view from August 30 through September 23, 2018.

For his exhibition, Ideal Fadez, artist Jonathan Faber presents new paintings in a continuation of his practice of abstract painting. Faber’s approach is rooted in the process of painting, originating in Abstract Expression of the 1940s in which successive layers as evidence of history of the action of painting became the end result of image making. Unlike expressive abstraction, Faber methodically constructs his compositions in digital form before painting. The artist balances his methodical approach with inherent improvisations while working up his images through a broad vocabulary of form, color and marks. In other words, the process takes place in digital space in parallel with the process of material painting. Evidence of his techniques, like the outlines of torn masking tape, is indicative of this, and illustrates the economy of his method.

Jonathan Faber received a BFA from Alfred University and an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the recipient of a Pollock Krasner Fellowship and a Joan Mitchell Foundation award. His work has been exhibited at numerous galleries and museums across the country, including Cue Art Foundation, the Galveston Arts Center, David Shelton Gallery, and the Blanton Museum of Art. He currently lives and works in Austin.

Sylvanus Shaw, Waxpack Cards, 2018.
Image courtesy the artist.

Sylvanus Shaw: FIAT
August 30 – December 9, 2018

Brooklyn-based artist Sylvanus Shaw, will display his exhibition FIAT at Southwest School of Art from August 30 through December 9, 2018.

Shaw began making cards at the age of nine, inspired by Garbage Pail Kids, baseball cards, and Bikkuriman Devil vs. Angel seals. Small drawings have factored heavily in the artist’s practice ever since. The humble format is an ideal place to experiment; to do things that would be impracticable, superficial, or confusing at a larger scale; to wear other hats, other masks, even other artists; to document his studio practice in miniature, multiplicable ways. To date, the artist has created over 10,000 cards, packaged in annual editions.

FIAT features drawings culled from hundreds of waxpacks, reminiscent of vintage trading cards. By packaging his drawings, the artist loses track of content in a literal way, creating a reserve of fungible artwork, modeled after the fiat currencies of banking reserves and the speculative excitement that emanates from an un-opened pack of collectible cards. To reinforce his loss of agency and the active role of a presumed collector, the artist removed himself from the curatorial process, conceded the framing, card-groupings, and display of FIAT to others.

Shaw has exhibited widely, including at the Spring/Break Art Show, Salon Art + Design Fair, International Fine Arts and Antiques Dealers Show, International Art & Design Fair, the National Arts Club, as well as a solo exhibition at the Fraunces Tavern Museum in lower Manhattan. In addition to painting and drawing, Shaw designs furniture under the brand LYVETH. His writings have appeared in Aufgabe, Zingmagazine, SpringGun Press, Lilies and Cannonball Review, and elsewhere.


Media contact: Debra Del Toro, Southwest School of Art Director of Communications or 210.200.8228.

Southwest School of Art is the only independent college of art in the state of Texas and operates as a private, nonprofit institution. In addition to the Bachelor of Fine Arts program, Southwest School of Art provides studio art programs for non degree-seeking students in San Antonio and surrounding communities. As part of our mission to teach and advance the visual arts for the benefit of those seeking higher education and for others seeking education and enrichment, all exhibitions and lectures at Southwest School of Art are free and open to the public.



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