Current Exhibitions

Jack McGilvray

Jack McGilvray | The Lakehouse

Jul 27, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery I | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Jul 27, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The Lakehouse is a body of work documenting a changing landscape and the effects of these changes on three generations of a family.

The house, built by the Grandfather of the family has served as a place of gathering for 40 years. As drought affected the area for multiple years and the waterline continued to recede, the family spent less and less time there. This installation acts as documentation of the significance of this moment in the family's history as a possible transition point, affecting the relationships of future generations, in their closeness to one another and the landscape.

The works contained in The Lakehouse also speak to the importance of the built form and its relationship to the landscape within which it is placed—the how and where we build home and family. A drought is a natural disaster that isn’t sudden in its impact, as it is in a flood or an earthquake. Droughts happen slowly over time and the impacts are folded into our daily lives, subtly shaping our behaviors.

McGilvray’s process is very much about accumulation. The act of gathering, making, and assembling many images and objects is then distilled through the acts of editing the visual material to a point where what remains is essential. In this exhibition, she uses her photographs, along with found domestic objects and the visual vocabulary of life on a lake to convey the hope and hopelessness that comes in waves with the rising and lowering of the lake's level and the passing years. These intimate glimpses allow the viewer to be a voyeur and experience the mood, objects, people, and spaces inherent to this very personal place.

Shown: Jack McGilvray, Texas Tea Time, 2016, photograph

Kristy Perez

Kristy Perez | The Giving Distance

Jul 27, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery II | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Jul 27, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

San Antonio artist Kristy Perez visually navigates and explores a series of her own poems in The Giving Distance, a semi-autobiographical, mixed media installation for the Russell Hill Rogers Galleries at the Southwest School of Art. Revisiting reoccurring themes in her work of love, desire, beauty, and volatility, Perez pushes beyond the familiar to relay a strong sense of matriarchal order. “I want the journey for the viewer to be sensual but to relay an epic moment of creation that is personal and powerful and distant from the beliefs of the patriarchal and puritanical,” says Perez.

Large-scale, impeccably made figurative drawings anchor the space for the installation, which will utilize the languages of theater and magical realism. This scale shifts emphasize a spatial orientation and placement—or displacement—of physical objects within the space while the variety of media mitigates the same scale shift. About the exhibition, Perez states, “I want this body of work to speak about what I see, what I believe, what I desire, and how I’m not afraid to love in a world that is becoming ever more fragmented and compartmentalized.”

By embedding her deeply personal visual narrative, Kristy Perez seeks to challenge and reject accepted systems of belief while using historical reference and borrowing the language of those beliefs. In this way, the artist mines behaviors rooted in religious experience and ritual to create an intensely intimate narrative structure for the exhibition.

Shown: Kristy Perez, Self Portrait, 2017, Staedtler pigment liner pen on Fabriano

Kristy Deetz

Kristy Deetz | Through the Veil

Jul 27, 2017 - Nov 12, 2017
Urschel Corridor Gallery | Urschel Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Jul 27, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Each painting in Kristy Deetz’s Through the Veil series begins with her rendering a closely observed fabric with wrinkles and folds. The fabric in these paintings acts as a threshold that places the viewer into multiple, often conflicting, layers of space and meaning. The paintings utilize imagery from pop, outsider, and high culture. This recontextualizing of the familiar aids in a reconsideration that allows the viewer to make new relationships to the imagery.

A shape-shifting Rabbit acts as the central figure throughout and is positioned in front of or behind while looking into, out, around, or between images and spaces. Deetz uses dark humor, visual puns, symbols, and metaphors, art historical references and cultural collisions to play with pictorial and formal construction. 

Shown: Kristy Deetz, In Front of Piero’s Resurrection, 2012, acrylic on canvas

Tom Turner

Tom Turner | Color Atomic

May 19, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017
Santikos Lobby Gallery | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Fri, May 19, 2017 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The videos featured in Tom Turner’s Color Atomic use uncannily vivid color to alter appropriated historical footage of nuclear test explosions. Filmed in the 1950’s and 1960’s, the original footage was used by the United States government to help estimate the explosive amplitude of each atomic test.

Shown: Tom Turner, Operation Dominic Harlem, 2017, video still