Upcoming Exhibitions 

 

 
Mona Marshall

MONA MARSHALL | THREE STORIES ABOUT WATER

May 6, 2016 - Jul 3, 2016
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery I | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Fri, May 6, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

The element of water has long been characterized as a liminal sphere between earth and sky. In Mona Marshall’s exhibition, Three Stories About Water, this observation results in a tripartite narrative structure that the Austin-based artist uses to delve into what she asserts is the resulting sacred space.Divided into three sections—Heat, Subterrain, and Meander—the paintings and drawings in the exhibition, along with an original composition by Paul Boyd (Houston), tell the stories of the absence of water, water that we cannot necessarily see, and the paths by which water travels, respectively.

 

Shown: Mona Marshall, Aerial [detail], 2016, encaustic on prepared panel  

 
Karen Mahaffy

KAREN MAHAFFY | ACCUMULATED EROSIONS

May 6, 2016 - Jul 3 2016
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery II | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Fri, May 6, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

San Antonio artist Karen Mahaffy’s exhibition, Accumulated Erosions, contains new installation, time-based, and flat works that explore material issues of accumulation and loss. Drawing from both found and recollected images, Mahaffy juxtaposes visual patterns and systems from opposing yet, equally familiar realms: private and public; internal and external; ordered and disruptive; precious and prosaic. 

The works on paper in this exhibition specifically appropriate remnants of vintage wallpaper found beneath layers of building materials in the artist's historic home. To expose the contrived but delicate nature of these decorative artifacts, Mahaffy layers them with instances of graffitialso found in her immediate surroundingsand the subsequent system of painted blocks typically used to “remove” it. Touching on similar ideas, Mahaffy’s related installation of video and cut paper houses, contrasts images produced from a place of memory against pixelated patterns of digital erosion. As layers build in each work, new visual patterns emerge and take over.

 

Shown: Karen Mahaffy, Study for a Parenthetical Loss, 2016, Ink Jet Print, Silk Screen, 17 x 28 inches

 
Anthony Rundblade

ANTHONY RUNDBLADE | ECHOES FROM A BEAR CAVE

May 6, 2016 - Aug 21, 2016
Urschel Corridor Gallery | Urschel Administration Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Fri, May 6, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Through repetition and an homage to appropriated imagery, Anthony Rundblade explores subjects relative to the name “Ursa” in both Nordic and Greek mythology. While mining this history and the many facets that surround the name Ursuline, Rundblade creates a similar parallel that is found in his source material, resulting in a nod to the historic buildings of the Ursuline Academy which now comprise a portion of the Southwest School of Art's campus.

 

Shown: Anthony Rundblade, LittleBear, 2016, mixed media 

    

All-School Juried Exhibition 2016

Jul 23 - Aug 21, 2016
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery I & II | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Sat, Jul 23, 2016 from 2:00 - 4:00 pm

As a means of celebrating the art works generated within the school’s classes, The All-School Juried Exhibition 2016, held within the Russell Hill Rogers Galleries I & II of the newly named John L. Santikos building, showcases recent works by juried students and studio artists who have participated in SSA workshops, classes, and programming from Spring 2015 through Summer 2016. The exhibition will be juried this year by Amy Moorefield, who serves as the Deputy Director of Exhibitions at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia.

As a Membership benefit, Southwest School of Art members are invited to a special preview of the exhibition from 5:30 – 7:30 on Friday, July 22nd, where they get “first dibs” on the works available for sale.

Shown: Lauri Garcia Jones, Untitled [detail], 2015, video still

 
Seth Orion Schwaiger

SETH ORION SCHWAIGER | COMPLEX 2

Sept 1, 2016 - Oct 30, 2016
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery I | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Sept 1, 2016 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

COMPLEX 2 extends an earlier iteration of the COMPLEX exhibition series through large-scale architectural interventions, figurative imagery, and a radical, anti-passive approach to art viewing and curation. The exhibition requires a circulation of viewers to fully activate the works, and in this way harnesses the personality of it’s community while simultaneously bringing into question the boundaries of one’s own person and hierarchical distinctions of society, institution, social circle, and individual. Through a non-linear, but conceptually linked experience, the exhibition facilitates an awareness of the construction of meaning. Several of the works on exhibition unfold in one way when first viewed, but given a new vantage point deeper into the complex their meaning fundamentally shifts, emotionally flavored by the physical change in the viewer’s position. The second experience taints the first, muddling into understanding—less defined, less sure, but more rich and nuanced.

This exhibition is slated to be a part of the 2016 FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA.

Shown: Seth Orion Schwaiger, Complex, 2016, installation view

    

WILL HENRY | REMOTE VIEWING

Sept 1 - Oct 30, 2016
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery II | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Sept 1, 2016 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

For more than a century, the proclamation of the death of painting, and its many resuscitations, has been the subject of critical discourse and debate. Will Henry’s paintings nestle into this critique of the medium by way of landscape- based imagery. Painted from memory and imagination, Will Henry’s paintings employ the Southwestern landscape as a stage set to enact imagined narratives, filled with art historical and pop cultural references. For nearly a decade, the artist has employed landscape as a means to consider culture, art history, and the act of painting itself. Henry’s landscape elements are familiar, but they do not necessarily describe specific places. His interest in landscape as a subject is rooted in his rural upbringing and genuine love for the outdoors. Sometimes his paintings reflect this personal origin. More often, however, the artist uses landscape as a framework to critically engage contemporary painting at large. This bridges several American and European painting traditions and blends divergent motifs: the physical landscape familiar to Henry, the history of landscape painting, and the discourse surrounding the so-called death of painting.

Shown: Will Henry, Palette, 2013-14, oil on linen [from a Private Collection] 

    

WALKER PICKERING | ESPRIT de CORPS

Sept 1 - Oct 30, 2016
Santikos Lobby Gallery & San Antonio Express News Photo Gallery | Santikos Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Sept 1, 2016 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Playing in a marching band himself back in high school, Walker Pickering (Lincoln, Nebraska) entered college as music major, but graduated with a degree in photography. Because of his background, he was able to recognize and capture more intimate moments—moments other than the performances and football games that most people recognize. In striking color and compelling compositions, Pickering takes us into the hallways, parking lots, and practice spaces for a peek at the intense and little-seen life of these high school and college marching bands.

This exhibition is slated to be an offering for FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA 2016.

Shown: Walker Pickering,Esprit de Corps: Rifles, 2015, photograph  

    

ELIZABETH CHILES | ON MY MIND, AGAIN

Sept 1 - Oct 30, 2016
Urschel Gallery | Urschel Administrative Building
Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Thurs, Sept 1, 2016 from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Residing at the intersection of the material and immaterial, Elizabeth Chiles’ work often seeks to materialize the ephemeral and dematerialize the concrete. Containing aspects of Minimalism, Surrealism, drawing, sculpture, poetry and photography—the works move from vernacular to experiments with materials. The images that are part of On My Mind, Again are abstract meditations on the human perception surrounding nature. Through a process of layering and compositing, images at once dematerialize and become expansive. The body of work represented within the exhibition began in the summer of 2014 during the artist’s Fellowship at the Hambidge Center for the Arts and Sciences on a 600 acre property in a rain forest in Northern Georgia, resulting in a site-specific installation for the Southwest School of Art’s historic site gallery with prints ranging in scale, arranged in groups, and playing with iteration and duplication.

This exhibition is slated to be an offering for FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA 2016.

Shown: Elizabeth Chiles, On my mind, again (July 6, 2014), photograph