Saturday, August 30, 2014
THE ONE AND ONLY
David Zamora Casas
Fabian Alejandro Diaz
Gustavo Adam Garcia
Kristel Andrea Orta-Puente
Deborah Kuetzpalin Vasquez
Raquel “Arty Valentine” Zawronty
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Sabrina Alfaro is a Printmaker and Mixed Media artist from San Antonio, TX. Alfaro often deals with the whimsical and empowering traits of being a Hispanic female. Her pieces are visually striking and use bright vibrant colors. Alfaro is currently attending UTSA and expects to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking in 2015.
This work is based off experiences I have encountered, interacting with strangers. Ever since I became independent back in high school and was able to ride the bus, strangers felt the need to catcall out to me. This has continued all the way into my adult life and sometimes even when I have my daughter with me. For this print, I have become the martyr for fellow women and men that understand being objectified by strangers. It picas is slang for it hurts which refers to the pain you feel from these individuals undressing you and possibly having inappropriate thoughts about you.
I created this print for the San Anto Cultural Art’s block party they affectionately named Chupachanga. Chupachanga translates to suck/lick party but was originally named after the nearby street, Chupaderas. This was my first woodcut and shows female figures getting ready in a dressing room. The figures are printed on red handmade paper. The women’s bodies are feminine but their faces are not as enticing. I liked the idea of being able to explore the life of a dancer/performer and their ability to seduce patrons for cash and material possessions. Even though this print displays the opposite message from It Picas!, I still appreciate our ability as humans to be sexual when we feel it is necessary.
B I G
(Reference: form of poésie concrète)
My name is Amanda Bartlett. I am local artist native to San Antonio. I am lover of graphite, but I mix my work with various mediums and found objects. My work tends to have a macabre flair and a feminine look. Bright colors and glitter accent my black and white portraits. All my work is adhered to wood that I spend days cutting by hand and sanding. I try to defy myself and my own expectations. I work off of what I find in my dreams. People continue to ask me where my inspiration comes from, and it is a bigger question mark to me than it is to you. I try to define myself through my artwork. My work is a labor of love, and I love every second of it. I am also the curator and founder of Sweet Peach Collective. Sweet Peach was founded in an attempt to give more women-identified artists an opportunity.
David Zamora Casas
David Zamora Casas is a Painter, Curator, community culture worker, Installation and performance Artist. A San Antonio Native working in the Public Forum since 1985 under the Name Nuclear Meltdown.
I’m interested in the genealogy of the mass produced image, postmodern photographic strategies, and presenting transparent stratification as a documentarian. The flattened compositions are imbued with my own interests and biography. These documents represent my navigations of homosexual pornographic print media and male-oriented marketing. The male gaze is reframed for the male gays. I find that playing with the construct of the male model can be subversive, political, and resistant. By presenting the magazine page as transparent, I want to bring awareness to underlying problematic representations. In using the cyanotype process, invented in the 19th century, I wish to insert these studies into a subset of photographic history, used traditionally to illustrate scientific and medical texts and as architectural blueprints. The two most influential artists for this body of work are, arguably the first female photographer, Anna Atkins, and American photographer Robert Heinecken.
Chris Castillo lives and works as a ﬁne art photographer in San Antonio, Texas. He obtained his B.A. degree in Art from University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. He draws inspiration from print media and documentary photography. He has interned for artist Adriana Lara and the artist collective Perros Negros in Mexico City, interned for Unit B(Gallery) in San Antonio, interned and currently works at Artpace. Castillo is a member of the artist collective The Lullwood Group.
I love the cute.
I love the absurd.
I love the oddity.
I love the sweet.
I love the animal.
My work is about reconfiguring scenarios and compositions shining light on everyday occurrences. I am fascinated with human animal interactions and its reflection of the world we live in. Seeing myself as a collector, I find curiosities in my everyday environment and reconfigure scenarios sparking emotional reaction within myself. My stylistic choices are whimsical and often take on quietly violent natures. I specifically focus on juxtaposing natural elements such as dirt and flora next to the artificial- faux fur and plastics. I do this to emphasize a harsh contrast created in the mass market by mankind, along with exploiting our emotional connection to inanimate objects from an early age. I strive to elicit self reflection and realization by playing the role of a trickster. Using relatable everyday content I transform it into new compositions to create an altered reality and forced perspective.
Fabian Alejandro Diaz
Audrya Flores is a Latina artist, educator, and mother living in San Antonio, Texas. Her work is a means for interpersonal exploration and is influenced by dreams, visions, the occult, and her roots in the border town of Brownsville, Texas. Flores repurposes discarded materials and found objects for her collage and assemblage work.
I’ve Made My Home
wasp nests, yarn, paper, ink, 2014, not for sale
I have observed the life cycle of paper wasps as they form their nests around my home. The careful precision of the queen when choosing a location and building her nest is remarkable. Every fall, the wasps die and the nests are left for me to collect. I have filled each empty chamber of these abandoned nests with a tiny roll of paper. The rolls state reasons why San Antonio, Texas was the ideal place for me to build my family and home.
cactus, yarn, 2014, not for sale
This bouquet of multiple hands is a symbol of protection created for my home. The use of this difficult (and painful) medium is meant to emphasize my devotion to my family.
I have always been interested in stories. Specifically, stories that we as human beings tell ourselves in order to understand our existence, and the struggles and joys we inevitably experience. These stories come in the form of fables, myths, or seemingly little things like secrets.My work explores humanity through story telling.The materials used in my work hold a relevant meaning. My work is created with a strong feminine viewpoint, and I like to use things that are considered female craft materials or products. I think these sometimes kitschy things that have filled our homes and memories are important and contribute to our identity. I draw from the imagery that fills glamour and home magazines, or old portraits. I embroider, use pieces of scrap book paper, glitter or red nail polish to sew new stories from this seemingly insignificant detritus. They allow my work to feel like a part of a memory or something from our past while also blurring the lines between what is good and bad art and creating something uniquely modern.
Gustavo Adam Garcia
I see art as a way to spread a message or enlighten others of issues they may not know about. My work exists to raise awareness about injustices in the world and provide an opportunity for the viewer to do something about the issue being presented. People can live their everyday lives not knowing about the issues that surround them both near and far. Perhaps if they only knew they might be able to play a part in resolving these issues. Sometimes people know about an instance of injustice, but they don’t do anything about it because they aren’t inspired to take action or given
the opportunity to help. Whatever your situation is, here is your information, your inspiration, your opportunity.
This work depicts images inspired by one of Africa’s longest running conflicts. For 28 years, a rebel leader named Joseph Kony and his rebel group, the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), have abducted innocent children to be child soldiers; they have raped girls forcing them into a life of sexual slavery; and, have killed and mutilated innocent people. Due to fear of being abducted, hurt or killed, thousands of people have been displaced from their homes. What originally started in remote communities in Uganda has spread to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African Republic and Southern Sudan. What if this was your life?In creating my artwork I used photographic images of people affected by the conflict and the information learned about this issue to inspire the hand-drawn imagery I then used to create prints. One of the printmaking processes used allows for the charcoal drawings I created to be photo transferred onto plexiglass plates, developed through a chemical process and printed to resemble the original drawing. The dark and muddy colors relate to the horrific and dark nature of the issue being represented in the pieces. There are also subtle images in some of the pieces that serve as clues to help the viewer get a better understanding of the subject being shown. How can one man and his army now terrorize four countries in Africa and for so long? Unfortunately, it is because too few people knew about what was happening or too few cared enough to do anything about it. Luckily, in recent years there have been a couple of organizations who have dedicated themselves to bringing a permanent end to LRA atrocities, one of them is Invisible Children. Through media, mobilization, protection and recovery this organization has made amazing progress in bringing this issue to light, getting people involved, protecting those who are vulnerable to Kony and the LRA, and helping communities that were previously affected become sustainable. Invisible Children’s protection programs have proven to be extremely effective in encouraging victims and members of the LRA to peacefully surrender causing Kony and the LRA to become weaker, but it’s up to us (people like you and me) to keep these initiatives going. Learn more at http://www.invisiblechildren.com and be a part of the solution by giving whatever you can. A small portion of my artwork sales and 100% of any donations I receive will go towards funding these life-saving programs. It’s up to you. I challenge you to do something.
“Do more than just watch.” – Invisible Children-
As an artist, I like to transform photos of everyday people and things into papel picado, hand cut out of tissue paper.
Ernesto Olivo is a contemporary visual artist and art educator born in Nueva Rosita, Coahuila Mexico.
As an art educator, he believes that bringing art and artists into schools and neighborhoods is vital to the growth and development of our communities.
The last series of wall sculptures consist of recycled wood panels,stencils, spray paint, 12” & 7” vinyl records, cassettes and cd’s. These sculptures, not only have a visual aesthetic, but tell a story and a history of our relationship with music and the social impact it has on us as a consumerist society.
Kristel Andrea Orta-Puente
My name is Kristel A. Puente and I am an artist and photographer. I began taking photos casually over 10 years ago. The more I played with the camera, the more I fell in love with it. Photography is my life now, it has become my oxygen.
My goal as a photographer is to take photos that make the viewer feel an emotion. My photos focus on art and beauty. My range and interest move between family, history, art, events and everyday life. I am constantly learning new techniques, trying new equipment, and new locations to capture life in ways that have not been tried. When I take a new client I like to get to know them, and who they are, and what they represent. That is the only way to capture who they are honestly in a photo. I own Kristel A Puente Photography and my work has grown to cover national and local events. Everything I do I put my soul into it. Every photograph is a piece of me. Anyone can take a picture, but art is made in a photograph.
My name is Teodora Reyna. I was born in Pharr, Texas; in the Rio Grande Valley.
Prose written by Loli Reyna
Ever since I can remember, I have always been fascinated by dreams. I was only seven years old and I remember having nits and I had a lot sores on my head. I felt so much itching on my head and I would scratch my head until I bled. The only thing that would stop the itching was a can of hairspray. I used to wake up in the middle of the night because I could not stand the itching. I would do this like, four times a day. I knew in my self conscious mind that this was wrong to do but it would help me stop the itching.
Then I remember, one night I had a dream. I dreamt that I had woke up in the middle of the night because I could not stand the itching on my head and I got up from the bed and I went straight to the spray can. I openend the can and I began spraying it very desperately on my head. I remember standing right in front of the mirror while I was doing this…and the room was dark. But somehow there was a light over my head and I could see what I was doing. I was well aware that I wasnt supposse to be doing this, sneaking and getting my oldest sisters’ hairspray but the itching was unbearable. It was then that I heard a tapping on the can. I did not think nothing of it but then the second tapping happened. So I looked at the can and it was no longer a tin can, it was a bottle of glass. Inside the the bottle were small vampires with pale faces, pointy teeth, black circle eyes, their eyes were bleeding and they had long black hair. I thought how could this creature be inside this bottle? They were screaming at me to let them out of the bottle, they would yell at me saying, “Please Loli get us out of here “, while they were hitting on the glass. I did get scared at first because they were so horrible looking but then I thought, “I can do whatever I want to do with them, I have the bottle in my hand already”. All I have to do is cover it up and throw the bottle wherever I want. Then the vampires read my mind and said, “No, Loli! Please don’t do that, we want to live! Can you please let us live?” And, I just kept on looking at them. They were so depearate to get out, they were banging on the glass very hard as if they were trying to break it. I just stood there, thinking of one hundread ways of getting rid of the bottle. I thought of throwing it in the river or smashing it on the street or just keeping the bottle to myself and just torture them, by keeping them inside forever. The genie to my command, I loved hearing them calling my name for help. But I did not get to do none of those sorts because it was then that I woke up from my dream.
Eventually, I did get caught by my sister the next day when I was itching again. I’d taken the bottle of hairspray inside the closet and began spraying it on my head. And my sister opened the door and caught me spraying it on and she took me out of the closet and took me straight to the bathroom and cured my sores forever. Thanks to my sister I did not have another vampire dream even until this day.
From her series entitled BloodHistory, Baby Go Boom is a third perspective self-portrait, that documents a descent into miztlan, the underworld, after an encounter with mortality and the passing of a baby. Bracing herself for struggle, pain, and the death happening within, a kinship between her dual selves is created. Pictured here, the duality find themselves reaching outwards for solace as nature takes its course.
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Rocha-Fitzgibbon is a self-taught, Abstract Painter who was born in San Antonio, Texas. Although, Rocha-Fitzgibbon has not had any formal training in painting, Rocha-Fitzgibbon did start her artistic roots in a very different way. Rocha-Fitzgibbon has been involved in the arts at a very young age, starting in the mid 90s at San Anto Cultural Arts; first, submitting poetry and art work to the community newspaper “EL Placazo,” eventually becoming an “Editor-in-training” during high school. Rocha-Fitzgibbon’s main focus was writing; however, Rocha-Fitzgibbon was asked to participate in a local mural project called “Flower Power.”
In 2008, Rocha-Fitzgibbon feeling the need for creative expression decided to give painting another try, fondly remembering how much of a passion she has for painting. Currently, Rocha-Fitzgibbon’s work is based on her unique ability to apply both traditional & innovative painting techniques using bold and bright colors to create wondrously unique paintings.
Rebecca Seiler is a Texas born and based artist out of the city of San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting at the University of Texas at San Antonio in May of 2013. Seiler’s work is known for her vibrant color palettes, textile, and multiple mediums. Her work is based upon childhood memories incorporated into narrative landscapes and sculptures. Some of her early works exhibit the human figure using vibrant palettes. Seiler’s work had been exhibited at Souk Home Decor, Espresso Gallery, and R-Gallery in San Antonio, Texas.
Josie V. is a San Antonio based artist that utilizes a variety of experimental techniques to achieve the vivid texture found in her work. Most of her work has been created while painting live at different local venues in the city. She is inspired by nature, music, and metaphysics. Josie works with a range of media mainly focusing on Acrylic and Gauche.
Artist Statement: The focus of my Art is to elevate the spirit and to awaken my mind, those around me, and my environment.
The illustration and color explorations of my current work are largely thematic compilations of Mesoamerican references, reflections on stress, and linear studies of motion and repetition. My current alebrije action figure series are color and line studies based on alebrijes, Mexican, wooden zoomorphic figures.
Claudia Zapata is an art historian and Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at the Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. She received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas in Art History, specializing in Pre -Columbian and U.S. Latino/Chicano art. Her recent projects include the co-founding of ChingoZine, a Latino art zine, and the Latino art collective, Puro Chingón Collective. Zapata has curated over a dozen exhibitions at the Mexic-Arte Museum ranging from subjects such as the commercialization of the Day of the Dead holiday, Mexican dance masks, and lucha libre in popular culture. She will be pursuing her Ph.D. in Art HIstory at SMU this fall.
Raquel “Arty Valentine” Zawronty
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