MARICELA OLGUIN AND ANDREW LEO STANSBURY AT LADY BASE GALLERY

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This exhibition features artists, MARICELA OLGUIN AND ANDREW LEO STANSBURY. Olguin works with the old school tradition of Mexican folk art paper cutting and Stansbury works with the aesthetics of accumulation and assemblage of sculptural objects. We hope that you will join us to honor the work of artists, Olguin and Stansbury. An opening reception will be held Second Saturday, December 14, 2013 from
6:30pm-9:00pm with an Artist Talk at 7:30PM. Their work will be on view until December 21st, by appointment. Lady Base Gallery, found inside Gallista Gallery, is located at 1913 S. Flores.

Maricela Olguin (San Antonio, Texas)
I like to use the old school tradition of Mexican folk art paper cutting with the recent photographs of everyday people. This is how I like to keep the memory of my ancestors alive in my everyday life.
BIO
Maricela Olguin, a Chicana artist, uses her cultural and creative expertise to enrich the community. Since her childhood days of dancing folklorico for an international ensemble, she has been devoted to creating artwork that stirs emotions and preserves cultura. She is the founder of Cochina and the owner and baker at Sweet Chela’s Bakery.

Andrew Leo Stansbury (Cuero, Texas)
I work in accumulation and assemblage, taking similar objects and grouping them together to achieve an alternate context that differentiates itself from their individual connotations. This fascination I have comes from my years training as a functional potter, where the beauty I find comes not from just a single bowl but from the grouping of fifty.

My work can range from haplessly romantic to overtly sexual in tone. I like to believe I’m the spiritual love child of George Ohr and Leigh Bowery. With that said, I should note that I have a weird sense of humor. The start of every project is that of a joke. (“Wouldn’t it be funny if I made this silly profane pink thing that people will insert their hand inside of and take the title from a line in the song Hokey Pokey?”) I don’t mean to make that sound shallow, but truthfully, that’s where the concept begins and starts to grow. The work evolves and becomes something more profound and intimate, even if it can be uncomfortable for me to share.

My goal isn’t to shock people, but rather it’s a humorous attempt to express who I am and what I put myself through. My work is informed by my childhood struggles of physical abuse by my father as well as my continuing dedication to care for my disabled mother. Those two are unrelated, but when combined those events have left me as self-labeled damaged goods.

My altered hollow forms are struggles for a normalcy I cannot obtain, an empty vessel waiting to be filled with something more profound. My more performance-based sculptures are representations of my desire for what I see as a mass-perceived state of normalcy. That type of work highlights my own abnormalities and insecurities in an act of therapeutic bondage; wearing the sculptures forces me to endure pain that I cannot physically get out of, yet I force myself into these sculptures. I consider my purely functional work merely as a way for my hand to reach out into that mass, leaving my maker’s mark in the home of an outsider.

I’m reminded of the opening intro to the obscure TV series “Monkey” from the 70s where the voice-over reads a Buddha quote: “With our thoughts, we make the world.” This is a strange reference, but because of that horrible show, those words remain in my mind. That’s why I create. I have to get my thoughts out, to share to the world, with the intention to grasp at least one person and connect. The sharing of a small tea bowl can connect strangers that words cannot. —Andrew Leo Stansbury

BIO
Andrew Leo Stansbury (b. 9 years after Elvis died, Cuero, Texas) is a traditionalist by training, focusing on the utilitarian aspect of clay when making his sculptural vessels. Subsequently, he is also a recovering prude, now understanding and semi-accepting the vastness of his own self-loathing. He completed his Associate of Arts and Science at the Victoria College in 2009 and his BFA in ceramics at the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011. His work somehow has been shown in galleries throughout Texas, including the 500X Gallery in Dallas and Blue Star Contemporary Gallery in San Antonio.

Lady Base Gallery
A site for the artistic practices of Women and the LBGTQ community. It is an experimental initiative
supporting the creative practices of those interested in
practice-based research within their field and those artistic practices that cross disciplines. Founded February 2013.

Thank you for supporting local artists.

Sarah Castillo
Lady Base Gallery (Inside Gallista Gallery)
1913 S. Flores San Antonio, Texas 78204
More Info: Ladybase210.wordpress.com
Contact: Ladybase210@gmail.com

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