August 2009

Monthly Archive

1st FRIDAY Fotoseptiembre

Posted by thomas-cummins on 24 Aug 2009 | Tagged as: upcoming events

Sat, Aug 4
5:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Subjective Realities: Four Photographic Perspectives

Start Time:
Thursday, September 3, 2009 at 6:00pm
End Time:
Friday, September 4, 2009 at 10:00pm
113-1 Blue Star


Justin Dietert,Barbara Justice, Kevin Rayhons,and Eugene Wise
Vanessa Centeno, Ramin Samandari, and Virginia Spencer
Joan Grona Gallery
September 3 – October 3, 2009

Joan Grona Gallery
112 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX 78204   
Fiber Artspace
September 3 – September 26, 2009 In honor of Photo Septembrie, Fiber Artspace is exhibiting 35 artworks from 22 artists across the country who combine photo and fiber.

Fiber Artspace
1420 S. Alamo, #202
San Antonio, TX 78210   
Photographic Encounters: Humanity in Nature
San Antonio International Center
September 3 – September 30, 2009 New York art critic Graciela Kartofel presents an exhibit featuring six Latin American photographers, including Carlos Betancourt (shown), for FOTOSEPTIEMBRE USA.

San Antonio International Center
203 South St. Mary’s Street
San Antonio, TX 78205   

Art at the Jalapeno. The newest San Antonio First Friday Art Venu. We have a large fenced in parking lot with no neighborhood to worry about. And since jalapenos aren’t spicy enough, we added a dash of music and atmosphere to the Art at the Jalapeno menu for a kick back and relax environment for everyone to enjoy the San Antonio night air. So come on out and bring your family and friends. Why not pass this around to help us get the word out! We hope to see you there!

Sept. 4th, 2009.
7p.m. – 11 p.m.
Artist of the Month
Mark Benavidez Painter

Live music performed by South East Xperiment, Mister Chud, Paul Anthony and various vocal artists
Fun, Food, Jewelry Arts & Good times

Check out our myspace page to see pictures of last month’s event and last month’s artwork by Veronica Andrea Markland.
All artwork on our myspace page is for sale.

Symmetric Sound Productions Studio
512 S. Flores
San Antonio,

And remember, we will be here every First Friday of the month with new artists and good times.

Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009


(San Antonio)

A Carnival Of Messages

Rendon Photography & Fine Art
733 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205

Opening reception:
Friday, September 4, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibit on display:
September 4 – October 25, 2009
Viewing hours:
By appointment
Al Rendon,

Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009



El Sol Studios
936 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78205

Soft opening:
Thursday, September 3, 6 – 9 pm
First Friday opening:
Friday, September 4, 6 – 11 pm
Exhibit on display:
September 3 – 30, 2009
Viewing hours:
Mon – Sat, 12 – 5 pm; Fri, 12 – 8 pm
Ruth Guajardo,

First Friday patio music by Sabor Caribe

Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

SAY SI MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL ARTISTS | Memories: Projected And Invented

September 4 – 30, 2009 | Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 6 – 9 pm

Say Sí, 1518 South Alamo, San Antonio, TX 78204
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Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

GROUP EXHIBIT | Photo-Design: Where Image And Design Meet

September – October, 2009 | Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 7 – 9 pm

Robot Art Gallery, 1114 South Saint Mary’s, Suite 200, San Antonio, TX 78210
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Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

MARIO PEREZ | Conjunto: Acordeon Y Bajo Sexto

September 4 – 30, 2009 | Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 6:30 – 9 pm

Conjunto Heritage Taller Studio, 725 South Presa Street, San Antonio, TX 78210

Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

RUBEN C. CORDOVA | Christmas In New York

September 4 only | Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 6 – 10 pm

ArteReyes Art Studio Gallery, 1420 South Alamo, Building B, 2nd Floor, San Antonio, TX 78210
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Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

RAMIN SAMANDARI | Cloud Compositions: Work In Progress

September 4 – 30, 2009 | Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 6:30 – 9:30 pm

Magical Realism Studio, 1420 South Alamo, Building B, 2nd Floor, San Antonio, TX 78210
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Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009


September 1 – 30, 2009 | Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 5 – 10 pm

Freshoutphotos Print Studio & Gallery, 1115 South Alamo, #3104, San Antonio, TX 78210
Becca Elliott, | |

Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

GRACIELA KARTOFEL | Photographic Encounters | Exhibit Guided Tour

Friday, September 4, 5:30 pm | Presented by Ruiz-Healy Art,

City Of San Antonio International Center, 203 South Saint Mary’s, San Antonio, TX 78205
Katy Alexander, |

Friday, SEPTEMBER 4, 2009

Momentos De La Vida

September 4 – October 2, 2009 | Opening reception: Friday, September 4, 6 – 8 pm

La Peña, 227 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701
David Gutierrez, | |

Zombies & Condos

Posted by michelle on 30 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: party photos, performance art


Why does this picture remind me of walking around Lora Reynolds Gallery in the construction-condo zone of downtown Austin? A recent lecture by Conrad Bakker proved once again that despite its location, Lora Reynolds always exhibits unusual and intriguing artists.
In other news, behold the best zombie portraiture ever taken by one prolific Jillian McDonald. She makes me love America, oh wait, she’s Canadian. Seems like an apropos photo for the Katrina anniversary. Which reminds me, check out the latest New Yorker cover with a brilliant new work by silhouette connoisseur Kara Walker.

The Story of Matrix

Posted by ben on 29 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: design, essays

Matrix II

Emigre just published the history of the Matrix typeface on their site to hail the release of Matrix II. It’s a story of emerging technologies and their impact on design (exemplifying this quote, also from Emigre), of an iconoclastic designer whose work became iconic, and of the kind of debate that has been raging in the design community for years. It’s also the story of a great font.

La Tuna celebrity sighting

Posted by justin on 28 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: adventure day, art paparazzi, celebrity sightings, in yo face

So, it depends on who your list is made up of, but to some folks at La Tuna this past Friday night, it reminded them a little bit of of high school when they thought they knew somebody in the crowd..

starstruck cell phone lady

Matt Pinfield from 120 minutes

he looks kinda familiar.. wait.. heres a Bryan De La Garza Polaroid of him :

Brian De La Garza Polaroid of Matt Pinfield

oh wait.. here he is with Tori Amos.

the dent


Now I remember.

what a wierd Friday…

Taqueria Guadalajara on Roosevelt in San Antonio TX with Matt Pinfield

Sunset Scavenger at Rayco in San Francisco

Posted by michelle on 26 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: responses/reviews

Bill DanielBill Daniel breezed through town earlier this year to screen his hobo film, Bozo Texino. He just printed a bunch of amazing photos from Katrina’s aftermath in New Orleans as well as photos of hippy houseboats in northern California. The “Sunset Scavenger” show at Rayco looks fantastic thanks to Daniel’s analog aesthetics when it comes to printing photos the old fashioned way. Highly recommended show if you happen to be strolling around the SFMOMA. More photos…
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Listening Post

Posted by michelle on 24 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: art paparazzi, responses/reviews, sound art


Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin sift through new media with a sharp and calculating statistician’s sensibility. The result, currently at Yerba Buena, leaves audiences reeling with the brainiac implications involved in such a complicated, perfectly orchestrated piece of musical, LED sublimeness. Here’s an example of the listening post in action at the Whitney in 2002.

Good Grief, Good Graffiti> Open Call for New Public Art

Posted by michelle on 21 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: graffiti, opportunities

It’s time for someone to please bomb the billboard entranceway to Southtown. This is our neighborhood and Emvergeoning is publicly inviting you to paint something new on this old billboard. The previous artist, Mark Hogenson, has personally given the green light to cover up this fading mural. Supher, Clogged Caps, Illego…I challenge you to give this billboard new life. Ideally, this would be a monthly installation…uglybillboard

Vtrue, we hardly knew ye

Posted by ben on 21 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: r.i.p., responses/reviews

Back in March, i2i Gallery changed it’s name to Vtrue, and now it’s gone. There were hits and misses, as with any gallery, but Vtrue made a great contribution to the San Antonio art community, and will be missed. On the positive side, maybe this will give owners Gary Smith and Judith Cotrell more time to work on their own art. Emvergeoning covered two exhibits at i2i / Vtrue:

Now, of course, I wish we’d written more on their shows. But that’s how it goes. Mark Jones managed to document Vtrue’s swan song, Kerri Coar’s Sweet Tooth.

Erase Errata

Posted by michelle on 21 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: art paparazzi


Anne Hamilton’s installation at SFMOMA takes working class artifacts and transforms them into a monumental homage to indigo blue. The pile of 18,000 janitors’ uniforms was accompanied by a humble “attendant” that sat patiently at a desk and proceeded to erase names from a small book. You can watch a funny time lapse video of the 3-week installation and listen to an interesting interview with the artist about this piece that she originally made in South Carolina.

Artist Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

Posted by ben on 20 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: arts organizations, opportunities

The Artist Foundation just posted the application for the 2008 grant period on their web site. All applications must be submitted through the web site this year (don’t worry, they’ve gone a long way toward making the site usable).

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the grant, it offers up to $5,000 for professional Bexar County artists to create original works of art in the areas of literary arts, visual arts, media arts, and performing arts, as well as new awards in the areas of classical singing, set design, and costume design. (Their definition of “professional” is somewhat loose, but you have to demonstrate that you’ve spent some real time and energy focused on producing new work). The deadline is September 14.

Although this is basically the same deal as last year, there are a few changes. Rather than awarding one grant per category, the Foundation plans to dole out 15 grants across the 7 categories. In addition, all 15 grant recipients will automatically be considered for an additional $7,500 award for artistic excellence.

Describing Dada

Posted by ben on 20 Aug 2007 | Tagged as:, silliness

in the age of Web 2.0.

Quote vs. Quote

Posted by ben on 20 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: design, essays, vs.

“It should be clear that in the applied arts, innovation is not an unceasing hunt for heterodox and unseen things from desert islands; it is not merely an image surgery soliciting the senses, or a tension tickling the nerves. The idea of seeking the new for the sake of being different is nonsensical, resulting from the prevailing contemporary ‘market and goods’ ideology. True innovation is one that is rightly able to link the adaptive history embodied in any artifact with the changes of production tools, whenever they occur.” — Sergio Polano, Emigre 26

“But these forward gropings, this anticipation of an undefined future and the cult of the new mean in fact the exaltation of the present. The new time consciousness, which enters philosophy in the writings of Bergson, does more than express the experience of mobility in society, of acceleration in history, of discontinuity in everyday life. The new value placed on the transitory, the elusive and the ephemeral, the very celebration of dynamism, discloses a longing for an undefiled, immaculate and stable present.” — Jürgen Habermas, “Modernity – An Incomplete Project”

Pondering Silence

Posted by ben on 17 Aug 2007 | Tagged as: essays, music, sound art

Andrew Waggoner sends a 3,000 word battle cry into the ether, begging us to beat back the “colonization of silence” before it’s too late. He juxtaposes complaints about the overabundance of music in modern life (music while we shop; music while we drive; music while we wait for the AT&T customer service rep to answer our calls) with praise for the powerful use of silence by composers such as Webern and Morton Feldman. I can’t help but wonder if the solution to this problem is as simple as replacing Muzak with, say, the Lovely Music catalog.

On the other hand, here’s a video of John Cage . He, too, waxes eloquent on the limitations of “what we call music” (does this include Feldman?), and the power of silence. And somehow, in this 4-minute video, Cage seems to say more than Wagonner can pack into 3,000 words. You get the feeling that Cage has absorbed silence, that he embodies silence, while Wagonner pines away for it.

PS. Here’s another discussion of silence in the context of poetry for those that missed it.

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