In case you wonder whether or not you spend too much time tinkering on your smart phone, your tablet, on Facebook or Twitter, a new Blue Star exhibit suggests—you’re right—you do! I put down my Iphone long enough to file this story.
“My name’s Tommy Gregory; I’m a Houston-based artist.”
As I approached Gregory at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, he was—you guessed it—on his Iphone. But minutes later, that changed.
Blue Star has opened yet another new exhibit. It's called "Dark and Lovely," and it has an interesting premise.
"Dark and Lovely explores issues of identity by exploring hair, and how those tiny, delicate strands have the power to identify us to the world," said Jennifer Ling Datchuk, the artist behind the exhibit. And to her, hair is a really big deal.
A new exhibit opened at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum featuring the work of artist Catherine Lee. The large central gallery of the Blue Star was filled with a distinct variety of different kinds of art. The exhibit is called Emergence, and it’s an overview of Lee's 45-year art career. Lee described what's there.
“There are three-dimensional works in the middle of the space that move around in the space. There are paintings on the wall. There are sculptures on the wall. There are metal pieces and delicate paper pieces. A real breadth of things,” she said.
San Antonio artist Justin Boyd has started his residency program in Germany. I reached the Southwest School of Art’s teacher and artist via Skype.
“I’m speaking from the Kunstlerhaus Bethanian, and it’s in an area of Berlin called Kreutzberg,” he said.
Kunstlerhaus is the international cultural center that’s hosting Boyd’s artistic residency, and as Boyd explained, there are many other artists there as well: “There’s artists here from Korea, from Japan, Denmark."
A local artist heads to Berlin to begin his artistic residency. That residency program is a construct of the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.
“We send four artists a year through an open call process," said Mary Heathcott, executive director of the Blue Star.
“They’re selected by a jury and they get to spend three months there to dive deeper into their practice; to meet new artists, to meet new curators, and to really be in the Mecca of contemporary art right now,” Heathcott said.
I asked the obvious question: "That costs a lot of money, doesn't it?"
The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum mosaic program is grooming promising art students for a future in the field. Last week I introduced you to the program that encourages art students’ interests and abilities. This week I’ll introduce you to a student benefiting from the program.
Blue Star Mosaic recruits talented students from area high schools to join their after school program. One of those students, Yenifer Gaviña, detailed the time commitment, "from 4:30-7:30 and during summer from 1:30-5:30.”
I asked her if that was a big sacrifice of her time.
A new River Walk art installation went in last week. The piece is called Compass Rose.
“Compass Rose is a 4 ft. by 3 ft. glazed ceramic mosaic that is situated in the geographic center of San Antonio on the River Walk,” said Alex Rubio, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum’s Artist in Residence for their mosaic program.
As Rubio detailed, the mosaic program mentors high school students that they recruit from art programs all around the city.
“Teaching them studio practicum. Getting them involved in community work, and of course, public art,” Rubio said.