Press Release: Artpace Jesse Amado In The Hudson (Show)Room:
Feb 8, 2007 pr 22, 2007
For Immediate Release: February 5, 2007
Media Contact: Celina Emery
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SAN ANTONIO, TX ?elve years after being selected for Artpace’s first International-Artist-in-Residence program, Jesse Amado
returns to Artpace with a solo exhibition in the Hudson (Show)Room. In this retrospective of recent works, the San Antonio and New York-based artist’s conceptually driven sculptures and two-dimensional pieces explore and emphasize the process of making art and the transfer and translation of information.
Jesse Amado will feature Beauty Spot
(2004), one of a number of works in the exhibition that reference the coded nature of messages about love and beauty. The wooden relief of stacked letters is arranged so that each letter obscures the next, rendering the text almost illegible. The piece, which is coated in lush silver paint, reflects on the ambiguity of aesthetic judgment?n is a beauty mark just a mole?
Amado’s to circumscribe
, created in 1991, is the earliest piece included in the exhibition, placing in context the artist’s continued interest in how ideas about art and beauty are transferred, understood, and coded. Referencing Joseph Beuys’ influential inquiry into the relationship between art and life through his “social sculpture” made with felt and other unlikely materials, Amado deploys the tactile fabric to create a series of nestled cones that unzip to reveal another beneath. The stiff layers of partially hidden material suggest the dually transparent and concealed aspects of human perception and identity.
Born in San Antonio, Texas in 1951, Jesse Amado continues to live and work in San Antonio and New York City. He received his MFA from University of Texas at San Antonio in 1990. He has had solo exhibitions at Finesilver, San Antonio, TX (2003); McNay Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX (2003); and Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, TX (1996). His works have been included in group exhibitions including Never Leaving Aztlan
, Museo de las Americas, Denver, CO (2005); Visualizing Identity
, Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX (2003); and Film Revival
, Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Program, Long Island City, NY (2003).
Exhibition Details and Related Events
February 8 pril 22, 2007
Reception and Artist Walk-Thru
February 8, 2007, 6:30-8:00 PM
The opening reception for Jesse Amado will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 PM with a gallery walk-thru led by the artist at 7:00 PM.
Brown Bag Lunch
Also on View at Artpace
Wednesday, February 28, 12:00-1:00 PM
Join Artpace Curator Kate Green for a gallery walk-thru and discussion of Jesse Amado. Lunch is provided by Sip ($6.50). Call Artpace for menu and reservations.
WindowWorks: Randy Wallace: Unsettlement
February 8 pril 29, 2007
San Antonio-based Randy Wallace’s conceptually driven performances and interactive sculptures utilize play to discomforting ends. Unsettlement, a charming yet foreboding cabin, viewed from Artpace’s Main Avenue windows, will project both promise and warning by drawing on the frightening side of fairy tales.
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