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San Antonio, TX - Artpace San Antonio is pleased to announce the unveiling of a new installation by Tony Feher, opening on January 12, 2012, in the Hudson (Show)Room, on view through April 29, 2012. 445 North Main Avenue San Antonio TX 78205 t 210 212 4900 f 210 212 4990 www.artpace.org © 2012 Artpace San Antonio
Tony Feher is known for his use of common household and everyday objects usually overlooked and generally discarded. His careful consideration transforms and re-contextualizes these items into unique works of art. For Artpace, the Hudson (Show)Room will serve as the backdrop for a site-determined installation where the space, volume, and light become his primary motivations. Through a reductive use of materials, he maximizes the viewer’s experience. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Feher received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas, and lives in New York City.
Feher’s installations take inspiration from existing architectural elements, revealing the environment anew for viewers. His artworks’ relationship to the space in which they are presented is inseparably fundamental, and in effect, the architecture becomes a part of the exhibition. In this way, the Hudson (Show)Room and the Artpace facility play leading roles in Thomas Hoving. Feher made two exploratory visits to San Antonio in preparation for this installation to familiarize himself with the gallery space and surrounding environment. This notion of site-specificity is what Robert Irwin coined “site-determined,” allowing the setting to have an upper hand in the artist’s decisions. As a result, metal poles lining the ceiling-which serve a utilitarian function as hanging structures for lighting-inspired three nylon twine works. The recently uncovered Hudson (Show)Room windows, which had been hidden by temporary gallery walls, reveal random panes of differently textured glass appropriated by the artist in a gesture of illuminating the windows with blue painter’s tape.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1956, Feher was raised from age 10 in Corpus Christi, Texas. He studied at the University of Texas in Austin, and currently lives in New York City. He has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally. His work can be found in the collections of many notable institutions, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Baltimore Museum of Art; Dallas Museum of Art; La Coléccion Jumex, Mexico City; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York City; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles.
EXHIBITION DETAILS AND RELATED EVENTS
January 12-April 29, 2012
Friday, January 13, 2012
12:30pm and 1pm
Art Talk: Tony Feher
Friday, January 13, 2012
Tony Feher will discuss recent works and a commission for the General Services Administration, Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse, Rockford, Illinois. Part of our Art Talks series, this special engagement is free and open to the public, and will be held at the UTSA Downtown Campus Buena Vista Street Building, BVB 1.328.
Location: University of Texas at San Antonio Downtown Campus, Buena Vista Building BVB 1.328
Visitor parking on the 4th floor of the UTSA Downtown parking garage. For more
Artpace After Hours: Tony Feher/Judith Cottrell
Friday, January 13, 2012
Tours in both Spanish and English are available by appointment. To schedule a group tour, contact Matt Johns at email@example.com or call 210 212 4900 x314.
Artpace is a contemporary art center located in San Antonio, Texas, with residencies, exhibitions, and education programs that nurture the creative expression of emerging and established artists, while actively engaging youth and adult audiences. Renowned for its International Artist-in-Residence program (IAIR), Artpace annually hosts three eight-week residencies, each of which features one Texas artist, one national artist and one international artist, who are all selected by a notable guest curator, and culminates into an exhibition. The mission of this program is to provide artists with unparalleled resources that allow them to take time, seize provocative risks, and unveil new ideas. Founder and Director of Prospect New Orleans, Dan Cameron says, “Artpace is really head and shoulders above any other organization of its kind right now.” The work created at Artpace goes on to show at some of the world’s most distinguished venues, often presenting a pivotal moment in an artist’s career. Jeffrey Deitch, Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles explains “Projects that began at Artpace that are still exhibited all over the world, Artpace really makes art happen.”
Artpace is located downtown at 445 North Main Avenue, between Savings and Martin streets, San Antonio, Texas. Free parking is available at 513 North Flores Street. Artpace is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5pm, and by appointment. Admission is free.
445 North Main Avenue San Antonio TX 78205 t 210 212 4900 f 210 212 4990 www.artpace.org
© 2012 Artpace San Antonio