San Antonio, Texas - Artpace San Antonio is pleased to announce the unveiling of its New Works Now exhibition in the Hudson (Show)Room, opening on Thursday, May 10. New works by former International Artists-in-Residence Alex de Leon (1996), Katrina Moorhead (2005), Katie Pell (2006), Juan Miguel Ramos (2002), and Lordy Rodriguez (2001) will be on view through September 9, 2012.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION
New Works Now features the recent work of five former Artpace International Artists-in-Residence from Texas: Alex de Leon (1996), Katrina Moorhead (2005), Katie Pell (2006), Juan Miguel Ramos (2002), and Lordy Rodriguez (2001). Inspired by the importance of place and its relationship to identity and culture, each artist reflects on the significance of his or her surroundings. The exhibition considers universal and specific aspects of an environment and contemplates how truth and fiction mix in memory, while affecting a sense of nostalgia for remembered locales. Following its closing at Artpace, New Works Now will travel to the Dikeou Collection in Denver, Colorado.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Alex de Leon was born in Edinburg, Texas, in 1959. He received his BFA in Printmaking from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1983, before establishing his studio in San Antonio. He has exhibited extensively across Texas and elsewhere in the United States, in individual and group exhibitions, and has also contributed design for film and television. His rhythmic patterns of repeating images, often featuring symbols of contemporary folk culture, are hand-painted and rendered through the visual language of printmaking.
Katrina Moorhead was born in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, in 1971, and currently lives in Texas, where she works as the Assistant Professor of Sculpture at the University of Houston. She received her BA and MA degrees from the Edinburgh College of Art in the United Kingdom. Her elegant and delicate drawings, installations, and sculpture showcase seemingly ordinary and often hidden objects and experiences, casting the familiar in a new light.
Katie Pell was born in Wilmington, Delaware, in 1965. She received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in Providence in 1987. She has lived in San Antonio, Texas, since 1995, and currently teaches at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her drawings, sculpture, and installations confront issues of gender, class, cultural identity, and race, often utilizing humor and whimsy. Memory, dreams, pop culture, and fantasy characterize the imagery in her work.
Juan Miguel Ramos received his BFA and MFA from the University of Texas at San Antonio. In 1993, the artist, photographer, and musician co-founded San Anto Cultural Arts, a West Side learning space that promotes and encourages organic and cultural self-expression. He currently teaches at the International Academy of Design & Technology in San Antonio, his hometown. His work documents the people, places, and layers of Mexican-American culture in South Texas communities.
Lordy Rodriguez was born in Quezon City in the Philippines in 1974, and grew up in Louisiana and Texas. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and his MFA from Stanford University; he currently resides in the Bay Area in California. Inspired by frequent family road trips taken across country to visit relatives, his colorful work-primarily drawn in pen and ink-manipulates the language of cartography into abstract compositions of invented regions and places.
NEW WORKS NOW EXHIBITION IMAGES AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST.
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