Jul 11

Camouflage: Blaze Orange | Opening Reception

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Artpace San Antonio

Join us on July 11th for the unveiling of our latest Main Space exhibition by Justin Korver, titled Camouflage: Blaze Orange. Concurrently, we are proud to present Undercurrents: Vincent Valdez in our Hudson Showroom. This double opening reception begins at 6 PM, followed by an artist talk at 6:30 PM.

The following is an excerpt written by Ada Genitempo, Artpace’s Manager of Residencies and Exhibitions, “Justin Korver has transformed the Artpace Main Space into a fantasy landscape that evokes a sense of heart-opening ecological connectivity, transcending social binaries. When entering the space, visitors are greeted by a 6’ by 24’ long tapestry, a floor covered in pine needles and the crisp scent of tree oils. On the window, a single line of text reads:

In one long contour, the landscape wrapped around my eye like a curtain, a blanket, a familiar piece of clothing. My edges dissolved into the place I was; we are closer in the softening light.  

The poem, written by Korver, directs us toward the horizon line, where the visitor is placed into a reflective, ocular game. The window is frosted with a fragmented camo print, which obscures vision with cloud-like forms. Camouflage is a visible thing that is about being invisible. The exhibit is warmed by sunlight during daylight hours, but as night falls, the gallery transforms and emanates an orange blaze. Orange, as a color in hunting culture, is used to make oneself visible and safe. Here Korver suggests that when you see something, you realize you can also be seen. The sensory unfolding of the world around us is at the root of consciousness. There’s a poetic metacognition present that manifests empathy by suggesting the porous nature of the boundaries we have drawn around ourselves.

The tapestry depicts a landscape, trees, wildflowers, and grasses. In the American landscape tradition, it is a composite Texas with an amalgamation of plants pulled from various ecosystems. It was woven using a jacquard loom, a computer-controlled device that translates Korver’s own digitally composed drawing into woven patterns. Suddenly, these very complex patterns are made accessible by technology. Korver is drawn to artificiality and the slight blindness required to accept what is unreal. He creates an experience that exists in one’s own mind, subverting the singular point of view of romantic landscape.”

Opening Reception is Thursday, July 11, from 6–9PM

Free and Open to the public. 

Free Parking located at 513 N Flores

Complementary beer and wine for attendees 21+