CAM 2019 Perennial Opening Exhibition “Ghostly Demarcations” Curator Kevin Burns

When:
March 1, 2019 @ 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
2019-03-01T18:00:00-06:00
2019-03-01T21:00:00-06:00
Where:
Blue Star Contemporary
116 Blue Star
San Antonio
TX 78204
Cost:
Free
Contact:
Roberta Nina Hassele
(210) 630-0235

In pursuit of its mission to raise the national profile of San Antonio contemporary art and artists, each year Contemporary Art Month selects a city to partner with to foster dialogue and opportunities beyond San Antonio. We invite a professional curator from the partnering city to visit San Antonio artists’ studios to choose artists to participate in the CAM Perennial exhibition.

Contemporary Art Month (CAM) announces its 2019 Perennial Exhibition, Ghostly Demarcations, organized by guest curator, Kevin Burns, Education and Curatorial Associate at El Paso Museum of Art. Ghostly Demarcations features the work of eight El Paso/Juarez and San Antonio artists including: Animales de Poder, Kim Bauer, Therese Bauer, Audrey LeGalley, Ingrid Leyva, Amada Miller, Barbara Miñarro, and Katie Pell.

CAM has partnered with Blue Star Contemporary, as well as Heavy Heavy, Dorcol Distillery, Ruby City/Chris Park, and San Antonio Current. The exhibition will be hosted at  Blue Star Contemporary, where Contemporary Art Month will mark its start with a public opening on March 1, 2019. CAM is also proud to announce visual artist Sarah Fox as  their newly appointed Board Chair.

ABOUT KEVIN BURNS

Kevin Burns is the Education and Curatorial Associate at El Paso Museum of Art where he most recently has worked on a number of curatorial projects including After Posada: Revolution featuring works by José Guadalupe Posada, Andrea Bowers, Cruz Ortiz; Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon; Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home; 5th Transborder Biennial; and Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin. Burns has also facilitated public programs such as La Frontera: Art + People + Place, a two-day convening in El Paso and Juárez. He holds a Bachelor of Arts  from Baylor University and a Master of Letters in Theology from the University of St Andrews (Scotland).

ABOUT 2019 PERENNIAL ARTISTS

The exhibition features the work of eight El Paso/Juarez and San Antonio artists who investigate structures and origins, be they societal, cosmological, familial, or personally constructed through memory and experience. Using various media—prints, drawings, collages, installations, textiles, and ceramics—these artists simultaneously construct conceptual frameworks, address their tenuousness, and critique and upend them.

Animales de Poder , an El Paso / Juárez-based artist collective, critiques cultural and societal structures of power through multimedia, research-based installations.

Kim Bauer ’s abstracted intaglio and relief prints of scaffolding, construction materials, found objects, and track-like patterns explore form-making and natural cycles of building, destroying, and rebuilding.

Therese Bauer ’s drawings and collages investigate fragility and delicacy, objectivity and subjectivity, and incorporate revision, erasure, and reassembled images.

Audrey LeGalley addresses heritage and domesticity, conveying familial anxiety and fragility through the medium of  ceramics.

Ingrid Leyva studies the complexity of the El Paso / Juárez border region—its duality, divisiveness, tenuousness, and permeability—through diptych photographs of empty rooms and sparsely inhabited streets.

Amada Miller explores the origins of life at a simultaneously cosmological and intimately human level using elemental media such as sound and water.

Barbara Miñarro, using ceramics, found material, and human hair, explores familial heritage and tradition, simultaneously critiquing and embracing its influence.

Katie Pell, through recent and never-before-exhibited works, explores narrative structure, composition, and dynamics of hierarchy.

ABOUT CONTEMPORARY ART MONTH

Every March, during Contemporary Art Month (CAM), San Antonio artists, performers and curators present the best our community has to offer at galleries, museums, performing arts spaces, schools, artist studios and various unconventional locations around the city. Contemporary Art Month is also the name of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports and promotes these events.

Mission

Contemporary Art Month seeks to promote and raise the national profile of San Antonio contemporary art and artists by organizing and facilitating a month-long celebration of contemporary art, providing marketing support, and by organizing and facilitating public programs.

History

Contemporary Art Month started in 1986 by the director of Southwest School of Art and Craft in what is now Blue Star Contemporary, CAM became an independent project in 2003. The organization’s primary purpose is to organize, by means of a calendar, contemporary art events taking place in San Antonio during the month; as well as sponsoring a number of educational events in celebration of contemporary art.  In 2010, CAM officially moved from July to March. 2012 introduced the CAM “Perennial” Exhibition, where a curator from outside of San Antonio was invited to curate a show of San Antonio Contemporary artists. 2013 introduced CAMx (The CAM exchange), an exhibition exchange between San Antonio artists and artists from another city.

ABOUT THE EXHIBITION VENUE  

Blue Star Contemporary is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art organization celebrating more than 30 years in the Southtown neighborhood of San Antonio, Texas, that advances the growth and understanding of contemporary art, artists, and the curatorial process. With a mission to inspire, nurture, and innovate, BSC hosts 20 contemporary exhibitions annually, a year-round after-school art education program for high school youth, the MOSAIC Student Artist Program, and the Berlin Residency Program. In 2017, BSC became the only San Antonio arts organization to be W.A.G.E.-certified, solidifying its commitment to fair compensation of artists and creative professionals. For more information visit www.bluestarcontemporary.org.

BSC is open to the public, Thursdays & Fridays: 10am-8pm, Saturdays & Sundays: 10am-6pm, and the First Friday of every month: 10am-9pm. Admission is FREE on Thursdays 4-8pm, all day on First Thursdays and First Fridays. General admission is $5. Discounted admission is $3 for seniors, SWell-Cycle Members, King William Association members. Admission is always free for Blue Star Contemporary Members, active military, veterans, educators, and students with valid ID.

Support for BSC’s exhibitions and education programs generously provided by the Brown Foundation, Inc., Capital Group, Charity Ball Association, The City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, The Edaren Foundation, The Greehey Family Foundation, H-E-B and H-E-B Tournament of Champions Trust, a grant from the Dan and Gloria Oppenheimer Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, the Lifshutz Family, the Najim Family Foundation, Poteet Architects, Silver Eagle Distributors, Texas Commission on the Arts, and Valero Energy Foundation and Valero Benefit for Children.