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CAMx (Houston): Triple Treat

CAM has launched a brand new initiative called CAMx, an annual exhibition-as-exchange between San Antonio and a rotating "sister city."  Through this initiative, CAM seeks to raise the profile of individual artists and artist-run spaces in San Antonio, and garner interest in our community abroad by initiating critical dialogue with art luminaries nationwide and beyond!

Houston has been chosen as our inaugural partner city.  San Antonio artists will exhibit their work at Redbud Gallery in Houston in July, and Houston artists will exhibit here at Unit B Gallery in March.  

CAMx (Houston) at Unit B Gallery:

"Triple Treat"

featuring artists:

Ariane Roesch

Emily Sloan

Kaneem Smith

Houston based multi media artists Arianne Roesch, Emily Sloan, and Kaneem Smith have been chosen to exhibit in “Triple Treat” at Unit B Gallery, which opens  March 16th 6:30-10pm, and runs through May 4, 2013.  The show is curated by Gus Kopriva as a part of an exchange exhibition between Unit B San Antonio and Houston’s Redbud Gallery.   

Click here to see the official venue and exhbition listing.

The exchange will be complete when Unit B curated artists will be exhibited at Redbud Gallery Sat July, 6-28, 2013. We will update you with more details as they come.

"bite like a kitty": CAM Perennial Exhibition, curated by Bill Arning

 

We are pleased to announce Bill Arning as Curator of the 2013 CAM Perennial. Renowned for his discerning eye and edgy curatorial style, Arning, formerly the Director of White Columns (NYC, NY) and Curator at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center (Cambridge, MA) is currently Executive Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The CAM Perennial will take place at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center Friday March 15, 6-9 pm.

Arning's curatorial statement:

 

 bite like a kitty: Joey Fauerso, Julia Barbosa Landois, Saintlorraine, Sarah Sudhoff

 “bite like a kitty” was a post-punk rock band I loved long ago, and the phrase that served as the band’s oddball moniker returned to my consciousness while visiting eighteen artists’ studios ` in San Antonio over two days in early January 2013. There was a notable pervasive sensibility that was biting but sweet, a place between anger and humor, sorrow and joy.  I would be foolish to try to construct an overarching San Antonio zeitgeist from my small sample, but the four artists I have invited to present their work at the Guadalupe Arts Center in March of 2013 as my section of the Perennial exhibitions all seem dedicated to amusing us as they simultaneously give us some nettlesome material to chew on.

 Joey Fauerso constructs magical tableaux in paintings and animated videos in which men are encouraged to display themselves in ways that are both hyper-sexualized and innocent, just as in classic coquetry. The result is a wacky blending of gender roles that creates new categories of sexuality that make binary distinctions like gay/straight or male/female seem hopelessly retardataire.

 Julia Barbosa Landois reframes the hyper-romantic language of an anti-love song of betrayal to transform it into an indictment of religiously supported sexism, describing, what the artist terms her “break up from Jesus.”  The melody creates one irresistible reality as her textual revisions refuse the romantic readings.

 Sarah Sudhoff will be showing her series “Wired,” color photographs of devices still in use at the legendary Kinsey Institute to study sexual behavior and human sexual response. These devices, looking oddly handmade,  are shown with their names as titles, such ad “Mercury-in-rubber penile strain gauge,” or “Vaginal Photoplethysmograph I” the words clinical distance unable to hide the fact that as a culture our ability to discuss sexuality in clear language is still severely handicapped.

 Saintlorriane, an ongoing collaboration between visual artist Kristy Perez and choreographer Britt Lorraine whose work often occurs at the place where bodies and objects collide will use theatrical curtains to bisect the space with the performer similarly bisected. This quixotic piece conjures the impossibility ever fully knowing any artwork, and by extension any other human being. The reality that we construct an illusion of wholeness in our minds based on an incomplete inventory of fragments = is vividly instantiated when dance and sculpture are brought together.

 “bite like a kitty” is far from a coherently thematic exhibition, and more tight connections may only make themselves apparent when the works are installed.  Its bubbling provocations share nothing but an overarching sensibility that seems appropriate for our times, and promises to deliver some troubling fun as well. 

Exhibition:   Friday,  March 15, 2013,  6:00 pm-9:00 pm , through June, 1, 2013.

GCAC Art Gallery:  723 S. Brazos St. San Antonio, TX.

Gallery Hours:  Tue-Sat 12-5 p.m.

 

 

Presenting Miss CAM Antonio 2013! (Trumpets!!!)

Congratulations to Miranda Joon Fermin, Miss CAM Antonio, 2013.  Look for her at Contemporary Art Month events and say hello.  You will be glad you did.

Miss CAM Antonio 2013

And if you missed it...Here's a glimpse of the Coronation Performance with Artist Matt Kubo.

Matt and Miranda 2013

 

Miss CAM Antonio 2013 (Update)

The contest to see who will be the next Miss CAM Antonio ended at 12:00 am, Feb. 24.  We thank all those who participated and hope to see everyone at the CAM Kick Off Party on Thursday, February 28th, at the Blue Star Contemporary Arts Museum, where the new Miss Cam Antonio will be crowned.  Festivities run from 6p-9p.  

Miss CAM Antonio Contest Strikes Back!

 

Contemporary Art Month is thrilled to announce the return of the Miss CAM Antonio Contest!!!!

Miss CAM Antonio 2013 logo

 

This virtual pageant will again take place on the Miss CAM Antonio facebook page (www.facebook.com/CAMAntonio2013

The contest is open to anyone currently living in San Antonio: male or female, young or old.  To compete, contestants must answer the pageant-inspired question, "As Miss CAM Antonio, how would you promote contemporary art in San Antonio?"

Contestants post their answers on the Miss CAM Antonio facebook page in the form of words, photos, video or any other medium that can fit into a wall post.  Answers may be posted from now until Sunday Feb 24, 2013.

The Finalists will be determined by the number of "likes" the contestant's wall post receives. The four entrants receiving the most "likes" will proceed to the finalist round, judged by a panel of CAM Executive and Artist Advisory Board members.

The winner will be crowned during the Contemporary Art Month kick-off party at Blue Star Art Contemporary Arts Museum, on Thursday, Feb. 28, from 6-9pm.

Miss CAM Antonio must be available to greet his or her adoring public on the following dates: March 1, 9 15, 16,23, 24, 27, & 29.

Miss CAM Antonio receives a custom designed crown by local artist Mat Kubo and a pair of tickets to the Contemporary Art Month closing party, among other prizes.  CAM will promote the winner in social media and traditional press materials.  The winner may even get a photo-op astride a tractor!