Jack McGilvray, Kristy Perez, and Kristy Deetz @ Southwest School of Art, San Antonio [27 July]

Jack McGilvray, Kristy Perez, and Kristy Deetz

17:30 - 19:30

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Southwest School of Art
300 Augusta St, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Join us Thursday, July 27th from 5:30-7:30pm for three new exhibition openings on view through August 27, 2017!
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery I | Santikos Building

McGilvray’s process is very much about accumulation. The act of gathering, making, and assembling many images and objects is then distilled through the acts of editing the visual material to a point where what remains is essential. In this exhibition, she uses her photographs, along with found domestic objects and the visual vocabulary of life on a lake to convey the hope and hopelessness that comes in waves with the rising and lowering of the lake's level and the passing years. These intimate glimpses allow the viewer to be a voyeur and experience the mood, objects, people, and spaces inherent to this very personal place.

The works contained in The Lakehouse also speak to the importance of the built form and its relationship to the landscape within which it is placed—the how and where we build home and family. A drought is a natural disaster that isn’t sudden in its impact, as it is in a flood or an earthquake. Droughts happen slowly over time and the impacts are folded into our daily lives, subtly shaping our behaviors.
Russell Hill Rogers Gallery II | Santikos Building

San Antonio artist Kristy Perez visually navigates and explores a series of her own poems in The Giving Distance, a semi-autobiographical, mixed media installation for the Russell Hill Rogers Galleries at the Southwest School of Art. Revisiting reoccurring themes in her work of love, desire, beauty, and volatility, Perez pushes beyond the familiar to relay a strong sense of matriarchal order. “I want the journey for the viewer to be sensual but to relay an epic moment of creation that is personal and powerful and distant from the beliefs of the patriarchal and puritanical,” says Perez.

By embedding her deeply personal visual narrative, Kristy Perez seeks to challenge and reject accepted systems of belief while using historical reference and borrowing the language of those beliefs. In this way, the artist mines behaviors rooted in religious experience and ritual to create an intensely intimate narrative structure for the exhibition.
Urschel Corridor Gallery | Urschel Building

Each painting in Kristy Deetz’s Through the Veil series begins with her rendering a closely observed fabric with wrinkles and folds. The fabric in these paintings acts as a threshold that places the viewer into multiple, often conflicting, layers of space and meaning. The paintings utilize imagery from pop, outsider, and high culture. This recontextualizing of the familiar aids in a reconsideration that allows the viewer to make new relationships to the imagery.
A shape-shifting Rabbit acts as the central figure throughout and is positioned in front of or behind while looking into, out, around, or between images and spaces. Deetz uses dark humor, visual puns, symbols, and metaphors, art historical references and cultural collisions to play with pictorial and formal construction.

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