Opening Reception Thursday, Sept. 21, 6-8pm
On view through December 31, 2017.
Kite strings trace a 2,500-year trajectory through human history. Originating in ancient China, the kite spread worldwide to be used for recreation, war, communication, and atmospheric inquiry. They have risen quietly out of farmers’ fields and scientific laboratories, held by the hands of revolutionaries, artists, children, and enthusiasts. As an object of utility, reflection, and metaphor, the kite lifts our hearts and minds aloft.
LIFT focuses on the kite as an artistic vehicle. The exhibition includes the work of 28 artists from around the world, including 12 San Antonio artists. Each artist brings a unique vision to the kite form. From the delicate paper and bamboo work of Anna Rubin (Austria) to the bold paintings of Robert Trepanier (Canada), we find unexpected diversity in these objects.
In the U.S., our notion of ‘kite’ is often limited. Mass-produced plastic toys couple with poorly conceived childhood plans to produce memories of tangled string and kites stuck in neighborhood trees. The work of included in LIFT expands our thinking and encourages us to reconsider the humble kite. It is a medium that leads our gaze upward, demands a consideration of natural forces, and, ultimately, places artwork in a context beyond the gallery walls, into the atmosphere itself.
San Antonio artists include:
LIFT is curated and produced by Bridge Projects, and Artpace San Antonio.
In-kind support provided by: Stuart Allen Art Services, Cade Bradshaw, Drachen Foundation, Scott Skinner.
Artpace is a non-profit contemporary art organization located in downtown San Antonio, Texas with residencies, exhibitions, and educational and community programs that nurture the freedom to dream. Artpace supports the creative process and engages audiences with the most innovative art and artists from around the world.
Since 1995, Artpace has welcomed more than 200 artists through its renowned International Artist-in-Residence program. Annually, Artpace hosts three residencies, which each feature one Texas-based artist, one national artist, and one international artist, who are selected by a notable guest curator. Each eight-week residency culminates in a two-month exhibition on site. The mission of this program is to provide artists with unparalleled resources that allow them to experiment with new ideas and take provocative risks. artpace.org.