X MARKS THE ART: “Redrawing the City” Digital Catalogue

3 Jun

The digital catalog for X MARKS THE ART: “Redrawing the City” is available. We’ll be handing out printed copies during the reception this Thursday, 5:30 p.m. at PASA Studio, 400 N St. Mary’s St. Ste. 101. In the meantime, sneak a peek:

X MARKS THE ART: Redrawing the City

27 May


In a continued effort to bring new life to overlooked or vacant downtown buildings, the Department for Culture & Creative Development (DCCD) announces a new series of temporary X MARKS THE ART storefront installations now on display in 13 historic downtown properties along East Houston, East Commerce, and Soledad Streets. The series, titled “Redrawing the City,” comprises 18 unique installations curated by local artist and Texas State University Associate Professor of Art Joey Fauerso. X Marks the Art is managed by Public Art San Antonio, a division of the DCCD.

“Redrawing the City” is an exhibit of works by six recent B.F.A. graduates of Texas State University: Julio Barrientos, Kate Garner, Darby Hillman, Hope Mora, Kameron Richie and John Tennison. The exhibit includes dynamic, large-scale, site-specific, two- or three-dimensional “drawings” that respond to San Antonio’s urban landscape and the lines that people “draw” as they move through this space. One of the installations sits on the rooftop of the former Solo Serve at 114 Soledad, publicly viewable from the Rand Parking Garage at 122 N. Main; other installations surround the Solo Serve building on the ground level and continue along East Houston and East Commerce Streets. Installations will be on view for a minimum of 30 days and a maximum of six months depending on property availability.

An opening reception that will include an a panel discussion with the artists will take place Thursday, June 5th, 5:30 p.m. at PASA Studio, 400 N. St. Mary’s Street, Suite 101. The artists will lead guided tours of their installations at 6:30 p.m.

X MARKS THE ART was launched in the summer of 2011 with the goal of creating a safe and inviting downtown environment rich in opportunities for both locals and visitors to engage in cultural activities in the heart of the city center. X MARKS THE ART is committed to highlighting both emerging and established local contemporary artists. Over the past three years the program has worked with over 40 artists to create 54 individual installations, impacting over 18 downtown properties.



Video: T.I.A. E.L.A.

8 Apr

Sarah Castillo and Roberto Marquez, created this great video discussing their interactive installation T.I.A. E.L.A (The Interactive Art Exhibit for Light Admirers), on view at the Kress Building. Check it out!

X MARKS THE ART: Light + Technology

25 Mar

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Currently on view downtown is the X MARKS THE ART: “Light + Technology” series. The series highlights San Antonio based artists and collectives who are activating vacant spaces downtown with a series of light and technology based art projects. Installations explore innovative uses of interactive systems, social media, lighting, and sound in the context of the busy downtown pedestrian experience. We are glad to present this exhibit of Texas based artists as a participating exhibition during  the 5th Texas Biennial.

Installations will be on view for as little as 30 days and up to 6 months depending on property availability. Keep a look out  to see these installations take shape, and check back here for updates. To learn more about the Texas Biennial, visit their web site: http://www.texasbiennial.org/

Art Installations:

Jimmy James Canales + Ruben Luna
175 E. Houston St. (Old Texas Theatre Ticket Booth)
Beginning:  October 15th  (Complete)

Sarah Castillo + Roberto Marquez
T.I.A. E.L.A. (The Interactive Art Exhibit for Light Admirers)
311 + 313 E. Houston St. (Kress Building)
Beginning: October 13th (Part 1) October 21st (Part 2)

Jenelle Esparza  + Rigoberto Luna
Above the Horizon and Below
315 E. Commerce St. (Staacke-Stevens Building)
Beginning: Late October

Kristin Gamez + Mari Hernandez
Love Letters to San Antonio
140 E. Houston St. (Book Building)
Beginning: October 7th

The Lullwood Group
Feels So Brite
Originally on view at 231 E. Houston St. from Sept. 28th – Dec. 10t

Mark Menjivar
My Sadness Goes On and On
122 E. Houston St.  (Savoy Building)
Beginning:  September 12th

Taeg Nishimoto
shorelines (BTseries no.5)
w/ Britta Moe, Assistant
Originally located at 315 E. Commerce St. from Sept. 1-26, 2013
UPDATE: NOW ON VIEW AT THE VISTANA from  7:30-10:00 p.m. nightly (100 N. Santa Rosa St.)


3/25/14 “Light + Technology”: Artist Showcase, 6-7:30 p.m.

14 Mar

Please join us Tuesday 3/25/14, from 6-7:30p.m. for an X MARKS THE ART: “Light + Technology” Artist Showcase @ PASA Studio, 400 North Saint Mary’s Street, Suite 101


In honor of Contemporary Art Month, Public Art San Antonio is hosting an X MARKS THE ART: “Artist Showcase” to feature the artists who have participated in the recent X MARKS ART: “Light + Technology” series which is currently on view in various vacant storefronts in downtown San Antonio. The series highlights San Antonio based artists and collectives who are activating vacant spaces downtown with a series of light and technology based art projects. Installations explore innovative uses of interactive systems, social media, lighting, and sound in the context of the busy downtown pedestrian experience.

For the event images of the installations will be on exhibit and participating artists will give a brief 5 minute presentation about their current work. Light refreshments will be served.

Participating artists include:  Jimmy James Canales + Ruben Luna; Sarah Castillo + Roberto Marquez; Jenelle Esparza + Rigoberto Luna; Krisitn Gamez + Mari Hernandez; The Lullwood Group; Mark Menjivar; and Taeg Nishimoto.

“Shorelines 2″ by Taeg Nishimoto at the Vistana

14 Mar


Less than 30 days after Taeg Nishimoto installed Shorelines (BTseries no.5)  at 315 E. Commerce Street, the vacant storefront space was leased and the artwork was de-installed. We’re happy to announce that the artwork has been reconfigured at the Vistana’s lower level retail space facing Santa Rosa sreet.

Nishimoto’s new installation is titled “Shorelines 2.” Inside the Vistana storefront are several large curtains of folded fabric surfaces made from recycled plastic bottles on which light is projected each night beginning at 7:30 p.m. Industrial fans blow against the fabric from behind, giving the illusion of floating clouds in the night sky.   The vast, raw, unfinished  space poses a drastic contrast to the smaller historic storefront on Commerce where Shorelines was originally installed. This inspired Nishimoto to respond to the work quite differently. Instead of bringing his panels up close to the window glass, he pushed the panels further back into the space and used colorful lighting to cast dynamic shadows across the vast interior as they gently sway. The installation is set on a time to turn on between 7:30 and 10:00pm nightly and will be on view for as little as 30 days or up to 6 months depending on the availability of the property.

“Feels So Brite” Lullwood Group, 2013

7 Nov

“Feels So Brite” The Lullwood Group, 2013

The Lullwood Group is an artist collective that seeks to encourage audience participation, foster exploration and promote art discovery in many forms. Inside the storefront space at 231 E. Houston Street, the Lullwood Group has created a giant lite-brite along with a nighttime backyard scene including artificial grass, a picnic table and LED lighting. The lite-brite is connected to a motion sensor, so that as passersby come into range, the lite-brite brightens, greeting its viewers. Every so often the Lullwood Group plans to invite different artists to change the lite-brite pegs into a new image. In addition to their own multidisciplinary projects, the Lullwood Group curates exhibitions at 107 Gallery in the Lone Star Arts District on Second Saturdays. Locally, they have participated in Luminaria, first in 2012 with an interactive geocaching project and again in 2013, with a participatory installation titled “Binary” that transformed the entire Frida Kahlo Gallery at the Instituto Cultural de México into a playful  environment filled with white weather balloons and video projections.

The Lullwood group consists of Emily R. Barker, Chris Castillo, Esteban Delgado, Joseph Duarte, Joe Harjo, Clay McClure, Willie Sanchez, and Connie Swann.


UPDATE: The installation has been relocated and is currently on view at the Vistana (100 N Santa Rosa).


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