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/
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
UPDATE: ON VIEW AT THE VISTANA BEGINNING FEB. 16th (100 N. Santa Rosa St.)
My Sadness Goes On and On
122 E. Houston St. (Savoy Building)
Beginning: September 12th
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.)
“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.
Jenelle Esparza and Rigoberto Luna’s installation includes side by side views of the horizon lines of their childhood hometowns: Corpus Christi, TX and Atascosa, TX. They state that while “everyone’s hometown landscapes may differ, they are all connected under the same sun, moon, and sky.” This collaboration has brought a digital landscape to the urban downtown environment of San Antonio that the community can interact with through social media. Esparza and Luna encourage viewers to share the sunrises, sunsets and moons above their own town by uploading their photos to the following social media pages:
Jenelle Esparza is a local artist and photographer who manages her own photography studio. Esparza works with many local artists as well as arts organizations including Planned Parenthood of South Texas, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, and The Paintyard.
Rigoberto Luna is a local artist, graphic designer, and San Antonio native. Luna has worked with a number of organizations including Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Museo Alameda, San Antonio Spurs and Artpace San Antonio.
“Shorelines (BTseries no. 5) ” Taeg Nishimoto, 2013
Taeg Nishimoto presented his installation Shorelines (BTseries no.5), with help from his assistant Britta Moe, at 315 E. Commerce St. from September 1-26, 2013. He created the installation using white fabric manufactured from post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Illuminated at night, the fabric’s folds swayed slowly back and forth, which created a soothing interplay of light, shadow and movement from ceiling to floor. This installation proved to be so successful that the vacant storefront was leased within the first month. A new location is currently being sought for a reconfigured version of the installation
Taeg Nishimoto is an accomplished architect and designer. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Waseda University in Tokyo and a Master of Architecture degree from Cornell University. He has worked for Architecktenburo Herman Hertzberger in Amsterdam and Kunihiko Hayakawa & Associates in Tokyo. In New York he had his own practice, Taeg Nishimoto + Allied Architects. In 2001 he moved to Texas as a tenured faculty member of Texas A&M University and in 2007 he joined UTSA where he is a full professor in College of Architecture. He has been featured in numerous publications, and has been the recipient of numerous grants and fellowships. He has exhibited internationally in institutions as renowned as the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, the Mori Museum in Tokyo, La Galerie d’Architecture in Paris, and CAPC Musee in Bordeaux, France. He is a licensed architect in Japan and in the state of New York.
“Technomercado” Jimmy James Canales + Ruben Luna, 2013
For their X MARKS THE ART: “Light + Technology” series installation, Jimmy James Canales and Ruben Luna have teamed up to create a “viewer activated video animation experience” inside of the old Texas Theater ticket booth at 175 E. Houston Street. The installation appropriates objects and imagery found at the Historic Market Square in downtown San Antonio. A flashing red light prompts viewers to press a button that activates an animation displayed on three monitors mounted inside of the ticket booth. The animation transforms imagery from serapes and black velvet paintings into a colorful techno-infused spectacle. Surrounding the video monitors, a collection of items have been assembled, including porcelain figurines, piñatas, antlers, racoon hats, and more. The project, like its title, Technomercado, is a cultural remix, presenting traditional souvenir objects as evolving technologically infused digital video.
Canales and Luna have been working together since April of 2010. Both natives of San Antonio, their projects have always integrated their personal Mexican American heritage, San Antonio Folk Culture, history, and current technologies.
Love Letters to San Antonio is a storefront art installation for the X MARKS THE ART: “Light + Technology” series that creatively documents city spaces that are not tourist destinations, but instead spaces inhabited primarily by Mexican Americans. Their multi-media installation includes large floating portraits of people who have contributed to the creative community in San Antonio, including Agosto Cuellar, Chris Davila, Ruth Buentello, and Danny Delgado. Behind the portraits a video showcases some of the most beloved communal spaces within the city such as Casa Guajardo, the Royal Palace and Hi-Tones. The installation is woven together with “love letters” placed on the glass and throughout the video. “We wish to highlight spaces that exist in the margins of our city to showcase their communal characteristics.”
Kristin Gamez is video maker, performance artist and media educator from San Antonio, Texas. She has a MA in Media Studies from the University of Texas and teaches Film and Journalism at Northwest Vista College. Mari Hernandez is an artist and educator based out of San Antonio, Texas. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio. Through her work Mari Hernandez explores identity and social circumstance through a Chicana lens. Both Kristin Gamez and Mari Hernandez are members of the Chicana artist collective Más Rudas.
Sarah Castillo and Roberto Marquez’s X MARKS THE ART: “Light + Technology” installation , The Interactive Art Exhibit for Light Admirers (T.I.A. E.L.A.) is an interactive installation at the Kress Building, located at 311 E. Houston Street. T.I.A. E.L.A. combines fiber art and technology to recreate two historic buildings along the E. Houston St. corridor. The first installation of the Alameda Theater was completed October 13th. The second installation of the Kress Building is expected to be on view beginning October 19th .
Instructions for Interactivity
T.I.A. E.L.A. also functions as a WiFi hub and invites viewers to interact with the installation through T.I.A. E.L.A.‘s own secure server. To interact follow these 3 steps when within T.I.A. E.L.A.‘s WiFi range:
Connect to T.I.A. E.L.A.‘s WiFi using your mobile device’s settings:
-network name: pasa-2103-alameda
Once connected, follow this link to control the light feature settings.
http://192.168.1.103:9090/ (NOTE: link only works when logged into the pasa-2013-alameda network)
3) Remote View
While within T.I.A. E.L.A. WiFi range, you can remotely view what is occurring at T.I.A. E.L.A. via laptop and on some smart phones and tablets. Visit this URL for the video stream: http://192.168.1.103:8081/ (NOTE: link only works when logged into the pasa-2013-alameda network)
About Sarah Castillo and Roberto Marquez
Sarah Castillo is an interdisciplinary artist working in fiber and photography. She received her Bachelors of Art and minor in Nonprofit Management from the University of Texas at San Antonio and is currently a Graduate student at UTSA in the Bilingual/Bicultural Studies program. She is a co-founder of Mas Rudas Chicana Collective and founder of Lady Base Gallery. She’s exhibited at the University of Texas at San Antonio, Artpace, Mexic-Arte Museum, Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, The Institute of Texan Cultures and Slanguage. Roberto Marquez has a background in software development with Java technologies. He uses open source hardware and software in light-based products such as PIXEL and EL wire wearables. Project documentation can be found at http://electronics.onebeartoe.org/.