Now is a great time to visit downtown San Antonio. Not only are new fashion themed installations popping up as part of the X MARKS THE ART: Arte of Fashion series led by Tony Harris, but the City’s Center City Development Office launched the second annual OPEN: Pop Up Shops today which will rotate 21 retailers through four downtown locations every Tuesday and Saturday from 12-9pm this month for a unique holiday shopping experience. For more information about OPEN Pop Up Shops visit www.sanantonio.gov/ccdo
Here is the current list of X MARKS THE ART installations on view:
X MARKS THE ART: Arte of Fashion
• 311 E Houston, Analy Diego
• 313 E Houston, Joaquin Abrego
• 275 E Houston, Mitchell Mata
• Houston Street Garage (on 500 block of Navarro Street), James Lewis
• 315 E Commerce, Seeing Red, Tony Harris and Mitchell Mata
X MARKS THE ART: Redrawing the City
• 114 Soledad, John Tennison, untitled (nonbungalow), (on the roof of Solo Serve, Publicly viewable from the 6th floor and higher of the Rand Parking Garage)
• 122 E Houston, John Tennison, untiled (land of plenty)
• 315 E Commerce St., Darby Hillman, Vagabond
• 161 E Commerce, Julio Barrientos, The Undesirables
• 135 E Commerce, Julio Barrientos + Kate Garner, Untitled
• 124 E Houston, Kate Garner, Phrenic Transit
• 141 W Commerce; Julio Barrientos, Kate Garner, Darby Hillman, Hope Mora, Kameron Richie, John Tennison; Untitled
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:
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.
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!
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.)
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.
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.