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X MARKS THE ART Redrawing the City

C u r a t e d b y JOEY FAUERSO J O H N T E N N I S O N D A R B Y H I L L M A N JULIO BARRIENTOS

K AT H R Y N G A R N E R KAMERON RICHIE HOPE MORA

X MARKS THE ART i s a d o w n t o w n a r t p r o g r a m t h a t a c t i v a t e s u n d e r u t i l i z e d and vacant downtown properties through dynamic art installations. The current focus of the program includes historic properties along E. Houston, E. Commerce, and Soledad Streets. The program was launched in the summer of 2011 by Public Art San Antonio, a division o f t h e C i t y o f S a n A n t o n i o ’s D e p a r t m e n t f o r C u l t u r e a n d C r e a t i v e Development with the goal of creating a safe and inviting downtown environment rich in opportunities for both locals and visitors to e n g a g e i n c u l t u r a l a c t i v i t i e s i n t h e h e a r t o f t h e c i t y c e n t e r.

X MARKS THE ART i s c o m m i t t e d t o h i g h l i g h t i n g b o t h e m e r g i n g a n d established local contemporary artists in the public sphere. Over the past 3 years we have worked with over 40 artists to create 54 individual installations, impacting over 18 downtown properties.


R E D R AW I N G THE CITY R e d r a w i n g t h e C i t y p r e s e n t s t h e w o r k o f s i x e m e r g i n g Te x a s b a s e d a r t i s t s a n d r e c e n t B F A g r a d u a t e s o f Te x a s S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y. Responding to the San Antonio urban landscape, culture and architecture, the six artists employ a wide range of material and conceptual approaches to create new pathways, rhythms and c r e a t i v e i n t e r s e c t i o n s t h r o u g h o u t t h e h e a r t o f S a n A n t o n i o ’s r i c h and diverse downtown. Several of the artists in the exhibition employ recurring images and motifs at multiple locations to create new ways to navigate and experience the city–new ways to find o n e ’s w a y. D o m i n a n t t h e m e s i n c l u d e t h e i n t e r s e c t i o n s b e t w e e n nature and urban development, traffic and navigation, and an appreciation of the formal attributes of our often unexamined inner city terrain. It was a great pleasure to work with this group of talented artists and former students, and to collaborate with Marissa Laubscher and Public Art San Antonio on the exhibition. Although I have lived in downtown San Antonio for many years, this project allowed me to experience and observe the city in completely new ways. It is my hope that all who visit the exhibition will share this experience. -Joey Fauerso


J o e y F a u e r s o i s a n a r t i s t a n d A s s o c i a t e P r o f e s s o r o f A r t a t Te x a s S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y. H e r p a i n t i n g s a n d v i d e o s h a v e b e e n e x h i b i t e d n a t i o n a l l y and internationally with recent shows at the Centro Cultural Border in M e x i c o C i t y, a n d t h e D a v i d S h e l t o n G a l l e r y i n H o u s t o n Te x a s. F a u e r s o has been the recipient of numerous grants and residencies and is currently participating in the Open Sessions residency program at The D r a w i n g C e n t e r i n N e w Yo r k C i t y. S h e l i v e s i n S a n A n t o n i o w i t h h e r h u s b a n d R i l e y, a n d h e r s o n s B r e n d a n a n d P a u l .


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(Roof of Solo Serve - Publicly viewable from the 6th floor and higher of the Rand Parking garage)

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3. JULIO BARRIENTOS Bird by Bird 114 Soledad St. {Solo Serve Windows) The Undesirables 161 E Commerce Untitled 135 E Commerce

{Collaboration with Kate Garner)

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untitled (nonbungalow) Solo Serve Roof (114 Soledad St.) 2014

JOHN TENNISON I was thinking about sun bleached ruins and urban mythologies The last days of another moment in history points of departure from the living city possibilities of transformation s e r v i c e , l a b o r, a n d h o p e the good people that live in San Antonio

J o h n Te n n i s o n i s a n a r t i s t l i v i n g a n d w o r k i n g i n A u s t i n , Te x a s w h o m a i n t a i n s a b r o a d p r a c t i c e, m a k i n g u s e o f m a n y d i f f e r e n t m e d i a f o r m a t s. F o r R e d r a w i n g t h e C i t y , Te n n i s o n c o l l e c t e d w a s t e f r o m t h e h i g h w a y a n d worked with pre-existing materials in an effort to transform objects and spaces into new narrative structures while maintaining an ethic of m a i n t e n a n c e o r p u b l i c s e r v i c e.


untitled (land of plenty) 122 E Houston 2014


DARBY HILLMAN Wo r k i n g w i t h r e p u r p o s e d m a t e r i a l s , o f t e n i n d u s t r i a l , I s e e k o u t w a y s to play with the ideas that circulate around drawing, or finding a path between two points, and to perhaps blur the lines between drawing, sculpture, installation work and portraiture.

I am very curious about

Assembly Lines: Fence Solo Serve Gated Alley 1 (114 Soledad St.) 2014

the distinctions between the hand-made and the mechanized, which tends to drive my search for new materials, manipulations and markmaking techniques. Accumulation is of particular interest, whether it be an accumulation of tactile materials or of marks. The notion of our tendency as humans, regardless of place and language, to gather and c o l l e c t o f t e n f i n d s i t ’s w a y i n t o m y t h i n k i n g a n d a c t i o n s , a n d I e s p e c i a l l y enjoy the sensation of seeing physical materials, industrial or domestic, familiar or uncommon, placed in unexpected contexts and given new roles or expressions.

D a r b y H i l l m a n w a s b o r n i n A u s t i n , Te x a s a n d s t u d i e d s t u d i o a r t a t Te x a s S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y. S h e l i v e s i n M a r y l a n d , N e w Yo r k , A u s t i n , A l b u q u e r q u e a n d s o m e t i m e s I t a l y.


(Above) Assembly Lines: Solitaire 311 E Houston (Kress) ( L e f t ) A s s e m b l y L i n e s : Va g a b o n d 315 E Commerce


The Undesirables 161 E Commerce 2014

JULIO BARRIENTOS As population expands and civilization extends into wild animal habitats, natural wildlife is displaced. In order to compensate for the loss of their natural environment they must either move into new territories or find ways to coexist within the new landscape. My focus is on native S a n A n t o n i o b i r d s t h a t m a k e t h e i r h o m e s i n t h e c i t y. T h r o u g h m y w o r k I want to bring to light the wildlife that continues to thrive within the urban environment in spite of the sometimes-harsh conditions. These creatures are all around us, yet in the fast paced time we live in, we rarely stop and take notice of them. My drawings and architectural interventions celebrate the intersections and collisions between urban life and natural habitat.

Julio Barrientos was born in Los Angeles, California in 1987. H e n o w l i v e s a n d w o r k s i n S a n A n t o n i o , Te x a s . H e i s a r e c e n t g r a d u a t e f r o m Te x a s S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y – S a n M a r c o s . H i s p a s s i o n i s i n t h e f i n e a r t s a n d h e w a n t s t o p u r s u e a n M FA i n D r a w i n g . He works predominantly in the medium of drawing, and his current works deal with his values and beliefs concerning the relationship between animals and humans.


Bird by Bird Solo Serve Windows 114 Soledad St. 2014

Bird by Bird 114 Soledad St. (Solo Serve Windows) 2014


P h r e n i c Tr a n s i t 124 E Houston 2014

K AT E G A R N E R The spatial and visual patterns of urban landscape directly feed into our t h o u g h t p r o c e s s e s . L i n e a n d c o l o r, i m m e d i a t e f o r m s o f c o m m u n i c a t i o n now constantly demand out attention and action. These demands cause r e o c c u r r i n g d i s r u p t i o n s i n o u r m e n t a l t r a j e c t o r i e s l e a d i n g t o l o w q u a l i t y, bite sized, desensitized understanding. Through the displacement and abstraction of architecture, advertisements, and symbols, this body of work explores these visual interruptions and their psychological manifestations.

K a t e G a r n e r i s a b o r n a n d r a i s e d Te x a n , a n d a r e c e n t g r a d u a t e o f Te x a s S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y ’s D r a w i n g d e p a r t m e n t . S h e i s c u r r e n t l y working in the Austin area and interning with the UMLAUF S c u l p t u r e G a r d e n s , w h e r e s h e a s s i s t s w i t h t h e p r o g r a m AT X LASER. She is a mixed media artist that typically works in geometric abstraction, drawing inspiration from architecture.


Detour (Detail) Solo Serve Doors 114 Soledad St. 2014 (Left) Detour Solo Serve Doors 114 Soledad St. 2014


KAMERON RICHIE

Mosaic 132 E Houston 2014

For this series of work, I’m basing my practice on the phenomenon of pattern, geometr y, and composition found within the city’s architecture and photographing these happenstances and reiterating them as well as removing them from their context with serigraphy. Both media function as a chance to reconsider the unexamined elements of urban landscape, a chance to appreciate the exceptional that exists within the everyday.

Kameron Richie is an artist based in San Marcos, Texas, and is a recent graduate of Texas State’s Fine Art Program with a specialization in printmaking. He is an early career artist of minimal sensibilities working with print and photography. He has recently shown work in Austin, San Antonio, and Houston.


Line of Sight 140 E Houston St. 2014


P l a c e s We G r o 3 1 5 E C o m m e r c e S t e. 1 0 0 2014

HOPE MORA T h i s c u r r e n t p r o j e c t e x p l o r e s i l l u s i o n w i t h v i s u a l s o f h e r m o t h e r ’s f l o w e r shop, formal displays, and artificiality to describe storefront aesthetics. The video installations play on the border between the sincerity and a b s u r d i t y, d r a w i n g o n t h e w a y s i n w h i c h b u s i n e s s e s u s e s p a c e a n d decor to attract attention.

H o p e M o r a i s a v i s u a l a r t i s t f r o m P e c o s , T X w i t h a B FA i n P h o t o g r a p h y a t Te x a s S t a t e U n i v e r s i t y i n S a n M a r c o s , T X . H e r w o r k c o m b i n e s p h o t o g r a p h y, d r a w i n g s , c o l l a g e , a n d v i d e o intersecting real and invented details. Through manipulation of found imagery and added elements, the work maps personal histories, regional culture, and familiar spaces.


How to Present a Rose from Nowhere 126 E Houston Street 2014


P l a c e s We G r o 3 1 5 E C o m m e r c e S t e. 1 0 0 2014


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

We w o u l d l i k e t o g i v e s p e c i a l t h a n k s t o D i s t r i c t 1 C o u n c i l m a n D i e g o R . B e r n a l f o r h i s s u p p o r t o f t h e X MARKS THE ART d o w n t o w n a r t p r o g r a m . Special thanks are also due to our many property partners including: D H R e a l t y, C r o c k e t t U r b a n V e n t u r e s , H i x o n P r o p e r t i e s , T h e Ly n d C o m p a n y, P e l o t o n C o m m e r c i a l R e a l E s t a t e , R E ATA P r o p e r t y M a n a g e m e n t I n c . , R e v e l M a n a g e m e n t , S e r v i c e L l o y d ’s I n s u r a n c e C o m p a n y, S t r a u d e r G . N e l s o n R e a l t y, Tr a n s w e s t e r n , W e s t o n U r b a n , The Vistana, Zurich Properties. F o r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n p l e a s e v i s i t w w w. x m a r k s t h e a r t . c o m o r w w w. publicartsa.com X M A R K S T H E A R T i s m a n a g e d b y M a r i s s a L a u b s c h e r, P u b l i c A r t Specialist

Graphic design by Julio Barrientos

untitled (Collaboration between Julio Barrientos and Kate Garner) 135 E Commerce 2014


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