2014 Exhibitions

December 5 – 19, 2014 – Opening with ArtWalk – 5:30 to 9 pm

Spectacular Salon

  The Spectacular Salon is a giant end-of-year art show and sale held in conjunction with our annual Holiday Ornament Show and ArtWalk on December 5th.   Spectacular Salon artists rent space on the wall in our main gallery and display everything that will fit within that space.  The result is a floor to ceiling Art Extravaganza!

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November 7-28, 2014

IN TRANSIT: NEW WORK IN OIL BY KITTY DUDICS

Kitty Dudics studies unposed peoples’ relationships through the visual puzzles of their body language.  These works are a result of her ongoing observations sketched from life from local city  bus stations;   human activities as  they are in transit.  Color, light, pattern , painting surface  ,facial expression , the figure,  and  sense of place are important elements in her art.

Welsh- Dudics is a Professor of Painting at Del Mar College.  She received a BFA in Art from UT Austin , did post graduate studies at the Instituto Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico , then  earned an MFA in Painting from UT San Antonio.  Her work has been exhibited and collected throughout Texas , including the Permanent Collections of the Art Museum of S. Texas and UT San Antonio.

For more information: www.kittydudicspainter.com

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In the Main Gallery October 3 – November 21:

2014 DIA DE LOS MUERTOS EXHIBITION: FABLES & FOLKTALES OF SOUTH TEXAS 

Regional artists have interpreted various stories such as La Llorona, La Lechuza, Dance with the Devil, and some personal stories of their own. Be sure to check out this South Texas art exhibition, featuring the excellent artwork of our South Texas artists.

Participating artists (all artists from Corpus Christi unless otherwise noted):  Sindi Alvarado, Mark Bueno (Colorado), Rene’ Cantu,  Mark Clark (Brownsville), Ana Cortes, Celeste de Luna, Sarah Fedak, David Fuentes, Patricia Jane Fugitt (San Antonio), Norma Gafford, Georgia Griffin,  Jenifer Hartsfield, Narice Hopp, Lynda Jones, Dwayne Kraatz, Gerald Lopez, Al Molina, Jimmy Pena, Catrina Phillips, Barbra Riley, John Self, Amanda Shepherd, Paul Valadez (Edinburg), Cheryl Votzmeyer, Day Wheeler, Carolyn Young, Mayra Viviana Zamora.

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October 3, 6-9pm

LOTERIA! Mural Dedication

619 Chaparral Street

South Wall of former Kress Building, Ellison Law Offices Parking Lot

Phase I of the project will be unveiled October 3, during ArtWalk.

Pictured Image – Clockwise from top left works by: Matt Peterson, Ricardo Ruiz, Lisa Harrison Ramirez, Catrina Phillips, Lynda Jones, Mark Clark, Raychelle Schaudies, Gerald Lopez, and center, Carol Plumb

The Loteria mural project is funded by grants from the City of Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation-Arts & Cultural Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts.  Click here for the full Loteria! story and more information.

 

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Art Star October 3-24: Teresa Ruiz

Teresa Ruiz was born in Corpus Christi, Texas. She attended Texas A & I University in Kingsville, Texas where she received her BFA with an emphasis in printmaking graduating Magna Cum Laude. She also has an MFA in painting from Temple University, at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA where she was awarded a Future Faculty Fellowship. In 1993 she taught painting and drawing at Rhode Island School of Design.

Teresa had a one person show at 1203 Art Space in San Antonio, TX in 1995.  In 2009 she was part of a group show of Texas artists called Amistad II (Texas Art in Peru) in Arequipa, Peru. She is also part of the permanent collection of the Art Museum of South Texas.

 

ART STAR SEPTEMBER 5 – 26:

Organic Expressions by Carole Mauch

K Space Contemporary is pleased to announce our featured Art Star for September is Carole Mauch.  Art Star exhibitions show off the works of exceptional artists of the Coastal Bend.  The show is entitled “Organic Expressions” and includes Carole’s magnificent hand-built ceramic coil pots and other works.

Carole Mauch was born in 1955, in Henderson, Nevada and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Regarding her artwork she states,  “I began to visualize Art becoming a part of my life when I went back to college in 1998. At first all I wanted to do was make art with clay. I eventually created a style of my own which is very unique. I recognized my need to make art when I found myself working on a big coil pot at Texas A& M Corpus Christi. Thinking about life issues and working with clay has a healing quality.”

 

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Main Gallery August 1 – September 19:

       

THIRD COAST NATIONAL: 8th annual juried exhibition of contemporary art from across the United States.  Juried by:  Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford

See winning artworks and slideshow

Corpus Christi, TX:  K Space Contemporary proudly presents the eighth annual Third Coast National, juried by Houston sculptor and Art Car creator, Mark “Scrapdaddy” Bradford.  Third Coast National draws artists from across the USA.   This non-thematic exhibition of works of art in a variety of artistic mediums (photography, painting, sculpture) will be on view from August 1st through September 19th.  40 works by 38 artists were selected from 524 images submitted for review.

Selected artists:

 

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ART STAR AUGUST 1 – 29:

99 not 100 . . . I mean 97 not 99:  Drawings by Tony Yarbray

Tony Yarbray has been making marks by scratching, dotting, slathering,squiggling etc…on various surfaces for at least 48 years or so… if we go by memory…. maybe longer….. who knows? Tony Yarbray’s work has received enormous acclaim from his imaginary friends and associates and is frequently viewed and possibly enjoyed by the cats and occasional dog of his friends that are not imaginary.

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Main Gallery June 6-July 18: “Twins” Trey Andrade & Oscar Guerra

    

K Space Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening of TWINS featuring new paintings by Trey Andrade and Oscar Guerra.Trey Andrade and Oscar Guerra we’re born in South Texas and attended the same undergraduate and graduate schools, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi and the University of Delaware.They are interested in isolating and playing off of imagery from pop culture by reinterpreting that information into something new. Sharing a didactic approach to making art, they utilize traditional forms of painting with a current sense of immediacy.

“Over the course of our lives we have taken inter mingling paths but never coincided.  When we met, we knew it was magic.” – Oscar

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Art Star Gallery June 6-23:  Nola Guajardo & Nora Verdin

Art Star Gallery July 4-July 25:  Joe Pena

Main Gallery April 19-May 23:

“Santos, Chamucos and Backyard Ofrendas” by Ricardo Ruiz (the elder)

Ricardo Ruiz was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he continues to make his home.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Corpus Christi State University, (now TAMUCC) in 1986 and has been a working artist since then.  He has a wife, Janie and three sons, Ricardo, Roberto and Quintin.

“This body of work continues to address subjects of importance to me, such as family, the unending cycle of life and the mystery and wonder of the commonplace.  The use of narrative serves as a bridge spanning the creator of the piece and the viewer, so that the sparks of recognition that come from the telling of a good story create a bond between the two.  The beauty of a good story is in its potential to transcend into myth, and in that state the story takes on a life of its own, free to evolve and change as it passes from one storyteller to another, from one generation to the next; free to teach or amuse or horrify in its subsequent incarnations.  Each one of these paintings and prints thus become a part of my constant search for myths.”

– Ricardo Ruiz

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Corner Spot  April 19 – May 23:

Discarded: Exquisite Remnants by Courtney N. Bracco  

“South Texas represents one of the last frontiers of the industrial age in America. As global economic forces push labor overseas, this region, where Bracco was raised, remains a holdfast of blue-collar traditions. Bracco’s mixed media work Discarded: Exquisite Remnants uses photography, metal, ink, and paint to explore this subject.

Rather than arranging her photographs into a still life, Bracco chooses a more documentary approach; Her process begins photographing piles of scrap metal where workers throughout industrial construction have discarded them. These pieces of unwanted material often form beautiful arrangements ignored by the men who use them, left behind and heaped together to be scrapped for money.

Adding layers of paint and metal artifacts regain textures lost in the photographic process. Bracco also uses ink on the surface of her photographs to reflect the lines of engineering and architectural drafting processes.

These discarded materials, like the men who work with them, are representative of one of the last residing enclaves of manufacturing in the United States.”

– Courtney N. Bracco

 

 

Art Star Gallery March 7-April 25:  My Republic: photography by Dominic Bracco II

“My Republic:  My Republic is a series of personal reflections on South Texas constructed by two narratives – one personal – the other returning as a journalist – that often intersect.  The title My Republic comes from a revolutionary uprising known as La Republica Del Rio Grande that lasted one year, yet the conflicting ideas of race, nationalism and patriotism remain in the region.

My Republic feels more like a chaotic journal than a narrative. This is the beginning of understanding the place that I call home. It’s my story. My family’s history. But it’s also the perspective of someone looking at their home critically. The images of my life are unique, faded, and fleeting like the memories they represent and build the structure for the work.”  – Dominic Bracco II

Photographer and playwright Dominic Bracco II’s work explores the effects of global economics on local communities.  Dominic has been recognized with a W. Eugene Smith Fellowship, a Chris Hondros Fund grant, three Pulitzer Center grants, and the Tim Hetherington Memorial Award. Dominic was also a finalist for the Alexia Foundation Professional Grant, The Lange Taylor Prize, and the Emerging Photographer Fund. In 2012 PDN Magazine named Dominic one of the year’s 30 up-and-coming photographers to watch. His work has been published in Harpers MagazineThe New York Times MagazineSmithsonian MagazineThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Dominic has degrees in journalism and Spanish literature from the University of Texas at Arlington where a 30-print archive of his work is held in the Center for Southwestern Studies.  Dominic is also a founding member of the collective Prime. He is based in Mexico City.

 

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Upcoming: 

Main Gallery – March 22- April 4, 2014

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Versantium:  TAMUCC Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibitions:

Representing the TAMUCC Department of Art and the School of Arts, Media, and Communication, Versantium will showcase ten artists working in a variety of mediums seeking their Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

OPENING RECEPTION: March 22, 2014 from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  Meet the artists at a reception at KSpace Contemporary located in downtown Corpus Christi.

Artwalk Reception: A special Artwalk reception will also take place on April 4, 2014 from 5:30-9pm in conjunction with the closing of the exhibition.  Both events are free and open to the public.

Artists:  Kari E. Blalack, Ana Cortes, L. Elizabeth Hood, Sabrina Martinez, Julie Ridenour, Ashley E. Sims, Kelly Spencer, Heather A. Trierweiler, Cheryl Votzmeyer, Eloisa Zapata

In the Hot Spot Gallery (inside K Space Art Studios-3rd Floor)

March 7-28:  Nexus Art Collective

Nexus Art Collective is a group of artists who have banded together from our association as graduate students at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi.  We have, however, chosen to be an independent art group to promote artwork unbound from the limitations of any establishment or institution. This is art for the sake of the artist, a refreshingly selfish endeavor. By definition, nexus is a connected group or series. What binds us is simple; an unwavering passion for art.

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MAIN GALLERY:  FEBRUARY 7 – MARCH 7, 2014

    

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FABLES:  Sculpture by John Webb

 

K Space Contemporary is pleased to announce the opening Fables: Sculpture by John Webb. Fables will be on view February 7 through March 7, 2014 in our newly renovated main gallery.


In this exhibition Webb displays sculptures that highlight three series of works executed in recent years.
“Organic Spaces” is a series in which new and dynamic environments are invented and which produce associative shapes that can be referenced to organisms and natural structures. “Pickle Project” is a compilation of humorous works in which ‘quartered ellipse shapes’ are three dimensionally transformed as is suggested by their given titles.  “Bodies of Work” is a series in which elements of the human figure are combined with mechanical machinery components to produce associations to beauty, work, and a ‘body of knowledge’ that we as humans share in the fabric of our collective memory.

John Webb’s education includes a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Art from the University of Bridgeport, a Masters of Architecture degree from U.C.L.A. and a Masters of Fine Arts degree in Sculpture from U.T.S.A. John is a sculptor, as well as a licensed architect. His practice, StudioWebb, operates in San Antonio. He is a member of the faculty of the College of Architecture at University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Art Star Gallery Feb. 7-28:  K Space Studio Artists

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Gallery Closed Dec. 19 through Feb. 1 for renovation.