“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
Corner Spot April 19 – May 23:
“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
Courtney Nichole Bracco, born 1983 in Corpus Christi, Texas, is a Masters of Art student at Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Interior Design at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Upon graduating she began working at an architecture firm in Dallas, Texas. In 2008 she returned to her hometown to work in the family construction business and pursue her art career. Bracco’s work draws from her experiences as a designer and her adolescent years spent around her grandfather and father’s fabrication business.
currently on display:
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 Magazine, The New York Times Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, The 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.
Main Gallery – March 22- April 4, 2014
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 the reception at K Space Contemporary located in downtown Corpus Christi.
Artwalk Reception: A special closing reception will take place on April 4, 2014 from 5:30-9pm in conjunction with ArtWalk. Both events are free and open to the public.
Join us for this diverse exhibition and celebration. 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
April 19 – May 23 -
Main Gallery – “Santos, Camucos and Backyard Ofrendas” Ricardo Ruiz MFA show
Corner Spot: Discarded: Exquisite Remnants, Courtney N. Bracco MA show
About exhibitions at K Space Contemporary:
Featured Exhibitions in our Main Gallery run for 6-8 weeks and generally open with a First Friday ArtWalk. Feature exhibitions are chosen from proposals submitted by artists to our annual review or curated by our Exhibition Committee. SUBMIT YOUR ARTWORK
K Space also has one or two juried exhibitions per year. The Third Coast National is an annual exhibition which began in 2007. Other juried shows are thematic like: Twisted Spurs in 2009 and Watered Down in 2012.
Art Star exhibitions are located in our gift shop and feature small works at affordable prices. This series focuses on highlighting local talent. Art Star shows change monthly and open with First Friday ArtWalks.
Hot Spot exhibitions are located in the Hot Spot gallery on the third floor of the building inside K Space Art Studios. Hot Spot gallery features the works of regional artists, youth and K Space Studio Artists. Hot Spot shows change monthly throughout the year and open with First Friday ArtWalks. Click here for Hot Spot Rental Info