Main Gallery July 6 through August 24, 2018
Jimmy Peña: #OneHundredPortraitsinOneYear
Opening July 6, 5:30 to 9 pm. Artist Talk at 6:30 pm
#OneHundredPortraitsinOneYear is a project by Jimmy Peña. The artist began painting portraits of friends in May of 2017, setting out to complete each portrait within a 1-hour period. This fascinating exhibition, which includes portraits of celebrity art collector Cheech Marin and his wife, shows the progression and evolution of Peña’s painting practice over the course of the year.
Peña, an exceptionally skilled, self-taught artist, has been a fixture in the Corpus Christi art scene for decades. Peña has exhibited his work throughout the United States and painted public murals in Junction City, Kansas, Gunnsburg, Germany, and several in Corpus Christi. In 2009, he was featured in Texas Draws, a group exhibition at the Southwest School of Art & Craft in San Antonio, Texas. Solo exhibitions of his work have been held at Red Bud Gallery, Houston, TX, Weil Gallery at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, and University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Pena’s artwork is featured in the book Triumph of Our Communities: Four Decades of Mexican American Art published by Bilingual Review Press (now available at K Space Contemporary). He lives in Corpus Christi, Texas with his wife Linda and their fur babies. He has maintained a studio at K Space Art Studios since 1998.
Andy Villarreal: Indigenous Warriors and Rituals of Mesoamerica
Andy’s background as a Texan and a Hispanic male help form his aesthetics. For the past twenty years the Mexican culture has been a major source of inspiration to him. The pride in Andy’s culture stimulates him with intense energy and enthusiasm to create his art. The Heartbeat of the culture is the root of what Villarreal’s work is about.
“I try to embrace and celebrate the richness of the culture and its achievements as well as the sadness of its demise. Indigenous people and deities from Yucatan interact in varying times and places in my art.”
Warriors, pyramids, jaguars, serpents, and slaves can be found performing various Mesoamerican rituals. Andy’s work crosses cultures and portrays the Human condition, social order, harmony, and struggles in the celebration of life. Figures can be found in real and contrived scenes to help narrate these concepts. The viewer is invited to experience and interpret these events and draw their own conclusions.
In the Gift Shop through July 27
GUILTY PLEASURES: GERALD LOPEZ
Acrylic paintings and collages on antique photographs by Gerald Lopez in the Gift Shop. Opens for the June 1st, First Friday Artwalk, 5:30-9pm. Runs through July 27th.
Join us for ArtWalk Friday July 6th from 5:30 – 9pm.
Main Gallery May 18 through June 29, 2018
THE WOODS JOURNAL – BARBRA RILEY
Barbra Riley’s recent relocation to central Texas is the major influence in the artwork she has made since living and working in the natural environment surrounding her. In her series “The Woods Journal,” Barbra Riley presents a poem about this change in her surroundings accompanied by dream-like photographs. The images weave through the lines of her poem emphasizing the small and beautiful discoveries that occur while wandering in the woods. From ephemeral cactus blossoms that rarely last more than a day, to layers of the transparent woods of winter, to fragile other-worldly ice sculptures made by common weeds, Riley captures the feeling of being outside and away from the tribulations of daily life.
In 2016, Riley retired after 38 years as a Professor of Art at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. In her Texas Hill Country studio, she works on digital prints, alternative processes and mixed media works. Riley’s photographs and paintings have been included in exhibitions at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art and the Laguna Beach Museum of Art in California. In Texas, she has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Houston Center for Photography, the Laguna Gloria Museum in Austin, the Abilene Fine Arts Museum and The Art Museum of South Texas, as well as dozens of universities, art galleries and alternative art exhibition spaces. Her work resides in numerous collections including the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Dallas Museum of Art, the Harry Ransom Center at UT Austin, Art Museum of South Texas and the AT&T Center in San Antonio.
Corner Spot May 18 – June 29:
OF THE EARTH II BY MARS WOODHILL
Born in Austin, Mars Woodhill now lives and works on a ranch in the Texas Hill Country. The artist creates bio geomorphic abstractions in sculpture and painting. As Woodhill states, her work “is a celebration of nature – both the living and nonliving systems – fostering a deeper human connection to the earth.” Her process mimics how nature forms and manifests striations, craters, boundaries, and even new life forms. Woodhill hopes her work will invite viewers to a closer view of earth’s interrelated systems, thereby promoting more sustainable stewardship of land, sea and air.
After obtaining her BA from Austin College with dual majors in History and Art (painting), Woodhill founded and operated a furniture and accessories company for 15 years based on her own designs. As a committed artist for the past 12 years, she has exhibited widely in Houston, throughout Texas, the Northeast and her work can be found in numerous private collections. As founder of the Texas Art House contemporary gallery, Woodhill curated solo and group exhibitions featuring renowned Texas artists, until returning to her studio work fulltime.
In the Schaudies Gallery May 18 – June 1
ORIGINATE: LORI EDWARDS
An exhibition by local artist Lori Edwards featuring abstract works that transform the Schaudies Gallery into a colorful grotto. Paintings and sculptures merge into a site specific installation of art that is a continuation of “Emerge” displayed during Contemporary Art Month CC at the Janet Harte Public Library.
Local artist Lori Edwards is becoming known on the South Texas art scene for her flowing, fantastical sculptures and installations created from simple everyday materials. Prior to moving to Texas, Lori raised her son and earned 2 degrees in art. Since joining the Corpus Christi art community, she has participated in many exhibitions, assisted and lead Art Camps, and designed and organized a community mural painted with the help of 1000 people at the Dia de los Muertos Festival 2018. The mural now graces the facade of Chicas Rock on the South side of Corpus Christi.
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1221224511352559/
Main Gallery: March 2 through April 27, 2018
LETICIA BAJUYO: EDGE FRICTION
CD Sculpture Workshops: 10 am – 4 pm, March 15, 16, 17: FREE, Come-and-Go attendance. Take part in the evolution of this exhibition!
Edge Friction by Leticia Bajuyo is a site-specific installation of large-scale, interactive walls, ceilings, horns and tubes made primarily of CD’s and DVD’s. The memory discs are woven together to create a CD “fabric,” which is attached to aluminum or wooden frames to form various shapes. The shimmering structures are suspended from the ceiling, attached to false walls and wheels, or simply hung on the wall. Interactive audio elements and computer controlled lights heighten the experience. Bajuyo will present gallery talks and workshops throughout the run of the show. Edge Friction will evolve into a new shape to be unveiled during ArtWalk on April 6th.
Bajuyo is Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Texas A&M – Corpus Christi, Texas. Recent projects by Bajuyo include a permanent, ceiling suspended sculpture in the main corridor between the galleries of the South Bend Museum of Art in South Bend, Indiana; a sixty-foot long sculptural wall in the entrance to the Indiana State Museum in downtown Indianapolis, Indiana; and a skylight installation at the International Airport in Nashville Tennessee.
March 2 – 30, 2018
In the Gift Shop
SEATTLE’S HIKE: BARBARA THARAS
Barbara Lane Tharas identifies universal human conditions that are sources of undeserved shame. She then deprecates such sources so that they become psychologically manageable. Tharas empowers her viewer with humor, encouraging one to find freedom, self-actualization, and personal progress in shamelessness.
SUNSTROKE: PAYTON KORANEK & LARS ROEDER
The Schaudies Gallery is proud to exhibit new work by Payton Koranek and Lars Roeder, March 2nd-25th!
Inspired by travels through the American Southwest, “Sunstroke” combines works of ceramics and relief printmaking to create an enveloping installation and impart a sense of light and space reminiscent of the desert region. Saguaro cacti, the dominant subject matter, are both a symbol of the region’s cultural identity and the foundation of the desert ecosystem. They are used in this instance to depict the relationship between their global influence as a cultural icon and the reality of their crucial role in a fragile environment.
Main Gallery: January 5 through February 22, 2018
VESSEL – LAUREN MOYA FORD
A ship, a vase, a vein- a vessel is something that contains or carries. In videos based on photographs and paintings based on ceramics, Lauren Moya Ford explores media as a vessel for other materials and far away places. This exhibition draws from her experiences living abroad to reflect on the form of memory and the memory of form. The works in Vessel center on botanical life and folkloric pottery as elements that are shaped by human activity, and that change through space and time. In layers of images, told stories, and touched surfaces, the artist’s hand is depicted or suggested as a vessel that contains and carries its own history.
Lauren Moya Ford (Boca Ratón, 1986) is an artist and writer based in Madrid, Spain. She graduated with a BA in Spanish and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas and completed her MFA in Painting at the University of Houston in 2014. Recent awards include the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center Fellowship for Interdisciplinary Art and the Frank Freed Travel Grant for research in Mexico City. She has participated in performances and exhibitions at The Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Hirsch Library, and Temple University. Her essays have been published in exhibition catalogs at the Municipal Museum of Lalín, Spain and the University of Coimbra, Portugal, and her artists books have been published by The Center for Imaginative Cartography and Research and Paratext Press.
In the Gift Shop February 2 – 23: Lars Roeder: Art for Gift Shops Now, in the K Space Gift Shop, Lars Roeder presents some fiercely palatable etchings for your devoted consumption. These works feature imagery steeped in the canons of art-historical subject matter and are available at a variety of price points to appeal to a wide range of incomes. They are perfect for display in your home or office. Be the envy of your art-appreciating colleagues, take one home today.
The history of etching and engraving is steeped in the intent to produce, reproduce and distribute massive quantities of art throughout an image-hungry populace. From the Encyclopédie, to illustrations of classical masterworks to early French pornographers, the intaglio process has fulfilled the visual demands of society for hundreds of years.
In the Gift Shop February 2 – 23:
Lars Roeder: Art for Gift Shops
Now, in the K Space Gift Shop, Lars Roeder presents some fiercely palatable etchings for your devoted consumption. These works feature imagery steeped in the canons of art-historical subject matter and are available at a variety of price points to appeal to a wide range of incomes. They are perfect for display in your home or office. Be the envy of your art-appreciating colleagues, take one home today.
Groundhog Day is for Lovers
Happy New Year Art Lovers,
The K Space Art Studios are proud to present our first exhibition of 2018 in the Schaudies Gallery (3rd floor): “Groundhog Day is for Lovers”. Opening on February 2nd (Groundhog Day), 5:30-9pm, for the First Friday Artwalk. “Groundhog Day is for Lovers” is a lighthearted look at the Groundhog Day and Valentine’s Day phenomenon. Featuring a variety of fantastic local artists, with plenty of heart and soul, these surreal, sweet, sexy and perhaps even a little bit naughty artworks will be sure to get the heart racing. A portion of the show will also feature artist altered and handmade Valentine’s Day cards for sale with all proceeds going to the K Space Art Studios to keep our heart pumping to bring you more great art exhibitions, so show us some love! Doesn’t matter what your relationship status is, “Groundhog Day is for Lovers” is for all art lovers!! We’d sure love to see you there!
In the Gift Shop January 5 – 26:
CORPUS CHRISTI CAMERA’S REBEL PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 2017
In October 2017, local camera store Corpus Christi Camera challenged the Coastal Bend photographic community to a live, 3-day photo contest using only models of the Canon Rebel camera as their tools. The Rebel is one of the world’s most beloved entry-level DSLR cameras and widely used by beginner photographers to learn the art. The purpose of this annual competition was to bring of our passionate aspiring photographers into the spotlight.
We are proud to introduce our winner Landon Smith, a Fort Worth native and student at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. Taught photography by his grandfather at an early age, Smith bought his first camera at age 14, still shoots with it today, and collects antique cameras.
Smith focuses his work on black-and-white images and one-point perspective to provide unique looks into architecture and nature.