Main Gallery March 1 through April 19, 2019
FROM A DISTANCE AND BACK
Reception: Friday, March 1, 6 to 9 pm
ArtWalk: Friday, April 5, 6 to 9 pm
From A Distance and Back features works of art by nine renowned Texas artists, including Robbie Barber, Danville Chadbourne, Kurt Dyrhaug, Sharon Kopriva, Gerald Lopez, Hans Molzberger, Mari Omori, Sherry Owens and Greg Reuter. This opening reception kicks off Contemporary Art Month-CC during ArtWalk.
FROM A DISTANCE AND BACK
Germany, Summer 2017: Nine Texas artists assemble in the medieval town of Salzwedel at the Mönchskirche, a 13th century former monastery church in the northern province of Sachsen-Anhalt, for From A Distance, an exhibition of Texas-based artists associated over several years with Atelierhaus Hilmsen, an artist residency located in the nearby rural hamlet of Hilmsen.
Selected by Houston-based curator, impresario, and Atelierhaus Hilmsen Board Member Gus Kopriva, along with Director Hans Molzberger, the show featured some of the leading artists in Texas who had worked at Atelierhaus Hilmsen at various points in recent years. Assembled in Germany for the first time all together, most of these artists were already friends and colleages. But working and living together in a shared space creates a heightened connection, a different dynamic. The exhibtion consisted of works created at the residency or influenced by past experiences there. Assembled in the humbly majestic Mönchskirche, one of the City of Salzwedel’s premier exhibition and concert venues, it was a beautiful experience.
Back in Texas, the friendships and artistic give-and-take continue. Drawing on the camaraderie, aesthetic dialogue, and visual strength of the original exhibition, the artists are together again for another round in From a Distance and Back, presented by K Space Contemporary.
Reflecting the influence of the rural German environment and the shared workspaces, conversations, and experiences of the residency, From a Distance and Back features some of the original works, plus new or related ones that reveal the subtleties of each artist’s vision. Drawing on the textures, materials, and aesthetics of the experience in Germany, these works draw equally on the shared context of home, with each artist internalizing a myriad of influences refined into a distinct, individual vision unique to their perceptions. The result is an engaging exhibition of works shaped by distinct regional and ethnic backgrounds, and ongoing friendships forged in Texas, tempered in Germany, and echoing through the distance. — Diana Lyn Roberts, Atelieraus Hilmsen Resident, Summer 2016 and 2017
Gift Shop April 5 – 26, 2019
Fruits & Nuts: Matt Peterson
Reception: April 5, 6 to 9 pm
Statement: I was born and raised in the San Juan Islands of Northwest Washington. Our household heat source was a fireplace that was stoked from driftwood. The daily chore of gathering wood and building a fire provided insight into many wood species and the unique properties of each. Survival is a great incentive along with two brothers and sisters. One advantage of owning a piece of my work – if you get tired of it, you can always burn it for heat.
Schaudies Gallery: April 5 – 26
Annual Conflict: Paintings by Jack Wood and Alex Diamond
Opening Reception – Friday, April 5th, 6pm-10pm
Jack Wood and Alex Diamond make pictures linked by a search. Jack goes left and right. Alex goes up and down. Contrary geographies are tied in existential orbits, tensions pull across hemispheres. Horizon recedes, jittering in and out of sight; a momentary ouroboros. Not here nor there, like a valence electron, arrives and departs simultaneously, succinctly shared and dispossessed. You feel its silent gravity in your bones. Then, the horizon is like a silhouette, a whisper of the future. Inside the earth there is no horizon, no shade, endless mass, bluffing forever, it shares with the shadow, movement beyond call. There is a compulsion to shrink or expand exponentially, passing visibility, surrendering cognition. In any case, the search becomes measureless arithmetic.
Through painting Wood and Diamond display different approaches to a shared question of disunion. Diamond’s painting has an oblique neutrality. His method is machinelike, resisting both hope and despair. His paintings exhibit a flat affect, revealing an acquiescence of fate. Alternatively, Wood’s paintings are nostalgic, hopeful, and utopian, embracing the light of the future, bound and confused by desire. They suggest a romantic becoming toward the brink of time, love through hallucination.
Gift Shop – March 1 – 30, 2019
March 1, 6 to 9 pm: Reception with ArtWalk
Excavation – Clay Reuter
K Space Contemporary is proud to present the mixed media works of Clay Reuter as our Contemporary Art Month-CC Gift Shop exhibition. Clay possesses a unique aesthetic that shows a curiosity for materials of all kinds and presents them to us in a way that is new and thoughtful.
“Layers of cardboard form the stratigraphy of a storage closet. Various artifacts hide buried within these corrugated boxes. Ranging from sacred to mundane, these items spark memories of childhood and past relationships. Connections, meaning, and mystery arise from each discovered item. Excavation applies archaeological methodology to the common practice of cleaning out a closet full of cardboard boxes.” — Clay Reuter
Schaudies Gallery (3rd Floor)
March 1, 6 to 9 pm: Reception with ArtWalk
Symbiosis: Katarina Janeckova Walshe
This exciting exhibition in the Schaudies Gallery (3rd floor) marks Katarina’s debut to the Corpus Christi art scene after having extensively shown her artwork around Europe in recent years.
Katarina, who hails from Slovakia, has lived and worked in Texas for the past 5 years and says she paints what she lives and understands. She has worked through the many struggles of missing Europe and her old way of life until she has now found her happy place in her new home. “…and here I am now, painting cowboys and boots, admiring Texas traditions and embracing the culture. Listening to country music or stories of the old cowboys when we go to the ranch, tickle my imagination.” Katarina’s paintings can be described as expressive, surreal and erotic. The experience of recently having her first baby has been a strong influence on Katarina and has permeated her work instantly.
Katarina’s interest has been sparked presently, with the reality of coexisting with each other, in peace or despair. In symbiosis (interaction between two different organisms living in close physical association, typically to the advantage of both). “Baby-career, husband-wife, women-men, household chores-painting, Europe-Texas, humans-planet, politics, desire vs. rational thinking. “For me it’s about everyday work with what I’ve got and figuring out ways of how to make it work. That’s where painting helps me the most.”
Main Gallery: January 11 – February 22, 2019
Opening Reception: January 11, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Also open for ArtWalk February 1, 2019, 6:00 to 9:00 pm
Ctrl+A is a collaborative exhibition with Presa House Gallery in San Antonio, Texas. In March of 2018 K Space Contemporary & K Space Art Studios traveled to San Antonio, TX to present “K Space in the House,” an incredible collection of over thirty Corpus Christi’s best visual artists. Through this unique collaboration both Presa House and K Space aim to promote one another, build relationships; create new exhibition opportunities, share ideas, gain new insights, and bridge communities through the arts.
As the second part of this artist exchange Presa House Gallery traveled to Corpus Christi, TX to present Ctrl+A. An exhibition surveying artwork from Presa House Gallery’s past two years of exhibitions. Curated by Rigoberto Luna, the exhibition features 50 artists from San Antonio, Houston, Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, TX; Los Angeles, CA and Monterrey, N.L., MX. The exhibition showcases a variety of mediums including painting, drawing, sculpture, video, photography, installation, and performance.
“Ctrl+Ais the shortcut key for Select All; this exhibit in many ways is a complete overview of all of the talented artists we’ve been fortunate enough to host in our space in San Antonio. The hope is not only to cut and paste our artists into the wonderful exhibition spaces of K Space & K Space studios but we also hope to bring the overall experience and energy that we put into each of our exhibitions at Presa House.” – Rigoberto Luna
Los Angeles, CA: Benji Escobar. Monterrey N.L. MX: The Projecto ATX: Ernesto Walker, Patricia Carrington, Greometría. Austin, TX: The Projecto ATX: Matthew Bonifacio Rodriguez, Christina Moser and Gerardo Arellano. Brownsville, TX: Jesse Burciaga, Josie Del Castillo, Alejandro Macias, Cande Aguilar. Corpus Christi, TX: Ashley Thomas, Calico Club. Houston, TX: Maureen Penders, Tere Garcia, Ángel Lartigue. San Antonio, TX: Sabrina Alfaro, Albert Alvarez, John Dalton Atkins, Rolando Briseño, Jimmy James Canales, Justo Cisneros, Joe De La Cruz, Melanie Rush Davis †, Rebecca Dietz, Jenelle Esparza, Keeton Forman, Joan Frederick, Verena Gaudy, Raul Gonzalez, Suzy González, Dan Guerrero, Patricia Guerrero, Jacinto Guevara, Jason “PopGuy” Ibarra, Charlie Kitchen, Michelle , Ruben Luna, Gilbert Martinez, Jason Eric Gonzales Martinez, Eric Mathis, James “Supa” Medrano, Christopher Montoya, Tim Olson, Mo Profane, Jorge Puron, Aldo Fabian Ramos, Martín C. Rodríguez, Anthony Rundblade, Ed Saavedra, Allison Valdivia
Gift Shop February 1 – 22, 2019
Rebel Heart by David Ramirez
I have been interested in art my entire life. I began drawing when I was a very young boy. I didn’t have much as a kid, so paper and a pencil went a long way with my imagination. I would draw dinosaurs when I was five, and I remember my teacher making a big deal out of my drawings. So I figured I was pretty good at it and decided to stick with it. I went to a few art schools throughout my life, but never graduated. My hectic life just would not allow it. I never gave up on art, or should I say it never gave up on me. Now I am a self taught graphic artist. I hope you enjoy my Rebel Heart show. Its a small collection of heart themed paintings, drawings and up cycled sculptures that can be used as purses. Made from re-purposed items and cigar boxes.