December 20, 2005 - ArtPace | San Antonio - NEW WORKS: 05.3 AND SPANGLISH
December 20, 2005

NEW WORKS: 05.3 AND SPANGLISH

ARTPACE SAN ANTONIO

Harrell Fletcher (Portland, OR) / Katrina Moorhead (Houston, TX) / Melik Ohanian (Paris, France) / Spanglish: Rae Culbert (San Antonio, TX)

NEW WORKS: 05.3 AND SPANGLISH

Artpace San Antonio is pleased to announce New Works: 05.3, on view through January 22, 2006. The exhibition presents new projects by resident artists Harrell Fletcher (Portland, OR); Katrina Moorhead (Houston, TX); and Melik Ohanian (Paris, France). Selected by Berta Sichel, Director of the Department of Audiovisuals and Film and Video Curator of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Spain, each artist carefully considers ideas of community and audience, bringing dramatically different perspectives and approaches to their artistic practice.
About the Artists
At Artpace Harrell Fletcher has produced The American War, a re-presentation through snapshots he took of a Vietnam War museum in Ho Chi Minh City. Fletchers approach to art-making involves multiple collaborators and affirms that art can make a difference outside of the art world. Past projects include a video of people explaining their scars, lawn sculptures made in the likeness of Fletchers neighbors, and a participatory website created with Miranda July that offers assignments including, Grow a garden in an unexpected spot.

For her residency Katrina Moorheads an island as it might be re-orients an ornamental ballroom ceiling 180 degrees so that it lies on the floor, allowing the structures symmetry to decay and its landscape to grow. Moorheads drawings, objects, and installations focus on the seemingly ordinary. Whether translating bathroom graffiti into a planted garden or painting a billboard the color of the sky, the artist often explores artificial representations of nature and approaches each project with a delicate, spare sensibility that casts the familiar anew.
Melik Ohanians Artpace project The Half-Mast White Flag features an isolated flagpole which breaks through the gallery ceiling and outdoors to the roof, where a Texas flag rendered in solid white flutters at half-mast, evoking the complicated power and patriotism of Texas, the United States, and countries worldwide. Ohanian explores the various perspectives inherent in scientific, social, and cultural communities using film, photography, and sculpture. Though he begins with research and documentation (of star-gazers in Utah or rap-enthusiasts outside of large cities), projects are ultimately realized in poetic, sculptural installations that involve viewers and present multiple viewpoints.
Also on view in the Hudson (Show)Room Spanglish gathers recent works by San Antonio artists offering varied perspectives on the hybrid culture and language of South Texas. Featuring the work of Ricky Armendariz, Rae Culbert, Beto Gonzales, Daniel Guerrero, Ann-Michèle Morales, Cruz Ortiz, Luz María Sánchez, and Gary Sweeney, Spanglish is on view through January 22, 2006. This exhibition was curated by Kate Green, Artpaces Assistant Curator of Education and Exhibitions.
About Artpace
Artpace San Antonio serves as an advocate for contemporary art and as a catalyst for the creation of significant art projects. We seek to nurture emerging and established artists and to provide opportunities for inspiration, experimentation, and education. Our programs support the evolution of new ideas in contemporary art and cultivate diverse audiences while providing a forum for ongoing dialogue.

Artpace is located downtown at 445 North Main Avenue, between Savings and Martin streets, San Antonio, Texas. Free parking is available on the corner of Savings and N. Flores streets. Artpace is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, 12-5 PM, Thursday, 12-8 PM, and by appointment. Admission is free. www.artpace.org
Programs at Artpace San Antonio are made possible through the generous support of corporate partners, individual donors, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Edouard Foundation, and A Grant from the Ruth Lang Charitable Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation.

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