Spellerberg Projects

Ongoing and Upcoming

Cristina Velásquez New World

Opens Oct 26

Spellerberg Projects
103 S Main St, Lockhart TX
Opens Sat Oct 26, 7pm


“The New World,” as a designation for the Americas, originated in sixteenth-century Europe during the so-called age of discovery. Four centuries later, the term still evokes a combination of idealistic optimism and strategic exploitation. Cristina Velasquez questions this legacy from the perspective of her native Colombia. Deploying the concept of mestizaje, or the mixing of different ethnicities and cultures, Velasquez combines photography (a new medium) with weaving (an ancient method). Neither is privileged: weaving lends texture and dimension to photography, and photography adds representational detail to weaving. Velasquez produces objects that are overtly manual in origin, asking the viewer to think about labor—her own, and also that of Latin American people across the history of colonialism—as her true subject. Rather than illustrating working bodies in a conventionally documentary way, Velasquez frequently depicts isolated limbs in stylized, almost sculptural arrangements. These photographs are collaborative stagings of bodies in landscapes. In another form of mestizaje, they blend categories of genre and tone. Serious in intent and exacting in terms of craftsmanship, Velasquez’s “New World” is also animated by a sense of absurdity and joyous color. The artist’s approach is not didactic or propagandistic, but delivers its social and historic message via performance, engaging the viewer in the game of questioning, revision, and revelation.

–Britt Salvesen, Curator and Head of the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department and the Prints and Drawings Department at LACMA.

About the artist

Cristina Velásquez (Colombia) is a visual artist working mainly with photography and paper weavings. Her work investigates representation and translation in the context of transcultural relationships —both as mechanisms for oppression and silencing, as well as powerful tools for connection and resistance. She is interested in the way one culture translates another, and how inevitably, a dominant culture sanitizes and reduces the other in a subtle, and not so subtle, continuity of colonialism. Similarly, Velásquez explores the ways social constructions of value, such as, race, class, and labor distribution, are shaped by images and language, echoing a larger system of power and exchange that goes beyond borders and nationality. Velásquez asks how photography and weaving might be called upon to further the understanding of social politics, history, and narrative, particularly in relation to Latin American studies.

Artist’s website

Raj Sukamoto, Only Smoky People

Opens Fri Nov 1

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Opens Fri Nov 1, 7pm


“Please take the time to welcome the wonderful Raj Sukamoto (1969, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) for his first stay in Texas, organized by Texas native Travis Broussard (Co-founder and Co-director of the Ceci Foundation) who is also providing furniture to frame a completely new body of Sukamoto’s ceramic vases doubling as smoking pipes.

“Sukamoto scarcely shows, the last known exhibition being two years back at the now closed New Day Gallery in Berlin. He has since then taken up residency in Texas, creating new ceramics heavily inspired in what he calls “only smoky people”. Who the “only Smoky People” are we can only speculate about, but it is clear that the ceramics have taken on almost human forms. Possibly unaware of their relation to Brancusi and modernist sculpture they can also be said to have a resemblance to something humorously extra-terrestrial. Unfortunately, but not surprisingly Sukamoto will not attend his own opening preferring to stay out of his own way.”

Blue Star Field Trip

Sat Nov 2

Blue Star Contemporary Art Field Trip: Lockhart
Saturday, November 2, 2019


“Sure, you may know Lockhart as the BBQ capitol of Texas. Hit the road with San Antonio’s Blue Star Contemporary on Saturday, November 2, 2019 to discover another side of Lockhart: contemporary art. This day trip includes guided tours of Cristina Velásquez’s exhibition, The New World, and Hollie Brown’s The Triumph of Death at Spellerberg Projects; studio visits with artist Michael Villarreal and others; time to wander boutique shops like Take Care Apothecary, Rollfast Ranchwear and Bicycle Repair, and Magic Mirror Vintage; and a private dinner hosted by The Good Pot. Ticket price is $115 per person ($60 for Lockhart locals) and includes transportation to/from Lockhart from BSC and dinner.”

For more information, please call (210) 227-6960 or email jack@bluestarcontemporary.org

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Studio Show

On now

Spellerberg Projects
103 S Main St, Lockhart TX
Open by appointment (Email)


Andrea Wallace studied art and photography at Sam Houston State University and interior design at the Art Institute of Houston. As a photographer and installation artist, her work reveals her broad appreciation for others artistic talents as artists and performers are frequent subjects. She is inspired by music, beauty, fashion, people, nature, design and the performing arts. Wallace lives in Lockhart, Texas. Website

Hollie Brown received her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from the University of California, Riverside. She currently teaches 2D Design and Basic Drawing at Texas State University. Her recent solo show was in the Masur Building of downtown Lockhart, a current flex space for Spellerberg Projects. The odd walls and restrictions caused Brown to approach the space with two site specific murals and one giant paper mache bone. Brown lives in Lockhart, Texas. Instagram

Lisa Guevara received her BFA at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015. Lisa has been included in a number of regional solo and group shows in Tugboat Gallery (Lincoln, NE), Petshop Gallery (Omaha, NE), and Plug Projects (Kansas City, MO). With a degree emphasizing in ceramics and painting, she now incorporates recyclables, found objects, and other non traditional materials to break away from conventional expectations of each medium. Lisa currently creates and lives in Texas. Website

Marie Tobola received her BFA in Studio Art and emphasis in Art History in 2006 from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tobola has been oil painting for sixteen years. She resides in Lockhart, Texas. Website

Michael Villarreal received his BFA in 2013 from Texas State University and his MFA in 2017 at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. He has exhibited around the nation. Solo exhibitions venues include at Art Palace Contemporary Art Gallery in Houston, TX, Project Project in Omaha, NE, and Doane University in Crete, NE. Group exhibitions highlights include Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, TX, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE, LA Artcore in Los Angeles, CA, and DATELINE in Denver, CO. His work has been featured in publications such as Huffington Post, Art Maze Magazine Issue, and New American Paintings. He is honored to be a recipient of the 2019 Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Upcoming exhibitions will be at Undercurrent in Brooklyn, NY (DUMBO) in October of 2019 and International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE in December of 2019. Villarreal currently lives and works in Lockhart, TX. Website

Sam Thompson is a mostly self-taught artist who works in a variety of 2D media. A former member of painter David Ohlerking’s Austin Figurative Group, Thompson’s artwork has been shown in national exhibitions including “Tiny Monsters” at the Fe Gallery in Sacramento, CA and “TATTOO: The Renaissance of Body Art “, at the Lighthouse ArtCenter in Tequesta, FL. Her installation with photographer Andrea Wallace, Drag Nest, can be seen at the Spellerberg Projects Masur Gallery. She is inspired by family histories, drag, science, folklore/mythology, and her experiences as a third-culture kid. Thompson lives in Lockhart, Texas. Website

Hollie Brown, The Triumph of Death

On now

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Open by appointment (Email)


The first known painting dubbed The Triumph of Death exists as a fresco in the Regional Gallery of Palazzo Abatellis in Palermo, dated around 1446, creator unknown. In 1562, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, inspired by the earlier fresco, painted a 16th century update for his version, also titled, The Triumph of Death.

The third iteration, again titled, The Triumph of Death, is currently underway in the form of a site specific painting and sculpture, by artist Hollie Anne Brown. Cut outs of both 15th and 16th century versions are crudely pasted onto a color field which was previously rendered in a slapstick manner on her laptop.

In 1446 and 1562 a hypothetical answer was proposed to the question, “What happens when we die?” Bruegel and the unknown artist painted an image of death (personified by skeletons) triumphing over humans, with comic undertones. Curiously, neither painting were biblically derived.

Brown’s 2018 version does not propose an answer to this question, rather it honors the beauty of questions remaining questions. Images alluding to the sun and black holes, representing questions of life and alternate dimensions, take a center spot in her two seemingly identical murals, each over 25 feet long and 8 feet high.

On the evening of November 2nd, 2018, the finished version will go on display. Sometime later the murals will be buried in the wall under a few coats of white paint.

About the artist:

Hollie Brown lives in Lockhart, Texas. She received her M.F.A. from the University of California, Riverside, and currently teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas.

Artist’s website

Miranda Terry, Reconstructing Memories

On now

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Opens Fri Sept 6, 7pm


Miranda Terry creates paintings, objects, and installations that reflect upon the intangible qualities of remembrance, ingenuity, and function. She works with found objects that range from broken concrete to trash off the street.

“I pick up an object whose intended purpose has failed, and I say ‘No.’ Building these objects, I manipulate surfaces and materials in a tangible way while considering the intangible qualities of memory, resourcefulness, and function. I am interested in how the material lineage of seemingly inconsequential objects can converge into larger wholes that both reference and redefine our collective experience. My paintings and objects explore the tension between interdependence and autonomy.”

Miranda lives and works in San Marcos TX, where she recently received her BFA in Studio Art from Texas State University. She is currently intern at ICOSA Art collective in Austin and manages the painting studio at Texas State.

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Jennifer Moore, Sculpture and Video

On now

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Opened Sat May 25


Jennifer Moore creates videos, sculptures and drawings that hover around themes of home and body. Her preferred materials are broken household items, fabric, bottles and old electronics. She finds these items lying around the city of San Marcos where she lives and works. She received a BFA in Studio Art from the Texas State University School of Art & Design in 2018. Describing her recent work, she says:

“Homes, bodies, buildings, beds and coffins are all containers we may find ourselves within. Focusing on the point where you and your container meet is grounding and soothing to the nervous system. People find their edges by seeking shelter in small spaces, crawling under blankets, allowing their bodies to be shaken by loud music, or focusing on their heartbeat. There are infinite ways to draw a line around oneself, to contain oneself and then connect it to the rest of the world. I play with this line by making my own variations of these physical and psychological borders. Projected video passes through translucent strips of fabric to create an ambiguous wall and broken image. Faux medical equipment and bottles encased in rubber have no apparent use though they obviously relate to the body. Individuals are chroma-keyed into strange still lives while describing their homes. Performers mirror each other’s tiny movements and run towards the camera’s frame. A jogging choir circles a track in a live action turntable. How many ways can we draw ourselves?”

Jennifer Moore on Instagram

Thompson & Wallace, Drag Nest

On now

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Open by appointment (Email)


Drag Nest, an installation by Samantha Thompson and Andrea Wallace, presents the audience with an introduction to the diverse landscape of contemporary drag in an intimate setting.

The artists transform a space in the Masur Gallery into a Drag Queen’s bedroom, with a 1970s aesthetics and traces of the previous era. On the walls is art that this imaginary queen has collected, created by the artists, including portraits of performers whom one can imagine as part of the Queen’s drag family.

The room feels like an intimate space one has stepped into, unsure if they should be there. The visitor observes the personal artifacts of a stranger who could walk in any moment and catch them in the act, but the allure of the environment will make them want to linger. The furniture, textiles, light fixtures, books and tchotchkes all reflect a garish yet attractive lifestyle full of beauty, passion, vice, lust and art and otherness.

The opening reception, which took place June 22 2019, was accompanied by a performance by Hentaii.