Spellerberg Projects

Ongoing and Upcoming

Jennifer Moore & Onix Rodriguez

May 25

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Sat May 25 8pm

About Jennifer Moore

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

About Onix Rodriguez

Onix is a Latino artist and has received a BFA from Texas State University. His work ranges from paintings to video and installations, and performances. He has performed in ArtPace San Antonio, East Austin Studio Tour, and Enchanted Rock National Park. His latest exhibition show titled “Living Room” was a collaborative project in which a private home was turned into a contemporary art gallery, questioning expectations and norms of the modern home. He is currently working on a mural with the City of San Marcos along with a fellow artist. The mural will be completed in October of this year. Describing his recent work, he says:

“Intuition and action are driving forces in my work. When it comes to painting I use line work as visual language, depicting maps, pathways, borders or links between ideas or themes. The images are often related to my life experiences or memories. In this context, the intuition comes in the form of line quality, color and shape. Action is a bigger role in performance where I also tackle experiences and memories while interacting with the viewer. I am interested in how the viewer is or is not part of the work. Through performance I challenge the separation of viewer and art while at the same time commenting on topics such as colonialism, racism, community, and self-awareness.”

Onix on Instagram

Elijah Barrett, Rockport

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Spellerberg Projects, Main St Gallery
103 South Main Street, Lockhart TX
Open by appointment (Email)

Leading up to the second anniversary of Hurricane Harvey (2017), Spellerberg Projects presents a new installation of Austin, TX-based artist Elijah Barrett’s work of photography, Rockport.

The series unfolds in a small Texas town along the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the storm. On its surface, the group of photographs takes the form of a conventional photo essay, but its vantages are more oblique and open-ended, generating a retelling that is as searching and ambiguous as it is documentary.

Rockport is a disorienting, fragmented account of a time between times; a witnessing of the aftermath of the last storm and the anxious anticipation of the next one. From the bare description of the destruction, to the blinding saturated colors, to the bright glimmer of light, these photographs ask us to reflect on the natural impulse to shield one’s eyes or divert one’s attention from what is overwhelming and the strain that is required to see hard realities more clearly.

Artist’s website

Hollie Brown, The Triumph of Death

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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