Spellerberg Projects

Screening Friday, December 3, 8pm.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
For being asocial on social media, that is.
But also for being social around the warm glow of a projector beam.
With us!

Come celebrate the “reason” for the “season” (and by that, we mean “video art” and “winter break”) with a bunch of promising young artists from the Expanded Media Program in the School of Art and Design at Texas State University.

Come to the exhibition opening at our Main Street location beginning at 6pm. Then head over to the Masur Gallery at 8pm and settle in for the show.

See you there! (Put yer phone down!)

Presented in collaboration with Experimental Response Cinema.

Experimental Response Cinema

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX

Mauro Barreto lives and works in Austin, TX. He earned a BA in art from Yale University and is currently completing an MFA in photography at the University of Hartford–Hartford Art School. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, Central Texas College, and Spellerberg Projects.

Artist’s Statement:

“My second show at Spellerberg Projects presents five color pictures that reflect my sense of idealism and pessimism in the face of an uncertain feature. A young man holding a blank booklet as if reading aloud to the creek before him, a rainbow with an unfinished anarchist A sprayed over it, a young woman caressing a telephone somewhere between receiving and placing a phone call, the tailgate of a luxury electric vehicle bearing the rainbow-themed license plate of Hawaii, and another young woman recording music in a studio. The pictures wonder what kind of world we built, what we could not let go, what kind of future is left, and whether it is too late to change.”

Artist website

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Curated by Hollie Brown

Open by appointment, contact Ralph Fulton Jr.
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Artist Statement:

“I’m attracted to woodworking and painting because both require unique problem solving. I really enjoy painting because it is free of the rules of physics that are required in woodworking. It allows me to be truly free with my style and not rigid. Humans, animals, inanimate objects, random shapes and the space between are used to make my paintings. I use bright colors depicting these objects in action and at rest, in predicaments that may not be so graceful or comfortable looking. I try to catch these moments, and allow the viewer to come away with their own version of what is going on or what is about to happen… this is what I find very amusing.

“I usually title my paintings and I encourage the viewer to come up with their own title or caption, as we all relate to these every day moments but with our own interpretation. Maybe it just creates an emotion, like or dislike.”

Artist’s Website

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Screening Fri Jan 3, 7pm

Curated by Jennifer Moore

Eric Acuña is a San Antonio based artist and gallery preparator at Texas State University. His work explores diverse subjects through painting, videography, performance, archives, and objects. He is currently working towards a BFA in Expanded Media from Texas State University with a focus on experimental filmmaking.

He is the artist-in-residence at The Museum of Human Achievement, where his interest in bioacoustics embeds local environmental systems into musical and performance structures using new technologies to collect data from nature between Austin and San Antonio. Going beyond direct sonification, he develops a syntax based on the recorded natural processes, which may be audio documented from physical movements, water, and wind, etc. to create dialogue around collective actions, innovative musical creations, and ecological awareness.

Sam Foster grew up in Lawrence, KS and graduated with a BFA from Milwaukee institute of Art and Design in painting and studio art (2012). Sam works and lives in Austin, TX, and creates paintings and video art inspired by his life experiences. His paintings incorporate garish oils and collaged elements. Similarly his videos combine personal and found footage. About these works, he says:

“These videos are sourced from my relationships with different types of men, the ‘other’ or ‘downtrodden’ characters. My experiences working in the recovery community and losing my father at a young age to mental illness have inspired me to examine the myth of what it means to be ‘a good man.’ Peers and friends suffering or overcoming drug addiction and criminal behavior are documented and interviewed. My goal is not to exploit but to create a lens through experimental film to pose questions about growing and overcoming major life difficulties that exist within often unseen communities.”

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Curated by Hollie Brown and Michael Villarreal

Exhibition featuring students from Texas State University’s School of Art and Design. The show consists of students from beginning painting and drawing highlighting their assignments and approaches throughout the Fall semester of 2019.

Artists featured:
Komal Bhakta
Alondra Carbajal
Hayden Castor
Peyton Clark
Hannah Comstock
Viviane Coronado Jalomo
Sabrina Cowles
Mila Doiron
Sydney Easley
Alexis Frierson
Moises Garza
Chloe Gonzalez
Elizabeth Hobbs
Alex Holmes
Sebastian Hubele
Ashley Lambright
Mikayla Magee
Mikayla McDonough
Amanda Meneses
Brett Malik
Raymundo Marquez
Christoff Miller
Kerstyn Rankin
Samantha Romero
Tyler Vinklarek
Taryn Wharton
Conner Yarbrough

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Curated by Hollie Brown

Open by appointment (Email)

“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.”

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Fri Oct 4, 7-10pm

Join us for a live drawing performance by Aerial Dance Fusion duo Wren Wild. They will perform a number of large tricks and poses for your artwork. Their set will be around 20 minutes long and they plan to execute certain tricks multiple times to allow artists to get full impressions of the poses. Participate in some art-making or just come and enjoy the performance and exhibits in the Masur Gallery, which will be open for viewing during and after the performance.

Misty Witten’s interest in dance didn’t blossom until high school. However, it wasn’t until after college when she started social dancing blues and salsa that her love of movement was reignited. Over the last ten years she has studied zouk, ballet, blues, swing, salsa, aerial arts (including lyra and pole dancing) as well as hip hop, belly dancing and Bollywood dance. Her passion is creating, unlocking, and evoking emotions in both herself and others through an improvisational fusion of dances. Her focus is on connection, fluidity, storytelling, and grace in a partner dance setting. She absolutely loves performing in live music venues where she can interact with not only the musicians but the audience as well.

Dylan Warren has been dancing swing and blues for over two decades. With a background spanning acroyoga, martial arts and partnered dance, Dylan is constantly studying how bodies move together. He has a love for all movement and has developed a fusion of styles through years of performance and partnership that focuses on movement, fluidity and connection. Dylan frames his partner so that they may shine, and he with them. When not dancing, Dylan is creating through photography, video, balloons and design.

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Curated by Hollie Brown

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.

Artist’s Instagram

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Curated by Hollie Brown

Open by appointment (Email)

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

Spellerberg Projects, Masur Gallery
119 W San Antonio St, Lockhart TX
Curated by Hollie Brown

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