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UTSA Satellite Space hosts July 2-26 exhibit exploring cultural identity

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(July 1, 2009)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will present "Con Ajo y Baroque," a exhibition of works by San Antonio artists Julia Barbosa Landois and Beto Gonzales, from July 2 to July 26 at the UTSA Satellite Space. Free and open to the public, the show will include digital media and installation pieces that explore masculine and feminine perspectives of the labels of cultural identity. The exhibit was curated by Kimberly Garza Campbell '05.

>> An opening reception, free and open to the public, is 6-9 p.m., Thursday, July 2. The exhibit also will be open 6-9 p.m., July 3 for First Friday, the monthly gallery open house in San Antonio's Southtown district.

Exploring the superficial labels of cultural identity, the exhibit draws on the kinship between two artists and their mutual backgrounds growing up in San Antonio. Combining nostalgia from childhood, familiar ritual, religious oppression, middle-class tension and iconic imagery with their academic knowledge of Western art and culture, the exhibition pushes the boundaries of identity-based art into the realm of social critique and contemporary expression.

Gonzales' use of digital media, video projection and light installation complements Barbosa Landois' performance and site-specific installation works. The exhibition explores masculine and feminine aspects of ritual display, genuine religious sentiment versus mass-produced kitsch and the juxtaposition of Mesoamerican roots with the artistic traditions of Western Europe.

Kimberly Garza Campbell is a San Antonio artist and curator who earned a UTSA B.F.A. degree and has completed the first year toward a UTSA master's in bicultural-bilingual studies. She recently finished a semester art program with Artpace and Irving Middle School, which is on permanent display at the school. She has curated exhibits for the San Antonio Public Library and private shows around San Antonio.

"Exploring cultural identity is a constant journey in a country that thrives on labels," said Garza Campbell. "These labels tend to serve a simultaneous clash of oppressive and progressive behaviors. The exhibit is an affirmation of a rich past overturning cultural labels and misconceptions through the enduring medium of art."

The UTSA Satellite Space is in Blue Star Arts Complex Suite 115 at S. Alamo and Probandt streets. Gallery hours are 6-8 p.m., Thursday, and noon-6 p.m., Friday-Sunday, or by appointment.

For an appointment, contact Diana Roberts, gallery coordinator, at (210) 212-7146 (gallery) or (210) 458-4391 (Department of Art and Art History).

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