Top photo: "Camino," 2005, wood, paint and wire variable
installation, Gisela Insuaste
Center photo: "How Lovely on the Mountain," 2008, bed sheets
and pillowcases, Mariah Johnson
Bottom photo: "Heaven to Me," 2007, oil on wood, Leslie Wayne
(Images courtesy of the artists)

UTSA Satellite Space hosts exhibit evoking landscapes and memories

(Aug. 5, 2009)--The UTSA Department of Art and Art History will present "This... Is Your, This... Is My...," an exhibition of work by five artists from both coasts whose work conjures landscapes from stories, evoking geological strata and layers of personal memory. Free and open to public, the exhibit will be on view Aug. 6-23 at the UTSA Satellite Space.

The show curated by Salvador Castillo will include paintings, sculptures, photography and prints created by five guest artists, Hilary Harnischfeger, Gisela Insuaste, Mariah Johnson, Hilary Pecis and Leslie Wayne.

>> An opening reception is 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 6. The exhibit also will be open 6-9 p.m., Aug. 7 for First Friday, the monthly gallery open house in San Antonio's Southtown district.

>> An artists' talk, moderated by Pauline Strong of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Texas at Austin, is set for 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 8.

New York-based Hilary Harnischfeger makes densely layered works of paper, plaster and ink, the sculptures evoking rocks and the paintings appearing to be slices from a rock wall.

Brooklyn-based Gisela Insuaste creates playful landscapes based on memories of either imagined or real places. The colorful, sometimes child-like elements reveal the many aspects of one's relationship to a place.

Los Angeles-based Mariah Johnson works with linens and fabrics. By folding and piling the fabrics she recalls her mother's efforts at maintaining aesthetic order in her home. The layering and rolling of the fabrics, as well as their untold stories, begin to form stratified cross-sections similar to geological formations.

San Francisco-based Hilary Pecis creates intricate collages and drawings of fantasy landscapes. Her images are packed with patterns and colors that make them feel like the surface of alien planets.

New York painter and photographer Leslie Wayne creates paintings with dense layers of paint, which she pushes and shapes into sculptural ribbons or strata of undulating color. They droop and collapse under the pressure of their own weight.

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 at (210) 212-7146 (gallery) or (210) 458-4391 (Department of Art and Art History).

For more information, visit the "This... Is Your..., This... Is My..." Web site.





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