Video art from "Landscapes" exhibit

UTSA faculty member's art featured at Blue Star

By Tim Brownlee
Assistant Director of Public Affairs

(Sept. 16, 2008)--Digital paintings by Leslie Raymond, UTSA assistant professor of new media in the Department of Art and Art History, are on exhibit through Sept. 28 in "Landscapes" at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center's Gallery 4.

According to the exhibition description by Emily Morrison, Artpace curatorial assistant, Raymond draws on themes from 17th and 18th century landscape painting to investigate the grandeur of nature, capturing subtle changes in light and texture through time-lapse footage and long-take filming. Displayed on flat-panel monitors, the nine video-loop compositions in the series also consider composition, color, shape and form.

A video artist exploring ways to expand the scope of the evolving medium of digital painting, Raymond was born in Saint Paul, Minn., and raised in Detroit. She received a B.F.A. in film and video at Rhode Island School of Design and an M.F.A. from the University of Michigan School of Art and Design.

Her solo and collaborative films and videos have been presented at festivals including the 50th Sydney Film Festival dLux Media Arts program (Australia), the Lausanne Underground Film and Video Festival (Switzerland), Loop Barcelona (Spain) and the Museo de Arte Contemporaneo, Santa Fe (Argentina) in which her work was awarded first place in video installation.

Raymond and her partner, Jason Jay Stevens, have collaborated in multimedia performance and installation as Potter-Belmar Labs since 1999. They have performed and exhibited work in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Antonio and Lincoln, Neb.

The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center is at South Alamo and Probandt streets in San Antonio's Southtown district. Gallery hours are noon-6 p.m., Wednesday-Sunday.

For more information, call Leslie Raymond at (210) 458-4386 or Blue Star at (210) 227-6960.