Sneak Preview: Artpace's "New Works 13.2" Opening Tonight

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Tonight (6-8:30 p.m.), Artpace San Antonio unveils the second chapter of its 2013 International Artist-In-Residence cycle. Curated by Hou Hanru (whose recent credits include the 5th Auckland Triennial), the exhibition unites Houston-based Clarissa Tossin, New Yorker Trevor Paglen, and Hong Kong’s Pak Sheung Chuen (aka Tozer).

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In a media preview this morning, Hanru (far right) described his appointment as guest curator at Artpace as a dream come true.

Clarissa Tossen: “Brasília, Cars, Pools, and Other Modernities”

Starring a weathered Volkswagen Brasília—decked out in decals and loaded down with pool-cleaning equipment— as its “anti-hero,” Tossen’s “Brasília, Cars, Pools, and Other Modernities” draws parallels between Brazil’s capital (a “City of the Future” designed by architect Oscar Niemeyer) and Santa Monica, Calif., by visiting The Strick House, the only home Niemeyer designed in North America. Tossen likened the house to a “little island of imported ideas and ideals.”

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Trevor Paglen: “Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 2, Build 1)"

With a doctorate degree in geography, New Yorker Trevor Paglen has photographed numerous sites related to the so-called “black world” of classified defense activity. “Aero-space engineering for aero-space engineering’s sake” is the unlikely catch phrase for Paglen’s “Prototype for a Nonfunctional Satellite (Design 2, Build 1),” an ongoing project that presents satellites as temporary sculptures designed to do nothing other than simply be seen reflecting sunlight down to Earth.

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Pak Sheung Chuen: "Traveler's Notes: San Antonio 2013.5.28-2013.7.14"

Irreverent and witty, Hong Kong’s Pak Sheung Chuen (nicknamed Tozer) spins everyday experiences into conceptual works that blur lines. A self-described fine artist working in newspaper, Tozer created a series of works specifically for the Current that can be seen here: sacurrent.com/artpace. "Good, medium, or bad," every idea Tozer has had and recorded since his arrival in the Alamo City can be read in "Travelers Notes," a installation Hanrou described as text used in an "industrial" fashion. Among the stream-of-conscious pearls of wisdom to be found climbing the walls and striping the floor is a suggestion the artist has taken on a daily basis: "Get on a bus at random. Head to an unknown destination."

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