by Sarah Fisch
Sure, scenesters, you knew that Norman Avila was a founding member of Los #2 Dinners during the band's first, legendary, garage-punk lineup. Maybe you're familiar with his SAMOMA (San Antonio Museum of Modern Art), which ruled the 70s hipster roost from the second floor of a building on South Flores wayyyy pre-Artpace, pre-Blue Starâ?¦pre-SAMA, even! But did you know he's got a show up at Bihl Haus? Avila's works on paper make playful winks at cubism, Dada, Surrealism, and even Futurism, never losing their accomplished original vision. Go see! Quick!
This week will not be your last chance to see Norman's work, luckily. Norman Avila is also included in the upcoming extravaganza, "On and Off Fredericksburg" studio tour orchestrated by Kellen McIntyre, director of Bihl Haus Arts.
This is a fabulous way to get to see more of the near West Side/Jefferson area, meet artists, and see great work. I can only imagine what Norman's studio must be like, after seeing his art and meeting him.
I got to have brunch with Norman Avila and our mutual friend Gene Elder recently, and he's like a one-man repository of every cool or garde avant-art movement in San Antonio in the last (humina humina) years. More on him to come.