Art Capades: Some CAM Thus Far

We're just over halfway through the very last July CAM, y'all. Hopefully you've been using the New School's (i.e. advisory board) online calendar, which is absolutely the most helpful CAM calendar ever.

You may also wanna check out Chad Dawkins' CAM blog, Publicity Stunted, wherein he's making an honest-to-God attempt to review every last Contemporary Art Month show, to the amusement of his co-art bloggers at Emvergeoning.

At any rate, you've still got two weeks to get out there and start sweatin' to the arties. It won't kill you. It hasn't killed me, and I'm made of mostly water vapor and latex.

Stuff I'm looking forward to:

The Artpace 9.02 opening, which is TONIGHT at 6:30, featuring Charlie Morris, Anne Collier, and the lusciously-named Silke Otto-Knapp.

(note: For all you Texas artists, Artpace's 2011 open call application is due Sept. 4. Check their website, download the thing, and GET TO FUCKING WORK.)

The Unit B opening tomorrow night featuring Gary Sweeney, Alejandro Diaz and Kristy Perez.

Seeing JAMES COBB (!)'s work with George Schroeder, over at George's gallery.

And yet another cool community-minded thing Cruz Ortis is doing.

NOW FOR BAD PHOTOS!

Kelly O'Connor's

mesmerizing “Mirror Magic” installation, Hills Snyder's excellent and expansive “Lonely Are the Brave” show at Blue Star, opening night.

Odie from Buttercup at Blue Star CAM opening

KO'C strings view

Chris Sauter's funny/poignant/amazing recreation of his Boerne boyhood bedroom.

Sauter's room: internal Universe.

Sauter's Time Life books. I always wanted these! “Read the book!”

wall text at Lonely Are the Brave. The worst, worst picture. Can you read that? Wow. I'm awful. Why did I take this?

LAtB TV

Nopal arrow; and here I'd like to point out how much this show was enhanced not only by Hills Snyder's curation and conceptualizing, but by his artistry itself, which struck me in this show as wry, generous, and surprisingly complex. To wit: this nopal arrow.

Beto Gonzales and Julia Barbosa Landois, “Indio Amazonica.” A lightbox at their “Con Ajo y Baroque” show (see my capsule review of Julia in our print version this week). I wish somebody would buy this lightbox for me.

Crowd observing “Light Mural” by Beto Gonzales, a profound and powerful piece. Full disclosure: Beto is my good friend and sometime collaborator. Still and all, that's an awesome piece. "Con Ajo y Baroque" is a wonderful, challenging, intelligent and passionate show. It is GREAT to see San Anto artists (this goes for the LAtB artists too) really attacking scale in a big way.

“Light Mural” detail

Julia Barbosa Landois sherbet punch

la Julia y la communion (protestante, pero)

"Experimenting Sound" show at Justice Works in the Blue Star Complex. On the right is Adriana Barrios, who runs Justice Works with her partner, Barbara Justice. A great small gallery. If they're not on your radar, they should be. They did a very complex install for opening weekend, a very intense, diverse show with lots of interesting sound elements.

Experimenting Sound appreciator kids in situ, enjoying Gary Wise's installation, which was a sort ofâ?¦.urban/suburban dichotomy thing that came alive for me as soon as the kid on the right made himself comfy and read Seventeen magazine. That young man=ART.

small Centurion, performance art, gallery name withheld

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