- Bryan Rindfuss
- Agosto Cuellar amid the wares up for grabs at Saturday's closing reception for "Jive Refried."
Amid a visual memoir of oddly dressed mannequins, fashion photographs and reconfigured accessories, a placemat-sized panel covered in fake blue flowers catches his eye. Untacking it from the wall, he folds it in half and clutches it, modeling the item as if it’s a statement-making handbag. The purpose of this exercise is to illustrate his long-standing love affair with rasquache — an artistic practice that involves celebrating, repurposing and transforming whatever materials might be at hand.
Closely tied to Chicano art, the “underdog” aesthetic of rasquache has been a
- Bryan Rindfuss
In tandem with Jive’s anniversary, Cuellar is focusing on taking things to the next level with a new collection that will be shown during the official fashion weeks of New York and Paris as part of a partnership with the New York-based retailer and producer Flying Solo. Titled “Barrio Folk Baroque,” the tight collection of eight looks marks a stylistic departure for Cuellar since it entailed using vintage garments only as patterns for new pieces created with fabric he inherited from late local designer Kathleen Sommers.
Although San Antonians will have to wait until our own take on Fashion Week returns in October, they can help bring “Barrio Folk Baroque” to life by contributing to his GoFundMe campaign (San Antonio To Paris Fashion Week 2020) or making a purchase at the closing reception of his “Jive Refried” exhibition on Saturday.
Free, noon-7pm Sat, Aug 3, Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery, 1704 Blanco Rd., (620) 218-1568, clamplightsa.com.