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First Thursday & Friday

Critic's Pick Release Date: 2011-03-31

Contemporary Art Month may be drawing to a close, but SA’s art scene doesn’t get much sleep ? as evidenced by a crop of shows opening in the Blue Star Arts Complex this week. In Gallery 4, artist Tom Orr offers a preview of the upcoming Texas Biennial with Onagadori. Curated by Virginia Rutledge, Orr’s project lies in “the space between painting and sculpture” and may remind viewers of childhood days spent tinkering with an Erector Set (6-8 p.m. Thu, Mar 31 and Fri, Apr 1, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, 116 Blue Star). Using supplies one might find at Home Depot, sculptor Clare Little explores the “majestic within the domestic” at neighboring Joan Grona Gallery. Little’s Lush is paired with Jimena Marin’s Colored Lines, a series of drawings rooted in reproduction and self-awareness (6-9 p.m. Thu, Mar 31 and Fri, Apr 1, Joan Grona Gallery, 112 Blue Star). Down the back alley at Justiceworks, Nicholas Hay blurs the lines with Good and Gone Again, which includes “drawings that look like sculptures, and sculptures that look like drawings” (6-10 p.m. Thu, Mar 31 and Fri, Apr 1, Justiceworks Studio, 113-1 Blue Star). Next door at UTSA Satellite Space, artists Sasha Nochovka and Gayle Janzow unveil a joint Master’s Thesis exhibition titled Ultimo grido. While Nochovka’s work plays with photography, fashion, and surrealism (and also promises “stand-in rabbits”), Janzow’s pieces conjure a “deep meditative state” with found objects and tactile arrangements (6-9 p.m. Thu, Mar 31 and Fri, Apr 1, UTSA Satellite Space, 115 Blue Star). Life abroad factors into British native Rae Culbert’s I Love Texas and Texas Loves Me (6-9 p.m. Fri, Apr 1, Three Walls Gallery, 106 D Blue Star), and finally “felted representations of mutated suburban flora and fauna” inhabit cactus bra SPACE, courtesy of Michelle Rozic’s Wilderness, which meets at the fuzzy crossroads of a natural science exhibit and Hobby Lobby (6-8 p.m. Thu, Mar 31 and 6-9 p.m. Fri, Apr 1, cactus bra SPACE, 106 C Blue Star). All openings are free and open to the public.

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