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LUMINARIA 2009: ¡CAM, Cassie, y Más UTSA!



Among Luminaria wonders and spectaculars this Saturday: it's the virgin outing of the newly re-organized Contemporary Arts Month (CAM). After a “velvet revolution”/handover to a new batch of organizers, CAM will put on a March'09 Luminaria show, then will also do something this July (which is the final July CAM), then it'll up a whole new can of re-scheduled whoop-ass in March 2010.

â?¦Follow me?

If you didn't know it before: after this July, CAM's moving to March! In my opinion, this will be a big improvement, comfort-wise.

No more sweaty visits to 138 degree studios!

No pushcart-induced heatstroke, either â??in fact, Cruz Ortiz's Dignowity Hill Pushcart Derby's already moved to March this year.

New CAM organizer Jason Jay Stevens sent me a press release, to wit:

“Contemporary Art Month continues as it has since 1985 to promote and celebrate contemporary art, especially the diverse work of South Texas artists and including art from all over North America and the world, organizing and collaborating with local galleries, art spaces, and alternative venues, with special exhibitions and unique events. ... At the end of 2008, Director Robert Tatum handed the reins of Contemporary Art Month to the organization's Artist Adivsory Board, currently Andy Benavides, Ben Judson, Michele Monseau, Leslie Raymond, and Jason Jay Stevens. This team carries Contemporary Art Month through this transition, with special events planned for March 2009, July 2009, and March 2010.

San Antonio Contemporary Art Month is now under the umbrella of SMART, a local non-profit organization that plans the annual SMART Fair.”


Just to give you some context:

Ben Judson founded and writes for essential arts blog Emvergeoning, and has curated some very interesting recent local events, including Jason Kahn's sound installation at the Beauty College, and Annette Krebs' performance at Sala Diaz.

Andy Benavides is a painter who owns and runs ONE9ZERO6 gallery, Benavides Picture Framing, and is involved in S.M.A.R.T. (Supporting Multiple Arts Resources Together), who put on October's SMARTFair among other things.

Michele Monseau owns and runs Three Walls Gallery, is an adjunct professor at Palo Alto College, and is a video artist most recently seen in the amazing All Ladies' Video Review show at UTSA Satellite Space.

And Jason Jay Stevens, is half of new media arts collective Potter-Belmar Labs, with his partner, artist and UTSA New Media prof Leslie Raymond, who, incidentally, you can read more about in this week's Current.

So, definitely check out CAM's new curatorial regime at their Luminaria event at the Beauty College.

Here's the invite:

Please join us for an evening of great fun, great art, and great music by San Antonio's best-- in our very own building at 505 E. Travis St. between Broadway and Alamo 6pm-midnight, rain or shine (we're inside anyway!!)

spread the and open to the public.

exhibiting artists:

Veronica Fernandez

Regis Shephard

Jason Kahn

Randy Wallace

music by Buttercup 8pm-midnight

pushcart parade

cozy lounge w/ food by Madhatters for our sponsors!

curated and produced by Ben Judson and Michele Monseau, with special thanks to Chuck Ramirez, Jason Jay Stevens, Kimberly Aubuchon, Leslie Raymond, Andy Benavides, Elaine Wolfe, and Mary Cantu.

...As for me, I am particularly psyched to see new Regis Shephard work!


Nah, Nate Cassie isn't in jail. But he will be present at Luminaria, giving away free stuff!

Check it out:

Actually, now that I look closely at the invite, it's not so much “free” as “trade.” Go to Dillard's /Old Joske's and make him a drawing, and hopefully he'll have some prints left hen you get there. Go early!

This hot on the heels of Nate's Artpace Semester Program Artist stint, in which he collaborated with Fox Tech seniors to design three flags, which then flew in various locations around the globe. Very very cool.

TRES: Más UTSA Images

The UTSA New Media Program will be showing in the Convention Center Gallery. Here's this week's story about this show, which page also contains a movie by Jennings Sheffield, one of the students.

Unfortunately, we only had so much room in print for pictures, so I'm including some more images from the class.

Here are some handmade stickers by Utah Snyder. He plans to give these away free, as well as many other handmade things, such as T-shirts, videos on VHS, and drawings. I'm liking this un-commercial trend at Luminaria. I hear tell that Trinity prof/ poet Jenny Browne is gonna be wheeling shopping carts around, giving away free books, too. Nice! Maybe I should start handing out some stuff.

Anyway, here are Utah Snyder's stickers. I hope I get one of these.

Here is a cardboard shelter built by a homeless person in Houston, from which John Mata (aka “the hardest-working man in show business”) derives some of the inspiration from his upcoming Luminaria piece, entitled “Shelter For New Media”:

Repeat: JOHN MATA DIDN'T BUILD THIS ONE. A presumably-homeless, anonymous artist did, presumably for the purpose of sleeping in. But Mata will use cardboard, apparently.

Now here are two more images by Mauricio Gudiño, whose untitled image (of a steak, a man, and a woman) adorns the UTSA story in-print and online.

I like these a lot.

video still

also, I think, a video still.

Mauricio screened Charles and Ray Eames' film Powers of 10 in the "show and tell" class I talk about in the article.



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