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- Kelly Johnston
Tucked away inside the 1906 South Flores arts complex, FLAX Studio originated as the collaborative project of Katy Silva, the marketing and communications director at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and Andrei Renteria, a current participant in the community-based organization’s Artist Lab fellowship. In an interview with the San Antonio Current, Silva explained that FLAX directs its curatorial efforts toward diverse groups of socially disadvantaged artists, which happens to include women and ethnic minorities alike. This weekend, FLAX unveils Washington DC-born artist Kelly Johnston’s solo show “Ephemera” as part of the Second Saturday art walk. Johnston told the Current she was inspired by her mother’s painful struggle with dermoid cysts, abnormal pockets of tissue that contain blood, teeth and clumps of hair. To this end, she crafted a series of fruit-like sculptures cast from inorganic materials and adorned with long hair follicles. “It’s hard for women, period,” Johnson said. “There’s stuff people don’t talk about, because it’s gross and dirty. There’s a culture the art world breeds, and if you don’t fit into it, it’s hard to be heard.” Free, 7-9pm Sat, Sept. 10, Flax Studio, 1906 S. Flores St., (909) 518-2245, facebook.com/flaxstudio.