First Friday

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Critic's Pick Release Date: 2010-09-29

Several arty press releases of late have us feeling like we’ve slipped down the rabbit hole. For starters, long-haired artist and curator Hills Snyder’s Casual Observer at Blue Star Contemporary Art Center claims to be an “open studio environment … derived from his 1977 Song 44.” While suggesting viewers will have a chance to “make something happen,” Snyder’s press release asks, “What flavor is your favorite neutrino? How heavy is it really, all this small talk?” And then goes on to mention a “subterranean 27-km super-cooled magnetic doughnut,” and closes with, “And on the eighth day, God said, ‘Here, you do it’” (6-9pm, Blue Star Contemporary Art Center, 116 Blue Star, bluestarart.org). Look for the “faceless ladies pulling rope,” at Joan Grona Gallery, where Alyson Fox and Jennifer Khoshbin’s group effort The Lost and Found also appears to be under the influence. Khoshbin and Fox sum up the exhibition’s themes as follows: “Losing {that key} and finding {some relief}. Forfeiting {your hand} yet acquiring {a chicken}. Missing {your chance} then discovering {a secret}. Confusing {your enemy} and detecting {a leak}. Squandering {your winnings} but solving {a crime}.” (6-9pm, Joan Grona Gallery, 112 Blue Star, joangronagallery.com). Through the keyhole and down the hall, Aaron Munoz gets clinical with BioTech, a visual experiment based on “the proliferation of 500,000 medical products” (6-9pm, Three Walls, 106D Blue Star). Just as you were looking for them, Ty Wilcox reminds Directions Not Included to his installation revealing “hidden truths through the language of signage” (6-9pm, cactus bra SPACE, 106C Blue Star). Inevitably, by this time you’ll be ready for a dose of reality, so head across the alley to UTSA Satellite Space, where Leamon Green’s The Tug Drawings (inspired by a teaching stint in Tanzania), and Naomi Wanjiku’s The Art of Transformation (a mashup of “Kenyan concepts and contemporary industrial materials”) should provide ample debriefing for your departure from The Twilight Zone: First Friday Edition (6-9pm, UTSA Satellite Space, 115 Blue Star).

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