High culture is nothing but a child of that European perversion called history, the obsession we have with going forward, with considering the sequence of generations a relay race in which everyone surpasses his predecessor, only to be surpassed by his successor. Without this relay race called history there would be no European art and what characterizes it: a longing for originality, a longing for change. Robespierre, Napoleon, Beethoven, Stalin, Picasso, they’re all runners in the relay race, they all belong to the same stadium.
— Milan Kundera
Salvaged wood artist Brian Phillips has more than 20 years of experience making art and has been a full time artist since 2010. He’s primarily a self-taught artist; outside of high school art classes and some continuing education courses, trial and error has been his method.
When he finds the wood/objects he salvages, he tries to see the beauty in the blemishes, mistakes and years of use and abuse. It all has a story, good or bad. He’s always been drawn to layers and layers of paint drips, scrapes, nail holes and repurposed items.
Check out this blog post from Moniker Guitars – it shows Brian’s process for the custom painted guitar he did for them.
An opening reception for Phillips will be held at Dorcol Distilling, 1902 S. Flores Street, on Saturday, April 11 from 7-11 pm.
It is deep summer here in South Texas and it is blazing hot out there. My solution? Come on in out of the heat and give your soul a cool, refreshing drink. Here are some of my picks from the August 25th segment of KLRN Arts. So much to do and see around town…these are but a few.
Numinous (adj.) describing an experience that makes you fearful yet excited and fascinated, awed yet attracted. The powerful, personal feeling of being overwhelmed and truly inspired.
We had the pleasure of chatting with contemporary artist, Andrés Ferrandis in advance of his show, Numinous, at Ruiz-Healy Art in Olmos Park. Ferrandis, in San Antonio for this opening event, hails from Valencia, Spain, and is currently based out of Miami.
The San Antonio Museum of Art has enjoyed steady growth over the last few decades, and its latest move may be one of the boldest yet. The decision was made (and funding was found) to hire not only one, but two new curators. William Keyse Rudolph is the new curator of American Art and Chief Curator of Collections, and the very personable Merribell Parsons is the new curator of European Art.
PAST, the opening of SOLI Chamber Ensemble‘s 20th anniversary season, was our first adventure with the group – and definitely not the last. The event was hosted by Carina and Hans Gors at their beautiful contemporary art space, Gallery Nord, and it was an evening to remember. An intimate group of about 50 enjoyed a presentation of world-class proportions in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The night began with a casual discussion of the music to be presented by the quartet. No quotes here, but let us just say that we have rarely encountered such a verbose group of artists. And this was a refreshing treat. It allowed us an eloquent glimpse of personality and passion prior to the performance.