Exhibition Opening/Performance on Second Saturday, September 8th, 7-9 p.m.
Lone Star Studios, 107 Lone Star Blvd, San Antonio, TX
”Artists aren’t engineers,” the museum manager observed ruefully.
”Artists oughta be shot,” a disgruntled trucker said.
~ The New York Times article, 1988
Lone Star Studios and the Lullwood Group present Cr(e)ate. The RJP Nomadic Gallery continues to highlight functional design aesthetics and arts practice as highly influenced by existing infrastructures through a labor based performance and installation. Repurposing the protective shell of the art crate into fine art object through exhibition offers a metaphorical unpacking of typically formal objects, revealing them as purveyors of history and mystery. Arriving at 7 p.m. on Saturday night the RJP Nomadic Gallery will unload the crates from a 40’ Ryder truck and begin the installation in Lone Star Studios.
Echoing the myriad roles of artists the performance will allow for an evolutionary progression from manual labor to arts preparator to aesthetic auteur, participating artist, and curator, but finally ending as janitor. Within the performance and subsequent exhibition the crates will be subjected to a similar arc from base functionality to aesthetic, conceptual relevance and back to mere protective façade.
A call to artists: please deliver your most well crafted, eccentric, or otherwise unique crate to Lone Star Studios to aid in the exhibit. No damage will be done to the crates (unless you want them damaged) and you can collect them at the end of the exhibition on Saturday night.
MySanAntonio “Nomadic Gallery coming to San Antonio” Aug. 20, 2012
San Antonio Current “Keep on Truckin’ ” by Isis Madrid, Sept. 18, 2012
Art Magazine: San Antonio “Successful Community Effort: RJP Nomadic Gallery in town” Trina Faundeen, Oct 17, 2012
Art Magazine: San Antonio “Top 10 of 2012” by Haydeé Muñoz De La Rocha, Dec 31, 2012