Blue Star Contemporary Debuts New Exhibitions: Landscapes by the Book, Turn Your Face Toward the Sun, and The Gift: An Exquisite Exhibition

December 3, 2015 6:00 pm - February 7, 2015 12:00 am

Blue Star Contemporary will open three new exhibitions: Turn Your Face Toward the Sun, featuring Charlie Morris and Liz Rodda; Landscapes by the Book featuring Bodil Furu; and The Gift: An Exquisite Exhibition. These exhibitions will be on view from December 3, 2015 – February 7, 2015, with an Opening Reception on Thursday December 3rd, 6:00-9:00PM. This event is free and open to the public.

PRESS PREVIEW: 12:00-1:00PM, Thursday, December 3, 2015. Please RSVP to Inessa Kosub, Public Affairs and Engagement Manager, at inessa@bluestarart.org
Main Gallery
Turn Your Face Toward the Sun
Charlie Morris and Liz Rodda

This exhibition explores contemporary assemblage, subcultural iconographies and vernaculars, and themes of control, desire, anxiety, power, surveillance, and subversion. Combining crafted works with found content, each artist’s interdisciplinary practice involves the act of collecting and sifting through images, videos, found objects, and more to re-contextualize and focus the viewer on the unseen. Whether the content is culled from YouTube or encountered on a daily walk, the viewer is given elements that illuminate underlying tensions concealed by a calm surface.

Gallery 4
Landscapes by the Book
Bodil Furu

Filmed in the municipality of Fron in Norway, the video portrays the alteration of landscapes through flooding and highway construction, and its effects upon the people inhabiting these places. Another focal point for the film is the now rejected plans for development of a new hydroelectric power plant in the river Lågen, where both supporters and protesters reflect about what might have become the consequences. The piece dwells on how common landscapes are affected by modernity and the growth of society.

The video will screen at the top of the hour throughout the exhibition.

Project Space
The Gift: An Exquisite Exhibition
Contributions by Collection Public Freehold; San Antonio Museum of Art; McNay
Art Museum; Linda Pace Foundation; Cathy Cunningham-Little and Ken Little; Penelope Speier and Sonny Collins; Sally and George Muellich; Christie Blizard

The Gift: An Exquisite Exhibition is inspired by Lewis Hyde’s seminal text, The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World. Co-curated by Virginia Rutledge, this exhibition uses Hyde’s thesis of art as an economy of generosity as inspiration. An artwork, from its inception as an idea, to its continuing existence long after the artist’s death, is a gift. A central theme of Hyde’s book, the idea of art as a generous act, inspires this dynamic exhibition encouraging collectors and artists to respond over the course of the show to the previous artworks presented, all representing themes of generosity and giving. Hyde summarizes his text:

“The main assumption of the book is that certain spheres of life, which we care about, are not well organized by the marketplace. That includes artistic practice, which is what the book is mostly about, but also pure science, spiritual life, healing and teaching….This book is about the alternative economy of artistic practice. For most artists, the actual working life of art does not fit well into a market economy, and this book explains why and builds out on the alternative, which is to imagine the commerce of art to be well described by gift exchange.”

The exhibition will evolve over time growing via artist and collector responses and curated groupings that reflect on Hyde’s text. The exhibition will open with a single artwork of Lawrence Weiner from the Collection Public Freehold. Additional work will be added in two subsequent installations on January 14 and January 21, and a performance by Christie Blizard on February 4 and 5, 2016.

Exhibition support provided by: DCCD, National Endowment for the Arts

MORE INFORMATION: For more information about Blue Star’s exhibitions, the public can call 210- 227-6960 or visit bluestarart.org.

"Post Card" 2001 Neon and digital print on wood Promised gift of Cathy Cunningham-Little and Ken Little image courtesy of the McNay Art Museum
“Post Card”
2001
Neon and digital print on wood
Promised gift of Cathy Cunningham-Little and Ken Little
image courtesy of the McNay Art Museum
"Turn Your Face Toward The Sun" 2015 6:30 Video with sound image courtesy of artist
“Turn Your Face Toward The Sun”
2015
6:30
Video with sound
image courtesy of artist
"Thanks" 2013 13 1/4 x 19 1/2" c-print image courtesy of artist
“Thanks”
2013
13 1/4 x 19 1/2″
c-print
image courtesy of artist
"Landscapes By The Book" 2015 37 minutes HD video image courtesy of artist
“Landscapes By The Book”
2015
37 minutes
HD video
image courtesy of artist