Blue Star Contemporary Highlights International Artistic Collaborations

Blue Star Contemporary

September 1, 2016 6:00 pm - October 15, 2016 6:00 pm

Blue Star Contemporary partners with Trinity University to welcome Swedish artist and Künstlerhaus Bethanien (KB) resident Patrik Elgström to San Antonio. The Opening Reception for Elgström’s exhibition, Obstacle, is Thursday, September 8th from 6-9 PM at Trinity University’s Michael and Noemi Neidorff Art Gallery in the Dicke Art Building, free and open to the public.

The exhibition on view from September 8 –October 15, 2016.

Blue Star Contemporary’s Berlin Residency Program elevates the international contemporary art landscape and fosters global collaboration through its partnership with the Künstlerhaus Bethanien. In addition to awarding residencies to San Antonio’s artists, Blue Star is pleased to build on this exchange and welcome KB resident artists to San Antonio, cultivating international collaborations and furthering its mission to inspire, nurture, and innovate through contemporary art.

In Winter 2015, Blue Star presented Landscapes by the Book, a video by Norwegian artist Bodil Furu (a KB resident from January 2014-15), which explores how modernity alters the landscape of Fron, Norway. To continue this dialogue and collaboration with the KB, and building on partnerships in San Antonio, Blue Star invited Elgström to present new photographic work in Obstacle. This is Blue Star’s first exhibition in partnership with Trinity University’s Neidorff Gallery.

Patrik Elgström finds his motifs during walks in his immediate environment, which he investigates with a camera and maps out subjectively. Elgström’s starting point is a focus on “things in the way”—things which block the view. Instead of classic motifs like landscapes, Elgström photographs details of architectural structures made from massive materials such as stone or concrete. The shots are always void of human beings; the spaces appear self-contained and do not open up to either the outside or the inside.


Elgström continued this approach in Obstacle. While a resident artist at the Kunstlerhaus Bethanien for a year from October 2014 to 2015, his walks in Berlin led him through the city’s historical power center—places that now represent a past Berlin. The architecture and building materials signal different layers of time and historical epochs. These places were completely unfamiliar to Elgström, giving him a neutral perspective on the object photographed and facilitating the intuitive working method he prefers.

Elgström is working on a long-term project in his home city of Göteborg; Blocking is a photo series produced in the vicinity of the river Göta Älv, which flows through the city—a subjective description of a place including its history and present. It has changed over the course of time, parallel to shifts in the city’s center and periphery. For more information on Elgström, visit his website.

Meet The Artists 

September 10, 2016 | 6:00-7:30 PM

Trinity University’s Michael and Noemi Neidorff Art Gallery in the Dicke Art Building

Blue Star Contemporary and ARTS San Antonio join forces for Meet The Artists, a collaborative reception honoring Patrik Elgström and Van Cliburn-awarded Pianist, Alessandro Deljavan. Elgström presents new works in Obstacle, and Deljavan will make his San Antonio debut at the Trinity University Ruth Taylor Recital Hall on Saturday, September 10 at 7:30 p.m.

Blue Star Contemporary Members are offered a special buy one get one offer on tickets to the performance, which you can purchase here. Meet The Artists

Reception is free and open to the public.

Support for this exhibition generously provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts

About Blue Star Contemporary

Blue Star Contemporary is a non-profit, non-collecting contemporary art organization celebrating 30 years in San Antonio, Texas that advances the growth and understanding of contemporary art, artists, and the curatorial process. With a mission to inspire, nurture, and innovate, Blue Star hosts 20 contemporary exhibitions annually as well as a year-round after-school art education program for high school youth, the MOSAIC Student Artist Program, at its home in Southtown.

For more information about Blue Star Contemporary, the offsite summer exhibitions, or the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program, visit