Hello Studio Opens for ‘Christina is a Coward,’ by Resident Artist Megan Solis

June 30, 2016 6:00 pm

Hello Studio is pleased to present Christina is a Coward an exhibition featuring the work of Megan Solis. Solis is the second resident artist in Hello Studio’s recently renovated space within the Upstairs Studios at the Blue Star Arts Complex.  A recent graduate of UTSA, Solis concentrated on painting and performance art with a strong conceptual practice.  Locally, she has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions at The Lullwood Group, Silkworm Gallery, UTSA Main Gallery, High Wire Arts Gallery, San Antonio Art League Museum, and R Gallery and has gained international experience and exposure through a 2015 artist residency at Arteles Creative Center in Haukijärvi, Finland.   Forthcoming, Solis will exhibit as part of a three-person exhibition at the UTSA Main Gallery in the summer of 2017 along with Louie Chavez and John Hernandez.

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We are just peachy, thanks_Installation Shot Megan Solis We are just peachy, thanks, I, II, III, IV, 2016 Found objects, dimensions vary. Installation View.

Solis states, “Christina is a Coward was born out of the misfortune of failed relationships with others.  Superficial high school tropes play a major theme in this exhibition as such mechanisms are used to analyze truths as well as facades within social anxieties and unsuccessful human connections.  With this particular body of work, the hope is to recognize the external and internal pressures to pursue and perform happiness even when fixed with anxiety, depression, and disappointment.”

Christina is a Coward will showcase new assemblage and collage works as well as three performances by Solis.  The performances will take place on 6/30, 7/1, and 8/5 at 8:30pm The exhibition is accompanied by a fully-illustrated exhibition catalogue published by Hello Studio with essays by Alana Coates, Marco Aquino, Gabriella Boschi Scott, Isabel Servantez, and Tatiana Uhoch. The writers delve into topics ranging from anxiety, resistance, and the grotesque within her artistic practice.

About Hello Studio

Hello Studio is an independent artist-run gallery and studio residency that hosts exhibitions showcasing emerging visual artists in Texas.  It is directed by Amada Miller and Taylor Bates.  Open every first Thursday and Friday as part of the Blue Star Art Complex programing and by appointment.   For any questions or high-resolution images, please contact hellostudiosa@gmail.com or 210-291-8640.

K.Pell realizes she is doomed forever (detail), 2016, seran wrap, foam paper, puffy paint, magic clay,plastic, cotton stuffing, insulation foam,  9”x10”x8”
K.Pell realizes she is doomed forever (detail), 2016, seran wrap, foam paper, puffy paint, magic clay,plastic, cotton stuffing, insulation foam, 9”x10”x8”
Unbearably Human (with pink lady) , 2016, frosting, plastic,fabric, masonite, yarn, swimming pool noodles, Furby doll stuffed, Performance Still,  36”x 48”,x24”
Unbearably Human (with pink lady) , 2016, frosting, plastic,fabric, masonite, yarn, swimming pool noodles, Furby doll stuffed, Performance Still, 36”x 48”,x24”
DisappointmentsarerevealedatSamanthaandRebecca'sslumberparty VI., 2016, foam letters, duck tape, foam paper, post it, puffy paint on pink glitter foam paper, 5”x4”
DisappointmentsarerevealedatSamanthaandRebecca’sslumberparty VI., 2016, foam letters, duck tape, foam paper, post it, puffy paint on pink glitter foam paper, 5”x4”
DisappointmentsarerevealedatSamanthaandRebecca'sslumberparty YellowPeep, 2016, fabric, body suit, plaster mold of human face, frosting, red high heels, Performance still
DisappointmentsarerevealedatSamanthaandRebecca’sslumberparty YellowPeep, 2016, fabric, body suit, plaster mold of human face, frosting, red high heels, Performance still
K. Bell and the Jeep Escape (with purple lady) ,2016,toy jeep, fabric, plastics, insulation foam, acrylic, frosting, trash bags, yarn, child’s toy, foil, pepto bismol, Performance Still 146”x288”x36”
K. Bell and the Jeep Escape (with purple lady) ,2016,toy jeep, fabric, plastics, insulation foam, acrylic, frosting, trash bags, yarn, child’s toy, foil, pepto bismol, Performance Still 146”x288”x36”