Lost & Found Opening Reception

November 3, 2016 6:30 pm - November 3, 2016 9:00 pm

Cinnabar is pleased to present “Lost & Found,” opening Thursday, November 3rd. This exhibit features two graduates from UTSA’s Master of Fine Arts program – Sarah Fox and Andrei Renteria. Through collage, mixed media, and found objects, these artists create a fantastical world of lost humans and creatures for the viewer to discover, uncover, and explore.

Sarah Fox’s work often pieces together cut paper from books, magazines, and the Internet to form beautiful and captivating collages of part-human, part-animal creatures. These hybrids are a symbol of freedom – they are not part of our confining binary world. Animal surrogates are used, just as in Aesop’s Fables, as a way to explore shared human experience. In “Lost & Found,” her creatures enact stages of motherhood and loss.

When a child is lost in the early stages of pregnancy, it is often termed a genetically unviable pregnancy. Many of the characters in “Lost & Found” are celebrations of these tiny potentials, chances, and losses that women bear. They are strange and sad genetic mutations, yet they are ultimately beautiful. The delicate wax in Fox’s sculptures, reminiscent of skin or tissue, invites the viewer to smell and come closer, just as any mammal parent might put their nose to the top of a baby’s head. The strangeness of each creature and the vulnerability of the materials serve as a reminder of the mysterious and harrowing journey toward becoming a parent.

A native of Presidio, Texas, and winner of the Artist Foundation’s “Friends of Chuck Ramirez” grant, Andrei Renteria’s work is influenced by his transnational experiences and concern for the sociopolitical issues surrounding the US/Mexico border. He uses painting, lithography, and sculpture to address the parallel between the physical division created by the border itself and the divisions created by discrimination, inequality, and human rights abuses on both sides of the border. His most recent works are a series of portraits of desaparecidos, or people who have disappeared due to border violence. Superimposed on the likenesses of these lost people are found objects – newspaper cutouts, antique book pages, coins, dried flowers, or bits of string. They appear to be artifacts of a life once lived or offerings left at the tomb of a saint. They are talismans to ward off forgetfulness, to ensure the tragedies of the past and present are never repeated in the future.

Cinnabar invites you to explore the intricacies of “Lost & Found.” We know from Arjun Appadurai’s anthropological work that each object has a ‘social life’ – it came from somewhere and is headed somewhere else. It may transition from new to well-loved to forgotten to salvaged antique to artifact in its lifetime. Many objects used by both artists in this exhibit are found. What once could have been abandoned is now part of an art piece and serves to define and deepen our understanding of loss and how to find ourselves again in the wake of it.