Rebekah Hurst: Awaken My Love – First Friday
The Brick at Blue Star
December 6, 2019 6:00 pm - December 6, 2019 10:00 pm
REBEKAH HURST: awaken my love
Thursday December 5 & Friday December 6, 6–10,
Brick Gallery, 108 Bluestar #1773
The Exhibition will be on view December 5–27
Brick Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition, awaken my love, featuring local artist Rebekah Hurst. A preview will be held on Thursday, December 5th from 6-10pm and will be followed by the First Friday opening reception on December 6th from 6-10pm.
In awaken my love, Hurst utilizes materials such as soft sculpture, drawings and a taxidermied rat to explore one of humanity’s life-long questions: what happens when we die? The exhibition is a love letter in search of answers. Born from the artist’s childhood pitfalls with religion and early exposures to death, Hurst explores the depths of this question by rendering animal deaths as a means to understand human death. The artist states:
If my life remained intact without religion, then how real were the horrors and promises I was raised on? How real was heaven? I had never seen what it was like for a human to die, let alone its remnants. Contrarily, stumbling upon dead animals throughout my day-to-day became a trivial and mundane experience. How could I grasp animal death as being so finite and absolute, yet I am in denial of the same fate for myself? If I am to fully believe that my life can be spiritually infinite, I must believe the same is true for other beings of this world as well.
awaken my love treats animal death with the same sentiment and delicacy that we give to fellow humans. The work refers to mourning practices, family and the physicality of life itself.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Rebekah Hurst (1998) is an interdisciplinary artist based in San Antonio, Texas. In 2020, she will graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in New Media with minors in Museum Studies and Art History from The University of Texas at San Antonio. Hurst’s work has been included in several regional shows including Girlwork at Fl!ght Gallery and FASA 44th Annual Fiber Art Exhibit: All Things Possible in Fiber Art at Say Si curated by Alana Coates where she received the 3rd Place Prize. www.rebekah-hurst.com
ABOUT BRICK GALLERY
Founded in 2019, Brick Gallery is an experimental arts space housed within Brick at Blue Star in San Antonio, TX. Brick Gallery is focused on supporting San Antonio and Texas-connected artists, hosting monthly exhibitions of local and regional artists with opening receptions on the First Thursday and First Friday of the month. We are dedicated to supporting the conception of experimental contemporary art in San Antonio. Our goal is to engage local talent and provide a supportive gallery space where artists can pursue ideas beyond the boundaries of a traditional practice. The gallery hours are Monday – Friday, 5PM-10PM and Saturday and Sunday, 12PM-10PM.