Second Installment of “Christina is a Coward” and Final Performance by Megan Solis
August 5, 2016 6:00 pm - August 5, 2016 9:00 pm
Hello Studio presents its final view of Christina is a Coward an exhibition featuring the work of Megan Solis and Guest Curated by Alana Coates. The exhibition will be open to the public Thursday, August 4th and Friday, August 5th from 6:00 – 9:00pm. Disappointments are Revealed at Samantha and Rebecca’s Slumber Party a performance by Solis culminating the exhibition will take place Friday, August 5th at 8:30pm. Hello Studio is located within The Upstairs Studios at 1420 South Alamo Street, San Antonio, Texas 78210 at the Blue Star Arts Complex.
The exhibition Christina is a Coward is accompanied by three performance pieces acted out by Solis. In the first performance Unbearably Human, Solis adorned in a flabby flesh suit and pink wig dragged a four foot stuffed Furby over a frosting-covered ramp into a malodorous bucket of glitter water. After “Pink Wig” immersed the Furby into the stagnant green solution and sloshed it about a pile of trash on the floor, the audience was visibly overcome with empathy for the character’s distraught state.
In the second performance, K. Pell and the Jeep Escape the character “Purple Lady” captivated the audience again as Solis covered head to toe in a purple spandex suit wrote messages to onlookers via an Etch a Sketch. After much suspense was built the character drove a toy jeep over a stuffed character secretly injected with a blue Pepto Bismol solution repetitively smashing the figure.
Disappointments are Revealed at Samantha and Rebecca’s Slumber Party is the third and last performance of the exhibition. Solis’s character is robed in a yellow costume and a frosting mask reminiscent of a James Ensor painting. The artist dons her third alter ego, “Yellow Peep” in an attempt to reconcile her frustrations within relationships and love.
From the simulated companionship found with the toy Furby, mimicking useless quotidian rituals with a sinister underlining, and recalling episodes of unrequited love with facades of joy, the viewer stews in a conflicting space within Christina is a Coward. Starkly intimate concepts of rejection and despair are served up with a mixture 90s nostalgia, bold color, and a veneer of happiness.
Solis states, “Christina is a Coward was born out of the misfortune of failed relationships with others. Superficial high school tropes play a major role 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.”
A recent graduate of UTSA, Solis concentrated on painting and performance art with a strong conceptual practice. 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.
Christina is a Coward showcases new assemblage, collage, soft sculpture, and performance art. 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.
Hello Studio is an independent artist-run gallery and studio residency that hosts exhibitions showcasing emerging visual artists in and around 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, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 210-291-8640.
Video by Tom Turner