Press Release

Current Exhibit Open Until February 4, 2018

The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the opening of two new exhibits: Gisela Colon: PODS an exhibition organized through Katharine T. Carter and Associates and I Once Was Here: Ghosts and Memories which feature works from Ben Livingston's Spirithouse series and a companion exhibit in collaboration with Fort Concho National Historic Landmark.

Gisela Colon: PODS - Taking a cue from Donald Judd’s notion of “specific objects”—sculptures that are definite and fixed in form, representing nothing beyond themselves—Colon has dubbed her own works “non-specific objects” to highlight their deliberate fluid indeterminacy. The opalescent, blow-molded acrylic Pods have a long formal lineage that begins with East Coast Minimalists like Judd, Carl Andre, and Robert Morris. Colon, however, enriches and transforms the structural austerity of these highly cerebral artists. To do so, she employs the perceptual lessons of figures like Dan Flavin, James Turrell, and Robert Irwin, along with cues from the experiments in shape, color, and surface carried out, in distinctly contemporary material, by a host of artists primarily associated with the West Coast: Craig Kauffman, Helen Pashgian, Larry Bell, Peter Alexander, Ronald Davis, Judy Chicago, DeWain Valentine, Mary Corse, John McCracken, Tony Delap, and others.

Colon’s works are made at a repurposed plastics facility in Los Angeles, where the symmetrical, torqued shapes drawn by the artist are translated into full-scale wooden patterns for clear acrylic sheets. Heated in a giant kiln until semi-viscous, each sheet is then gently ballooned into a bulbous form, flat on one side and swelling to a predetermined maximum on the other, through the introduction of carefully controlled forced air. Colon’s remarkable hues and tones, as well as the illusion of an embedded secondary form, are then generated—without the use of paint—through a laminating process that the artist chooses not to reveal. The hues permeate the materials themselves and are modulated by their juxtaposition in layers. The works are, in effect, color embodied.

I Once Was Here: Ghost and Memories - Ben Livingston’s version of the ‘spirit house’ is a mixed-media construction that incorporates Spirit Antennae inside a shadow box made of dilapidated wooden remnants from collapsed homes and barns, tells their secret stories of the ancients contained within.

The Fort, in celebration of its 150th anniversary, has installed a wonderful exhibit titled I Once Was Here in the Barracks 1 Visitor’s Center. The title of the exhibit is a poignant statement encapsulating the idea of real human beings who lived here, underwent many struggles—some tragic, some triumphant—and lived their day-to-day just like us, but in a very different and more challenging world. The exhibit at the Fort will continue through December 31.

In our exhibit here, The San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts presents some images and objects that make reference the early days of San Angelo, the Concho Valley, and West Texas. It is not a history exhibit. It is intended to provoke thoughts and memories of things (which in many cases are now long forgotten) that have laid the foundation for our contemporary world. Look at the images of the people shown here and the objects that were a part of earlier lives, and try to imagine and appreciate the challenges they faced as they helped to create the world we live in today.

For more information on any of the exhibits please call the museum at 653-3333. The museum’s regular operating hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for senior citizens. Military personnel, students, children under 18 (and the adults who accompany them) are admitted FREE. We will be closed on New Years Day.