7 Art Shows in San Antonio You Must See to Open Your Mind This Month

If you’re looking for a break from the routine, then San Antonio’s art scene offers plenty of diversions and discoveries in July. Artist Jose Villalobos dives into the trucking subculture and deconstructs the idea of ​​masculinity within it at FL!GHT Gallery. Guadalupe Hernandez weaves family stories connecting his past into his figurative oil paintings at Presa House. Enjoy abstract works made of pastel, fabric, sand, crushed stone and glass beads at Ruiz-Healy Art, and discover the whimsy of “Wonderful Old Women” as life-size oil paintings by artist Gabe Grodin and her students at Bihl Haus Arts . Keep the heat away and let the arts invigorate and refresh you this month.

FL!GHT Gallery at Blue Star
“Jose Villalobos: Trokiando” — now through July 31

“Trokiando” is a new work that explores toxic masculinity in trucking culture among the Latino community. Car culture has played a role in the life of the Mexican-American community since the 1940s when lowrider culture emerged. Over time, a new subculture was born known as Trokiando, a derivative of the word Troka, an English word coined to describe a truck. Through the artist’s personal relationship with his father, who was an auto mechanic, Villalobos dives into the automotive subculture and deconstructs the concept of masculinity within it. Using car parts and accessories, he creates a dialogue about how one object can generate dynamics of power, masculinity and homophobia.

Press House
“Guadalupe Hernandez: Vivid Memories” — now through July 29

Guadalupe Hernandez is a Houston-based multidisciplinary artist who, despite relocating to the United States, maintains a deep connection to her Mexican heritage and customs through time-honored family traditions. Hernandez’s practice explores his cultural identity by interpreting childhood memories and family stories, connecting his past and offering greater meaning to his present. By using photographic references accumulated over several years tracking the markets, street scenes and people of his homeland, Hernández creates intricate Papel Picado portraits and figurative oil paintings with brush gestures.

Ruiz-Healy Art
“Gabby Collins Fernandez and Carlos Rosales-Silva: Pressure Applied” — now through August 20

Applied Pressure is a solo exhibition for two featuring artists who intersect in their experimental uses of color and texture to create abstract works that manipulate images. Collins-Fernandez presents a series of paintings and works on paper using materials such as pastel, digital photo collage and fabric. Rosales-Silva’s works are based on the practice of painting, but often borrow from sculptural and installation practices through materials such as sand, crushed stone and glass beads.

Stefani Job Spears & Joseph Hammer: Reflections on Nature/Reflections on Humanity — now through July 30

The two artists featured in this show seem at first glance to be polar opposites; they work in different media and have very different styles. But on closer inspection, it becomes clear that the artists are on parallel paths in reflecting nature and humanity in their work. Stephanie Job Spears, a teacher, innovator and artist with the Texas Commission on the Arts, uses a variety of media, including handmade paper and crayons, to reflect her love of nature. Joseph Hammer has always worked in the medium of collage and “found his voice” when he began using old hardcover books in his works.

Bihl House Arts
“Gabbe Grodin: WOW: Wonderful Old Women” — now through July 30

“WOW” is a show of the long-running GO! Senior Art Instructor Gabe Grodin. This project was inspired by a book called “Wonderful Old Women”, a series of interviews conducted by Bonnie Lyons in which thirteen women between the ages of 80 and 97 tell their stories, reflecting how they see themselves and their life path. In this visual, Grodin shares 58 portraits on one canvas and fourteen life-size oil paintings of her students showing us their paintings. Paintings and drawings by Grodin’s students will also share the spotlight in this exhibition.

Rojo Gallery and Studio
“Mo[u]ld: A Print Group Show” — Now through August 13

What began as a portfolio exchange project between 19 local artists has turned into an exhibition for all to experience. mo[u]ld is an exhibition of graphics centered on a single word with various interpretations. Each artist works from their own perspective and practice to create work with Mo[u]ld in consideration. The word can be associated with many ideas: monotony, time, nature, decay, putrefaction, death, sculpture, formation, replication, and mimicry, to name a few. With this thematic connection, the prints exist tangentially, creating a dialogue with each other and with the audience.

Carver Community Cultural Center
San Antonio Street Art Initiative – July 21st through September 1st

SASAI is an artist-run independent non-profit charity and source of murals and artist advocacy with over 60 murals completed in the San Antonio area over the past few years. Curated by leaders in the city’s diverse street art scene, the exhibition will feature works that reflect the diversity of the individual artists and the city.

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