Thursday, August 12, 2010

Recovery & Recycling

“Recovery & Recycling”
Opening Reception: Fri., Aug. 13th, 5:30-8:30 pm
LIVE art performance @ 7 pm

Dear Friends of Bihl Haus Arts,

Lux surfaces and bling-bling with meaning await you at the opening reception for Recovery & Recycling at Bihl Haus Arts on Friday, August 13th, 5:30 to 8:30 pm. The reception features a signature live art performance at 7 pm by deaf artist RAUL CASTELLANOS.

In works like “Cyber Sexuality,” Raul rips out, reconfigures, and then sutures together the entrails of computers, cell phones, and other modern ‘conveniences’ to which we have become addicted. He unifies these varied surfaces with metallics (the bling-bling)—gold, silver, and copper spray paints, metal leafing, foils, shiny confection wrappers—, which form glossy crusts that transmute re-formed discarded articles into objects of luxury.

"In his gold and silver assemblage sculptures," writes David S. Rubin, The Brown Foundation Curator of Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art, "Raul transforms everyday found materials into objects of beauty, with overtones of divinity. In this respect, his art exemplifies the Beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s dictum that 'Everything is holy!'”

More . . .

In this exhibit, Raul explores themes of Recovery—his own from addiction and mental health recovery, the recovery of an ecosystem after the BP oil spill and other environmental disasters, and the perpetual consumption of our society,—and Recycling—of found objects salvaged from trash heaps (“Storytime Series”) and gobs of dried paint peeled from the palettes of artist friends and harvested from his ‘Paint Farm’ where he collects recycled paint (“Energy of 1,001 Artists Series”).

“The objects I recover,” Raul asserts, “have a story to tell that I mesh together to tell another story,” often with a poetic conceit—the sculptor is also an accomplished poet. The creative process is for Raul a true therapeutic and spiritual ritual: the recycled object assemblages are a sublimation of repressed feelings that can lead to troubles, troubles from which he personally—and society as a whole—need recover in order to survive, to thrive.

The 28-year old artist, born in Mexico City, was raised in Miami, Buenos Aires, and San Antonio, where he currently resides. Raul regularly exhibits at venues throughout San Antonio and has shown work in Argentina. He is also an arts teacher and an arts administrator, most recently at Bent Easel Gallery where he served as Curator and at San Antonio Visual Artist Gallery as Gallery Director. A native Spanish speaker, Raul is also fluent in English and American Sign Language. True to his dedication to the environment and to social justice issues, Raul will donate 20% from the sale of the artworks in this exhibit to National Wildlife Federation in support of relief efforts for wildlife victims of the BP Oil Spill .

Also, please mark your calendar for additional related programming:

· Sat., Aug. 28th, 2 pm: David S. Rubin will discuss the artist’s work and more in a tête-à-tête with Raul Castellanos at a Bihl Haus Dialog

· Sat., Sept. 11th, 2 pm: Join Raul in a gold-leafing workshop. Please bring an interesting found object, no larger than a fist or book, to gold leaf. Materials fee: $15.00 per person. Reservations: 210-383-9723.

To see Raul’s Facebook portfolio, please go to:!/album.php?aid=2028557&id=1247484205

See you on Friday!


P.S. As always, please feel free to forward this mail and to print and post the attached invitation in conspicuous places!

Bihl Haus Arts is a not-for-profit contemporary art gallery located at 2803 Fredericksburg Rd. on the premises of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments. The gallery, open Fridays and Saturdays, 1-4 pm and by appointment (210-383-9723), is made possible with the generous support of The Potashnik Family Foundation and Primrose. This program was funded in part by the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and by generous donations from Dr. Philip & Ann Valente and Dr. Raphael Guerra & Sandra Castro Guerra.

Kellen Kee McIntyre, PhD
Executive Director
Bihl Haus Arts
P.O. Box 100806
2803 Fredericksburg Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78201
(210) 383-9723 (cell)
(210) 732-3502 (off)