It had been awhile since I've stopped by the South Flores Arts District to check out Second Saturday and although I didn't get to check out what one9zero6 or Fl!ght galleries had to offer, I did walk over to Gallista Gallery and came across some awesome pieces.
I didn't get the name of this piece, but liked it because who doesn't like a florescent monkey, c'mon.
Another unnamed piece really caught my attention in the adjacent room. Gallista Gallery's known for its Mexican-themed art, and this piece was no exception. The piece fit perfectly in the room and the side altar with what I believe to be a St. Raphael novena candle.
Cholismo (Calo) The Old Sland of El Barrio was one of the main exhibitions occurring at Gallista. Artist Raul Servin displayed his entire collection of oil paintings that deal with reality and destiny. The show runs the duration of the month.
Raul Servin's "El Veterano"
… and also the works of Mary Agnes Rodriguez
*notice the Cracker Jack prize on the left corner — classic.
Then I stumbled into Xochitl Contemporary Art a new gallery space located in Gallista Gallery. Stephanie Torres' exhibition Flor y Canto merged written word and intricately looped and stylized xochitl's (flowers). Torres was quick to explain the meaning of the xochitl, and provided plenty of insight for patrons.
Stephanie Torres' "Song of Huexotzingo"
Before calling it a night, I dropped by LoneStar Studios where the performance Visions from the Aural Altar was just about to begin. The one-night only show featured music from Chris Guerra, Leonard Rader, Jaime Rader, and Travis Simpson with abstract animation by Jose Lozano and Matt Daly. As the performances statement suggested:
"Visions from the Aural Altar is a ritual celebration of sight and sound. As the congregation gathers at the Aural Altar, their senses will become the focus for our evening of veneration. As we begin, visions of the abstract, the familiar, and emotion will fire off synapses of memory reminiscent of déjà vu. The visions will be soon followed by a flood of audio accompaniment. The origins of these sonic art waves will be speculation until the second assault of haunting apparitions appears before our assembly. From then on, the congregation will continue to worship their senses until the culmination of our service. "