Lonely Are the Brave
Lonely Are the Brave takes its title from the 1962 movie, which was based on Edward Abbey’s novel The Brave Cowboy. The exhibition features four San Antonio artists: Jesse Amado, Justin Boyd, Kelly O’Connor and Chris Sauter. Curator Hills Snyder (Director of San Antonio’s Sala Diaz) claims that these artists somehow combine to create a picture of America, an idea that cannot be contained by the implied borders of “USA.” The film will be shown in a 5 X 7 ft. screening room throughout the show. The curator promises you’ll be able to get a good seat.
Justin Boyd’s comment about his work --- that it is “navigating the byways of Our history, looking for moments of true spirit and conviction” is one of the foundation ideas of the show, which will use the three largest galleries of the space in a group array functioning as a single elegant composition.
Jesse Amado will festoon the back wall of the main gallery with his newest work, which relies on fringe as a primary component. Kelly O’Connor will likewise have the back wall of the Project Space for her first beyond-the-frame, large-scale experiment utilizing re-contextualized pop culture cutouts. Chris Sauter’s contribution will include a life-sized reproduction of his childhood bedroom in Boerne and a large format photograph from the AtticRep set of Sam Shepard’s True West. Justin Boyd will provide several text-as-image prints and a new sound/performance work with video projection. Performance at 8:30 pm opening night.
“He comprehended that the effort to mold the incoherent and vertiginous matter dreams are made of was the most arduous task one could undertake, though he might penetrate all the enigmas of the upper and lower orders: much more arduous than weaving a rope of sand or coining the faceless wind.”
--- Jorge Luis Borges, The Circular Ruins
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