September 21, 2012
Ana Fernandez paints cinematic scenes of her hometown — a pickup parked out front of a West Side cottage — but her sensibility is more David Lynch than Disney.
“I combine familiar domestic elements with subtle, sometimes eerie, hints of the unknown,” says the local artist, one of eight in “San Antonio Painters II,” through Nov. 17 at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center.
Following on the heels of the popular summer show “San Antonio Painters,” part two also features the work of Bryson Brooks, Chrys Grummert, Megan Harrison, Chris Sauter, Corbin Spring, Cornelia White Swann and Jason Willome.
The exhibition was again juried and curated by Barbara MacAdam, deputy editor of ARTnews magazine, who reviewed slides from more than 130 local artists and made numerous studio visits.
“It's very distinctive work,” she said, “hovering between abstraction and figuration, continually moving back and forth.”
From Swann's “luscious and sexy” pure abstraction to Brooks' grids to Harrison's large representation of a rat (it will haunt your dreams), the exhibition offers a wide cross section of San Antonio painters.
“You go someplace and you think, ‘Oh, this stuff is going to be so derivative,' but then you discover some very interesting work and by the end you are completely taken in,” MacAdam said of her San Antonio experience.