Five-Minute Tours: Gil Rocha at Presa House Gallery, San Antonio

by Glasstire August 20, 2020

Gil Rocha, The Silence of Border Mint, 2017, mixed media

Note: the following is part of Glasstire’s series of short videos, Five-Minute Tours, for which commercial galleries, museums, nonprofits and artist-run spaces across the state of Texas send us video walk-throughs of their current exhibitions. This will continue while the coronavirus situation hinders public access to exhibitions. Let’s get your show in front of an audience.

See other Five-Minute Tours here.

Gil Rocha: The Things We Carry at Presa House, San Antonio. Dates: August 7 – August 29, 2020.

Via Presa House:

“Gil Rocha is a contemporary artist born and raised in Laredo, Texas. His art practice in and out of his studio encompasses a variety of techniques, including but not limited to assemblage, painting, drawing, sculpture, and installation. His work expresses the lexicon of the Mexican-American border and the many social/political issues that derive from it. Rocha earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 1999. His current body of work takes on an inventive and survivalist approach with a Rascuache aesthetic. Many of his works include a combination of Spanglish text and phrases. Crude looking, yet playful, often his structures are made with a variety of discarded objects. They look familiar and portray narratives of things we carry physically and within.”

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FRANCES BAGLEY August 20, 2020 - 10:23

I enjoyed this tour a lot. The work is very interesting and relevant.

Joan Frederick August 20, 2020 - 11:16

Nice job Gil Rocha and Presa House. AS USUAL Always something new, highly crafted and relevant in this gallery. COME BACK SOON! And keep the shows coming online. We miss the real thing, but these well-made videos help A LOT!

Alejandro Macias August 20, 2020 - 11:47

Gil’s show at Presa House has been one of my favorites to see and hear about. Incredibly clever and so well put together. Congrats Gil and Presa House!

Jennifer Nagle Myers October 30, 2020 - 16:44

Extremely brilliant work! I loved the tour. Almost as good as being there with the artist. Really appreciate your concept of portraiture and your playfulness with language – and the seriousness that comes through the play. You are a wonderfully talented and generous artist whose work is both accessible and profound. The BBQ welcome mat really sets the tone. Thank you Presa House!


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