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.
Andie Flores: but always near poets at Presa House Gallery, San Antonio. Dates: January 1 – January 29, 2021.
For a recent Glasstire interview with the artist, please go here.
Via Presa House:
“andie flores (b. 1990) is a visual and performance artist, writer, and comedian and currently a second-year doctoral student in the Mexican American Latinx Studies program at the University of Texas in Austin. Her work and play are steered by questions of audience, excess, glitches, legacy/archive, experiments of liveness, and performances of an online identity. flores explores the ways surveillance (self-surveillance, ubiquitous surveillance from the state, and conditioned familial management of emotions and the body) disrupts social interactions and makes the anonymity of pedestrian life difficult. She uses humor to hint at new narratives of an excessive brown femme subject in sites where surveillance occurs. Her portraits (in any form) are often built around themes of isolation and loneliness that focus as much on the final image as the interactions in the space of the photograph’s on-site creation.”
“In but always near poets, flores creates an immersive new media installation that situates her present-day with various stages of her experiences growing up. Through a Sony Hi-8 camera lens, flores records new videos designed to create a dialogue with home videos shot more than two decades ago. flores’ parents purchased a Hi-8 camcorder released by Sony in 1989, one year before flores’s birth. Equipped with a powerful tool for documenting their brand-new family’s formation, they began filming everything, assuming the role of family historians. More recently over the past several years, flores spent extended periods examining and reinterpreting the archive and making sense of key moments that impacted and shaped her existence. Flores identifies patterns that she believes are crucial to being in sync with one’s adult selfhood by re-witnessing familiar relationships or becoming attuned to private conversations and nuances.”