February 8 - 29, 2020
“On the heels of its first two successful exhibits, San Antonio’s newest Contemporary Art Gallery, SPACE C7, is proud to announce its third exhibition featuring two of Texas’s finest painters; James Cobb of San Antonio, and James W. Johnson of Lubbock. C7 curator and artist-in-residence, Jeff F. Wheeler, describes the pair as ‘painter’s painters,’ whose crafts were mastered over decades of painting in the confines of their studios, each uninterested in partaking in the ‘hustle and mingle’ part of the art game.
For the past 30 years James Cobb has worked in San Antonio both as an artist and a musician. He was an early participant in the Mail art movement. As a painter, his career gained steam in the 80’sand 90’s with shows at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the San Antonio Museum of Art to name a few. Just as his career was taking off, he developed a “palpable distaste” for the art game and decided to step back from art and focus on his love of music. He was a member of the popular band, Pseudo-Buddha and worked solo under the name, “Six Fing Thing.” Recently, he has returned to making paintings and we are excited present his first show in San Antonio since (insert number).
James W. Johnson is a force of nature, emanating creativity every day. He was born and raised in upstate New York and moved to Lubbock in 1978, and earned an MFA in 1981 from Texas Tech University. He stayed in Lubbock, content to make his work far from the centers of the art world. This allowed him to perfect his craft while independently pursuing his flow of ideas and images that defy categorization. His work presents his unique observations about art and life while never adhering to one style. In 2002, he created “The Anti-Stylist Manifesto,” and to this day is working on a ‘non-series series.’ On view for this exhibit will be a sampling of his many genres along with a gallery dedicated to his short animation films.
This promises to be an inspiring look at what painting can be and the public is invited to meet the artists at the opening ceremony on Saturday, February 8, from 6:00-9:00 pm. The show will be on view through the month of February. Also on view will be new drawings by Cesar Martinez, and work by Cruz Ortiz, Susan Budge, R. Crumb, and Stuart Davis among others.
As if that is not enough, C7 would like to announce the openings of two more art exhibits featuring two of Texas’ most infamous art slingers, Paul Horn and Steve Cruz. Horn is an enthusiastic Houston-based artist best known for his collaged pop ups and assemblages which incorporate comics, cartoon characters, action figures, and other plastic toys. Horn’s work has been featured at the Ulrich Museum of Art in Wichita, Kansas and the Contemporary Art Museum of South Florida University among others. He is currently represented by Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston.
Also opening will be a show of new work by Steve Cruz, a mid-century modern artist based in the Oak Cliff neighborhood of Dallas Texas. His work involves a rotating cast of characters engaged with issues of Sin and moral ambiguity, gender confusion, social anxiety and excessive behavior. Colorful motifs and patterns celebrate lack of moderation and good taste in his art. All works are hand painted without techno assistance or digital enhancement save for loud music. He is also owner/operator of Mighty Fine Arts Gallery maintaining cultural intrigue in the Oak Cliff Community since 2004.
Please contact Jeff Wheeler for more information or a personal tour.”
Opening: February 8, 2020 | 6–9 pm
2450 Roosevelt Ave, San Antonio
San Antonio, 78210 Texas
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