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Dan R. Goddard

Gudjon Bjarnason: Sculpture Goes Boom

Before the era of car bombs and IEDs, Icelandic-born sculptor Gudjon Bjarnason began using high explosives to create unorthodox shapes and forms in his work. He was looking for unexpected dimensions to use in his architectural designs for unconventional houses. A maquette he created for a house he’s planning has a front entrance that looks […]

Tracey Moffatt at ArtPace: Mothers, artists and lovers

Emotions roil and crest like crashing waves in Australian-born artist Tracey Moffatt’s “Handmade,” seven cinematic mashups made from 1999 to 2010 on view through Sept. 11 at Artpace. Her movie montages are made up of nearly 1,000 TV and film clips linked by common themes, ranging from the various permutations of motherhood in “Mother” to […]

Meredith Dean’s Transpositions” at REM

Meredith Dean’s “Transpositions” REM Gallery Through July 1 Fleeting glimpses and the multiple levels of information they can contain merge in Meredith Dean’s “Transpositions.” Responding to a specific place on a given date, each of her puzzle-cut relief prints incorporate layers upon layers of information derived from various types of maps, including geographic, topographic, sky, […]

Guadalupe’s “Trans/Action” faces tough economy

Artists generally can’t afford to be too materialistic, but they can be counted on to come up with creative responses to tough economic times. Director Patty Ortiz has assembled four artists who “tend to look for deeper values, such as beauty” in “Trans/Action” through June 25 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. “You are what […]

Tracey Moffatt at Artpace

“Loving mothers, slapping mothers, suffering mothers, protective mothers – I think I got them all,” Australian artist and filmmaker Tracey Moffatt says about “Mother,” one of seven cinematic montages featured in “Handmade,” a survey of her work from 1999 to 2010. From Woody Allen’s giant Jewish mother in the sky to Al Pacino arguing with […]

Steve Reynolds: Serial Investigations in Sculpture

Appeared in the January 2011 Glasstire An influential figure in ceramics for 40 years, Steve Reynolds pioneered the idea that clay is supple and malleable and can be used like any other media to ponder difficult philosophical and aesthetic issues. Seeking to elevate ceramics to the same high art status as painting and sculpture, Reynolds’ […]

CAM marches on in March

Read more on my blog Alamo City on Glasstire CAM is dead. Long live CAM. Contemporary Art Month in San Antonio will be celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, but in temperate March rather than broiling July. A new generation of artists is in charge of the citywide celebration that began in July 1986 after […]

Danville Chadbourne’s moving retrospective

Read more on my blog Alamo City on Glasstire San Antonio artist Danville Chadbourne’s weathered ceramic and painted wood assemblages might be the ancient artifacts of an unknown civilization. Made with clay, wood, stone, fiber and bone, the organic materials suggest a lost culture closely tied to nature. Representing a vast, sprawling world of the […]

“Familiar Unknown” examines ceramics

Appeared in February 2010 Glasstire Seeking to reveal the range and depth of contemporary ceramics, curator Ovidio Giberga, head of the ceramics program at UTSA, showcases four female artists in “The Familiar Unknown” whose work reaffirms ceramics’ “historical relevance to global politics, economics, culture and the everyday human experience.” New technologies and the Internet, as […]

Halff Collection, Vincent Valdez set for spring

Appeared in Jan. 2010 Glasstire An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection McNay Art Museum Feb. 3-May 9 In the 1980s, San Antonians Marie and Hugh Halff assembled one of the finest private collections of American impressionists, dating from the 1870s to 1930. The Smithsonian Institution showcased the Halff collection to celebrate the 2007 re-opening of […]