Fünf

The four artists’ works on view developed while in residence at the Künsterhaus Bethanian and since their time at the residency. This exhibition celebrates cycle five (fünf) of the Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residency Program, which concluded in July 2018. One year later we bring together these four artists in an important exhibition, highlighting the diversity of practices in the San Antonio art community and the impact of this life-changing residency.

While in residence at Künsterhaus Bethanian Ethel Shipton worked daily to create a mural on her studio wall, using only tape she found in the studio. She continually documented this process, knowing the work would find a new form with her leaving Berlin. Fünf will feature a video installation, as well as a relic for the studio mural. Shipton’s work highlights the idiosyncrasies of a place as observation of the traces of others, seen and heard when we listen and look closely.

Jared Theis’ imagined fantasy worlds incorporate performance, video, costuming, animation, sculpture, and set building. Theis’ environmental installations will feature the debut of a two-part tragic love story, The Seasons and Vissi d’Arte. The exhibition will also feature his 2018 works Lolita in the Grass and What Night Tells Me.

Andrei Renteria’s large scale drawings discuss human rights injustices, often illuminating accounts along the U.S./Mexico border. The region is personal and political and following his time in Berlin, Renteria aims to approach the subject symbolically. A series of drawings of funerary wreaths and sculptures depict subversive methods of violence and intimidation sent to victims messaging their fate.

Amada Miller’s work looks at how we interact with and explain the universe outside of our planet through points of intersection, Utilizing research and materials unearthed from the European Space Agency archives and Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin, Germany, Miller’s installation will feature 55 glass bells with iron cast meteorite clappers. The artist takes inspiration from the Apollo 12 mission and its astronauts describing the moon ringing like a bell for 55 minutes after crash landing a module on the lunar surface.