Jesse Amado among artists featured in five new installations
By Alexandra Robles
Blue Star Contemporary opened its slate of fall exhibitions today, October 4, just in time for First Friday art walk tours.
One of the new installations is Gesamtkunstwerk, a German word that translates to “the act of gathering.” It was created by Alamo City artist Jesse Amado and inspired by his experience living abroad in 2016.
Amado, a San Antonio native, lived in Berlin for three months as part of Blue Star Contemporary’s residency program, which provides artists with a studio and the chance to use the city as inspiration for art. It was there that Amado says he found himself gathering artifacts, images and objects that reflected his time in Germany.
The resulting work that’s on display is influenced by what Amado described as his strong admiration for “subtlety, ambiguity, fragility and vulnerability.” Much like Berlin is a synthesis of many styles and ideas, his art brings together objects and artifacts that seem unrelated but connect to his one, greater experience.
Only two other cities aside from San Antonio have been privileged to see this work come to life, Omaha and Houston. Amado, who has been in the industry for over 30 years, said he’s proud to bring the installation home.
Along with his work, the fall exhibitions include a student display, Transitions, which features work by 14 students participating in the museum’s MOSAIC Student Artist Program.
The fall exhibitions also include Color of Confusion, with work by Sylvie Blocher; Unearthed: Desenterrado, featuring Adriana Corral; and Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly, which is also on view at the Southwest School of Art and features work by over a dozen artists, including Mark Menjivar, Edra Soto, Sarah Zapata and others.
Blue Star Contemporary fall exhibitions
Open Thursdays-Sunday, Oct. 4-Jan. 6
116 Blue Star, 210-227-6960, bluestarart.org/exhibitions