- Oct 09 2020
- All Day
- By Appointment
Guadalupe Quesada: CREATURE CONTAINER
October 9 – 26
Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery
1704 Blanco Road, San Antonio, Texas 78212
Viewings by appointment only. Please call, email, or message us on Facebook or Instagram. The exhibition can also be viewed through our large window.
ABOUT THE EXHIBITION:
I’ve been visiting San Antonio since I was a baby and spent every summer here as a child. One of my first memories of the city were the huge water tanks. I would imagine all sorts of creatures lived inside of them, I assumed they were secret bases for aliens or monsters. My siblings and I used to call them “chupirules” which is the name of a Mexican lollipop.
Always on the watch to find new ones, I would get very pleased each time we drove past one and wouldn’t take my eyes off of it until it was out of sight. Something about them really intrigued me, I never believed those tall mysterious figures to be water containers, I was certain that they also stored life.
For this show I made a body of work inspired by the protagonists of my San Antonio wildest dreams. Divided into two parts: the first, an installation of sculptures where I reinterpret the tank’s shapes to merge them with celestial bodies and lollipops. For the second part, 5 wooden panels filled with tiny ceramic creatures, inspired by the microorganisms found in a single drop of water. Even though water tanks do not contain extraterrestrial life, they do contain a magical life elixir full of tiny alien-like creatures living in it, which like us, could not exist without it. Creature Container is a tribute to my childhood fantasies as well to the endless possibilities that houses this universe.
ABOUT THE ARTIST:
Guadalupe Quesada (Mexico City, 1988) is a multidisciplinary artist who works mainly with ceramics. Graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris (École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts) she also studied one semester at Musashino Art University in Tokyo. Her work has been exhibited in Paris, Brussels, London and Mexico city. Guadalupe currently lives and works in Mexico City where she founded an Artist in Residency program called Casa Lü.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
Established in 2009, Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery has been committed to supporting local contemporary artists in South Texas. Clamp Light functions as both a studio space for resident artists and a gallery space for monthly exhibitions. Artists work in a variety of media including installation, sculpture, painting, photography, performance and new media. Clamp Light Gallery is located 1704 Blanco Road. Hours are by appointment only.
Guadalupe Quesada, “Rainbow Tank”, ceramic, 2020
Guadalupe Quesada, “Microorganisms (green)”, ceramic, 2020