Feb 23 2019


7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Free and open to the public

Opening Reception: Seth Alverson

February 23, 2019 – March 30, 2019
Sala Diaz 517 Stieren, SA, TX 78210
Curated by Deasil

02-23-19 is an exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles-based Seth Alverson. His latest images are representations of the restrictive psychological space in which paintings are made. The work depicts acute solitude, with two bloated arthritic antiheroes straining to forge progress in a pastoral setting. This collection offers an egalitarian perspective of the very act of painting, suggesting that the relationship between virtuosity and failure is much closer—and more mercurial—than it might seem. Through the work’s internal rapport, Alverson imparts how he haggles with his own existential quantifiers and qualifiers in a universal pursuit toward the authentic…the finished…the good.

Alverson’s work has exhibited widely, including at Arthouse at the Jones Center (Austin, TX); Art Palace (Houston, TX); Blaffer Gallery (Houston, TX); Fort Worth Contemporary Art Center; Reynolds Gallery (Richmond, VA); and White Box Gallery (NYC). Alverson is the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Painters and Sculptors Grant, and earned an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Alverson currently lives and works in Los Angeles. This is his first exhibition in San Antonio.

DEASIL is Arturo Palacios & Hilary Hunt, previously the faithful stewards of Art Palace (Austin/Houston, 2005-2017). Together, they today explore the possibilities between commercial gallerists, art consultants and independent curators. “Deasil” means clockwise; dexterous, and following the course of the sun. The team offers a nomadic approach to programming that aims to produce exhibitions through the careful consideration of artistic intent, timing and location.

Image: Seed Sower, 2019

Sala Diaz, a 501(c) 3 exhibition space, is an experimental venue for contemporary art established in 1995. Located in the heart of the Cultural Arts District, Sala Diaz provides a unique venue for the exhibition of new and challenging work and fosters lasting exchange between our city and creative communities abroad. Housed in the same residential structure as the gallery, The Casa Chuck Residency is an invitational program through which Sala Diaz provides critics, curators and
writers a haven for varied creative pursuits. Initiated in 2011, the residency honors the legacy of visionary artist, arts advocate, cultural maven and bon vivant Chuck Ramirez. Official residents spend one month living in Ramirez’ former abode, exploring and interacting with the surrounding arts community. Sala/Casa hosts a wide variety of arts professionals in-between residencies including critics, curators, musicians, scholars and visual artists.

Sala Diaz is supported by H-E-B’s Community Investment Program, The Lifschutz Foundation and numerous individuals including Mike Casey, Sonya Dawson, Lorena & Joel Dunlap, Nina Hassele, Reagan Johns, Rick Liberto, Trish Marcus & the Ramirez Family, Patty Ortiz, Brad Parman & Tim Seeliger, Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Ethel Shipton & Nate Cassie, Don Thomas & Lara Flynn Boyle and The Family & Friends of Peter Zubiate.

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