THE ONES THAT ARE HERE | JESSICA BINGHAM | AUGUST 2017
Mantle is proud to present the work of artist Jessica Bingham for "The Ones That Are Here"
From the artist: "My work is focused on stereotypical childhood experiences, which tends to be overtly playful, filled with laughter and adventure. However, I pair happier moments with instances that can be viewed as melancholy, moments that reveal the harsh reality of the human condition. After the passing of my closest childhood friend, due to drug addiction, memories from my youth surfaced. Since his death I have been reflecting on our friendship as it developed from the innocent years of childhood to the complex and confused years in adulthood. Vivid memories of playing games, building forts, and exploring the cemetery across from our homes came to mind. As I wrestled with this new reality, I have made work as an attempt to preserve those memories, and through working on this body of work, I have willingly opened doors to the past."
SCRIPTED | SCOTT BELL | JUNE 2017
Mantle is proud to present "Scripted" from artist Scott Bell.
From the artist: "The backbones of my ideas come from suburbia and the American Dream. I try not to take a one-sided approach to this investigation. I utilize narrative between objects and their relation to each other as well as pictorial space to make connections, and encourage contemplation of the domestic landscape. There are sub themes that reoccur in my work that lend considerably to my objective: boundaries, expectations, space, and waste. Each one of these topics is engrained in my work and helps me to create the narratives that I use."
NATURAL ABSTRACTIONS | KARI BREITIGAM | APRIL 2017
Mantle Art Space is pleased to present fiber artwork from Kari Breitigam.
From the artist: "Natural Abstractions is an ongoing series that began shortly after I moved to Texas from Ohio five years ago. Moving to a new place, or living in a large city, it can often feel as if one is passing through the world alone despite being immersed in a sea of people. I find this isolated sensation is not so distant from the experience of staring out into the ocean, wandering deep into the forest, or getting lost in the night sky. There is something beautifully melancholic and peaceful about feeling small and insignificant yet at the same time a part of something greater than you. Working with natural fibers - wool, cotton, and linen – provides an immediate connection to this subject of our natural physical world. The coziness of a fuzzy blanket is akin to the comfort of a lush bed of grass. My works attempt to capture little snippets of this serenity and create abstracted personal pieces of the overwhelming vastness of our world. There is something terribly lonely about nature, and I find that immensely comforting."
SPATIAL FRAGMENTS | SARA CORLEY MARTINEZ & SARAH LAWRENCE | MARCH 2017
"Spacial Fragments" is a collaborative show from San Antonio artists Sara Corley Martinez and Sarah Lawrence. The work strives to strike a balance between the micro and the macro, the cosmos and earthly plane. Sara Corley Martinez explores micro biology and macro ambiance. Her work explores things that can't be seen, energies and experiences on otherworldly planes. Sarah Lawrence works primarily digitally, creating large scale prints intended to confront the viewer and place them in the ethereal vastness of space.
ORDINARY THINGS | SARALENE TAPLEY | FEBRUARY 2017
Mantle is pleased to present acrylic works by artist Saralene Tapley.
"Ordinary Things" is a show comprised of autobiographical self-portraits, painted from life. Tapley addresses themes like gender roles, sexuality, identity, mental illness, life as an artist, the absurd and the mundane.
This exhibition will also have an interactive component, as guests are invited to participate with the work. Details TBA.
IMAGE/IN/KNITS | LISA URBAN | JANUARY 2017
Mantle is pleased to present an installation by artist Lisa Urban.
Her painted works typically consist of surrealistic landscapes made up of knitted forms. This installation will comprise of sculptural forms, paintings, and a painted mural, allowing the viewer to be completely immersed in the surreal environments Urban creates.
SHIMMER GUISE | Mica Smith | DECEMBER 2016
From the artist -
Embracing abstraction, my paintings uncover visual pulsations of space, color, and form that embody what I consider to be the indescribable aspects of intimacy and sensual memory. The title of this exhibition Shimmer Guise is derived from these facets I hold close within my studio practice:
- Natural light and its important role in my decision making.
- Enigmatic forms that call to lived-in experiences as an individual who both celebrates and seeks to witness softness and sincerity.
- Never giving it all away.