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The Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World presents professionally curated art exhibitions by emerging and established visual artists working in our community and beyond. Quarterly receptions, artist dialogues and other gallery events bring the community together and invite artists, collectors and visitors from all backgrounds to experience the connection between people, cultures and ideas through the expression of visual art.
German artist Michael Kruscha and Canadian composer Michael Matthews come from different backgrounds, work primarily in different mediums, and have very different artistic experiences and perspectives. Yet they have forged a deep personal and artistic friendship, evidenced by their shared interest in the malleability of photographic expression.
Primarily an abstract painter and graphic artist, Michael Kruscha is also an avid photographer and world traveler. Time Stands Still presents Kruscha’s images of bus stops, a series taken over a period of 12 years, often in remote places in which the notion of public transportation seems almost ironic. The quirky designs of these structures (ranging from highly ornate to minimally functional) and their seemingly random placement in the landscape, calls into question the basic notion of “shelter” and the public aesthetic. Of them he says:
One of my favorite quotes is by the photographer Arno Fischer: “When I take a photo of a man at a bus stop, there should be more to see in the picture than a man waiting for a bus.” To that I can add: whenever I take a photo of a bus stop where no one is waiting, and no bus comes, there’s more to see in the picture than a bus stop without a bus and without people. That, at least, is what I’m aiming for. Isn’t it often the case that we spend more time thinking about what’s missing than about what’s there?
Where Kruscha’s images of un-peopled bus stops in remote, foreign locations evoke an almost abstract quality in their physical and visual isolation, the Canadian composer Michael Matthews* creates fully abstract, microcosmic images based on found textures and colors. In the series titled Partituren (the German term for musical parts or scores), Matthews finds kinship in the concept and nature of the musical score to the ideas and images in his visual art. Musical scores function as both graphic and symbolic representations of musical ideas. For Matthews, both art forms are inextricably linked, and his photographic compositions emerge, like his musical ones, from the development of lines, shapes, densities and colors.
Taken together, the notions of close up and far away, static and dynamic, bold and subdued, representation and abstraction, are all on display for the viewer to tease out the intricate visual and metaphorical correspondences.
WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION
Michael Kruscha: Time Stands Still
Michael Matthews: Partituren
After a 15-year occupation of our founder’s home (mostly her kitchen and dining room), Musical Bridges Around the World moved into its first-ever dedicated office space in 2012. The open floor plan and generous walls allowed us to realize the dream of incorporating visual art into our multipronged programming. In turn, the Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World made its public premiere in May 2013. Since then, the gallery has taken on a life of its own and become an integral part of our diverse programs; hosting art openings, gallery talks, chamber concerts, poetry readings and book signings. In January 2016, Julya Jara joined the MBAW family as our first dedicated Gallerist. After a three-year tenure, Julya became our Director of Development as long-time San Antonio curator Diana Roberts took over as Gallery Director in January 2019. As the only major fine arts entity on the IH-10 Corridor between downtown San Antonio and the city of Boerne, the Art Gallery is positioned to help bring our mission and vision to the larger community through its culturally and artistically diverse programs.
The Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World is located at our offices in Leon Springs – gateway to the beautiful Texas Hill Country – across from the Dominion and just south of Boerne Stage Road. The gallery is open by appointment during regular business hours, M-F 10am-4pm (please call at least one hour ahead). Artworks are available for sale and a portion of all proceeds benefit all of our programs directly.
|A Few of My Favorite Things||Rodolfo Choperena (Mexico City, Mexico/San Antonio, Texas)||26 August 2017 – 13 October 2017|
|Whispers of Wuxi||Chen Hao, Ge Qiang, Geng Minxia (Wuxi, China)||13 May 2017 – 18 August 2017|
|Social Consciousness||Bernice Appelin-Williams | James Wyatt Hendricks||11 March 2017 – 5 May 2017|
|From Moussor to Tignon: The Evolution of the Head-tie||Juliana Kasumu||7 Jan 2017|
|Chicken Soup||Jill Bedgood, Danville Chadbourne, Mark Cheikhet, Alyssa Danna, Albert Gonzales, Rex Hausmann, Paul Martin, Ben McVey, Franco Mondini-Ruiz, Kevork Mourad, Justin Parr, Louis Vega Trevino, Tanya Rachickaya, Kathleen Silva, Natalia Sun, Gary Sweeney, Lauren Browning, Sarah Sauer, Ricky Armendariz, Nate Cassie, Chuck Ramirez||19 Nov 2016|
|Of Lace & Steel | Collaboration with Dock Space Gallery||Laura Mijangos, Naomi Wanjiku Gakunga||8 Oct 2016|
|¡Puro San Antonio! | Fotoseptiembre 2016||Darren Abate, Billy Calzada, Mark Greenberg, Josh Huskin, Mark Sobhani, Natalia Sun||27 Aug 2016|
|Northern Lights||Louis Vega Treviño||18 Jun 2016|
|Fusion of the Arts||Mark Cheikhet||22 Nov 2015|
|Land & Sea||Robert Michalson & Jim Sparkman||4 Sep 2015|
|Fireworks||Rex Hausmann||26 Jun 2015|
|Metamorphosis||Kevork Mourad & Mahdi Vali||30 May 2015|
|Unfolding Dimensions||Sandy Whitby & Lauren Browning||13 Feb 2015|
|Sculptures & Paintings||Danville Chadbourne||4 Apr 2015|
|Silent World||Robert Michaelson & Jim Sparkman||29 Aug 2014 (Fotoseptiembre)|
|Dream Worlds||Tania Rachytskaya||5 Apr 2014|
|Feel the Glow||Susan Dunis||25 Jan 2014|
|On the Way to Work||Rex Hausmann||5 Oct 2013|