Mi and Romy Nayar @ Artspace UTSA
Mi and Romy, I will call them Ro-Mi for this post because it sounds and looks funny. Ok lazy writer as well but with over 30 degrees I allow myself to not only be lazy, I even allow myself to be super lazy. Ro-Mi are a nice match for a new exhibit at Artspace UTSA. Maybe I should add Igor Ballyhoo as well, because the builds at Artspace UTSA are his. So that would be Ro-Mi-Gor as stage name. The Ro-Mi-Gor ensemble is one of contrasts as well as overlap. Both Mi and Romy have an eye for subtleness/sensitivity with the kind of depth that makes you wonder what you are looking at. Igor is the opposite I suppose, not particularly subtle but more robust with masculine buildings/creations that can be somewhat intimidating in their strength and size. Another contrast is the use of bright deep colours by Mi and often more dark ones by Romy and Igor. Plus the difference in 2D and 3D work of course, Mi being the 2D artist in this. This combination of contrasts and some overlap works well for me. Ro -Mi -Gor complement each other and emphasize each other and are definitely worth a visit.
UTSA Artspace is curated by constructivIST Solo. ConstructivIST is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educator at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), and interested in the interplay between STEM learning and instructional technologies. STEM learning is a curriculum based on the idea of integrated education of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. A non-seperated approach to fully benefit from combined insights and combined knowledge.
I now quote from the UTSA Artspace website:
Our new exhibit highlights the work of two artists again: 2D artist KissMi (aka. Mi) and 3D artist Romy Nayar. Please join us for the opening on Wednesday, June 21, at 8 am SLT at our beautiful UTSA ArtSpace Gallery .
The work of Mi captures what could be called states of being, moments of existence, in haunting imagery. Each picture deserves quiet contemplation and reflection on one’s own experiences relative to the art piece. Upon entering the gallery, and turning right, visitors will find a gift by the artist.Romy’s work is accessible through the gallery, through a large door placed in the back. It serves as a teleport to the sky area in which the exhibit “Lamento” is housed. The artist gives us the following quote “I don’t want anything at all, everything is lost, always…to live without anything, is to lose nothing.” We invite visitors to explore the space through a series of doors.
2D work by Mi
Lamento by Romy Nayar
The pics I took deliberately show incomplete looks at the exhibits. Why? Because you have to check it out yourself to fully enjoy the Ro-Mi-Gor triangle :) For a change none of the pics are photoshopped. Lazy again and I find them ok as they are.
At both exhibits of Ro-Mi you can receive a gift. Mi’s gift is at the entrance gallery (a quadriptych with 4 of the exhibition works) and Romy’s gift is in the sculpture in the white box at the first level of her exhibition ( a free avatar of a lamenting woman, matching the sculptures at the second level of the exhibition). I searched for the building to be gifted as well, but alas :P More for you to explore via the links below: