Curt Slangal featured in new exhibit at McNay Art Museum

The McNay Art Museum, located in San Antonio and named for founder Marion Koogler McNay, is the first museum of modern art in Texas. (The McNay)

Pop-up exhibit will be in newly renovated Tobin Exhibition Galleries

June 17 through June 25, 2017

 

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Curt Slangal, recognized in south Texas for his visual expressions using mixed materials with bold colors and strong design, will be one of six area artists featured June 17, 2017 to June 25, 2017 in the newly renovated Tobin Exhibition Galleries at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, Texas.

Curt Slangal (Courtesy)

Slangal grew up on San Antonio’s South Side, attended McCollum High School, and graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in art. He has dabbled in art since age 5. Distinguished for expressing truths in his work, Slangal often incorporates old family photographs, nature and spirituality with modern elements of graphic and pop art in offerings. Many annual Fiesta Cornyation fans know him as the professional designer responsible for some of the most extravagant costumes, props and medals ever to grace a San Antonio stage.

“The creative process feeds itself perpetually–like gasping for air or quenching a thirst–my message is universal and direct.”

” Fallen Angels ” is a 3D Sculpture Painting.
Created using cardboard, old handsaws, paint, and silver-leafing 37″ x 68″ by Curt Slangal®
A fallen angel is a wicked or rebellious angel that has been cast out of the universe, descended to Earth doomed by God – “So, I banished you in disgrace from the mountain of God. I expelled you, O mighty guardian, from your place among the stones of fire. Your heart was filled with pride because of all your beauty. Your wisdom was corrupted by your love of splendor. So I threw you to the ground.”

“A number of years back, I decided to immerse myself in creating art because I think visual messages are stronger than verbal messages,” said Slangal. “I’m not political and I’m not a rebel, but my goal is to help people feel an emotional attachment to what’s going on in the world today.”

“Through dreams & meditation, I download images and information from an intuitive source and the work process begins,” he explained. “These images and messages start the feeding frenzy to create work. The creative process feeds itself perpetually–like gasping for air or quenching a thirst–my message is universal and direct. A broth of bold color and strong design and mixed materials are considered hallmarks in how I express my work.”

Since 2015, the McNay brings together works of art by South Texans in a pop-up exhibition, this year in the newly renovated Tobin Exhibition Galleries. The six artist chosen this year are presenting works in a wide range of materials and exploring diverse subject matter, selected by René Paul Barilleaux, Head of Curatorial Affairs.

6 Texas Artists | 8 Summer Days | 1 Cool Museum

 

“Home of Seven” (Curt Slangal)

Embracing the McNay’s purpose—to open new doors through empowering artists—6 Texas Artists | 8 Summer Days | 1 Cool Museum invites both the participating artists and Museum visitors to celebrate the rich artistic visions and vibrant creative communities of South Texas.

In this exhibit, Slangal combines graphic art, nature, spirituality, and personal history in pop-art images. Texas flora and fauna, religious iconography, and family photographs come to life in vibrant color.

Slangal is joined with these artists:

Jane Dunnewold’s most recent objects explore antique quilts originally made from salvaged clothing and fabrics as sources for new sculptural compositions. Based in San Antonio, Dunnewold is a fiber artist, teacher, and author.

Ana Fernandez’s recent paintings depict landscapes from her San Antonio neighborhood, with a particular emphasis on Latino culture and elements of the fantastic and supernatural.

Kelly O’Connor creates psychedelic collages using popular imagery from the 1950s and 1960s. Iconic characters from pop culture and magazine advertisements evoke fantasy and nostalgia in the work of this San Antonio artist.

Andy Villarreal’s paintings burst at the frames with bold colors and vibrant figures. His most recent canvases reference early Mesoamerican culture and pre-Columbian mythologies. Villarreal owns a framing shop in Southtown, just south of downtown San Antonio.

Sally Weber, based in Austin, investigates how light occupies space and its relationship to the viewer through a range of mediums, including large-scale color photography.

Guests are admitted free of charge to the pop-up exhibition reception only on Sunday, June 18, between 2 and 4 pm. To visit the McNay collection galleries during that time, or any other areas of the Museum besides the pop-up exhibition, guests are required to pay museum admission (See below for admission prices and hours).

CURT SLANGAL COLLECTION of scarves, tapestries, bags, modern tees, and tops:

Click photo to see more of the Curt Slangal collection.

Museum Admission

McNay Members FREE
Children 12 and under FREE
Teens FREE
Adults $10
** Students with I.D. (20 +) $5
Seniors (65 +) $5
Active Military FREE

Hours

Sunday noon–5 pm
Monday Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 10 am–4 pm
Thursday 10 am–9 pm
Saturday 10 am–5 pm

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