Artpace Opens New Exhibitions by Raul Gonzalez and Daniel Rios Rodriguez

Scott Williams |

Reception to kick-off series of Artpace “Third Thursdays” events

Media Preview: Wednesday, May 15, 10:30am
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 16, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: May 16–August 18, 2019
 SAN ANTONIO, TX (May 2, 2019) – Two exhibitions of all new work by San Antonio-based artists Raul Gonzalez and Daniel Rios Rodriguez open with a reception from 6-8 pm on May 16 at Artpace. The exhibitions, which encompass painting, sculpture, installation, and performance, will be on view in the Hudson Showroom and Main Space through August 18. Each artist will give a short gallery talk about their work during the opening.
Raul Gonzalez will install Front and Back, and Side to Side in Artpace’s Main Space gallery. The exhibition is a complete transformation of the gallery in which Gonzalez has decided to treat the space as a multi-dimensional mural that covers the windows and walls using cardboard and duct tape. The exhibition will offer viewers different experiences when viewed from the street versus inside the gallery.
The installation is an abstraction of the Artpace building and surroundings.  By starting with the present design and architectural elements within the space, Gonzalez says his installation recreates the gallery with bright and bold lines of color and pattern. The title references lyrics from Texas rap group UGK. The group, like Gonzalez himself, is originally based in Houston. The exhibition will also feature a closing performance by Gonzalez on August 15 in the gallery space.
Daniel Rios Rodriguez, in his first solo exhibition in Texas, will presentBruisers, an exhibition of original paintings in Artpace’s Hudson Showroom. Rodriguez paints on a range on non-traditional surfaces, many of which will be incorporated into the exhibition. On the title, Rodriguez says, “There are people that are tough and pushing through the world. The paintings are pushing and fighting their way through something. A lot of them do undergo a lot of heavy hitting and burning and throwing across the floor. They’ll sit here in a pile for a long time and then they come out. They have a life and lifespan that is bruised.”
The opening reception on May 16 will feature gallery talks from each artist and a special preview of the exhibition from 5:30-6:00pm for Artpace Members. The evening is also a kickoff to Artpace’s new Third Thursdays event series and will feature a rooftop film screening in partnership with SAFILM. For $10 ($5 for Artpace members), visitors can view five short films selected by SAFILM.
Programming for upcoming Third Thursdays includes a film screening and Q&A with New York-based artist Narcissister on June 20 and Artpace’s International Artist-in-Residence Exhibition Opening on July 18.
Artpace offers free parking at 513 N Flores and complimentary beer from Artpace’s local beverage sponsor, Künstler Brewing. Artpace is always free and open to the public.
Artpace San Antonio is a nonprofit residency program which supports regional, national, and international artists in the creation of new art. As a catalyst for artistic expression, we engage local communities with global art practices and experiences. 
To date, Artpace has welcomed over 230 artists through its renowned International Artist-in-Residence program. Annually, Artpace hosts three residencies. Each features one Texas-based artist, one national artist, and one international artist, who are selected by a notable guest curator. Each eight-week residency culminates in a two-month exhibition on site. The mission of this program is to provide artists with unparalleled resources that allow them to experiment with new ideas and take provocative risks.
Born and raised in inner-city Houston, multi-dimensional artist Raul Gonzalez explores work, fatherhood, construction, labor, the working class, identity, and abstraction through versatile methods of painting, drawing, printmaking, performance, and dance. Now living in San Antonio with his wife and two daughters, Gonzalez spends his days as a stay-at-home parent. He also operates and manages Werk House SA, a converted studio space which functions as an Airbnb short-term rental space and art gallery.   
Raul has a BFA in Painting (Magna Cum Laude) from the University of Houston, and a MFA in Painting from the University of Texas at San Antonio. His work has been shown at the McNay Art Museum, grayDUCK Gallery, Miami University Ohio, Artpace, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, Lawndale Art Center, MACLA, Mexic-Arte Museum, and Queens University of Charlotte, among others. He was awarded a NALAC San Antonio Artist Grant and a Surdna Foundation Grant through the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center. He completed an artist studio residency at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and in 2018 was the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation award grant.
Daniel Rios Rodriguez has a BFA from the University of Illinois, Chicago and a MFA from Yale School of Art. Rios Rodriguez has exhibited work in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, Mexico City, Berlin, and London, among other major cities. He had a recent solo exhibition Bite the Tongue in Dublin, Ireland (2018). That same year, he was an artist-in-residence at the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. He is a 2013 recipient of a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and his work has been discussed in Frieze magazine, The New York TimesLos Angeles Times, and Art in America
The artist lives and works in San Antonio where he is a professor of painting at the Southwest School of Art.