Postcards from San Antonio
While conducting research for a novel-in-progress
about Hedda Burgemeister and Otto Koehler, Gayle Brennan Spencer became
fascinated and distracted by the stories old postcards have to tell –
resulting in a series of collages, “Postcards from San Antonio.”
sombreros and chili queens
Gayle maintains the original, intimate scale of the postcards and
period stamps to force viewers to come closer to read these messages
from earlier times – to ponder how they relate to life
Cowgirls and longhorn cards
The first part of this “kitschen-aide” series opened in March 2004 for a
year-long show at Zinc Champagne, Wine and Spirits. Several prints also
included and sold during the 2004 WARRR group exhibition at
Esperanza Peace and Justice Center, and submitted works have sold during SAY Si
benefit auctions. A pair of prints from the holy card series were
featured in a group show at El Sol
Studios in October 2007
for First Friday and
as part of Southtown's Art in the Hood.
Hilton twins, the bell of St. Mark's
and the Black
2008 brought participation in two group shows, "Yellow Roses: Emily Morgan and
the Mythic and Historic Women of Texas" at Bihl Haus Arts and "Olvidate
del Alamo" at Centro Cultural Aztlan. "Cowboy Blues" sold for $200 during the "Small Scale Work for a Large Cause"
auction at SAY Si at the end of February 2008. In April 2010, prints
were shown in a solo exhibit at C4 Workspace in King William.
Gayle's godmother/aunt always lamented the role saints should play in daily
life was not one taught by the nuns of Star of the Sea. It took
trips to the Old World and Central and South America to strip the veneer
off the more sanitized version of American Catholicism.
And, as part of her research for "An
Ostrich Plume Hat," Gayle developed interest in "The Blue Book," a
1911-1912 guide to the "Sporting District" of San Antonio. This
sparked The Blue Book Series, and the "kitschen-aide" syndrome resurfaced in a series paying
homage to Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.
the 175th anniversary of Texas independence from Mexico, drew her
attention to memorabilia from the 1936 Texas Centennial. Local collector
Sarah Reveley provided her access to her private collection, and images
from this are included in five collages reflecting Texas rambunctious
spirit during that Centennial year. These will be featured along with more
than 20 earlier works in an exhibit opening with a reception from 6 to 8
p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2011, in the gallery in the offices of the
King William Association, 1032 South Alamo. The exhibit will remain on
display through July 28.
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