“I am drawn to the aluminum’s illuminate qualities as well as the surface's physical memory,” painter Ben Mata states. “I am motivated by the translucent interaction of the paint and aluminum. Each material is equally important in creating visual balance and mystery.” It is this overarching mystery, Zen-like and imbued with a sense of peace and calm, that first envelopes the viewer. Then, the landscape references emerge—a low ‘horizon’ divides the surface of several of the paintings into two modulated color fields. They are breached by a narrow cherry-red slit that cuts through the aluminum plane with a yin yang aspect reading simultaneously as monolithic stela and feminized cavity. In other works, Mata reprises this triad—a pair of color fields and contracted incision—, but turns them askew or uses the slit to divide the panels vertically, thus negating allusions to landscape. Together, these works create a perfect harmony, an elegant equilibrium that soothes but also stimulates senses and psyche alike. Ben Mata will discuss his art and his life with David Rubin in a Bihl Haus "Dialog/Dialogo" on Saturday, January 17 at 2 pm. More here.
2803 Fredericksburg Rd. San Antonio, TX 78201
Gallery Hours 1-4pm Fridays and Saturdays OR by Appointment 210.383.9723
HARD TO FIND BUT WORTH THE TRIP! Bihl Haus Arts is the historic building located inside the gates of Primrose at Monticello Park Senior Apartments, at 2803 Fredericksburg Road(across from the Tip Top Cafe). Please park in the circle lot and enter through the walk-in gate. Overflow parking is available at Redeemer Church.
A public lecture by poet, essayist and social activist Margaret Randall, visiting from New Mexico, and reading from her recent book of poems About Little Charlie Lindburgh (Wings Press, 2014). She will be introduced by Bryce Milligan of Wings Press.