DAVID ZAMORA CASAS introduced a new series of work in “Ancient Guardians of the Sky,” which transformed the Bihl Haus into a magical space with an interactive installation and exhibition. More than 500 people attended the opening reception on Friday, June 25, 5:30-8:30 pm, which included cocktails and music around the pool. With more than 20 years experience in exhibiting his work and in curating, Zamora Casas, a self-taught artist, remained faithful in his approach and in the content of his art.
“The Aztec mother of the Gods, known as Coatlicue, meets an Olmec head, a racial/ethnic caste system, the Alamo, alien space ships, transformed religious statuary, borders, lovers, sex, lace, and fruits in a way that only Zamora Casas can make them confluence,” says Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, PhD, who examined David’s work in the exhibition’s catalog essay.
Born in San Antonio in 1960, David Zamora Casas is an energetic, self-trained painter, sculptor, and installation and performance artist who is also an important curator and arts activist in the gay and American Mexican communities. David has earned a reputation throughout Texas and the U.S. arts community as a passionate and risk-taking visionary whose work champions principles of tolerance and justice through social satire.
“Zamora Casas unequivocally channels ancient powers indigenous to this land while (re)presenting a counter hegemonic visual voice that confronts bigotry such as homophobia, racism, xenophobia, and other types of discrimination,” writes Urquijo-Ruiz. In contrast to the heavy subject matter of his work, a single painting by David lights up a room with bright color and rich surfaces. “Creating this body of work,” David avers, “has been an inward exploration of my catholic upbringing and my bohemian, liberal lifestyle. It’s autobiographical and I hope people can see a refection of themselves, the things we admit and the things we dare not say.”
On Saturday, July 31st, 6:30 pm-10ish, devoteees of David’s art gathered for ‘last call’ to view the installation “Ancient Guardians of the Sky.” This was also the final opportunity to experience “The Chapel of Love,” an installation within an installation, that deals with issues of sexual identity and diverse perspectives on spiritual unions, rites of passage, and dreams of love. YVE ANDERSON performed and the NAUHAUTLATOS played their sexy, cumbia, hip-hop Latin jazz. We also gave thanks at 7 pm to the four directions—the guardians of the sky–, led by curandera LAURA CODINA, for making this exhibit the most successful in Bihl Haus and David ZC history.
2nd THURSDAY (JULY 8) Poetry Reading: 6 pm workshop; 7 pm open mic; & 8 pm reading by gay rights activist and performance artist Yve Anderson (presented in collaboration with Voices de la Luna Poetry Magazine)
SATURDAY, JULY 10, 2 pm: Bihl Haus Dialog with Dr. Rita Urquijo-Ruiz & David Zamora Casas.
This exhibit is made possible with support from the San Antonio Office of Cultural Affairs and by donations from Dr. Philip and Ann Valente, Dr. Raphael Guerra and Sandra Castro Guerra, Drs. Arturo Madrid and Antonia I. Castaneda, Joe and Frances Lopez, Dr. Rita Urquijo-Ruiz, and Banks Smith.