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Art Exhibition Will Utilize Historic Mason Space
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 • Posted October 8, 2008

“Middle of Somewhere” is the second in a string of exhibitions by the Texas Cannons of Proportion(TCP), a group of artists from the greater San Antonio area. This show seeks to bring together regional contemporary artwork in an atypical and truly authentic Texas setting. The exhibit will open this Saturday, October 11th at the Old Mason Warehouse from 5:00-9:00. All Mason & hill country area art lovers are invited to attend.

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TCP consists of five very diverse artists. Rex Hausmann, is an artist trained at the Savannah College of Art & Design and very boldly paints and sculpts in reference to personal experiences and religious reference. Russell Stephenson is a professor at UTSA and deals with the subtle nuance of complex natural patterns and textures. David Almaguer is a graduate of San Antonio streets where his street art and eventually lead him to create more elaborate compositions using vivid colors and meticulously carved stencils. Patrick Winn is completing his masters at UT in architecture where he has been pursuing daVinci-esque machines in pursuit of a more biological architecture. Kyle Martin is a Rice grad and recent Mason resident who specializes in contemporary sculptures and figurative painting. TCP’s guest artist for the show is graphic designer, Vedel Munoz, who has also contributed on a collaborative piece and will be showing recent works.

The Texas Cannons group has chosen to set their second show in Mason in an effort to both expand the horizons of urban contemporary art fans, while giving locals an opportunity to see something a little more off beat and artistically challenging closer to home. Due to the frenzy of activity in large cities, many shows and pieces are lost in the white noise of art culture. TCP sees Mason sitting on the edge of the suburban sea that radiates from Austin and San Antonio, and believe that the arts will more significantly manifest themselves in the years to come.

The Old Mason Warehouse stands as a testament to Mason’s more agriculturally prosperous days. Here, under steel bow-string trusses and 70 year old ship-lapped boards lies 10,000 square feet of unadorned naturally lit space, surrounded by humble concrete block, storefront windows, and the occasional sign for a long defunct brand of animal feed. No space of equivalent size or architectural stature sits so close to the town square or holds as much potential as a communal space.

Although the Middle of Somewhere exhibit will fill roughly half of the building, TCP artists want to share the exhibition experience with local and regional artists. From October 25th through the end of December, there will be over 2000 square feet of wall space available as a consignment gallery for anyone who wishes to make their art available for sale to Mason’s holiday shoppers.

The artists of Texas Cannons of Proportion have taken great pride and pleasure in not only the individual works of the show, but it’s composition and setting. TCP has been able to tap the diverse set of talents and skills possessed by this group to create a exciting gallery where. Putting on group exhibitions keeps the group growing and progressing, not simply with individual “styles” but as a whole with interweaving ideas and philosophies.

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