Dear Friends & Family,
Happy 2012! We did it, TRANSIT completed its first full cycle of resident artist! We want to thank you for all your support in seeing us through three successful residencies in 2011. We also want to thank our artist for their hard work and dedication to the program: Utah Snyder, Michael Menchaca, and Kyra Devine. As for 2012, we will be taking time to evaluate the 2011 residency cycle before we dive into another year.
We have a few ideas in the works, but would like to hear feedback from you. Please take a moment to fill out the brief survey below. We will be using this information to help TRANSIT’s programming grow to better serve our community and resident artists.
As we take sabbatical this spring, look forward to a new format and new location to come summer/fall. Again we appreciate all of your support, and we will keep you posted of our progress and latest going-ons as more develops.
Click here to take our short survey.
We are excited to share that Michael Menchaca, former TRANSIT resident, has been selected for a residency at Proyecto Ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina!
You can find out more about his proposed project for Proyecto Ace on his website, Kickstarter page, or even better attend one or ALL Kickstarter Pledge Parties being held at various locations. To raise fund for his residency, Menchaca has printed a special edition to reward supporters of his project, so while you are checking these out, donate! (You could receive a super rad print!)
For more information, read Michael’s message below.
Good Luck, Michael!
Message from Michael:
It is with excitement to announce that I am hosting 3 Kickstarter pledge parties to raise funds for my project at Proyecto ‘Ace in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Thurs, Jan 19 at
1428 Old Ranch Road 12
San Marcos, TX 78666
Friday Jan 20 at
1907 S St Mary’s St
San Antonio, TX 78210
Thurs, Jan 26 at
1840 Burton Drive. Building C Apt. 168
Austin, Texas 78741
These events will also be the official unveiling of the special edition print. The special edition prints can only be pledged for and reserved online on Kickstarter at this point and will not be made for sale at a pledge party.
Food and wine will be available as well as a computer for making online pledges at your convenience. Please join me for a fun and exciting evening. I will be present to explain the details of the project and to provide you information on my work.
Here is an image of the completed Special Edition print that you can pledge for on kickstarter.
Title: Nuevo Acuerdo
Size: 18″ x 25″
If you’re not able to make it, that’s ok! You can simply donate on my kickstarter page:
Remember, anything counts! Thank you so much, and I hope that with your help, we can make this trip happen.
KYRA DEVINE: Transforming Man No. 3: the Killer, the Cows, and the Poison Cliffs
Here are some pictures from the opening, enjoy!
We only truly experience a dream one time. In the attempt to recollect a dream, it begins to transform. It becomes distorted and blurred—a skewed replica of what once appeared in our sleeping state. The instant a dream occurs, fragments begin to disappear. A dream is unique to the mind in which it was conceived; your nightmares, characters, strange environments are your own. I embrace these particular qualities of dreams in my work, speci␣cally through the process of printmaking. Similar to how a dream changes from its original state, my images evolve as they travel from drawings, that are then transferred onto wood, carved out, and printed. A visual reproduction of my dream is an attempt to recreate something that no longer exists, bringing a story to life that is impossible to accurately tell. By projecting my own subconscious thoughts and images onto others, my work becomes a means of storytelling. When viewed with new eyes, each individual interprets the images differently, and the transformation of my story continues.
Kyra Devine, Transit’s final Artist-in-Residence for the 2011 cycle, has been in the studio for the last month in preparation for this week’s opening on Saturday, December 3.
During her time at Transit, Kyra has been focusing on her first stop-animation film and large wood cuts printed on handmade paper.
The opening will be December 3, 2011 beginning at 7pm. There will be a casual artist talk at 8pm you won’t want to miss.
See you Saturday!
Guess what?! Our very own 2011 Artist-in-Residence Michael Menchaca has been chosen to receive the 2011 Friends of Chuck Ramirez Fellowship Award from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio! Way to go!
To find out more about the Artist Foundation of San Antonio, click here.
To see Michael Menchaca’s submitted portfolio and artist statement, click here.
Thank you all for attending the opening of Crooked American Boarders: The Beaner Express by Michael Menchaca.
This installation completely transformed the space at Transit. Even the Union Pacific train crossing less than twenty yards from our front door played a role in the exhibition, activating the lights on Menchaca’s train through a sensor on the tracks as it passed.
For the first time, we also included an Artist Talk. Thank you to all the people that asked insightful questions, and Michael, job well done with equally insightful responses.
It was a great show. Hope to see you next time!
Keep up the hard work Michael, and thank you for spending time with us at Transit.
Next up, Kyra Devine. Opening: Dec 3, 2011.
See you soon!
Our current resident, Michael Menchaca is hard at work in the studio. He has been with us for about two weeks now completely renovating the space. Needless to say, it’s been exciting coming home to a little something new in TRANSIT everyday.
The opening of Michael Menchaca’s work will be on October 8, 2011.
We had a little Transit brunch. Doesn’t it look lovely? We will be having another, stay tuned.
For more fotografia click here.
See you next time,
Our final resident artist for the 2011 cycle will be Kyra Devine. She will be joining us in mid-November at TRANSIT for her four week residency concluding with the unveiling of her project on Dec 3.
Currently, we are preparing the space to host Michael Menchaca, who will be moving in this Sunday! We are pimping out the artist room, so he best be prepared for some real TRANSIT luxury living. (Kind of.)
Anyway, what I’m trying to get to is…we just got a letter from Kyra in the mail, and it’s awesome.
And then I put it on my wall.
Thanks Kyra, see you soon!