FL!GHT Debuts New Gallery at Blue Star Arts Complex with 15-Person Group Expo:
YES (the river knows)
Jake Zollie Harper
Justin B. Schneider
6-10 pm, May 2, 2014
FL!GHT (134 Blue Star)
After eight solid years at Andy Benavides's 1906 Building (in the South Flores Arts District) and the previous four at two different grain silos along the San Antonio River, FL!GHT Founding Director Justin Parr announced that the "artist's art space" is spreading its wings. Parr will close his South Flores space at the end of April in favor of a larger, multi-use space in the building that houses the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum.
"We're excited to be back on the river," admits Parr, "and especially thrilled about what [new Executive Director] Mary Heathcott is building next door at Blue Star [Contemporary Art Museum]."
FL!GHT's Senior Creative Co-Conspirator Ed Saavedra (edsatx.com) will move his primary studio into the room adjacent to the new space's main gallery and salon-style space.
A BRIEF (ancient) HISTORY OF FL!GHT
While still attending the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2002, Parr rented converted silo #15 on the banks of an underdeveloped section of the San Antonio River. Begun as an exhibition space for upstarts, FL!GHT took advantage of exponentially larger First Friday crowds to generate excitement about art making/viewing/collecting and to fuel viral T-shirt and sticker campaigns.
In the spring of 2005, Parr hosted Ed Saavedra’s painting solo at FL!GHT’s larger silo #18 incarnation, and the pair soon formed an informal creative partnership which led to guerrilla art projects and memorable exhibitions, such as Eve of Destruction, in the gallery’s final months at the Blue Star Art Silos.
For Contemporary Art Month 2006, FL!GHT reopened in a converted office space down the hall from Benavides Picture Framing in the storied 1906 Building. Saavedra began formally assisting Parr with the space’s planning and execution of monthly shows in the main gallery, in addition to a salon-style gallery featuring the work of as many as 40 different artists.
Despite its modest size, FL!GHT has established a reputation for presenting art without compromise.