Opening Reception

The Presa House Pop Up series presents works by Houston-based multimedia artist Ángel Lartigue, La Ciencia Avanza Pero Yo No (Science Advances But I Do Not). The Opening Reception will be held First Friday, November 3rd from 6:00 to 11:00 PM at Flight Gallery in the Blue Star Art Complex, and runs through November 26th. The exhibition marks Lartigue's first time exhibiting in San Antonio and features an on-going collection of various works involving performance, photographic documents and sculpture. The exhibition was recently on view at the G Spot Gallery in Houston as well as Box 13 where he is currently an artist-in-residence.

Concerned with the rapid advancements of modern scientific technologies, Lartigue creates interactive installations that transform the space into ritual environments often taking visual references from the history of popular Science, Art and Religion.

The centerpiece of the exhibition is Lartigue's ritual demonstration of the Sub Scientist Booth. Lartigue invites spectators to his altar/lab to particapate in extracting and swaping raw DNA substances with each other via saliva cells through a 5-minute process using only household materials like salt and water. These DNA samples are later stored and integrated into artworks including Lartigua's handmade abacus-like structure made from found, dug up, natural red clay and wax thread.

Additionally, many works from past exhibitions will be on display that present the transition and evolution of Lartigue's work including his striking photographic series "Self-Portrait as I were Muertx." The series documents a solo performance in which a Lartigue lays dead in a variety of desolate scenes while a second character, also Lartigue dressed in black, is seen holding blossoms over his own dead corpse.

Lartigue attended the University of Houston and has exhibited at Rudolph Blume Fine Art Gallery (HTX), Alabama Song (HTX), and the Blaffer Art Museum (HTX).
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