C Blue Star
Antonio, TX 78204.
3 - 17, 2009
to the public on Friday, April 3, 2009, from 6 to 9 p.m.
to Cactus Bra on the first Friday in April, artist Mira Hnatyshyn
will be showing “Lineage – a Tudor Story” a room-sized exhibit
of painting and sculpture that places historical icons from the
English aristocracy in a contemporary context - the White Cube.
Loosely based on the naïve style of anonymous court painters,
Mira’s installation challenges the viewers’ knowledge of history
and art with a contemporary comment on violence and gender roles. It
includes paintings, sculptures, and drawings all tied to each other
with thread, implying the nature of space and time.
of Mira’s work are intricately painted while other sections are
left with just a line drawing. Some subjects are recognizable in
appearance, while others are indistinct and mutated. Sometimes the
canvas is flat and conventional, while other times it is molded with
sculpted fabric and panel. Paintings are hung off-center, and swaths
of canvas are left unstretched. Taken together, these techniques
create a tension between the finished and the unfinished and create
suggestions of movement and space meant to transcend the media.
Hnatyshyn (Ha-nah-ti-shin), 45, is an artist living in San Antonio,
Texas. Born to Ukrainian and Polish émigrés who settled in rural
Maryland, Mira has long relied on art to preserve and transform her
cultural identify amid a flood of competing influences.
solo shows include The Ides of
Spring at The Robot
Art Gallery in 2006; Fleshly
Envelope at Stella Haus Art Space in 2005; Times
12 at The Robot Art
Gallery in 2004; White
Minutiae at Three Walls Gallery in Blue Star Art Space in 2003;
and Rozmova Lubovlia (The
Language of Love) in 2003 and Fuga Centri Fuga (From the Center) in 2002, both at Salon Mijangos.
group shows include To a
Degree at the UTSA Satellite Space in 2008; Chalk
It Up, Feature
Artist, Art Pace Community
Event in 2008; Pomegranate,
Saffron & Sage Gala Art Sale at
the Southwest School
of Art and Craft in 2007; Annual
Student Art Exhibition at UTSA Gallery in 2007; Chivalries is this… through the Red Square Gallery Project in 2007;
Building on the Intuitive
at Arbor Art House in 2006; and The
Summer Show & Critic’s Choice at
The Dallas Contemporary Art Center in 2005.
is included in the Saatchi collection in London and UTSA collection
in San Antonio and other private collections.
received her bachelor of science at the University of Maryland in
1986 and worked as a graphic designer /illustrator until 1998. In
2000, Mira began painting fulltime and exhibiting her work locally
and nationally. After taking classes with prominent artists in San
Antonio at the Southwest School of Art and Craft in 2003, Mira began
to teach through the Young Artists Program at the Southwest School
and ArtPace. In Spring of 2007, Mira began her pursuit of Masters of
Fine Art in Painting at the University of Texas in San Antonio and
expects to graduate in 2009.