Past Exhibition: May 5, 2017 — May 27, 2017
IV ART SPACE Retrospective (1998 – 2002)
IV Art Space was a pioneer in what has become San Antonio’s First Friday Art Walk. Located on Alamo St. just south of Durango (Cesar Chavez) and across from the original and legendary Bar America, IV Art quickly became a go-to destination for art seekers to continue to gather when Blue Star Arts Complex openings would close at 9 pm.
Starting as an extension of IV Design house, owners Joey Hladek and Andrew Watson had extra store front space that would become home to IV Art. The first art show they hosted featured works by Hladek and Watson and drew an immediate positive response. Shortly after Stefunny Price was invited to become a partner and head of IV Art Space, Price and Frank Leal quickly built an eclectic stable of emerging, mid-career, and established artists. Together the four would collaborate to push the boundaries of the typical visual art space. IV Art hosted a wide range of events, including fashion shows, dance performances, poetry readings, DJs, live musical performances, and community gatherings.
This retrospective seeks to recreate the collaborative spirit and vitality of IV Art Space. The exhibit will highlight works from the original IV artist stable from the period and new works, thus, documenting a progression from selected artists, as well as photographs, video, and written memories from featured artists about their time at IV Art Space.
Good memories of a professionally run space with an underground feel. A Southtown gallery jewel that shined and allowed up-and-coming artists a venue to experiment and showcase fun, uncensored work.
– Artist, Robert Tatum