“Past Life” 2012 by Oscar Silva
Studio2Gallery ended 2012 with the closing of its doors after over a decade of artful living, great artists, exhibits and awesome Austin style events and music. We are so grateful for all the wonderful friends made during this time.
It is the bond of friendship that brings Studio2Gallery back once more, to honor and remember one of our brightest creative souls, Oscar Silva, who passed away in March 2013. Oscar’s inspirations will be shown in a retrospective exhibit “Past Life” at O2 Gallery on April 19, 2013 with a reception from 6-8pm. Varner, Oscar’s partner and manager for 28 years, will be in attendance. The gallery is located at 2830 East Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd., in Austin, Texas 78702. All are welcome. The artworks will also be on view Saturday, April 20 from 10am to 3pm, and Tuesday/Wednesday – April 23/24 from 10am to 5pm. A selection of works will be available for sale. For more information contact Tina Weitz at firstname.lastname@example.org
The best way to describe how we love Oscar’s creative spirit is with these words by Wayne Alan Brenner of the Austin Chronicle.
‘Organic: Basic Inspirations’
We are bound to art by our very consciousness. Pattern recognition draws us toward order, toward the ordered forms of this world (or toward those forms that are intentional repudiations of order), and we are helplessly in thrall. Our perceptions: woven into the tapestry of what we perceive, warp and woof and sense of wonder.
Oscar Silva, featured artist in Studio2Gallery’s “Organic: Basic Inspirations” show, is no stranger to weaving. This is the man who spends hour upon countless hour tying together fiber and lengths of handmade paper, wire, and weeds in service to his muse. This is Silva, who layers wafers of wood into delicate architectures of meaning, who binds beauty in braids of raffia, horsehair, and jute…
Oscar, you are dearly missed. You will walk with us in every blade of grass, seed pod, and wonder of nature. – Tina Weitz
Artist Statement: Nature and the structural patterns found therein have always had an effect on the way that I perceive the world around me. In my work I strive to reflect the multiplicity and originality found in the underlying order, unity, and cohesion that nature so boldly experiments with. Through a broad array of textural investigation, I seek to explore that which nature provides, in combination with that which my mind comprehends. By using different textures and forms I try to create an inter-mixture through which hidden implications emerge. It is the design of nature and the nature of that design that intrigues me.
Oscar Silva received his BFA in Studio Art from Southwest Texas State University in 1983 and his MFA in Fiber and Sculpture from the University of North Texas in 1993. He has exhibited his work in many regional, national, and international competitions, for which he has received numerous awards. His works have been shown at Baylor University, St. Edwards University, Mexic-Arte Museum, and the Clay and Fiber Gallery in Taos, New Mexico. He has taught weaving at the University of North Texas and 3-D Design at Southwest Texas State University. His work can be found in a number of private collections throughout the United States.