Creature Feature
       
     
Jared Theis (installation view)
       
     
Best-Dressed Cowboy
       
     
Best Dressed Cowboy (detail)
       
     
Best Dressed Cowboy (detail)
       
     
Six Shooters
       
     
White Maiden
       
     
Creature Feature- Jared Theis, Jen Frost Smith, Alyssa Danna-64.jpg
       
     
Jen Frost Smith (installation view)
       
     
Deadfall Trap with Nutter Butters and Angst
       
     
Creature Feature- Jared Theis, Jen Frost Smith, Alyssa Danna-6.jpg
       
     
You came in the Koan, then I painted you
       
     
Creature Feature- Jared Theis, Jen Frost Smith, Alyssa Danna-14.jpg
       
     
Bingo
       
     
Bingo (detail)
       
     
Installation view
       
     
Pet Rocks
       
     
Installation view
       
     
Alyssa Danna (installation view)
       
     
Float Instead of Fall (detail)
       
     
Float Instead of Fall
       
     
Unicorn Stack
       
     
Unicorn Stack (detail)
       
     
Unicorn Thorns
       
     
Unicorn Succs
       
     
Unicorn Succs (detail)
       
     
Unicorn Succs (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Creature Feature
       
     
Creature Feature

This exhibition features artwork by three San Antonio artists, Alyssa Danna, Jen Frost Smith, and Jared Theis. This three-person show spotlights artists who create work that seems to have a life of its own. Artworks, like the creature from the black lagoon, draw life from inanimate objects. The practice of all three artists transforms the mundane into the exquisite, the camp, the funny, the tragic, and always the surprisingly beautiful.

Jared Theis (installation view)
       
     
Jared Theis (installation view)

Theis creates progenitive creature flicks complete with props, scenery, and soundtrack. His creature personas are replete with phallic and yonic characteristics symbolic of the self-generative play that defines his practice. He acts all of the roles, builds all the scenery, writes all the music, and finally edits all the films. The total effect is a complete world that is as strange, freudian, and trippy as our dreams.

Best-Dressed Cowboy
       
     
Best-Dressed Cowboy

full sculptural costume includes: 1 helmet, 2 gloves, 1 cod-piece, 1 pair of pants, 1 chest piece, 2 cowboy boots, 1 stand
2015

Best Dressed Cowboy (detail)
       
     
Best Dressed Cowboy (detail)

full sculptural costume includes: 1 helmet, 2 gloves, 1 cod-piece, 1 pair of pants, 1 chest piece, 2 cowboy boots, 1 stand
2015

Best Dressed Cowboy (detail)
       
     
Best Dressed Cowboy (detail)

full sculptural costume includes: 1 helmet, 2 gloves, 1 cod-piece, 1 pair of pants, 1 chest piece, 2 cowboy boots, 1 stand
2015

Six Shooters
       
     
Six Shooters

Fabric, cap guns, ceramic, and acrylic
2018

White Maiden
       
     
White Maiden

partial sculptural costume includes: 1 helmet, 1 shirt, 1 stand
2015

Creature Feature- Jared Theis, Jen Frost Smith, Alyssa Danna-64.jpg
       
     
Jen Frost Smith (installation view)
       
     
Jen Frost Smith (installation view)

Smith’s work explores the potential to personify our emotions. She populates her pieces with an almost manically cheerful cast. These artworks retain the whimsy and intensity of childlike imagination but with the sophistication and complexity of adulthood. It’s as if we see Smith’s creations performing their base desires while simultaneously critiquing and curating those impulses.

Deadfall Trap with Nutter Butters and Angst
       
     
Deadfall Trap with Nutter Butters and Angst

Found towel, driftwood, found lion plaque, polymer clay, nutter butters
2018

Creature Feature- Jared Theis, Jen Frost Smith, Alyssa Danna-6.jpg
       
     
You came in the Koan, then I painted you
       
     
You came in the Koan, then I painted you

gouache, ink, ace bandage, foam noodle on panel
2018

Creature Feature- Jared Theis, Jen Frost Smith, Alyssa Danna-14.jpg
       
     
Bingo
       
     
Bingo

found towel, synthetic hair, ziplock bag, paper, felt, zipper, polymer clay, and thread
2018

Bingo (detail)
       
     
Bingo (detail)

found towel, synthetic hair, ziplock bag, paper, felt, zipper, polymer clay, and thread
2018

Installation view
       
     
Installation view

Top to bottom:
1. Carry you in my purse for safe keeping, gouache on canvas, 2018
2. Grand Pupper, gouache on polymer clay, 2018

Pet Rocks
       
     
Pet Rocks

Right to left
1. Goody Moody, gouache on 2.5 billion-year-old (approx.) rock, 2018
2. Intuition Amoeba, gouache on 2.5 billion-year-old (approx.) rock, 2018
3. Ugh Slug Brain Bug, gouache on 2.5 billion-year-old (approx.) rock, 2018

Installation view
       
     
Installation view

Left to right:
1. It looked back at me, Gouache and plymer clay on canvas, 2018
2. Terrible Sound Effect of Destruction, Gouache on canvas, 2018

Alyssa Danna (installation view)
       
     
Alyssa Danna (installation view)

Danna is an artist that animates the kitsch detritus of our lives. She makes the flea market, second hand store, and bargain bin seethe with life. Often the sculptures and installations borrow their structure from nature but heighten the shine, the color, and decorative qualities of her inspiration. Through this process of accumulation her work grows into curiously inventive bodies.

Float Instead of Fall (detail)
       
     
Float Instead of Fall (detail)

tulle, faux raccoon tail, gouache on watercolor paper, polycord, foam, glitter
2018

Float Instead of Fall
       
     
Float Instead of Fall

tulle, faux raccoon tail, gouache on watercolor paper, polycord, foam, glitter
2018

Unicorn Stack
       
     
Unicorn Stack

16” x 9” x 3”
Found objects and silicone
2018

Unicorn Stack (detail)
       
     
Unicorn Stack (detail)

16” x 9” x 3”
Found objects and silicone
2018

Unicorn Thorns
       
     
Unicorn Thorns

29” x 4” x 70”
Ceramic figurine, talk, and latex paint
2018

Unicorn Succs
       
     
Unicorn Succs

16” x 9” x 3”
Found objects, succulents, requires water, and sun
2018

Unicorn Succs (detail)
       
     
Unicorn Succs (detail)

16” x 9” x 3”
Found objects, succulents, requires water, and sun
2018

Unicorn Succs (detail)
       
     
Unicorn Succs (detail)

16” x 9” x 3”
Found objects, succulents, requires water, and sun
2018

Putti Pours
       
     
Putti Pours

80” x 20” x 12”
Found object and wax
2018

Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)

80” x 20” x 12”
Found object and wax
2018

Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)

80” x 20” x 12”
Found object and wax
2018

Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)

80” x 20” x 12”
Found object and wax
2018

Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)

80” x 20” x 12”
Found object and wax
2018

Putti Pours (detail)
       
     
Putti Pours (detail)

80” x 20” x 12”
Found object and wax
2018