June 25 – Aug. 22, 2015
SEX & CINEMA with MEL CASAS, 1965-1967
FL!GHT Gallery, 134 Blue Star
San Antonio, TX
"Sex and Cinema with Mel Casas, 1965-1967" treats the cinematic origins of the Humanscape series. This show includes one of Casas’ embryo paintings, as well as Humanscape 2 (1965), Casas’ only extant image of a drive-in. Casas, who was deeply influenced by the critique of media culture found in Marshall McLuhan’s book The Mechanical Bride: The Folklore of Industrial Man (1951), was particularly concerned with how film and other media influence society. His concern is often reflected humorously, as in Humanscape 15 (1966), which features six identical couples in a theater interior who watch and mimic a couple who appear onscreen. The paintings in this exhibition become increasingly colorful and vivid, leading directly to the Sexual Revolution paintings
by Cordova, Ruben C., Guest Curator, 2015.