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Opening Reception: Adrian Armstrong: High’s and Lo-Fi’s
Presa House is pleased to welcome for the first time to San Antonio, Austin-based multidisciplinary artist Adrian Armstrong. High’s and Lo-Fi’s is the second installment of Armstrong’s multi-sensory exhibition and features a collection of old and new paintings and drawings that explore the topic of mental health in the African American community. It is, in part, an exploration of Armstrong’s struggles and a broader discussion on why the issue of mental health is often taboo within the culture. The exhibition depicts Armstrong’s scenarios and experiences with depression along with those of the subjects in his portraits, each of whom shared their own experiences with mental health through a series of recorded conversations. Through this combination, Armstrong hopes to convey the highs and lows of mental health issues entirely, and how they manifest themselves in ones day to day life with the intent of fostering open and inclusive dialogue. Armstrong’s exhibition also features a ten-track EP, titled “High’s and Lo-Fi’s,” that accompanies his artwork. The EP was self-produced and released under the pseudonym Njune in 2019, and is currently available on all streaming platforms.