ArtSlant - Openings & events en-us 40 Roseta Santiago - Blue Rain Gallery - August 1st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Blue Rain Gallery presents: "Grace: new paintings by Roseta Santiago," opening on Friday, August 1st, 2014 from 5 to 7pm. Come and experience the grace and beauty of Santiago's oil paintings of figural landscapes, portraits, and still lives.</span></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 17:08:55 +0000 Jeremy Thomas - Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Railyard) - August 1st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>An exhibition of new work by <strong>Jeremy Thomas </strong>will open at <strong>Charlotte Jackson Fine Art</strong> on <strong>August 1 </strong>and extend to <strong>August 31</strong>, with an <strong>opening reception</strong> on <strong>Friday,</strong> <strong>August 1 </strong>from<strong> 5-7 p.m.</strong> at the gallery, which is located at <strong>554 S. Guadalupe </strong>in the<strong> Railyard Art District</strong>.</p> <p>Across the floor, up the walls, the steel forms&mdash;bloated, bulging, curved&mdash;seem to be caught in the midst of their own creation. Ranging in size from massive (several feet across) to quite small (a hefty double-handful) these objects demand attention and invite close inspection.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p><strong><em>Ditching the Cardigan </em></strong>provides viewers with an opportunity to get up close to the latest (many never-before-seen) works by Jeremy Thomas. These sculptures, made of mild forged steel inflated with pressurized air, are both constructed and, in some sense, grown.&nbsp; Thomas starts with inscribing basic forms (beginning with the circle, but more recently the forms include ellipses and polygons) onto plates of steel.&nbsp; The steel is cut to shape, and then the flat shapes are folded.&nbsp; Folded pieces of steel are then welded together.&nbsp; And here is where the process gets intriguing&mdash;Thomas then inflates these welded forms with air, giving life to the steel and volume to the forms.&nbsp; Having worked with this process for a decade, Thomas has a good idea how the steel in will react.&nbsp; However, there is an element of chance, as the air in interaction with the steel will fold and dimple in ways that cannot be absolutely predicted.&nbsp; Thomas might know a certain kind of fold will appear on one plane, but not precisely how or where along it will manifest.</p> <p>Like the forms themselves, Thomas&rsquo; techniques and process have evolved over the years, but the shift has recently become a bit more radical.&nbsp; The title of the exhibition, <strong><em>Ditching the Cardigan </em></strong>(which came from reading an article about Fred Rodgers),is a reference to pushing against the boundaries of what is comfortable.&nbsp; Thomas&rsquo; technique always involved placing his forms in the forge, heating them to upwards of 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, at which point the steel becomes pliable as clay, and then injecting air into them while glowing hot.&nbsp; The technique works well and he still uses it for the smaller pieces, however, Thomas discovered that the larger forms can be inflated cold.&nbsp; This seemingly illogical twist of physics means that Thomas is able to create much larger forms than ever before, while still being able to exploit the potential for elasticity in steel.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps the most dynamic changes in Thomas&rsquo; work have been to the shape, surface, and color of the pieces.&nbsp; Color has always been an essential and somewhat trickster-ish aspect to the work&mdash;evoking dichotomies (masculine vs. feminine, organic vs. industrial, decorative vs. art). Originally, Thomas used powder-coated industrial colors specifically chosen from tractor and farm implement manufacturers.&nbsp; Inspired by memories of the abandoned farm equipment he grew up with in the mid-west, the pieces were coated with fetish-finish colors like John Deere Green or Massey Ferguson Red on all but one side, which was covered in a soft rust patina.&nbsp; Thomas later expanded his color vocabulary to include Low-rider and Muscle-car colors, but it was troubles with the powder-coating process which opened up opportunities for his palette.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thomas used a nickel-plating process and metallic colors, and returned to hand painting (he started out as a painter in art school, so this seems appropriate).&nbsp; Most recently he has begun to use cosmetic colors, specifically nail polishes, to paint his sculptures, as well as to mix his own colors.&nbsp; This has in turn led him to include more rust patina on the pieces&mdash;so the balance turns from color to rust on many of the newer works.&nbsp; The new colors are super-saturated, glossy, glittery, and sometimes almost obscene.&nbsp; In these new works the contrast between paint and patina, between color and form is often at once shocking and profoundly intimate.&nbsp; For Thomas, these sculptures are, first and foremost, <em>objects</em>, and the minimalist aesthetic of art as object comes through in them.&nbsp; The return to a more painterly and intuitive use of color (twisting the notion of painting <em>as</em> object to applying painting <em>to</em> object) adds another layer of complexity to this equation.&nbsp;</p> <p>The other radical shift has been in Thomas&rsquo; solution to a problem he has contemplated for a while&mdash;how to display the inside of the sculptures while still maintaining the integrity of the piece.&nbsp; The solution was double-inflation. &nbsp;A form is inflated, cut in half, and then welded into another form inside out, and then that new whole is inflated.&nbsp; The finished double-inflated pieces allow the viewer to see both aspects of the inflation process simultaneously.&nbsp; The effect of the pieces is almost haunting, with an ephemeral quality brought to the fore.&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Spend time with these objects.&nbsp; Bubblegum pink and &ldquo;Datsun&rdquo; green, the swollen purple of a bruise blossom on forms that suggest Neolithic goddesses, mutant insects, biomorphic machines, alien seedpods, or post-apocalyptic flowers.&nbsp; But whatever the connotations the viewer may bring, the work itself works on the viewer, eliciting a visceral reaction that transcends labeling. At its core, <strong><em>Ditching the Cardigan </em></strong>is a confrontation with the very fundamental and mysterious experience of the complexity and simplicity of <em>objects</em>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information about this exhibition please contact 505-989-8688 or <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a> or visit our website: <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:09:41 +0000 Lilly Fenichel - David Richard Gallery - August 1st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Lilly Fenichel&rsquo;s painting career has spanned more than 6 decades, starting with her studies at the California School of Fine Art with Hassel Smith. Fenichel has explored Abstract Expressionism, gestural abstraction and Color Field painting through most of her career in a variety of media and supports. She has had forays into figuration, geometric abstraction, shaped fiberglass supports, three-dimensional wall structures and furniture design. Always with a critical eye toward composition and color harmonies, a focus on visual depth and complex surfaces. <br /> <br /> Lilly Fenichel initially lived and worked in Los Angeles and then later moved to Taos, NM to join the Taos Moderns with her friends Beatrice Mandelman, Oli Sihvonen and Ed Corbett among others. She currently lives and works in Albuquerque where she continues to explore abstract painting with oil glazes on a synthetic polypropylene support.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:12:50 +0000 Meridel Rubenstein - David Richard Gallery - August 1st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>Meridel Rubenstein began her professional career in the mid 1970&rsquo;s, evolving from photographer of single photographic images to multi-media artist of large-scale installations. Her artworks are known for their unusual combinations of materials and ideas and from the beginning, her art making has argued for an awareness of how we are connected to place.<br /> <br /> The newest work, <em><strong>Eden Turned on its Side</strong></em>, focuses on intersections of nature and culture in relationship to ecological and social imbalance. After millennia of destruction, can Eden be restored? Rubenstein explores this question in three parts: <br /> <br /> Part I, <em>Photosynthesis</em>, the subject of this small exhibition, includes images of trees and people exchanging oxygen and carbon dioxide throughout the seasons, in a post-Edenic and threatened relationship. Presented not as a timeline but as a natural cycle of life, death and rebirth, human beings and nature are visualized deeply connected and existing in a true, if threatened, symbiosis.<br /> <br /> Part II, <em>The Volcano Cycle</em>, explores volcanoes from Indonesia&rsquo;s Ring of Fire that evoke earth, climate change and human co-evolution. Here the destructive forces of Nature are observed to be regenerative.<br /> <br /> Part III, <em>Eden in Iraq</em>, is set in the marshes of South&shy;ern Iraq, a site said to be very near to the original Gar&shy;den of Eden. Here Meridel is co-designing a wastewater garden/memorial site that aims to transform relics of war and destruction into art.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:29:55 +0000 B.C. Nowlin, Jim Eppler - Manitou Galleries - August 1st 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Manitou Galleries is proud to present&nbsp;<em>The Raven &amp; The Journey</em>&nbsp;with new works from&nbsp;<strong>Jim Eppler &amp; B.C. Nowlin</strong>.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In many Native traditions, the raven is a symbol of change and metamorphosis. Jim Eppler, who presents this concept in literal fashion, is widely known for his realistic raven sculptures. B.C. Nowlin's autumnal canvases portray horseback riders, always facing away, entering into a mysterious journey from which comes transformation. These two artists' works take "the only constant", and bring us beauty.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong style="font-size: small;">Jim Eppler</strong><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;has been praised for his lifelike recreations and gentle interpretations of animals. It is Eppler&rsquo;s respect and appreciation for nature that allows his art to flow so freely though his bronze sculpture.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">As accomplished as Eppler is in wildlife art, he does not limit himself to that realm. He is an accomplished portrait artist and skilled musician who is able to meld his gift for song and portraiture by creating commissioned portraits for the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. He has created commissioned pieces for MCA Records, Mercury Records, Chappell Music, the National Wild Turkey Federation, and numerous private collectors.<strong>&nbsp;</strong></span><strong style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>B.C. Nowlin&rsquo;s</strong>&nbsp;art mirrors his cross-cultural background. A native of Alameda, New Mexico, his family&rsquo;s land formed the southern boundary of the Sandia Pueblo Reservation. Nowlin came of age steeped in childhood experiences of vibrant Hispanic culture and Native Puebloan mysticism.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Entirely self-taught, using neither photos or sketches, Nowlin has created a visual catalog of spiritual journeys that have become his signature imagery. His palette reflects a stunning array of styles, a complex originality, and a surprising breadth of imagery that has attracted exhibitions in galleries and corporate collections worldwide.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The opening reception is occuring in conjunction with the West Palace Arts District&rsquo;s First Friday Art Walk. &nbsp;Manitou will host Mariachi Porvenir on our patio. The show will be on view through August 15<sup>th</sup>.</span></p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:41:21 +0000 Jacob Matteson - Matrix Fine Art - August 1st 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Born and bred in New Mexico, Jacob Matteson understands the New Mexico landscape intuitively. His vibrant, semi-abstract oil paintings are not depictions of actual places but rather snapshots of New Mexico&rsquo;s ever changing scenery. They capture a moment in time such the building summer heat around noon, the moment immediately after a rain shower, the first morning light, or the temperature drop just after sunset.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:59:33 +0000 - New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery - August 1st 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>These unique images are created by layering monotype, chine colle, stitching and relief printing. Noe works intuitively; her semi-abstract organic imagery is inspired by her travels and her life experiences. A three time cancer survivor, her work is peaceful and speaks of meditation, love and healing. At the same time, her images are playful and expressive. In essence, &ldquo;Bamboo Gardens&rdquo; is a celebration of life.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:46:47 +0000 Joel Nakamura, Max Lehman - Pop Gallery - August 1st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Taking inspiration from Joseph Campbell - whose observation, "myths are public dreams and dreams are private myths," we bring you Myth Makers, featuring visionary Santa Fe artists Joel Nakamura &amp; Max Lehman.<br /><br />Mythmakers of enormous talent, these Santa Fe artists are a significant part of the US commercial landscape as well as garnering international acclaim in the fine arts and museum circles.&nbsp;<br /><br />Mingle with the artists during 1st Friday art walk, August 1st 5-7pm.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 11:30:02 +0000 Hung Liu, Traian Filip, Nele Zirnite, Igor Melnikov, Georges Mazilu, Wanxin Zhang - Turner Carroll Gallery - August 1st 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Turner Carroll Gallery is excited to conclude the summer season with a group exhibition,"Survival,&rdquo; presenting work by Traian Filip, Hung Liu, Georges Mazilu, Igor Melnikov, Wanxin Zhang, and Nele Zirnite. In this exhibition, we will celebrate the work of artists who escaped the opression of their birthplace and learned to survive and flourish in a new home by translating their stories through art.</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Traian Filip&rsquo;s&nbsp;</strong>mixed media etchings and paintings draw inspiration from the repressive political climate that shadowed his childhood in Romania under the communist rule of Nicolae Ceausescu. Filip&rsquo;s work, which often features the juxtaposition of angels and beasts or good and evil, compares his old life in Romania and his later life in the United States emphasizing a balance between freedom and oppression.&nbsp; His etching&nbsp;<em>The Wall,&nbsp;</em>references many of these themes.&nbsp; The piece highlights the two figures pressed against the wall primarily because they are turned away from the viewer. By facing the wall, the figures are silenced, banned, and unable to speak &ndash; representing the sociopolitical climate in Romania.&nbsp; The young soldier (said to be Traian himself), kneeling, emerges between &ldquo;silence&rdquo; and &ldquo;oppression&rdquo; ready to fight for change.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Born in Changchun China, mixed media artist&nbsp;<strong>Hung Liu</strong>&nbsp;grew up under Communist Revolutionary Mao Zedong.&nbsp; Her work is intertwined with elements of feminism, portraiture, and cultural and political statements that comment on daily life in China during the Cultural Revolution.&nbsp; Her works emphasize heroism and survival by referencing laborers, prisoners, poverty, and oppression.&nbsp; Some of Liu&rsquo;s strongest pieces are those based on her photographs of the prostitutes from old Chinatown and slave laborers.&nbsp; Liu&rsquo;s use of photography helps commemorate the past and preserve layers of Chinese and American history.&nbsp; Her mixed media piece&nbsp;<em>Hua Gang (Flower Ridge)&nbsp;</em>is based on a photograph of eight Chinese Slave laborers.&nbsp;&nbsp; Liu&rsquo;s translation of the photograph captures a raw and painful chapter in Chinese history but also highlights the ability to survive.&nbsp; She celebrates the lives of those that had theirs taken from them.&nbsp; Hung Liu studied at the acclaimed Beijing Central Academy of Fine Art.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>Georges Mazilu</strong>&nbsp;combines abstract shapes with contorted human figures to create graphic and fantastical scenarios. Originally from Romania, Mazilu moved to France to escape the corruption of Nicolae Ceausescu.&nbsp; Once in France, he began to create alternate realities. Each piece takes form with a foundation of abstract figures and shapes and then piece-by-piece recognizable forms are added.&nbsp; Though Mazilu&rsquo;s work is often perceived as animalistic, his figures are quite delicate.&nbsp; This opposition reflects the ability to live two lives and survive two worlds. In Mazilu&rsquo;s&nbsp;<em>Man with Black Pearl&nbsp;</em>the subject is clearly deformed and yet regenerating himself before our eyes. Though the figure is missing limbs, he has a need to survive and to live.&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Born in Moscow,&nbsp;<strong>Igor Melnikov&rsquo;s</strong>&nbsp;work explores themes of poverty, isolation, and abandonment through the &ldquo;principal of simplicity.&rdquo;&nbsp; Instead of painting portraits, Melnikov paints feelings, stories, and expressions, which in turn make his works rich in emotion.&nbsp;&nbsp; Melnikov&rsquo;s paintings of young orphan children plagued by poverty are &ldquo;portraits of human souls.&rdquo;&nbsp; By painting these children alone on the canvas, in a sea of darkness, Melnikov creates an alternate imaginary world for these children to live in.&nbsp; The children&rsquo;s wide eyes often give off the impression that they are dreaming of another life; dreaming of alternative realities in order to survive.&nbsp; Melnikov aims to connect the viewer to his subjects through these emotions. &ldquo;If you feel sympathy for the persons in my pictures, it means you see your own reflection and it is a portrait of you.&rdquo;&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Chinese sculptor&nbsp;<strong>Wanxin Zhang&rsquo;s&nbsp;</strong>interprets the theme of survival through large ceramic sculptures that are inspired from the Qin Dynasty&rsquo;s Terra-cotta warriors. The warriors were originally created to protect the Chinese Emperor in the next life. Today, these warriors survive through Zhang&rsquo;s ability to interpret them in a contemporary way. Zhang combines traditional Chinese history and technique with themes from the California Funk Art Movement and Pop Art. Zhang&rsquo;s sculptures are comical and yet they remind us of the importance of history and culture.&nbsp; Zhang gives new life and meaning to the Chinese General and reminds us to question and also respect tradition. Zhang&rsquo;s piece&nbsp;<em>Untitled</em>&nbsp;is unique because it has been sliced directly down the middle dividing the warrior in half.&nbsp; One side stands up straight while the other half folds over into an unrecognizable form.&nbsp; Zhang wants to remind us of our past and the ability to re-grow and change in the future. &nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Lithuanian artist<strong>&nbsp;Nele Zirnite&nbsp;</strong>speaks to the theme of survival with her dark and sophisticated print work.&nbsp; For Zirnite the message is not only in her prints but in her process as well.&nbsp; Her zinc plates used for etching serve as a kind of protective force or metal shield from pain and destruction.&nbsp; Her plates represent symbols of time and paths to discovering new things about oneself and the surrounding world.&nbsp; Growing up in Soviet occupied Lithuania, many of Zirnite&rsquo;s pieces reference the ability to rebuild.&nbsp; In many of her pieces Zirnite uses lines as symbols connecting the past and the future, life and death, and illusion and reality. In her print&nbsp;<em>Station,&nbsp;</em>Zirnite has transformed a row of houses into a moving train.&nbsp; As the train flies off into the sky, the ground beneath the houses crumbles.&nbsp; As the old, the past, the darkness crumbles away new hope flies off into the horizon.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Travel on a journey of survival with this range of internationally talented artists.&nbsp; Though their subject matter references themes of oppression, their artistic practices help them to survive and share the stories of others.</span></p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:11:24 +0000 Rose B. Simpson - Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art - August 9th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Rose B. Simpson&nbsp;(Santa Clara) takes the next step in her artistic quest with just under twenty new works exploring familiar themes of personal and cultural identity. Titled&nbsp;Finding Center&nbsp;Simpson&nbsp;explains:</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Finding self is a journey within, and a journey without.&nbsp; This ever-transforming conscious path through identity, worth, empowerment, and clarity is the essence of life itself. My recent works are reflections of this process, demonstrating perspectives and options by reclaiming materials while noticing the energy these add to identifying an empowered self. Centered, I stand ready. Empowered, any challenge is not overcome.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With the heavily adorned ceramic figure as her primary vehicle,&nbsp;Simpson&nbsp;explores different sides of herself as a contemporary Native artist. At the heart of the exhibition stand five life-size ceramic torsos. Their combined presence is palpable, with a powerful, yet peaceful posture. The heavy adornment is a combination of protective &ldquo;armor,&rdquo; juxtaposed with the tenderness of smooth, soft, white deer hide. Strips of fabric and mixed media, found and created, cover the bodies and transform them into complex figures that make a statement and ask a question at the same time.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Simpson&rsquo;s&nbsp;ceramic figures are central to the exhibition, but, her spirit of innovation and experimentation always close at hand, the show continues with a collaboration of fine art photography documenting&nbsp;Simpson&rsquo;s&nbsp;most recent low-rider restoration. A labor of love, the exquisite automobile demanded to be a part of the show, as all the artwork was created at the same time as the low-rider project.&nbsp;Simpson&nbsp;also revisits a familiar theme from her 2011 Thesis exhibition with three life-sized&nbsp;Return of Saturn&nbsp;heads which relate back to 2011&rsquo;s 28 palm-sized heads installation.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This is&nbsp;Rose B. Simpson&rsquo;s&nbsp;fourth solo exhibition at Chiaroscuro, with each show distinctly different from the next. With&nbsp;Simpson, the opportunity to create a new body of work is cherished and viewed as a jumping off point &ndash;&nbsp;Finding Center&nbsp;is no exception.</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:03:00 +0000 Lisa Holt, Harlan Reano, Rick Bartow, Yatika Starr Fields, Harry Fonseca, Emmi Whitehorse - Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:18:15 +0000 Robin J. Laws, Buck McCain, Jack Sorenson - Joe Wade Fine Art - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Wed, 09 Jul 2014 08:11:54 +0000 Reid Richardson - The William & Joseph Gallery - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:21:57 +0000 Group Show - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art - August 22nd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p><span style="font-size: small;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce <strong>IMPACTS!</strong> <strong>・勢み</strong><em>,</em> an exhibition of Japanese Contemporary Art.&nbsp; The preview opening is <strong>Friday, July 25, 2014 from 5-7 pm </strong>at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, <strong>from 5-7pm </strong>to coincide with the <strong>Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk.&nbsp; </strong>The Grand Opening will be on <strong>Friday, August 22, 2014 from 5-7 pm. </strong>&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In conjunction with Indian Market Week in Santa Fe, Yazzie Johnson and Gail Bird will have a exhibition of their contemporary jewelry on Thursday, August 21, 2014, from 4-6 pm.&nbsp; (Please see separate press release.)</span></p> <p class="DefaultCxSpFirst" style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, Santa Fe in collaboration with Mizuma Art Gallery, Tokyo presents: </span><strong style="font-size: small;">IMPACTS!</strong><strong style="font-size: small;">・勢み</strong><span style="font-size: small;">, an exhibition of artworks by artists primarily from Japan.&nbsp; </span><strong style="font-size: small;">IMPACTS</strong><span style="font-size: small;">! ・</span><strong style="font-size: small;">勢み</strong><span style="font-size: small;"> features over fifteen established and emerging artists&nbsp; such as AMANO Yoshitaka, designer of images from the popular video game, </span><em style="font-size: small;">Final Fantasy</em><span style="font-size: small;"> and emerging artist KATO Ai, who first achieved notoriety as a street artist, but has been forging new paths in the contemporary Japanese art scene.&nbsp; The exhibition and relevant events bring together innovators and leaders of contemporary art, encouraging a dialogue between artists, collectors and critics about cultural, political and artistic issues and how they influence contemporary art in their respective countries.&nbsp; The exhibit will include panel discussions, film viewings, artist talks, a traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony and a live painting by AI Kato. &nbsp;Artists included are &nbsp;EGUCHI Ayane, IKEDA Manabu, ISHII Toru, ISHIHARA Nanami, KANEKO Tomiyuki, KIMURA Ryoko, KONDOH Akino, NODA Hitomi, O JUN, TANADA Koji, TANIGUCHI Natsuko, TENMYOUYA Hisashi, YAMAGUCHI Ai among others.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Events are free to the public to encourage community, collaboration and growth in the contemporary art world.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">For more in depth information, please see the following profiles of select artists to be featured.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>IMPACTS!</strong> <strong>・勢み</strong> will feature five works by the artist ISHIHARA Nanami.&nbsp; Two of these works, &ldquo;Yamame&rdquo; and &ldquo;Lucky Dragon No. 5&rdquo; are staggering in size (both are over six feet high and 12 feet long) and filled with powerful imagery.&nbsp; The two were painted &nbsp;with Japanese pigment and acrylic gouache on cotton mounted on panel.&nbsp;&nbsp; When placed next to each other, they create the sensation of the sea (Lucky Dragon No. 5) and mountains (Yamame.)&nbsp;&nbsp; However, this complementary arrangement barely touches on the complexity of the story and references with which Ishihara works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ISHIHARA Nanami&rsquo;s work began in college when she studied <em>nihonga </em>(Japanese traditional-style painting dating back to 1000 CE).&nbsp;Her choice has not been a popular course study with Japanese university students.&nbsp; Of this, ISHIHARA states, &ldquo;I was really influenced by the feeling of freshness I had when I first encountered Japanese historical painting, and when I first tried it out myself.&nbsp; The kind of line drawing that can be seen in Japanese painting, its playful spirit, its myths and legends &ndash; I began to want to express all these things in my own compositions.&rdquo;&nbsp; While the artist was excited about her exploration of <em>nihonga, </em>she felt it impossible to ignore the need to express circumstances and events in modern life.&nbsp; The result is work that is historically referential while addressing both current events and issues in a powerful way.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In ISHIHARA Nanami&rsquo;s painting &ldquo;Yamame,&rdquo; the central figure is a depiction of Yama-uba,&nbsp; the mountain witch from Japanese folklore.&nbsp; &nbsp;She is said to have cared for the mountains since the world began, covering them with snow in winter and blossoms in summer.&nbsp; In this work, she rides over the mountains on her black horse with great strength.&nbsp; It is the strength of this figure&rsquo;s &ldquo;life force&rdquo; that Ishihara places at the forefront of the work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This work contains elements of Chinese propaganda, traditional hedonistic <em>ukiyo-e</em> imagery (a style of Japanese woodblock printing,) notes of Western art and composition, as well as references to natural disasters and war.&nbsp;&nbsp; All of these elements come together along with modern day fears and issues in a dizzying and captivating composition.&nbsp; The result is jarring, yet incredibly compelling.&nbsp; What results is a work that the viewer can contemplate endlessly.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">It is no surprise that ISHIHARA Nanami&nbsp; painted &ldquo;Yamame&rdquo; after the devastating earthquake in Japan in April of 2011.&nbsp; The artist was faced with the immeasurable, unpredictable force and power wielded by nature.&nbsp; &ldquo;Yamame&rdquo; is, in a way, an homage to that feeling of not knowing &nbsp;and unease.&nbsp; That feeling, according to ISHIHARA, &ldquo;becomes almost something you want to revere &ndash; a feeling of being in total chaos.&rdquo;&nbsp; However, while recognizing everyday uneasiness, and at times, feelings of dread, the artist seeks to express many different emotions and experiences that confront people.&nbsp; While, in &ldquo;Yamame,&rdquo; there is expressed a feeling of chaos and destruction.&nbsp; The artist is also open to the possibility of the good when she states &ldquo;there remains uneasiness, but that does <em>not</em> mean that tomorrow there is not hope or there is not the vitality of life.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>EGUCHI Ayane</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition will also feature oil paintings by artist EGUCHI Ayane, from Hokkaido, in northern Japan. &nbsp;Her works initially appear to fully embrace <em>Kawaii</em>, &nbsp;the ubiquitous element of cuteness in Japanese popular culture, but a closer look reveals more ominous qualities. &nbsp;&nbsp;EGUCHI&rsquo;S paintings feature candy-colored landscapes that morph into bears, kittens &nbsp;and then into mushrooms that melt into pastel-colored glaciers peeking out from shimmering swamps.&nbsp;&nbsp; EGUCHI likes to play with the idea of symbolic expressions of dualities, as demonstrated by the bear, a frequent motif in her work. &nbsp;The bear is often presented as&nbsp;a cuddly plaything, but in reality it can be quite ferocious.&nbsp; Like many of the other artists featured in IMPACTS! ・勢み,&nbsp; EGUCHI was deeply affected by the 2011 earthquake, which can be seen and felt in her work as&nbsp;forces&nbsp;under the earth. &nbsp;She draws a similar comparison to nature and landscapes, which can be at once beautiful yet fickle and dangerous, as demonstrated by the natural disasters that can arise at a moment&rsquo;s notice. &nbsp;Viewers are&nbsp;attracted to the stillness and playfulness within EGUCHI&rsquo;s landscapes, but&nbsp;at the same&nbsp;time&nbsp;they are kept on their toes by the whisper of volatility that lingers beneath the surface.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>KANEKO Tomiyuki</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">KANEKO Tomiyuki is an emerging artist from Tohoku- Yamagata, a region of Japan that was hit by the devastating&nbsp; earthquake and tsunami of 2011.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;KANEKO&rsquo;S approach to painting follows the art of <em>Iai</em> (drawing the Japanese sword) and the practice of confronting difficulty as bravery. &nbsp;This philosophy is unmistakably expressed in the form of a lion in his piece entitled:&nbsp; <em>Red Banas Pati Raja</em> where the visual aesthetic resonates the style with of Rinpa Buddhist art and the narrative mythologies of <em>Yōkai</em><em>.</em> &nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Yōkai</em>, a dominant theme in KANEKO&rsquo;s work, are spirits or haunts born of their environments and everyday life. &nbsp;They can reveal hidden secrets in between the lines of history, or they can be read as a prophecy of things to come. &nbsp;KANEKO&rsquo;s inspiration is drawn from Japanese folklore and the spiritual world giving life to these detailed paintings that manifest his personal visions of the <em>Yōkai</em><em>.</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">KANEKO integrates elements of lettering and patterns in his work, weaving in the concept of <em>Kotodama</em>, a belief that within language there resides a soul power. &nbsp;With this in mind, KANEKO incorporates&nbsp;elements of lettering and wave like patterns into the background, symbolizing energy.&nbsp; &nbsp;It is this very soul power, that leaves the viewer tingling with strong and visceral reactions.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Preview Opening: Friday, July 25, 2014, 5 - 7 pm</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Grand Opening: Friday, August 22, 2014, 5 - 7 pm</strong></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:16:52 +0000 Laura Robbins, Lisa Chernoff - Matrix Fine Art - September 5th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Two Placitas based artists come together to exhibit their mosaic and fused glass pieces in this exhibition. Laura Robbins and Lisa Chernoff are three-dimensional artists that gather inspiration for their work from nature. Robbins mosaics incorporate glass, ceramic, natural and man-made objects. She is committed to protecting the wildlife of New Mexico and much of her imagery includes animals, flora and fauna. Chernoff creates bold, colorful fused glass wall hangings that invoke a sense of wonder. The glass sculptures combine flowing movement, layers, and balanced asymmetry that keep the viewer entranced.</p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><strong>Exhibition dates:</strong> September 5 - 27, 2014</p> <p><strong>Sneak Preview: </strong>September 2 - 5, 2014</p> <p><strong>First Friday Reception: </strong>September 5, 2014 from 5 to 8 PM</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:18:16 +0000 Mary Sundstrom - New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery - September 5th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>We are happy to announce that Mary Sundstrom has been chosen as a 2014 Local Treasure, an award that honors local artists who have given back to their communities and excel in the arts by the Albuquerque Art Business Association. Sundstrom works in a variety of media and will be exhibiting her newest etchings, gravure and monotype prints of persimmons, birds, and plants.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Exhibition dates:&nbsp;</strong>September 5 &ndash; 27, 2014</p> <p><strong>Sneak Preview:&nbsp;</strong>September 2 &ndash; 5, 2014</p> <p><strong>First Friday Reception:</strong>&nbsp;September 5, 2014 from 5 to 8pm</p> <p><strong>Demonstration:&nbsp;</strong>Mary Sundstrom will demonstrate etching from 6:30 &ndash; 7pm during the reception.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:23:04 +0000