ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/show en-us 40 Joan Watts - Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Railyard) - May 27th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p><strong>Charlotte Jackson Fine Art</strong> is proud to present a solo exhibition of work, <strong><em>Zero plus III, </em></strong>by <strong>Joan Watts. </strong>The exhibitionwill open at on <strong>May 27 </strong>and extend through<strong> June 27.</strong>&nbsp; An <strong>Opening</strong> <strong>Reception</strong> with the artist will be held on <strong>Friday, May 27 from 5-7 p.m.</strong>&nbsp; The gallery is located in the <strong>Railyard Arts District</strong> at<strong> 554 South Guadalupe Street.&nbsp; </strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>The first impression: field after field of color. The green of early spring. The yellow of sunlight on closed eyelids. The blue of water, the blue of sky. From a distance these 44 x 22 inch panes of color appear smooth, seamless in their expansion upward, from the deepest saturation of a color, slowly paling to white. This lifting of color seems to take a deep purple or a dense orange through every possible expression of a single hue. The change is so diffuse, so subtle, that without the use of anything but this gradually shifting color field, a feeling of immense depth is invoked. These panes of color feel endless, engulfing. As if the viewer could take a step forward into their space to be enveloped. These paintings are worlds to fall into.</p> <p>Closer, there is texture. What appeared from a distance as perfectly smooth surface now becomes more complex. With closer study the weave of the canvas comes through. There are small wells of darker color mixed in with the light&mdash;what seemed seamless is really an interpenetration of dark and light tones. It becomes clear on closer inspection that the effect of diffuse color and light is not caused by a formulaic application of color shades. Instead it is the fine granular dispersal of color and light that creates the effect &ndash; the way tiny molecules of water in a fog scatter light into soft, modulated shades.</p> <p>The naming of the series, &ldquo;Zero&rdquo; is significant. For Watts, &ldquo;zero&rdquo; is not empty, but rather the ground from which all possibility arises. In the catalog of <em>Series Zero </em>Watts includes a quote by Zen Master D.T. Suzuki which offers insight into the nature of these paintings: &ldquo;In Buddhist Emptiness there is no time, no space, no becoming, no thing-ness; it is what makes all things possible; it is a zero full of possibilities, it is a void of inexhaustible contents.&rdquo;</p> <p>This void, this zero of possibilities, is the world that one falls into in these paintings. Rather than the metaphor of the painting as window, here the metaphor of a mirror is more apt. The viewer will look into a deep blue the breathes upward into pale sky and think, remember, feel. Associations will come: the slow pink of a tulip bulb, the unfurling of a leaf. But the formlessness of these color-fields does not allow the viewer to hold on to these associations or memories for long. New thoughts arise and then fall away, arise and fall away, until finally the viewer stands in front of one of Joan Watt&rsquo;s paintings and there are no thoughts, no memories &ndash; there is only the experience of the moment, of being in and with the painting.</p> Mon, 16 May 2016 14:28:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Jennifer J.L. Jones - Hunter Kirkland Contemporary - May 27th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Anyone who&rsquo;s ever been mesmerized by the sight of a murmuration of starlings shape-shifting their way across a windswept sky will appreciate Jennifer J.L. Jones&rsquo;s latest work. Awed not just by the beauty of the phenomenon but also its inherent perfection, Jones translates this experience into paintings that delight us with their technical excellence and the surges of emotion reflected in her confident brushstrokes.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">An avid traveler, she recently returned from trips to Wales and Costa Rica where she internalized the sights, sounds, and impressions to produce paintings inspired by her actual and metaphorical journeys. While Jones has always been known for her luminous surfaces that gently pull us into a vortex of emotion, this series goes even further, plumbing the farthest reaches of that vortex to let us ponder its swirling depths. Nature, at once powerful and fragile, serves as her muse, inviting explorations of such concepts as truth, perception, and the unity of all living things. Her work hints at other dimensions in a fluid world of constant change, helping us to navigate the elusive beauty of both the reality in front of us and the multidimensional allure of hidden realms.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 15 Apr 2016 15:25:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list - Pippin Contemporary - May 27th 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This May, Pippin Contemporary will kick off the summer season at 409 Canyon Road with a weekend-long Grand Opening and Fifth Anniversary Celebration. The festivities begin on Friday, May 27<sup>th</sup>with a lively reception from 5-8pm with visiting and local artists. Music, wine, and hors d&rsquo;oeuvres will set an exciting atmosphere as collectors, new and current artists, and gallery staff come together for the first time in Pippin Contemporary&rsquo;s new gallery space. The event will continue throughout the weekend with artist talks on Saturday afternoon beginning at 2pm. Dive into explosive abstracts with Aleta Pippin, explore intricate painting patterns with Rosenberg, and connect with the colorful essence of animals with Rebecca Haines. Painter Adam Shaw, glass artist Suzanne Wallace Mears and bronze sculptor Guilloume will also speak about their work. Painting and sculpting demonstrations by Rebecca Haines, Gina Rossi, and Guilloume will take place throughout the weekend.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Pippin Contemporary is scheduled to move into their new space in March and energy is high with the imminent expansion. The gallery is now representing eight new artists who were showing at the former Tom Ross Gallery, bringing the total number of exhibiting artists to 19. Local and out of state artists will be in attendance for the Grand Opening reception.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">With the move, gallery owner and artist Aleta Pippin comes full circle with her own journey in the Santa Fe art scene. From feeling intimidated by the gallery world when she first arrived, to opening a gallery on Delgado Street with local artist Barbara Meikle, to then branching out on her own with a downtown gallery that eventually shifted to the gateway of Canyon Road. And now by purchasing the gallery&rsquo;s&nbsp;own&nbsp;space, she&rsquo;s establishing herself and her business with a long-term location.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;Moving to our permanent home is the culmination of a dream that began when I opened Pippin Contemporary,&rdquo; says Pippin. &ldquo;It provides stability for our artists, our collectors and our business. Santa Fe is an amazingly creative and cultural town. By taking this step of investing in a permanent home, I&rsquo;ve affirmed my strong belief in Santa Fe as an important arts destination.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>List of events, Grand Opening &amp; Fifth Anniversary Celebration:</em></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Friday, May 27<sup>th</sup>, 5-8pm:</strong> lively reception with local and visiting artists.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Saturday, May 28<sup>th</sup>, 2pm:</strong> Artist talks by Aleta Pippin, Rosenberg (Tom Ross), Rebecca Haines, Adam Shaw, Suzanne Wallce Mears, Guilloume.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Painting and sculpting demonstrations</strong> by Rebecca Haines, Gina Rossi and Guilloume will take place throughout the weekend.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Pippin Contemporary, founded in May 2011 by artist Aleta Pippin, is located in the heart of the historic Canyon Road art district in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The gallery is committed to showing art that is fresh and vibrant, as well as collectible. Pippin Contemporary artists, selected for their energetic and tactile approach, provide visitors with a &ldquo;sensory experience of color and mood&rdquo; through vivid portrayals of personal expression. Their work ranges from acrylic, oil, and pastel paintings to contemporary sculpture in stone, glass, and bronze. For more upcoming events at Pippin Contemporary, visit </em><a href="http://www.pippincontemporary.com/events" target="_blank"><em>www.pippincontemporary.com/events</em></a><em>.</em></p> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:05:46 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Sandra Pratt - Selby Fleetwood Gallery - May 27th 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Sandra Pratt's oil compositions are decisively developed in bold, confident shapes of thick de-saturated earthtones, applied by palette knife. The landscapes and villages she paints possess age &amp; history as well as a particular, awkward charm.</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 16:48:38 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Kevin Box - Selby Fleetwood Gallery - May 27th 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">A garden show featuring the work of Santa Fe sculptor Kevin Box will reveal new sculptures celebrating the delicate nature of paper and the intricacies of origami in cast metals.</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 16:48:48 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Cris Pulos, William Davis, Terry Thompson, Steve Immel - Wilder Nightingale Fine Art - May 28th 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM Tue, 03 May 2016 17:07:10 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Arthur Lopez - New Mexico Museum of Art - June 3rd 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Known for his contemporary approach to the traditional art of the Santero, Arthur Lopez has incorporated lowriders into his work, conveying the strong interrelationship between lowriders, faith, and the landscape of New Mexico. Lopez also collects work by other artists interested in the lowrider as a cultural icon, several of which are on view in the <a href="http://www.artslant.com/sfe/events/show/412112-con-cari%C3%B1o-artists-inspired-by-lowriders" target="_blank">exhibition</a>.</p> Sat, 14 May 2016 06:42:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Lance Letscher - TAI Modern - June 3rd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:48:06 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Holly Roberts, Wanxin Zhang - Turner Carroll Gallery - June 3rd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Both Holly Roberts and Wanxin Zhang reconstruct reality by repurposing it. Roberts, one of New Mexico&rsquo;s most influential contemporary artists, photographs nature and elements of our physical world. She doesn&rsquo;t re-present the imagery she photographs; she constructs entirely new images using magnified tiny areas of texture and form. While her images are undeniably residential in her personal interior world, they evoke &ldquo;memory&rdquo; or &ldquo;connection&rdquo; in all of us, because we recognize something oddly familiar in them. Sometimes an enlarged photograph of tiny strands of hair becomes an enlarged mass of texture; twisted vines become arteries; and body parts are re-combined into an entirely new being. Often, Roberts places elements of nature within the human body, reminding us of our evolution from the natural world. Roberts&rsquo; works will be simultaneously exhibited at the New Mexico Museum of Art through September 11, 2016, as part of <em>Self-Regard: Artist Self-Portraits from the Collection</em>.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The terra cotta warriors found in Xian, buried near Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, largely influence Zhang, a Chinese artist. When he first saw these warriors that protected the burial site of the emperor, he was struck by the individuality displayed in every single sculpture. The fact that the artists took such great care to give different human attributes to each warrior, lent reverence to their task.&nbsp;Zhang sees his &ldquo;warriors&rdquo; as contemporary man and woman. He imbues each of them with symbols indicating contemporary life-- spectacles, binoculars, and skateboards.&nbsp;He uses the same techniques with his clay and glazes, as the artist&rsquo;s millennia ago, thereby referencing the past while making a statement about contemporary life.&nbsp;Zhang&rsquo;s works have been shown in museums throughout the United States and Asia.</p> Fri, 08 Apr 2016 15:17:07 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Holly Roberts, Wanxin Zhang - Turner Carroll Gallery - June 3rd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p>SourceURL:file://localhost/Volumes/xinfo/%20TCG/press%20releases/2016%20Press%20Releases/tcg_reconstruction_pressrelease.doc</p> <p>Both Holly Roberts and Wanxin Zhang reconstruct reality by repurposing it. Roberts, one of New Mexico&rsquo;s most influential contemporary artists, photographs nature and elements of our physical world. &nbsp;She doesn&rsquo;t re-present the imagery she photographs; she constructs entirely new images using magnified tiny areas of texture. While her images are undeniably residential in her personal interior world, they evoke &ldquo;memory&rdquo; or &ldquo;connection&rdquo; in all of us, because we recognize something familiar in them. Sometimes a tiny swath of a hair becomes an enlarged mass of texture in a bold, large, Roberts image. While we don&rsquo;t immediately identify what part of nature the textured area represents in reality, it speaks to us of humanity and a richness we all share.</p> <p>The terra cotta warriors found in Xian, buried near Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, largely influence Zhang, a Chinese artist. As a ceramicist, when he first saw these warriors that protected the burial site of the emperor, he was struck by the individuality displayed in every single sculpture. The fact that artists took such great care to give different human attributes to each warrior, lent reverence to their task. Zhang sees his &ldquo;warriors&rdquo; as all of us&mdash;contemporary man and woman. He imbues each of his &ldquo;warriors&rdquo; with symbols indicating contemporary life, such as spectacles, binoculars, and skateboards. He uses the same techniques with his clay and glazes, as the artist&rsquo;s millennia ago, thereby referencing the past while making a statement about contemporary life.</p> Tue, 24 May 2016 18:21:35 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Jamie Kirkland - Winterowd Fine Art - June 3rd 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Tue, 03 May 2016 17:30:43 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Group Show - New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery - June 4th 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This group exhibition of contemporary mosaic artists investigates the importance and sacredness of water in the desert along with the plants and animals that depend on it. This promises to be a highly tactile and colorful exhibition.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Water connects and enables all life on earth.&nbsp;In their first group show,&nbsp;members of&nbsp;<em>Mosaic Artists New Mexico</em>&nbsp;honor and celebrate this most precious life source as they explore the concept of&nbsp;<em>Water&nbsp;</em>in individual and unique ways. .</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>MANM&nbsp;</em>is a newly formed collaborative of over twenty artists who have joined together to promote mosaic as fine art as well as craft. The group includes professional mosaic artists as well as those newly inspired by the process. They have created a forum in which ideas and techniques are shared and they hope to promote educational opportunities and outreach to New Mexico communities.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 17 May 2016 08:01:56 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Lance Letscher - TAI Modern - June 4th 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:49:20 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list - Wheelwright Museum - June 12th 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">This spring the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian will present an exhibition celebrating Jicarilla Apache basketry, beadwork, and pottery. Planned in collaboration with the Jicarilla Apache Tribe, the exhibition will feature basketry from the tribe&rsquo;s Goodman Collection and from the Wheelwright&rsquo;s Byron Harvey and Joan Evan Anderman collections, in addition to historic materials from the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and other lenders. The exhibition will open to the public on Sunday, June 12, 2016.</p> Wed, 06 Apr 2016 18:06:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, Natalie Smith - University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus) - June 17th 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Co-curated by Reni Gower, professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University and Kristy Deetz, professor in the Art Discipline at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>FABRICation</em> features seven artists (Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson and Natalie Smith) who incorporate a textile sensibility in their artwork through elements of fabric and fabrication.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Gower stated, &ldquo;The exhibition was inspired by a rich array of historical textiles from drapery to quilt. As such, the complex, multi-part works contrast our culture&rsquo;s rampant media consumption with the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand. Individual works range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions. Using a variety of materials that range from oil and acrylic paint, yarn, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, wool, silk, plastic, thread, vinyl, burlap, rug-hold, glass, recycled objects, and found fabrics, the artists interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Funding for <em>FABRICation</em> was made possible in part by Virginia Commonwealth University, VCUarts, and the Painting and Printmaking Department.</p> Tue, 03 May 2016 17:24:41 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Rick Stevens - Hunter Kirkland Contemporary - June 24th 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">When we think of a state of tranquility, we often think of stillness, of a quiet, peaceful repose. Rick Stevens changes all that, presenting us with a metaphysical view of tranquility; the intricate dance of molecules animates even stationary objects and offers us a glimpse of the universe in all its complex simplicity.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Stevens&rsquo;s color-soaked, light-filled paintings combine pure abstraction with familiar shapes and lines. Creating a level of comfort for the viewer enables the artist to introduce elements of the unknown, to explore an unseen world where joy abounds and perpetual motion keeps everything in a permanent state of flux. His talent lies in his ability to render a flat, two-dimensional surface as a multilayered evocation of constant motion. The shapes and shadows appear to shift before our eyes and strands of light direct us from one ethereal vision to the next.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;The frozen nature of a painting goes against the fluidity of imagination and energetic forces in nature,&rdquo; says Stevens. &ldquo;I&rsquo;m interested in expressing an ever-adjusting world of intelligent pattern that&rsquo;s symbiotic and diversified.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">He accomplishes this in his newest series, &ldquo;Tranquility in Motion,&rdquo; which exemplifies his ability to rock our world with gentle but nonetheless dramatic evocations of incandescent energy.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;With this series I find I&rsquo;m trusting more in the process, proceeding without plans,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I often find myself in familiar territory, which can become repetitive, but I see that as an opportunity to take it in a new direction so that it again becomes unfamiliar and challenging.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p> Sat, 14 May 2016 07:27:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list