ArtSlant - Openings & events http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/show en-us 40 - Wheelwright Museum - May 12th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p align="CENTER">“<em>I think the fundamental success in creating something<br /> has to come from a certain fire.”</em> <br /> - Mary Cabot Wheelwright</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When Mary Wheelwright established the House of Navajo Religion (now the Wheelwright Museum), her purpose was to create a repository for materials that fostered the study and practice of Navajo ceremonialism. Assisted by Hastiin Klah and numerous scholars, artists, and collectors, Wheelwright filled her museum with weaving, artworks, archives, and other items selected to document and preserve one of the world’s great religious traditions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">But Mary Wheelwright had other interests as well, and was a key figure in the development of Santa Fe’s renowned arts community. Her collections of Native American and Spanish Colonial arts enrich museums throughout the region.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In 2012 the Wheelwright Museum will celebrate its 75th anniversary with <em>A Certain Fire: Mary Cabot Wheelwright Collects the Southwest</em>, an exhibition featuring exquisite textiles, metal work, wood carving, and pottery from Santa Fe’s premier institutions including the School for Advanced Research, the Museum of International Folk Art, and others. Accompanying these treasures will be Mary Wheelwright’s own photographs and writings documenting her love of New Mexico, where she found “the time and space to breathe.”</p> Sat, 28 Apr 2012 06:16:12 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Lance Letscher - Eight Modern - May 18th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, <i>Lance Letscher: Twenty-five Books and an Ear.</i></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">“This show is primarily comprised of collaged books that are meant to function independently as well as, hopefully, gain some energy and momentum as a group,” Letscher says of his second solo show at Eight Modern. As for the show title, it “is intended to open several possible avenues of interpretation, one being an oblique reference to the Van Gogh ear mythology: the ear as a symbol of the ultimate artistic effort or offering. Also, it alludes to the idea of an audience for the contents of the books.” The <i>Ear </i>of the title takes concrete form in <i>The First Man</i>, a carving of a life-size human ear emerging from a block of marble. The sculpture was made by the artist almost 20 years ago, before he had begun working in collage, when he was known primarily as a talented sculptor of marble and wood.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Letscher continues to evolve as an artist; though, for the past decade he has worked near-exclusively with harvested papers, such as old books, records, and other found materials. After careful selection, Letscher painstakingly slices them into strips and shapes, assembling thousands of them into stunning collages. In <i>Twenty-five Books and an Ear</i>, Letscher invokes his medium’s origins. The books, jacketed with relics of other volumes, both embody and honor a history of the written word. Fragments of text and images ignite the imagination and offer countless associations without insisting upon any of them.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">“Recognizable elements of books—their spines, endpapers, marginalia, illustrations, and pages of text meticulously shredded and recombined—are visible in many of these works, giving them the appearance of tessellated anthologies of <i>bookness</i>,” wrote Albert Mobilio about Letscher’s work in <i>Bookforum.</i> “A lifetime of literacy—from first scribble to adulthood, from the smell of kindergarten Crayolas to the purposeful study of workaday instructions—is filleted and condensed to produce a melancholic narrative, one that registers just how deeply our personal history is enmeshed with books, pens, and paper.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Despite his meticulousness and discipline in the studio, Letscher strives to let his creative choices be as unconscious as possible, guided by “an unseen hand.” Letscher told <i>Bleach</i> magazine interview that he tries to “stay out of the way (of the work) as much as possible.” The artist cultivates a near-ascetic working method that eschews potential distractions, explaining “I stopped listening to the radio while I worked (I work alone) to promote a more profound sense of boredom which I hoped would improve the work. The work did get better, but it has made me into a very dull person, especially socially.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Letscher, a lifelong resident of Austin, Texas, has built a remarkable regional, national, and international following, exhibiting throughout the United States, as well as in Paris, Berlin, Munich, Barcelona, London and Poland.  In 2004, a mid-career retrospective of the artist’s work entitled <i>Books and Parts of Books: 1996-2004</i> traveled to four museums. In 2009, the University of Texas Press published a full-length monograph on his work.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Letscher was trained as a printmaker at the University of Texas art school, where he received his B.F.A. and M.F.A., and attracted notice in the 1980s Dallas art scene for his small sculptures, before transitioning to drawing, print-making and eventually collage. He is also the author and illustrator of the children’s book <span style="text-decoration: underline;">The Perfect Machine</span>.</p> Mon, 07 May 2012 13:53:58 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Group Show - Modified Arts - May 18th, 2012 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Is there no wild left? No place or species left untouched by humanity? “The End of Wild” addresses the topic of “wild” through a collection of artist’s works that explore man’s closeness to nature, species selection, and our coexistence within evolving landscapes. “The End of Wild” presents a wide range of media including works in photography, public art, installation, drawing, sculpture, and mixed media.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">In the exhibition, media artist Lauren Strohacker places advertisements in newspaper classified ads with arbitrary calls to nature; artist trio Unmanned Minerals displays strips of bark burned with poetic messages; and, Carolyn Lavender presents a new landscape drawing that questions the artificiality and objectification of nature. The exhibition also includes the work of The Department of Nocturnal Affairs (DNA), an organization aimed specifically at documenting glimpses of nature during the midnight hours.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 13:59:28 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Anna Tsouhlarakis - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - May 19th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Edges of the Ephemeral is an installation reflecting upon interpretations of the Navajo creation story and place within our current domain — the fourth world.  Through a minimalist lens, the site-specific work is a spatial construction of reality and myth that converge at moments of pause where text and object illustrate predictions of the Navajo future.  Tsouhlarakis’ materials suggest a hindered return to the natural while her palette subtly evokes the industrial. <br /> <br />About the artist: Anna Tsouhlarakis studied at Dartmouth College and received her MFA from Yale University.  She has upcoming exhibitions at the Thunder Bay Gallery in Ontario and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in New York.  www.naveeks.com</p> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 15:50:22 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Miguel Gandert - Andrew Smith Gallery - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Andrew Smith Gallery  celebrates our 2012 summer season with the exhibit, "<strong><em>Saints and Sinners: Rituals of Penance and Redemption</em></strong>," by award-winning New Mexican photographer Miguel Gandert.  The public is invited to a reception and book signing on Friday May 25 from 5-7 to meet Mr. Gandert who will be signing copies of the new book "In the Country of Empty Crosses: The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico" (2012) by Arturo Madrid with 80 photographs by Miguel Gandert. In addition to the trade copy published by Trinity University Press, San Antonio, there is a special limited edition of 100 books encased in a handsome slipcover that include an original print by Miguel Gandert.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Miguel Gandert was born in Española, New Mexico in 1956, a descendant of Spanish settlers of Mora, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado.  Raised in Santa Fe, he began photographing in 1968, focusing on the lifestyles and traditions of rural and urban Hispanics living along the Rio Grande valley from Mexico to southern Colorado, especially the "barrio" culture in Albuquerque as well as northern New Mexico villages.  Gandert's common ancestry with his subjects has produced an insider's view of contemporary Hispanic culture which despite change, maintains deep roots in the past. </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Over the last four decades Gandert has compiled a monumental document of Hispanic religious life, Hispanic artists, dwellers on the Mexican/American border, and confluences of Spanish Colonial and Mesoamerican indigenous traditions. In "Saints and Sinners: Rituals of Penance and Redemption," he has enlarged his photographic document of the sacred and secular rituals of mestizo people of the Rio Grande corridor that first appeared in his book Nuevo México Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland (2000). In this latest body of work he concentrates on southern regions working as far south as Aguascalientes of the ancient Camino Real,  the "Royal Road," that began at the port city of Veracruz (where Cortéz landed), and ran west to Mexico City where it joined an ancient Aztec trail to the silver mining district of Zacatecas, and then continued north to Santa Fe.  For 300 years the 1500 mile Camino Real was the trail of colonization by Spain, and the route traveled by thousands of settlers from Mexico and Spain, as well as by priests and friars who converted native peoples and built Spanish missions that are still in use today.  </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">In Mexican cities and villages along the Camino Real Gandert photographed contemporary rituals and festivals that over time have blended aspects of Spanish Colonial with Mesoamerican traditions in reenactments of the Passion of Jesus, medieval conflicts between the Christians and the Moors, and Colonial New World battles between the Spanish and Native Indians. Participants in these dramas assume the role of historical and allegorical characters, acting out the struggle between perceived good and evil in rituals that often end with the transformation of evil into good. Gandert's photographs convey the wonder and mystery of the ancient rituals, often transcending ethnographic documents to become timeless works of art. The exhibit at Andrew Smith Gallery contrasts Gandert's photographs taken of rituals in Mexico with similar events in New Mexico.  </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">The Photographs </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"3 Generaciones, Nombre de Dios, Mexico", 2007 - In the village capilla (chapel) of Nombre de Dios in central Mexico Gandert photographed an elderly penitent with his grandson. Despite the title being "3 generations" there are in fact, only the grandfather and boy because the other men in the family are in the U.S. trying to earn money.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Abuelos, Juarez, Mexico" 2004 - During the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in downtown Juarez Gandert photographed people wearing frightening masks who represent the spirit of the past. The same tradition is found in the matachina dances of New Mexico and is related to the Native American sacred clown tradition from northern New Mexico.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Cuencame Hermanos, Cuencame, Mexico," 2008 - These men, gathered together for prayer, belong to a penitente brotherhood devoted to Nuestro Señor Jesus Nazareno.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"The Stations of the Cross in Durango, Mexico," 2009 - During Holy Week the city of Durango puts on a dramatic and highly literal reenactment of the Passion of Jesus. In the exhibit it is interesting to compare this picture to a photograph of a similar event taken in Santa Fe.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Christ's Removal from the Cross, Cuencame, Mexico," 2008 - A large bulto of Christ with flexible limbs is being carefully taken down as part of the Stations of the Cross ritual in the town of Cuencame.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Penitentes, Durango," 2008 - Unlike in other parts of Mexico women living in Durango are allowed to be members of the confradia and even children can participate in ceremonies. Both the woman and child in Gandert's photograph wear scapulars around their necks.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Christ in the Sarcophagus, Nombre de Dios, Mexico," 2008 - A few seconds before Gandert took this photograph he was deeply involved in the ritual of placing Christ into the sarcophagus. He broke away from a profoundly emotional experience to take the photograph, a double role he calls "participant observation."</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Penitentes, Durango, Mexico," 2008 - In recent years the city of Durango has been promoting Good Friday rituals to tourists and visitors. To create even more impact ritual participants have started wearing pointed hoods, a tradition that dates from medieval Spain.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Dismas The Good Thief, Crucified with Jesus, Nombre de Dios, Mexico" 2007 - Dismas was one of the two thieves crucified with Jesus who asked that Jesus remember him in his kingdom. In Mexico he is venerated as a saint. In Gandert's photograph the statue with flexible joints hangs on a cracked plaster wall alongside an incense canister and an offering of flowers.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Founder of Pentitent Brothers in Nombe de Dios, Mexico," 2007 - The skull in the glass case belonged to the founder of a brotherhood in Nombre de Dios who was murdered while trying to protect his acequia. The caretaker of the church lifted up the glass case and let Gandert hold the skull, showing him the hole where a pickax struck through bone. Behind the skull is a statue of Saint Anthony holding a skull.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Chicawales, Jesus Maria, Mexico" 2009 - In the village of Jesus Maria outside of Zacatecas Gandert shot this powerful photograph of masked dancers called "chicawales" on the feast day of Santiago during a Moros y Christianos celebration. The pink masks represent St. James the Moor killer, in contrast to the Moors who wear black masks.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">"Hijo del Hombre, Santa Cruz, New Mexico", 2007 - Gandert photographed this especially graphic recreation of Christ on the cross being performed by young people at the church at Santa Cruz, a suburb of Española, New Mexico.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">If there is an underlying theme to "Saints and Sinners" it may be the deep seated need in human nature to create elaborate rituals that facilitate our understanding of, among other things, the transition from evil to good,  penance to redemption, sinner to saint . . . and back again.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Miguel Gandert's books of photographs include In the Country of Empty Crosses: The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico (2012) by Arturo Madrid; The Plazas of New Mexico (2011);  Nuevo México Profundo: Rituals of an Indo-Hispano Homeland (2000); Hermanitos Comanchitos: Indo-Hispano Rituals of Captivity and Redemption (2003); The Pilgrimage to Chimayo: Contemporary Portrait of a Living Tradition (1996), and Upper Rio Grande Hispano Farms Study (1996).</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Gandert's exhibitions include a one-man show at the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian in 1990;  the 1993 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art,  and the opening exhibit in 2000 of the National Hispanic Cultural Center of New Mexico.   He and his wife live in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he is the Distinguished Professor of Communication and Journalism at the University of New Mexico, as well as the Director of UNM's Interdisciplinary Film and Digital Media Program.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">Liz Kay</span></p> Sun, 24 Jun 2012 14:19:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Nancy Callan - Blue Rain Gallery - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Nancy Callan has been working as a glass artist in Seattle, Washington since receiving her BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1996. For the past twelve years, she has been a member of Lino Tagliapietra's glassblowing team and has traveled throughout the world as his assistant. Callan has built her skills working for many prominent glass artists including Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick, Ginny Ruffner, and Josiah McElheny. Since 2001, she has focused on developing her artistic voice as a glass sculptor. Her work embodies the skill and finesse of the Venetian tradition, but combines this pedigree with the wit and aesthetic sensibility of a contemporary artist. <br /> <br /> Callan is highly influenced by pop culture, and references sources such as comic books (Superhero Stingers), children's toys (Tops) and high fashion (Plaid Winkles) in her ongoing series. Callan has exhibited her work nationally in major galleries and is preparing for the opening of an early-career survey at the Muskegon Museum of Art in Muskegon, Michigan, February 26 through May 24, 2009. The exhibit is titled Seventh-Inning Stretch: Glass by Nancy Callan, and will later travel to the Pittsburgh Glass Center in July 2009. Blue Rain Gallery welcomes the artwork of Nancy Callan!</p> Sat, 05 May 2012 02:09:47 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Robert Swain - David Richard Gallery - May 25th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>David Richard Gallery is pleased to present, <em>Color Affect</em>, the gallery’s first solo exhibition for painter Robert Swain and inaugural exhibition in its new gallery located in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District.<br /><br />Swain has spent his entire career devising a unique system for organizing over two thousand colors and studying how humans interact with and feel color. His study of color is less theoretical and more empirical as evidenced by his highly systematic approach to painting over the past four plus decades. Through his rigorous evaluations, Swain has gone beyond how we perceive the physical effects of color to how we experience the emotional and physiological sensations produced by color in certain arrangements and configurations. Thus, his paintings go beyond physical observation to a phenomenological affect.<br /><br />Swain thinks of color as energy and a trigger for a series of physiochemical reactions in humans that results in certain sensations. Through abstract painting, Swain can uncouple color from any cultural signifier and cognitive system and examine the pure affect of color on the human psyche. The emotional and psychological ramifications result from the combination of the particular colors, their values and degree of saturation as well as adjacency to other colors, overall organization and scale. In this exhibition, two series of Swain’s paintings will be presented: the well known meticulous grids with their flat pristine surfaces and his newest all-over paintings with their lush painterly surfaces referred to as the “Brushstroke” series.<br /><br />Robert Swain received a BA Degree from the American University in Washington, D. C. in 1964. Currently, he lives and works in New York City and is a Professor at Hunter College. He has had eighteen solo exhibitions, the most recent being a major retrospective at Hunter College / Times Square Gallery in 2010. His work has been included in over sixty group exhibitions, including The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, among others. In 1968 he was included in The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Thirty-First Biennial and again in 1998 for The Corcoran Gallery of Art’s Forty-Fifth Biennial. Swain’s artwork is represented in over 284 private and public collections, including The Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, The Milwaukee Art Center, The Everson Art Museum, The Denver Art Museum, The Columbus Gallery of Fine Arts and The Metropolitan Museum of Art.</p> Sun, 12 Aug 2012 19:06:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Jennifer J.L. Jones - Hunter Kirkland Contemporary - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">Hunter Kirkland Contemporary is pleased to present Jennifer J.L. Jones' exciting new work. Jones approaches her painting as an ongoing search for meaning and coherence in a beautiful but mysterious world. Her exquisitely crafted luminous surfaces serve as a kind of mirror that reflects an internal radiance that is hinted at but never actually seen.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">The artist's technique of glazing thin layers of different kinds of paint and tar, then sanding them to produce a highly polished finish, has evolved along with her emotional expression. In this series she starts with a background of latex paint that she throws onto the panel as a way to open herself up, then paints on wax paper and presses it against the board to create blocks of color and pattern.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">"I studied some of my earlier paintings and started to see the beauty in fragments of the whole, such that one little corner of the old painting would become the inspiration for a new piece that builds on those details, " says Jones. "I think of these paintings as a garden in full bloom, but with the garden's elements abstracted into color fields and shapes that contain an element of mystery."</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Unlike the almost dreamlike quality of her previous work, which leads viewers into a state of contemplation, these new works have an immediate emotional impact. This creates a powerful connection between artist and viewer that transforms Jones' personal statement into a shared celebration of the natural world and its delightful complexities.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;"><br /></span></p> <p><span style="font-family: verdana,geneva;">About the artist</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span size="3" face="Verdana"><span style="font-family: Verdana;" size="4" face="Verdana">T</span><span style="font-family: Verdana;" size="3" face="Verdana">he things that inspire me to create are found all around me - in the seasons, weather patterns, and natural elements.The grace in a falling leaf from a tree in autumn, a pocket of air trapped in ice, the burnt edges on a flower in the hot summer, millions of crushed shells in the form of sand along the beach. The inspiration found in nature for my art seems endless. Beauty is everywhere and as an artist I interpret that beauty, trying to integrate my personal style, and put it out there for people to connect with.</span></span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;" size="3" face="Verdana"></span><span style="font-family: Verdana;" size="3" face="Verdana">M</span><span style="font-family: Verdana;" size="3" face="Verdana">y work is part of a spiritual search. It is a need to express what sometimes can only be felt; to create an experience unique to each individual. Viewers find themselves feeling calm, passionate, or remembering another place and/or time that may have been forgotten. The combination of various mediums and materials with which I enjoy working include oil, acrylic, textured papers, asphalt, wood stain, glue, charcoal, wax and metal. My method of layering symbolizes change, time, and growth. Because of multi-layering, the paintings become an ongoing experience for the viewer. There are always new details to look at which earlier may have been missed. This also integrates my idea of trying to notice things in nature that some may overlook, or take for granted.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-family: Verdana;" size="4" face="Verdana">A</span><span style="font-family: Verdana;" size="3" face="Verdana">s I paint, each studio session becomes a form of meditation. My work is an intuitive process. The paint often dictates the final imagery, and I allow this to be my guide. The colors I choose to glaze over one another create mood, atmosphere, and a vibration of energy unique to each viewer interacting with the final piece. Working with the paint and the various mediums and materials helps to build up and break down ideas, thoughts, and patterns. I believe that the process I follow when creating a new piece is just as important as the end result. As an artist, my most significant reward is to know that my work has affected even one viewer.</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: verdana,geneva;"><span size="3" face="Verdana"><br /></span></span></p> Tue, 22 May 2012 00:24:30 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - May 25th, 2012 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Artists working in all disciplines who attended the Institute of American Indian Arts were invited to submit their work for the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts exhibition on self-portraiture. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of IAIA and gives face to those who have passed through its doors.</p> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 01:30:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list - New Mexico Museum of Art - May 25th, 2012 10:00 AM - 8:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">The <strong>New Mexico Museum of Art</strong> joins forces with <strong>Center</strong>, Santa Fe's renowned organization supporting gifted photographers, to showcase the best in emerging, international photography talent. The works of the winners of two of Center's 17th annual awards, <em>The Curve: Center Award Winners, 2012,</em> photography exhibition is at the Museum of Art, May 25 - August 26, 2012.</p> Sun, 29 Apr 2012 02:12:08 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Patrick McGrath Muñiz - Tansey Contemporary - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center"><em><b>“A TRIBUTE TO GAIA” </b></em>is a painting in 3 sections, containing a center panel and two doors which fold over the center section when closed, like a traditional retablo. When opened a painting in 3 sections is revealed, one on the inside of each door and the center panel. Just recently Pope Benedict XVI announced the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks. She is considered to be the patron saint of ecology and environmental issues. Gaia, or Mother Earth, is featured in the center panel surrounded by seven children each representing a sin such as gluttony, violence and other evils. The inscription reads “Only when the last tree is cut; only when the last river is polluted; only when the last fish is caught; only then will they realize that you cannot eat money.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center">Muñiz asks<em>: “With a ruling omnipresent corporate global economy that diffuses and perpetuates its myths and doctrines over the globe through mass media we may ask ourselves: what hidden agenda do we finally serve by adopting these myths and doctrines? Where do our views of the current world come from? How has this information modified over time our attitudes towards nature, history and ourselves?”</em> Muñiz tries to address these complex issues the world is facing in his art. His paintings utilize Greek Gods, Greek mythology, his Mayan roots, with popular culture to elucidate  the dichotomies and destruction we live. Each painting is abundant with illusions and symbolism<em>. </em><strong><i>“DIVINE INSPIRATION”</i></strong><em> </em>is a splendid example of this. Inspired by Gustave Courbet’s “<em>The Painter’s Studio” </em>Muñiz portrays himself at the easel as the artist surrounded by Mars, the God of War, Ronald McDonald, Venus, the goddess of love and beauty, St. Francis of Assisi, Ganymede, and others, giving credit to the influence of both mythology and astrology on is life and art since childhood. On the floor of the studio are little monsters hiding an Nintendo game system and a Tonka truck pushing a world globe. Even the paper, Amate, on which this drawing was made is of significance. It is made from same tree fiber that was used by the Mayans in their sacred codices and is considered as strong as papyrus.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center">At first glance the paintings of young Puerto Rican artist Patrick McGrath Muñiz appear to be a strange mix of Classical and Christian figures intermingled with contemporary cartoon characters. The painting is so skillful that one is taken aback by this strange mix on what appears to be a stage setting. How and why did they all come together? Upon closer investigation, the figures reveal themselves to be pagan gods, heroes and saints surrounded by a declining empire invaded by lively, well loved Disney figures turned evil. Everywhere are suggestions of greed, violence, avarice, and a society gone awry. Muñiz says of his paintings: <em>“ Painting allows me to recreate intimate theater stages where I set up and orchestrate mythical and historical figures into satirical narratives that mirror my world today. Exposing a dialogue with history and mythology allows me to question today’s assumptions of the demise of colonialism, borders and the myth of a new global age of peace, prosperity and equality.”</em><i><br /> </i><br /> <em><b>“SUPER SIZED HAPPY HOLLY MEAL!”</b></em>  is a re-interpretation of the pictorial theme of the Last Supper that comments on our fast food culture. Muñiz states, <em>”By bringing together some historical figures from the times of Christ, the conquest of the Americas and contemporary culture, I comment on the neo-colonial and capitalist control, distribution and consumption of food.” </em>The table is abundant with burgers, fries, pizza, a supper sized sandwich, and a supper big soda. Below is a fat boy, dog, and beggar appear to be begging for food. Christ has a look of indignation<em>. “This piece is a commentary on how we have produced, distributed, consumed and also viewed food from a Christian, Colonial and Global perspective.”</em><br /> <br /> The paintings are generally in “retablo” formats and triptychs based on the re-presentation of sacred icons throughout art history. By incorporating Muñiz’s work into these gold leaf and carved wood frames inspired by Spanish Colonial traditions, the image conveys a strikingly new meaning. The work is attached to the Colonial period thus becoming a purveyor of Neo-colonial doctrines and myths. Some of his most elaborate frames Muñiz makes himself and others he designs and has carved by the Camargo family in Antigua, Guatemala. These young talented artisans specialize in Colonial altarpieces and Muñiz often collaborates with them on projects.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="style330" align="center">Born in New York City, Muñiz moved to Puerto Rico at an early age.  His greatest influences are that of Puerto Rican culture and his very supportive family.  <em>“I can’t remember when exactly I became interested in art. I remember making my own comic books and spending many hours alone drawing from a very early age.” </em>His first box of crayons was given to him by his aunt, a Catholic nun. She later gave him an Art Encyclopedia, which he still has. His brother and sister read Muñiz books on mythology, fiction and the life of the saints. Muñiz grew up hearing ghost stories, UFO sightings and about the mythic Chupacabras in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, a coastal town with some interesting industrial age abandoned ruins.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="style451" align="center">Muñiz describes his homeland in this way: “<em>Puerto Rico is also a place where people are fixated with politics. Being neither a state nor independent, Puerto Rico remains a commonwealth and territory of the United States. This colonial condition keeps us in a state of political limbo living between two constantly changing realities: The American socio-economic influence and our Spanish cultural identity. Therefore cultural identity besides being myself half-Irish American and half Puerto Rican has always been an important issue for me</em>.” While growing up he also witnessed local commerce decline and American fast food chains and other large corporations multiply.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" class="style451" align="center">Technology is an important tool in Muñiz’s creative process. He researches Religion, Mythology, Colonialism, and Globalization which are the four pillars of his art. He is also deeply interested in astrology. His work requires much more than a walk by. The longer you look the more you see. Each canvas is layered and filled with complex meaning. Each is filled with characters intentionally placed in a given environment and relationship to one another. Nothing happens by accident or without a great deal of forethought. His approach is fresh, intellectually sound and dense, besides being unique. Muñiz is a skilled craftsman but more importantly, his concepts are passionate and solid observations of our current dilemmas as members of the human race. Muñiz is sensitive and personally moved by the hypocrisy of modern society. His is a voice that deserves to be heard and the Jane Sauer Gallery is very excited to present this solo show by such a talented young artist. Patrick McGrath Muñiz is a rising star who exhibits nationally and internationally.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;" align="center">  </p> Tue, 22 May 2012 00:18:50 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Patrick McGrath Muñiz - Tansey Contemporary - May 25th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM <p>Inspired by Classical and Christian Iconography present in Astrology, Tarot, mythology and art history I recreate in my paintings intimate theater stages where I set up and orchestrate mythical and historical figures into satirical narratives that mirror my world today. In a new world order ruled by an omnipresent Corpocracy, saints, gods, heroes, visionaries and monsters emerge from the ruins of our declining post-industrial economy. </p> <p>These paintings comment on how corporations based on profit, consumerism and their own sacredness diffuse a pervasive set of values, myths and doctrines though the mainstream media.<b> </b>By appropriating, distorting and re-packaging history, mythology, religion and our environment, they manufacture mass consent with offers of truth and salvation while altering dramatically our understanding of our natural world and cultural legacy.</p> <p>Following the hermetic axiom “As Above so below” and aided by the study of Archetypal astrology I intend to understand the correlation between patterns in world events and planetary transits. I approach issues holistically viewing world history as cyclical and interconnected. The creative representation of universal archetypes and anachronisms establishes an historical continuity to the narrative. Operating like an open book my work exposes underlying stories and opens up a “Pandora’s Box” of questions on how though <b>neo-colonialism</b> we transformed our world and got to our present <b>global</b><b> </b>condition.</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 02:07:45 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Robert Ritter - Ventana Fine Art - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">A new series by Robert T. Ritter, inspired by S.C. Gwyne's novel "Empire of the Summer Moon", the exhibit explores the Comanche's impenetrable empire. Remembered for their violence and raids, they built a sophisticated network of trade with the Spanish, Mexican and Texas settlements. Kidnapping used as a basic tool to secure both power and resources. The Comanche's demise would not come at the hands of their many enemies, but by the epidemic of smallpox and cholera.</p> Sat, 07 Apr 2012 03:18:51 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Emilio Lobato - Winterowd Fine Art - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: left;">Emilio Lobato a trunk show of Tribal inspired Adornment  </p> <p style="text-align: left;"><em>Dancing in the Dark</em>   Trunk Show dates:  May 25  5-7pm/ May 26&amp;27 10-5pm</p> <p>please stop by the gallery to meet the artist &amp; see this fabulous collection of artifacts in person. </p> Wed, 23 May 2012 00:38:04 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Matthew Troy Mullins - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to present three solo shows running concurrently: Matthew Mullins large scale watercolors of spaces that are associated with human endeavor and curiosity, Mary Shaffer’s glass sculpture capturing the essence of light, and Tony Soulie’s mixed media photographs of American cities. The shows open on Friday, May 25, 2012 and continue through June 22, 2012. The opening reception is on Friday, May 25 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk. The artists will be in attendance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ABOUT – MATTHEW TROY MULLINS</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">From Mullins’ statement about this body of work, he says, “Most of the paintings in this show are about artifacts; and our personal and societal urges to keep them and create them. They are about creating and saving artifacts for the possibility of connecting with another person when we are no longer here. The subjects of these paintings are objects that we view as touchstones of certain eras. They are objects that carry the residue of a certain time and place because they are the products of it. These objects, from a variety of times and places, trace human history and reflect human endeavor and ingenuity. They are objects that reflect people’s needs and desires and even reflect how their creators’ envisioned a better world. The subjects in this show generally fall into two loose categories: artifacts (museum basements, storage facilities, greenhouses, collections) and artifact makers (book stitching machines, typewriters).”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">“The teleharmonium provided an instrument which allowed people to simultaneously experience a composer’s artistic vision over great distances. It brought people together in a shared experience and, in a way, eliminated the distance between them. I see the paintings in this show, and all of the other paintings I make, as my instruments to do the same. “<br /><br /></p> Sun, 27 May 2012 08:51:33 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list Tony Soulié - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art - May 25th, 2012 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to present three solo shows running concurrently: Matthew Mullins large scale watercolors of spaces that are associated with human endeavor and curiosity, Mary Shaffer’s glass sculpture capturing the essence of light, and Tony Soulie’s mixed media photographs of American cities. The shows open on Friday, May 25, 2012 and continue through June 22, 2012. The opening reception is on Friday, May 25 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk. The artists will be in attendance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">ABOUT – TONY SOULIE</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tony Soulié is an established French artist who works as a painter, photographer, installation artist, and writer. He paints abstract pieces with an instinctual brushstroke, and uses his numerous travels as inspiration. “The artist is always looking for the idea, the spark, always trying to confront the material world and the physical substance as well as trying to decipher the signs, the ideograms.” Soulié has participated in over 200 exhibitions throughout Europe, the United States, Latin America, and Japan, and his work is in public and private collections around the world. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and the École des Arts Appliqués in Paris.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This show features a selection of American cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami. Soulié photographs the city landscape which is then transformed by the use of photographic inks to become photo-paintings. The photograph supports the composition, and the addition of color creates dramatic atmospheres of his immediate impressions. All prints are unique, and printed and painted in Santa Fe.</p> Sun, 27 May 2012 08:50:09 +0000 http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list http://www.artslant.com/sfe/Events/list