ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Bernardo Torrens - EVOKE Contemporary - August 28th - September 19th <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">Bernardo Torrens&rsquo;s solo exhibition entitled &ldquo;Figurativo&rdquo; will take place at EVOKE Contemporary with a focus on the figure. It is a first solo exhibition for this leading photorealist painter from Spain who was recently featured at the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao.&nbsp; Each painting features one of several models that are recurring in the artist&rsquo;s work. &nbsp;Each composition is uniquely composed and intricately painted focusing solely on the personality of the model and nostalgic scenes of summer.</span></p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial;">Torrens&rsquo;s&nbsp;&ldquo;Sandra in Pool&rdquo; is one of the six large-scale paintings, which is a burst of color and a refreshing surprise from an artist that typically works in monochromatic themes. The model is a Spanish actress lounging topless, with her arms spread, in a backyard pool. As her hair is pulled away under a swim cap, her handsome face is revealed and we are confronted with her bold and natural beauty. The linear cool blue tiles of the pool contrast her strong, lean, and tan arms. Her skin appears as soft as the sunlight that falls on her, evoking a subtle chiaroscuro that highlights each of the droplets of water on the swimmer. Here Torrens exposes not only his model but also his extraordinary talent.</span></p> <p>Torrens lives and works in Madrid, Spain. He has had several solo exhibitions there as well as in Milan, Italy and other major cities. Bernardo Torrens&rsquo;s work was recently featured in the New Orleans Museum of Art. In addition, his work was featured in traveling museum exhibitions such as Hyperrealism 1962 &ndash; 2012 (2013 &ndash; Present, Kunsthalle Tuebingen, Germany, Museo Thyssen Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain, Saarland Museum, Saarbreucken, Germany, and now at the Museum of Fine Arts, Bilbao, Spain) as well as Photorealism Revisited (2014 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK and the Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, OH). He has also worked on commission to produce portraits of notable Spanish dignitaries such as the former Presidents of the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Felix Pons and Jose Bono. &nbsp;</p> <p>The exhibition runs thru September 19th.&nbsp;</p> <p>About EVOKE Contemporary 
</p> <p>EVOKE Contemporary is committed to promoting compelling and provocative contemporary artists of international acclaim. EVOKE Contemporary participates in&nbsp;Last Friday Openings + Artwalks in the Railyard Arts District each month year round. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;EVOKE Contemporary is located at 550 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Telephone 505.995.9902. Gallery hours are Monday &ndash; Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm.&nbsp;&nbsp;For more information, visit the EVOKE Contemporary website at&nbsp;<a href="" rel="nofollow"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 20:09:26 +0000 Kate Rivers - The William & Joseph Gallery - September 4th - October 4th <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #111111; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">The William&amp;Joseph Gallery will exhibit a retrospective of local artist Kate Rivers in &ldquo;Lost in Paradise&rdquo;, featuring her mixed media collage works on paper.</span></p> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #111111; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Kate&rsquo;s extensive and impressive resume include fellowship grants, workshops, Board member of the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition, artist in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Ford Foundation scholarship and most recently the New Mexico Museum of Art&rsquo;s &ldquo;Art on the Edge&rdquo; exhibit. &nbsp;One work,&nbsp;&ldquo;Apollo&rsquo;s Arrow&rdquo; was just purchased by the New Mexico State Arts&nbsp;Commission for inclusion in the permanent art collection.</span></div> <div style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #111111; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #111111; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">Rivers says of her work, "Collage is the primary medium of my work. I am interested in pattern, texture and the messages conveyed by the combination of text and image. The primary source materials used in this body of work are: fragments of maps, notes, cancelled stamps, old books, and scraps of paper with handwritten notes or maps. This work is an investigation of memory, nostalgia, time and space. Home and space become synonymous with memory, loss and nostalgia.</span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;"><span style="color: #111111;">Some of the pieces retain the overall image of a bird&rsquo;s nest and these pieces relate to a specific moment in time and contain material specific to that time such as product labels, canceled stamps, receipts, letters, notes, exhibit entry stubs, packaging material and a variety of printed matter. Some of the work specifically considers the circle as the primary subject. Other pieces are a pure abstract use of found materials considering the material as subject. The works that use the image of the nest contain all of the elements of texture, shape, and found elements. I actually collect the physical nests and refer to them while working. I see this as part of the process and am working on sculptural versions of the 2D collages. All of the work is structurally dense, complex and is an autobiographic statement. In particular I find that monetary exchange, food, entertainment, and work; those things that seem so precious at one moment can be so insignificant later. All is really kitsch.</span><span style="color: #111111;">&rdquo;</span></span></p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: #111111; font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: small;">This exhibit will debut&nbsp;September 4th, with an opening reception fro&nbsp;5-7 p.m.&nbsp;and&nbsp;remain up until&nbsp;October 4th.</span></p> </div> Fri, 24 Jul 2015 05:25:47 +0000 Michele Bubacco, Angela Fraleigh, David Humphrey, Martin Mullin, Claire Sherman - David Richard Gallery - August 1st 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">David Richard Gallery is pleased to present a Gallery Discussion: &ldquo;The (Un)Real World&rdquo; with curators Mary Dinaburg and Howard Rutkowski.&nbsp; The discussion will focus on (Un)Real, a group exhibition featuring new figurative paintings by Michele Bubacco, Angela Fraleigh, David Humphrey, Martin Mull and Claire Sherman</p> Sat, 25 Jul 2015 17:11:42 +0000 Michele Bubacco, Angela Fraleigh, David Humphrey, Martin Mull, Claire Sherman - David Richard Gallery - August 1st - September 26th <p><span style="color: #696969; font-family: Arial; font-size: medium;">The exhibition, <em>(Un)Real</em>, debuts the gallery&rsquo;s figuration program and introduces five new artists to the roster. These artists all start with familiar imagery or situations as a point of departure. Then, each takes it in a different direction, using their unique approaches to painting and imbuing the works with conceptual content that challenge our point of view. This presentation and the work of these artists is less about representation, but more about the history of painting and cultural and conceptual parallels with abstraction. Not only are these paintings visually aesthetic on the surface, but there is a story and history behind each, providing much more than visual depth.<br /> <br /> <strong>Michele Bubacco</strong> has a raw, gestural approach to painting, with deliberate strokes and a reductive palette that captures the anguish and despair of the figures. The scenes are chaotic, some psychologically disturbing, with imagery that ranges from sexually ambiguous to somewhat aggressive that creates intrigue and mystery with respect to the character&rsquo;s orientation and situation. Bubacco was born in 1983 on the island of Murano in Venice, Italy and currently resides in Vienna, Austria. After studying painting with the Venetian artist Alessandro Rossi from 2002 until 2004, Bubacco opened a studio in Murano and began to take part in exhibitions in Italy and throughout Europe. A major highlight was the mounting of the monumental painting &ldquo;Crimson Orchestra&rdquo; at a satellite exhibition of the Venice Biennale in 2011.<br /> <br /> <strong>Angela Fraleigh&rsquo;s</strong> newest work reconsiders the classic female nude by taking figures from Baroque and Rococo paintings and reexamining their surroundings, attire and gaze. Her paintings are more than sumptuous and beautiful, they also touch upon feminist concerns. By taking the figures out of their objectified and sensual roles, she reveals different possible readings and narratives for the female characters, giving them individuality and confidence. Fraleigh earned her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from Boston University. She has exhibited widely at numerous venues across the US including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, TX. Fraleigh was awarded several artist-in-residence programs, including the CORE program, MFAH, TX, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE and Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee, Belgium. <br /> <br /> Emerging in the 1970s, <strong>David Humphrey&rsquo;s</strong> paintings come out of Postmodernism. They are hard to categorize with their combination of cartoonish figures, Pop Art sensibility, Surrealism and gestural abstraction. Yet, his unique visual language brings figuration and abstraction together to challenge perceptions and assumptions. In his 35 year career, Humphrey has exhibited throughout the US, Canada and Europe. He has been a recipient of the Rome Prize, American Academy in Rome in 2008, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2002 and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1987 and 1995. Humphrey&rsquo;s artworks are included in the permanent collections of: Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh, PA; Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, OH; Denver Art Museum, CO; Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY; Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN.<br /> <br /> The photo real paintings of <strong>Martin Mull</strong> critique the idealized Post-War American dream of a safe and happy home life. Those who had the good fortune to realize that dream are paired in his paintings with those who did not, by using a clever device of juxtaposing the two extreme lives in full color versus half tones. Mull studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has had numerous solo exhibitions across the US. His artworks are included in the permanent collections of Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; The Brooklyn Museum, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN and The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY, among others.<br /> <br /> <strong>Claire Sherman&rsquo;s</strong> paintings are rooted in the American landscape tradition. However, she does not try to capture the grandure and heroic scale of the outdoors in her artworks. Instead, she focuses on the details in the trees and rocks, transforming them into abstractions that allow the viewer to get lost in the building blocks of the landscape and open another world of possible readings. Sherman studied at the University of Pennsylvania and earned her MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005. She has exhibited across the US and in Europe with 14 solo exhibitions and her work included in numerous private and corporate collections. Sherman has received many fellowships and residencies and her artwork reviewed in the New York Times, Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic and Chicago Tribune, among others.</span></p> Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:24:39 +0000