ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Anne Appleby - Charlotte Jackson Fine Art (Railyard) - May 1st - June 1st <p>A solo exhibition of new work, <strong><em>The Galisteo River Basin Paintings</em></strong><em>,</em>by <strong>Anne Appleby </strong>will open at <strong>Charlotte Jackson Fine Art</strong> on <strong>May 1 </strong>and extend through<strong> June 1.</strong>&nbsp; An <strong>Opening</strong> <strong>Reception</strong> with the artist will be held on <strong>Friday, May 1, from 5-7 p.m.</strong>&nbsp; The gallery is located in Santa Fe&rsquo;s <strong>Railyard Arts District</strong> at<strong> 554 South Guadalupe Street.&nbsp; </strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>To <em>see </em>takes effort.&nbsp; True seeing is passive but active&mdash;requiring participation and engagement.&nbsp; In a world of endless information, countless images&mdash;from advertising logos to Instagrams to selfies&mdash;hit us at a rate of at least two per minute.&nbsp; But what do we <em>see</em>?&nbsp; Amidst this wash of visual information, to stop &ndash; to <em>see &ndash; </em>is extremely rare.&nbsp; We become numbed to our world.&nbsp; In this context Anne Appleby&rsquo;s stunning minimalist paintings are a wake-up call, an antidote to the overload of modern life.&nbsp;</p> <p>Each of the works included in <strong><em>The Galisteo River Basin Paintings</em> </strong>comprises two or more canvases hung side by side or, as in the case of <em>Dalea</em>, two above, two below, or with <em>Winterfat, </em>with six pieces set two across and three down.&nbsp; The architecture created by the patterning of the canvases is intriguing&mdash;allowing the white space of the wall to become a part of the whole, as well as enhancing a sense of depth and space.&nbsp; Each of the canvases focuses on a single color, although each contains rich subtly and hints of other colors emerging from within.&nbsp; For example, one of the canvases in <em>Dalea </em>is a soft tan, but from its center a hint of blue shines.&nbsp; In <em>Navajo Muhly </em>a pale off-white panel seems to emit a lavender glow.&nbsp; Appleby uses multiple layers of paint, an average of thirty, to create these nuanced shades.&nbsp; Near the end she adds a layer of wax to cut glare.&nbsp; The viewer can trace a history of the layers at the edges of the canvas, where small hints of the under-painting are visible.&nbsp;</p> <p>While each individual canvas focuses on one hue, combined they show the different colors of the plants that give the works their names.&nbsp; It won&rsquo;t be hard to identify the pale beige and soft silvery green of <em>Winter Chamisa, </em>or the orangey brown of an acorn in <em>Scrub Oak, </em>or the glowing red of <em>Scarlet Pentstemon.&nbsp; </em>One canvas may highlight the particular shade of the flower, another the leaf, another bark or seed from various stages within the seasons and life cycle of the plant&mdash;so that the piece as a whole brings these colors together to give a larger, more complete view.&nbsp;</p> <p>For Appleby the titular reference to particular plants is not randomly assigned but direct and purposeful.&nbsp; Each of the pieces included in <em>The Galisteo River Basin Paintings </em>comes from Appleby&rsquo;s daily walks through the Galisteo Watershed just south of Santa Fe, and her interactions with the plants that line her path.&nbsp; Through the season, as these plants awakened into their spring fullness, Appleby observed their shifts and hues, noting differences with weather or changes of the light.&nbsp;</p> <p>Appleby&rsquo;s interest in plants, as well as her use of minimalist art to express their wholeness, comes from her time studying with an Ojibwe elder in Montana.&nbsp; For the Ojibwe, knowledge of plants is a key aspect of their culture.&nbsp; The Ojibwe have a tradition of creating large bandolier medicine bags in which to put the samples of plants that they collect.&nbsp; These bags are intricately beaded with vivid colors depicting abstract or geometric representations of different plants over the whole life cycle (seed, flower, fruit, leaves).&nbsp; Appleby&rsquo;s use of the plant&rsquo;s colors and different aspects of their life cycle within one piece was inspired by the bandolier beadwork.</p> <p>The attention and focus that Appleby brings to her study of these plants is translated seamlessly into the works of art they inspire her to create.&nbsp; The intensity of color, the glow from within, the breathing space these works discharge, serve to draw the viewer in closer, to engage them in that elusive participatory act of <em>seeing.&nbsp; </em>The eye may rest on each canvas separately until finally, in a moment, there is a transitory experience of the whole&mdash;all at once the disparate colors, space, and light come together.&nbsp; Walking out of the gallery the viewer might suddenly notice the world around them&mdash;the cottonwood leafing out, the daffodils along the sidewalk, the sky streaked by clouds&mdash;as vividly <em>real.&nbsp; </em>Appleby&rsquo;s pieces have the ability to teach us, to remind us to pay attention.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information about the work of Anne Appleby and <strong><em>The Galisteo River Basin Paintings, </em></strong>running from May 1 to June 1, contact Charlotte Jackson Fine Art at 505-989-8688 or <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 Apr 2015 17:11:31 +0000 Chris Clavio - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art - April 30th 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;Zane Bennett Contemporary Art proudly announces our third Art Matters presentation for 2015, <em>Illuminated: The Use of Light in Contemporary Art</em>. A New Mexico based artist, Chris Clavio will be speaking in conjunction with the exhibition of &ldquo;<a href="" target="_blank">Up in Neon</a>&rdquo; which features neon works from French artists Francois Morellet and Fr&eacute;d&eacute;ric Bouffandeau.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Clavio will give a talk about his work as well as his personal experiences in developing light based artworks. He will touch upon the history of light and the various technologies available for its use in fine art. The presentation will begin at <strong>5:30pm </strong>on Thursday, <strong>April 30 </strong>at the gallery, 435 S Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Art Matters Talk with Chris Clavio &ndash; Illuminated: The Use of Light in Contemporary Art</strong></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&nbsp;<strong><em>Up in Neon </em></strong>features neon works by French artists Francois Morellet and Fr&eacute;d&eacute;ric Bouffandeau. Both artists devote their work to light and space&mdash;by contrasting architectural influences and the organic. These works remind us that the tension of such seemingly minimal work creates a unique and fundamental aesthetic disorder. The resulting forms and images are highly provocative.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Chris Clavio deems light as his favorite artistic medium to work with. It holds the power to completely transform our world in a way often taken for granted. In January of 2011 he completed his project, Technicolor Fabrique, which involved designing and building an LED light suit. The suit uses flexible waterproof LEDs, has a remote control for selecting color and effects, and operates using battery power that fits in the user&rsquo;s front pocket. He then made a short film about the project and the use and power of this light in every day space.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Clavio&rsquo;s talk will begin with a slide presentation followed by a Q&amp;A with the artist. He will address the current exhibition, &ldquo;Up In Neon&rdquo; and his corresponding relationship with neon, light, and space. The discussion will center around Clavio&rsquo;s influences and inspirations and how these manifest in his creative light work.</p> <p class="Default" style="text-align: justify;">Clavio is an Electronic Artist and Entrepreneur currently pursuing a Bachelor&rsquo;s Degree in Fine Arts at the University of New Mexico. His work explores the sublime and interconnectedness using light, sound, and interactive environments. His business, ClaviOn Unlimited LLC, is a platform which he uses to create digital media and interactive content in alignment with his artwork.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Clavio has shown work across the United States, most recently at Art Basel Miami where he presented his interactive Full Dome piece, <em>Mind Chimes, </em>which uses a brainwave headset to visualize and sonify a viewer&rsquo;s brainwaves in real time in a full dome theater. <strong>The presentation will begin at 5:30pm on April 30</strong><strong>th at the gallery, 435 S Guadalupe Street, along with the technologies that have made them possible.</strong></p> Sun, 12 Apr 2015 16:50:36 +0000 Gina Freschet - The William & Joseph Gallery - June 1st - June 30th <p style="text-align: justify;">NCY and Santa Fe based artist Gina Freschet presents &ldquo;Ghost Walls &amp; Wall Dogs&rdquo;, beginning&nbsp;June 1, 2015&nbsp;at The William&amp;Joseph Gallery.</p> <div style="text-align: justify;"> <p>Humans have made signs since the beginning of time - marks, scratches, symbols. There is little difference in the very first primitive drawings to the graffiti of today; the idea of 'making your mark', the concept of relevance, these are basic tenements of the human condition.&nbsp;</p> <p>Gina Freschet's new exhibit, "Ghost Walls and Wall Dogs" is an homage to this art form, and in particular, the street art found in her home of the past 30&nbsp;years, Lower Manhattan. "Some of the best art in NYC is found on the streets." Plastered and painted on walls, in doorways, on stoops and sidewalks are the written signs, tags and images from humans adding their personal art in passing.&nbsp;</p> <div> <p>Historically, the individuals hanging from skimpy scaffolding over the sides of buildings to paint their shop signs and advertisements were called Wall Dogs and their 'ghost signs' from years past are still apparent. The fullness of time has added to these ghost signs, where other people have painted over these images, new scrawls and drawings added, stencils sprayed and calligraphy scratched into the many layers. The city walls are festooned with collages by multiple hands where drawing, painting, poetry and protest are laid over each other in a rich palimpsest of history and culture.</p> </div> <p>This show is a tribute to their artistry and audacity.</p> <div>&nbsp;</div> </div> <div style="text-align: justify;">The show will be on exhibit&nbsp;June 1-June 30. There will be no artist reception.</div> Sat, 11 Apr 2015 10:19:23 +0000