ArtSlant - Closing soon en-us 40 David Nakabayashi - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art - February 22nd, 2013 - March 22nd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of David Nakabayashi’s paintings entitled Presentiment. The opening is Friday February 22nd 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.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The French term flâneur means “stroller” and describes a literary type and societal observer who was a common sight on the streets of nineteenth‐century Paris. The term carries the associations of a man of leisure as well as an urban explorer and connoisseur of the street. David Nakabayashi might be considered a contemporary flâneur, roaming the natural world, contemporary streets, beaches and factory landscapes. He is the observer extraordinaire, watching and talking with strangers whenever he travels (which is often) and then assembling his impressions on canvas. Nakabayashi says, “You start to see the land or the city in all its complex interconnected detail. To capture it, one must simplify the information or else be overwhelmed, but the essential defining elements are enough.” The artist finds the natural landscape beautiful and even petro chemical refineries gorgeous. Nuclear power plants are mystical and the scars that human society leaves on the earth are especially moving for him. He is drawn to mining machinery, abandoned factories, road cuts, empty foundations and piles of rubble. The beauty the artist sees in these ruins is bittersweet, for he is aware that our petroleum based culture is not sustainable. Nakabayashi calls our attention to this dilemma and asks us what is coming next?</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Nakabayashi defines himself as a realist. His paintings are a composite of time and space, populated with real people that he has encountered in his travels. He is always searching for the pivotal moment, the presentiment – the feeling that something is about to change, something is about to happen. It is this illusive moment that holds the key to unveiling life’s mysteries and the artist wants to be there, to follow along and document the act through painting. It is the moment of truth that has the potential to change history and David is there to witness and share his understanding through his paintings.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">One of the images that is used repeatedly in his paintings, is the floating object. Whether it is a flying log or a woman in the orange jumpsuit, the airborne figure is a heavenly guardian that keeps watch over the scene below. In Presentiment Float, the woman in the orange jumpsuit is an angel, a protector of the ocean. She appears in other paintings such as Presentiment Stratosphere. In this painting, the guardian angel in the orange jump suit has landed and is looking up expectantly. The figure in the red sweater represents two time frames intersecting each other. She bends to pick up flip flops in the foreground and simultaneously retreats down the alley way. The carefully posed figures create a sense of tension and expectancy. What is happening? What will happen? These are the questions Nakabayashi poses. It is up to the viewer to find the answer.</p> Sat, 09 Feb 2013 01:01:54 +0000 Judy Chicago - David Richard Gallery - February 15th, 2013 - March 23rd, 2013 <p>David Richard Gallery is pleased to present, <em>Woven and Stitched</em>, a solo exhibition of selected textiles by artist <strong>Judy Chicago</strong> that were created from 1983 through 2000 and part of <em>Birth Project</em> and <em>Resolutions for the Millennium: A Stitch In Time</em>. These works examine not only birth, but how we can live as human beings in a global community by taking a new look at old proverbs and words of wisdom—a thought provoking collection of powerful images and texts.<br /><br />Chicago’s feminist work, writing, teaching and artistic practice has elevated women and their voices in the arts, and culturally as well. She celebrates through her textile work those art-making practices that are frequently misunderstood and considered craft, low art or feminine domestic activities by incorporating them in her monumental projects that examine and critique topics of global importance, such as creation, human rights and dignity. She frequently utilizes weaving, embroidery, appliqué, quilting, beading and other textile practices in her major theme-based projects, including <em>The Dinner Party, Birth Project, PowerPlay, Holocaust Project</em> and <em>Resolutions for the Millennium: A Stitch In Time</em>. Emphasizing participation and collaboration in the art-making practice imbues her protest-based artwork with solidarity. Chicago’s artwork is strategic with a long-term view and life-long commitment to creating and implementing change, not for only women, but for everyone who feels as though they are powerless and in the category of “other”.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:30:32 +0000 June Wayne - David Richard Gallery - February 15th, 2013 - March 23rd, 2013 <p>David Richard Gallery is pleased to present, <em><strong>The Tapestries: Forces of Nature and Beyond</strong></em>, a solo exhibition celebrating the glorious tapestries and life of the multi-media artist <strong>June Wayne</strong>. The gallery exclusively represents and will offer for sale for the first time in several decades the 16 hand-woven tapestries produced from 1970 through 1974 in France by the legendary artist June Wayne. The tapestries were based upon lithographs produced by Wayne, featuring her contemporary images in a historic medium and artistic practice. Centered around three technology-based themes of interest to Wayne: waves, DNA and the cosmos, the tapestries were most recently exhibited in Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago, J<em>une Wayne's Narrative Tapestries: Tidal Waves, DNA, and the Cosmos</em>, November 3, 2010–May 15, 2011.<br /><br />June Wayne was a painter, lithographer, writer and filmmaker. She was best known for establishing the Tamarind Lithography Workshop in Los Angeles in the early 1960s and reviving lithography in the US as a critical form of art making. Wayne always pushed the edges of the envelope and loved to explore alternative materials, supports and artistic practices that had been overlooked, forgotten or not critically considered by others.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:35:00 +0000 Paul Reed - David Richard Gallery - February 15th, 2013 - March 23rd, 2013 <p>The newest work by Paul Reed, the Washington D.C.-based artist and founding member of the Washington Color School, goes back to his roots of stain painting in the 1960s. The work consists of bright acrylic paint on fast-drying muslin, unstretched and designed to be hung in windows backlit with sunlight like a stained glass window. Reed’s work changes about every decade, with these stained and unstretched paintings the latest in his six decade-long history of studying color through the interplay between surface and light.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 19:38:30 +0000 Sid Avery - Monroe Gallery of Photography - February 1st, 2013 - March 24th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Monroe Gallery of Photography, 112 Don Gaspar, is pleased to announce a major exhibition of photographs by Sid Avery, concurrent with the publication of the new book of the same title. Sid Avery: The Art of the Hollywood Snapshot opens with a public reception on Friday, February 1, from 5 - 7 PM. The exhibition will continue through March 24. <br /><br /> James Dean on the set of Rebel Without a Cause; Audrey Hepburn on her bike with her pet dog in tow; Marlon Brando taking out the garbage; Rock Hudson emerging from the shower; Elizabeth Taylor soaking up the sun. These are just a few of the myriad of iconic images for which Sid Avery is responsible. <br /><br /> The renowned photographer was one of the greatest names working in Hollywood from the 1940s to 1960s and became known for his candid portraits of the stars. He made history as the only photographer to shoot both the original 1960 cast of Ocean's Eleven and the 2001 remake, recreating his iconic group shot around the pool table. Avery was also responsible for establishing the Motion Picture and Television Photo Archive. This exhibition been produced in association with the photographer's son, Ron, with full access granted to the depths of the archive and includes many rare prints signed by Sid Avery. This complete anthology of Avery's work includes outtakes and contact sheets, with over half of the material never-before-seen, and is presented concurrent with the publication of a sumptuous new book that is a long overdue tribute to his prolific talent. The book is available from the gallery.</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 23:41:42 +0000 Group Show - LewAllen Galleries (Railyard) - November 23rd, 2012 - March 27th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="font-size: small;">LewAllen's Winter Group Show, on view at our Railyard gallery, features seasonally appropriate work from some of the gallery's most popular artists. A variety of mediums-including oil, acrylic, and egg tempura on canvas, blown and sculpted glass, and sculpture-offer a glimpse of LewAllen's extensive fine art offerings.</span></p> Sat, 09 Mar 2013 04:23:07 +0000 Nathan Pohio - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - January 19th, 2013 - March 31st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Spyglass field recordings</em>: <em>Santa Fe</em> is a solo exhibition of work by leading contemporary Maori video, photography and installation artist Nathan Pohio. The exhibition title is taken from an ongoing series Pohio continues to develop that refers to instruments used for observation and includes new works he developed during a residency at the Santa Fe Art Institute.</p> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:55:28 +0000 Tyree Honga - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - January 19th, 2013 - March 31st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Quadriplegic Hualapai and Paiute artist, Tyree Honga, has created a new portrait series for his exhibition at MoCNA titled, “Images of Life.”  Using mostly Bic pens, Tyree has drawn new portraits of Native leaders and friends, famous individuals Pink and Pi, as well as big game animals from his home country at the Grand Canyon.  </p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 13:50:05 +0000 - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - January 19th, 2013 - March 31st, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The 45 minute video runs continuously throughout the day.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling through Performance Poetry,</strong> a documentary film by Cordillera Productions, explores the fascinating world of a dynamic team of indigenous youth writers from the Santa Fe Indian School (SFIS) in New Mexico. Led by teacher and poet Timothy P. McLaughlin, the SFIS Spoken Word Program empowers its student members to create and perform original poems centered in Native philosophies. Over an eight-year history, the exquisite artistry of this ever-evolving team has been highly recognized through numerous awards, a bevy of media appearances including in The New York Times and on The PBS News Hour, and performance tours throughout the United States and to the Baltic nations in Eastern Europe.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">This beautifully crafted documentary film journeys with the SFIS Spoken Word Team as they prepare and present a theater production of their finest poems woven with traditional and contemporary songs and dances. The young SFIS poets will enchant your heart and enliven your spirit as they continue the ancient tradition of Native storytelling through the powerful new medium of performance poetry.</p> Sat, 02 Feb 2013 13:53:16 +0000