ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 - Turner Carroll Gallery - July 9th - July 21st <p style="text-align: justify;">Art is a vehicle for social change, functioning as both a <em>practice</em> and a <em>product</em>. The art in this show results from the practice of peaceful expression, which creates inspiringly beautiful products that convey a message of harmony. <em>A Healing Stitch </em>features handmade embroideries that are deeply personal, coming from women who have persisted in spite of inexplicable violence. These women have suffered and survived the traumas of domestic abuse, abandonment, homelessness, and illness. These stories are not rare, unfortunately&mdash;this is the reality that a majority of women in India currently face.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Through the embroideries, these women find healing, peace, and meaning; which comes from narrating and expressing their&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">stories. Furthermore, they are empowered financially through the sale of their work. Art narrates the stories of our lives, and for the women represented in this show, the stories told are not intended for passive observance. Rather, the art itself, and the stories represented, are playing an active and vital role by spreading an awareness of injustice, and igniting movement towards action and reconciliation. The difference between what <em>is </em>and what <em>can be </em>will inform our crucial connection with each story. This show celebrates art as an instrument- a means that reinforces our interconnectedness, reminds us of our fundamental humanity, and acts as a catalyst towards positive growth and change. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">By finding their own expressive voices, these women have inspired others, including their own children, and formerly abusive men- and have made waves throughout their communities with a message of peace. Through the power of art, entire villages in India have been transformed, hospitals and schools have been built, and families torn apart by abuse have been reunited.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A pattern is something for others to follow&mdash;a template, a paradigm. The embroideries in this show represent patterns for social change and awareness. Because social change is an arduous, gradual, and grassroots effort- we are uplifted in viewing each stitch as a progression, as one step forward towards a better future for all.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p align="center">Opening Reception: July 9th, 5-7pm</p> <p><em>Opening Reception includes a talk from the founder of the women&rsquo;s collective in India, and begins at 6pm</em></p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:32:48 +0000 Edward Lentsch, Willy Bo Richardson - Turner Carroll Gallery - August 14th - August 25th <p style="text-align: justify;">Turner Carroll gallery is thrilled to present two of our newest artists, Edward Lentsch and Willy Bo Richardson, in a compelling new exhibition that forces us all to confront the spaces defined by color and line. Both artists use these forms as a primary mode of communication, and as an exploration of the unconscious mind. However, each of these artists' breakthroughs within the media occurs in different ways. Willy Bo offers us strong vertical lines that explore color and movement through time, making connections to music. The viewer is pulled through each of his pieces at a pace that mimics the movements of a car window watching a landscape speed by. Edward is primarily concerned with creating a bridge between the natural world, classical philosophical giants, and their century&rsquo;s later offspring. His pieces inspire viewers to stand still, and be held by the tactile surfaces that seem prehistoric. The pairing of these two very different aesthetics is what allows such fascinating dialogue and tension between movement and stillness.&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Join us in the gallery to celebrate these fascinating interpretations of time and space, which utilize art and philosophy in order to inspire new perspectives about the way we see and experience our realities.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:22:52 +0000 Nicholas Herrera - EVOKE Contemporary - July 25th - August 15th <p>In celebration of Spanish Market, Nicholas Herrera will showcase his mastery as a premier Santero at EVOKE Contemporary in the Railyard District beginning July 25th. His work includes carvings, paintings and large-scale sculptures made from wood and found objects, with his varied and sometimes controversial subjects reflecting his eventful and tempestuous life.&nbsp; Acclaimed as one of the most important folk artists in the United States, his artwork is in the permanent collections of over 30 museums including the Smithsonian American Art Museum, The National Museum of American History, The Museum of American Folk Art in New York City and The International Folk Art Museum in Santa Fe.&nbsp; A 15th generation New Mexican, Nicholas is a modern &ldquo;Vato Santero&rdquo; whose art engages the complex dialectical traditions of the Indian and Hispanic, as well as the traditional and the contemporary Hispanic. &nbsp;</p> <p><em>&ldquo;When Nicholas Herrera was a boy he told his second grade teacher that he wanted to be a bank robber.&nbsp; When he was a little older he loved &lsquo;Playing Chicken&rsquo; with his cousins and sneaking down to the river to watch the hippie girls swimming nude.&nbsp; He also loved to make art in his family&rsquo;s tradition.&nbsp; But school was always hard.&nbsp; Nick found reading difficult, he wasn&rsquo;t allowed to speak Spanish and he often got in trouble.&nbsp; When he was thirteen he started smoking marijuana, and in his later teens he began to drink and party and drive fast cars.</em></p> <p><em>Everything changed the day Nicholas, who was driving while drunk and had a head-on crash with a truck.&nbsp; He lay in a coma for weeks, and his doctors</em><em>thought he would die. But somehow he survived, and he hasn&rsquo;t touched alcohol or drugs since. &lsquo;El arte me salvo la vida.&rsquo; he says.&nbsp; Art saved his life.&rdquo;</em><em>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</em><em>Elisa Amado, High Riders, Saints and Death Cars, A Life Saved by Art</em></p> <p>Today Nicholas&rsquo;s work tells his unvarnished stories about his wild early years, and how he left his wild life behind.&nbsp; He has created art about his own experiences: being tempted by drugs and alcohol, the accident, being in trouble with the police, as well as political and environmental issues.&nbsp; In his family&rsquo;s tradition, he continues to make paintings and sculptures of saints and scenes from the Bible with his own modern twist.</p> <p>&nbsp;His work has been exhibited in cities across the United States, as well as in Paris, Rome and Berlin.</p> <p>&nbsp;The Exhibition runs through August 15, 2015</p> <p>About EVOKE Contemporary: 
</p> <p>EVOKE Contemporary showcases provocative and compelling representational contemporary art of international acclaim.&nbsp; The gallery is known for its strong focus on figuration with wide diversity ranging from hyperrealism to abstract expressionism.&nbsp; All events open on the Last Friday of each month along with the celebrated Last Friday Art Walks in the Railyard Arts District.</p> <p>EVOKE Contemporary is located at 550 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501. Telephone 505.995.9902. For more information, visit the EVOKE Contemporary website at;</p> Wed, 24 Jun 2015 22:59:51 +0000