ArtSlant - Closing soon en-us 40 Stuart Arends - James Kelly Contemporary - March 29th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">James Kelly Contemporary is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new work by Stuart Arends. This will be his fourth solo show with the gallery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Arends’ newest body of work, the <i>Stormy Monday</i> series, is a continuation of the artist’s 30-year investigation of the box-form.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The series focuses on boxes and rectangles that are intimate in scale, and constructed of corrugated plastic, wood and oil paint. The walls of the forms are translucent, allowing for the subtle blocks of color to emerge from within. The strategic application of additional color to the surface of the works results in works that are both mysterious and direct. Because the surfaces are not pristine, the artist’s hand is very apparent in these new works. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">“The objects I make are intended to exist in the world of real things unencumbered by any specific narrative, dogma or ideology.  They are meant to function only as a stimulus for a potential exchange of energy between a person who makes something and a person who comes into contact with it.   This exchange can result in a meaningful experience that is not literal or definable, but sensual, and felt, and touches us in the place that defines us as human beings.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">“My pieces all come out of and deal with the traditional painting issues of color, light (implied vs. actual), scale, illusional vs. "real" space, and painting as objects, etc. The <i>Stormy Monday</i> series utilize real space by using a translucent plastic box that is painted on both the outside and inside. So rather than using paint to arrive at traditional "picture space", the <i>Stormy Monday</i> series approach traditional painting concerns in real space.”   </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Stuart Arends, March 2013</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> Arends graduated in 1981 from the MFA program at the Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles.  His work has been exhibited widely throughout the U.S. and Europe and is included in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; the Villa Panza, Varese, Italy; the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; and The New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> Sat, 30 Mar 2013 03:05:54 +0000 Group Show - Modified Arts - April 19th, 2013 - May 11th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">The multidisciplinary show will feature work that explores weight and tension. Artwork that visually conveys these aspects emotionally, physically, allegorically and philosophically through content or materials will be included. Merriam Webster defines “gravity” as: dignity or sobriety of bearing, a serious situation or problem, and the gravitational attraction of the mass of the earth, the moon, or a planet for bodies at or near its surface, a fundamental physical force that is
 responsible for interactions which occur because of mass between particles, between aggregations of matter. “The Sky is Falling” brings together artwork by twelve diverse artists, who currently or formerly lived and worked in Phoenix. The work in this exhibition explores the presence and the feeling of abstract and intangible forms of gravity- i.e., philosophical, spiritual, political, psychological, etc.- which are conveyed physically by transmission into image or object. The Sky is Falling surveys photography, painting, sculptural works and works on paper that provides a spectrum of our visual storytelling of the “gravitas” sensed in life, outside of the surface of our physicality.</p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:16:48 +0000 Brenda Croft, Tom Jones, Greg Staats, Anna Tsouhlarakis - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - January 19th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Thicker Than Water</em> is an exhibition featuring the work of four lens-based artists addressing the complexities of family, biography and community that intersect through blood and memory.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The exhibition is supported by a grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.</p> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:45:59 +0000 - Museum of Contemporary Native Arts - January 19th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong></strong><em>Summer Burial</em> features mixed media works by New York City based artist Jason Lujan that reference and appropriates Eastern visualities to comment on Native American allegories and contemporary realities.</p> Sun, 02 Dec 2012 04:51:12 +0000 John Axton, Jennifer Davenport, Doug Dawson, Barry McCuan - Ventana Fine Art - May 10th, 2013 - May 12th, 2013 <p>May 10, artist reception for Quick Draw Artists, "Passport to the Arts" featuring Axton, McCuan, Dawson and Davenport.<br /> <br /> May 11, "Passport to the Arts", Canyon Road celebration including Quick Draw from 11am to 12:30pm, with a cocktail party and live auction at Ventana at 4pm.</p> Sun, 14 Apr 2013 00:41:11 +0000 Nancy Youdelman - Eight Modern - April 12th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, <i>Nancy Youdelman: Dogs Are Forever.</i></p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Youdelman’s third solo show at Eight Modern reflects the continued refinement of her unique, highly memorable method and style. Youdelman’s mixed media sculptures and reliefs use vintage clothing as the foundation for sculptures incorporating vintage snapshots,  love letters, buttons, pins, and organic elements such as leaves, twigs and flowers. The artist continues to add depth to her already significant legacy as a pioneering feminist artist through her accessible, honest exploration of the personal objects that interconnect touchstone themes like love, mortality and femininity.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Some of the work in Youdelman’s latest exhibition was inspired by a collection of 300 vintage photos the artist bought on eBay in 2007, after receiving a Gottlieb Foundation grant. <i>Tuffy is the [One] I Love</i>–a small dress embedded with multicolored buttons and faded images of a girl and her dog—was inspired by some of these photos: “Taken in the early 1950s, they are of a young girl, <i>Sally</i> (written on the back) and her dog <i>Tuffy</i>. On the back of a photo of her dog, she wrote, “Tuffy is the I love”, forgetting to add the word “one”.  So poignant, this really grabbed me.  In my mind’s eye, I could see dearly loved dogs from my own childhood. … <i>Tuffy </i>and <i>Dogs Are Forever</i> give homage to all my beloved pets.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The artist has long been fascinated by  anonymous subjects whose letters, pictures and other artifacts inspire her art. In describing her fascination with these relics, Youdelman references a quote from Diane Arbus on photographs: “They are proof that something was there and no longer is. Like a stain. And the stillness of them is boggling. You can turn away but when you come back they’ll still be there looking at you.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Youdelman is an art lecturer at Fresno State, where in 1970 she was one of the 15 founding students in the nation’s first feminist art program, which was led by Judy Chicago and continues to be recognized as a formative moment in American art history. Thereafter, Youdelman participated in other leading-edge feminist art collectives such as Womanhouse, Double X and The Woman’s Building, through which she honed her skills in “female technologies” such as sewing, fashion and performance.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">“Throughout (Youdelman’s work), the cumulative debris of lived experience – buttons, jewelry, photos, letters, dried flowers, among an assortment of other mementos – reflect the contingencies of recollection and desire,” Alex Ross of Visual Art Source writes. “Operating at the intersections between preciousness and potency, beauty and banality, individual experience and cultural memory, Youdelman’s assemblages assert points at which the weathered and degraded emerge as the foundations for a strikingly expressive and continuously singular artistic practice.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Youdelman studied Theatrical Costume &amp; Make-up, Art and English Literature at Fresno State before earning a B.F.A. from Cal Arts and an M.F.A. from UCLA. She has taught at colleges throughout California, has written for and edited art magazines and books, been a mainstay in the Southern California art scene and even served as artistic consultant for a Rolling Stones concert. She has been honored with numerous awards, including grants from the Pollock-Krasner and Gottlieb Foundations.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 13:05:52 +0000 - Las Cruces Museum of Art - May 10th, 2013 - May 18th, 2013 <p>Featuring paintings, drawings, sculptures, graphic designs, photography, and metals/jewelry words by BFA students of the New Mexico State University Art Department</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:51:32 +0000 - Center for Contemporary Art - April 26th, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">In its 13th iteration, Collect 10 invites artists to get lucky. 81 New Mexico artists have contributed are work for exhibition that fits within a 10" x 10" x 10" space with more than 130 pieces on display. On opening night a People's Choice award of <em>$300</em> goes to a lucky artist. A solo show in the spector ripps project space is the prize for the Curator's Choice. All works are for sale, benefitting CCA and the artists!</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 11:23:29 +0000 - SITE Santa Fe - February 23rd, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><span style="color: black;" color="black"><em>State of Mind: New California Art Circa 1970</em>, is an investigation of the development of conceptual and related avant-garde activities among artists living in California in the late 1960s and early 70s. <em>State of Mind</em> identifies and investigates the West Coast art world’s significant contribution to Conceptual art, video, performance, and installation. This exhibition features approximately 150 works by 60 artists in a range of media including video, film, photography, installation, drawing and painting as well as performance documentation and ephemera.<br /> <br /> </span><span style="color: black;" color="black">This exhibition is curated by Constance M. Lewallen, adjunct curator at the University of California Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and Karen Moss, adjunct curator at Orange County Museum of Art. It is co-organized by the Orange County Museum of Art and the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive. <em>State of Mind </em>is circulated by iCI Independent Curators International.</span></p> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 01:12:14 +0000 Linda Mary Montano - SITE Santa Fe - February 23rd, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Linda Mary Montano: Always Creative</em> is a concentrated retrospective of the work of American performance artist Linda Mary Montano (b. 1942). This exhibition will consider the breadth of the artist’s practice through a careful selection of works from 1969-present. In a career spanning over forty years, Montano has created works in a variety of forms that explore the interaction between art and life. At the heart of her practice is the belief that the strategies employed in the creation of and engagement with art, such as focused attention, openness, and awareness, can enhance the quality of one’s life, if turned toward everyday activities. Similarly, the experiences of one’s life can enrich one’s art. This exhibition is curated by Janet Dees, SITE’s Assistant Curator, in collaboration with the artist.<br /> <br /> This will be the first exhibition to consider the breadth of the artist’s practice from 1969-present. <em>State of Mind</em> includes documentation of early Montano performances, when she was living in California. In a career spanning over forty years, she has created works in a variety of forms that explore the possibility of eliminating the distinction between art and life. At the heart of her practice is the belief that the strategies employed in the creation of and engagement with art, such as focused attention, openness, and awareness, can enhance the quality of life, if turned toward everyday activities. This exhibition is curated by Janet Dees, SITE‘s Assistant Curator.</p> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 01:17:06 +0000 Mungo Thompson - SITE Santa Fe - February 23rd, 2013 - May 19th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;"><em>Mungo Thomson: Time, People, Money, Crickets</em> will consist of a selection of nine works in a range of media including film, video, artist’s books, and installations by this California-based artist whose conceptually-inclined practice stands in dialogue with the work of many of the artists included in <em>State of Mind</em>. In a career spanning over fifteen years, Thomson (b. 1969) has created works that are infused with wit as well as art historical and intellectual rigor. The exhibition is curated by Irene Hofmann, SITE’s Phillips Director &amp; Chief Curator.<br /> <br /> A lively array of public programs will accompany these exhibitions.</p> Sat, 29 Dec 2012 01:21:10 +0000 Karen Bexfield - Winterowd Fine Art - May 10th, 2013 - May 23rd, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">“My introductory solo exhibition is a little like a tasting menu. I’m presenting small intimate groupings of a lot of different glasswork I have created using my kiln-formed technique. I’ll be showing my cubes, eclipse/moon pieces, vessel pieces, wall pieces, and sculptural works.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When ice melts it implies heat is present. That’s evocative of my work, the appearance of solid ice pulling apart in the melting process. A reflection of nature’s organic patterns: a balance of simple geometry and pure chance. The interplay of color, shape and movement speaks to the raw yet unpredictability of nature.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Karla Winterowd makes the point that “Karen Bexfieldhas a unique, clear vision about her work. Her sculptures are delicate in appearance but strong in form, they capture life’s spontaneity.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"> </p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><b>Karen Bexfield is the 2013 American Style NICHE Award winner in the category of cast and slumped glass</b>.</p> Sun, 28 Apr 2013 14:55:25 +0000 Group Show - Pippin Contemporary - May 24th, 2013 - May 24th, 2013 <table class="auto-style8" align="center"> <tbody> <tr> <td class="auto-style7" valign="top">Join us in our new location - the first gallery on Canyon Road at the corner of Canyon Road and Paseo de Peralta. We'll also be celebrating our second anniversary.<br /><br />This will be a fun group show. You'll enjoy the amazing work of our current gallery artists as well as see the work of newly added artists. Our new location is in a charming Santa Fe style building, at one time a home. Thick walls, ceiling beams with decorative korbels, and lovely wood floors are some of the wonderful architectural elements of this space. Add to that an amazing bricked outdoor area with sculpture and flowers - who could ask for more?!<br /><br />Don't miss this event!!</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 17:52:43 +0000 Francois Morellet, Gregoire Cheneau, Diana Blok and Pieter Bijwaard, Olivier Mosset, Ruth Gschwendtner‐Wölfe, Miguel Mont, Tony Soulie - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art - April 26th, 2013 - May 24th, 2013 <p style="text-align: justify;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of European artists who focus on light, line and color. European Perspectives, The Radiant Line includes geometric compositions as well as neon and color planes that illuminate the landscape or color field. The opening is Friday, April 26th 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;">François Morellet, France</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Although we think of Agnes Martin as the purveyor of the grid in the American art world, François Morellet introduced his first grid‐based paintings in 1950. These works developed into “grillages,” steel grids overlaid on canvas. This geometric parameter has been the basis of his work since then and informs his more recent paintings 10 Hybrid Red and White Lines A, and Pi &amp; Plis (yellow). A vertical and horizontal grid establishes the cube with intersecting lines, defining triangles, squares and various parallelograms highlighted in monochrome. His use of mathematical concepts establishes a reference point for understanding how his work creates an optical experience. In 2009, the Louvre Museum commissioned François Morellet to create new oculi windows for the interior Lefuel Staircase. In this permanent installation, Morellet superimposed the reversed design of the existing grid against the old outline of the oculus so that the old shape is contained within the new. He has extended this notion of the grid to his sculpture in neon, which gives the eye an electric jolt. With Lamentable, it is as if a portion of the grid was peeled directly off the painting 10 Hybrid Red and White Lines A, illuminated and then hung from a point in space, allowing the lines to form a new shape.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Olivier Mosset, Switzerland</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Monochromatic painting has been a cornerstone of the avant‐garde since Kazimir Malevich, the Russian Supremacist, presented the first white on white painting in 1918 in Moscow. Just three years earlier, Malevich painted “Black Square on a White Field” which set the framework of geometric abstraction for the 20th Century. When another Russian, Alexandr Rodchenko, known as a Constructivist, exhibited three monochromatic paintings in 1921, each one in a primary color, he announced the death of painting. While this historical statement was dramatic, painting lives on and the monochromatic genre has grown to monumental proportions.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Olivier Mosset (Whitney Biennial, 2008) explores the monochrome idiom with his Over Easy diptych of an eggshell white square over a yoke yellow square which evokes his title directly. In his Untitled Sans (Without), tiny green squares resonate on a pink ground, eliciting a charged response. There are many interpretations of the monochrome: the painting as an object that represents nothing but itself or the painting as an infinite space filled with emotion that one can enter into. No matter how one interprets the monochrome, it is here to stay.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Gregoire Cheneau, France and Miquel Mont, Spain</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Gregoire Cheneau’s argentic photo series of the Paris Metro give us an interior view of the subterranean world; in Metro # 2 the assemblage of people on the platform define the edge of a black and white space with a yellow and orange backdrop. A similar composition is created in Miquel Mont’s woodcut and lithograph II in which a soft black landscape is framed, so to speak, by blocks of color in yellow and orange. In both landscapes, the use of monochromatic rectangles offsets the black and the white foreground. One wonders whether the use of color is an emotional filter informing the viewer of what the landscape reveals.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Ruth Gschwendtner‐Wölfe, Austria</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The numinous light that Ruth Gschwendtner‐Wölfe brings to her digital images makes us pause and ask “what am I looking at?” According to the artist, these are “found moments” that exist briefly and then are lost in time. Our minds attempt to organize and interpret the image yet in the blink of an eye we are transported to the unknown. Transforming perception is a theme which Gschwendtner‐Wölfe has pursued in her collaborative book, The Learning Eye, Contributions to visual literacy (Sehen ist Lernbar). The process of learning how to see and educating the eye and brain follows in the tradition of Paul Klee and Wassily Kandinsky, building from their scholarly approaches to understanding how we interpret objects and light. Whether we are seeing an object that is actual or an illusion created by light, we are left to wonder what is “real.”</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Diana Blok, Holland and Pieter Bijwaard, Holland</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Diana Blok’s collaborative effort with Pieter Bijwaard presents the viewer with two paired images in a single frame. The viewer is prompted to reflect on the meaning of the first photographic image by examining a second, constructed or painted image. This is similar to seeing both sides of the coin at once. Blok explains: “I feel that photography is a great paradox. When I make a portrait it is like saying: I AM/ YOU ARE and on the other side, on a mystical level, I am searching for I AM NOT – so it is as if through one way I find the other.” Between the two artists, there is a sense of shared mystery.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Tony Soulie, France</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Known for his photo‐paintings based on large‐scale black and white photographs taken during his travels across the world, Tony Soulie states “I often look for specific famous places, trying to find the primitive spirit (the original core) in their architectural buildings of light.” This primitive spirit may reside in a building, place or geological form. In work from his most recent series that references the American landscape, the artist has taken a photo of a Chicago underpass below the Chicago ‘L,’ the second‐oldest rapid transit system in the Americas. He presents us with imagery that urges us to decipher the signs and ideograms of the place.</p> Sat, 20 Apr 2013 12:20:41 +0000