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As part of the Time Pieces series of collabora tive projects exploring time and space\, poet Miriam Sagan has launched Wendover Landing\, an interdisciplinary art piece me rging poetry and sculpture\, which asks the questions: What is our position vis a vis our own personal histories? How do we understand and express the history of the time into which we were born? How do we locate ourselves – as artists and as people – in relationship to these narratives? Sagan's poe try is combined with a textile installation by Alisa Dworsky and a flock of porcelain messenger pigeons by Christy Hengst in the front of the gallery. Sagan says\, "Our notion of the world may be continually expanding\, and y et human habitation and a sense of home give the observer a position from w hich to create. Where is home located in relationship to time\, starting wi th the deep geologic\, and continuing to the ephemeral present moment?" and explains\, "Wendover\, Utah is the site of the Enola Gay hangar and was an airforce base during WW2\, now abandoned... a launch from it implies the a tom bomb and the destruction of Hiroshima. The 'landing' is about many thin gs: cause and effect come home to roost\, the poet in a dystopic landscape\ , and the more redemptive image of Christy Hengst's dove-like birds and Ali sa Dworsky's winged tent structures settling down peacefully. With both asc ent and descent over a barren landscape there is hope in some healing from the imagination.

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Common Language\, Punctuating the Landscape  by two west Texas artists\, Suzi Davidoff and Rachelle Thiew es\, consists of lush\, large-scale photographs printed directly on aluminu m and a twin-screen video production. Their project began with a joint resi dency at Fiskars Village\, an artist's cooperative in Finland. They created several site-specific installations that responded to the natural landscap e and architectural/historic structures by incorporating foreign objects an d materials. Returning to the Chihuahuan desert\, they continued the projec t as a conversation with the forested Finnish landscape. Each installation could be experienced in person for a short time before it was dismantled or worn away by natural forces. Because of the temporary nature of the instal lations\, the process of photography became an extension and record of the sites and a central component of the artists' finished project. One image h as been selected from each of the 20 installation sites and printed large s cale directly on aluminum. Two videos will be projected on walls and floor in conjunction with the photographic installation. The exhibition is accomp anied by a hardcover book with photographs and text relating to the project and process\, with a special artist proof edition.

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Friends of the Orphan Signs\, an exhibition in the upstairs gallery organized by artist/curator Ellen Babcock\, showcases historic Albu querque road signs alongside artwork created in response to them\, focusing on a dialogue between historic content and contemporary art practices. Fri ends of the Orphan Signs is a collaborative\, public art initiative directe d by Babcock\, which utilizes abandoned road signs as sites for community g enerated public art. Once glowing with the neon life-blood of the Mother Ro ad\, road signs along Central Avenue have become skeletal remnants of their former selves. In a series of interventions both actual and proposed\, Fri ends of the Orphan Signs\, in collaboration with the city of Albuquerque Pu blic Art Program\, infuses these sites with the creative voices of our comm unity. Featured projects in the exhibition present histories of signage in Albuquerque as a context to imagine the future of light\, color\, image and text along Central Avenue. Artists and contributing curators include Pete Yahnke Railand\, Lindsey Fromm\, Jessamyn Lovell\, Aline Hunziker and Betha ny Delahunt.

DTEND:20120811 DTSTAMP:20141126T021131 DTSTART:20120526 GEO:35.0847507;-106.6535216 LOCATION:516 ARTS\,516 Central Ave SW \nAlbuquerque\, NM 87102 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Time Pieces: Wendover Landing\, Common Landscape and Friends of the Orphan Signs\, Ellen Babcock\, Suzi Davidoff\, Alisa Dworsky\, Lindsay Fro mm\, Christy Hengst\, Aline Hunziker\, Jessamyn Lovell\, Bethany Delahunt a nd Pete Yahnke Railand\, Miriam Sagan\, Rachelle Thiewes UID:205733 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20120526T200000 DTSTAMP:20141126T021131 DTSTART:20120526T180000 GEO:35.0847507;-106.6535216 LOCATION:516 ARTS\,516 Central Ave SW \nAlbuquerque\, NM 87102 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Time Pieces: Wendover Landing\, Common Landscape and Friends of the Orphan Signs\, Ellen Babcock\, Suzi Davidoff\, Alisa Dworsky\, Lindsay Fro mm\, Christy Hengst\, Aline Hunziker\, Jessamyn Lovell\, Bethany Delahunt a nd Pete Yahnke Railand\, Miriam Sagan\, Rachelle Thiewes UID:205734 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR