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Bernardo Torrens&rsquo\;s solo exhibition entitled &ldquo\;Figurativo&rdquo\; will take place at EVO KE Contemporary with a focus on the figure. It is a first solo exhibition f or this leading photorealist painter from Spain who was recently featured a t the Museo de Bellas Artes in Bilbao. \; Each painting features one of several models that are recurring in the artist&rsquo\;s work.  \;Each composition is uniquely composed and intricately painted focusing solely o n the personality of the model and nostalgic scenes of summer.

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Torrens&rsquo\;s \;&ldquo\;Sandra in Pool&rdquo\; is one of the six large-scale paintings\, which is a burst of color and a refreshing surprise from an artist that typically works in monochromatic themes. The model is a Spanish actress lounging topless\, wit h her arms spread\, in a backyard pool. As her hair is pulled away under a swim cap\, her handsome face is revealed and we are confronted with her bol d and natural beauty. The linear cool blue tiles of the pool contrast her s trong\, lean\, and tan arms. Her skin appears as soft as the sunlight that falls on her\, evoking a subtle chiaroscuro that highlights each of the dro plets of water on the swimmer. Here Torrens exposes not only his model but also his extraordinary talent.

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Torrens lives and works in Ma drid\, Spain. He has had several solo exhibitions there as well as in Milan \, Italy and other major cities. Bernardo Torrens&rsquo\;s work was recentl y featured in the New Orleans Museum of Art. In addition\, his work was fea tured in traveling museum exhibitions such as Hyperrealism 1962 &ndash\; 20 12 (2013 &ndash\; Present\, Kunsthalle Tuebingen\, Germany\, Museo Thyssen Bornemisza\, Madrid\, Spain\, Saarland Museum\, Saarbreucken\, Germany\, an d now at the Museum of Fine Arts\, Bilbao\, Spain) as well as Photorealism Revisited (2014 at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art\, Oklahoma City\, OK and the Butler Museum of American Art\, Youngstown\, OH). He has also worked o n commission to produce portraits of notable Spanish dignitaries such as th e former Presidents of the Spanish Congress of Deputies\, Felix Pons and Jo se Bono.  \;

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The exhibition runs thru September 19th. \;

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About EVOKE Contemporary 


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EVOKE Contemporary is committed to promoting compelling and provocative contemporary artists of international acclaim. EVOKE Contemporary participates in \;Last Friday Openings + A rtwalks in the Railyard Arts District each month year round.  \;  \ ;  \;  \;  \; \;EVOKE Contemporary is located at 550 South Guadalupe Street\, Santa Fe\, New Mexico 87501. Telephone 505.995.9902. Gal lery hours are Monday &ndash\; Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday 12-4pm. \;&nb sp\;For more information\, visit the EVOKE Contemporary website at \;www.evokecontempor ary.com

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DTEND:20150919 DTSTAMP:20150729T220805 DTSTART:20150828 GEO:35.6821747;-105.9486721 LOCATION:EVOKE Contemporary\,550 South Guadalupe Street \nSanta Fe\, New Me xico 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:BERNARDO TORRENS: FIGURATIVO\, Bernardo Torrens UID:391084 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150828T190000 DTSTAMP:20150729T220805 DTSTART:20150828T170000 GEO:35.6821747;-105.9486721 LOCATION:EVOKE Contemporary\,550 South Guadalupe Street \nSanta Fe\, New Me xico 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:BERNARDO TORRENS: FIGURATIVO\, Bernardo Torrens UID:391085 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

The Willi am&\;Joseph Gallery will exhibit a retrospective of local artist Kate Ri vers in &ldquo\;Lost in Paradise&rdquo\;\, featuring her mixed media collag e works on paper.

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Kate&rsquo\;s extensive and impressive resume include fellowship grants\, workshops\, Board member of the Oklahoma Visual Artists Coalition \, artist in residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute\, Ford Foundation scho larship and most recently the New Mexico Museum of Art&rsquo\;s &ldquo\;Art on the Edge&rdquo\; exhibit.  \;One work\, \;&ldquo\;Apollo&rsquo\ ;s Arrow&rdquo\; was just purchased by the New Mexico State Arts \;Comm ission for inclusion in the permanent art collection.
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Rivers says of her work\, "Collage is the primary medium of my work. I am interested in patte rn\, texture and the messages conveyed by the combination of text and image . The primary source materials used in this body of work are: fragments of maps\, notes\, cancelled stamps\, old books\, and scraps of paper with hand written notes or maps. This work is an investigation of memory\, nostalgia\ , time and space. Home and space become synonymous with memory\, loss and n ostalgia.

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Some of the pieces retain the overall image of a bird&rsquo\ ;s nest and these pieces relate to a specific moment in time and contain ma terial specific to that time such as product labels\, canceled stamps\, rec eipts\, letters\, notes\, exhibit entry stubs\, packaging material and a va riety of printed matter. Some of the work specifically considers the circle as the primary subject. Other pieces are a pure abstract use of found mate rials considering the material as subject. The works that use the image of the nest contain all of the elements of texture\, shape\, and found element s. I actually collect the physical nests and refer to them while working. I see this as part of the process and am working on sculptural versions of t he 2D collages. All of the work is structurally dense\, complex and is an a utobiographic statement. In particular I find that monetary exchange\, food \, entertainment\, and work\; those things that seem so precious at one mom ent can be so insignificant later. All is really kitsch.&rdquo\;

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This exhibit will debut \;September 4th\, wit h an opening reception fro \;5-7 p.m. \;and \;remain up until&n bsp\;October 4th.

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DTEND:20151004 DTSTAMP:20150729T220806 DTSTART:20150904 GEO:35.6805868;-105.9264939 LOCATION:The William & Joseph Gallery\,727 Canyon Road \nSanta Fe\, NM 8750 1 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Lost in Paradise\, Kate Rivers UID:390902 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20150904T190000 DTSTAMP:20150729T220806 DTSTART:20150904T170000 GEO:35.6805868;-105.9264939 LOCATION:The William & Joseph Gallery\,727 Canyon Road \nSanta Fe\, NM 8750 1 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Lost in Paradise\, Kate Rivers UID:390903 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

David Richard Gallery is pleas ed to present a Gallery Discussion: &ldquo\;The (Un)Real World&rdquo\; with curators Mary Dinaburg and Howard Rutkowski. \; The discussion will fo cus on (Un)Real\, a group exhibition featuring new figurative paintings by Michele Bubacco\, Angela Fraleigh\, David Humphrey\, Martin Mull and Claire Sherman

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The exhibition\, (Un)Real\, debuts the gallery&rsquo\; s figuration program and introduces five new artists to the roster. These a rtists all start with familiar imagery or situations as a point of departur e. Then\, each takes it in a different direction\, using their unique appro aches to painting and imbuing the works with conceptual content that challe nge our point of view. This presentation and the work of these artists is l ess about representation\, but more about the history of painting and cultu ral and conceptual parallels with abstraction. Not only are these paintings visually aesthetic on the surface\, but there is a story and history behin d each\, providing much more than visual depth.

Michel e Bubacco has a raw\, gestural approach to painting\, with deliber ate strokes and a reductive palette that captures the anguish and despair o f the figures. The scenes are chaotic\, some psychologically disturbing\, w ith imagery that ranges from sexually ambiguous to somewhat aggressive that creates intrigue and mystery with respect to the character&rsquo\;s orient ation and situation. Bubacco was born in 1983 on the island of Murano in Ve nice\, Italy and currently resides in Vienna\, Austria. After studying pain ting with the Venetian artist Alessandro Rossi from 2002 until 2004\, Bubac co opened a studio in Murano and began to take part in exhibitions in Italy and throughout Europe. A major highlight was the mounting of the monumenta l painting &ldquo\;Crimson Orchestra&rdquo\; at a satellite exhibition of t he Venice Biennale in 2011.

Angela Fraleigh&rsquo\;s newest work reconsiders the classic female nude by taking figures f rom Baroque and Rococo paintings and reexamining their surroundings\, attir e and gaze. Her paintings are more than sumptuous and beautiful\, they also touch upon feminist concerns. By taking the figures out of their objectifi ed and sensual roles\, she reveals different possible readings and narrativ es for the female characters\, giving them individuality and confidence. Fr aleigh earned her MFA from Yale University and her BFA from Boston Universi ty. She has exhibited widely at numerous venues across the US including the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art\, Kansas City\, MO\, and the Museum of F ine Arts Houston\, TX. Fraleigh was awarded several artist-in-residence pro grams\, including the CORE program\, MFAH\, TX\, the Bemis Center for Conte mporary Art in Omaha\, NE and Frans Masereel Centrum in Kasterlee\, Belgium .

Emerging in the 1970s\, David Humphrey&rsquo\;s paintings come out of Postmodernism. They are hard to categorize with their combination of cartoonish figures\, Pop Art sensibility\, Surrealism and gestural abstraction. Yet\, his unique visual language brings figurati on and abstraction together to challenge perceptions and assumptions. In hi s 35 year career\, Humphrey has exhibited throughout the US\, Canada and Eu rope. He has been a recipient of the Rome Prize\, American Academy in Rome in 2008\, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship in 2002 and two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships in 1987 and 1995. Humphrey& rsquo\;s artworks are included in the permanent collections of: Museum of A rt\, Carnegie Institute\, Pittsburgh\, PA\; Cleveland Center for Contempora ry Art\, OH\; Denver Art Museum\, CO\; Metropolitan Museum of Art\, NY\; Mu seum of Fine Art\, Boston\, MA\; and Walker Art Center\, Minneapolis\, MN.< br />
The photo real paintings of Martin Mull criti que the idealized Post-War American dream of a safe and happy home life. Th ose who had the good fortune to realize that dream are paired in his painti ngs with those who did not\, by using a clever device of juxtaposing the tw o extreme lives in full color versus half tones. Mull studied at the Rhode Island School of Design and has had numerous solo exhibitions across the US . His artworks are included in the permanent collections of Los Angeles Cou nty Museum of Art\, CA\; The Metropolitan Museum of Art\, New York\, NY\; T he Brooklyn Museum\, New York\, NY\; Walker Art Center\, Minneapolis\, MN a nd The Whitney Museum of American Art\, New York\, NY\, among others.

Claire Sherman&rsquo\;s paintings are rooted in th e American landscape tradition. However\, she does not try to capture the g randure and heroic scale of the outdoors in her artworks. Instead\, she foc uses on the details in the trees and rocks\, transforming them into abstrac tions that allow the viewer to get lost in the building blocks of the lands cape and open another world of possible readings. Sherman studied at the Un iversity of Pennsylvania and earned her MFA from The School of the Art Inst itute of Chicago in 2005. She has exhibited across the US and in Europe wit h 14 solo exhibitions and her work included in numerous private and corpora te collections. Sherman has received many fellowships and residencies and h er artwork reviewed in the New York Times\, Brooklyn Rail\, Hyperallergic a nd Chicago Tribune\, among others.

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