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Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Bił' Hahodiishłaa\, a collection of abstract paintin gs by artist David Johns. The opening is Friday\, September 26\, at the gal lery\, 435 South Guadalupe Street\, across from the rail station\, from 5:0 0 - 7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts
District Last Friday A rt Walk. The artist will be present.

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David Johns&rsquo\;s latest solo exhibition is titled Bił' Hahodiishłaa whi ch means this is how I made it\; this is how it came to be.

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&ldquo\;When you age\, you think more about innermos t things\; what you are\, what you really are\, down to your soul\, where y ou are coming from\,&rdquo\; says Johns.

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For David Johns\, painting is a prayer\, an almost ceremonial way to t ravel back in time\, allowing the artist to move beyond the impositions of context\, subject\, or object\, and discover the essence of a painting thro ugh color and light alone. As the artist states it in his own words\, &ldqu o\;In \;nature\, light creates color. In painting\, color creates light .&rdquo\;

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Johns works to express a sp iritual and emotional state in the form of color and light. By reducing his images to the essentials\, Johns evokes these feelings for both himself an d his audience.

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When approaching his work\, David Johns strives to shed all preconceptions or ideas\, and find a n \;&lsquo\;unknown&rsquo\; state. This &lsquo\;unknown&rsquo\; is what is most exciting to him\; the manifestation of something unique from nothi ng\, revealing the unrevealed\, unearthing what is hidden. The finished wor k creates a collaborative space for his audience\, welcoming them to bring their own experiences and to project their own visions\, feelings and inter pretations. As N. Scott Momaday said of Johns\, &ldquo\;David Johns is a&nb sp\;seer\, and he comes very honestly by that gift. In his remarkable artwo rk\, he enables us to see as well. His gift becomes our gift. Here is the e ssential spirit of creation.&rdquo\;

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A master of technique and materials\, David Johns blends his formal art tra ining with traditional Navajo (Diné\;) teachings to create his unique style. Vibrant in color and rich in texture\, his paintings dazzle the eye but also converge with the soul. Color\, for Johns\, is more than a medium to create emotion\, light\, texture and form\; color is saturated with tra ditional Navajo symbolism. In Navajo culture\, white\, blue\, yellow\, and black are the four &lsquo\;original&rsquo\; colors\, and represent the four cardinal directions\, time of day\, states of mind\, paths of life\, the f our seasons\, and more. This underlines the spiritual and syncretic dimensi ons of his work. When asked about the meaning and motivation behind his wor ks Johns says\, &ldquo\;My creations on paper and canvas do not come from a place of preconception. They come from the inner most chambers of my soul. The essence of what I am is a
spiritual being. I am a Diné\; ( Navajo) man of the \;T\;&lsquo\;aashchi&rsquo\;i clan and born for the Kinyaa&rsquo\;aanii clan. Even as I write it\, it feels like I am saying a prayer. Everything I am and do I hope comes from a place of harmony. When m y mind\, body and spirit are in balance then I can produce an image which r eflects my truth. I hope my abstractions are ways for the observers to feel the essence of my inner self\; not to get caught up in the distractions of outer appearances. It is not the form that touches our deepest longings bu t rather the story my images evoke in the viewer. This is the ultimate impa ct of my art.&rdquo\;

DTEND:20141024 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20140929 GEO:35.683666;-105.9459679 LOCATION:Zane Bennett Contemporary Art\,435 S Guadalupe \nSanta Fe\, NM 875 01 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Bił' Hahodiishłaa \, David Johns UID:357129 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20140926T190000 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20140926T170000 GEO:35.683666;-105.9459679 LOCATION:Zane Bennett Contemporary Art\,435 S Guadalupe \nSanta Fe\, NM 875 01 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Bił' Hahodiishłaa \, David Johns UID:357130 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20141015 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141003 GEO:35.6826859;-105.932557 LOCATION:Ventana Fine Art\,400 Canyon Road \nSanta Fe\, NM 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:"Native Beauty"\, Silverwood\, McCuan\, Windsor\, Dawson UID:357127 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20141003T190000 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141003T170000 GEO:35.6826859;-105.932557 LOCATION:Ventana Fine Art\,400 Canyon Road \nSanta Fe\, NM 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:"Native Beauty"\, Dawson\, McCuan\, Silverwood\, Windsor UID:357128 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Ren Adams multi-media prints i nvestigate the nature of emergence in the digital age. Synthesizing ideas f ound in physics\, information theory\, Eastern philosophy\, archaeology\, d igital culture\, mass media and linguistics\, Adams embraces the interdisci plinary nature of mixed media\, layering printmaking techniques with drawin g\, painting and digital processing.

DTEND:20141031 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141003 GEO:35.0793022;-106.6015114 LOCATION:New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery\,3812 Central Ave. SE Ste. 100B \nAlbuquerque\, NM 87108 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Alchemy of Image: The Language of Information Space\, Ren Adams UID:357125 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20141003T200000 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141003T170000 GEO:35.0793022;-106.6015114 LOCATION:New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery\,3812 Central Ave. SE Ste. 100B \nAlbuquerque\, NM 87108 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Alchemy of Image: The Language of Information Space\, Ren Adams UID:357126 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

Matrix Fine Art is very excite d to host this prestigious exhibition of more than 40 outstanding pastel ar tists. The status of &ldquo\;signature&rdquo\; member is hard earned throug h a complex point system calculated from exhibitions\, awards and publicati ons. This colorful exhibition will feature the flexibility and range of the pastel medium from lush landscapes\, to animals\, still lifes and portrait s. This show will feature the leading talent of contemporary pastel artists in New Mexico.

DTEND:20141031 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141003 GEO:35.0791616;-106.6015061 LOCATION:Matrix Fine Art\,3812 central Ave. SE 100 B\nAlbuquerque\, NM 8710 8 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:2014 Pastel Society of New Mexico Signature Membership Show UID:357122 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20141003T200000 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141003T170000 GEO:35.0791616;-106.6015061 LOCATION:Matrix Fine Art\,3812 central Ave. SE 100 B\nAlbuquerque\, NM 8710 8 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:2014 Pastel Society of New Mexico Signature Membership Show UID:357123 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20141102 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20140926 GEO:35.681857;-105.95056 LOCATION:LewAllen Galleries (Railyard)\,1613 Paseo de Peralta \nSanta Fe\, NM 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Investigations Of The Environment\, Diane Burko UID:357119 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20141102 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20140926 GEO:35.681857;-105.95056 LOCATION:LewAllen Galleries (Railyard)\,1613 Paseo de Peralta \nSanta Fe\, NM 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:LOGOS\, Dirk De Bruycker UID:357118 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION: DTEND:20141012 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141003 GEO:35.6859855;-105.9385208 LOCATION:Joe Wade Fine Art\,El Centro 102 E. Water Street \nSanta Fe\, New Mexico 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Manfred Rapp UID:357116 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20141003T190000 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141003T170000 GEO:35.6859855;-105.9385208 LOCATION:Joe Wade Fine Art\,El Centro 102 E. Water Street \nSanta Fe\, New Mexico 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Manfred Rapp UID:357117 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DESCRIPTION:

A visual feast of landscape paintings by this master of real ism.

DTEND:20141028 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141017 GEO:35.6835067;-105.9334514 LOCATION:GREENBERG Fine Art\,205 Canyon Road \nSanta Fe\, New Mexico 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:One Man Show\, David Bottini UID:357114 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20141017T190000 DTSTAMP:20140919T015313 DTSTART:20141017T170000 GEO:35.6835067;-105.9334514 LOCATION:GREENBERG Fine Art\,205 Canyon Road \nSanta Fe\, New Mexico 87501 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:One Man Show\, David Bottini UID:357115 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR