July 9- August 7, 2010
Sante Fe, NM- Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art presents: Materials Matter from July 9 - August 7, 2010. This exhibition runs concurrently with Australian Contemporary Indigenous Art - Now. The opening receptions for both exhibitions are Friday, July 9th, from 5 -7pm.
Materials Matter is a group show not about a specific idea or body of work, but about how seven artists working in two and three dimensions relate to, and express themselves through, their chosen medium. From John Garrett's unique found and constructed material objects to Tracy Krumm's crocheted wire sculpture, all of the artists are accomplished technicians as well as idea-driven artists.
Rebecca Bluestone works in hand-dyed silk threads and weaves subtle gradations of color in both abstract design and landscape-oriented bodies of work. John Garrett's "quilts" bring together countless varieties of materials used for their texture, color, and flexibility. Most of his materials are woven or tied together, using what Garrett calls "textile technologies." John Geldersma employs large aspen poles or blocks and thick slabs of pecan to realize his contemporary "tribal" abstractions.
Kay Khan painstakingly collages small pieces of found fabric into a three-dimensional whole. Her current series explores variations on the idea of body armor, as a protective and identity-defining body covering. Her use of stitching becomes the activated line that moves your eye around these narrative three dimensional works. Using crocheted wire and heavy forged hardware, Tracy Krumm's current work delves into the relationship between feminine and masculine materials and the tension created when combining the two. Flo Perkins presents intricately blown glass flowers with flowing bronze and steel stems and petals, in her large abstracted botanical works. And Gretchen Wachs unveils a new chapter in her long-running large-scale ceramic totem series, with flowing curves and modeled surfaces.
Materials Matter will be presented in Chiaroscuro's front space, 708 Canyon Road, throughout seven rooms of varied light and ambiance.