Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce our Annual Group Show. We will showcase works by our artists – Dunham Aurelius, Jonathan Blaustein, Mark di Suvero, Guy Dill, Günther Förg, Todd Hido, Steve Joy, David Kapp, François Morellet, Olivier Mosset, Joe Novak, Mary Shaffer, Rachel Stevens and Donald Woodman, among others. The works are represented by paintings, prints, works on paper, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. The show opens Friday, November 26, 2010 and continues through Saturday, January 8, 2011. The opening reception is Friday, November 26 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, from 5:00-7:00 pm in conjunction with the Railyard Arts District Walk from 5:00-7:00 pm.
MARK DI SUVERO was born in Shanghai, China. He earned his degree in philosophy from University of California, Berkeley, and when he graduated in 1957, his artwork was already flourishing. However, in 1960, while preparing for his first solo exhibition, di Suvero was critically injured. His will to build was too strong for any set-back, and he continued to sculpt using an iron apron to cover his lap, while he mastered a new welding technique that would continue throughout his artistic career. Di Suvero is also committed to helping fellow artists by founding Park Place Gallery, the Athena Foundation, and Socrates Sculpture Park. These spaces bring community members and artists closer together in wonderfully collaborative ways. Over the years, di Suvero's work has appeared in major museums and outdoor public settings around the world including The Getty Center (Los Angeles), Martin Z. Margulies Sculpture Park (Miami), The Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC), and DaimlerChrysler Collection (Pottsdamer Platz).
STEVE JOY is originally from England, but he has lived and worked all over the world, including many years in the Far-East. His current works contain a taste of many of the exotic places he has traveled to including: Madagascar, India, the Yucatan, North Africa, to name just a few. Joy’s most recent paintings attempt to express the code of ethics, aesthetics and spirituality that runs throughout the history of humanity. This includes the warrior code of the Samurai, the devotion and loyalty of people such as Saint Francis of Assisi, the great tradition of Russian Orthodox Icon painting, and homage to the sublime, ethereal portraits of Leonardo DaVinci. Joy’s initial impetus for painting came to him through exposure to the works of Barnett Newman and Mark Rothko. His influences from the past include Duccio, Giotto, Velasquez and Matisse. Joy says, “to this day, I remain committed to the idea of spiritual abstraction and to the development of painting and its history from the 15th century to today.”
DAVID KAPP was born Manhattan in 1953 and began painting after viewing Robert Motherwell’s retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in 1963. Thereafter, Kapp continued to focus on the New York School of abstractionists and the Bay Area Figuration artists. After attending school in Vermont and spending three years with the Art Spot, he entered Queens College Graduate School of Painting. During his years as a graduate student, Kapp fine-tuned his focus to the scenes of New York, especially those that offer a perspective from the upper floors of his studio and apartment. These streetscapes are the crux of his oeuvre. His work has been exhibited throughout the United States and is part of renowned collections, including: BMW of North America, Museum of the City of New York, JPMorgan Chase Corporate Art Collection, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Aside from the intensity of his New York lifestyle, Kapp married fellow artist Cecily Kahn, and together they have two children. Travel plays a large role in their lives, and they have experienced nearly all of the United States and Europe, as well as Central America through their journeys.
HOLLY ROBERTS was born in Boulder, Colorado and now resides in Corrales, New Mexico. She received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University, and since 1980, she has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. She has won several awards for photography including the National Endowment for the Arts Grant and the Ferguson Grant. Roberts’ work is included in many renowned collections including Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Citicorp Group, and the Phoenix Arts Commission. Her works are a combination of photography and painting. Among the major concerns in her works are the degradation of the environment, the anxiety of being alive in the world today, and the confusion between the abuses of extremist religions and real spirituality.
DONALD WOODMAN graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1969, with a BS degree in architecture along with an extensive background in photography. Woodman developed his creative photography abilities working with the internationally recognized photographer, Minor White at MIT in Cambridge, MA. During this period, he became knowledgeable about the history of photography while also developing hands-on knowledge of a wide range of historical and non-silver photo techniques, including photogravure. He subsequently obtained his MFA from the University of Houston, at which point his work was already widely-recognized. Since, he has collaborated with many celebrities, organizations, and other artists; most famously, his wife, Judy Chicago. His work is also included in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Museum of Art and History, Fribourg, Switzerland, the Albuquerque Museum, The Museum of New Mexico, and the New Orleans Museum of Art.