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Exhibition Detail
Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers
Curated by: Lea Anderson
516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

March 9th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013
Ovoid Clutch, Melissa GwynMelissa Gwyn, Ovoid Clutch,
2012, oil on panel, 36 x 24 inches
Inside only became falling by the way rivers delivered places, Gregory EuclideGregory Euclide,
Inside only became falling by the way rivers delivered places,
2009, Acrylic, cedar, cigarette filter, paper, pencil, polyurethane, foam, moss, sedum, sponge, 23 x 14.5 x 5 inches
Cerebral Mapping (detail), Jessica DrenkJessica Drenk, Cerebral Mapping (detail),
2012, books, glue, wax
Lines of Vision Re-drawn (2), Steve BudingtonSteve Budington, Lines of Vision Re-drawn (2)

For Bosnia, Jennifer CawleyJennifer Cawley, For Bosnia,
2012, pigment print wallpaper
from the series "At the End of the Rainbow", Inés Molina NaveaInés Molina Navea,
from the series "At the End of the Rainbow",
2012, digital print
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12:00 - 5:00pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays

Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers is a group exhibition featuring diverse visual art media that explore the intimate and exotic realm of surface texture which evokes visceral, multi-sensory responses. Throughout the history of art making, the artist’s relationship with surface has been a serious consideration. Renaissance artists, striving for illusion, expected the viewer to ignore the surface. Modernists embraced the surface and made it a primary consideration. Postmodernity does whatever it feels like with surface. Now, the digital revolution has allowed viewers to “interact with” the surfaces of gadgets; but still, an illusion is all that is ultimately permitted. This leaves the curious soul of the viewer with the desire to touch, connect, cut, penetrate, peel away and expose layers. As artists, we are aware that surface is ours to manipulate, whether it is a mask of superficiality, a final layer of honesty or a cloak of mystery. The book Flatland, written in 1884 by Edwin A. Abbott, is loosely referenced in the exhibition, as it provides a philosophical look at a two-dimensional world, exploring abstract concepts of shape, line and point, and highlighting “a world within the surface.” This exhibition is curated by Lea Anderson, and artists were selected by both invitation and a call for submissions.

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