Eleven women artists, five from New Mexico and six from New York City, will exhibit artworks based on the theme MIGRATE at Gallery 128, 128 Rivington Street, NYC. Next year, the same artists will migrate to a gallery in New Mexico with a slightly altered variation on the same theme. MIGRATE is organized by artist Sabra Moore.
We live in a time of global change. The movements of people, plants and animals are creating new opportunities and new problems throughout the globe. People from many cultures are migrating from one place to another for reasons of economic necessity, political repression, war, love, cultural affinity, fear, hope. Plants are migrating, blown with the wind, carried in people’s suitcases or in the bodies of birds or animals, mutated by genetic engineering, purchased for food or dug up as ornaments. The same thing is happening to animals as they move due to global climate shifts. Ideas and images come with all this mixing and interchange. People react in various ways. Some see opportunity, some are threatened, some are stimulated.
The eleven artists have each chosen a unique approach to the theme. Gonzales has interviewed her Galisteo neighbors about their personal migrations to create a layered mapping of their movements. Miyamoto & Vilmain both explore their own migrations. Vilmain has created a faceted artist’s book No Mad that is also a puppet theater; Miyamoto’s sculpture will examine her journey from Japan. Walker has made an abstracted meditation on her pioneer kinfolk. Some artists focus on nature. Goldner explores water through the symbols of Malian ideograms and the medium of steel. Gutierrez is focusing on the warming ocean currents. Moore has re-configured the mythical origins of corn, domesticated by Meso Americans. Pindell has been visiting the involuntary migrants in the NYC zoos to make infra red photographs of penguins. Peer ‘s work is a meditation on the longing and regret inherent in human wandering. Some artists have collected materials on their walks. Schio has been making plaster casts of the imprints of the animals that visit the riverbank near her home in Abiquiu. Long has been picking up discarded truck hood ornaments and other debris near her home in Taos which she has cast in glass or other materials that harness light.