Cutting Edge

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The Line- 3 parts, 2003 Bronze 3 Parts Totaling 60 Inches © Courtesy of the Artist and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Winter Solstice, 2006 Collage D: 13 In © Courtesy of the Artist and Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
Cutting Edge

435 S Guadalupe
Santa Fe, NM 87501
July 24th, 2009 - August 22nd, 2009
Opening: July 24th, 2009 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Guadalupe, Railyard
Tue-Sat 10-5 or by appointment.
video, mixed-media, installation

Beginning on July 24, 2009, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, at 435 South Guadalupe Street in Santa Fe, New Mexico will present Cutting Edge, an exhibition of installation, mixed media, painting and video work by various artists (to be shown in the upstairs gallery). There will be a reception on Friday, July 24, 2009, from 5-7 pm, and the show continues through August 22, 2009. Cutting Edge will be opening concurrently with Francois Morellet (whose work will be showing in the main gallery downstairs).

The following installation, painting and mixed media artists will be included:

Madelin Coit works simultaneously in different media: drawing with graphite, engineered paper, reworked found objects, shadows, steel, neon, installation, performance and video. She explores perception, physical and emotional, and the way understanding or feelings appear to be and then change. Through the different media she uses, there is continuity in aesthetic and intention. She resides in Tesuque, NM.

Jennifer Joseph, of Santa Fe, NM, has dedicated herself, in the last seventeen years, to a body of work consisting of painting and sculptural installation that is primarily an investigation of subtle structures. Using proliferations of one thing, whether it is a brushstroke or a readymade object, Joseph creates systems and employs structures that interact with the random phenomena of light, perspective and perception. Her process is largely meditative and seeks to elucidate energy patterns and vibrations, to bring attention to light and to remind the viewer that beauty is a powerful antidote to a disaffected world. The work on exhibit will be her most recent project Universal Currency, her response to these economic times. She exhibits her work regularly in Santa Fe, nationally and internationally to critical acclaim.

Helmut Löhr has lived and worked all over the world: Dusseldorf, Paris, New York City and Glorieta Mesa, outside of Santa Fe, where he comes for renewal. Löhr’s art encompasses Conceptual art, installation, and collage, working with text in several languages and rearranging it to create a visual poetry. Löhr is not interested in the text as text, but as a visual structure that is based on feelings, not on the intellect. Löhr is quite prolific and shows his work internationally.

Dara Mark paints abstract spaces (in watercolor on mylar), which she hopes speak directly to the viewer’s senses and evoke feelings of emotional and spiritual awareness. Her painted spaces have counterparts in the experiential world that everyone knows quite well, such as skies full of clouds, mountain streams, and hillsides of flowers. She shows her work nationally and lives in Santa Fe, NM.

Joe Novak, who has been painting for thirty years, works with abstract excursions into color and light, many of which incorporate tonal gradations that infuse the works with a meditative quality. The work on exhibit will be nearly 100 5” x 7” color panel paintings displayed as a grid. Formally of Santa Fe, NM, Novak now resides in Palm Springs, CA, and continues to exhibit his paintings nationally and internationally.

Zachariah Rieke has pursued his painting with all his strength and purpose for the past 45 years. He paints in a state where he has “internalized” what he has learned, which allows him to clear his mind of thought and be fully in the moment. Rieke says his work “has always been about discovery”. He has exhibited his work nationally since 1965.

The following video artists (a group called the Currents) will be included:

Mariannah Amster works with created images, digital scans and video to explore the flexibility and layered quality of perception. In 2002, she founded, along with her partner Frank Ragano, the video arts production company Parallel Studios which has curated and produced the Currents video exhibits.

James Coker uses video as an extension of landscape photography and its ability to engage the memory and imagination through the evocation of time and place. He has a background in Computer Science and Computer Music, and resides in Albuquerque, NM.

Robert Drummond is a video performance and installation artist formerly based in Los Angeles, who integrates his work with site-specific architecture, sculptural components, and interactive video. Drummond shows his work internationally and performs live onstage using real-time video mixing techniques.

Anne Farrell has been working with computer graphics, still images, 3D animation, digital video and installation since the 1980s. She creates what she calls My Little Movie, which follows the protagonist as she encounters obstacles, beauty, excitement and danger on her metaphorical journey.

Hisao Ihara is originally from Tokyo, and lives in New York City. His work explores the intricate overlay of time and visual perception within immersive video environments, dealing with aspects of culture, history and the physical experience of time and space. Ihara’s work is not interested in expressing something new, but rather to try to understand the formation of existing expressions. He works in animation, live action video, video performance and hybrid digital media.

Frank Ragano has, since his move to Santa Fe, NM in 1996, focused on integrating video into his sculptural installations. He began his artistic career in dance and theater, which has formed the basis for his video installation work. In 2002, he founded, along with his partner Mariannah Amster, the video arts production company Parallel Studios which has curated and produced the Currents video exhibits.

Flame Schon’s video work has been greatly informed by the experience of spending a number of years in India, examining the conflicting realities of its culture. Her process of filming involves attempting to push the edges of perception by using formal elements in unexpected ways. She exhibits her work internationally.

Steina was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and studied music in Prague, where she met Woody Vasulka. The couple married in 1964, and moved to the United States in 1965, where she worked in New York City as a freelance musician. Steina began working with video in 1969, and since then her various tapes and installations have been exhibited in the USA, Europe and Asia. Although her main focus is on creating Video Tapes and Installations, she has recently become involved in interactive performance in public places, playing a digitally adapted violin to move video images displayed on large projectors. Among the major exhibitions Steina has had during her career, recently, in 2008 she had a one person show at SITE Santa Fe. Steina and Woody Vasulka have resided in Santa Fe since 1980.

David Stout is a media artist, professor at the College of Santa Fe, and live cinema performer exploring real-time cross-synthesis of sound and image. He co-founded the transmedia performance group, NoiseFold, along with his creative partner, Cory Metcalf. NoiseFold present performances and installation works at festival, museum and inter-arts venues worldwide. Stout is the recipient of the New Mexico New Visions Award (2007), among other awards and honors.

Woody Vasulka was born in Brno, Czechoslovakia where he studied Industrial Engineering, before moving to Prague where he studied Film and Television. After producing a pioneering body of tapes in collaboration with Steina Vasulka in 1969, Woody has investigated the narrative, syntactical and metaphorical potential of electronic imaging. His development of an expressive image-language began as a rigorous deconstruction of the materiality of the electronic signal, and has evolved to the application of imaging codes and digital manipulation to narrative strategies and a series of interactive installations in the 1990s. His professional career began in New York City, where he co-founded, with Steina, the electronic media center, The Kitchen in 1971. Woody and Steina have lived in Santa Fe, NM since 1980. One of Vasulka’s pieces that will be on exhibit is a series of found slides, which have been weathered and manipulated digitally, and printed on 6 foot tall scrolls.

Selected images by Cutting Edge artists are enclosed. Additional high resolution images and information are available from the gallery upon request.