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Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers

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Ovoid Clutch, 2012 Oil on Panel 36 X 24 Inches
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Cerebral Mapping (detail), 2012 Books, Glue, Wax
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Lines of Vision Re-drawn (2)
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For Bosnia, 2012 Pigment Print Wallpaper
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from the series "At the End of the Rainbow", 2012 Digital Print
Flatlanders & Surface Dwellers
Curated by: Lea Anderson

516 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
March 9th, 2013 - June 1st, 2013

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.516arts.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Albuquerque
EMAIL:  
info@516arts.org
PHONE:  
505-242-1445
OPEN HOURS:  
12:00 - 5:00pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays

DESCRIPTION

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.