In response to the City of Santa Fe’s “Summer of Color” Initiative, Tansey Contemporary will present a group exhibition that demonstrates the creativity of working within color constraints- emphasizing texture, technique and tactile expression. The exhibition will feature the latest body of work from Santa Fe-based Mixed Media artist Thomas Roth. Additional works included will be executed across a broad range of media (glass, porcelain, clay, paint and textile) with a total absence of color or extremely limited color palette. Artists include Eunsuh Choi (glass), Udo Noger (paint/mixed media), Clea Carlsen (clay), Lesley Richmond (fiber/mixed media), Bruce Helander (collage), Lewis Knauss (fiber/mixed media), Chris Hill (steel sculpture), Scarlett Kanistanaux (bronze/clay sculpture), Gino Miles (steel sculpture), Jerry Wingren (stone sculpture), Nuala O'Donovan (porcelain), Lara Scobie (porcelain), Carol Coates (mixed media), Emma Varga (glass), Lino Tagliapietra (glass), and Giles Bettison (glass).
The exhibition as a whole is meant to complement but also extend the Summer of Color’s focus to recognize the work of artists who leverage the very absence of color in their work to push their creativity forward and emphasize deeper elements of technique.
Thomas Roth explains, “The more basic the color, the more inward and pure. White is not a mere absence of color; it is as fierce as red and as affirmative as black. I could paint in many colors; but could never paint with such gaudy elegance, as when I paint in white.”
The Free of Color exhibition at Tansey Contemporary will open in conjunction with the opening of a major solo exhibition of works executed in newspaper by Gugger Petter. Petter selected newspaper as her expressive medium specifically because of the limitations it provides and the constraints it challenges her to work within. “My use of newspaper presents me with a perfect black/white and limited color palette which has always been my choice”.