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Watchlist Artist: Ryder Richards

Roswell Museum and Art Center is currently showing works of Ryder Richards in an exhibition titled 'Conflicted' on view till 17 Apr. 2013. During his time as a fellow at the RAiR Program, Ryder Richards (born in Roswell in 1977) has developed a series of drawings and sculptures exploring methods of icon and image presentation in the West. Using two Renaissance sculptures as inspiration, the work in Conflicted presents flattened images of the sculptures held aloft by a wooden network of scaffolding reminiscent of drive-in movie screens, billboards, and towers lining the local highways. Draw... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 3/13/13
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Watchlist Artist: Sarah Bostwick

Roswell Artist-in-Residence: Sarah Bostwick is showing her works in an ongoing exhibition at Roswell Museum and Art Cente till June 17, 2012. Sarah Bostwick casts and carves traditional materials, such as plaster and hardwoods, to depict minimalist landscapes and scenes of colloquial architecture in low relief. By employing light and shadow to illustrate how built landscapes are altered by their inhabitance, Bostwick seeks to comment on the language of objects. She is interested in documenting places as a type of cultural anthropology, recreating man-made forms in monochromatic miniature in... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 5/2/12
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Nathan Craven at Roswell

The eighteenth century German philosopher Immanuel Kant described decoration as “enlivening the object for sensation.” In the work of Nathan Craven, small extruded ceramic units—numbering from hundreds to tens of thousands—are stacked, arranged, and balanced to function as both pure decoration and structural objects. The resulting formations serve as architectural extensions including floors, window screens, or room dividers that alter visitors’ experiences and perceptions of the space. In each work, the architecture is not merely decorated, it grows out of decoration itself. Craven, from... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 9/24/11
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Beauty in Nature

The 2011 Invitational Exhibition, Natural Beauty, includes work by regional artists Julia Barello (Las Cruces, New Mexico), Susan Beiner (Tempe, Arizona), Suzi Davidoff (El Paso, Texas), and Ana Maria Hernando (Boulder, Colorado). Natural Beauty refers not only to the subject of the natural world, but also to the philosophical enquiry of beauty as found in nature. Nature has inspired art and literature throughout the ages, and it was often the basis for early ponderings on the concept of beauty as illustrated in the writings of Plato, among others. This was soon displaced by art, only to re... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 9/4/11
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Women Artists of New Mexico

Georgia O’Keeffe is perhaps the most widely acclaimed of New Mexico’s pioneering female artists. But, she is not alone in her independent, self-determined passion to create powerful statements exulting her surroundings. O’Keeffe’s peers made indelible contributions to the art historical record of the Southwest and the spread of the American modernist movement in the ‘20s and ‘30s. Their personae led to the allure of Taos and Santa Fe as bohemian art colonies—enclaves for the sustenance of fine art, film, literature, dance, and theater in an isolated, postcard perfect world. In large part, t... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 9/4/11
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An Artist's Life

An artist’s life is one that many romanticize but very few people choose for their life’s occupation. It is a journey that at the best of times is arduous, balancing the material and aesthetic worlds and being responsible to one’s family and to the demands of the work in the studio, yet there are those individuals that make the conscious choice to lead a creative life of discovery. They are compelled to move forward through times of struggle and do not become complacent in times of great reward. Peter Rogers is just such an individual. For over sixty years he has strived as an artist with d... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/15/12