Few of the black-and-white photographs in John Chervinsky’s An Experiment in Perspective series breathe to us a clear message. But 2003’s Design — showing a mazelike, chalk-drawn figure over a black box — contains fairly direct references to a 1922 Robert Frost poem with the same title, and specifically to what the poet intuits may be a “design of darkness.”
Artists seek and find their inspiration for a themed exhibit of works opens with a 5 p.m. reception tonight at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
The Syrian civil war, now just about in its fourth year, has created more than 2.8 million refugees who survive in five neighbor countries, according to the CIA’s World Factbook. More than half a million of the displaced people live in refugee camps in Jordan (which also has about 55,000 Iraqi refugees and more than two million Palestinian refugees); it was in Jordan that Tony O'Brien photographed and collected stories in 2013.
For the third incarnation of Zane Bennett’s Under 35 exhibition series, the focus is narrowed from past shows to include works by only three gallery artists, providing easier opportunities to draw comparisons among them. The correspondences are visual as well as thematic.
Students in Santa Fe are collaborating with their Moengo, Suriname, counterparts on a monumental work that artist Marcel Pinas, a native of the small Suriname village of Pelgrimkondre, hopes will “make people become aware of their identities and where they fit in the world.”
In a written statement for I Want to Believe (maybe), a group show local artist and avid X-Files fan Erika Wanenmacher curated at Offroad Productions, she says that “the qualifying ‘maybe’ in the title statement is the result of considerations about our culture’s tendency to want quick solutions to our problems.”
Recently, a group of friends gathered on Canyon Road to toast the prolific painter and writer Alfred Morang at El Farol.
The many subjects in Ray’s portfolio include a newly enlisted Elvis Presley about to board a troopship bound for Germany; John and Jackie Kennedy in the early 1960s; a fierce Muhammad Ali in the ring; and George Harrison and Bob Dylan singing at the Concert for Bangladesh. Ray also did two Army tours as a photographer in Vietnam.
Undress is a multimedia installation by Paula Wilson — an artist based in Carrizozo, New Mexico — linked to Art Collision & Repair Shop through the theme of art as object, though it focuses more directly on objectification in art.
Art Collision & Repair Shop, opening in the Muñoz Waxman Gallery at the Center for Contemporary Arts, asks what happens when artists relinquish their unfinished pieces and let others determine their fate.
In Incorporate, Wanenmacher explores the symbiotic relationships she sees between plants and other organisms. The sculptural works include the likenesses of a large nightshade flower fashioned from found pieces of leaded glass and a larger-than-life-size hawk moth.
Beyond Reason, a two-person show on view at Ellsworth Gallery, is an odd assortment of Lisa Rainbird’s drawings and sculptural works by William Dubby Fuqua. Rainbird’s compositions deal subtly with themes of selfishness, indulgence, affliction, infirmity, and child abuse but also with wonder and magic.
On a trip to Spain last year to visit his ailing father, local artist Francisco Benítez made a discovery at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid. In time, the revelation inspired Benítez to research European encounters with indigenous peoples of the New World.
California-based artist Tony DeLap has also been counted along with the Minimalists and Finish Fetishists and, over the decades, among various subgenre artists, including hard-edge painters. But DeLap keeps such labels, particularly Minimalism, at arm’s length.
Born in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (now the capital of Slovakia), in 1936, Eugene Newmann grew up in Barranquilla, Colombia (Spanish is his first language), and New York City.
Taking in the aspens of Northern New Mexico is a major delight during the autumn season.Tim Althauser’s detailed paintings of aspen groves, which he suffuses with ambient light, capture this sensation of being in the deep woods and experiencing such awe.
Dirk Kortz’s newest body of paintings, Persistence of Vision, defies easy categorization. Elements of each painting are made in a number of artistic genres such as pop, realism, and comic book. The grid paintings in particular seem to be a random selection of unrelated scenes, each one compelling in its own way.
Made between 2009 and 2014, photographer Julie Blackmon's new body of work was inspired by Jan Steen, Edward Gorey, Tim Burton, and Norman Rockwell.
Though Irving Greines and Ysabel LeMay, photographers with work currently on view at Verve Gallery of Photography, have quite different approaches to creating their images, both consider their projects to be expressions of the organic.
Biographical content is rarely explored effectively as a component of nonobjective abstraction, but in examining the expressionistic canvases of Frank Ettenberg, it’s not possible to separate the man from the work if you know him.
“From a distance, I think my work looks like a textural painting. Then you get up close and see that it’s made out of wrappers from cans of salmon or a matchbook or a mosquito-repellent box,” said Erin Currier, a painter and recycled-materials collage artist with a show of new work, From Taos to Laos, opening at Blue Rain Gallery on Friday, Sept. 12.
Among the more memorable of the roughly 70 high-definition images in Godfrey Reggio’s film Visitors (2013) are the portraits. Filmed in black and white, Reggio’s film is a mesmerizing experience that taps into the power of the human and animal gaze.
In the Light, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art’s 13th solo exhibition featuring Miller Pierce, includes a handful of the shaped resin panels for which she is best known.
In a verdant dale in the little town of Boringville, an eccentric, monocled gentleman, resplendent in his top hat, handlebar mustache, and plaid suit, rests beneath a tree. He longs for adventures and daydreams of crossing the sea and visiting far-off lands. The gentleman is the latest subject in a narrative series developed by artist Jeffrey Schweitzer.
Dennis’ drawings are in part made from observations of the people around him when he, like many of us, suddenly finds himself to be an unintended eavesdropper on one-sided cellphone conversations.