Nüart Gallery, 670 Canyon Road, 505-988-3888, nuartgallery.com
Artist Erin Cone’s figurative portraits combine elements of realism and abstraction in intriguing ways. Using reductive forms removed from the context of setting or place, the viewer is compelled to focus on the expressive, intimate qualities of her subjects. Her graceful, posed female figures appear to merge with the stark backgrounds where abstract, geometric elements converge with the figure, rendering them transparent. And yet, they also have a bold, graphic quality. Time + Tide, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Cone, is currently on view at the gallery through Sept. 13 or on Nüart’s website.