Picking up the pieces

Jason Myers, Crushed Cone (2022), courtesy Strata Gallery

Fragmentation is defined as the disintegration, collapse, or breakdown of norms of thought, behavior, or social relationships. Fragments is the theme of Strata Gallery’s juried exhibition, and president David Olivant states that the artists who submitted work this year had a wide variety of perspectives on what the word means to them. Out of 740 applicants, 41 were selected. A reception runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6, at the gallery.

Artist Chad Cleveland’s painting deals with shifting and fragmenting architecture of the human face; Lauren Dana Smith turns overlaid and fused fragments into digital composites; and Mona Monroe’s selected work Trying to Keep it Together focuses on the centrifugal forces of fragmentation. Olivant, also the gallery’s co-founder, will serve as juror. The prize amounts are $200 for best of show; $150 for director’s choice; and $50 each for two honorable mentions. It’s the gallery’s second annual juried exhibition; the theme of last year’s was Against the Grain, and 21 artists were selected.

Through Jan. 21, Strata Gallery, 418 Cerrillos Road, Suite 1-C, 505-780-5403, stratagallerysantafe.com

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