First Friday Citywide Event
December 7, 2018
From: 5-8:30 PM
36th Invitational Annual Theme Show
Show Closes: December 28, 2018
New Work By: Mark Foster, Louis D'Amico, Allen Powell, Charles La Fond, Chris Casey, Linda Holland, Anne Englehardt, Margot Geist.
Linda Holland's abstract paintings evoke realms, enigmatic, yet with palpable sense of place. Layered and blended colors, textures and motion invite the viewer to participate in a journey. Her abstract sculptures and paintings have been featured in solo and two-person shows in New Mexico as well as juried regional exhibits. In addition to corporate and private collections, her work has been selected for university, state and municipal art collections.
Margot Geist, states, "Late summer, early fall...and the Farmers' Markets in our city offer panoplies of vegetables that delight the eye as much as the palate. We turn a corner and chance upon an aliveness that nourishes body and mind, if we remain open to kaleidoscopic space. The work here part of a larger series, might be imagined as an invitation to dance with elements, atop fields' brown-wet earth, in the rainbow light of a market mandala."
Chris Casey artist statement, "My pottery is adorned with lines that explore the liminal zone between the concrete and the abstract. These designs are improvised and play to our pattern seeking brains. I'm focused on movement and composition by drawing lines in space."
First Friday Artscrawl Event
Artist Reception: November 2, 2018
From: 5-8:30 PM
Show Closes November 30, 2018
Solo Show and New Work by Kathryne Cyman-Contemporary Potter
Title: Shades of Celadon
Prestigious Local Treasure and UNM Professor, Kathryne Cyman of Albuquerque, Cyman states, I find that I constantly return to the past for inspiration when I create, Oddly it propels me forward and is a point of departure in my work. However, no matter what, or how I strive to connect to the past, my work still feels from this time, especially after I see it transformed in the kiln.
It's remarkable to me for a place so different from Asia as New Mexico, that the porcelain we create actually feels related.
When attempting to connect to the spirit of this originally Asian art with this place, I often add local mineral bearing soils to color the glaze.
Iron is abundant here, and there are similar but subtle variations. The amount of iron added to the glaze results in various shades of green to blue when fired in a kiln with a reduction atmosphere. Celadons originated in China over 1,800 years ago, Korea over 1,000 years and Japan over 800 years. The color green, found abundantly in nature was revered and then thought to be akin to Jade, a pond, or a leaf. I sense that the color of the natural light effects the desire for certain shades of green from the local environment.
My hope is for shades of celadons that enhance the use of the porcelain forms existing within the color of the light that is New Mexico.
Also, Sumie Ink on Xuan Paper by Susan Myo On Linnell
Linnell's statement, "In 2012 I had the great privilege of seeing an exhibit of the 18th century Japanese painter Ito Jakuchu scrolls and later in Japan found one of the painter's very playful simple sumie ink paintings of vegetables reproduced on a cotton work scarf. The composition is based on a very famous image of the Buddha at the time of his Nirvana surrounded by the forest, monks, and animals. In Ito Jakuchu's ink painting, The Buddha is seen as a dikon radish. It was at once hilarious and moving.
In the summer of 2017 with a new garden next door I became completely, intensely overwhelmed by the vivid beauty of the vegetables. I began to paint the vegetables in sumie ink on paper and then later deeply moved by their vivid color I had to try to capture their feeling. The first one was a perfectly beautiful onion with it's layers of transparent white with a long green top. The last ones that year were the wildly unruly and complex ears of corn - a series of 17 paintings. I couldn't help but paint them all for the pure joy of seeing them.
The works on paper that I have mounted as traditional scrolls are explained more fully on my website and at the exhibition. I am a Zen Buddhist Monk and the work's are often inspired by the meditation practice experience, the koans used in that practice, haiku, and images from the Zen records.