July 7, 2017
Four Recognized Albuquerque Area Glass Artists: Emily Brock, Doug Gillis , Sarah A Nelson, and Marcia Newren- Kinworked glass sculpture
Marcia Newren states, "Water", "It sustains us, and all life forms from microscopic to entirely too tangible. It can inspire deep tranquility and mind numbing terror. We take it utterly for granted until, like many natural gifts it makes us face it. We selected water as the theme for this glass sculpture show, not only because the material we work in is so conducive to its visual properties, but because of its diverse and vital nature."
Additional pieces will be shown by recently deceased glass artist Jerry Barnett.
Emily Brock combines many different techniques to create intricate narrative. The combination of fusing, slumping, casting, and lampworking creates a rich glass vocabulary.
Doug Gillis, states, “My approach is modular and contemporary based on the aesthetic styling of the European Bauhaus designs. The processes and materials themselves inspire me to explore."
Sarah A Nelson states, “I think of my work as inventories of compositional line and shapes inspired by, but not literal translations of, my drawings, painting and photographs."
Marcia Newren states, “I investigate glass process like an anthropologist out in the field. Abstruse experiments of limited utility with inconclusive outcomes are my specialty”
Come listen to the artists talk about their work, methods, inspirations and experiences.
June 2, 2017
In "Passages," Albuquerque artist Harriette Tsosie returns to her painting roots. After a ten year hiatus studying and creating work in encuastic (pigmented wax), Tsosie is exhibiting new work in acrylic on canvas or panel. Her acrylic technique was developed under tutelage by noted New York painter Jules Kirschenbaum, with whom she studied extensively in the 1960s. Kirschenbaum is categorized as a "magical realist" and Tsosie embraces this aspect by incorporating Native American themes and beliefs. In the exhibition, she links each painting and scroll to passages from beloved poems. The artwork and poetry cover wide ranging topics and genres, but reference her time-honored themes of place, language and genetics, which she sees as the building blocks of identity.
Also on exhibit is the work of Pilar potter Carl Gray Witkop. Inspired by pre-Columbian Mayan pottery, Witkop began experimenting with Native American pottery techniques in 1967. Early influences were potter Hal Reiger and Pueblo potters Popovi Da and Blue Corn. After studying anthropology and archaeology at Colorado State University, Witkop became a full time artist. His innovative work incorporates horsehair and feathers in the firing process.
On Saturday, June 10th, both artists will speak about their work. Albuquerque poet Scott Wiggerman will read work inspired by Tsosie's "Pleiades" scroll and one of his poems which inspired Tsosie's "Truganini" painting. The Artful Saturday, a feature of Weyrich Gallery's shows, will run from 3:30 - 4:30PM and is offered free of charge to the public.