Deborah Gavel

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Deborah Gavel
​Word
encaustic, silver leaf, oil, mixed media on panel
24” x 24”

Value: $3,000        Opening Bid: $550         Current Bid: $575

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About Deborah

“At the prelude of this show, I will be en route to Italy and a dream come true to see Venice. This painting is a tribute to Venice and the opportunity to see La Biennale di Venezia. I have worked on this panel for a long time, twelve years in fact. I was not entirely satisfied with it at each stage but through the years I have returned to it, scraped it back and revised it again and again. It finally came together for me as a prelude to my journey. This years Biennale title, The Encyclopedic Palace, curated by the NY's New Museum curator, Massimiliano Gioni, was inspired by a fellow Italian, Marino Furiti. His 1950's vision of a building where all the knowledge of the world would be contained was conceived to be built on the National Mall in Washington DC. It was never realized but the original architectural model will be on display in one of the pavilions of the Biennale. For the Futurist, Furiti, this complete body of knowledge housed in a single building seemed quite plausible. Presumably it would have been a world library filled with books. Today, in the age of electronic information exchange, perhaps all we need is a virtual library.

When Julia Mandeville came to pick up this piece at my studio, I asked her what "WORD" meant to her. She said, "Everything." I like that. Yes, it can mean your favorite book or film, a poem, the dictionary, an encyclopedia of knowledge, life, death yes, everything. Moreover, "WORD" is you, as your refection moves through it as you move between it and the light. You are WORD.”

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HARWOOD STORIES

Barbara Grothus

Former Harwood Artist


I remember when the Harwood was a big empty building and Friedje had recruited a few people from the community to brainstorm about what it might become. The art community was large; studio and gallery spaces were limited. A match was made, and as the space filled up, the vision evolved. Albuquerque United Artists had an office, and held exhibitions during the 1990s. In 2000, I collected burned relics from the Cerro Grande fire.The Harwood had a space available, and though I have always had my own studio (OK, those burned things were sooty), I rented a studio there while I worked on some ideas. Eventually, I had two shows about the fire The Harwood also awarded me an exhibition in 2005. That was a true honor. The place has been part of my life for the entire time it has existed as a “home for art and artists.

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