August Exhibitions | Harwood Art Center

August Exhibitions

Friday, August 03, 6:00pm

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3 from 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: August 3 - 23, 2018


Luanne Redeye’s exhibition, Frames, is a series of mixed media works and portrait paintings that weave together historical and personal narratives, familial relationships, and creativity as a way to heal. Through this work, Luanne incorporates beaded picture frames as a device to represent larger themes that affect Native communities and families – themes like alcoholism, domestic violence, mental illness but also good things like caring, providing, protecting, and teaching. Representing five different family members, the frames and paintings hold important moments that reveal the thoughts and history of the artist, like a collection of finger prints; the layering of imagery focuses on creating visibility, confronting historical traumas, and acknowledging the past to help understand the present. {main gallery}

Barbara / Facing Down Alzheimer's: Vincent Frazzetta

Barbara and Alzheimer’s. The viewer knows the outcome of this story. In this exhibition of photographic art and documentary, Bernalillo resident Vincent Frazzetta presents a woman’s extraordinary struggle to live a decent life while facing down a murderous disease. With eighteen black and white film photographs and accompanying text, Frazzetta invites the viewer to bond with Barbara and learn something new about grace under duress. For those who work as caregivers for people with the disease, the stunning images and accompanying texts reveal small truths and clues to help carry on their mission. {front gallery}

About the artists

Luanne Redeye
Luanne Redeye uses painting as a way to see others. Working primarily in oil she depicts the relationship between perception and experience of native identity through genre scenes, designs, and portraits. Born in Jamestown, New York, Luanne grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in Western New York. It is from here where she draws inspiration incorporating community and family members into her paintings, which gives her works a strong personal and emotional component. Luanne currently lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan, she studied at the University of New Mexico receiving her MFA in 2011. She has exhibited throughout the US and has been the recipient of various awards including most recently the Barbara and Eric Dobkin Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

“As a figurative artist my work is an intersection of autobiography and community. I depict my Native culture and the relationship between perception and experience through genre scenes and portraits of people from my home reservation in New York. Representation of Native peoples from a Native perspective is important to me. Sometimes that representation includes specific, identifiable symbols and sometimes it does not – because the figures within my paintings define their culture on their own terms. The work asks the viewer to search further for the paintings meaning to wonder “why this image”, “why this person or these people” – not to prove authenticity but to disprove what others think is “authentic.”

Even though I don’t depict myself within the scenes I am present because I made the work, I am part of the work because it’s from my experiences. The paintings are from my gaze and the surface becomes a window into the everyday life, domestic setting, and familiar surroundings of the participating figures. The works are visual narratives of the people’s histories capturing what it means to be Indian today.” – Luanne Redeye

Vincent Frazzetta
Vincent Frazzetta, a photographer now working exclusively with black and white film, was born in Bridgeport Connecticut, and began his serious photography late in life. In 1998, while living in Corrales, New Mexico, his wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease. At that point, Frazzetta turned to photography to help deal with the expected decade of solo caregiving to which he’d committed. With Barbara now gone, his photo work continues.  Frazzetta’s photography includes interiors, landscapes, people and work; most typically seen in bold, high contrast black and white images. They are made with a strong sense of the art assimilated through earlier decades of wandering through museums and galleries.

Frazzetta has exhibited in juried shows and solo exhibitions in Maine (where he retired to care for his stricken wife). He received the Ike Royer Memorial Award For Black and White Film Photography, and was published in B&W Magazine. Returning to New Mexico three years ago, his work has been shown in Bernalillo and Jemez Springs galleries. 

“I have a good eye, a passion to document what I see, and an equally strong need to honestly record the subject with beauty, irony, or humor, and perhaps a bit of storytelling. My eye goes to the essence of the subject, and with the Barbara/Alzheimer’s series, I have done just that while documenting her life-affirming struggle to manage a murderous disease.

Artistically, I seek a certain signature look of my own, so my tools are vintage; my work is recorded on black and white film, and I utilize traditional darkroom processing. In this I follow my predecessors and models: Dorthea Lange, Walker Evans, W. Eugene Smith, and Tina Modotti.” – Vincent Frazzetta

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John Garrett
John Garrett


I seem to have known about Harwood Art Center since I moved to Albuquerque in 1996. I have always enjoyed seeing the exhibits there and visiting the studios when they are open to the public. I have taken a couple of classes there, and this last year I have taught a class there myself. This last spring I also had an exhibit of my wire sculptures and wall works at Harwood. I am pleased to contribute work which supports the work of the [Harwood] Art Center.

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