May Exhibitions

Friday, May 05, 6:00pm

Featuring Christian Gallegos and Joanna Keane Lopez

Opening Reception: Friday, May 5 from 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions Run: May 5 – 25, 2017

Joanna Keane Lopez: Plantcraft

Plantcraft is an inquiry into the natural environment of the Southwest. The work encompasses plant and insect dyes, hand harvested aliz (a traditional clay plaster) and botanical paintings of regional medicinal plants. Plantcraft investigates place, the human being's relationship with flora and natural materials, the southwestern landscape's interaction with architecture, as well as the mystique and the stories of plants that heal. {front gallery}

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TAXI!: Christian Gallegos

Christian Gallegos’ vibrant paintings in TAXI! reflect his personal experience growing up at the intersection of the street life and art scene of New York City. The iconic yellow cab is a recurrent motif in these paintings along with the urban landscape including the graffiti / street art that has become an important part the international art world. {main gallery}

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About the artists

Christian Gallegos

Christian Gallegos grew up in New York City while spending summers in New Mexico. He moved to Albuquerque in 2004, to focus on his creative endeavors. In 2011 he was selected as an Emerging Artist by Creative Albuquerque and has continued to exhibit prolifically in solo shows and juried exhibitions including Miniatures and More at The Albuquerque Museum of Art & History.

Growing up trekking back and forth between the East Coast and the Southwest, Christian produces his work from the viewpoint of 35,000 ft. Mastering the balance of these points of view; he creates a colorfully exuberant mix of both urban and aerial visual imagery. His stylized motifs and refined palette have become a signature that is sustained throughout his body of work.

“This cache of works are manifestations of memory whereby life is a process with experiences driving and affecting memory. Living in a multidimensional reality, Christian Michael Gallegos transcribes an autobiographical language of memory and experience delivering single plane views gathered from a lifetime.

The lack of depth is an allusion to a view from 20,000 feet high where dimensions and depth collapse. Entranced by this experience, dimensions collapse and tableaus exist on one homogenized plane of view. Ostensibly transposing images into this one-dimensional plane with color, impasto, layering, and line, Christian coaxes the mind to perceive, if not read, the depth and dimensions of his work, while at the same time, sharing intimate moments from his life.”  - RosaLee Lopez, B.A.F.A / Art Historian, Curator

Joanna Keane Lopez

Joanna Keane Lopez was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She graduated with a BFA in Studio Art with a second major in Spanish from The University of New Mexico with the honors of summa cum laude. While at UNM, she was a part of the art & ecology program, and Land Arts of The American West, where as a team the group camped for 6 weeks throughout New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, and Texas. She was selected as a SURFACE: Emerging Artist of New Mexico by Harwood Art Center in 2015. In August 2016, she traveled to Iquitos, Peru to study plant knowledge and artistic expressions of mestizo shamanism in the Peruvian Amazon with an international research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. In March 2017 she did a work-trade residency with A-Z West in Joshua Tree, CA. Beginning in June 2017, she will be working as a visual arts teaching assistant with the Oxbow School’s Summer Art Camp in Napa, California.

Joanna Keane Lopez’s practice brings together paper, wildcrafted plants, natural dyes, adobe mud and embroidery that are rooted in traditional artistic practices of the Southwest. Her work draws upon cultural and historical art forms specific to New Mexico such as architectural forms, materials and methods. Inspirations include the work of the enjarradora (traditional woman plasterer), the tejedora (woman weaver) who works with wool and dyes and the curandera (medicine woman) who utilizes regional medicinal plants.

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HARWOOD STORIES

Richard Goulis

Former Harwood Employee

In 1992, I answered a HELP WANTED ad for substitute teachers at Escuela del Sol Montessori. There I met Friedje, who astutely noticed I had some experience in organizing artists and arts organizations. I began searching for interested artists and set out creating art workshops for the community. We soon began offering about 30 workshops, in everything from pinhole photography, drawing, performance art, to ceramics, mask making, video production and more.  After this successful summer session, I was offered a managerial position and began to see what could come of the newly minted “Harwood Art Center.”  After about one year we had 65 amazing artists in the studios, with a growing waiting list of well over 50 people, a working performance space, dance floor and darkroom, various gallery spaces, as well as classes just about every night of the week.

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