Friday, October 06, 6:00pm
Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: October 6 - 26, 2017
SOFT GEOMETRY: HELEN COZZA
Soft Geometry is an exhibition of collagraphic prints. This is a printmaking process that involves the printing of low-relief collages. While these collages can be reprinted, the end results are never the same: each piece is unique. In her prints, Cozza creates abstract landscapes that include geometric grids and elements inspired by nature. In some works, form and color quietly speak their own stories to the viewer. In others, a human figure is present, guiding and encouraging the viewer to connect more personally.
HOME: S(AND) COLLECTIVE
Home is both a place and a space in our minds. Home can refer to the intimacy of our domestic spaces, the specificity of a geographic location, the nostalgia that is recalled by our five senses, and a place of refuge and safety that exists among family, friends, and community. In this exhibition, a group of 12 Albuquerque artists from the s(and) Collective share creative expressions of their notions of home, within the context of their work together as artists.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Originally from Central New York, Cozza gradually moved west, first to Western New York to attend Buffalo State College. She then moved to Cleveland, Ohio for work as an art teacher. Finally in 2001, she moved to attend the University of New Mexico where she earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art – Printmaking.
As a result of living in the Southwest, her art practice has evolved into a deep interest in the visual languages of archeology, architecture and botany. Not necessarily as an accumulation of factual knowledge, but more as an appreciative observer. Over time these concerns have been passively and consciously absorbed into my visual language and have fed and developed into her mark making systems.
Cozza’s work has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions nationally as well as internationally. She is one of three contemporary artists from New Mexico whose work is featured in an article in the January 2010 issue of the journal of Art Education. Cozza was also one of the national recipients of a 2011 Visual Artist’s Grant from the Astraea Foundation located in New York.
s(and) is a collective of twelve women artists in Albuquerque, NM who have come together to exchange ideas and methods of sustainable art practices. The Collective is based on the belief that each member contributes unique qualities and that together we are stronger. The Collective’s name evokes the idea of sand as a rock in transition – grains of sand come together and are cemented in time only to transition back again. All things return to where they began and are a part of a greater whole.
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