October Exhibitions | Harwood Art Center

October Exhibitions

Friday, October 05, 6:00pm

Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 from 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: October 5 - 25, 2018


The view from above inspires. It’s a fresh and unexpected perspective relative to the landscape. It reveals the beauty and interconnectedness of things great and small. The view from above is about the vastness of the land outside our door and 20,000 feet up, but it is also about personal imaginings within us all. {main gallery}


An invasive species is one that is not native to a specific location and that tends to spread to a degree believed to cause damage to the environment, human economy or human health. Beautiful Unwanted deals with these powerful beings and the disastrous impact they have when introduced into foreign ecosystems, usually for reasons of human greed or naïve fascination with the unfamiliar or “exotic.” The paintings and paper works in the exhibition are intended to acknowledge the destructive force of these species, while simultaneously honoring their aesthetic beauty and inherent value as life forms. {front gallery}


David Disko

David Disko earned his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in 1980 from The University of Utah. In the early ‘80s Disko exhibited his work in solo and group shows at the University of Utah Museum, Springville Museum, Salt Lake Art Center, and Ogden Union Station Gallery. During this time, he also fabricated large-scale metal sculpture and signage at Wasatch Bronzeworks and designed interiors.

In the late ‘80s, Disko came to Albuquerque and switched his focus to building. In 2000, his company, Innerspace, renovated the KiMo Theater, winning a National Preservation Award. By 2009, a professional change allowed him to resume art making. Since then, he has exhibited at Casa Cultura and Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, NM, and in other various group shows around New Mexico, Colorado, and Texas. Most recently, he won the Art Santa Fe Selects Award for three pieces included in the Art Santa Fe Fair in Santa Fe, NM. www.daviddisko.art

“I depict landforms in a way that an amalgam of a cartographer, architect and camouflage designer might. My process is to take apart the landscape and re-assemble it, creating objects and images that tell a story. I combine concepts of information and disinformation, form, and the abstract quality of maps and aerial photography to describe places I know, or that I want to know more about.

“Five elements are common in all my work:

  1. The background hue combines the colors of the New Mexico soil and its scrub plants, bleached light by a relentless sun.
  2. Paint drips provide a north/south axis.
  3. Grids provide scale and proximity for objects and patterns and tie the composition together.
  4. My palette is loosely derived from a map of the Himalaya. In topographic maps, color differentiates areas of elevation, often in several thousand foot increments. To achieve an eight color palette with options for choice, I found the Himalayas to be the best option.
  5. I use contour lines to delineate changes in elevation and to define areas in the overall image. Inside these defined areas, I let the lines go their own way. As a result, portions of the images become quite fanciful…doodles from a daydream.” – David Disko

Dani Jeffries

Dani Jeffries is an artist living in her adopted home town of Albuquerque, New Mexico. She is originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, and attended the University of Michigan, School of Art, where she received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1987. After graduation, she moved to Los Angeles, Detroit, Phoenix, and finally, in 2001, to Albuquerque, where she found a welcoming community of other Albuquerque artists. Along the way, she has exhibited her artwork in galleries, art fairs, and competitions in Michigan, Florida, Washington D.C., Arizona, and New Mexico. www.danijeffries.com

“In my ceramic tile mosaics, I incorporate the imagery of the geometric patterns which are created by the use of pivot irrigation systems used in large scale farming. When viewed from an airplane, the patterns created on the ground look like a series of squares containing concentric circles that are bisected by diagonal lines connecting opposite corners of the squares. I have chosen a color palette for each piece that is representative of a specific place, time of day or season that I found to be exceptionally beautiful and harmonious.

“In my most recent work, I have further abstracted the grids, circles, and lines by creating ceramic discs that are incised with intersecting lines and circles. The colors are chosen to encourage the sense of interconnectedness between each piece. This allows the viewer to mentally connect the pieces to each other while serving to move the viewer’s attention throughout the intersecting discs. Although each disc is separate, they begin to appear to be one piece. The overall sensation is that of floating high above the ground and looking down at the patterns created.” – Dani Jeffries

Jessica Kennedy

Jessica Kennedy is an abstract painter and art educator who has been a fixture in the local art community since 2006, when she moved to Albuquerque seeking change and inspiration for her work. Born in Michigan in 1982, she earned a BFA with honors from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 2005. She then moved West to Albuquerque to pursue an MFA at the University of New Mexico, where she graduated with distinction in 2009. She exhibits her complex, process-driven abstract paintings nationally and locally, including at 516 Arts, Richard Levy Gallery, and Matrix Fine Art. She was also a participant in the Harwood Art Center’s 2015 Harvest CSA program. Jessica is currently a faculty member at Southwest University of Visual Arts in Albuquerque, where she teaches a variety of courses, ranging from drawing, to painting, to color, to collage. www.jessicalkennedy.com

“Love of visual phenomena, meditative process, and the physicality of paint are the driving forces of my work, and the complexities of the natural world are my major source for inspiration. In my paintings, I endeavor to depict, through abstraction, both the physical experience of our world and the underlying metaphysical that links everything and everyone.” – Jessica Kennedy

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Kris Mills

Former Studio Artist

I was in Harwood’s very first show called Road To Chaos, organized by Jeff Kruger. My dog, Micro, was also in that show eating 30 hot dogs in a performance piece by Bryan Konefsky. I had two studios at two different times. The most recemt, I used the studio to do serigraphy with my collaborative friend Tom Loeb. LThe first time, I used the studio to make sculpture. Harwood has given me many opportunities to show my own art and curate shows about the work my community, Albuquerque makes.  My dog Pablo and I are in and out of Harwood’s doors a lot because I now live in the neighborhood.

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