SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico | Harwood Art Center

SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico

Friday, June 01, 6:00pm

Opening Receptions & Community Celebration: Friday, June 1, 6 - 8pm
Exhibtions Run: June 1 – July 20, 2018


Harwood Art Center's 6th annual SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico is a juried exhibition, endowed cash awards and professional development program. It is designed to cultivate the creative and professional growth of artistic talents and to expand their visibility and economic viability in our community.

Participating artists are: Helen Atkins, Hayden Barnard, Caitlin Carcerano, Emma Casady, Alison Green, Nikita Gurnani, Rachel Harris Huffman, Isabel Hees, Lena Kassicieh, Margarita Paz-Pedro, Ruby Troup, and Penelope Young.


The heart of SURFACE – and what sets the program apart both in Harwood’s annual calendar and from gallery exhibitions around the city – is the professional development component. The intensive full-day workshop focuses on, fundamentally, what it means to be and how to further oneself as a professional working artist. BFA / MFA programs do an excellent job of cultivating deep development in creative practice and theoretical - historical - contemporary frameworks. The SURFACE program looks at business practice and social - commercial - communication frameworks.

Cecilia McKinnon, Screen Fringe (detail), 2018

Muscle Memory: Cecilia McKinnon

Cecilia received the SURFACE 2017 Harwood Art Center Solo Exhibition Award, presented annually for artistic excellence, originality of vision and dedication to practice.

“In its countless alveoli space contains compressed time. That is what space is for.” Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space

“The self is not contained in any moment or any place, but it is only in the intersection of moment and place that the self might, for a moment, be seen vanishing through a door, which disappears at once.” Jeanette Winterson, Sexing the Cherry

Muscle Memory explores the phenomena of memory as embodied within place, experienced through sculpture, installation, and textile intervention into everyday objects. The act of dwelling, performed through the habitual and repetitive gestures of domesticity, is one by which an architectural space becomes encoded into our bodies. We contain an experiential knowledge which runs deeper than conscious thought, a bodily familiarity which allows us to find a light switch in the dark or open a tricky lock. The home becomes a container for interwoven layers of time and memory, an archive of the thousands of intimate, mundane, or unremarkable gestures which comprise daily life. Our awareness of the accustomed space extends beyond the boundaries of the body and beyond physical parameters to encompass vast emotional and psychological expanses. What role does the architecture of home play in the mediation of present experience and a continuity of memory? To what extent can we visualize the strange alchemical process by which interior space becomes a living piece of the self?

Cecilia McKinnon is an intermedia artist and curator, primarily working in the areas of sculptural installation, textiles, and performance. Her work explores the entropy of both memory and physical place, relying on craft-based interventions, found objects, and abject materials. McKinnon grew up in California, immersed in theater and performance practices. She moved to New Mexico to complete a BFA at the University of New Mexico in 2010, where she studied printmaking and sculpture, in addition to participating in Land Arts of the American West. She has performed and presented work in a variety of exhibition and festival venues, including Bread and Puppet Theater, Titwrench Festival, SOMOS ABQ, the Anderson Abruzzo International Balloon Museum, and the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe. She currently performs in experimental solo songwriting project Star Canyon, as well as with noise collective Milch de la Máquina, and women's music festival organizers Gatas y Vatas. She is a founding member of GRAFT collective, an art and curatorial collective based out of the Barelas neighborhood in Albuquerque.


We are deeply grateful to The FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation, Bernalillo County, City of Albuquerque, The Geissman Family, McCune Charitable Foundation, New Mexico Arts and National Endowment for the Arts for their support of SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico, as well as to Marion & Kathryn Crissey and Reggie Gammon for establishing our endowed awards for this program. SURFACE would not be possible without our extraordinary local collaborators at Albuquerque Art Business Association, A Good Sign, The Grove Cafe & Market, Tractor Brewing Company, and UNM School of Architecture and Planning.

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Karen Mazur
Karen Mazur

Current Harwood Artist

I have been a Harwood Artist since 2001. Four different spaces, four different lifetimes and across media. Sometimes my studio has been a graphic arts workshop, sometimes a painting studio, sometimes a production pottery shop, but being here is always wonderful. From late nights preparing materials for art students to mornings doing pre-natal yoga while I waited for the older child to be done with his work at Escuela del Sol, it is wonderful to reflect on all the art adventures I’ve had over the years at Harwood. The very first night I lived in Albuquerque was spent at a film program at Harwood and from that moment I knew this was an organization I wanted to be involved with. That was 17 years ago and the dream of that first night has blossomed into a reality and a community of which I am proud to be a part!

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