Gallery Shows | Harwood Art Center

Gallery Shows

  • Holly Roberts, Adam and Eve
    From Uncharted Territory, March 2014

  • Orlando Leyba, Cuerda 
    from Overlap, January 2014

  • Rachel Zollinger, Seif, No. 2
    from Re(structure), January 2014

  • Dannee Ashton
    Recycled Heart: Artists of ArtStreet, Feburary 2014

  • Elaine Roy, xxoo Sending My Love
    from Contemporary Contrast, August 2014

  • Maude Adrade, Last Night's Blue Dress
    from Finding Reason, April 2014

  • Margi Weir, Fiscal Forecasting
    from Topical Tapestries, April 2014

  • Alan Paine Radebaugh
    October 2014

  • Ken Frink
    May 2014

  • Karl Hoffman
    May 2014

  • Evan Dent
    September 2014

  • Janet Shagam
    October 2014

Bridge: Art & Social Justice

Friday, September 07, 6:00pm

Aún no Escrito / Unwritten: Kemely Gomez

Inspired by political discourse on immigration policies in the United States, Kemely Gomez has created a mixed-media installation that displays the stories of immigrant families in her community. She rewrites the narrative of each individual by embroidering their messages on bags made from newspaper—and specifically, those articles that focused on immigration.

Join Kemely during the opening to create a wall installation by writing messages about our personal meanings of home.

More about the exhibition

Aún No Escrito / Unwritten is inspired by the current political discourse in the United States. With our focus on the Zero Tolerance immigration policy, the media has been a leader in conveying the immense amount of controversy surrounding the issue. However, they have been so centered on the politics and statistics that they have neglected the individuals who have been affected by those policies. Because of this, Gomez wants to give immigrants the power to share their stories, memories, and emotions.

For this project, Gomez invited immigrant families in her community to participate. After having conversations with them about their experiences, she created bags on which she embroidered the memories and emotions of their journeys. Each bag was made by sewing newspaper—specifically, those articles that focused on immigration—so that the embroidered messages cover the stories written by the media.

These bags represent these people’s journeys and their struggles for adaptation. When they made the decision to leave their native country, there was a lot of both positive and negative energy that was packed inside of their luggage. Those bags were filled with their hopes and goals as well as their sorrows and fears—all as they had to leave everything behind. Their stories didn’t end when they arrived in this country. There exists memories and emotions that these people will never forget.

HOME: A COMMUNTY ART INSTALLATION

Home is a wall installation to be created the night of the opening through audience collaboration by writing messages about our personal meanings of home; this may include poems, songs, thoughts, or experiences. These messages will be written on pieces of fabric, which will then be tied onto the structure on the wall. The work intends to promote self-reflection and human connection by sharing stories and uniting them in a single community.

ABOUT KEMELY GOMEZ

Kemely Gomez is a Guatemalan-born studio artist who currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM. She immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve along with her mother and younger sister. Gomez’s studio practice include sculpture, painting, performance, and installation art, which focuses on themes of memory, absence, and displacement.  Her work is influenced by her childhood experiences in her native country and the challenges she has faced being a undocumented immigrant. Gomez received her BFA in Studio Arts from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico. www.kemelygomez.com

Her work has been exhibited in settings such as Mill Contemporary Gallery (Santa Fe, NM). Form and Concept Gallery (Santa Fe NM). Fine Arts Gallery, SFUAD (Santa Fe, NM) Wade Wilson Gallery, Juror Lucy Lippard (Santa Fe, NM). Her artwork has been featured in Terreno| Borderland Linguistics, Print. 2017 By Silvia Arthur, Lois Klassen, Daisy Quezada.

“My work explores memory, absence and displacement. Forced to flee from Guatemala I feel the necessity to reference my country’s culture along with my childhood experiences. For the past year, I have been creating immersive installations that convey my story and experiences.

Guatemala is a country that struggles with political, economic and social issues. I am interested in these topics because I experienced them on a daily basis when I lived in my country. Investigating and revealing these challenges through my practice allows me to communicate them to audiences who have not shared these experiences.

I want the audience to recognize the struggle that people from Third World countries face. I want the viewer to understand where I come from and why it is important.”
– Kemely Gomez

October Exhibitions

Friday, October 05, 6:00pm

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

A VIEW FROM ABOVE: DAVID DISKO & DANI JEFFRIES

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}

BEAUTIFUL UNWANTED: JESSICA KENNEDY

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}

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

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

Upcoming Exhibitions

Saturday, December 01, 6:00pm

December

Fundraiser & Celebration: Saturday, December 1, 6 - 8pm
Exhibitions Run: December 1 - 7, 2018

12x12 & Prelude
Harwood’s annual fundraising exhibition featuring established, emerging and youth artists from New Mexico. The main event includes live music, hors d’oeuvres, and over 200 works that remain anonymous until sold – for the flat rate of $144 (12”x12”) or $36 (6”x6”). Prelude works are available for a range of fixed prices.

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HARWOOD STORIES

Barbara Grothus

Former Harwood Artist


I remember when the Harwood was a big empty building and Friedje had recruited a few people from the community to brainstorm about what it might become. The art community was large; studio and gallery spaces were limited. A match was made, and as the space filled up, the vision evolved. Albuquerque United Artists had an office, and held exhibitions during the 1990s. In 2000, I collected burned relics from the Cerro Grande fire.The Harwood had a space available, and though I have always had my own studio (OK, those burned things were sooty), I rented a studio there while I worked on some ideas. Eventually, I had two shows about the fire The Harwood also awarded me an exhibition in 2005. That was a true honor. The place has been part of my life for the entire time it has existed as a “home for art and artists.

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