Opening Reception: Friday, May 4 from 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions Run: May 4 – 24, 2018
Natalie Voelker: Fortitude
About NatalieNatalie Voelker is a visual artist working in Albuquerque, NM. She created a large-scale mural installation in collaboration with Reyes Padilla for the Harwood Art Center in 2017. She has created a limited-edition lithograph at the Tamarind Institute for the City of Albuquerque’s public art collection in 2014. That same year, her painting, Ethan Sleeping, was chosen as the featured work for the state of New Mexico, by Figure50.com, a national juried figurative art competition. Natalie’s work has been featured in multiple publications including the anthology, BARED, and the French-English magazine, VolUp. Her murals adorn nonprofits, businesses, and private residences; her paintings and prints are collected internationally. She has a BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. “Using both representation and abstraction, I take a personal approach to the exploration of our shared human experience. Through the lens of the personal, I explore our search for identity and meaning through relationships with others and ourself. My portraits, figurative works, abstractions, and murals are the material result of an exploratory, process-oriented, approach to art-making.” – Natalie Voelker
James Black: TBD
About JamesJames Black graduated from UNM with a BFA in studio art in 2004 with concentration in printmaking, specifically working with Monotype relief prints, Intaglio etchings, and Serigraphy. James quickly adapted to the Serigraphy or Screen Printing process and began to work on a small studio to create prints. This small studio has grown into a larger artist collective with a strong interest in unique graphic design and production. James is an active community member, local artist, teacher, and published illustrator. James has led many workshops and tutorials for local youth and community centers, including Bosque Schools, Harwood Art Center, and the Hispanic Cultural Center. James started the screen printing program at Albuquerque’s, Warehouse 508 and is the head of the live screen printing event team T-Shirt Lab. He is currently visual art director of the ongoing, Rosenwald Building “We Are This City”, downtown collaborative beautification project launched in 2015. “I am Printmaker, Illustrator, Educator, and community member. I see people. Many times I will not forget their face until I have exaggerated it. I had a dream once that I drew all of my friends. I decided to keep dreaming that dream again and again.” – James Black
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1 from 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions Run: June 1 – July 20, 2018
SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico
About CeciliaCecilia McKinnon grew up in a family of theater artists in California, immersed in performance and music. She moved to New Mexico to complete a BFA at the University of New Mexico, studying sculpture and printmaking, and ultimately branching out into a broader intermedia practice while participating in the Land Arts of the American West program. She has studied puppetry and circus practices with the Bread and Puppet Theater in Vermont, and spent a year at Concordia University in Montreal studying textiles and performance. She is an active experimental musician, currently performing under the name of Star Canyon. She has been a member of several collectives, including noise performers Milch de la Máquina, women’s music festival organizers Gatas y Vatas, and most currently GRAFT collective, an art and curatorial collective based out of Barelas neighborhood in Albuquerque. “I currently work in the areas of sculptural installation, textiles, and performance, exploring the entropy of both memory and physical place through the lens of traditionally gendered fiber crafts. Construction remnants and domestic artifacts are salvaged from alleys, junkyards, and desert dump sites, and are subjected to “repairs” which ultimately render them useless. Found objects and materials are woven, wrapped, bound, and bandaged, accumulating a skin of fiber that blocks permeable surfaces and limits movement, mimicking the distortions and erosion of memories over time. These works constitute a material response to a culture of excess and upheaval, alluding via the personal and intimate scale of a home to the politics of scarcity and abandonment in the American West.” – Cecilia McKinnon
Opening Reception: Friday, August 3 from 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions Run: August 3 – 23, 2018
Luanne Redeye: Frames
About LuanneLuanne Redeye uses painting as a way to see others. Working primarily in oil she depicts the relationship between perception and experience of native identity through genre scenes, designs, and portraits. Born in Jamestown, New York, Luanne grew up on the Allegany Indian Reservation in Western New York. It is from here where she draws inspiration incorporating community and family members into her paintings, which gives her works a strong personal and emotional component. Luanne currently lives in Albuquerque, NM. An enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and Hawk Clan, she studied at the University of New Mexico receiving her MFA in 2011. She has exhibited throughout the US and has been the recipient of various awards including most recently the Barbara and Eric Dobkin Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, NM. “As a figurative artist my work is an intersection of autobiography and community. Representation of Native peoples from a Native perspective is important to me. I want my friends, family, and community members to be seen through genre scenes and portraits. Sometimes that representation includes specific, identifiable things from our culture and sometimes it does not. The work asks the viewer to search further for the paintings meaning to wonder “why this image” or “why this person or these people”. Even though I don’t depict myself within the scenes I’m present because I made the work, I’m part of the work because it’s from my experiences. The paintings are from my gaze and become a window into the everyday life, domestic setting, and familiar surroundings of the participating figures. The works are visual narratives of the people’s histories capturing what it means to be Indian today.”– Luanne Redeye
Vincent Frazetta: Barbara Facing Down Alzheimer’s
About VincentVincent Frazzetta, a photographer working exclusively with black and white film was born in Bridgeport CT at the end of the Great Depression. In 1998, after his wife, Barbara, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s while living in Corrales NM, Frazzetta turned to photography to help deal with the expected 12 years of solo caregiving he committed to. Frazzetta’s photo work includes interiors, landscapes, people and work, typically seen in bold, high contrast black and white compositions which cut to the essence of a subject. They are made with a strong sense of art observed through his early decades of wandering through art museums and galleries. Frazzetta has exhibited in juried shows and solo exhibitions in Maine (where he retired to care for Barbara). He received the Ike Royer Memorial Award For Black and White Photography, was published in B&W Magazine, and has been selected to show at Amapola Gallery in Albuquerque. “I have a good eye and a strong need to document what I see, with an equally strong passion to record the subject with beauty, irony, or humor, and certainly with concepts of art in mind. I want the viewer to be pulled back for a second, more intense look as her brain processes features recorded below the surface of the mind. My black and white photography cuts to the essence of the subject, and with the Barbara/Alzheimer’s series, I have done just that while documenting her life affirming struggle to manage a murderous disease. Through it all, I see beauty and art–in her life, my work. Technically, I seek a certain signature look of my own, so my work is recorded on black and white film and with traditional darkroom processing. In this I follow my predecessors and models: Dorthea Lange, Walker Evans, W. Eugene Smith, and Tina Modotti.”– Vincent Frazetta
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7 from 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions Run: September 7 – 27, 2018
Bridge: Art & Social Justice
Main & Front Galleries
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 from 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions Run: October 5 – 25, 2018
David Disko & Dani Jeffries: TBD (suggesting “View From Above”)
Dani and David both explore the idea of viewing the ground from above. Dani further abstracts the landscape using ceramics and enlarging the circular grid motif. The grids and circles appear to be different sizes depending on one’s distance from the ground. David explores landscape from above through topographic studies, contour models, aerial pattern studies, and small wall sculptures with an architectural eye.
David Disko holds a BFA from the University of Utah (UU). From 1981-1983, he mounted one-person shows at UU and Springville Museum and participated in group shows at the Salt Lake Art Center, Springville Museum, UU and Ogden Union Station Galleries. Coming to Albuquerque in 1986, he turned to building construction. In 2000, his company, Innerspace, renovated the KiMo Theater winning a National Preservation Award. In 2009 a professional change allowed him to resume art making. In 2013 he exhibited at Casa Cultura. In 2016 he participated in SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico at Harwood Art Center. 2016 group shows included: the NM State Fair, “Atypical Topographies” at Adams State University and 12×12 at Harwood. 2017 shows include: “Gateway to Imagination” at the Farmington Museum, “Prospectus #246 Portfolio”, NM Department of Cultural Affairs and 12×12 at Harwood.
“I depict landforms in a way that an amalgam of a cartographer/architect might. I take apart the landscape, break it up and re-assemble it into objects that tell a story. The story can be personal; about an experience that I had at a particular place or its depiction, via account, maps or fly-overs.
In the late 70’s I spent several seasons working as a BLM firefighter. Often, I would be transported to fire sites via helicopter and I was able to view the landscape from the air where the land revealed unseen contours and trees and rock became patterns of color and shadow.
My art practice has followed my evolving understanding of the land. I’ve made renderings of dunes and domes and objects akin to contour models. Recently, I’ve assembled journal accounts, cartographic studies, paintings and sculpture that consider place as an accumulation of collected bits and pieces over time.” – David Disko
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 a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree 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 shown her artwork in galleries, art fairs, and competitions in Michigan, Florida, Washington D.C., Arizona, and New Mexico.
“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.” – Dani Jeffries
Jessica Kennedy: Beautiful Unwanted