Artist Talk & Awards Presentation: Friday, June 7 at 5:30pm
Opening Reception: Friday, June 7, 6 – 8pm
Exhibitions Run: June 7 – July 25, 2019
SURFACE: Emerging Artists of New Mexico is Harwood Art Center’s annual juried exhibition, professional development and endowed cash awards program for emerging artists currently living and working in New Mexico. SURFACE is dedicated to cultivating the creative and professional growth of artistic talents and to expanding their visibility and viability in our community.
We have received hundreds of noteworthy submissions over the seven application cycles to-date; as of this year, the program has served 89 exceptionally talented, committed artists, including the 11 we accepted for 2019.
This year’s SURFACE exhibition in Harwood’s Main Gallery features Kirsten Angerbauer, Evan J. Beck, Dante Betsch, CB Bryan, Jesse Dávila, Moira Garcia, Marianne Hall, Marlena Livingston, Mona Matrinez Manzanares, Eric Romero and Keith Scott.
Ruby Troup received the SURFACE 2018 Harwood Art Center Solo Exhibition Award, presented annually for artistic excellence, originality of vision and dedication to practice; her exhibition, Point of Interest, will run concurrently in Harwood’s Front Gallery.
We invite you to join us for an opening reception, awards presentation and artist talk by Ruby Troup at Harwood Art Center on Friday, June 7 starting at 5:30pm. Throughout the evening, ephemeral installations by UNM School of Architecture and Planning students will be on display, and select Harwood Studio Artists invite you to visit them in their studios. This event is free and open to all ages.
Through video, audio and installation, Kirsten Angerbauer creates spatial interventions to initiate shared human experiences. She engages with objects and bondage to explore boundaries between digital and physical space, relationships between time and memory, and tensions between objects and environments.
Evan J. Beck
Evan J. Beck makes work that he feels needs to be created. The Feel comes from the need to express or explore. Material helps him dictate how the work is created. Evan believes that all his work still has an essential objective: To bring humorous moments into people’s lives.
As a political artist and bi-racial individual, Dante concentrates in multimedia art as a symbolic representation of the identity of our country. Growing up in New Mexico, a multicultural hub, he strives to break stereotypes and conservative stigmas of the ideologies when approaching the ‘other.’
This work is based off a project called “Datrig,” which describes the act of assembling objects on a vehicle. It alludes to the rigging of boats, using cords and knots to hold sails in place. Instead of rope, work is “rigged” with wood, hardware, glue, nails and wire.
Dávila’s artwork is a formalist response to the subtleties between knowledge and understanding. He makes objects and drawings that embrace and question the language we use about these two identities. His work plays with implied dimensionality and light that is minimalist and non-objective in form.
The Tonalpohualli is an ancient divinatory calendar of Mesoamerica comprised of twenty symbols. This series depicts representations from the calendar paired with hand-stitched textile designs to convey the relationship between the graphic image and textile symbol, and their enduring symbolism and evolution within culture.
Marianne Hall’s artwork is guided by the rhythms of nature, our connection to the earth and to each other. A sound belief in the invisible energy that moves through all things fuels her wonder. She uses marks, textures, shapes, and lines to convey a sense of balance and harmony.
MARLENA LIVINGSTON Marlena’s work explores the intersection of physical and mental illness. She creates wearable pieces that exaggerate the often unexpressed burdens illness can create. Largely autobiographical, her work is inspired by a personal history of “mystery” sickness and the subsequent experience of isolation and anxiety.
Mona Martinez Manzanares
La Boda is a 19th century Dada art inspired series depicting the marital union of man and woman in ceremonial wear from Spanish subcultures and traditions. By recombining photography, illustration, and other mass media in dynamic narrative collages, La Boda takes the viewer back to an era, frozen in time.
Cultural identity is rarely easy to define. Romero explores the journey of “Native Transplants,” people who have made the choice to make New Mexico home. A home that transcends race, gender and sexuality. A visual representation of cultural symbiosis in The Land of Enchantment.
Keith Scott is a human of many trades, talents and artforms. Doing artwork is a journey, a navigation of skill building and content exploration. A life journey that leads down many different roads/mediums. Each of these mediums allows him to capture something that in theory that could never be recreated.