Form & Concept
Apr
27
2:00 PM14:00

Form & Concept

Artist Talk | Superscript

This group show unites insurgent members of New Mexico’s formidable community of book artists, along with several artists from across the nation. It is almost entirely composed of large-scale installation works that either incorporate books or are conceptually linked to them.

 Penney Bidwell and Matt Doubek present The Poet, a toy capsule vending machine that dispenses snippets of poetry by Adrian Oteiza and Ran Huntsberry. There’s a vinyl window display by Melody Sumner Carnahan and Michael Sumner of the imprint Burning Books, and a series of mixed-media artworks that Erin Mickelson created in collaboration with poetry and image-generating Twitter bots.

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Blue Rain Gallery
May
14
5:00 PM17:00

Blue Rain Gallery

BILLY SCHENCK

Artist Lecture Series: "How I Became a Western Pop Artist and the Emergence of Contemporary Western Art as a Genre"

One of the originators of the Western Pop Art movement, Billy Schenck incorporates techniques from Photorealism with a Pop Art sensibility to both exalt and poke fun at images of the West. Schenck is known for utilizing cinematic imagery reproduced in a flattened, reductivist style, where colors are displayed side-by-side rather than blended or shadowed. In the August 2014 issue of SouthwestArt magazine, his work was described as “a stance … a pendulum between the romantic and the irreverent.”

Schenck’s artwork is now in 48 museum collections, including Smithsonian Institution, Denver Art Museum, The Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Booth Western Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, the Mesa Southwest Museum, Museum of the Southwest, Midland TX, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Private collections include the estate of Malcolm Forbes, Laurance Rockefeller, the estate of Fritz Scholder, and Sylvester Stallone. Corporate collections include American Airlines, IBM, Sony, and Saatchi & Saatchi.

With over 100 solo shows in the U.S. and Europe, career highlights include the Denver Art Museum’s 2011 Western Horizons, the 2013 Utah Museum of Fine Art’s exhibit Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West, and Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition, at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

A genuine cowboy himself, Schenck is a ranch-sorting world champion and the proprietor of the Double Standard Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his home for the past two decades.

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Artist Talk - Candace Compton Pappas
Apr
20
2:00 PM14:00

Artist Talk - Candace Compton Pappas

I have always been a gatherer. I like to take notice of little things, pick them up, and perhaps after a brief study, put them in my pocket. My studio is full of these things. Over time I send some treasures back out into the world - things like feathers and bones. I have made small and large vessels to hold the others. I build what I call “totem vessels,” an assemblage that pays homage to and holds my gatherings. Over the years I have pondered…what is it, this journey of noticing, gathering, and holding? What story does each item tell and how do we become part of this story? This show represents my reflections and imaginings around this journey of embracing, returning and  paying homage.
- Candace Compton Pappas

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