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TAI Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Lance Letscher: Secret File. With Secret File, Letscher’s complex collages turn into coded messages and patterns. In the titular piece a mysterious figure carries a folder overflowing with mysterious papers and tinkertoy constructions. Secret File and its spilling secrets and inventions are, in Letscher’s words “parallel to the idea of creativity and how the work is produced.” Letscher lets his work evolves on its own, striving “stay…More 

If Cubism allowed us to break into pieces the complexities of the world and lay them out in two dimensions, we might view painter Erik Benson’s collaged acrylic paintings in similar terms. Instead of smashing things to pieces, Benson’s work begins as deconstructions,reconstructed. The artist’s paint-as-collage process grew from a simple misfortune—an allergy to oil paint—and the subsequent need to find a new way forward. Next was the discovery of dried drops of paint on the floor, which…More 

In honor of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition centennial celebration, TAI Modern is thrilled to present an expansive group exhibition at the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego, San Diego, CA, September 12 – December 6, 2015.The show will include over forty bamboo artworks created by a variety of artists. This special preview exhibition on view at TAI Modern highlights several historic works, some on view for the first time. The 1915 Panama-California Exposition—which celebrated the…More 

In honor of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition centennial celebration, TAI Modern is thrilled to present the work of six select artists from the city of Beppu, Oita Prefecture. These talented young artists were chosen to show their work alongside an expansive group exhibition, Japanese Bamboo and the World Expo: A Century of Discovery, at the Japanese Friendship Garden of San Diego.This is the third and final year of a project sponsored by the Commerce and Service Promotion Division of Oita Prefectural…More 

TAI Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Erik Benson: Urban Americana. Erik Benson’s new work investigates the physical and psychological infrastructure of the urban environment. Through his unique, collaged acrylic paintings and a new series of watercolors, the artist’s city scapes and urban still lifes create a visual language that communicates the intermingling of “place and placelessness.” Like a twenty-first century flâneur, Benson wanders the city observing street…More 

TAI Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Tanaka Kyokusho. This will be the artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. Tanaka Kyokusho, one of Japan’s most highly esteemed bamboo artists, presents a body of work that features elegant designs and the artist’s signature palette of lustrous black and warm gold. Tanaka’s work gracefully synthesizes sleek modern aesthetics with meticulous traditional craftsmanship. A variety of minimal forms, including trays and vessels,…More 

The limits of my language are the limits of my world.—Ludwig Wittgenstein FULL DISCLOSURE: I AM A LITTLE BIT IN LOVE WITH KATHERINE LEE.I mean,what’s not to love? She’s a delightful young woman, shy and whip smart, with greater talent and drive than any one person ought to be allowed to possess. (People like Lee make the rest of us look bad.) And her art is knockout. I also adore Margo Thoma and Jaquelin Loyd of TAI Modern, who’ve been showing Lee’s work since she was still a student at…More 

TAI Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Maps, Doors and Coffins: Locating Absence, a body of work by Katherine Lee that explores relationships between location, presence and perception. Katherine Lee’s evocative new work extends beyond the oil paintings she is known for and encompasses hand-crafted objects. Since her last exhibition at TAI Modern, Lee developed the carpentry techniques necessary to craft traditional paneled doors from raw lumber and build classic wooden coffins…More 

In her exhibition With Fire,Flags, and Sacrifice, which opened at Eight Modern in 2013, local artist Katherine Lee presented a body of work that spoke to the transient nature of human life in an intriguing way: by calling attention to its absence in compositions based on human-made environments such as a city street and an enclosed yard. Tension was created by the sense of actions having just occurred or about to occur. Her paintings have a surreal quality — there’s an implication that there’s…More 

The exquisitely painted oils of Katherine Lee are the maps inthis exhibition. With images of grass or empty highways at night, familiar yetsolitary, and indicative of an uninhabited space, these works take on deepermeaning when paired with the hand-crafted coffins and wooden doors Leeconstructed. The coffins—explored artistically in many cultures but not oftenby Americans, who prefer to avoid reminders of death—were made by Lee for fivefamily members. Simply painted in black and embellished with…More 

At an exhibition in Tokyo last fall,world-renowned artist Shouchiku Tanabe told an audience that his life long experience of working with bamboo resonates within him and helps him craft the material into avant-garde art objects.“I try to have a conversation with bamboo, feel its pulse and create objects with concerted efforts. It is a theme of my art,” Tanabe told a packed gallery in October at the Wako department store in the capital's Ginza district.Coming from a distinguished family of bamboo…More 

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The Canadian-born, Los Angeles-based painter is a master colorist who festishizes the brushstroke to striking effect. For this exhibition of recent paintings she opted for a kind of reverse working method. Instead of creating sketches and studies for a larger painting, van Genderen made the large work first and endeavored, on six smaller canvases, to recreate sections of that painterly abstraction that were as true to the original painting as possible. The small-scale "copies" could theoretically…More 

There are elemental forces at work in John Ruppert’s work. In his exhibit at Washington College’s Kohl Gallery, on view through October 6, Ruppert investigates the moon, the sun, gravity, and the alchemy of fiery heat and metals, in short, the forces that made this earth and keep it going. A rock sits on the gallery floor side by side with its twin, a copy of itself cast in iron. Would you look at the shadowy concavities, craggy angles and weightiness of this rock as closely if it sat alone?…More 

Meticulous brushwork and intelligently — if inexplicably — composed scenarios populate "New Works by Katherine Lee, Featuring Fire, Flags and Sacrifice." Absent of any discernible narratives, Lee’s latest paintings are instead rife with ominous undertones, making their familiar-ness especially disorienting; the handful on view have a ghostly, just-vacated air. "Exterior 23," with its clothesline and cinderblock fencing, seems at first like an ordinary backyard. But the rayless sky feels sinister,…More 

Lee’s third solo exhibition at Eight Modern includes ten new oil and spray paint paintings, a continuation of her Exteriors series. Though unpopulated--at least by the living--each of these architectural settings are charged with possibility and suspended action. Elements such as still-smoldering embers in a disheveled yard or flames reflected in a storefront window open the works to countless potential narratives. Lee’s title, With Fire, Flags, and Sacrifice, evokes a sense of ceremony and ritual,…More 

Katherine Lee, who received her bachelor of fine arts at the College of Santa Fe in 2008, made waves several years ago with her exhibition Animal Violence and Topless Women Eating Jam, a grotesque yet intriguing show of drawings that garnered mixed reviews—but most certainly provoked a reaction. Lee’s upcoming solo show at Eight Modern is a return to painting, her usual medium, and unnerving architectural landscapes, her usual subject. In Exterior 23 (Overgrown Domestic Scene) a walled-in back…More 

A leading innovator in new media art, Salavon uses self-designed software to pull images and data from the internet and mass media and transforms them into digital prints, videos and installations. Salavon’s work reframes our experience of the overwhelming abundance of communal media, while revealing both familiar and unexpected patterns in a seeming chaos of information.In their most recent issue, Art + Auction selected Salavon as one of 50 Under 50: The Next Most Collectible Artists. “Salavon’s…More 

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Asa nisa masa, a phrase from Fellini’s 8½, is an incantation recalled from the childhood of the film’s protagonist, Guido. In the film we see a young Guido utter the phrase repeatedly while wildly jumping and flapping his arms in the hopes of summoning a painting on his bedroom wall to come to life. The current exhibition on view at Eight Modern gallery by Fay Ku owes its title to Guido’s memorable hymn. When you remove the second syllable of each word in the phrase asa nisa masa, what is…More 

Fay Ku’s solo exhibition Asa Nisa Masa at Eight Modern in Santa Fe features delicately executed graphite, ink and watercolor works inspired by her memories, experiences and relationships as a result of her upbringing in white suburbia as the child of Chinese immigrants. Through her use of subtly articulated line and negative space, Ku references East Asian artistic traditions, while her focus on figurative representation through a predominantly female-centric subject matter, suggests a more contemporary…More 

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Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Fay Ku: Asa Nisa Masa.Ku stages mythic tableaus of transformation and tension performed by young women (and the occasional boy). The refinement and subtlety of Ku’s technique offer an arresting contrast to the raw psychological charge of the scenes she depicts.Ku is inspired by what she calls the “residues” of human culture. “Problematic relationships and issues of socialization are central themes in my work: stories, myths and…More 

Fay Ku’s exhibition Asa Nisa Masa, which opens at Eight Modern on Friday, May 31, takes its title from Fellini’s 8 ½. In the film, protagonist Guido Anselmi, an Italian movie director, remembers magic words he learned as a child to make a painting come alive at midnight —asa nisi masa. In the course of chanting the phrase to herself, Ku remembered nisi as nisa and decided to keep the title based on her altered memory.“It’s mostly an emotional reference,” Ku told Pasatiempo from Brooklyn,…More 

Fay Ku’s creations.“It’s a recurring motif I’ve done in the past,” Ku says of her mythical, half human/half beasts. She adds that the creatures aren’t based on a specific person, but rather on an amalgamation of innate human values and ideas—an avatar of sorts. “Just like video game characters can portray different aspects of themselves each time you revisit them,” Ku explains, her protagonists display different personalities.“That one is still a little bit mysterious for me,”…More 

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SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Nancy Youdelman: Dogs Are Forever.Youdelman’s third solo show at Eight Modern reflects the continued refinement of her unique, highly memorable method and style. Youdelman’s mixed media sculptures and reliefs use vintage clothing as the foundation for sculptures incorporating vintage snapshots, love letters, buttons, pins, and organic elements such as leaves, twigs and flowers. The artist continues to add…More 

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Florida-based artist Celeste Roberge is fascinated with creating art where there is an intersection of geological time and human time. She identifies the layers of history and memory that exist within everything, from people, to furniture, to natural materials found in the world around us. The artist says she creates sculptures where "the presence of matter and materiality is dominant," and where combinations of fleeting human existence stand in direct harmony with the steady and enduring powers…More 

When we’re inside, we’re outside When it’s night, it’s day. And wherever Siobhan McBride takes us—underwater, into a blizzard, inside an aquarium, high above the earth—she gives us gorgeous light. The exhibition of her work at Eight Modern presents twenty-two of McBride’s blended scenes from 2010 to 2012, all created in gouache on paper on panel. The pictures range in size from five by four inches to eighteen by twenty-four inches and there is much drama within these spaces. Each work…More 

It was high time for Monique van Genderen's first New York solo show. While the Los Angeles-based artist has become known for large-scale wall pieces such as those she created in Savannah and Philadelphia, this exhibition presented seven works on canvas (84 by 78 or 72 by 48 inches). Each of the nonobjective paintings seems to put forth a specific argument or to make a statement. These bold, self-assured works propose that while things may get a little messy, there is no need to worry, because the…More 

Beyond the turquoise clichés and New Age philosophizing, T+L finds the key to Santa Fe in the characters we meet along the way. “I raise the strawberry because it wears its heart on its sleeve. Its seeds are on the outside! The strawberry has nothing to hide! It is the perfect size. It is not too big; neither is it too small. Nature has created it so that it would fit perfectly in the mouth.” If you’re wondering where this juicy conversation is happening, let me assure…More 

  Siobhan McBride makes dreamy paintings. Not heartthrob-dreamy — although some of them are — but rather “am-I-awake?”-dreamy. It’s not always obvious what’s going on in "Strong Winds May Exist." Like the show’s title, the works themselves occupy an unpredictable, edgy place between sentient and subconscious activity. The couple dozen paintings on display are uniformly rendered in gouache, and they achieve an opaque, wonderfully textured thickness that…More 

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art's latest outdoor installation — a chaise lounge made of stainless steel and stones — "isn't that big, but weighs a lot," said artist Celeste Roberge of her creation titled Chaise Gabion. Gabions, from the Italian word gabbione, are cages, cylinders or boxes filled with rocks, concrete or sometimes sand and soil that are used in civil engineering, road building and military applications. Roberge has been working with different kinds of rocks…More 

  Imagine seeing moments from different realities in a single picture. Or think of snippets of memories pieced together to create peculiar juxtapositions of mundane objects situated in seemingly normal surroundings. Dream imagery? This is what comes to mind looking at Siobhan McBride’s gouache paintings in Strong Winds May Exist, her inaugural solo exhibit at Eight Modern, which showcases her work from 2010 to 2012. In 22 diminutive works on paper mounted on wood panels—the majority…More 

  Lauren Tresp, spokesperson at the Delgado Street gallery Eight Modern, has described artist Siobhan McBride’s gouache paintings as having an enigmatic potentiality. “Like a deep breath before a cataclysmic moment, or the sight of a storm on the horizon, McBride’s gouache paintings are pregnant with wonder and introspection,” she wrote in a press release for the show opening today. “Though her compositions are unpopulated by figures, the potential of their presence…More 

  Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Siobhan McBride: Strong Winds May Exist. Like a deep breath before a cataclysmic moment, or the sight of a storm on the horizon, McBride’s gouache paintings are pregnant with wonder and introspection. Though her compositions are unpopulated by figures, the potential of their presence is felt. The artist’s choice of show title, Strong Winds May Exist, reflects this sense of possibility. “I saw it (a road sign…More 

An exhibition of drawings by David X Levine opened October 19th at Eight Modern, the gallery’s second show of his work.  The first, She Kept Her Heart Parked On A Hill, which paid homage to music of the 20th-century, happened in 2010. Using Levine’s signature colored pencil on paper, She Kept Her Heart Parked On A Hill showed bulbous shapes that escaped anthropomorphizing save a cheeky personality hidden within the meticulous Prismacolor strokes.  Miles (2007) uses two colors:…More 

October 2012 has proven to be an extraordinary month for the medium of paint. There are dozens of strong exhibitions on view throughout the country, which made culling together this list particularly challenging. Selecting only ten shows proved to be too hard of a cut, so this month's list has been expanded to fourteen shows -- it could have easily been doubled. It has been a long time since the art world has bought into the idea of a unified "-ism" that captures the aesthetic aims of a significant…More 

Siobhan McBride’s paintings catch nondescript environments in moments that seem to be a pause, like a breath of air right before or after the action happens. But they’re noting like snapshots, as horizons peel back, walls fade away and strange light illuminates the scene. Instead, it is McBride’s process that seems to build this sense of potential release; prone, as she puts it, to distraction, the paintings are visions and revisions that condense McBride’s sense of time,…More 

The Story of the artist Jimmy Mirikitani reads like a work of fiction by Haruki Murakami, except Murakami did not invent this tale. Jimmy was born Tsutomu Mirikitani in Sacramento, California in 1920, and was therefore an American citizen. However, he had spent his youth in Hiroshima, only coming back to America when he was eighteen in order to attend art school. When America declared was on Japan after Pearl Harbor, Mirikitani and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans were swept up and taken away to…More 

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Roger Shimomura’s paintings, prints, and theatre pieces address sociopolitical issues of ethnicity. He was born in Seattle, Washington and spent two years of his early childhood in Minidoka (Idaho), one of ten concentration camps for Japanese Americans during World War II. Shimomura received a B.A. degree from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University, New York. He has had over 135 solo exhibitions of paintings and prints, and has presented his experimental…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Roger Shimomura: An American Knockoff.Shimomura’s exhibition probes what it means to be an “other” in America, presenting fourteen paintings (all self-portraits) that skillfully blend anger and absurdity. Shimomura’s work draws heavily on his own experiences as an Asian American – in which he is often perceived and treated as a foreigner in his own country.In An American Knockoff, the artist surrounds…More 

If he were depicted with Asian features, as oppsed to Anglo or European ones, Superman might be taken for a foreign national. But such an uncommon Superman could actually be Asian American, and that is the case with Roger Shimomura’s self portrait as the Man of Steel in his painting American in Disguise. Shimomura’s new exhibit at Eight Modern, An American Knockoff, is a pointed commentary on the stereotypes and racism pervading American attitudes toward members of our nation’s…More 

“How long have you lived in this country?” This seemingly innocuous conversational gambit carries a real sting for Roger Shimomura—because the answer is, “All of my life. I was born here.” And all of his life, the award-winning artist has wrestled with a feeling of “otherness” because of his Japanese-American heritage, a feeling he translates as a sense that non-Asians consider him an “American knock-off,” a less-than-acceptable copy of an…More 

When President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 in 1942, the lives of thousands of Japanese Americans were instantly altered. Roger Shimomura, an artist who has taught at the University of Kansas for over 40 years, was one of the people whose life has been drastically influenced by the legislation. His earliest childhood memories are of the internment camp he and his family were sent to when he was a toddler. Recently awarded a USA Ford Fellowship to honor his lifetime of artistic…More 

As witnessed in his latest show, An American Knockoff, seasoned artist Roger Shimomura’s work walks the line between political statement and absurdity—a result, he says, of spending his formative years trying to find a sense of place.  “Most of my work is based around growing up being a person of color,” he tells SFR, adding that all the things that “bothered” him as a child continue to do so today.  Not having any prominent Asian-American figures…More 

A good storyteller knows how to pull elements from a mix of sources to create a well-rounded, collage-like image in the minds of those who listen. Siobhan McBride, the next Roswell Artist-in-Residence who will exhibit her show, “Long Letter,” at the Roswell Museum and Art Center Aug. 10-Sept. 23, creates the same story-telling effect in her artwork. The RAiR exhibition will be the first time McBride shows her work solo. It is also a break from tradition for an artist who typically…More 

Jimmy Mirikitani could probably teach a workshop on the intricacies of crayon-color mixing and its affinity with Bic pen marks.   Really—his crayon-color mixing is incredible boasting layers upon layer of pigment that transform into coral or fish scales.  His show of work on view at Eight Modern, 231 Delgado Street, through August 15th, follows on a documentary movie made about his life, The Cats of Mirikitani. It’s a subtle film about his life and the complexities of…More 

  Coming through an almost child-like, yet sophisticated rendering of imagery executed in ink and crayon, the cat’s eyes peeking just above the top of a persimmon-laden table in “Hiding Cat with Persimmons” are so fully realized and carefully observed that they become the soul of the drawing. Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani conveys compelling artistry through terse, simple gestures. In “Sea Fish and Coral” the fish itself is little more than an oblong series of concentric…More 

I had a very anxious and harried early childhood. Drawing and making things was my way of creating order and having purpose. By age seven I knew that I wanted to be an artist. I started like most children with coloring, drawing and then sewing and building. At age four I got a small Singer sewing machine for Christmas and started making doll clothes. I also got a carpentry set that same year and made birdhouses. By the second grade I made some of my school clothes. In elementary school I made…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani: Drawings.Jimmy Mirikitani, born in California in 1920, spent much of his youth in Hiroshima, Japan. He returned to America in 1937 to avoid fighting in Japan’s war against China, and to study art (“I’m not soldier boy. I’m an artist,” Mirikitani said of his thoughts at the time). At the start of the war, he was living in Seattle with his sister when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.He…More 

A Little more than a decade ago, filmmaker Linda Hattendorf and homeless Japanese American artist Tsutomu “Jimmy” Mirikitani first crossed paths in New York City. Hattendorf was immediately taken aback by Mirikitani’s colorful, expressionistic crayon-and-ink drawings of cats, and she began to follow him around the streets of New York with a camera—until Sept. 11, 2001, when those same streets came to resemble Mirikitani’s family’s hometown of Hiroshima in the…More 

  Some of Rebecca Shore’s sprightly paintings read as quirky compendiums of found objects, others as fantastical diagrams for elaborate circuitry. Heavily influenced by Chicago Imagists like Christina Ramberg and Ray Yoshida, Shore collects objects from many different sources and catalogues them in silhouette, against vividly colored or neutral grounds. Thus we find a brassiere sharing space with a man’s loafer, a golden key, a goblet, and a curving pipe. The temptation was to…More 

  HuffPost Arts' Haiku Reviews is a monthly feature where invited critics review exhibitions and performances in short form. Some will be in the traditional Haiku form of 5x7x5 syllables, others might be a sonnet and others might be more free-form. This month, George Heymont, Laurence Vittes and Peter Frank give their quick takes on performing and visual arts.   Lance Letscher must be one of America's most truly dedicated, even obsessive collagists, and that's saying a lot. He covers…More 

Nothing in the Whitney Museum of American Art's oracular 2010 Biennial Exhibition impressed me more than the work of Los Angeles painter Lesley Vance. Now her work - sadly, only two pieces - figures in a group show just opened at Anthony Meier Fine Arts. Vance's untitled canvas (accompanied by an unrelated, untitled watercolor) typifies her approach to working away from a still life subject or photograph. The paint strokes and scraping down in this picture seem to peel apart a dark surface to…More 

Artist Jimmy Mirikitani was born in California in 1920 and spent much of his youth in Hiroshima, Japan. He returned to America in 1937 to avoid fighting in Japan’s war against China, and to study art, saying of his thoughts at the time, “I’m not soldier boy. I’m an artist.” Filmmaker Linda Hattendorf, who lives in Taos and New York, began by recording a few interactions with Mirikitani on the street in Soho, N.Y., in January 2001, and as Hattendorf and Mirikitani…More 

Utopia; paradise; Shangri-la.  Abundance. Lush tropical forest. Grounds For Sculpture, with its fantastical artwork, opulent gardens and peacocks strutting their stuff, is a nice place to site a utopia. And artist Ming Fay has done just that. Canutopia, a name derived from the words “canopy” and “utopia,” fills the new East Gallery with the fruits of abundance, fanciful shapes, colors and forms. Given the recent spike in visitation at the Hamilton-based museum, you…More 

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"Canutopia" Exhibition, by Ming Fay, at the Grounds for Sculpture   HAMILTON, N.J. — THE sculptor Ming Fay was directing two assistants atop a hydraulic lift as they positioned his three-foot-tall pine cone on a ledge far above his head. “Sideways,” he requested. Then, “Vertical.” Satisfied, Mr. Fay turned his attention to other pieces awaiting his attention: a giant leaf, a huge shark’s tooth, an enormous littleneck clam shell. As he found a place for…More 

Lance Letscher has said that making art was “a foundational element of my personality.” His mother was a graduate of the art school at the University of Texas at Austin, where Letscher grew up being given art supplies for Christmas and birthdays. At UT, Letscher found the medium of printmaking to be a natural extension for his drawing skills, and through it he developed his understanding of color — particularly — he has said in previous interviews, “color harmonies, mixing and balance.” Letscher…More 

  Introduction The parallels are striking, the symbolism serendipitous. Grounds for Sculpture, today a lush dreamscape of a sculpture park, vividly imagined and painstakingly built by artist Seward Johnson on the barren site of the abandoned State Fairgrounds, opened its gates in 1992. Exactly 20 years later it dedicates the opening of a voluminous East Gallery by filing it with the phantasmal flora and fauna creations from the life work of the incomparable artist Ming Fay. Fay calls his spirited…More 

Garlands of berries, flowers and leaves dangle from exposed scaffolding and thick silver pipes.It looks as if a garden or a jungle has sprung from the ceiling.And then, it’s clear something more unusual has blossomed: Little men hang among outsize replicas of pea pods and glistening pears. Across from skulls and a crab claw, exotic bulbous forms resembling hives catch the eye, splattered in bright pink, blue and green.At Grounds for Sculpture, Ming Fay’s “Canutopia” (the name…More 

Grounds for Sculpture just keeps coming up with one surprise after another — and it just keeps getting better and better. The latest is the new East Gallery, 10,000 square feet constructed out of pre-existing storage space. It offers an event space, a ticket office, a caterer’s kitchen, restrooms and gallery walls and ceilings that, for its inaugural, sculptor Ming Fay has turned into a veritable organic wonderland. “The curators were meeting with the architects as this was being…More 

In conjunction with an exhibition at Corbett vs. Dempsey in Chicago, Eight Modern Gallery (Santa Fe, New Mexico), will show the paintings of Rebecca Shore (NAP #41) until May 5. This two-gallery exhibit, titled All in One, features about 50 paintings, 23 of which are at Eight Modern. – Read more by Jenni Higginbotham, Sante Fe Contributor, after the jump! — All in One can be viewed as two bodies of work. One group of paintings features arrangements of absurd silhouettes and shapes…More 

For her second solo show at Corbett vs. Dempsey, Rebecca Shore has created an exciting new body of work that continues her exploration of the malleability of forms. In paintings executed in oil and gouache, as well as distemper (a liquid paint using rabbit skin glue as a binding agent), she assembles and arranges specific images into small collections, each object an image drawn from Shore’s huge trove of working materials. Some of these silhouetted images are immediately recognizable –…More 

Embellishing the manicured landscape that surrounds the U.S. Geological Survey Building, in Reston, Virginia, an imposing metallic figure depicts a conglomeration of rocks and trees, leaning this way and that, yet bound together by nature's timeless force. You might say the figure is a geologic survey in itself; it is a story told by natural elements found just below the Appalachian Trail in the woods of the Kittatinny Ridge in Sussex County, New Jersey. On the expansive government lawn in Virginia,…More 

  An impressive array of Robert Mangold’s artistic oeuvre, from 1955 to the present, is on view at The Arvada Center. The artist, born in Indiana in 1930, joined the Air Force in 1949 and then graduated from Indiana University with a Masters of Fine Arts. While still a student, Mangold attended the 1955 International Design Conference in Aspen. In 1960, he was hired by the University of Denver, where he worked with Jack Ball and Vance Kirkland until 1964. Mangold then went on to design…More 

Seventy years ago, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This action, just a few months after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, forced an estimated 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps. Kansas-based artist Roger Shimomura was one of them. A young child at the time, the memories of barbed wire and guard towers have influenced his artwork ever since. Shimomura's paintings are featured as part of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery exhibition…More 

Born in DC in the 1950s Bart Johnson grew up with “can do” notions that employed him as a housepainter, dishwasher, security guard, warehouse worker, typesetter, telemarketer and social worker. Hard labor influenced Bart Johnson’s diverse range as an artist and schooled “outsider.” Often, Bart applies his socio-inventiveness to sculptural ceramics, painted canvas and drawn surfaces. Bart Johnson recently created a series of drawings for an upcoming exhibition, “Explicit…More 

Though the twenty-something Collin Parson — son of prominent Colorado sculptor Chuck Parson — has the official title of Gallery Exhibition Designer at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, he's really the de facto director of the fine-art program. He's filled a vacuum at Arvada because the position of Gallery/Museum Manager, a person who would be Parson's boss in theory, has been vacant for years. That means that Parson lays out the shows as well as organizing them. In the…More 

David X. Levine was still installing his works on paper at Steven Zevitas Gallery, organizing several small colored-pencil drawings into an installation, when I came through late last week. But his big pieces were up and lighted. The show is called “Amy Winehouse,’’ and many of Levine’s works reference popular culture; he seems to be channeling the energy of particular figures. In the large works, these include the late Suzanne Pleshette, the whiskey-voiced actress who played…More 

It's rare to be able to recommend an art exhibit to everyone in the community — that's everyone — but there's a surprisingly broad appeal to "Time, Space and Motion," the first-ever retrospective of Colorado artist Robert Mangold's charismatic 3-D works, now up at the Arvada Center. For 55 years, Mangold has taken a curious approach to exploring materials and motion and how they interact. His forms are colorful and inventive, well-crafted and optimistic. His pieces zig and zag, they…More 

Erik Benson’s exquisite show “Detouring” reassembled and animated urban blight. With layered slivers and strips of collaged acrylic paint, Benson creates vistas of his Bushwick, Brooklyn, neighborhood. His recent works, show here, tend to be grimier than past efforts and somewhat atmospheric as a result of the artist’s direct painting on canvas (whether by hand or sprayer). Yet while displaying wear on the surfaces, the paintings also retain the graphic precision of the previous work. These…More 

Don’t Miss This—it runs to December 3. “It” being the current group show at Eight Modern, which features work by Michelle Cooke, Lora Fosberg, and Shaun Gilmore. An initial sense of serendipity in the gallery’s choice of artists for the show gives way in time to the awareness of a shared aesthetic that links this unlikely ensemble. That aesthetic is based on a graphic sensibility and an eye for understatement common to three artists whose works are—and look—very…More 

Three artists whose work highlights the intersections between the material and natural worlds exhibit new works starting today in a show at Eight Modern. It’s the small gallery on Delgado Street, a block off Canyon Road. Michelle Cook, Lora Fosberg and Shaun Gilmore are all making their Eight Modern debut with this show, gallery spokesperson Jaquelin Loyd noted. Eight Modern opened in May 2007 in a historic 1860s farmhouse. Specializing in modern and contemporary painting, photography, and…More 

Dinner Conversation With Nancy by Roger Shimomura Where: Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence Nancy must have been some woman to have inspired Roger Shimomura to create and name the painting for her. By all accounts she was. Shimomura painted Dinner Conversation With Nancy in 1983 as an untitled work, but he named it after the death of his good friend and Lawrence arts patron Nancy Anne Zimmerman. He donated it in her memory to the Spencer Museum of Art in 1988. The painting…More 

Watch Your Step. That’s what the executioner says to the man coming up the steps to the guillotine. It’s also the title of a 2006 drawing by Lora Fosberg. Another piece, titled We Are So Sorry, shows cigarette butts and matches on the ground next to a twig in a burned-out landscape. In Forever, nine naked women madly run in all directions from the word of the title. “Forever. That’s commitment, man,” the artist said in a recent telephone interview. Her work is featured…More 

Geometric abstraction, the almost mathematical deployment of color and form, boasts a rich history that dates back to such early 20th-century masters as Kasimir Malevich and Piet Mondrian. In the past few decades, the form has hardly been at the forefront of a pluralistic international art scene dominated by conceptualism and new media, but it has not been abandoned either. Far from it. A new generation of geometric abstractionists has emerged that is bringing a contemporary flair to this venerable…More 

  One of the hallmarks of Nancy Youdelman’s work is its honest, personal accessibility, which gives her mixed media sculptures and reliefs a captivating, self-sufficient beauty. But while Youdelman, who teaches art at Fresno State, intently and modestly continues to hone her craft, the art world has begun to focus renewed attention on her significant contributions to the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Youdelman was recently included in the 2009 exhibition and catalogue A Studio…More 

In traditional Japanese gardens, art and nature are so delicately nuanced and balanced that it is often difficult to discern where, exactly, nature ends and art begins.  The natural and the handmade--wilderness and rationality--are in harmony.  Sculptor Robert Lobe (b.1945) may not have the sensitivity of a Japanese gardener (his blunt forms are equally indebted ot stage design, the art of trompe-l'oeil and the sculpture of David Smith), but his three hammered aluminum repousse sculptures--…More 

Outside the Realm takes its title from a Marcel Proust quote, “The past is hidden somewhere outside the realm, beyond the reach of intellect, in some material object (in the sensation which that material object will give us) which we do not suspect.” Nancy Youdelman continues to take on questions of the female body and identity, and the sensations they give us, using the outdated detritus of social femininity— specifically cast-off clothing. Titles such as Nothing is Ever Really…More 

For more than four decades, Nancy Youdelman has exemplified the feminist art movement’s enduring impact on the course of post-World War II art. One of fifteen students led by Judy Chicago in the establishment of the nation’s first feminist art program at California State University, Fresno, in 1970, Youdelman continued her art studies at CalArts’s Feminist Art Program, during which she participated in the seminal exhibition “Womanhouse” in 1972. In the intervening…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Nancy Youdelman: Outside the Realm. This will be the artist’s second solo show with the gallery. One of the hallmarks of Nancy Youdelman’s work is its honest, personal accessibility, which gives her mixed media sculptures and reliefs a captivating, self-sufficient beauty. But while Youdelman, who teaches art at Fresno State, intently and modestly continues to hone her craft, the art world has begun to focus…More 

John Ruppert uses man-made objects to pay homage to nature In his fourth solo exhibition at C. Grimaldis Gallery, The Nature of Things, veteran sculptor John Ruppert continues his ongoing conversation with geological forms and natural forces, while adding his less-exhibited photography and video to the mix. Ruppert’s known for his elegant metalwork and exceptional reproductions of natural objects, particularly pumpkins and splintered wood, and his current exhibition is overtly…More 

During the late 1960s, between undergraduate art history classes, my life was busy with protests against the war in Vietnam and rallies demanding equal rights and treatment for women.  None of the art history textbooks then went beyond Picasso and Braque’s cubism, and there was literally no mention of the American Civil War, a gap that seemedinexplicable to those of us looking at great historical work by such artists as Giericault, Manet and Goya, whose masterpieces reacted to the brutalities…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Bart Johnson: The Truth Hurts.Bart Johnson compares his working habits to Camus’s Sisyphus endlessly rolling his rock up a hill. Often sly or humorous in expression, with a certain playfulness and eroticism, the Albuquerque-area artist’s drawings and ceramics would seem to refute the grinding laboriousness implied by the metaphor; however, Johnson’s diligence and all-encompassing engagement with art and the…More 

Bart JohnsonThe Santa Fe New Mexican, PasatiempoFriday, June 17th, 2011Inside-Out ArtBy Rob DeWalt“I live in a culture that insists on infantile commercial products aimed at never letting in any bad news,” New Mexico artist Bart Johnson told Pasatiempo.  Surrealism, eroticism, a sense of mythology, and, at times, a whimsical, almost Boschian view of human and animal physical forms accent much of Johnson’s work.  Bart Johnson: The Truth Hurts, an exhibit of his paintings,…More 

Throughout this summer and fall, the grounds surrounding Prospect Park’s Boathouse will feature a sculptural installation by the New York-based artist Robert Lobe (b. 1945). It is the ideal setting for Lobe’s work, which takes inspiration from shapes and textures found in nature. These Lobe studies in particular were inspired by the woods in Northern New Jersey, near a section of the Appalachian Trail where he creates most of his works amidst the boulders and trees. For years, he has…More 

Weirdness for weirdness’s sake?  Weird to shock?  Or organically weird, sprouting unmediatedly from Johnson’s noggin?  Hard to tell where his Outsider Art-like drawings—which might also be the Bosch-like scribbling of a teen-angsty comic strip artist run amok—come from.  Given the technical prowess of his paintings and ceramics pieces, it taints these inky scenes of disconnected mayhem with the wink of intellectual knowingness.  Even so, they are accomplishedly…More 

Ramona Sakiestewa is about as clear and forthright and sweet as any person could hope to meet or be. Which explains in part why her woven abstract paintings, often devoid of anything figurative, narrative, or perceptible, have appealed to so many people: as nonrepresentational as they are, they’re beautiful but full of sinew and depth, elegant, straightforward but inherently, deceptively complex. And in a way—much like Sakiestewa herself—almost defiant and reluctant at being…More 

Erik Benson paints scenes that are quiet and still.  There are no people in his paintings, though traces of their presence are everywhere.  If ever a case could be made for seeing paintings up close, the work of Brooklyn-based painter Erik Benson is it.  There is a clarity and attention to detail in the group of Benson’s paintings on view at Eight Modern that, while possible to achieve with brushwork, cannot be properly appreciated until it is understood that he is working with an unusual application…More 

Erik Benson’s urban landscapes have a poetic quality.Erik Benson might qualify as a sculptor as much as a painter.  His process is one of building a painting in collaged layers of acrylic paint, much as a sculptor might build a bas-relief.  The resulting works will show at Eight Modern gallery on Delgado Street in an exhibition called “Eminent Domain,” opening today and running through June 4.      Benson’s contemporary landscape paintings “are…More 

Erik Benson's dystopian and romantic artwork of layered acrylic on cavas has been labeled as both descriptive of the urban beauty and reminiscent of Japanese woodblock prints.  Benson's stark graphic interpretations of urban reality are formulated on glass tables, where he spreads thin layers of acrylic paint, allows the paint to dry, then cuts out shapes with an X-Acto knife.  He then composes his images in a collage-style, layering the shapes into arresting portrayals of urban landscapes.  Benson's…More 

April 15 – June 4Artist’s Reception: April 15, 5:00-7:00 p.m.Contact:Meghan Ferguson505 995 0231info@eightmodern.net SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Erik Benson: Eminent Domain.Erik Benson’s contemporary landscape paintings are simultaneously dystopian and romantic, exhibiting a discerning intelligence and graphic punch. He works with acrylic paint, which he spreads in thin layers on a glass table to dry before using an X-Acto knife to…More 

Erik Benson’s paintings are quiet commentaries on our architectural world.  His works critique uniformity and gentrification in American neighborhoods.  In an ArtNews review, Christopher French observed, “Erik Benson represents a persuasive, dystopian take on the American landscape.  In his paintings on canvas and paper, the normalcy of suburban views dominated by edifices of glass and steel is rudely interrupted-marked by decay or overwhelmed by ominous emissions suggestive of pollution or…More 

With pieces ranging from 80 to more than 100 years old, the assemblage of deer and mountain goat antlers on display in writer and art critic Jan Adlmann’s north-side Zocalo home transforms his small study into a space he calls “the jagdzimmer,” or hunting room. Mounted on hand-carved plaques commemorating the date and location of each hunt, the antlers, aka Tyrolean hunting trophies, are a common feature in Austrian and Bavarian classic interiors. For Adlmann—who’s…More 

A SCULPTOR AT LARGE: Working with the “stuff of the earth,” this artist –teacher creates objects that amaze and provoke. The concepts for her sculpture, Celeste Roberge explains, “begin with seeing something in the world—like a rock, a sofa, a quarry, a type of seaweed, a piece of rusted metal—where the presence of matter and materiality is dominant.” From there, the process becomes wonderfully obsessive and often transformational.  Take Roberge’s…More 

The Cats of Mirikitani, a humble and profound documentary by skilled story weaver Linda Hattendorf, has traveled the world and been screened for thousands of people at festivals and other venues. On February 28 at 7 p.m., the Lawrence Arts Center hosts the film that has left such an indelible mark on all those it touches. The screening coincides with Shadows of Minidoka: Paintings and Collections of Roger Shimomura andDrawings of Jimmy Mirikitani; both exhibitions continue through…More 

A story of displacement, hardship, and endurance is told through a small exhibition of outsider art by Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani. Born in Sacramento, California, in 1920 and raised from the age of four in Hiroshima, Japan, Mirikitani had only briefly returned to the United States when war broke out between the two countries. In 1942, he was incarcerated, along with thousands of other Americans of Japanese descent, in a harsh and desolate internment camp in northern California. During the decades…More 

It’s easy to forget a barbed wire barrier when you weren’t behind it. Roger Shimomura, his family and more than 120,000 other Japanese were. Shimomura never forgot. “Government,” he said, “has a very, very short memory.” Shimomura unveiled “Shadow of Minidoka” Friday night at the Lawrence Art Center to a bustling croaw of wine sippers, art aficionados and passersby. The two-room gallery, which will be open to the public until March 12, features Shimomura’s…More 

Jackson Hole, Wyo.—I recently spoke to Austin, Texas artist Lance Letscher about his upcoming exhibition at Tayloe Piggott Gallery. The gallery press release described Letscher’s work as “drawing comparisons to James Castle, Josef Albers and Piet Mondrian.” That’s a tall order to fill. Though the artist was himself quite modest, polite and almost embarrassed by the comparison. Letscher’s work consists of multi-layered, almost sculptural, collages assembled from a wide array of paper sources,…More 

Robert Lobe’s sculptures astonish, in this déjà-vu art world, with their grandeur and originality of vision. Of his new works, both wall pieces and freestanding tree sculptures, Lobe says that he is "returning to nature in a new way, more conscious of the sublime—a sublime both fearful and beautiful." This attitude toward nature places him as a Northern Romantic; and in his treatment of landscape, which magically fuses the scientific and the ecstatic, there are analogies to American Transcendentalism. His…More 

Roger Shimomura’s paintings mix their meanings in enlightening and entertaining ways. They are self-portraits about American history and reflections on how Americans think about themselves. They are in the vein of Pop art and critique the racist tendencies inherent in popular culture. At their best, they blend anger and silliness. In American vs. America (2010), Uncle Sam issues a vicious Kung Fu kick, laying out the artist in front of the Mall in Washington, D.C., as old-style fighter planes…More 

“I considered myself a poet before I considered myself a visual artist," said David X Levine, who recently spoke to Pasatiempo by phone from his New York studio. "I suppose in many ways I still am one. There's definitely a poetry aspect to some of the work in this show." On Friday, Dec. 17, Levine's first solo show at Eight Modern, titled She Kept Her Heart Parked on a Hill, opens with a public reception.Levine is often mistaken for a synesthete -- someone who links the stimulation of multiple…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, David X Levine: She Kept Her Heart Parked on a Hill.Inspired by popular music of the 20th century, Levine works with colored pencils, building up fields of intensely saturated color with millions of pencil strokes and buffing the surfaces to a smooth, waxy finish. The dimensions of these labor-intensive drawings range from six to 70 inches.Levine’s playful and expressive forms have an anthropomorphic quality,…More 

In this show of 22 mixed-media pieces, Lora Fosberg continued to investigate acts of nature and the actions of mankind in the natural world. In some works, the Chicago artist leaned on her background in printmaking, collaging linocut prints on large pieces of unframed canvas. Trees, tornadoes, and text are prominent features of Fosberg’s visual vocabulary. In when you say now, when exactly do you mean? (2010), a blue-gray funnel cloud, drawn in gouache, descends on 13 paper-covered, irregularly…More 

Known for dot-filled square canvases that suggest cell structures if seen from close-up and color-field abstractions from a distance, Teo Gonzalez recently upped the ante with a heightened color palette. No longer simply gridded systems of dots within circles, his new paintings pulsate with vibrant hues, the compositions still ordered but less cerebral. The patterns writhe, wriggle, and weave across space, like momentarily stilled traffic seen from afar. Forms coalesce and disperse, but their source…More 

Katherine Lee's second solo show at Eight Modern, following last year's exhibition of her "Brazil Series" paintings, reflects a significant change in the work of the versatile 25-year-old artist. The 31 drawings that comprise Animal Violence and Topless Women Eating Jam represent a significant departure from her painted works, not only in medium and style but in subject matter as well. The studied mastery of her craft, the freshness of approach and the iconoclastic attitude towards artistic…More 

Katherine Lee, a 2008 bachelor of fine arts graduate of the College of Santa Fe, says she has no “messages” to send through her art – but she is full of ideas.  Her latest group of notions, 31 drawings in pencil and other media, opens in a solo show at Eight Modern today, intriguingly titled “Animal Violence and Topless Women Eating Jam.”  It’s a change of media for Lee, whose paintings from her “Brazil Series” headlined a show at the same gallery last summer.  “She’s always…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Katherine Lee: Animal Violence and Topless Women Eating Jam.Lee’s second solo show at Eight Modern, following last year’s exhibition of her “Brazil Series” paintings, reflects a significant change in the work of the versatile 25-year-old artist. The 31 drawings that comprise Animal Violence and Topless Women Eating Jam represent a significant departure from her painted works, not only in medium and style…More 

A familiar cast of characters from American popular culture appears in the paintings of Roger Shimomura, inviting a backward look at Warner Brothers’ cartoons, Disney movies and Dell comics. But this walk down memory lane soon becomes strange as nostalgia recedes and viewers are confronted with their reaction to the visual language of racism. Don Desmett, director of exhibitions at the Richmond Center for Visual Arts at Western Michigan University, said, “Roger uses humor to get us…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Teo González: New Work.Teo González, a Spanish-born painter based in Brooklyn, is known for his minimalist compositions on square canvases. Using monochromatic color schemes, the artist first applies a simple ground using pigments he mixes himself, then builds a grid of thousands of precisely placed dots of paint. But where he once placed small pools of paint diluted with water, and then added a second drop of…More 

Lynette Haggard (LH): Can you share with my readers a little about yourself? Ted Larsen: I was born in South Haven, Michigan which is 90 miles from Chicago. My parents are both artists and they moved to Santa Fe when I was 16, 1979. I went to high school at Santa Fe Prep, then to Whittier College in LA. I didn’t like the city, LA was just too much for me and too polluted. I transferred to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. At both schools, I was in programs that allowed me to write…More 

My thoughts on Katherine Lee: She’s gifted and she knows it. She’s all of 25, perceives herself to be three times that age, but could pass for 17 (although a tough 17). She has a babyish face, but her carriage, attitude, demeanor and personal are all assertive, surly, irreverent, and glib—ways of being that probably set in during early childhood in Iowa (where she grew up with an older sister, a twin brother, a father employed in emergency management, and underwriter mother), amid so many…More 

When I met Lance Letscher in his tidy studio in North Austin, I felt a flicker of recognition though it was the first time we’d met.  Letscher’s made a name for himself with his detailed, colorful collages that create imaginary worlds out of relics of the past, including houses and cars cut out of vintage model train catalogs. He’s also the artist and author of a children’s book, The Perfect Machine, and that’s where we’d first been introduced. Letscher’s quiet intensity has seeped…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Ted Larsen: Brand New, Slightly Used. This will be Larsen’s second solo show with the gallery.A long-time Santa Fe resident and recent Pollock-Krasner grant recipient, Ted Larsen creates abstract constructed objects from salvage materials. In Brand New, Slightly Used, Larsen not only explores the detritus of consumer culture, but also critically examines cherished modernist principles and hierarchies.Larsen finds…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition with Jason Salavon. This will be the artist’s first show at Eight Modern.One of the leading practitioners of computer-based art, Salavon uses software of his own design to capture and transfigure data and images drawn from popular culture, art history and contemporary lived experience. The resulting videos and photographic prints often obscure the distinctiveness of their sources while revealing the visual architecture…More 

“Part of what I want you to ask is, how the hell did that get put together?” The question did cross my mind. I’m standing in Ted Larsen’s studio, a small, light space in a studio complex off Upper Canyon Road, puzzling over how the 46-year-old sculptor welded and screwed together dozens of geometric boxes in a way that creates a colorful, chaotic burst of scrap metal that clings to the wall like a genetically altered giant spider. “Generally what I do is build things…More 

What if you wanted to create an image that could stand as the epitome of an artistic movement such as Impressionism or a painting style such as Baroque?  Where would you begin?  By examining the colors used by the artists associated with them?  Or by looking at their subject matter?  Jason Salavon, whose show Arrows and Dice can be seen at Eight Modern, has one solution that, on casual inspection, looks like a reduction of these painting styles into simple color components presented…More 

When an artist works with computers, how does he coose what to use? “I’m pretty agnostic about tools: I use everything from Hollywood-style 3-D software to custom software to output technologies,” Jason Salavon told the Journal in a telephone interview.  “I’m a classical conceptual artist.  I let the idea come first.” A show of Salavon’s computer-based art opens today at Eight Modern gallery on Delgado Street.  He is an assistant professor…More 

Lance Letscher’s new show is an array of his familiar collage style in two dimensions and of iconic objects of adventure (pistols, a full-size motorcycle), expanding the artist’s scope of expression by way of illustrating his first children’s book, The Perfect Machine. Letscher’s work, long a sort of paper kaleidoscope of broken text and images built from butchered books and other bastions of print arranged in seemingly obsessive patterns, makes the leap from flat ground…More 

Robert Lobe’s sculpture Butterfly overshadows the pen-and-ink works on paper on the wall in the background. Robert Lobe has been to California many times. But the month-long visit for his residency at the Luz Art Institute in Encinitas has been different, he says. “I think I understand the California thing for the first time,” says Lobe, who grew up in Cleveland, graduated from Oberlin College in 1967, went to graduate school at Hunter College and has lived in New York ever since. “There…More 

The protagonist of Lance Letscher’s recent children’s book asks himself a question: “What is the perfect machine?” It is a question that pervades Letscher’s recent exhibition at D. Berman Gallery, a collection of collage works that also serve to illustrate the book that shares the exhibition’s title The Perfect Machine. Frenetic abstract assemblages in children’s block colors cover the walls of the galleries. Peeking through and behind these more formal geometric abstractions are images…More 

One again, D Berman Gallery unleashes yet another fabulous installation. This time around, visitors can take in—and, if the price is right, take home—one of the fantastic Letscher collages currently on display. Sure, I enjoy a good black and white photo exhibit from time to time, but color pulls me in even more. In “The Perfect Machine,” Letscher serves up his vision just the way I prefer it: bright, busy and, in some instances, three-dimensional—pieced together from whatever found prints…More 

An array of colorful paper strips cheerfully swathes the rustic, mechanical frame of a 9mm gun. Only the tip and trigger of the weapon remains uncovered to remind viewers that although the object is given a lighthearted aesthetic, it is not a toy. From this gun to a neon-green bike decorated with geometric paper cutouts to a paper collage of a boy slumped in a chair, Austin artist Lance Letscher playfully presents the juxtaposition of human emotion and machine in his new exhibition, “The Perfect…More 

    Collage may be the most relevant medium for contemporary culture.  The cutting up and repurposing of discarded and obsolete print media is the artist’s version of recycling and sustainability.  It reflects thriftiness, a clever way to pinch pennies in a time of job instability and tightened belts. But collage also is a distillation of the way we consume information in pieces and without much context. From playlists to video clips to “news” websites that…More 

Austinite Lance Letscher creates dense, complex collagesAustin artist Lance Letscher’s latest children’s book is “The Perfect Machine” (2010, University of Texas Press, Austin) and that is — no coincidence, obviously—the title of the exhibition of 17 recent Letscher collages opening at Eight Modern today. The book didn’t influence his art, except indirectly.  He says doing a 9-by-12-foot commissioned mural for the Dell Children’s Medical Center…More 

In late fall2009, while assembling catalog images for an exhibit in Texas and anotheropening this weekend at Eight Modern in Santa Fe, Austin-based collage artistLance Letscher began to recognize a continuity and an underlying narrative insome of his newer work. From image to image, a story took shape, and Letscherbegan to explore uncharted territory: thecreation of a self-penned children's book featuring his art. The result, titledThe Perfect Machine (University ofTexas Press, 2010), is the focus…More 

Lance Letscher: The Perfect MachineApril 2 – May 15, 2010Artists’ Reception: April 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pmSANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Lance Letscher: The Perfect Machine.Letscher harvests defaced textbooks, children’s readers, vintage album covers, magazine clippings, handwritten notes, recipe cards, business ledgers, and other bits of found paper from closeout bins, yard sales and the dumpster behind a nearby used book and record…More 

The description of Kiki Smith’s upcoming lecture at UW Seattle is described on Brown Paper Tickets thusly, “Basically, art is just a way to think,” says Smith in her Art:21 segment. “It’s like standing in the wind and letting it pull you in whatever direction it wants to go.” It doesn’t sell me. I’m tired of artists blowing in the wind. The nonchalance execution and ambiguous content comes off as cowardice. Her work usually looks… well……More 

By Elisabeth Sussman, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, New York Ted Larsen is infatuated with scrap metal, pieces that are combined and shaped to produce a larger form. Invoking ingots, Larsen re-imagines discarded metal as a material that can be a fragment, a malleable, shapeable thing, like clay or fabric — materials that can be worked on in pieces, used and re-used, gathered and stitched or pressed together. Metal, in his terms, can be a readymade, reconfigured as wished. If…More 

SANTA I work most often with graphite, watercolor and ink on paper to create disquieting narratives, delicately drawn. Women and little girls emerge isolated against the white of the paper, recalling East Asian art traditions. Decorative patterns reinforce this association and, at the same time, contrast the dark content. Problematic relationships and issues of socialization are central themes in my work; stories, myths and things witnessed inspire me. I never have any pre-conceived notion of what…More 

Fay Ku   Born in Taipei, Taiwan and raised in a series of small American towns, Ku invokes both Eastern and Western traditions in her drawings. Ku combines remarkably smooth draftsmanship and meticulous detail with idiosyncratic, discomforting ideas that blur the line between humor and harm, betwixt imagination and reality.   Ku’s work is inspired by the negative residues of human culture, such as violence and social failures. Much of her art depicts children, often locked into…More 

“When something is designed as a utilitarian object, decisions are made in its construction that give it a voice – what fabrics are available – and I am trying to invest the work with a structure that has an underlying logic of craft that is expressive of something else: a personal and intimate experience in making it,” says Austin-based Lance Letscher (as found here at D Berman gallery). My friend Donald insisted I check out Letscher’s book, which he thought I’d love, and I do. I appreciate…More 

A Milbridge sculptor is carving a pink granite version of renowned New England architect and woodcarver Samuel McIntire’s “Grecian Sofa.” The “Granite Sofa” is internationally known artist Celeste Roberge’s attempt to create a monument to the McIntire’s 1805 piece. Roberge, a Biddeford native, spends summers in South Portland and is a professor of sculpture at the University of Florida. Once finished, “Granite Sofa” will be available for viewing…More 

We’ve seen small, abstract sculptures constructed of found materials before—from Richard Tuttle’s thoughtfully lumpen ones to Bill Walton’s sublime, carefully crafted ones—and whose used parts from our polyglot American past give them an ineffable poignancy, like a song whose words we’ve forgotten. Ted Larsen’s recent metal sculptures and assemblages at Schmidt Dean Gallery bring a little something different to the table. They’re the Johnny Mercer…More 

    Looking for new modes of expression, increasing numbers of American sculptors in the 1950s and ‘60s turned to welded metal and works that were constructed, not carved or molded.   Their chief inspiration was David Smith, an Indiana native who first experimented with the medium during the 1930s and was showcased in a 1957 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.   Among those swept up in the enthusiasm for welded sculpture was another Indiana…More 

It's interesting to notice that some artists basically ignore the fads and trends that sweep over the art scene periodically and instead follow their own vision of what art should be about. A good example is Robert Mangold, the dean of Colorado contemporary sculpture, who, over the past five decades, has explored time, space and especially movement with simple linear forms carried out in bold colors. As it's been many years since he has been the subject of a solo exhibit in town, there's a decidedly…More 

Unabashedly feminine in her approach to art, Fay Ku is no bonbon. Her work, all soft watercolor washes gashed with sinewy graphite lines, depicts lovely ladies (and one young boy with some “fish sticks”) lounging in frankly erotic poses. Look a bit closer, however, and they get downright, and deliciously, creepy. A fusion of the artist’s Taiwanese and American roots, her paper pieces owe much to Chinese art history with its negative space and restrained palette. Here’s how…More 

If art is a means of articulation, consider artist  Fay Ku fluent. Double Entendre, her solo exhibition at  Eight Modern in Santa Fe, features nine recent works on paper. The majority are drawn and painted in variations of graphite, ink and watercolor. Two of the pieces are lithographs, the breathtaking results of Ku’s November residency at the  Tamarind Institute in Albuquerque. Altogether, the collection communicates incongruous concepts—purity/eroticism, solitude/association,…More 

Double Entendre, Fay Ku’s exhibition at Eight Modern, is a crowd-pleaser. Or maybe just a crowd-teaser. Or maybe I’m a pervert. Whichever it is, I was left wanting more, both for the beauty of the art and, at only six drawings, the brevity of the show. The unadorned figurative works nimbly fulfill the trifecta of contemporary drawing: they are well-crafted, inscrutable and sort of naughty. I found myself nodding my head at her line work, scratching my head at her motives and shaking…More 

December 11 – January 30, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Jan Adlmann: Latter-Day Fabergé.Jan Ernst Adlmann is a Santa Fe resident well-known as a former museum director and curator, lecturer and writer, whose strange and wonderful sculptures have attracted a strong following over the past ten years. While “zany” is a word that almost always falls flat, it seems almost muted when used to discuss the tremendous enthusiasm that courses through…More 

Despite the fact that both his relationship to his idols and their rapport with him is completely projected, David X. Levine’s exhibition of drawings, “Brian Wilson Loves You,” is a confession of the musical devotee’s intense closeness to his subjects. In fact, while the viewer of Levine’s homage to musicians like Chuck Berry, Janis Joplin, and Amy Winehouse may imagine that the “You” in the title is directed at them, it seems more likely that it is the…More 

Fay Ku: Double EntendreNovember 20 – December 31, 2009SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming show, Fay Ku: Double Entendre.The exhibition, which will feature a number of new works on paper, coincides with the artist’s invitation to create a print at the University of New Mexico’s Tamarind Institute. During her residency, Ku will collaborate with Tamarind’s master printers to produce a limited-edition lithograph, a proof of which will be on display during…More 

There happens to be a Wassily Kandinsky exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, and it is to Kandinsky I would compare Linda Whitaker’s freewheeling sense of color.  In many of her oil-pastel-on-paper drawings—her works can’t really be called paintings although they are indeed painterly—there is also a similar ability to abstract essential forms from nature and re-present them as examples of “shoot-the-works modernity,” a phrase I’ve borrowed…More 

September 4 – October 11, 2009SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Linda Whitaker: The Floor of the Sky.Whitaker was a respected artist who spent time in Taos before retiring from the art world 20 years ago. Exhibition curator David Hundley, a celebrated design consultant who has worked with Lexus, Ralph Lauren and Gucci and the exhibit designer for the recent show Hearst the Collector at LACMA, sees Whitaker’s compositions play out in front of…More 

Linda Whitaker’s work is being honored at Eight Modern 20 years after she stopped painting.Not many midlife former artists are honored with a retrospective 20 years after they stopped painting, but that’s the anomalous situation California real estate agent Linda Whitaker finds herself in today.  A show featuring never-seen work she did two decades ago in northern New Mexico is opening for a five-week run at Eight Modern.  It happened because of the extensive memory of design…More 

Walking into the gallery space that is off to the left upon entering Eight Modern, where Marie Watt is showing her work, is like stepping back in time. Watt uses old woolen blankets as canvases for sewn-on images that evoke a sense of nostalgia. Watt’s work, along with that of Edda Renouf and Ramona Sakiestewa, is featured as part of Redefining the Canvas, a show that erases and reinvents the distinctions between painting, quilting, and weaving. Watt’s tartan plaid blanket titled Stadium:…More 

Through the blackened atmosphere and archway of Katherine Lee’s incredible Exterior 10 resides some serious heartbreak. And like all the pain and misery that comes with romance, it is utterly irresistible. Dark black like a cat, the shiny pelt of the picture brims with morbid ennui, degeneration, and despair. Perfection. Exterior 9 masterfully balances the tensions of abandonment, tragic disregard, and ruinous disappointment with the everyday, off-season aspects of the real. Is this the patio…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Redefining the Canvas: Edda Renouf, Ramona Sakiestewa and Marie Watt.The artists each use media and techniques associated with textiles but present and conceptualize their work in a way that blurs and then redefines the traditional understanding of the ‘canvas.’ For Renouf, Sakiestewa and Watt, the canvas functions as an art object, not just a foundational medium.Sakiestewa’s work in this exhibition is…More 

Katherine Lee: The Brazil SeriesJune 19-July 19, 2009Artist’s Reception: Friday, June 19, 5:30-7:30 p.m.SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Katherine Lee: The Brazil Series.Katherine Lee’s paintings transform familiar settings — a motel patio, an airport tarmac — into scenes at once familiar yet unnerving. A deserted patio deteriorates in the sun and passenger planes stand abandoned on a runway. They are spaces of suspended action and endless…More 

Despite, or maybe because of, a barelydry bachelor of fine arts from the College of Santa Fe, Katherine Lee paints without rules, letting instinct take her where it will.  “A painting will inevitably gain meaning, become a story—there is no getting around that.  A mark stands for itself but will also be assigned (by the mind) an anthropomorphic significance or history.  This is partially why I paint what I paint, because I do not think it matters what is painted.  It is very hard to make…More 

     After a tremendous amount of hype and hoopla, the so-billed Taos Summer of Love 2009 has begun. And the big wheel that is getting everyone's attention is actor/director and former Taos resident Dennis Hopper. In celebration of Easy Rider, released 40 years ago — and filmed partly in Taos — the town has a group of special events that are supposed to take people back to a time of love beads, really long hair, VW vans painted in psychedelic colors and, well, other…More 

Rebecca Shore has been making paintings for about thirty years, and some of her newest paintings are her largest yet. She usually paints on a panel that’s roughly the size of a sheet of paper, but a few of the new works are about a meter high. The change in scale allows for a greater density of visual information, which is what’s so satisfying about her new body of work—collections of objects and symbols, seen in shadow, and laid out as if on a blanket, the treasured possessions…More 

HOPPER CURATES: LARRY BELL, RON COOPER, RONALD DAVIS, KEN PRICE AND ROBERTDEAN STOCKWELL Dennis Hopper’s presence in Taos in the 1960s was, in large part, the beginning of a third wave of internationally recognized artists followingin the footsteps of the historic Taos Founders and Taos Moderns. In HOPPER CURATES, Dennis Hopper has selected from a portion of the Los Angeles artists who have made Taos, New Mexico their home. These artists first came together in the early 1960’s, during a time…More 

If the Book is doomed, it could have no better funeral director than Austin-based artist Lance Letscher. He may be inclined to dismember the deceased, but he’ll leave behind a beautiful corpse. The raw materials for his intricate and startlingly colorful collages are mined, by and large, from his favorite Dumpster out back of a local used-book and -record store, where he collects discarded volumes—he’s especially fond of shiny-covered college tomes and beat-up high school books—for…More 

    In a work titled American Guardian, a heavily armed soldier, portrayed in jet-black silhouette , keeps vigilant duty in a guard tower.  He watches below—in a space between tarpaper barracks enclosed by high barbed-wire fences is the lone object of his attention: a little boy on a tricycle.      “That could be me,” said roger Shimomura, the creator of this scene.  The artist, who lives on Lawrence, Kansas, spent three years as a young child in the Minidoka War Relocation Center,…More 

    Most of us can’t retrieve memories of events that occurred before the age of 3, and many of us don’t remember much before the age of 5.  Psychologists cal this “infantile or childhood amnesia,” and whatever the cause (there are several theories); it is part of human experience that we retain few, if any memories of our first years of life.      Memory is a malleable, changeable mechanism even for the sharpest adult minds.  It can be very difficult to distinguish the knowledge…More 

The only two lithographs in Minidoka on My Mind, “American Guardian” and “Mix and Match 1,” somehow capture the feeling that emanates from the entire collection, which, with these two exceptions, features exclusively acrylics on canvas. The clean lines and evidently deliberate placement of details — shadows, creases in clothing, facials lines and expressions — make the pieces appear more like woodcuts or frames out of a comic book.Minidoka was the site of a relocation center for Japanese…More 

   The bold colors, clean lines and graphic novel styling of roger Shimomura’s paintings draw the viewer in with their cheery pop-art façade.  When the viewer considers the paintings’ subjects, however a more sinister focus emerges.  Shimomura spent three years of his young life in Minidoka, a Japanese-American internment camp in Idaho, during World War II.  While the history of these internment camps has been explored in such novels as Snow Falling on Cedars and several nonfiction works,…More 

“Wow, it’s such a tiny screen,” says Jason Salavon, peering at the old Macintosh he used to create his first digital artwork. It was 1993, and he was a studio-art major at the University of Texas at Austin. With that computer—now shelved in his Hyde Park Art Center studio—and a dot-matrix printer, he produced a 300-page book of repeating black-and-white patterns. Photoshop was still in its infancy, and there were “no real tools” to create this sort of artwork, so Salavon, a computer-science…More 

    Internationally known painter, teacher and performance artist Roger Shimomura will open a new show of his latest works depicting memories of the internment camps holding Japanese and Japanese-American families and individuals on Friday, March 6, at Eight Modern gallery.     On Thursday, March 5, Shimomura will give an artist’s lecture called “An American Diary” at the Institute of American Indian Arts.  The talk will include a slide show of paintings, prints and experimental theater…More 

    If you are an artistic photographer; to what extent does your home—the place where you live and work—color the intent and result of the portraits you shoot?  A group of artists from Mexico, Peru, Panama and Cuba whose photographs explore their subject’s connections to their cultural and geographical context are featured in “Portrait and Place,” a show opening today at Eight Modern on Delgado Street.      Robert Fantozzi, Flor Garduño, Graciela Iturbide, Rachelle Mozman  and…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce representation of Edda Renouf.              Internationally renowned painter Edda Renouf has long captivated viewers with her meditative compositions. Renouf intensifies her canvases prior to painting them by revealing essential qualities hidden within the canvas or paper.      Specifically, Renouf removes threads from the linen canvas or incises lines into paper before painting and sanding the surface. Geometric elements…More 

Art is a source of restoration and renewal, even as we age. Models of successful aging highlight evidence of creative expression as key to health and well-being. Octogenarian Jimmy Mirikitani, resident of New York City's Hell's Kitchen, had his first one person show at the age of 86; his story is a testimony to life-long wounds from the trauma of war, personal tragedy and loss, and, ultimately, the healing power of art. In a recent report on older adult artists, a 72-year-old homeless artist…More 

Essential to my paintings and drawings is the revealing of an abstract structure and energy inherent to my materials, the linen canvas and cotton paper. In my paintings, after holding a stretched canvas up to the light, which allows me to see the movement of the weave, I am inspired to remove certain threads which in some works I also then reapply. I continue by priming the canvas and then apply several thin coats of acrylic paint. This is followed by a careful sanding of the surface that again makes…More 

Portrait and Place: Contemporary Latin American Photography January 30-Febuary 28 SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Portrait and Place: Contemporary Latin American Photography.Portrait and Place brings together a group of artists from Mexico, Peru, Panama and Cuba whose photographs explore their subjects’ connections, both expected and unexpected, to their cultural and geographical context.  Included in the exhibition are Robert Fantozzi, Flor…More 

I met with Erik Benson in his DUMBO studio this past summer, when he was a resident artist in the 2009 Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program. Down the hall from NYFA’s offices, Benson's studio offered sweeping views of the Brooklyn Bridge, the East River, and beyond it to the urban landscape often portrayed in his paintings. Benson and I sat together in front of one of his works-in-progress, a painting of a half-built house. Earlier in the day, he had rendered the small light brown flecks in its particle…More 

"I’m performing a heartless mathematical operation, but it has a relationship with [early abstractionists] who took the reality of the situation and brought something to it that made it bigger than the individual moment." -Jason Salavon               Jason Salavon selects as source material groups of images from popular culture—real-estate listing photographs, Playboy centerfolds, high-school yearbook portraits—and blends…More 

Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material to present new perspectives on the familiar. Though formally varied, his projects frequently manipulate the roles of individual elements arranged in diverse visual populations. This often unearths unexpected pattern as the relationship between the part and the whole, the individual and the group, is explored. Reflecting a natural attraction to popular culture and the day-to-day, his work…More 

Land Of Hope and Glory “Land of Hope and Glory”, also known as “Pomp and Circumstance”, is a traditional British patriotic song, written in 1902 by A. C. Benson, with music by Sir Edward Elgar.  (It was adopted in the United States as the music for graduation ceremonies.) “Land of Hope and Glory” rapidly became one of the most widely popular songs played during World War 1, the war that preceded the excesses of the 1920s and the stock market crash that followed in 1929.  I see a relationship…More 

Ted Larsen's sculptures appear to have drifted into PanAmerican Art Projects. Some have landed on the floor, others hang in midair. When they have made their way onto the walls, they could be at eye level, near the floor or just below the ceiling.  Mr. Larsen scours salvage yards near his home in Santa Fe, N.M., for sheet metal from wrecked cars. He searches out cars old enough to have been painted with lead-based paints, and so the blues, oranges, beiges, yellows and reds in his work are chalky…More 

Buddhist monk, political refugee, and accomplished photographer Pipo Nguyen-duy, known for challenging people to look beyond the text to discover the hidden American History, will be speaking at UMass Boston. On Thursday October 29th 2008, Nguyen-duy will be a guest speaker in Peter Kiang's Southeast Asians in the United States class. A campus-wide lecture on October 30 at 12:30 in the Campus Center room 3540, is open to all interested students and faculty. Nguyen-duy's accomplishments exceed the…More 

Ronald Davis: All the Presidents’ RoomsOctober 17-November 15Artist’s Reception: Friday, October 17, 5:30-7:30 p.m.SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Ronald Davis: All the Presidents’ Rooms.Legendary abstract artist Ronald Davis has produced a comprehensive series of digital compositions, one for each American president, as well as current candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. Davis recasts portraits of each president as decorative elements…More 

October 3-November 15Artist’s Reception: Friday, October 3, 5:30-7:30 p.m.SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Matt Magee: Thought Forms.New York artist Matt Magee creates graphic systems of language based on an internal, undefined lexicon of shapes and colors. His art is inspired by his Texas childhood, much of which was spent accompanying his geologist father to sites of Native American ruins and pictographs throughout the American Southwest. The…More 

The title of Jason Salavon’s recent exhibition, “Annex and catalogue,” directly and elegantly signaled his interests and concerns.  The sale annex, with its promise of discounted plenty, and the catalogue, bringing consumer temptations to our mailboxes, provided the raw material that the artists transformed into impassive grids of colored rectangles and glacially paced video installations.              In the two…More 

The popularity of organic produce is due, in part, to the rise of genetically modified (GMO) foods over the past decade. In a country like the United States, where labeling of GMO foods is not required, it is likely that all but the most diligent organic consumers in America are buying and swallowing GMO products every day. Genetic engineering has allowed scientists to create plants that produce human insulin and soybeans that won't die even when drenched in Roundup. Charles Amtzen at Cornell University…More 

In Ramona Sakiestewa’s new tapestry series she refers to her pieces as nebulae, but this work seems more earthy to me.  Instead of looking up and off into distant spaces, I feel like I’m looking down at landcapes color coded the way Landsat mapping systems appear.  It is as if Sakiestewa has been taking readings of the planet’s continental geography by way of remote sensing devices, following the contours of land and oceans, or the configurations of escarpments, ridges, mesas, or mountains. …More 

Oscar Wilde notoriously maintained that “the first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible,” and Chinese artist Ming Fay unquestionably pursues Wilde’s directive, fabricating entangling, teeming, madly exotic jungle environments out of the most mundane, flimsy materials like papier-mâché and wire, urethane foam, lurid, glistening paint.  Enveloping viewers in his looping lianas, bobbling strange fruits, and succulent seedpods, peeing incubi and succubi,…More 

Two artists with concurrent solo exhibitions at Eight Modern, though wildly different in their respective approaches to art making, prove to be an uncanny and appetizing fit.Ramona Sakiestewa, the revered Hopi artist who has long made contemporary work, is celebrated alongside Ming Fay, whose trashy, alternate-reality constructions respond and reverberate so as to elevate both bodies of work to a lovely and strange discourse.Imagine a tea party with Alice that turns into My Dinner with Andre, but…More 

Sam Lee Gallery follows up its dynamic group exhibition I AM I A KILLER with Pipo Nguyen-Duy's cyclical photography project, The Garden. Behind his camera, Vietnamese-born Nguyen-Duy waits — and waits some more — as he follows the transformation of a single greenhouse through successive states of abandonment and flourish. He captures the brittle, twiggy remains of winter, the verdant shoots growing under the warm summer sun, and the various objects — such as an old automobile —…More 

Full Circle, an Artscape Exhibition | At Goucher College's Rosenberg Gallery through July 31 In Goucher College's contribution to Artscape, curator Laura Amussen attempts to deliver an exploration of the use of the circle in a not so creatively named exhibition, Full Circle. But before you roll your eyes at the title, give it a chance. You'll find the exhibition really does resolve itself in the end. Amussen offers a series of sphere-covered abstract paintings by local artists Carol Miller…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Ramona Sakiestewa: Vortex of Color.Long celebrated for her tapestries and works on paper, Sakiestewa is a central figure among contemporary Native American artists because of her seamless synthesis of abstraction with ritual imagery and ancient techniques. Sakiestewa’s weavings show her exceptional mastery of the art, including her famed layering and blending of color, which give her tapestries what the artist…More 

Built: Constructed Objects by Ted Larsen June 13-July 20, 2008 SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Built: Constructed Objects by Ted Larsen. Larsen’s evolving exploration of the detritus of consumer culture and minimal sculpture reaches a remarkable culmination in his first solo exhibition at Eight Modern. He transforms salvage material into intimate forms that he calls constructed objects. Traces of past lives are perceptible in the exactingly…More 

Lance Letscher: Newly IndustriousBy Madeline Irvine Austin Chronicle Friday, May 30, 2008 Over the years, Lance Letscher's work has become richer and more mysterious. "Industry and Design," the current exhibition of his work at D Berman Gallery, signals new shifts in the collages for which he has gained national notoriety. Some are much thicker and meatier, adding a sculptural depth to the work. And Letscher, a self-described colorist, takes color to a whole new level here: deep and rich and thoroughly…More 

    If aliens are watching CNN, they can sum up our world in one (English) word: Disaster. Ours is a world of plane crashes, hurricanes, boys with machine guns, one wretched tragedy after another. Viewers watch endless replays of the coverage, vicariously suffering along with those directly affected.    But what if there was something to see in those pictures besides the attendant human suffering— a moment of beauty, a bit of irony, a spiritual memo from a higher power? And what about the…More 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, April 16, 2008 Ted Larsen awarded Pollock-Krasner grant Contact: Jaquelin Loyd or Mark Thoma 505 995 0231 info@eightmodern.com SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce that gallery artist Ted Larsen has been honored with a prestigious 2008 grant from The Pollock-Krasner Foundation. Larsen’s bold, inventive approach to sculpture helped him secure the grant, which was established in 1985 to honor the legacy of famed artists Jackson Pollock…More 

To Nancy Youdelman, process equals pleasure as she creates the mixed-media assemblages that honor women’s work through the ages. “I absolutely love what I do,” the Clovis, Calif., artist told the Journal recently. “I am always amazed that I am able to teach 2 ½ days and support what I love to do.” Youdelman’s art gets a solo exhibition when it opens today at Eight Modern on Delgado Street. “Threads of Memory” shows recent work exploring the threads that connect memory and objects,…More 

“An association lurked in every fold: each fall of lace and gleam of embroidery was like a letter in the record of her past. “ --Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth   The soundtrack of artist Nancy Youdelman’s childhood was the whir of a Singer sewing machine—the sounds of her mother stitching, hemming, and seaming dress after dress for Nancy and her sisters.  Youdelman’s recollections of sorting buttons, winding ribbon, and toying with notions have informerd…More 

Since I began this column a bit more than a year ago, I’ve tried to be fairly democratic in my choices of exhibitions to review, covering galleries and museums, group and solo shows, well-known and emerging artists, etc. I’ve also avoided writing about the same artist more than once. But I stopped in to see Nancy Youdelman’s exhibit at Eight Modern and quickly decided that once a year is OK. Youdelman turns antique dresses and shoes into mixed-media relief sculptures, covering them with…More 

Opticality is paramount: students of photography no doubt can point to a particular moment in the history of the medium – say Stieglitz’s Photo-Secession group exhibition at the Albright Art Gallery in 191O – when photography achieved de jure recognition by a museum as a legitimate art form – not unlike the arrival of Modern Art in America with the Armory Show of 191 3. What is less easy to pinpoint is the more likely earlier scenario wherein artists' use of the medium argued for its de facto…More 

April 11-May 18, 2008 Artist’s Reception: Friday, April 11, 5:30-7:30 p.m. SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO — Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Threads of Memory: Recent Works by Nancy Youdelman. Both painstakingly personal and remarkably accessible, Youdelman’s mixed-media assemblages explore the threads that connect memory and objects, interweaving broader themes such as love, death, history and femininity. Youdelman transforms vintage girls’ and women’s clothing with…More 

“An association lurked in every fold: each fall of lace and gleam of embroidery was like a letter in the record of her past. “ - Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth The soundtrack of artist Nancy Youdelman’s childhood was the whir of a Singer sewing machine—the sounds of her mother stitching, hemming, and seaming dress after dress for Nancy and her sisters. Youdelman’s recollections of sorting buttons, winding ribbon, and toying with notions have informerd her work, which explores how memory…More 

Gillian Sneed is an associate editor at NY Arts and Fay Ku is a New York-based artist. Her work is on view at Kips Gallery in Chelsea March 6-April 5Gillian Sneed:  In the Floating Worlds exhibition, both you and Japanese photographer Kanako Sasaki explored dream-like/childhood worlds and you both have discussed a sense of displacement from your family’s culture and history. How do you use your work as a way to establish connections to your past?Fay Ku:  I can’t separate the…More 

Clay show is centered on color, which is never an accident The use of the color red is never an accident, according to Santa Fe Clay gallery assistant Rod Lambert. That’s why the ceramics gallery is opening a national invitational show today that is centered on that color. “Studies indicate that the color red can have physical effects ranging from increased respiration to raised blood pressure,” Lambert said. “Animals from bulls to birds to fish to bugs are agitated and/or…More 

SEATTLERoger Shimomura: “Minidoka On My Mind” at Greg Kucera GalleryRoger Shimomura’s series of paintings on the Japanese-American internment camps of World War II, “Minidoka on My Mind,” won’t open in New York until May, at the Flomenhaft Gallery, but Greg Kucera Gallery debuted the series in Seattle late last year. The 30 paintings and related prints are, in a way, the Asian-American version of Jacob Lawrence’s Migration series; they chronicle a powerful and painful event among an…More 

Using software processes of his own design, Jason Salavon generates and reconfigures masses of communal material in an effort to present new perspectives on the familiar. His projects unearth unexpected pattern while exploring the relationship between the part and the whole or the individual and the group. Reflecting a natural attraction to popular culture and the day-to-day, his work regularly incorporates the use of common references and source material. The final compositions are exhibited as…More 

A spiral-shaped vessel made of interlocking sections of reddish-brown mahogany flooring catches the eye in “Enclosures,” a new exhibition at the Grounds for Sculpture.  Beautiful in appearance, innovative in its use ofmaterials and skillful in its execution, this intriguing-looking object by Foon Sham stands as a symbol for the more than two dozen artworks in this delightful group show. It could also stand as a symbol for a strand of contemporary art. Though it has no name, its chief characteristics…More 

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When Shirley Temple was everybody’s darling, Roger Shimomura was a toddler behind barbed wire. Although he has circled this childhood trauma for nearly a decade, only now has he given the lost world of his incarcerated youth a full measure of tragic resonance in a new series of paintings titled “Minidoka on My Mind” at the Greg Kucera Gallery. Born in Seattle, Shimomura’s earliest memories are from the Idaho detention camp where his family lived until the end of World War II. Their…More 

Viewing “Minidoka on My Mind”: is like walking through a graphic novel on the Japanese American experience. Currently showing at Greg Kucera Gallery in pioneer Square, Roger Shimomura’s most series of paintings culminates 30 years reflection on the World War II internment from Shimomura’s own childhood memories and his grandmother’s writings.    Two large works face off across the first room of the gallery, setting the context for the exhibit.  “Nikkei Story” is the triptych of…More 

Renowned contemporary artist Ronald Davis' three-dimensional computer graphics on aluminum and paper, opening today at Eight Modern, make technology the maidservant to art in a way seldom if ever seen in Santa Fe. While Davis' images in the new show, "3DCG," are computer-generated, the touch and expertise of a veteran artist are obvious. He created the pieces exhibited in a high-end modeling and rendering software that allowed him complete control over how the images are shaped, colored, textured…More 

On a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow, a man recalled vivid boyhood memories of staring at a landscape painting in his parents' home. As a boy, he said, sometimes he felt that he was walking on the dirt road depicted in the painting. The Roadshow art expert told him the painting was worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Another kind of art expert might have said that the artist had placed that road exactly where he did to cause those with the imagination to feel as if they could step into the…More 

“MINIDOKA MINDSCAPES” To view Roger Shimomura’s art is an exciting, even dangerous experience –for his work is provocative, jarring, and vigorously challenges our notions of history, ethnic images, popular culture, and American ideals.  In “Minidoka on My Mind,” he takes us head-on into the racial conflicts of World War II and the unjust imprisonment of  approximately 120,000 Japanese Americans (over 60% being citizens).   He says that these “images are scraped from the linings…More 

Exploring the intersection of utopian architecture into our culture, Finesilver Gallery has brought together two artists that focus on landscape, isolation, and community.   On the first floor, Chicago artist Angelina Gualdoni presents Fringe City, six paintings that depict a somewhat desolate landscape. While she investigates various states of ruin, Gualdoni also presents an optimistic viewpoint. Her isolated representations of city, suburban, and country structures are not just records of a…More 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMonday, October 29, 20073D/CG: Ronald DavisThree-Dimensional Computer Graphics, 2004-2007November 16 – December 31Artist’s Reception: Friday, November 16, 5:30 – 7:30pmSANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, 3D/CG: Ronald Davis. True to its name, this solo show focuses on three-dimensional computer graphics on aluminum and paper produced by Davis from 2004 to 2007.Davis burst onto the international art scene in…More 

Former Californian Ronald Davis, who went by just the name Ron 40 years ago, has also kept thinking seriously about the peculiar relations between what paintings contain and what they are, though the limelight deserted him after the 1960s. Trillium Press recently renamed itself Electric Works and relocated from the Peninsula to a San Francisco venue large enough to hold modest exhibitions. The fourth so far, which ends today, glances through five decades of Davis' work. Many visitors will recognize,…More 

SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Hardly Smooth: Efren Candelaria. This solo exhibition features an array of minimalist graphite drawings on wood veneer and paper installed by the artist, as well as a multi-media installation. At the core of each piece is Candelaria’s freehand drawing of the vertical line. The literally linear expresses a non-linear grammar that reflects an organic, unconstrained approach. Through his work abstract ideas find concrete…More 

Recognizable forms are showing up in the works of a new wave of contemporary paintersThe death of painting was first predicted in the middle of the 19th century, when the advent of photography seemed to snatch reality out of the painter's hand. "If photography is allowed to stand in for art in some of its functions," wrote French poet and art critic Charles Baudelaire in 1859, "it will soon supplant or corrupt it completely." Artists have been trying to come to terms with photography's implications…More 

There is about Ronald Davis, the man and his work, a paradox. Several, in fact. For over four decades he has, in his many expressions, both two and three-dimensional, straddled an aesthetic and artistic divide between abstraction and representation, sculpture and painting, conceptualism and traditional object-making. Davis announced himself with authority in the mid-‘60s, straight out of the San Francisco Art Institute, with paintings made of molded polyester resin and fiberglass. They were…More 

Pipo Nguyen-duy’s “East of Eden” at Sam Lee Gallery is an exhibition of beautiful, large-format, staged color photographs that manage to be lyrical, sentimental, conceptual and narrative, all at the same time. A self-confessed response to the loss and rebirth of America’s Edenic status in the post-9/11 imagination, East of Eden is Nguyen-duy’s attempt to explore and rebuild the mythos of American exceptionalism. Taking his historical cues from the Hudson River Valley…More 

Fairy tales are always being co-opted. The famous brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm who, in my day, were often mistaken to the originators of all fairy tales (whereas now Nickelodeon is more likely to be the mistaken originator), simply collected and interpreted stories they gathered in Germany for Kinder- und Hausmärchen (Children’s and Household Tales). The collection was seminal only in its scholarly application. The Brothers Grimm, linguists and philosophers—and only accidentally folklorists—were…More 

John Ruppert’s human-scale vessels of cyclone fencing float like ghostly, woven cocoons in the landscape. The webs of industrial strength lace — a “Gourd” a “Sphere” — look tethered to the earth only by the shadows that they cast upon it. These look more substantial than the objects themselves, at times. Indeed, the hazy apparitions of iron and air appear as insubstantial veils of light and shadow; while they “hold” everything in their semi-transparency, they “contain” nothing,…More 

Ming Fay’s oversized, realistic, painted bronze cherries, apples, and chili peppers are what you might call “aesthetically modified fruits and vegetables.” The artist himself has described his jungle-like, room-sized environments as “mythical folk gardens,” and in 2005 the New York Times called his installation, “Ramapo Garden of Desire,” at Ramapo College, Mahwah, New Jersey, “...one of the most tough minded, brain-expanding artworks on view anywhere...” “Tough minded” and…More 

It was perhaps James Joyce who noted that no one is more present as when they are absent. The same may be said for things, and it is this Joycean paradox, among many other associations and disassociations, that comes to mind when considering Robert Lobe’s life-sized replications of rocks and trees in tin. These embossed reliefs, tree-wrapped sheets of anodized aluminum painstakingly hammered to exact detail, expand the boundaries of the already expansive field of American nature-based art as…More 

Throughout his long artistic and teaching career Robert Mangold has explored the possibilities of three-dimensional expression in wildly diverse forms and conceptions. Beginning with his earliest constructions that made direct reference to the human figure, through his first kinetic sculptures in 1958, to his wind-driven works and a series of I-beam investigations into negative space, to his latest Minimalist abstractions of movement in space, Mangold has imaginatively probed a life-long fascination…More 

The haunted territory of Memory is artist Nancy Youdelman’s preserve. Her antique, disembodied dresses and other articles of female attire are constructed, literally and figuratively, of the very stuff of recall; old photographs, letters, and envelopes, buttons, bric-a-brac, and even twigs, leaves, and the earth itself. Rummaging around in the past is usually the writer’s task, and there is a definite, persistent literary aspect to these rather wraithlike, wall-hung and free-standing…More 

Celeste Roberge turns her odd notions about time into curious little objects, prints, and sizeable construction projects, leaving us to ponder the subject. Consider, for instance, her “Raum/Room,” an outdoor living room of antique furniture and sixteen tons of stacked sandstone which remains on long term loan at the Schaumburger Quarry in Steinbergen, Germany. While Ms. Roberge has noted that her works often emerge from her reflections upon the intersection of geologic time and human…More 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Friday, August 31, 2007 Once There Was, Once There Wasn’t: Fairy Tales Retold September 14 – October 7 Reception: Friday, September 14, 2007, 5:30 – 7:30pm SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Once There Was, Once There Wasn't: Fairy Tales Retold. This group exhibition features works of art inspired by folk tales, fairy stories, and mythic archetypes. With works by a number of artists, including Jessica Abel, Jim Dine,…More 

One of Santa Fe’s newest galleries has garnered two distinguished contemporary artists for its homage to Indian Market:  Ramona Sakiestewa and G. Peter Jemison have a show of new works opening today at Eight Modern.     “We are so excited we are just ecstatic,” Eight Modern co-owner Jaquelin Loyd said.  Jemison is one of Eight Modern’s stable of artists and Sakiestewa agreed to join her friend of more than 30 years for this exhibition.  Both artists are Native American, but as the show…More 

Fay Ku’s impressive images stole the show at the Pratt Manhattan Gallery.  Fay was one of the artists selected by curator Eugenie Tsai.  Eugenie Tsai is the director of curatorial affairs at P.S.1.  Fay Ku’s work has really developed over the years.  Fay is a Brooklyn based artist, who works primarily with works on paper.  Her level of draftsmanship has become more grounded and refined.  Her figurative illustrations are uniquely crafted and hold integrity…More 

East Meets WestRamona Sakiestewa & G. Peter Jemison August 17 – September 16 Reception: Friday, August 17, 2007 5:30 – 7:30pm SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Eight Modern is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, East Meets West: Ramona Sakiestewa & G. Peter Jemison. Featuring works by Ramona Sakiestewa and G. Peter Jemison, two of the United States’ most celebrated Native American artists, the exhibition specifically confronts issues of cross-cultural communications and interdisciplinary practice. Born…More 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, July 9, 2007 Reception: Friday, July 20, 2007, 5:30 – 7:30pm Artist Talk: Saturday, July 21, 2007, 4:30 – 5:30pm SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Eight Modern is pleased to present Time as Metaphor, Carlos Pérez Vidal’s first exhibition in New Mexico. The exhibition will showcase new video, performance, painting, sculpture, and mixed-media work by the Cuban artist. Addressing the issues of personal identity, historical memory, and cultural stereotyping, Pérez Vidal…More 

Anodized steel, hand-selected river rock from the Truckee River Dimensions: 54” x 58” x 40” Location: Front Entrance to the NMA Acquisition: Courtesy of the Artist and Funded by the City of Reno and the Nevada Museum of Art Volunteers In Art Cairn, the most enduring of all the NMA sculptures, is popular with all age groups. It has greeted visitors to both the old and the new museum for many years. It is unique in that it is a “site specific” sculpture, created just…More 

If trees shed their skin like snakes, the world’s forests would be littered with castings that resemble Robert Lobe’s art. His sculpted trees are eerily realistic, but, he says, he is not interested in mimicking nature. “I think the work comes out of classical sculpture – that includes modernist sculpture through Donald Judd and minimal art. In part, it begins with process – the idea of hammering aluminum around trees, the idea of all that detail being condensed and focused on the skin.” At…More 

English Language Edition: The fifth edition of the Merrill Lynch Arteaméricas fair was held at the Miami Convention Center for the first time… Hardcore Art Contemporary Space presented an interesting selection of works… Taking shoes as his central theme, Carlos Pérez Vidal presented a small and delicate installation titled Twenty Seven Chosen and One Errant; it was in the shape of an altar, at which shoes represented the traces left by time and by civilizations. With its conferences and…More 

A graduate of the Portland (now Maine) School of Art and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and a former fellow at the Bunting Institute at Radcliffe, Celeste Roberge made her first major statements in sculpture in the late 1980s. Monumental pieces such as Rising Cairn (1989), a kneeling figure formed of 4,000 pounds of granite beach stones girdled in bands of galvanized steel, provoked a critical buzz. Since then, solo shows around the country have confirmed the sharpness of her conceptual…More 

Have you had the Eight Modern experience? Have you seen the glorious spanking new white walls, the luscious picture windows, and the dynamically subtle modifications they’ve made? If you want your beautiful old adobe to look like the Museum of Modern Art, this new gallery on Delgado Street is a total style pointer. It’s all about doors and windows, entry and light. Who cares that somewhere in the seventies Modernism puttered out of the great game of miniature golf we’ve all come to know and…More 

The initial question that entered my mind when I encountered Nancy Youdelman’s mixed-media and bronze sculptures of girls’ and women’s clothes in a group show at Eight modern was, why are clothes as an armature for art still so compelling? What was it about Youdelman’s work, among the seven strong artists in this show, that captured and held my attention? After all, many artists, especially feminist artists (a category to which Youdelman assigns herself), have explored clothing. The works…More 

Ming Fay and Chihung Yang are both transplanted artists—Fay is originally from Shanghai and Yang from Taiwan—who have lived for decades in the U.S. and currently work in New York. Fay’s gardenlike mixed-medium installations often consist of oversize artificial fruits, blossoms and vegetables, their large dimensions giving his contemplations of nature a subtle humor. Yang’s probing abstract canvases are linked to the New York School but also suggest Chinese calligraphy and ink painting. The…More 

"I hereby formally renounce my United States nationality and all of its rights and privileges…" -- Jimmy Mirikitani Sacramento-born artist Jimmy Tsutomu Mirikitani was 22 at the outbreak of World War II when he was separated from his sister and placed in an internment camp. He was one of the 120,000 people imprisoned by the U.S. government because of their Japanese ancestry. Two-thirds of them, Mirikitani included, were American citizens. Mirikitani spent nearly four years in Tule Lake,…More 

Modern Dimensions: Contemporary American Sculpture SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO—Eight Modern celebrates its grand opening with the inaugural exhibit, Modern Dimensions: Contemporary American Sculpture. The exhibition brings together works by seven American sculptors: Walter Dusenbery, Ming Fay, Robert Lobe, Robert Mangold, Celeste Roberge, John Ruppert, and Nancy Youdelman. Each of these highly-acclaimed artists explores diverse facets of contemporary sculpture and integrates conceptual and aesthetic…More 

On the evening of 24 February 2000, Sol LeWitt took part in an odd event at Brandeis University in Massachussetts. Before a mesmerized audience, the artist pried open a box holding a work he had interred in it 25 years before. This turned out to be another box - a one-inch cube of white paper this time, which, when opened, revealed a diagonal line drawn across its bottom plane beside the words "A line not straight corner to corner", its maker's signature and a date, 13 October 1974. LeWitt, who had…More 

Sol LeWitt, whose deceptively simple geometric sculptures and drawings and ecstatically colored and jazzy wall paintings established him as a lodestar of modern American art, died yesterday in New York. He was 78 and lived mostly in Chester, Conn. The cause was complications from cancer, said Susanna Singer, a longtime associate. Mr. LeWitt helped establish Conceptualism and Minimalism as dominant movements of the postwar era. A patron and friend of colleagues young and old, he was the opposite…More 

The Hoax ★ Directed by Lasse Hallstrom Written by William Wheeler, With Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, Hope Davis, Marcia Gay Harden, Stanley Tucci, and Julie Delpy. The Cats of Mirikitani ★★★ Directed by Linda Hattendorf   There are ways both official and unofficial to describe "the movies." There's the new releases the industry decides to push in the malls, and then there's everything else, which we're obliged to root out for ourselves. A schoolteacher I know in the wilds…More 

Remember when we waited all year to see a tepid Miami art show? Probably not; it was some time ago. The joke used to be that the only culture was in our yogurt, or something like that. Don’t quote me. Now we’re spoiled for choice in art exhibitions. I debated going to the Arteaméricas Fair and decided that it is always interesting to see what is au courant. Seventy galleries representing 300 artists from 16 countries in the Americas converged in the Miami Beach Convention Center, March…More 

What a deceptively innocent title for such a tragic, affecting affair. "The Cats of Mirikitani" is, quite simply, breathtaking — one of the most surprising and unshakable documentaries I can recall. Constructed around a story more far-fetched and coincidental than anything a writer of fiction would dare conceive, and brimming with a sense of anger and hope against all odds, this is a film that stays with you. Watching "The Cats of Mirikitani" a day after this week's Academy Awards (though…More 

The title may suggest a wildlife documentary, but "The Cats of Mirikitani" is entirely, vibrantly human. When, early in 2001, the New York filmmaker Linda Hattendorf befriends the homeless artist who works beneath the awning of a grocery store near her SoHo apartment, she has no way of knowing where the friendship will lead — nor how their shared experience of one national tragedy will sharpen the legacy of another more than half a century earlier.  Born in Sacramento in 1920, raised…More 

Some of the earliest of Takeshi Kawashima's works included in this absorbing exhibition established a grid-oriented trajectory. The show began with eight small, untitled drawings in pencil, ink and gouache dating from the mid-1950s to 1961, preceding the artist's 1963 emigrationfrom Japan to New York, where he established permanent residence. One casually limned pencil drawing is ranked loosely in the grid. Its elements appear to draw on the traditional Japanese badges known as mon, signs of family,…More 

Teo González’s paintings start out looking static and then get very busy.  He takes the idea of the grid painting bequeathed by Agnes Martin, with its icy repetition, and creates opulent, shimmering surfaces that move in waves across the canvas.  Built from long, parallel strings of tiny cells, some of his paintings recall a reptile’s scaly skin, while others look like loosely knitted textiles.     González uses a fine brush to mix a pigmented polymer…More 

   On first sighting, in the opening of the ten-image saga that constitutes “Surface Tension,” Fay Ku’s fishers seem harmless enough, although the way that knife is being brandished arouses the suspicion that it might not be intended for aquatic prey.  But what soon becomes apparent is that, like the innocent-seeming children who kidnap Barbarella in Roger Vadim’s 1968 movie of that title, Fay Ku’s kids aren’t half as cute as they ought to be. …More 

Erik Benson makes paintings that are informed by fragments of urban landscape and culture that are found in the everyday. He is particularly attracted to imagery that is ubiquitous within an urban architectonic setting, in which elements of plasticity and temporality are depicted in a suspended state of in-betweeness. It is his intention that these elements incorporate a resonance of a special psycho-geography of place and placelesness that conveys the infrastructure (physically, psychologically,…More 

In his recent exhibition, “226,085 Drops,” Spanish-born, Brooklyn-based artist Teo González proved himself capable of coaxing transcendent moments from mere daubs of paint.  González’s square grids are composed of tight clusters of thousands of miniscule “drops-within-drops.”  His process involves the application of dabs of acrylic polymer emulsion to a gessoed surface.  The composition of the emulsion forces the color to disperse to the…More 

Ramona Sakiestewa’s Shalako Mana: Critical Comments comprises a set of Japanese woodblock prints designed by the artist and executed by woodblock carver, Mr. Kitamura, and master printer, Mr. Sato, both of Kyoto, Japan. Deconstructing the critical merit assigned to Primitivism, the prints juxtapose the image of the Hopi katsina Shalako Mana with hand-written excerpts from Art in America, which become stripped of meaning as they are co-opted from critical reviews. In this context, the prevailing…More 

THE CATS OF MIRIKITANI Documentaries show us that poverty and marginalization can dim but never extinguish the creative spark. Linda Hattendorf's new film examines the life and work of Jimmy Mirikitani, an octogenarian artist living on the streets of New York City. It joins such uplifting works as Born Into Brothels (about kids from the slums of Calcutta who become photographers), The Wild Parrots of Telegraph Hill (a natural naturalist in San Francisco) and In the Realms of the Unreal (a Chicago…More 

Bent at the knees and waist, with both hands resting on thighs, the stone figure appears ready to unwind, stand erect and march right out of the courtyard at the Portland Museum of Art and into the flowing traffic on High Street. That is the beauty of Maine sculptor Celeste Roberge's work: Even though ''Rising Cairn'' is made of wire and stone and is very much rooted in the earth, it feels kinetic and alive. Situated among the birth trees in the museum's sculpture garden, ''Rising Cairn'' stands…More 

Eric Benson’s first New York solo exhibition offers seven elegantly crafted, exquisitely designed collage paintings of an imagined contemporary American landscape. The paintings, all from 2006, depict all-too-familiar urban sprawl full of incongruously sited International Style glass skyscrapers, decaying forms that have outlived their usefulness, and ubiquitous cookie cutter housing developments on the frontier of suburbia. Employing sharp-edged realism and a novel technique of collage-as-painting,…More 

The John Davis Gallery is another very pleasing art ambience in Hudson. The room one enters is bright, just for viewing the pieces in this show by David X. Levine. The exhibit continues downstairs. There is a several story carriage house in back beyond a sculpture garden. These auxiliary components provide for the exhibiting of a number of shows at one time - which means that the opportunity for the visitor to "strike it rich" aesthetically is enhanced. While "David Levine" is a frequently encountered…More 

In 1909, Raymond Jonson (1891-1982) became the first pupil to enroll in the new Museum Art School in Portland, Ore. Although he left the following year for Chicago, his initial training under Kate Simmons, a former student of the influential art educator Arthur Wesley Dow, impressed upon the young Jonson an esthetic derived from Dow's primary passions: Japanese art and the Nabis. On this foundation, Jonson built a philosophy of art enriched by his reading of Kandinsky's Art of Spiritual Harmony (1911),…More 

On weekends, William Wegman's "Funney/Strange" at the Brooklyn Museum becomes a playground for parents and children, most of whom have a grand time laughing at the posed pooches. No other artist today can pull that kind of crowd. (Calder came close, but usually just for his child-friendly "Calder's Circus”) As the art world knows, Wegman has created a significant body of work apart from his portraits of Weimaraners, notably paintings and human-only videos. But his dogs inevitably steal the show.…More 

There’s a jazzy vibe to David X. Levine’s clever small drawings.  Or maybe it’s more like the blues.  Somewhere between the later generations of abstract expressionism and Saul Steinberg resides the wit of Levine, whose simplified but suggestive shapes butt against the edges of the paper and play games with perception.    That the games are so simple is not really a detriment. “Ray Charles” is a dark silhouette of graphite, almost like a cartoon…More 

   Spanish artist Teo González’s first solo exhibition at the Roy Boyd Gallery three years ago was dominated by tiny cell-like marks ordered on square canvases by means of a grid.  A couple of pieces from that period remind viewers of González’s rigor; though more recent works in his present show at Boyd indicate he is up to something more optically exciting.    The dozen paintings on view are still squares in a single color on which the artist…More 

The short version: Cartoonist and writer Jessica Abel is the author of a textbook, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures, about making comics, written in collaboration with her husband, the cartoonist Matt Madden; and the graphic novel La Perdida (Pantheon Books). She’s also the co-writer of the graphic novel Life Sucks. Previously, she published Soundtrack and Mirror, Window (Fantagraphics Books), two collections that gather stories and drawings from her comic book Artbabe, which she published…More 

In one of the most harmonious pairings since Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks, David X. Levine and Antonio Adriano Puleo are united this month at Dust Gallery’s Combatants and Correspondents, which opened Friday.  The exhibit showcases not only the two artists’ works produced independently of one another in their respective home cities of New York and Los Angeles, but also highlights adventures in color and texture that are clearly a joint experience.  These artists know each…More 

  JUST WHEN YOU THOUGHT ART HAD NO PLACE ELSE TO GO, along comes Lance Letscher with collages that reignite the element of surprise that was the medium’s birthright. Opening today at Howard Scott Gallery is a body of work that is a magical blend of whimsy and grit.  Collage has been described as an art of interruption because of the medium’s abrupt breaks of texture, pattern and plane But for a young Texas artist juggling three jobs and family life in the early 1990s, the term…More 

The sparkling new assemblages by well-known Santa Fe artist, art critic and writer, Jan Adlmann, are perhaps the perfect reflection of his own razor sharp wit and pithy iconoclasm. They evidence his affinity for Dada’s artistic revolt and cognitive dissonance together with touches of the opulence of Fabergé jewels, the zaniness of Rube Goldberg’s inventions, the curious nonsense of Lewis Carroll’s verse, and the wit of Saul Steinberg’s New Yorker cartoons. His very…More 

Rothko, Pollock and De Kooning regarded him as their equal. So why isn't Paul Jenkins' work celebrated? Paul Jenkins, aged 82 and now working with acrylic on very large canvasses, has outlived many of his close friends and colleagues, including De Kooning, Rothko, Pollock, Barnett Newman, Lee Krasner and Michaux. All of them treated Jenkins as a peer and equal, yet he has not so far achieved comparable fame or market status. I doubt if this worries him, for he will surely know that recognition,…More 

"Teo González (b. 1964) is that rare and revelatory artist who finds uncompromising freedom within the confines of a strictly prescribed working methodology. In this regard he belongs to a longstanding and perennially renewed tradition of artists who have demonstrated how intense focus and, it would appear, numbing repetition can yield extraordinary aesthetic insights. Like Josef Albers (1888-1976), Agnes Martin (1912-2004), Sol Lewitt (b. 1928), Jacob El Hanani (b. 1947), and Marco Maggi…More 

"Unlike geometric and minimalist art, a González painting is not a rendering of a concept existing independently of the work; rather, a González work is a record of the artist’s process in working out the interplay of geometric and organic form, of pigments and medium, of paper and canvas as materials with their own substantial form. The drops and transparent cells that linger as marks of the artist’s process resolve into other compositions that embody a dance or rhythm…More 

Ronald Davis was an exemplar of the 1960s Los Angeles Fetish Movement—a group of artists who transformed plastic, fiberglass, and other materials into brightly colored, hard-edge geometric forms. He was also an early practitioner of trompe l’oeil abstract illusionism that pervaded abstract painting in the 1970s and ‘80s. He once exhibited widely and frequently, and has never withdrawn completely from the circuit; but, over the past 30 years, he has assumed a lesser presence, moving to Taos…More 

MING FAY'S switched-on, tripped-out installation at the Kresge Gallery on the Ramapo College campus consists of a dozen candy-colored capsules suspended from long, vinelike branches made of wire coated in papier-mâché dangling from the 20-foot ceiling. It looks like a hive of wasp nests in trees, a toxic watermelon patch, or the Hanging Gardens of Marzipan. Inspiration for the installation, ''Ramapo Garden of Desire,'' comes from the family of South American trees -- chiefly Amazonian -- known…More 

    A small change can make a big difference in the work of an artist such as Toe González.  For years, Brian Gross has shown abstract paintings that González made by placing ever-varying droplets of liquid pigment within a fine, strict grid on a monochrome ground.    The inevitable inconsistencies in the droplets’ size and drying pattern set up a visual flicker that seems to meet the saccade of the eyes halfway.    González…More 

If New York is a magnet for artists who want to become famous, Taos is a magnet for a different breed of artists — those who care far more about making art than about promoting it, said David L. Witt, curator of the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos. Even though it is difficult to impossible to launch a national reputation from a small village in northern New Mexico, many artists moved there, for various reasons. Some worked in abstract styles long before there was any market for their work in Taos.…More 

Stylistic distinctiveness can sometimes function as a tombstone as much as a landmark for an artist’s historical contribution. The market and critical accounts can, in effect, delimit an artist’s contribution to the history of art and effectively force their vision into a tunnel defined by commercial success on one hand, and formulaic art making on the other. This may have been the case for Ronald Davis, who won early recognition for his hard edge geometric “snap line” cast…More 

Life is too short to be distracted by the pesky, mundane questions that plague most photographers: "How can I get this model to smile without showing her teeth?" or, "Does this house look better with or without the little red wagon in front?" So think hard, think deep and ask new questions. As a photographer, how can you present the nature of existence and the drama of the human condition? How will you define beauty and ugliness in visual terms? What is death and why is mankind fixated on rational…More 

Hong Hao was born in China in 1965, on the eve of the Cultural Revolution, which stifled independent creative activity. An intensely witty and sophisticated graphic artist and photographer whose work celebrates the tradition of the artist's book in contemporary Western and ancient Chinese forms, Hong graduated from the printmaking department at Beijing's Academy of Fine Arts in 1989, the year of the Tiananmen Square protests. “In The Reading Room," his first U.S. solo exhibition, he played on the…More 

What lies behind the buzz of Austin's hot collage artist   Lance Letscher has more than buzz going on; he has mystique workin', too. The buzz comes from Letscher's art: poetic collages concocted from "found" papers – album covers, books, handwritten recipes, notes, and magazine clippings among them – which are meticulously cut and arranged into intriguing patterns and textures that open up worlds of thoughts and associations. It's part of what's led the Austin-born and -bred artist to have…More 

Lance Fever has struck Austin again. No, not the excitement that every summer surrounds cycling champion Lance Armstrong when he races in the Tour de France. This brand of Lance Fever surrounds artist Lance Letscher, the 42-year-old native Austinite who in the past half dozen years or so has emerged as one of the most popular -- and most collected -- artists in Austin. Now, thanks to an eight-year survey of his work at the Austin Museum of Art and a simultaneous show of new work at D. Berman…More 

In the summers of his youth, Lance Letscher cleaned out vacated rental properties owned by his grandparents in northeast Texas. The expanse of grazing pasture and cotton fields resurfaces in his intricate, geometric collages, along with a curious habit of imagining other people's lives from the traces left behind. His landscape compositions, sometimes mural-sized, recall Paul Klee paintings, aerial photographs, or stratigraphic maps, charged with a certain psychological resonance.Trained as a printmaker…More 

If art is indeed the transmission of a feeling the artist has experienced, then the work of David X. Levine is the quintessence of what art should be.  His highly idiosyncratic pencil-on-paper drawings converse with the viewer, revealing accounts of euphoric meditations on music and art making.Like any good conversation, Levine’s transmissions build slowly until a climax is reached and new meaning is realized.  The careful eye is tempted to follow each poetic inscription and colored…More 

Robert Mangold can be classified as a true master among a very exclusive group of sculptors working with a kinetic vocabulary. Kinetic art, an art style found in sculpture that involves moveable parts, sometimes motorized pieces, shifting lights, sounds, etc., was promoted by a small group of avant-garde artists in the post-World War II period. Mangold was inspired by the first generation of these kinetic sculptors including Naum Gabo (whose Realistic Manifesto of 1920 made him a foremost influence…More 

   There’s misinformation spreading though the art press about Teo González, whose paintings are currently on view at Cristinerose/Josee Bienvenu.  According to several published accounts, the artist makes the thousands of calibrated dots in his gridlike images with a pipette—an instrument used by doctors to release measured droplets of blood onto microscope slides.  He does not.  He uses a brush.  This misinterpretation of González’s…More 

Sound and VisionDavid X. Levine, who has drawings up at osp gallery, experiences synesthesia: When he hears music, he sees colors.  Many of this drawings reference musical overlay sometimes underlines and sometimes detracts from the purely visual experience of looking at his art.      Levine works on a smallish scale, mostly in colored pencil, occasionally collaging bits of paper onto his drawings.  He starts with a basic vocabulary of loopy, biomorphic forms. …More 

    Teo González is a contemporary painter who nearly 40 years ago was born in Zaragoza, Spain, the hometown of Francisco Goya.  His elaborate, process-oriented abstractions have appeared in some group shows at the Roy Boyd Gallery, which now gives him his first solo exhibition in Chicago.    Nearly all the 16 paintings are square in format and combine several media.  They also generally employ two colors, one for the artist’s tiny marks, the other…More 

Teo González will patiently punch you in the face.  The mild mannered Spaniard who calls NYC home these days, produces immediately eye-popping, brain-grabbing paintings that must take months to fully complete.  González applies “dots and drops” of enamel onto a matte acrylic surface, capitalizing on a contrast in sheen to get the viewer’s attention.  Add the benefit of black and white and Shazam! – all that time patiently arranging his dots and…More 

Teo González has codified Jackson Pollock's drips and dribbles in his collection of 13 mixed-media paintings and several drawings titled "115,717 Black and White" at the Richard Levy Gallery. González is a reductive minimalist who creates grid-based patterns of water droplets on canvas, into which he places various amounts of black acrylic pigment. When the water evaporates the resulting stains that González describes as fossils decorate the surface of the canvas.  Because there is great variation…More 

David X. Levine, “Teenage Symphonies to God,” Cynthia Broan, 423 West 14th Street.If a Tantric master were reborn as an American student of rock ‘n’ roll, he might make works like Mr. Levine’s paintings on paper.  The best are pulsating concentric rings of colored circles, like strings of beads, with hand-written words referring to the Velvet Underground, the Beach Boys and other classic groups.  Slightly dirtied and roughened up, they look antique, as though…More 

[This essay was originally printed in the catalog that accompanied the forty work retrospective, "Ronald Davis: Abstractions 1962 – 2002," exhibited at the Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio in October, 2002.] The best abstract painting made in America during the past thirty-five years has been eclipsed. Great American abstract painting hasn't been replaced by anything comparable, and I'm using the word eclipse here because eclipses pass. Fanfare and fluff tend to obscure what…More 

That great English watercolourist Alexander Cozens devised a unique “blot” method of working, adopted by him so obsessively that he became jokingly known by the nickname of “Blotmaster to the Town”.  Likewise Teo González is without a doubt “Blobmaster to the Town of New York” as his first solo show in this city, at 123 Warrs (until 22 June), provides evidence of his truly committed dedication to a single technique.  The title alone, “106,585…More 

As if to prove that the most exciting contemporary art is made by the least usual of suspects, here comes Lance Letscher from Austin, Tex. Mr. Letscher, who is having his first solo New York exhibition at the Howard Scott Gallery, is unusual not just in terms of his geography, but also in his aesthetic. Uninterested in fashion, resistant to pomp and constitutionally incapable of the rote of superficial, he’s something we don’t encounter too often: an artist of substance, grit and purpose. Mr.…More 

Iceland is not so far away from Maine, only four to five hours by air from Boston or a hop, skip and a jump away by land and sea from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and Greenland. Yet Iceland seems so exotic, so extreme in its geography and climate. It straddles the mid-Atlantic rift that separates the North American Tectonic plate and the European Plate. That precise location on the knife-edge of the rift is the source of all its geothermal glamour. By contrast, the old stone quarries of Maine have…More 

Matt Magee's beautiful paintings might seem merely decorative were it not for their finely tuned optical and, one feels, spiritual intensity. He achieves an overall luminosity with horizontal rows of tiny disks, 1/2 inch across and smaller, set against larger, horizontal zones of color. (In some less convincing works these disks cluster within concentrically nesting rectangles.) The dot-based modularity of the paintings suggests a curious and contradictory range of correspondences: weaving, fields…More 

Op Art recently has come into focus again, with Bridget Riley's retrospective at the Dia Art Center in Chelsea and PaceWildenstein showcasing the British painter's eye-catching canvases. Add Matt Magee to the list of artists who use repetition and color with precision. Magee's first solo show of paintings just closed at Bill Maynes gallery. The 11 works from 1999 and 2000 are oil on wood panel and collectively contain thousands of circles in various sizes arranged in row after row. Magee's palette…More 

    Teo González’s recent paintings at Hunsaker/Schlesinger gallery have a delightfully split personality.  Their appeal rests on the equilibrium González orchestrates between the disparate impulses that spawn them.    Each painting, whether 1 foot square or 9 feet square, consists of tens of thousands of dots of paint dropped onto the canvas in a grid pattern.  Reducing his palette almost exclusively to primary colors, González paints…More 

Although the artist’s first solo show in Los Angeles consists entirely of acrylic works on canvas, Teo González may not be a painter, since the real sensibility behind his art has less to do with painting, and more to do with the delicate conundrum of collecting.  Part of the explanation for this is that his painting technique, although un-orthodox, is simple, repetitive, and intentionally formulaic.  In fact, the artist probably spends more time ‘measuring’ his…More 

    Every one of Teo González’s 2-, 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-foot-square paintings consists of exactly 10,000 droplets of acrylic paint, arranged in a tidy grid that is orderly but not rigid.  Individually dripped from the tip of a small brush, each droplet has dried in the shape of a single cell, with a faint halo of fading color extending outward from a nucleus of dense pigment to a hair-thin line at its circumference.      Although the long hours of…More 

Vulcan, patron of smiths, is also John Ruppert's muse. Fascinated by the earth's magma and its geological extrusions, and drawn to the industrial forge, which mimics the process of vulcanism, Ruppert casts his sculptures in aluminum, bronze and iron. His obdurate forms can address themselves to nature or to the brawny technology of heavy manufacturing; they are also strongly narrative, relating the history of their own making. The earliest piece in the exhibition, Ingot and Mold (1983), is neatly…More 

Nicholas Wilder: Was Contemporary Art Dealer in L.A. Nicholas Wilder, who was considered Los Angeles' leading contemporary art dealer when he left the city in 1979, died Friday of AIDS-related causes at his home in New York City. He was 51, said Craig Cook, his longtime companion and business associate. Wilder was an enigma even in the disparate world of art, a genteel man of impeccable manners with a hippie bent who burst upon the local scene in the 1960s, a time he recalled in an interview last…More 

Between January, 1968 and October, 1969, Ronald Davis produced a remarkable series of twenty-nine paintings roughly twelve feet across in the shape of dodecagons. These paintings represent a unique synthesis of the diverse concerns of the artists of his generation (he was born in 1937) in sustaining modernist painting as a viable vehicle for experiment and innovation. A native Californian, Davis's preoccupation with the art of painting was unusual in the context of the LA scene. At the time, art…More 

The trees in Linda Whitaker’s landscapes have become more and more anthropomorphic, emotional and sexy in the last few years.  Her new, large oil paintings star a faceless, strong-bodied female figure, who is the wise center of metaphorically imaged psychic epiphanies.  Her shift from landscape to figure is not so much an abrupt change as it is an evolutionary development, abetted by Whitaker’s recent six-month painting residency in New Mexico, where that severer geography deprived…More 

Gene Davis was a major figure in 20th-century American painting whose contribution was invaluable in establishing Washington, D.C. as a center of contemporary art. Davis also played a significant national and international role in the color abstraction movement that first achieved prominence in the 1960s. Born in Washington, D.C., Davis attended local schools and later worked as a sportswriter and White House correspondent before pursuing a career in art. Although never formally trained, Davis educated…More 

The work of sculptor Walter Dusenbery, in its biomorphic form and sensitive materials, instantly calls to mind the work of some of the great modernist sculptors. His beautifully crafted travertine ring, "Aurora," for instance, shows the unmistakable influence of Constantin Brancusi and his student, Isamu Noguchi, with whom Mr. Dusenbery worked for several years. Any number of his pieces also would sit comfortably with those by Barbara Hepworth or Jean Arp. But after this perception registers, another…More 

Ron Davis, now that he can in no way be regarded as entertaining a West Coast obsession for the simply seductive in surfaces (certain aspects of his work in the past having prompted this concern), and now that his irregular shapes are seasoned by time and never look just radical (those striving for mere radicalism having outdistanced him in this respect), shows himself, in his current show, and the indisputably important painter he is. His eight new works in polyester resin on fiberglass (now thin…More 

“Today the world belongs to the peoples of all nations…and to this world each one of us is responsible.”  -  Hamilton Warren, Founder, Verde Valley School, Sedona, AZI was born and raised in the American Southwest.  My upbringing and my view of the world, I realize now, were different from those of women who grew up in other places.  I knew women who had families, owned businesses, raised livestock and managed ranches, and flew their own planes.  I grew up believing everything was possible. …More 

Traces of other people’s lives manifested from a profound and excruciating sense of boredom. A walk past timber skeletons and heavy machinery, through the dust and haze of waning afternoon sunrays, up the narrow staircase above the carpenter shop and directly into other people's lives – a chaotic lexicon of thousands of pieces scattered, stacked, filed, layered, lost and found, trimmed, sliced, and glued pieces of lives waiting for resurrection. Lance Letscher assembles and reassembles this…More 

Ron Davis is a young California artist whose new paintings, recently shown at the Tibor de Nagy Gallery in New York, are among the most significant produced anywhere during the past few years, and place him, along with Stella and Bannard, at the forefront of his generation. In at least two respects Davis' work is characteristically Californian: it makes impressive use of new materials — specifically, plastic backed with fiberglass — and it exploits an untrammeled illusionism. But these previously…More 

Rebecca Shore: Geometric PlayRebecca Shore makes egg tempera paintings. This ancient technique brings art history with it, she says, particularly "the intimate and intense religious paintings of 15th-century Siena." Shore’s images comprise circles, ellipses, hexagons, arcs and diamonds in grids. Egg tempera gives her a "beautiful surface," she states, "quick drying time and potential for layering of translucent colors, and incising and scraping." Some of Shore’s patterns suggest weaving…More