Who holds the cards? Who has the upper hand? Do we play the hand we’re dealt or can we step up and change the game?
The prints and paintings in this exhibition take on issues of politics, influence, racism and justice in an examination of the uses and abuses of power. From the national and international players to the role of everyday folks at home encountering daily prejudices and predicaments, there’s a lot to consider in these works. We invite you to take a look and weigh in with your perspective.
Do these pieces cut through the rhetoric and inflamed passions to deliver a meaningful message or do they further compound and confound the issues they address? Have they missed the mark or can we take them to heart?
TRUMP CARD: Enrique Chagoya, Patrick Martinez, Mac Mechem & Travis Somerville Exhibition Dates: June 1 – July 21, 2018 First Friday Event: Friday, June 1st, 6pm – 9pm
Drawing inspiration from an 18th-century set of Casanova’s journals, Mildred Howard’s new body of work appropriates and subverts history, comments on perpetual global movement and universal connections, and serves as a modern critique of masculinity. A suite of 27 prints created at renowned Shark’s Ink in Lyons, Colorado combine collage, found antique engravings, digital images, maps, various papers, lithography, and chine collé. Two cotton Jacquard tapestries (published by Magnolia Editions in Oakland, California) round out the exhibition.
Howard, who grew up in a family of antique dealers, has long been fascinated by the mysteries inherent in rare books and the historical narratives and figures within them. She reworked and transformed the images in Casanova’s journals through the addition of color and subtle alterations to subject matter. Rare antique books from Venice, London, and Paris became further inspiration, bolstering the content of these new narratives with lithographs, maps, and anatomical and botanical drawings.
As the collaged imagery came together, Howard was reminded of the indefinable nature of the Other. As Howard states, “[The Other] can’t be pinned down: it changes like language changes, all the time, almost imperceptibly, whether one moves from block to block or across an ocean.” Further, Howard’s research and process allowed her to realize that the seemingly fictitious, archetypal character of Casanova was, in fact, an historical figure, and, inadvertently, a caricature for the current social climate.
Mildred Howard: Casanova’s Assignations: The Power of the Other Exhibition Dates: May 31 – June 30, 2018 Opening Reception: Saturday, June 2, 2018 from 4pm – 7pm
Brant Mackley Gallery and Obscura Gallery announce a joint Grande Opening Reception of their newly renovated shared gallery space at 1405 Paseo de Peralta in Santa Fe, New Mexico on Friday, June 22, 2018 from 4-7pm. Located in the Santa Fe downtown historic district two blocks east of the revitalized Railyard district in a renovated historic building, the two business entities will co-occupy the 3,000 square-foot location. Obscura Gallery represents fine art photography with a special interest in contemporary approaches to the medium and vintage 19th-20th Century works. Brant Mackley Gallery specializes in exceptional antique North America Indian, Oceanic, Asian, and African art. The Grande Opening Exhibition will include a curated selection of each Gallery’s inventory.
The historically renovated building space shared by both galleries was built in 1932, and was home to the community grocery store called the Ortiz Food Store in the 1940’s. The second story addition of the building hosted the Mayor’s office during the Frank Ortiz mayoral term 1948-1952 while the grocery store continued below. The building also housed the Madayln photo studio in the 1970’s and most recently the Gold Leaf Framemakers in the 1990’s. Today the building was renovated as a commercial/residential occupancy and includes an interior redesign while still keeping with the tradition of the adobe elements and historical qualities of the region.
Brant Mackley Gallery showcases exceptional antique American Indian and World tribal art.
Obscura Gallery was formed by Owner and Director Jennifer Schlesinger. The Gallery encourages the ways in which contemporary artists are using photography to create unique additions to the history of the medium which began nearly 200 years ago.
Brant Mackley Gallery and Obscura Gallery: Joint Grande Opening in Santa Fe, New Mexico Grande Opening Reception: Friday, June 22, 2018 from 4pm – 7pm
Dark Landscapes for a White House critiques our cultural habituation to political and ecological traumas. As with earlier works, Oropallo employs photomontage as a strategy for visualizing how media-based images accumulate and overwhelm our collective consciousness. The works in Dark Landscapes for a White House, however, shift away from the portraiture of previous series, towards depictions of what Oropallo describes as conflicted “moral terrains.”
Oropallo presents her new works as “journalism in visual form,” and her compositions bear witness to global traumas that are all-toooften underreported, including oil spills and mass fires, as well as acts of human violence. By sourcing images from online news outlets, Oropallo draws attention to critical events that most people will never see, and which are elided from mainstream reportage
Four new videos produced in collaboration with musician and composer Andy Rappaport expand the visual narratives at play in the two dimensional works, and are featured in dual presentations in the main gallery and in the media room – the shift in scale changing the viewer’s experience of the work. Oropallo’s longest and most ambitious videos to date, the four works featured — Meltdown, Blazes, Crude, and Oval O (all 2018) — layer hundreds of images of impacted natural, political, and art historical environments (from polluted oceans to the Oval Office), an amalgamation of source materials that reflects Oropallo’s deep research into – and unease with – the proliferation of visual information in news media.
As Oropallo notes, “we consume and dismiss images so rapidly” that contemporary viewers have little time to reflect on geopolitical events and crises as they occur. By extension, Oropallo employs video montage to “slow down” that rapid feed of information, and to give viewers the time and space to reflect on troubles in the world around us. Rappaport’s complex sound design, in turn, encompasses such elements as original compositions, found sounds, and adapted and remixed versions of popular songs, such as Marvin Gaye’s Inner City Blues (Makes Me Wanna Holler) (1971), to create an auditory landscape that is both familiar and unsettled, as a critical analogue to Oropallo’s photomontages.
Deborah Oropallo | Dark Landscapes for a White House Exhibition Dates: May 12 – June 16, 2018 Opening reception with artists’ talks: Saturday, May 12, 2018 from 2pm – 5pm with the Artists’ Talks at 3pm with Deborah Oropallo and Andy Rappaport
Sam Flores is an American visual artist, illustrator, and muralist, primarily creating urban- and graffiti-inspired modern art. He has worked with various mediums, including acrylics, pen and ink, and sculpture. Much of his early work focused on developing designs for skateboarding and clothing companies. He has displayed in the United States, Canada, Singapore, Japan and throughout Europe.
Flores’ work is whimsical, yet fuses realistic styles and elements with animated characters and objects. His subjects resemble children coming of age, shedding naivety as they embark on their paths in the “real world.” There is an obvious sense of adventure and curiosity among Sam’s subjects that, over the years, have become well traveled, both geographically and culturally. And wherever they go, animals tend to follow.
Konecki is self-taught and constantly experimenting. He is known for completing large scale aerosol murals, fine artwork including paintings and miniature sculptures, as well as various public and private site specific installations. Konecki’s work is explorative of social consciousness, generally irreverent, and focused on subjects that are both serious and absurd. His use of found and ‘repurposed’ objects in his work advocates the reassessment of typical ideals of function and beauty. Elements of nature often collide with harsh urban landscapes and elements of street art and graffiti, symbolizing the ongoing struggle between the harmonious coexistence of these two competing monumental forces.
WHERE’D THE WILD THINGS GO: Sam Flores Solo Show
HEAD ON SWIVEL: Christopher Konecki Solo Show Opening: Friday May 4, 2018 from 5pm to Late
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