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Dime con Quien Andas

Date October 31, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Author Editor

Publication THE magazine

Categories Performing Arts

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November 23 to December 30
Parks Gallery, 127 Bent Street, Taos, 575-758-0343
Opening reception Saturday, November 28, 4 to 6 pm

Arthur Lopez, acknowledged as a gifted contemporary artist working in the Spanish colonial santero tradition, is joining with two of his equally well-respected artist friends, Gustavo Victor Goler and Nicholas Herrera, to present Dime con Quien Andas, a group exhibition of works by the three wood carvers. According to Lopez, “The title is a Spanish saying that, roughly translated, means, ‘Tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.’” The exhibition is meant as a gesture of mutual appreciation. “We’re all very different,” Lopez continues. “Nicholas is very spirited, charismatic. I live in Santa Fe, Victor’s in Taos, but Nick lives in a rural village, El Rito, on the same land his family has had for something like seven generations.” Goler is an avid researcher on the techniques and history of New Mexican, European, and Latin American carvers and has lectured widely on the subjects. Tey Marianna Nunn, director of the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque, has written of Lopez: “He demonstrates a fearless ability to capture … the secular and religious concepts and ethical struggles of the last few centuries. In doing so, he negotiates the balance between a beloved cultural tradition and the innate need of a contemporary artist to … stretch artistic boundaries.”

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