The Sacred Landscapes of Michael Roque Collins
October 30 to December 30
LewAllen Galleries at the Railyard, 1613 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, 988-3250
Opening reception, Friday, October 30, 5:30 to 7:30 pm.
While the artist cites his upbringing in the sweltering Gulf Coast of Texas and its scenic opposite, the art of the Hudson River School, it is not a stretch to note as well the muscular authority of painters Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter in the work of Michael Roque Collins. Made by applying pigment with the palette knife, brush, and by hand onto linen, the artist constructs through the process of building with impasto and then deconstructs—like the often-violent cycles of the nature he paints—using scraping and erasure methods. The results are loaded with riotous expression, visions of an Eden gone primordial. Collins mines the archetypes of devastation and rebirth common to the human experience, and does so within the contemporary setting of alienation from and profound attraction to our agonizingly diminishing natural environment. The opening reception celebrates the release and signing of the eponymously titled new monograph on Collins.