Must See Art Shows: March 1 - 14

Date February 28, 2008 at 11:00 PM

Author Aline Brandauer

Categories Performing Arts

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As the winds of March blow through town, local galleries are putting up fresh shows.

GEOFFREY GORMAN AT JANE SAUER - February 22 - March 24

Geoff Gorman, local artist and entrepreneur, exhibits his constructed animals at this Canyon Road gallery best known for fiber-arts. Gorman uses and reuses materials to create objects that evoke hunting decoys and model - airplanes. The expression inherent in these pieces, like Papio, engages the spectator into a physical dialogue.

"A broken bent tree branch, bleached from sun and rain, makes me think of weathered bones: fingers, legs, backbone, and hip bone. Old stained strips of cloth act like bandages and clothing, hiding and holding it all together. Sculpted wax covers the frame and joints of wood. Found and lost objects assembled into curious and evocative shapes is what excites me,"€ claims the artist.

NORMA HOWARD AT BLUE RAIN - Mar 07 - 21, 2008

Artist Reception: Friday, March 7 at 5 pm

In counterpoint to the exhibits at the IAIA featured in our last column, Blue Rain Gallery is featuring the work of another Choctaw artist, Norma Howard. It is exciting to see the breadth of work from Native American nations from outside of New Mexico.

Self-taught watercolorist Norma Howard touches the heart with poignant stories of her Choctaw and Chickasaw ancestors in Oklahoma. She transports you to an earlier time by capturing moments of everyday life-a grandmother stitching a star quilt on a porch, or a boy fishing with a cane pole at a cypress-filled lake. Her style recalls the pointillism of the Impressionists, but instead of dots, she painstakingly layers tiny, basket-weave brush strokes to produce a vibrant depth of color rarely seen with watercolors. Howard, who started by painting miniatures, has moved to larger canvases that demand countless strokes to achieve her trademark richness of color and detail.

"These subjects about how people survived in hard times and in everyday life that every tribe can relate to, wherever they lived. People tell me it's the details that draw them into my paintings and capture their feelings. My inspiration will always be to tell my ancestors' story and honor the way they lived,"€ says Howard.

KARL HOFMANN vs. TREVOR LUCERO AT THE COLLEGE OF SANTA FE - March 7 - 29, 2008

Opening Reception: Friday, March 7 at 5 pm

In a show curated consciously as a kind of "€˜shoot out at the OK Corral,' the College of Santa Fe's Fine Arts Gallery opens its exhibition by two Albuquerque artists, Karl Hofmann and Trevor Lucero. In light of last summer's exhibition at Site Santa Fe of Austrian Hans Schabus' continual romantic engagement with the American Southwest, unable to quite get to the Deleuze-ian intellectual chill he proclaimed, we might just admit that the West is a trope that we all enjoy. The vs. in the show's title exposes the dialogue that the work opens.

Hofmann's expressionist paintings reflect his impulse to create emotive, dynamic, and colorful works that shatter pictorial space while invoking "human concerns of life, death, beauty, violence, history and sex."€

Trevor Lucero paints many small pictures, then puts them together and continues to rework the surfaces. Eventually, "the work became so dense with information it seemed impossible to add more. The process was a way to inventory, somehow, the scope of visuality Lucero has inherited as a Western painter. This work represents a formidable initial phase of his education about the American West, an investigation that Lucero conducts daily with growing astonishment."€

FEMINISTS UNDER FORTY - IN BELEN - March 3 - May 30, 2008

Opening Reception: March 1, 2008, 2-4 pm

Uber feminist artist Judy Chicago, especially famous for the Dinner Party, now installed at The Brooklyn Museum, has lived in Belen, south of Albuquerque for years. On March 1st, she inaugurates a show of Feminist Artists under Forty at her artspace.

"By looking at the work of young Feminist artists,"€ writes Chicago, "we can see what issues are still unresolved. We see artists working in a variety of media but they are still concerned with the body; with what it means to be a woman today; with sexual orientation; and with abuse. Although we wish that some of these issues were in the past; that we truly lived in a 'post-feminist world', unfortunately, they are still with us. Until this changes, there must be spaces for Feminist art-and there aren't enough of them."€

Many of this group continue to use the female body as the space on which feminist art is writ. In Kimberly Hargrove's Beaver Shot, for example, beaver skin, a stone tongue and padding make reference to the crotch-shot genre of portraying female nudes - but here the tables are turned.

Erin Lynn Forrest's Red Dress is a garment made from sheets taken from a domestic violence center with the word "€˜brave' emblazoned on it in red. The memory of the body's relationship with the dress - hiding, displaying, re-constituting its fabric remains in the finished artwork.

Geoffrey Gorman
February 22 - March 24
Jane Sauer Gallery
652 Canyon Road

Works by Norma Howard
Blue Rain Gallery
Mar 07 - 21, 2008
Artist Reception: Friday, March 7 at 5 pm
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite D

Karl Hofmann vs. Trevor Lucero
March 7 - 29, 2008
Opening Reception: Friday, March 7 at 5 pm
College of Santa Fe Fine Arts Gallery
1600 St Michael's Drive

Feminists under Forty
Organized by Through the Flower and juried by Judy Chicago
March 3 - May 30, 2008
Opening Reception: March 1, 2008, 2-4 pm
Through the Flower, 107 Becker Avenue, Belen, NM 87002

Do you have a must see art show or gallery opening? If so, please send me an email at artsantafe.aline@gmail.com.

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