On Friday May 16, Turner Carroll Gallery (725 Canyon Road) continues to bring artists from around the world-or at least whose perspectives are wide-ranging to town. This exhibit, entitled New Gallery Artists to Watch - Asia, presents work by Wanxin Zhang, Hung Liu, Yoshiko Shimano and Youngmi Song.
Hung Liu's pictures contrast classic Chinese imagery with often difficult subject matter and social commentary. The artist speaks of her point of view below:
"I have been painting in America since 1984, but Chinese history has always been the essence of my work. I grew up singing The Internationale. In my middle school English class, our teacher gave us the English version of the lyrics. We once truly believed in Communism, in a socialist utopian dream, and in heroism. I have since replaced those beliefs with a kind of modern humanism, but some fundamental values and ideology from my thirty-six years in China stay with me."
Youngmi Song creates remarkably delicate "drawings" with her own hair on mulberry paper. The process, claims the artist:
"For me, it was really natural to begin using the hair which had belonged to me and once it falls off it becomes a different substance itself. My hair was the section of my body that was the perfect example of the circle of nature which has a sense of history and relationships."
Wanxin Zhang's sculptures also play with known Chinese forms, including Han dynasty clay warriors, transposed into new circumstances or modern life. In one bronze figure we see a scholar"¦ riding a skateboard. The sculptor's desire to have us know his mental processes is cystal clear:
"My art is the representation of my expedition into the conceptual, philosophical, and political societies of the world. Whether it is through the abstract pieces that I welded from metal a decade ago, or the narrative figures I construct from clay today, I attempt to express to the audience my every thought and belief."
Yoshiko Shimano creates shimmering woodcut/collographs that speak to judgement and eschatology, the branch of theology that is concerned with the end of the world or of humankind. The beauty of the pieces belie these rather grim references.
Across the street, Nancy Scheinman debuts her new paintings at Klaudia Marr Gallery (668 Canyon Road). Made of a variety of materials and processes from embossed metals to photo emulsion and canvas, Scheinman manages to evoke a pastoral world beholden to Nicolas Poussin but with the delicate, intimate sense of a private layering of memories and images. These pictures are layered, often nailed together so that the seams are visible, like the breaks in constructed thought.
Metal has always been valued for its rarity, strength and industrial possibilities
Goldleaf Gallery (627 West Alameda) showcases an exhibit of photographs taken by THE Magazine's publisher, Guy Cross. Cross, long-time Santa Fe fixture, brings his early experiences photographing in Swinging 60's London to a breezy yet wide-ranging aesthetic.
Dan Namingha's new paintings will be on display starting Thursday, May 22, at Niman Fine Art (125 Lincoln Avenue # 116). Namingha's Tewa-Hopi roots remain a deep underpinning in his colorful works of ceremony and landscape.
Friday, May 23rd brings a collection of Ansel Adams photographs to Andrew Smith Gallery (Introducing the David H. Arrington Collection of Ansel Adams Photographs, 122 Grant Avenue) in conjunction with the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum's (217 Johnson Street) opening of Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities the same night. O'Keeffe and Adams met in 1929 and went on to become two of the defining artists of the American twentieth century. This exhibition brings much of their work together for the first time.
Umwelt: paintings and works on paper by Bernd Haussmann opens at Gebert Contemporary (558 Canyon Road). Part of Haussmann's larger project, Umwelt or surroundings, Gebert presents the artist's expressionistic abstractions.
Zane Bennett's eagerly awaited space at 435 South Guadalupe will come to life with an exhibit and reception for Olivier Mosset. Mosset, fresh from the 2008 Whitney Biennial, presents a major show of sculpture and paintings from the 1980's to now. No less a critic than Jean Baudrillard has praised Mosset's work for its wit and insouciance with language and conventions. The building's almost 10,000 square feet with its airy, lofty 22-foot high ceilings, will house not only gallery space, but community events and artist-in-residence programs. Owner Sandy Zane's intentions to ""¦ not just be a passive marketplace" but rather to be " extremely proactive in finding, promoting, commissioning, and presenting some of the most important artists "¦from the United States and abroad"¦[We want to] act as a conduit between people who want to own contemporary art and the artists who are, at this moment, making it."
On May 30, Meyer East Gallery (225 Canyon Road) introduces the work by Netherlands-born painter, Braldt Bralds. Bralds had a long career as a successful illustrator before devoting much of his time to fine art. His exquisitely rendered images of stones remind one of nothing so much as the long tradition of Dutch still life.
Also on May 23 at Pippin Meikle Fine Art (236 Delgado, 5 -8 pm) Robert Burt displays his glowing paintings of buildings and landscapes that attempt to capture the soul of place. "I always loved the drama of the Southwest," Burt explains. "I chose Santa Fe because I wanted to be among the artists and galleries here, and because of the convergence of the Hispanic, Indian, and cowboy cultures. I love to paint the adobe architecture set along the small, winding roads around Santa Fe and throughout New Mexico."