August 27, 2012 at 12:25 PM

Opening Friday, August 31, Nüart Gallery

Theory of Forms

“Erin Cone at Nüart…”

By Tom Maguire

Culture Vulture

Tom Maguire is a musician, arts supporter and a guy who travels the Southwest in a 13’ Scamp trailer, because he couldn’t figure out how the tent poles went together.

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Internationally renowned artist Erin Cone opens a solo exhibition of her work at Nüart Gallery this Friday, with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Cone is known for paintings that blend the visual language of realism, hard-edged abstraction and minimalism—distilling figuration to pure geometric design. In her paintings, nuances convey expression and the subtlest variations of pose and gesture hint at an untold story.

In this solo exhibition, Erin Cone continues her exploration of the female form by using contrasting colors separated by crisp lines. These works present a bold visual impact that is softened by her delicate rendering of the figure. Rather than being driven by a specific narrative, the whole story is told in a single, frozen moment—in the turn of a head, the shape of a hand or a glance.

Of her painting, Cone has said: "My work is a fusion of traditional portraiture with magical realism and minimal abstraction. I attempt to address what is hidden versus what is revealed and in doing so, create a new aesthetic in portraiture."

Since 2001, Erin Cone has participated in more than 30 exhibitions from New York to California and has been featured on the cover of American Art Collector and Southwest Art Magazine, among others. Her work has also appeared numerous times in the national art press, including Architectural Digest and New American Paintings. She has been listed as a top emerging artist in Santa Fean Magazine's "Five Artists to Watch" feature and in Southwest Art's "21 under 31" issue. Cone’s artwork is in numerous private and public collections throughout the U.S. and Europe and is also included in the permanent collection of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs.

The show runs through September 16 at Nüart’s Canyon Road Gallery.

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