I'm standing in a cave with water flowing in and out. The tide is coming in but I'm not panicking, in fact, I'm enjoying myself. I'm playing with a mysterious animal. I think it's an eel, but I can't see anything except the torso because the animal wants to be petted. It's dark and slimy and squirming and keeps slipping out of my arms, which can barely wrap around the torso.
There is no direct light, just what little comes in from the outside. I can't see outside the cave except the brief moments between when the waves are entering the cave or receding.
I'm giggling at the creature.
I wake up.
Whether capturing a site visited on one of his globe-trotting trips, or imagining one of his buildings, Antoine Predock's sketches trace the hand's intuitive rush across a surface, condensing a rich sensorium of perceptions and experiences into memorably succinct collations of line and color. Visitors to the Albuquerque Museum will see nearly 200 sketches, some still in their original sketchbooks, and dozens of models, some carved by hand, others digitally 3-D printed.
Co-curated by Christopher Mead and Mira Woodson, Drawing Into Architecture: Sketches and Models by Antoine Predock makes a case for the continued relevance of drawings made by hand in our increasingly electronic world. The exhibition will be accompanied by a book published by University of New Mexico Press, Drawing Into Architecture: The Sketches of Antoine Predock, edited by Mead and designed by Woodson.
As a student in the 1950's at the University of New Mexico, Predock regularly drifted from the architecture program (in Engineering) over to the Art Department to study with the sculptor and painter John Tatschl, and the painters Elaine De Kooning and Walter Kulhman. These artists showed Predock how seeing and making ran together in a dialogue between visuality and materiality mediated by the human body: as De Kooning explained at the time, "painting to me is primarily a verb, not a noun, an event first and only secondarily an image." Carved by hand with a knife, in place of a drawing's pen or brush, Predock's clay models use a sculptural material to painterly effect, shaping form and space into planes of solid and void.
On Saturday, June 25, Drawing Into Architecture opens to the public with a visit from the architect himself. At 1 p.m., the public is invited to attend a discussion between guest curator Christopher Mead and Antoine Predock. Other events on opening day include:
1-4pm. Family Art Activity: Create your own art inspired by Antoine Predock's work.
2-5pm. Art in the Afternoon: featuring music by New Mexican Marimba Band.
All events are included with the price of admission.
Albuquerque Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5pm, closed Mondays. General Admission - New Mexico residents: Adults and Teens $3, Seniors $2, Children $1. General Museum admission is free every Sunday from 9am-1pm, from 9am-5pm on the first Wednesday of every month, and from 5-8pm on the 3rd Thursday evening of every month. Fees for special exhibits and events still apply on free times.
For more information, call Albuquerque Museum at 243-7255.
A mama Black Bear attacked a marathon-runner at Valles Caldera National Park in defense of her cubs. The runner survived by playing dead, but the Department of Game and Fish euthanized the bear, who was part of a study and wearing a tracking device.
You may be able to purchase a semi-automatic rifle in a number of minutes, but don't count on sending a rifle emoji.
Young artist Kaylin Andres who has been diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer expresses the realities of her illness through timeless art exhibits.
So, this is strange: In Jackson, Mississippi a 77-year-old man stole three boxes of frozen chicken before hastily riding away on a bicycle.
Looks like the Great Pyramid of Giza is a bit crooked. Ah well, we all make mistakes. Even extraterrestrials.
Anyone else growing as impatient as I am to see Steven Spielberg's rendition of Roald Dahl's fantastically imaginative book The BFG? The director and producer explains why he feels a distinct connection with the Big Friendly Giant.
In case you're looking for some fresh summer road trip jams.
On Saturday July 9th, well-known historical archaeologist Cordelia Thomas Snow, better known as Dedie Snow, will present "A Dress of Tarlatan...and Two Flint Plates" at Casa San Ysidro in Corrales.
This is a tale of the economic impact of two roads, the Camino Real and the Santa Fe Trail, on residents of Santa Fe, viewed through the 1831 will and inventory of Maria Micaela Baca and the 1836 inventory of her son-in-law, Manuel Sanchez.
Besides multiple pieces of fine clothing, Senora Baca also bequeathed "two ploughshares; seven sickles; 20 plates, 12 glasses; 12 cups; four fine chocolate mugs; one conserve jar; [and} two coffee pots."
Dr. Snow, who is affiliated with the New Mexico Historic Preservation Office, helps us view the reality of daily life of early New Mexico residents through the records they left behind. Dr. Snow is also recognized for her 1974-1975 work excavating much of the west end of the Palace of the Governorsin Santa Fe. These excavations revealed a wide range of both luxurious and utilitarian items used by Palace residents over the centuries.
This free program begins at 1:30pm, and visitors may tour Casa's collection of early New Mexican furnishings and tools until 4pm.
For more information about this program and the historic Casa San Ysidro: The Gutiérrez/Minge House, browse online at cabq.gov/
My love of bad taste is legendary in these parts, which is why I've been dying to see Jerry Lewis' super secret holocaust movie, The Day the Clown Cried, wherein a German clown leads Jewish children to the gas chambers. Hiyo! Lewis gave the film to the Library of Congress under condition that it not be shown until 2024. Other than short glimpses here and there (and a live staging of the script by Patton Oswald), not many have seen this poorly planned work, but thanks to internet, 30 full minutes have surfaced. Enjoy!
Using neural stem cells, scientists have shown that an aged hippocampus will accept transplanted brain stem cells. That means age-related brain degeneration can probably be reversed. And the stem cells needed might be feasibly harvested from skin cells. This is fucking nuts!
After six months in the International Space Station, three astronauts safely landed back on earth yesterday. British astronaut Tim Peake told reporters, "Best ride I’ve been on ever.”
Just when you thought cat owners couldn't seem lonelier: here comes cat wine! There's no alcohol in this fine feline beverage, just catnip, beet juice and a sad longing for human companionship. At least you don't have to get drunk by yourself anymore.
Yes. Americans Against Insecure Billionaires with Tiny Hands, a sexy new Anti-Trump PAC released their first ad last Wednesday, finally asking the question, "Just how big are Trump's hands, and can such a small-handed man really run a country?"