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Spirit World

Thursday Aug 14, 2014

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Exhibit/208

208 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM
US

Phone: 450-6884
Website: Click to Visit

Cost:

FREE

New works by Nick Abdalla.

Runs through 8/30.

See also: Art Review

Brave new world

“Figurehead” by Nick Abdalla at Exhibit/208

A few of the sculptures in Nick Abdalla’s Spirit World, his new show at Exhibit/208 (208 Broadway SE), look like sunken sea treasure with their bleached-out forms. Others, flaunting majestic “faces,” symmetrical shapes, woven limbs and decorative scraps of fabric, have an archetypal feel to them. Still others rope and coil about—as white and delicate and smooth as bone. Abdalla’s creations, constructed out of discarded furniture, are both textured and fluid. In the end each one makes up a natural, cohesive whole with a certain primitive elegance pleasing to the eye. The artist, known for his surrealist portraits based on vintage photographs, was struck with a new creative vision drawing on the collective unconsciousness during a trip to Australia. On his return he started his work as a spirited sculptor of found objects. Come see for yourself at the opening reception on Friday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 8pm. Otherwise, check out the exhibit on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm or by appointment. Spirit World runs through Aug. 30. For more information, call Kim Arthun at 450-6884 or check out exhibit208.com. (Alison Oatman)

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