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V.22 No.51 | 12/19/2013
“They All Float Down Here” by Santi Rivera

Arts Feature

Maximum King

Downtown gallery brings the ho-ho-horror

The Creepshow: A Tribute to Stephen King is the twisted brainchild of three artists, and it offers a chance to delight in all kinds of nightmarish images.

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The Daily Word in APD shootings, Krampus and the passing of an ugliest dog

Actor Paul Walker died in a car crash.

A New York train derailment killed four.

A young man set himself on fire live on 4chan.

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Krampus.

Spiders are bringing sexy back.

Dad shares five years’ worth of sandwich bag art.

Rest in peace, ugliest dog of 2007.

Why are alien abductions so darn sexy?

Meet the 100mph bike.

There was another APD shooting yesterday.

Mayor Berry was sworn in for his second term.

Happy birthday Sarah Silverman.

V.22 No.48 | 11/28/2013

Culture Shock

Shock yourself into Burque cultural awareness and make your eyeballs happy with this week’s Culture Shock.

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V.22 No.47 | 11/21/2013

Gift Guide

Home is Where the Art Is

Serena Mann’s flying figures, $36 to $50

Glow-in-the-dark and whimsical art, gardening goods and vintage books make the grade for casa-centric presents.

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Art and Devotion

El Chante hosts a community art show highlighting culture and faith

“Our Lady of Sorrows” retablo by Salvador Carriaga Lambert
“Our Lady of Sorrows” retablo by Salvador Carriaga Lambert

Two retablos hang side by side. Both depicting a peaceful, gazing Virgin Mary. Both were fashioned by Albuquerque natives. However, upon study, the two are quite distinct.

One uses smooth geometric lines to paint an elaborate embroidered dress. In this painting, the Mother of Christ wears a crown, bright blue eyes, lipstick and a smile. She is surrounded my flowy curtains and candles, and the woodwork creates a double frame around her.

In the other, Mary is a bit more solemn. A sword pierces her heart. Her traditional blue shawl is draped around her head and there is sadness in her large brown eyes. Still, splendor surrounds her, even bursting from the top and bottom of the wooden frame.

It should come as no surprise that the two pieces are so different, as they came from two very different sets of hands. One is a retablo by Marie Luna. Raised in Barelas, Luna began receiving awards for her artwork in 1977 while still in high school. The other is the work of Salvador Carriaga Lambert, an Albuquerque teen who has already been recognized numerous times for his cultural pieces and his woodwork; Carriaga Lambert also comes from a family of santeros.

Both works can be enjoyed at The Art of Devotion opening at El Chante: Casa de Cultura this weekend. At the show local santeros and santeras—artists who create culturally-inspired devotional art—will display a collection of their traditional and contemporary tinwork, traditional encrusted art and straw appliqué. Especially highlighted will be the retablos—painted wood pieces such as the ones described above—and bultos—traditional woodcarvings—which have been part of New Mexican culture for generations.

The eleven devotional artists, ranging in age from 14 to 60, will come together to pay homage to tradition and faith, as well to inspire other New Mexicans. El Chante describes the event as a “Noche de Cultura,” an event for and by the community.

“By sharing our cultural and artistic traditions we are able to maintain a sense of dignity and respect for our history and share the experience with the community,” said Old Town santero, Adán Carriaga.

The Art of Devotion is a Saturday night filled with culture, tradition and faith. It is accompanied by another opening the same night at El Chante, Visiónes y Recuerdos: Exhibit 1, featuring work by Christopher Z. López. Both exhibits are free and all ages. For more information, visit El Chante: Casa de Cultura’s Facebook page.

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The Art of Devotion Opening Reception

Featuring traditional and contemporary art
Saturday, Nov. 23, 6 to 8pm

El Chante: Casa de Cultura
804 Park SW
V.22 No.44 | 10/31/2013
Casey Warner
photos by Miguel Villalobos

Arts Feature

Warr of the Worlds

Chaos assumes steel forms at Small Engine Gallery

Grotesquely beautiful immensities of hot-rolled steel welded together with geometric genius are at the center of Casey Warr’s new metalwork exhibition at Small Engine Gallery.
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