A new art exhibition at the KiMo Theatre features the works of artists who focus on their surroundings, creating vignettes of the places they travel to and from in their daily lives.
Opening with a reception for the artists from 5-8pm on Thursday, September 1, the exhibition in the KiMo Gallery will be on display through November 6.
Artist Bill Mohr lives in the Bridge Boulevard neighborhood and is captivated by life there as reflected in the unique hand-painted signs and the diverse population he observes as they go about their daily lives.
Mohr, who grew up on his family's farm in Bucks County, PA, is attracted to the colors of everyday life. After a stint in the U.S. Army, he earned his BFA from The Philadelphia College of Art (now The University of the Arts), and his MFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, both in Photography.
His interest in the diverse lives, cultural and colors of people was heightened while living in the different environments to be found in Hawaii, Arizona and New Jersey before arriving in Albuquerque on the last day of Balloon Fiesta in 1976. For 30 years he worked as a freelance commercial photographer, and is now a full-time artist.
Visitors to the KiMo Gallery will be able to see, and possibly recognize, the many South Valley locations featured in his work, such as "Ericks", the acrylic on hardboard featured here. Most recently, Mohr's work has been exhibited at Las Puertas and 105 Gallery, in a juried show in Seattle, and in an on-line exhibition for photographers,
For Midwesterner Benjamin J. Marxen, the images of life in Brooklyn, NY inspired the works seen in this exhibition, and example of which is his oil on canvas, "Foggy Brooklyn Night #1", seen here.
Born in Wisconsin, and raised in the Mississippi River town of Dubuque, Iowa, his journey to big city life led him to establish an artist co-op space in the historic D.U.M.B.O. neighborhood (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass) in Brooklyn, where the J-train clattered past his window numerous times each day. Fascinated by the juxtaposition of the hard edges, color and noise of modern urban life with the sun's piercing rays as they shown through the edges, his work captures all of the chaotic life that surrounded him.
With evidence of artistic talent shown early in life, Marxen took his first college-level course at age 11, later receiving his fine arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art Design.
Combining the styles of classical oil painting, a genre not typically used to depict urban life, with mixed-media inlaying within the surface of his paintings, resulting in his own unique patent-pending form of four-dimensional art. is an example of what visitors will see in this exhibition.
Marxen's work has been widely exhibited in the NYC area, and in Toronto, Frankfurt, Istanbul and online, where he was awarded first place in the United Creators 2nd Annual Online Arts Competition. He currently resides in Minneapolis and his most recent work reflects his last years in Brooklyn, with all of the color and chaos that defines that area.
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On Saturday August 20, Low Riders lined the walkway up to the convention center. The most popular third party candidate, Gary Johnson at 11% according to a recent four way poll by NBC News, riled up his supporters inside.
Loosely spaced in one of the convention center’s smaller rooms, over 600 people attended the rally. The turnout was a far cry from the thousands who attended Bernie Sanders’ and Donald Trump's rallies earlier this summer in Albuquerque. But those who did show up eagerly cheered Gary Johnson and Bill Weld, his vice presidential running mate, as they outlined their vision for a new America.
Weld took the stage and laid out the path to winning the presidency, which includes: advertising themselves and their platform over the next month to begin polling consistently over 15 percent which would qualify them to be part of the televised presidential debates. Then use the debates as a platform to reach a national audience and pitch their ideas and unique policy positions even further. Weld noted that the media will have a field day with a third party insurgency in the midst of this year’s already crazy presidential election, thus focusing the national dialogue back onto where they stand on the issues. Which will result in convincing over 50 percent of eligible voters to vote for them and winning the election.
High hopes for a third party, yet nonetheless Gary Johnson followed by summarizing what he would do differently on a range of issues as President of the United States in a refreshingly concise 25 minute speech.
“Let’s stop the military interventions that have resulted in a less safe, not more safe world.” Johnson began, “If we’re attacked we are going to attack back. But how about judicial use of our military? Let’s stop being the world’s policemen. The minute we inject ourselves into regime change there is always unintended consequences: Iraq, Syria, Libya.” Johnson’s anti-interventionist stance is in stark contrast to Clinton’s history of hawkishness and Trump’s bewildering statements saying that he may even nuke european nations in certain circumstances.
Pivoting from foreign policy, Johnson turned to the economy, stressing entrepreneurship and minimal regulation to spur job growth, “Create your own job, create jobs for others,” Johnson said, “You know, I think the model for the future is Airbnb; it’s the sharing economy...Uber everything: Uber doctor, Uber lawyer, Uber accountant, Uber electrician, Eliminating the middleman, allowing you the entrepreneur to directly provide your goods and services.” Johnson also said that he is the only candidate that supports free trade and the current Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.
In addition, Johnson promised that he will submit a balanced budget to congress in the first 100 days of his presidency. Juxtaposed to the increased spending Clinton and Trump have planned, Johnson stressed fiscal responsibility by the government. As Weld had put it, “There is no such thing as government money, there is only tax payers money,”
Johnson enthusiastically embraced open immigration. Disagreeing with Trump, Johnson said, “We should make it as easy as possible for somebody that wants to come into this county and work to get a work visa.” Johnson lamented the inherent inefficiencies of immigration quotas, saying that a surplus of jobs and a demand for them is the driving cause of immigration and no quota will be able to stop the flow of migrants.
“I guess the Olympic pole vault finals are today, and Donald Trump is watching those very closely, determining how high the Mexican pole vaulters can go.” Johnson quipped, “Look building a fence across the border is crazy. That is not the country that we are.”
“I’m planning on voting for Johnson,” Jennifer Montano said as the crowd of supporters dispersed and the low riders vanished, “Everyone has chance.”
This weekend will see the Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department conducting saturation patrols and checkpoints throughout the county, with deputies on the lookout for aggressive driving, seatbelt use, proper child safety restraints, valid insurance and registration and driving under the influence.
These patrols and checkpoints begin today and will continue through Saturday, August 27th. The BCSO asks local media to make the public aware of their presence in the hopes of deterring these preventable driving practices.
Beginning at 9pm this evening, according to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, the I-25 Northbound exit ramp at Lomas will be closed, as will the I-25 Northbound flyover ramp to Eastbound I-40. Detours will be posted near these work zones.
As always, avoiding a DWI is in motorists' hands.
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