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V.23 No.25 | 6/19/2014
“Ariadne’s Gift” by Carol Chase Bjerke

Arts Feature

Pigments and Ailments

Group exhibit grapples with illness and survival

By Zachary Kluckman
Tenacity and optimism shine from the dark heart of artwork inspired by life-threatening disease.
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“La Nao de China” by Catalina Delgado-Trunk, 2006, hand-cut paper over collage

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

Ipso facto X-Acto

Any way you slice it, nothing’s quite like paper art. Traditional papel picado is a cheerful, humble Mexican papercraft often used to adorn and embellish public spaces. But ¡Papel! Pico, Rico y Chico, opening at the National Hispanic Cultural Center (1701 Fourth Street SW) on Friday, June 20, at 6pm, proves the form’s wondrous flexibility.
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V.23 No.24 | 6/12/2014
LOLS graces a bleak stretch of Lomas Boulevard from atop an abandoned sign.
photos by Elizabeth Shores

Art Scenester

Tuning In to the City

The Lomas On-site Listening Station

By Alison Oatman
Ghostly transmissions along Lomas Boulevard reflect Burque back on itself.

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Women prepare for tear gas in Turkey—one of the award-winning images in The Curve at CCA.
Guy Martin

Art News

Shebangs in the Fe

By Zachary Kluckman
SHEBANG! offers an arts celebration 35 years in the making. And while you’re in Santa Fe, catch a couple other fantastic exhibits.
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V.23 No.22 | 5/29/2014
Royal Chicano Air Force silkscreened poster from 1976
Ricardo Favela

Culture Shock

By Lisa Barrow

Collective memory

Albuquerque artsworld wonders get their due in Culture Shock, from a poetic convergence to that pony you’ve always wanted.
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Arts

Their Hearts Into Art

Incarcerated students’ work exhibits ingenuity and passion

Ronald Chavez aka Dreamer
“Envelope art is a strong tradition in the jails,” says Juli Cobb. “We will have a number of them displayed at the Library. Most students work with ball point pens and the detail and shading is remarkable.”
Hendrick Yellowhorse
“Envelope art is a strong tradition in the jails,” says Juli Cobb. “We will have a number of them displayed at the Library. Most students work with ball point pens and the detail and shading is remarkable.”
Where Juli Cobb teaches, the school uniform is orange, the attendance rate is almost perfect, and the atmosphere can be stressful: “There are doors that clang and dogs that come in and sniff things,” she says.

Cobb’s art students are inmates at the Bernalillo Metropolitan Detention Center. They study at the Gordon Bernell Charter Schoolone of only two full high schools in the US housed in a jail. (The other one is in San Francisco.)

The students have to be creative at developing projects from the get-go. “I can’t bring many things in there that are second nature to an art teacher,” Cobb says. Everything is a potential weapon, including scissors and heavy objects. Even ink is forbidden in order to prevent illicit prison tattoos.

So when they were supposed to design objects for the OFFCenter Community Arts Project’s “Albuquirky Little Houses” Silent Auction, for which artists usually construct diminutive homes out of wood, Cobb was at a loss. She bunted the problem to her class and the resourceful students decided to draw the shapes onto paper and collage together the walls of each house.

Quirky houses decorated by Gordon Bernell students
Ron Breen
Quirky houses decorated by Gordon Bernell students
Home is where I left my heART: Writings and Art for Our Families from Afar, the Gordon Bernell students’ upcoming exhibit at the Special Collections Library (423 Central NE), will put similar creative solutions on display with a collaborative quilt of collages expressing memories of the students' kitchen tables and several collaborative mosaics of mini-masterpiece paintings. In addition, you can scope envelope art, handmade poetry books and more from Cobb’s students and those of colleague and co-exhibit coordinator Andrea Fletcher.

Cobb’s average students are in their early twenties to mid-thirties. “If they have a GED but they don’t have a diploma, they can take classes,” Cobb explains. The students tend to be highly motivated yet extremely unsure of themselves. Unlike some teenage “know-it-alls” in regular high schools, these older students suffer from real problems with self-esteem. And when students come in depressed, “something is going on.” Are they worrying about a court date? Are they missing their children?

However, mostly the students are lighthearted in class. “I’ve got a ton of students now that I care about,” Cobb says. “The classes are so joyful. They love being in school.” See that love and redemption shining through at the opening reception for Home is where I left my heart on Thursday, May 22, from 4 to 6:30pm.

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Home is where I left my heART:
Writings and Art for Our Families from Afar
opening reception

Exhibit continues through June 21

Thursday, May 22, 4 to 6:30pm

Special Collections Library
423 Central NE
abclibrary.org/specialcollections, 848-1376
Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 10am-6pm; Thursday 11am-7pm; closed Sunday and Monday
V.23 No.20 | 5/15/2014
“El Susurro Pasado”
Deborah Rael-Buckley

Arts Feature

Honoring the Hidden

Crypto-Jewish identity and tradition shine in new exhibit

By Nora Hickey
Celebrate the intersection of Crypto-Jewish and Hispano life that has persevered for centuries behind New Mexico’s dusty backdrop in a lush new exhibit.
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Book Review

Urban Jungle

Review by Lisa Barrow

The London Jungle Book

“An artist goes where there is work.” Gond artist Bhajju Shyam went to London and saw it like it’s never been seen before.

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Arts

Blossoming Impossibly

Three Harwood artists celebrate springtime

“A Second Life” by Karl Hofmann
“A Second Life” by Karl Hofmann
May has arrived, bringing flowers and new exhibits by three budding New Mexico artists at the Harwood Art Center: Ken Frink, Karl Hofmann and KB Jones. Taken together, the trio conveys a rebirth, a springtime ecstasy, a surge of intense emotions or a revelation. If you come to the Harwood Art Center, be prepared to take in something that we don’t hear much about these daysat least not in the news: Hope abounds, and there’s pleasure to be had in “creating moments of order in a sea of chaos.”

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