V.23 No.15 | 4/10/2014
Sculptures by Andrew Bell
The new show’s acrylic-on-resin sculptures tell the story of an ominous factory in a world short on resources and long on corporate greed and toxic waste.
V.23 No.7 | 2/13/2014
Women of Comics soars at Metropolis
In a new show at ABQ’s comic art gallery, women are loved for being badass, and no one minds that most of them are not real people.
V.22 No.4 | 1/24/2013
The Art of the Narrative @ The Stranger Factory
In the spirit of comic book craze, the Stranger Factory hosted a one-time exhibition curated by Jimmy Palmiotti featuring the art of well known comic book aficionados like Gilbert Hernandez (”Love and Rockets”), Amanda Conner (”Power Girl”), Geoff Darrow (”Shaolin Cowboy”) and many others.
V.21 No.49 | 12/6/2012
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In the Iris of the Beholder
Gallery offers a more egalitarian approach to art
Sandra Becker and Jeanne Englemann have started a new type of gallery that diverts from the mainstream art exhibits. The grand opening of the Iris Gallery starts with an inagural show on Sunday, Dec. 16th
V.21 No.48 | 11/29/2012
The Long Road
Group show weaves together science and mythology
Four artists were called to the desert. They retrace their paths and their DNA in Creation / Migration: Stories of the Journey at FreeStyle Gallery.
V.20 No.52 | 12/29/2011
The “I” and the Beholder
Eclectic group show at Matrix focuses on identity
It’s the early-morning hours before the zoo opens. Many of the animals are still indoors. The lone mammal in the zebra pen is a beautiful girl, completely naked but for black-and-white-striped body paint.
V.20 No.50 | 12/15/2011
Stranger Factory’s Winter Salon is like an adorable nightmare
It's beckoningly grotesque, mischievously menacing and intriguingly oddball. That would be Stranger Factory's Winter Salon, host to the work of about two dozen artists, both local and international. Much of the work here, and continuously on display at the Factory, are resin sculptures of ghoulish, reptilian and space-age creatures. These figures have the perfection of assembly-line action figures, assuming that assembly line was on a planetary hybrid of Mars and hell—and situated in a bayou.
V.20 No.43 | 10/27/2011
Memories Are Made of This
Richard Maitland’s life on view at Gallerie Imaginarium
He shared the stage and partied with Marilyn, exchanged correspondences and artwork with Jackie O., and introduced The Twist to India. The son of a New York City truck driver and Pinos Altos gold miner's daughter, dancer and artist Richard Maitland was born in Bisbee, Ariz., 86 years ago. His show Collected Memories on display at Gallerie Imaginarium reflects on a life in art and showbiz.
V.20 No.38 | 9/22/2011
Quest for the Sublime
Forty years of Bruce Lowney
A four-decade retrospective on display at Exhibit/208 shows Bruce Lowney’s range as a master of the tri-tone lithograph. Collected Works charts his evolution as a printer and visual poet, while making space for his equally impressive large-scale oil works.
V.20 No.37 | 9/15/2011
Metal jewelry makes you feel like you’re in Blade Runner
The latest art show at Ace Barbershop is a futuristic, welded, stainless steel display. Consisting mainly of arm cuffs, it’s thoughtfully laid out by newcomer artist J.P. Rodman.
V.20 No.33 | 8/18/2011
Mixed Media Mind Tricks
Abstractions in Balance is imaginative, sophisticated and poetic. The new collections presented by Lorna E. Smith and Harley Kirschner, running this month at the Range Café in Bernalillo, both draw inspiration from the natural world, but contain nuanced differences. Kirschner says “at the core of both bodies of work is a Zen simplicity.”
V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
Life on the Flip Side
Concurrent exhibits at 516 ARTS home in on alternative communities
The first thing you notice is a bearded man with “Hug Life” tattooed across his beer gut, standing on a homemade raft. This image, and numerous other examples of alternative living, are the focus of two summer exhibits at 516 ARTS: Across the Great Divide, a collection of photographs by Roberta Price, and Worlds Outside This One, featuring more than a dozen contributors. Across the Great Divide documents life in Southwestern communes―small, rural communities based around collective land ownership. Worlds Outside This One shows environmentally friendly and often portable methods of housing from around the world.
V.20 No.25 | 6/23/2011
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Little surprises around every corner, but nothing dangerous
Upon entering the Stranger Factory, three distinct areas of well-laid-out eye candy unfold before you. Carefully placed paintings and prints decorate the white walls, and plenty of natural light washes over displays of toys and figurines. Brandt Peters, who co-owns Stranger Factory with his wife, Kathie Olivas, says they decorate the shop as they do their home. “We show how you can actually put your own collection together,” he says. They salvage furniture, shelves and other recyclable cool stuff to mix in with the art pieces.
V.20 No.24 | 6/16/2011
Taco and a Haircut, Two Bits
Fades are out, Rough Edges are in
This month's tasty (and tasteful) exhibition at Ace Barbershop, Rough Edges, features the beefy, cheesy works of Gabriel Luis Perez. The taco and cheeseburger art—or more precisely, painted collages of beef, lettuce and tortilla colors—has inspired fresh gab topics in the tiny Downtown shop.