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A Question of Scale

Laila Weeks closing reception at Zendo

Zendo double exposure
Photos by Manan Tevosyan
Zendo double exposure

Laila Weeks knows something about making an impact. The artist, whose work has been hanging on the white-bricked walls of Downtown coffee destination Zendo (413 Second Street SW), doesn't aim to dazzle you with a zillion colors and an encyclopedia of obscure techniques. Her current collection uses only one coloran eyeball-scorching shade of red acrylicand a bit of ink and acid-etched metal. And yet it's impossible not to stare.

Part of what makes her simple abstract pieces so interesting is a telescoping sense of size. The drawings are just 4.5 in. by 4.5 in., displaying small, cell-like shapes and almost-organic forms in black ink on white paper. That sea of red paint nearly swallows up the tiny structures.

Then there are the etchings. Weeks explains that they're achieved “by a process of a resist being adhered to the plate, an acid bath being poured onto the plate, and the acid eating away the zinc coating, exposing the rustable steel beneath.” At 48 in. by 48 in., the galvanized steel sheets find those organic structures stretched and amplified, surging along on shimmering waves of reflective metal.

“Scale,” Weeks acknowledges, “is one topic at hand.”

Experience her work in person at the show's closing reception on Friday, Jan. 31, from 6 to 8pm. Austin Morrell will be on hand to provide live ambient music, and there'll be a raffle and snacks to settle your nerves if you get too lost among the art.

Laila Weeks closing reception

Friday, Jan. 31, 6 to 8pm

Zendo
413 Second Street SW
926-1636
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Emerging creatives art opening at Creative Albuquerque

Tonight! Get out of work and head over to Creative Albuquerque (115 Fourth Street NW) for an art opening and reception with food and drinks. This is a group show by the talented students from UNM Arts 487: Interdisciplinary Portfolio Class. With the support of their instructor, Patrick Manning, the students have orchestrated this entire exhibition -- from work selection and installation, to publicity and reception planning. The artworks range from photography, to sculpture to painting and DJ Machina is in the house.

Uncommon Threads
Friday, May 13, 5 to 8 p.m.
Creative Albuquerque
115 Fourth Street NW
268-1920 or creativeabq.org
Admission is free
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