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V.23 No.9 | 2/27/2014
“Seesaw” by Lucy Maki

Culture Shock

Cabinet of geometries

Paging Dr. Caligari—Culture Shock prescribes the very best in books and art around Albuquerque.

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V.23 No.6 | 2/6/2014
“Ace of My Heart”
Denise Weaver Ross

Arts Feature

My Heart Is in the Trees

And under a giant sea bird

Temporarily unemployed people fend off boredom in various ways. Some of us learn how to play “Hava Nagila” on the ukulele and bang out the entire five seasons of “Friday Night Lights.” Others fashion an elaborate 18-foot albatross from cardboard in their parents’ living room.
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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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V.22 No.42 | 10/17/2013
Adrian Esparza, Superstructure, from installation Vitrina de Colonias, 2013, serape, plywood, nails, 18 x 16 feet

Culture Shock

The fine unline

This week in Culture Shock, grab your straight razors, climb a mountain and confront your fluid borders.

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V.22 No.23 | 6/6/2013

Culture Shock

He’s got character, enigmatically simple and dance dance la revolución

He’s got character

Get an art-smart jump on your week with Culture Shock. Khaled Hosseini reads, clay artist Andrew Van Assche’s new show opens and Festival Flamenco Internacional dances onstage.

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V.20 No.31 | 8/4/2011
Round Samurai Earrings
Majoral

Culture Shock

Form and Function

SOFA WEST tempts with eye candy

Not only is it a squishy place to watch TV from, not to mention a place for your too-drunk friends to crash, it’s also a huge art and design festival in Santa Fe. The third annual SOFA (Sculpture Objects and Functional Art Fair) WEST runs Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 4 through 7. Exhibitors include galleries and artists from all over the states and as far away as Argentina. You can buy and/or ogle artwork, furniture, jewelry and even things that are fascinating but hard to identify.

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Food

Toast embroidery, Oreo cameos, condiment wallpaper and cereal samplers

“Oreo Cameo #9” by Judith G. Klausner
“Oreo Cameo #9” by Judith G. Klausner

Artist Judith G. Klausner works in a lot of nontraditional mediums, but none are as appetizing as her From Scratch series. Using only bread, thread and a little paper for structural support, Klausner combines embroidery with toast to produce some incredibly fine, painstakingly realistic mold, eggs or pats of butter. She stitches “BREAKFAST IS THE MOST IMPORTANT MEAL OF THE DAY” directly onto Chex corn cereal to produce a kind of “meta sampler.” The white stuff in the middle of an Oreo sandwich cookie is the only material she needs to carve out a totally convincing cameo. From her artist’s statement:

My work is about choice. As a woman in the twenty-first century, I can choose to spend my day baking a loaf of bread, or to grab a package off a grocery store shelf after a long day at work. I can choose to spend my evenings embroidering. I can choose to combine these things and call it art.

Get an eyeful of Klausner’s women’s work here. (And big thanks to my similarly food-obsessed sister Sarah for sending me this link!)

    Arts

    New Art, DJ Machina, Reception- go now!

    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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      For the Dogs

      The Eastside Animal Welfare Center (8920 Lomas NE) is throwing a "grand opening" party to celebrate a recent renovation. On Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., more than 18 animal rescue groups will man info tables and help with pet adoptions. The fun includes free pizza, door prizes and demos by the APD K-9 Unit, as well as the unveiling of two newly installed sculptures: "Kimo the Cat" by Michele VandenHeuvel and "American Dog" by Dale Rogers. The event is free to the public. For more information, call 768-1975.

      V.19 No.11 | 3/18/2010
      Daniel Richmond at work

      Portrait of the Artist

      Call of the West

      An interview with sculptor Daniel Richmond

      Daniel Richmond moved to Albuquerque in the fall of 2009. A Vermont native with a breathtaking talent for woodcarving and a long-standing connection to the Southwest, he came here to pursue his MFA in Sculpture at UNM. Just last week, he embossed the names of 112 New Mexico endangered species in red Jemez dirt across the university’s Smith Plaza. The meaning of the work rested as much on its creation as on its disappearance; within moments of its completion, students shuffled and skateboarded across the installation, wiping it away entirely. Over the next few months, he plans to repeat his 112 Endangered Names Embossed in Dirt project—and present many others—throughout the city. The Alibi wanted to know what motivates this fantastically curious new Albuquerquean. So we went and found out.

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