Everybody's favorite folk artist, Steve White, is skipping town. He's moving to Athens, Ga., at the beginning of August and needs some money for the trip. Here's the deal. Fork out $20, and White will give you a ceramic Zozobra sculpture along with a raffle ticket. On Friday, July 23, from 5 to 8 p.m., he's hosting a reception at OFFCenter (117 Seventh NW) for an exhibit featuring customized PEZ dispensers by himself and Clay Shefs, as well as art by the 92-year-old folk art legend R.A. Miller. During that reception, White will draw the raffle tickets. Ten winners will get some fine pieces from his folk art collection, including work by Miller, Myrtice West, Roy Finster, Mary Proctor, C.M. Laster, Alan Pruitt, White, Shefs, Jeff Sipe and others. It's a very sweet deal. To get in on the action, call White at 232-2311, drop by his soon-to-be-dismantled Folk Farm at 445 Louisiana SE, or just swing by the OFFCenter reception. We're gonna miss you, buddy!
For almost as long as there has been art, there have been artists eager to depict the grotesque. This Sunday, July 18, Site Santa Fe (1606 Paseo de Peralta) will present its gigantic fifth biennial exhibit titled Disparities & Deformities, an exhibit focused on exhibiting cutting edge contemporary paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos and comics that portray grotesque imagery in strikingly inventive ways.
For each of the past five years, the biennial has been one of the most eagerly anticipated modern art events in New Mexico. This is definitely an exhibit you can't afford to miss. Curated by New York University art scholar Robert Storr, the show will run through Jan. 9, 2005. $8 adults, $4 students/seniors. (505) 989-1199. To learn more about the exhibit, log on to www.sitesantafe.org.