Go With the Grain
Put Exhibit/208 on your dance card for Friday, May 8. From 5 to 8pm, they’re hosting the opening reception for s(and): an introduction, a new group show featuring 13 local artists. The visual feast ranges from the bright, bold biomorphic forms of Lea Anderson to Dana Kleinman’s hard-edged aluminum and oil on canvas. Meanwhile, Stephanie Lerma’s “Dusk” is the kind of abstract line and color work that comes across a bit like a textile design at first glance, but evolves into a complex composition of line and color with deeper examination. Of particular interest is the mixed media work of Kelly Eckel. Eckel’s knack for combining the processed visual artifacts of photography with the expressive breadth of gestural media really engages the imagination. She is keenly interested in exploring intersections of nature. Specifically, viewers will contemplate human nature juxtaposed with non-human nature, especially the animal and geometric forms in the world. Eckel’s work seems to draw one in with a visceral tension that stops just short of macabre. If you can’t make the reception, find another time to check out this contemporary show held at 208 Broadway SE. It’s already open, and you can get in to see it Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am to 4pm. Attending the reception is just a great way to meet the artists and discuss the work with them directly. (Holly von Winckel)
Friday May 8, 2015
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Featuring photography, sculpture, paintings and works on paper. Runs through 5/30.
“Sand” is a curious material. Grains from mysterious and varied origins collect together in unity, be it a beach, a desert, a garden or or a playground. Sand can be part of an oasis of safety and also a stormy, destructive force. Sand can be a soft, soothing surface and also a scratchy irritant. Sand can express a range of qualities and invoke varied responses.
We are a group of artists, based in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This exhibition will serve to introduce our work as unique particles of a whole, a sum and its parts, to illustrate the diversity and quality of artistic voices in this region. Coming together as a community, we promote community, despite differences, to create a unified force of impact.
Our work rejects the desire for categorization by gender or place; each artist in the collective is unique in style, process, and vision. Photography, sculpture, painting, and works on paper; abstract and figurative, personal to universal: try to define us and grains will be sure to escape through the filter.
208 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
5/2 through 5/30, opening reception 5/8 from 5-8
Gallery hours: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 10 am-4pm