Wednesday Jan 4, 2017
Santa Fe, NM 87507
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A range of mediums like photography, video, watercolor, pen and ink, sculpture, chine collé and graphite on paper presented under the theme of diminutive scale art. Runs through 1/13/17.
We are pleased to announce the opening at 5. Gallery on December 2 of “small,” a show of works curated by Ann Landi, contributing editor of ARTnews, author of numerous catalogue essays, frequent reviewer for The Wall Street Journal, and founder/editor of Vasari21.com. In pointed contrast to the tendency toward large-scale statements in contemporary art, “small” focuses on artists who produce work on a diminutive scale—often no larger than three to ten inches on a side. The artworks exhibited here reveal no particular formal bias, and range across diverse mediums: photography, video, watercolor, pen and ink, sculpture, chine collé, graphite on paper, and limited-edition prints.
Among the video works from Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton are Collars and Cuffs, a Victorian box which opens to become a stage for dancer Rulan Tangen. Ted Larsen shows small-scale sculpture made from scavenged auto bodies. Sheila Miles’ deft watercolors capture the architecture and landscape of the Southwest. The sole photographer in the show, Beverly Rautenberg’s prints from her “Homage to Kafka” series are pint-sized but powerfully eerie abstractions. Christine Taylor Patten’s miniature drawings, made using a crow-quill pen, conjure up the entire cosmos. A master of manic intensity in confined spaces, Marc Baseman offers small worlds open to multiple interpretations. TJ Mabrey takes an ordinary sales tag and through a process of embossed printing finds the magic in the everyday. And Jan Sessler’s sculpture and chine collé collages evoke a delicate nostalgia paired with unexpected bursts of spontaneous mark making.
All the artists, except for Rautenberg, are from Santa Fe and Taos, NM.
December 2-January 13, 2017
Opening: Friday, December 2, 5 to 7 p.m.
Press contact: Max Baseman
Attachments: Jan Sessler, Delicado, chine collé
Sheila Miles, Greta’s House, watercolor
Beverly Rutkauer, Homage to Kafka #3, chromogenic print