Friday Aug 2, 2019
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A small group exhibit featuring the art of Arlaina Ash, Connor Schneider and Helen Juliet Atkins for one night only with local vendors.
In conjunction wit ABQArtwalk, the OT Circus presents a small group exhibit: "Remnants" featuring the art of Arlaina Ash. Connor Schneider, and Helen Juliet Atkins. The exhibit is one night, Friday August 2, 2019 from 5-9pm. We will be featuring local vendors inside and outside in front of our gallery too!
We have Wanderlust Vegan Eatery and Edu Maid Cafe vending yummy food inside! Outside, we are featuring Amanda Kexel facepainting, Wow Wow Lemonade Albuquerque, Squidly Designs, and more TBA! We look forward to your attendance!
About the show:
Artists Arlaina Ash, Helen Atkins, and Connor Schneider rework old pieces, and the byproducts of their process, to create new meaning. With unique style and vision, each artist reanimates former work and its themes, connecting the past to the present. The mixed-media artists use elements of collage as they revisit and add new layers to their artistic history.
Arlaina lets her intuition guide her in deciding what the pieces she chooses to work with will become. She uses paint, ink, graphite, and collage in this process.
Connor Schneider's art is an abstract showing of recollections, remnants, and ruminations with the past. With differing aesthetic amplifications and stylizations on themes of patterns, layers, and repetition, Connor has created art with almost no pre-conceived, final result in mind. Histories, illusions, nuances, puzzles, and the fragments & residues from our past that linger, haunt, and shape our present are all major inspirations for his art.
Atkins examines the insidious persistence of anxiety in her series of surreal figurative works that combine paint, graphite, and sculptural elements.
About the artists:
Arlaina Ash does most of her creative work at community art studios in Albuquerque. ArtStreet, which is part of Healthcare for the Homeless, provides the materials, space to create, and support to achieve her vision. She has taken art classes at the community college, and has an English degree from UNM. She is also a volunteer peer support worker and art has been an essential part of her attaining mental wellness.
Connor Schneider has been doing art work his whole life. He received his formal education at Cibola High School and the University of New Mexico. He has always been fascinated and enraptured with how a person can express themselves through art; and how altruistic, cathartic, different, and transcending that process can be for anyone.
Helen Juliet Atkins is an interdisciplinary artist from Albuquerque, New Mexico. She received her BA in Studio Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2016. Atkins is a 2018 recipient of the inaugural Women in Creativity “Shine” Awards, honoring creative women and their work in their community. She was a featured artist for Burque Noir’s 2018 “Making Africa” opening event at the Albuquerque Museum. Atkins was the inaugural Mentoring Artist in Residence for ArtStreet a Program of Albuquerque Healthcare for the Homeless from 2017-18. She is a co-founder of Plates Against Patriarchy, a community engagement visual arts and storytelling project that challenges patriarchal systems of power. Atkins currently serves on the Albuquerque Museum Board of Trustees.
Atkins works as an artist, teaching artist, curator, and arts organizer with diverse communities, focusing on the intersection of art and social justice. She collaborates with arts organizations like the Harwood Art Center and Artful Life for much of her community practice. While working on collaborative projects, she is also building a body of solo work that explores notions of experience and identity, which she has shown in galleries nationally and internationally.