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V.27 No.33 | 8/16/2018
Tracy Rocca works in her Albuquerque studio
Courtesy of Tracy Rocca

Culture Shock

Light as Air

Tracy Rocca works to translate experience into canvas

Tracy Rocca starts with rough renderings of national parks and slowly blurs them through layer after layer of paint, until just the washed, melding fields of color remain.
Greetings from the End of the Earth
Sara MacNeil

Arts Interview

Pre-Apocalyptic Sentiments

Local artists react to climate change

Beneath the dome skylight of the gallery, artists Justine Ortiz, Mike Ortiz and Kris Mills show sculptures of bizarre creatures that provoke grief for the planet’s seemingly inevitable doom.
Courtesy of the UNM Art Museum

Art Magnified

Visual Learning

Director Arif Khan unpacks the UNM Art Museum’s importance

We talk to Arif Khan about UNM Art Museum.
V.27 No.32 | 8/9/2018
Cosmic Love
Nathan Budoff

Culture Shock

Vital Growth

516 ARTS exhibition brings Puerto Rican art to ABQ

Defying Darkness is an exhibition featuring more than a dozen artists working in Puerto Rico and throughout the diaspora, confronting contemporary issues of economic struggle, identity and the vestiges of colonialism while maintaining a long memory of history.
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Michelle Otero
Courtesy of Michelle Otero

Arts Interview

Words of Praise

Albuquerque's newest Poet Laureate

Poet Laureate Michelle Otero talks about how poetry can shape civic life by illuminating the lives of others.
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V.27 No.31 | 8/2/2018
J. García Dance Company remounts series of works that explore diverse themes
k. ferg photography

Culture Shock

Collected Works

Past Lives brings new energy to repertory pieces

Past Lives involves a lot of reflecting on the past—returning to crafted dances with the might of muscle memory and the persistent questioning of what has come to pass, how things might have been different and how things might be better.
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Fox Richards painting
Fox Richards

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Scaled Up

Fox Richards' paintings put matter under a microscope

“My paintings are an abstracted look at what we see in everyday life, as if viewed under a microscope, but projected onto a larger surface,” Fox Richards explains about her exhibition of oil paintings titled Micro & Macro.
Jeph Jerman
Jeph Jerman

Arts Interview

Secret Sounds

The audio art of Jeph Jerman

For several decades, Jeff Jerman has been delving into the mysterious potential of the matter that surrounds us, culling sonic qualities from his collection of discarded and unexpected instruments.
V.27 No.30 | 7/26/2018
Courtesy of Studio Hill Design

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Public Domain

Browse local mural art in your browser

Local designer Sandy Hill was inspired to highlight and honor Albuquerque's public art with a sleek website that catalogues our city's murals.
Poet Chelsea Bunn hosts reading at South Broadway Library
Courtesy of Chelsea Bunn

Arts Interview

Free Verse

Chelsea Bunn unpacks the power of poetry

For many, poetry feels inaccessible. As a teacher, Chelsea Bunn hopes to share that poetry doesn't have to be “abstruse or inaccessible,” but instead a vehicle to find greater understanding of both ourselves and the world around us.
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V.27 No.29 | 7/19/2018
Co-owner Gert Walters at work
Courtesy of Shi Yazhi Sage Gallery

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Room to Grow

Artists Daniel A. and Gert Walters find space to share and encourage creativity

The dream for Daniel A. Walters and Gert Walters is simple: to continue their work as artists, and to have Shi Yazhi Sage continue to be a sustainable business.
Diana Delgado as Marina Abramovic
Courtesy of GRAFT

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From Here to Eternity

Shitty Infinity opens at GRAFT

Taking on a culture of celebrity in the contemporary art scene, Shitty Infinity challenges how value is assigned to art, and do it with a sense of fun that underpins their core ideas.
Axis Bold
Courtesy of Inpost Artspace

Arts Interview

The Art of Music

The diverse creative modes of local musicians

Tom Guralnick unpacks this year's Musicians Making Art and the legacy of the exhibitions that happen in conjunction with the New Mexico Jazz Festival.
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V.27 No.28 | 7/12/2018
Tiran Sahar
Erika Burleigh

Culture Shock

Stitching New Vocabulary

Rattler uses symbol to create pieces with power

Talismanic motifs that might summon all sorts of things in their wearer—from strength to an increased awareness of the natural world to simple aesthetic pleasure—are some of the images that find prominence in Tiran Sahar's garments created for Rattler.
A moment captured from the celebration of the Voices from the Margins opening in New Delhi, India
Sarah Wilkinson

Arts Interview

Traveling for Truth

Voices from the Margins fosters collaboration between New Mexico and New Delhi

We chat with organizer Sarah Wilkinson and artist Adam Gutierrez about Voices from the Margins, a group show by exchange students in Albuquerque and New Delhi, India.