NM Showcase Exhibition 2012 Opening Reception at 516Arts Gallery @ 516 Central Avenue, ABQ, NM. Show curated by Peter Frank.
Exhibition continues through April 28, 2012. Go see it.
Check out event photos and see my Badlands #6 ……. http://516arts.blogspot.com/2012/02/new-mexico-showcase-opening-reception.html
(that’s not me in front of the piece)
Musings on a state of mind……….The Elsewhere.
Working on “Re-Visions“, a new series of drawings
Writing about the Elsewhere, a revised perspective (or not)
Re-designing Altered Landscapes site
Road Trip. To CO.
Durango & nearby Mesa Verde
A windy damp gray day – good time for a visit to a national park since there were only about 5 other 21st century people there.
I had not been to Mesa Verde in over a decade, way before devastating fires had transformed thousands of acres of trees, grasses, ancient structures.
These images of the altered landscape, so different from the last time I was there.
Why do so many viewers feel compelled to put labels on images that are non-figurative, non-representational? Is it too upsetting to be confronted by uncertainty? Too challenging to some basic or fictional human characteristic that demands recognizability & the known? Why don’t they just look? Let the image tell its own story? It doesn’t seem to matter whether the viewers are “just folks” or artists who create in the non-representational realm themselves: most, though certainly not all, people seem to need the identifiable.
We are familiar with aspects of why people create abstractly, perhaps having to do with issues of detachment, etc., etc.; but such psychologizing isn’t really relevant. These are questions about the present role of representation. Even if we are using photographic means of capture, we see the underlying anomalies which make realism so fascinating. The surface is just that, a skin over other layers that tell different stories.
mystery and ambiguity:
experience the amorphous
wander in the realm of what is not
shake up the ordinary and mundane circumscribed by the rules of day-to-day
mystery and ambiguity = areas where imagination takes over producing unforeseen ideas and results