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Opening in October, the New Mexico Museum of Art included some of my work in the Alcoves 16/17 #5 Exhibit.  The Alcoves exhibitions focus on current work by contemporary NM artists and change every 7 weeks.  It is truly amazing how many accomplished, exciting artists are working here.  16/17 #5 happened to include two of my cohorts in the Lady Minimalists Tea Society, Shaun Gilmore and Signe Stuart, along with Kelly Eckel and Mira Burack.  Curator Kate Ware did an outstanding job of selecting artists whose work is strongly related and set up a 5-part dialogue among our individual spaces in the large hall of the museum.

Kate chose 5 paintings from the Elegy series that I made after my husband, Wayne, passed away.  As always, the work is watercolor on translucent Yupo paper (a synthetic paper).  Elegy #19, above, epitomizes my intuitive, receptive painting process and conveys the mixed emotions of grief, calm, and wonder I was feeling at the time (2014).

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Here I am speaking to a crowd at the Museum about my work.

The show is down now, but was chosen as one of the 10 best art events of 2016 by the New Mexico critic for art ltd. magazine.  Thanks, Jon Carver!  We also got positive reviews in the Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo magazine, THE Magazine, and Visual Art Source, an on-line publication.

 

River:Flow:Chart #7

River/Flow/Chart #7

I’m pleased to announce that Gebert Contemporary will be exhibiting three of my River/Flow/Charts in a group show that opens Friday, July 15.  The other featured artists are Udo Noger, John Nelson and Keiko Sadakane.  Please join me at the opening reception from 5 to 7:00 or come by the gallery this summer.  Gebert is on Canyon Road (behind Chiarosuro) and there is parking – though don’t count on it for the reception.

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In just a week I’ll be at the reception for my show at SMINK in Dallas.  Jennifer Smink asked me to make something really big for the exhibition, and here it is – Water Chart – about 53 x 64.”  It was a great challenge to work on this scale, especially because the supports (foam core and mat boards) had to be specially ordered and everything took longer than I expected.  Getting the whole composition to flow and connect and to balance depth with expanse presented new problem at this size.    There are multiple dimensions to perceive here, not just height and width but layered depth, as some squares are three layers deep – hard to convey, really, in a photograph.

The reception will be next Saturday evening at SMINK, 1019 Dragon Street, Dallas.  Please come by if you are in the area.  sminkinc.com

 

 

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My work will be in an exciting show in the Palm Springs, CA, area over the next couple of months.  Artist friend Joe Novak has curated an exhibit of his favorites from the 20th century and beyond.  Well-known names include Odilon Redon, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Bell and James Turrell.  There will be works by several New Mexico modernists like Agnes Pelton, Emil Bistram, Bea Mandelman, Louis Ribak and Lawrence Calgano.  Also included are Santa Fe-based artists  Larry Fodor, Gregory Frank Harris, and August Muth and others from California and elsewhere.  Great company to be in!

You probably can’t read the quote above, but Joe writes: “Art is …a living and breathing force that lives within us, a force that has captivated artists and for which we have a passion that in a sense has conquered us.”  I agree.

If you are in Southern California in April or May, I invite you to visit Rebecca Fine Art Gallery.

Elegy #9

Elegy #9 – watercolor on translucent Yupo paper – 30 x 35″

Gebert Contemporary on Canyon Road here in Santa Fe is showing some paintings from my Elegy series.  The Elegies, in honor of my late husband Wayne Gibson, have been a way of resuming my art practice after Wayne died.  They are mostly black and white, with blue coming to predominate in the latest ones.  This is a particularly intuitive series in which I’m allowing feelings and impulses to guide me down some new paths.  Elegy #9, above, for instance, is simpler and more graphic than previous work.

I am honored and pleased to have work on Canyon Road once again – it has been nine years, I think, since EVO Gallery closed at that location.  Driving up the historic and lovely road has been bringing back some wonderful memories, and a sense of being once again in the “heart” of Santa Fe’s art community.  Gebert Contemporary has for some time now offered a premier roster of both local and international artists that I’m proud to join.

Santa Fe friends, you are invited to Gebert now and over the holidays to see this group show, which includes work by local artists Dirk DeBruycker, Ricardo Mazal, Munson Hunt, Grant Hyunga, Cov Jordan and others.  My paintings are in the old house, both first and second floors.  Enjoy the exhibit and have a joyful holiday season!

Elegy #2

SMINK in Dallas will be opening their Back + White show on Saturday evening, August 9th.  I sent  Elegy #2 to join work by Zachariah Rieke and other artists for what promises to be a stunning exhibit.  Elegy #2 is from an ongoing series of black, gray and white (or almost) paintings in memory of my late husband, Wayne.

Working with such a limited palette has forced me to focus even more on qualities of density and transparency, clarity and murkiness, dark and light. Metaphoric allusions can be read into the paintings, or not.  I confess that sometimes I do “read” them like poems, and sometimes as purely visual structures.

Once again, it feels appropriate to be using water to convey possible messages of grieving, loss and comfort.  Water is the element of the emotions –  the dreamy, stormy, moody or serene realm of Neptune – always changeable yet oceanic and deep.

LiquidStack #6

 

LiquidStack #6  –  36 x 35″ – watercolor on layered and sewn translucent Yupo paper

This coming Saturday, November 23, my 5th show with SMINK in Dallas will open  with an evening reception.   I won’t be there for this one, but if you are in Dallas, please come by to see the new work.   There will be more of what I think of as the “bars” paintings, like LiquidStack #6, above, as well as paintings with circle grids, the format I’ve been working with for several years.   As always, the paintings have a restful, flowing and expansive quality that I hope you will enjoy.

My thanks to the wonderful Smink sisters, Jennifer, Autumn and Dawn, for their constant support of my work!

 

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Although the show is over, I am still considering the significance of this exhibit, which beautifully demonstrated the continuing influence of Modernism on the arts here in New Mexico.  This influence, abundantly present in our local galleries and museums, was one reason I moved to Lamy back in 1997.  I felt my work could be seen here in a context that doesn’t exist in Southern California, where I was living, nor in New York, where it has been all but superceded by more recent ideas like conceptual art, identity and political explorations and the celebrity art culture.

Cumulous Skies brought the work of over 30 contemporary artists together with the art of earlier 20-th century painters and visionaries like Georgia O’Keeffe, John Marin, Agnes Martin, Marsden Hartley and Ansel Adams, who all spent signifiant time in this state, finding fellowship and inspiration here and influencing the path of Modern Art.  They, in turn, were influenced by Native American crafts – the Navajo weavings and pueblo pottery – and something about the landscape and clear light of New Mexico.  I don’t think the seminal importance of our “Land of Enchantment” has been fully realized by the wider art world.

Curated by artist Larry Fodor and supported in part by a grant from the NEA,  Cumulous Skies showcased paintings, sculpture, ceramics and video art from our varied constituency of Native Americans, “Anglos” from all over the country who have chosen to live here, and artists of New Mexico hispanic background.  It was a stunning display of variety and coherence.

Wayne and I had a lovely time in Sun Valley.  Andria Friesen and her gallery crew gave us a warm welcome, and Kaley Pruitt, the talented dancer who interpreted my work at the opening reception, presented dances that were spot-on and engaging.  My paintings are hung with great care and look beautiful in the space.  As a bonus, the Sun Valley Wellness Festival held a party in the gallery the next night, with face-painting and music.  Dara Mark evite

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We’re driving a cargo van full of paintings to Friesen Gallery in Sun Valley for my solo show there, which opens Saturday, May 25th.  One of the new paintings is LiquidStack #7, shown above.  I’m particularly excited about this show because it opens in conjunction with the annual Wellness Festival in Sun Valley, a multi-day event that draws a large crowd of folks who might be drawn to the peaceful, flowing qualities of my work.  In fact, Ketchum/New York based dancer Kaley Pruitt will be performing a piece in response to my paintings at the reception. I can’t wait to see what she makes of my work! Kaley is scheduled to dance at 6:15, so if you are in Sun Valley, please come by to see her.

I often describe my work as a dance with paint. The first moves are mine, as I brush on the fluid watercolor. Then the paint takes off on its own, flowing and settling according to its properties. Finally, I respond to the dried sheets of paint as I arrange them into a composition.

To view the paintings in the Friesen exhibit, click on the link to the gallery from the list on your left. At the gallery website, click on “artists,” then Dara Mark, then scroll down to see the individual works.

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