July 7, 2014
Heads Up! New Works by Judy Chicago
Artsy.net, 07/07/2014


Heads Up! New Works by Judy Chicago
Artsy.net, 07/07/2014

Feminist art icon Judy Chicago is heading in a new direction with her latest body of work: up, specifically to the head. Now on view at Santa Fe’s David Richard Gallery, “Heads Up,” showcases a recent body of work, a thrillingly diverse collection of small-scale two- and three-dimensional pieces in cast glass, bronze, and ceramics.

Focused on the form and dimension of the human head, these works are a means to figuratively explore aspects of social perception and behavior. Her skillful amalgamation of materials and applied finishes furthers her ongoing studies of smooth and pristine surfaces, here on the level of outward appearance. The Janus-faced Twin Heads (2013), for example, registers a slight shift in temperament from the translucent to the shiny, where minor wrinkles in the soft folds of her nondescript models’ skin seem alternately sage, and too sharply highlighted. Similarly, Face Lift (2013) juxtaposes the organic texture of the ambiguously aging body with the machinic liquid sheen of lacquered bronze.

A series of painted glass panels explore the underlying musculature and skeletal apparatus of the stern and wizened expressions Chicago produces—exposing the superficiality of facial armor in a form of emotive medical rendering. While tears from the crying subject of Torn Up (2012) even drip below the shoulder to form the letters spelling out the work’s title at the base of the Starfire glass, the biological portrait presents an image of muscles in a state of serene relief. The more existential portrait, Tasting the Mortal Coil (2012), imagines the wasting away of the very muscles that both inspire empathy and ensure personal communication through kinesics.

“Heads Up” is on view at David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico, June 14th–July 26th, 2014.

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January 17, 2017
Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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