June 7, 2016
“Plugged In”
David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Visual Art Source, 06/07/2016
Recommendation by Jordan Eddy


“Plugged In”
David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Visual Art Source, 06/07/2016
Recommendation by Jordan Eddy

Santa Fe is a town ruled by painters, but New Mexico’s brilliant light attracts pioneers of other media as well. City Different digital-artists-in-residence include Steina and Woody Vasulka, founders of The Kitchen in New York City, and Peter Sarkisian, who has exhibited his projection-mapped sculptures everywhere from SFMOMA to the Whitney. “Plugged In” features seven established and emerging artists who take their cues from digital art and post-1960’s abstraction. The Vasulkas and Sarkisian do not appear here, but the show falls directly in line with New Mexico’s new media legacy. Just like the Vasulkas, these artists blend minimalism with motion to create assertive, highly experimental pieces.

Anne Farrell’s “Billboard,” which hides in a banged-up silver crate and features grainy animations of advertising lingo, could be a time capsule from 1970’s Chelsea. Matthew Kluber blends painting and digital video, projecting flowing light patterns across alkyd abstractions on aluminum. The works are explorations of color field theory at hyper speed. Surprisingly elegant images of bathroom floor tiles flash endless combinations of colorful patterns in a video series by Noah Klersfeld. Christian Haub and Matthew Penkala present works that are inconspicuously unplugged. Haub’s gridded wall sculptures in cast acrylic throw a mesmerizing glow on the walls behind them à la James Terrell, while Penkala’s acrylic paintings draw us into acid-tinged voids that could be an android’s fever dream. Most excitingly, emerging artists C. Alex Clark and Chase Stafford represent the next wave. Clark transforms a television into a spectral shadow box, with a nod to Nam June Paik. Stafford projects images of fluorescent light fixtures on narrow screens, adding another layer of detachment to the stark minimalism of Dan Flavin. Their work is a dazzling reminder that new media is the ever-advancing final frontier of visual art.

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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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