August 28, 2017
Mokha Laget’s ‘In Shape, In Color’ at David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe
Blouin ArtInfo, 08/28/2017


Mokha Laget’s ‘In Shape, In Color’ at David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe
Blouin ArtInfo, 08/28/2017

The exhibition titled “In Shape, In Color” featuring the works of Algerian artist Mokha Laget will be on view at David Richard Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The selection of works on display features vibrantly stained canvases that create an illusion of 3D structures floating in space. Utilizing Hans Hofmann's theory of push and pull and Josef Albers’ teachings on color interactions Laget pushes these further by combining the use of colorful hues. These were primarily used to create vibrational qualities and retinal experience by artists such as Julian Stanczak and Richard Anuszkiewicz. The series on display highlights illusory effects and at the same time establishes a tension between two-dimensional picture plane and three-dimensional space.

Mokha Laget is an Algerian artist who has spent her early childhood and life in countries such as North Africa, France, and the United States. She studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. Her work has been exhibited for the last 30 years and has held several roles such as independent curator, art restorer, arts writer and was Curatorial Assistant at the New Mexico Museum of Fine Arts. She also studied at the Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and has been traveling to countries such as Africa, Latin America, and Asia as a simultaneous French interpreter for the past 25 years. Laget lives and works in New Mexico.

“In Shape, In Color” runs from September 8 through October 7, 2017, at David Richard Gallery, 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, NM 87505, United States.

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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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