September 4, 2017
Visually Displaced
Santa Fe Arts Journal, 09/04/2017
Emily Van Cleve

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Visually Displaced
Santa Fe Arts Journal, 09/04/2017
Emily Van Cleve

Mokha Laget's new work creates illusions of 3D structures floating in space

Mokha Laget is excited about the direction her work has taken this year and thrilled to be showing her latest shaped paintings at David Richard Gallery in the show “In Shape, In Color,” which opens on September 8.

“My work is about perceptual unreliability,” she explains. “My approach to a painting is initially analytical. It starts with a grid and evolves from there. As I play with line and shape, things change quickly.”

While Laget doesn’t plan out her colors in advance, she does make her own swatches of colors and consider them carefully before applying paint to a shaped canvas.

A resident of New Mexico for more than 20 years, Laget lives in an off-grid house on a mountain top with stunning views that provide constant artistic inspiration. “I love watching the way light and shadows shift throughout the day,” she says. “The desert is a powerful geography for me. It’s an infinite and vast space. New Mexico reminds me of North Africa, where I was born.”

A lifelong artist who was trained in fine arts at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. where she studied with several prominent members of the Washington Color School (WCS), Laget also worked as a professional artist and studio assistant to WCS painter Gene Davis. She’s been involved in the art world as an independent curator, art restorer, arts writer and curatorial assistant.

Laget’s work has been exhibited internationally and is included in a number of collections including the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University and the Museum of Geometric and Madi Art in Dallas, Texas.

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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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