April 21, 2014
Preview - Found: mixed-media paintings on steel by Michael Scott
THE Magazine, April 2014


Preview - Found: mixed-media paintings on steel by Michael Scott
THE Magazine, April 2014

Found: mixed-media paintings on steel by Michael Scott

April 25 to June 7, 2014

David Richard Gallery, 544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe. 983-9555

Reception: Friday, April 25, 5 to 7 pm.

Michael Scott’s interest in the Holy Mother Virgin Mary began over the course of five weeks in 2013 when he was spending time in the churches of San Migual Allende and Mexico City. He was impressed and mystified by the powerful effects of prayer and faith, as evidenced in the attitudes of the supplicants as they engaged with images of Mary. For Scott, the Holy Mother became a vessel of beautiful, gentle, and poetic energy, and thus did Mary come to be the subject of this present body of work. This inspiration seems typical of Scott’s predilection for exploring both human frailties and large capacities in the manner of a staged, theatrical presentation. In this case, the star performer is Mary: Mary as Mother, Mary as Virgin, and Mary as Lover. Scott invites the viewer to encompass these three aspects of the feminine principle simultaneously. A main feature of this kaleidoscopic body of work owes its seductive powers to the way the stainless steel surfaces have facilitated luminosity to bloom forth from the images—a rippling radiance that is at once captivating, mysterious, and compelling. Scott is exploring the underpinnings of religious preoccupation in these thirteen large-scale mixed-media works and, specifically, how the feminine principle lends itself to that path of investigation.

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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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