December 16, 2016
Psychedelic Art: Yesterday and Today
The spirit of the 1960s lives on in David Richard Gallery's latest show
Santa Fe Arts Journal, 12/16/2016
Emily Van Cleve

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Psychedelic Art: Yesterday and Today
The spirit of the 1960s lives on in David Richard Gallery's latest show
Santa Fe Arts Journal, 12/16/2016
Emily Van Cleve

Born in the 1960s, psychedelic art is thriving in the capable hands of contemporary artists who have been inspired and influenced by a variety of mid-20th century art styles, including Op Art (Optical Art) and Color Field paintings.

“Altered States: A Psychedelic Legacy,” which is on exhibit at David Richard Gallery through January 28, features contemporary interpretations of psychedelic art alongside pieces from the 1960s through the 1980s.

“If art of the 60s can be defined by a particular style, it is certainly not the coolness of Minimalism or the intellectual distance of Conceptual Art,” says David Richard Gallery’s director David Eichholtz. “It is the swirling, highly-keyed hallucinatory imagery born of the Counter Culture. Psychedelic art sought to capture the kaleidoscopic experience brought on by LSD and other hallucinogens.”

Among the historic pieces on exhibit are mid-1960s acrylic works on board, linen and canvas by Ed Mieczkowski, Rakuko Naito and Paul Reed, watercolors on paper created in the 1970s by Tom Green and Oli Sihvonen’s oils on canvas from the late 1980s. Several beautifully preserved posters advertising rock concerts at the Fillmore West in San Francisco also are on display.

Heather McGill is among the contemporary artists whose work is on exhibit. “The colors I use are influenced by many Pop artists, especially the paintings of Rosenquist, but also the candy colors of customized cars,” explains McGill, who grew up in California in the 1960s. “Much of my work investigates various ways to create an illusion of space through color build up and pattern.”

Other contemporary artists exploring psychedelia in this show include Daniel McCoy, Jr., Jennifer Joseph, Martin Rixe and Caity Kennedy.

“Altered States: A Psychedelic Legacy” is a perfect fit for David Richard Gallery, which is a dedicated proponent of post-1960s abstraction.

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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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