February 16, 2018
Shane Tolbert: Abiquiu Paintings
Abiquiu Community News, 02/16/2018

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Shane Tolbert: Abiquiu Paintings
Abiquiu Community News, 02/16/2018

SHANE TOLBERT: ABIQUIÚ PAINTINGS
January 27 - March 3, 2018
DAVID RICHARD GALLERY, LLC
211 EAST 121ST STREET, NEW YORK, NY 10035

For any of our readers that may be in New York, Abiquiu local Shane Tolbert is having a show at the David Richard Gallery.

David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce the upcoming presentation, Abiquiú Paintings by Shane Tolbert at the Gallery’s newest venue in Harlem, located at 211 East 121st Street, New York, NY 10035, P: (212) 882-1705. This is Tolbert’s debut exhibition with the Gallery and his first presentation in New York. There will be an opening reception with the artist on Saturday, January 27, 2018 from 4:00 to 8:00 PM and the exhibition will remain on view through March 3, 2018. A digital catalogue will be available online.

The spectacular and rugged landscape of Northern New Mexico, like for so many artists, informs the abstract paintings of Shane Tolbert. The big sky, bright clear days and miles of uninterrupted vistas create an inspiring environment that lends itself to a unique visual language. Tolbert, influenced by Color Field painting, brings color and a novel process approach to combining color with the extreme visuals and surface textures of his environment. Process and routine are a key part of Tolbert’s creative approach. Not only do mishaps and accidents in his rigorous process produce surprises, but create new avenues to pursue. The old routine is broken and a new series of repetition and process begins anew. In the artist’s words, he “prefer the act of painting to be flexible, but the end result to be reflexive.” Thus, coming full circle in this new series, Abiquiú Paintings, his work captures his surroundings by design with the rich history of centuries of the landscape shifting and eroding, the seasonal cycle of rain, growth, decay and renewal overlaid with the daily cycle of the sun setting and moon rising and the footprints of centuries of culture and heritage. “In the studio beauty, erosion, inversion and prehistory inform” his image making. The artist’s unique process of painting with dilute acrylic paint on sheets of plastic that are dried, peeled and adhered to wet paint on a canvas support, provides both the pigment and element of chance and surprise in his paintings.

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January 17, 2017
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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