July 26, 2012
Press Release - Munson Hunt "Sculpted"


July 27 - August 25, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3, 5:00-7:00 PM

David Richard Contemporary, LLC
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite D
Santa Fe, NM 87501

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present Sculpted, the gallery’s first solo exhibition for Munson Hunt. The exhibition features a selection of recent sculptures made of reclaimed timber and flat wood panels to which a combination of sawing, chiseling, charring and burnishing with graphite was used to create the wall reliefs and free-standing sculptures. Also featured is one of Hunt’s newest materials, glass casts of eight-foot tall timbers that have been flamed and burnished to be nearly indistinguishable from its wooden counterpart.

Hunt’s art is organic and while there is a raw and natural component, it is elegant with the reductive forms and minimal surface treatments that do not change, but enhance and reveal the inherent beauty of the wood elements. Her work is about the environment, both its history and fate. There is an aspect of reclamation because she frequently uses fallen timber, but it is more than repurposing abandoned trees, it is a celebration of the life of the tree and furthering its lifecycle in a new and urban setting. Hunt’s latest body of work is comprised of a series of fallen cottonwood trees from a Nambe ranch—of human scale and larger, hand cut, charred and burnished with graphite. In installation, the stand seems disquieting at first, yet there is a serenity and a sense of satisfaction in knowing that the beauty and life of these trees endures in this new form.

Munson Hunt has had 16 solo exhibitions and her work included in numerous group exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Denver, Dallas, Houston and Marfa, among others. Over the past 25 years, since graduating from Parson’s School of Design in New York, she has worked in sculpture and video, producing individual artworks and installations, frequently combining both media. Through recent fellowships, Hunt has explored glass as a new medium. She has produced numerous commissions and her work is included in many private collections.

David Richard Contemporary is located in downtown Santa Fe north of the historic plaza and specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric, hard-edged, Op, Pop and Minimalism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established mid to late-career artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works.

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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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