June 12, 2012
Press Release - Merion Estes "Naturally"
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MERION ESTES
Naturally



June 15 – July 21, 2012

Opening reception: Friday, June 15, 5:00-7:00 PM


David Richard Contemporary
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite D
Santa Fe, NM 87501
505-982-0318
www.DavidRichardContemporary.com



David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present, Naturally, the gallery’s second solo exhibition for Merion Estes. Featured are the various approaches Estes has employed to explore nature and man’s impact on the environment, from her early abstract paintings on canvas and panels to her more recent representational mixed media paintings and collages on paper.

There is a material and physical presence to Estes’ art, largely due to the content, color and pattern, but also the literal and visual scale and combination of diverse materials in unified, lush compositions. Because of her love for and extensive use of textiles and printed papers in complex patterns that yielded compositions with a unique and content driven aesthetic, her earliest works were associated with the Pattern and Decoration movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This also garnered her early affiliation with the Feminist movement. Estes has experimented with a variety of paint applications, alternative supports and a wide range of materials that has led to her latest works. While her work addresses serious issues about the environment, the work is abstract and open-ended enough to evoke dream-like sequences, psychedelia and underwater explorations.

Merion Estes studied at the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque and received her MFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She has had 17 solo exhibitions and her work has been included in over 52 group shows since 1972 in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Jose, Denver, Madison, Normal, IL and Alberta, Canada. Her work has been reviewed and published in numerous publications. Estes lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

David Richard Contemporary is located in downtown Santa Fe north of the historic plaza and specializes in post-war contemporary abstract art featuring both historic and contemporary Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, gestural and geometric abstraction in a variety of media. The gallery represents many established artists with an emphasis on artists now living and working in New Mexico, Taos Moderns and prominent international glass artists. 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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