January 7, 2016
Press Release - Erik Gellert "All Square"

All Square

January 15 through February 20, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, January 15 from 5:00-7:00 PM

#EmergeSantaFe Instameet Saturday, January 16 from 12:00 noon - 9:00 PM
Artist Talks: Saturday, January 16 from 3:45 - 5:00 PM
Salon "Emerge": Saturday, January 16 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM

David Richard Gallery, LLC
1570 Pacheco Street, A1, Santa Fe, NM 87505
p 505-983-9555 | f 505-983-1284

As part of David Richard Gallery’s inaugural exhibitions at its new Pacheco Street location, the gallery is delighted to announce the launch of DR Projects, a platform for young artists to showcase dynamic new work. The gallery is pleased to present ceramic sculpture by Santa Fe artist Erik Gellert, who kicks off the new project space with a new body of large-scale slab artworks entitled ‘Squares.'

The exhibition “All Square” will be presented January 15 through February 20, 2016 with an artist reception on Friday, January 15 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. There will be artist presentations, including Gellert, on Saturday, January 16, from 3:45 to 5:00 PM moderated by Kathryn M. Davis of “ArtBeat Radio” and New York-based curator Howard Rutkowski. The artist will also participate in a Salon event from 6:00 to 9:00 PM, a collaboration between the gallery and Jordan Eddy and Kyle Farrell of Strangers Collective. The theme for the Salon, “Emerge”, will coincide with the #EmergeSantaFe Instameet on Saturday, January 16 from 12 noon to 9 PM and #DRProjects Pop Up Photography Exhibition produced in collaboration with @SimplySantaFeNM. All the details can be found on social media at #EmergeSantaFe. The gallery’s new location is at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87505, phone 505-983-9555 in the midtown neighborhood art and design district.

Gellert’s newest works are roughly ‘square’, but within and around are undulating surfaces that continually break the planes, protruding and receding. There is an organic feel to the works, suggestive of coral or even skeins of yarn. The suggestion of chance is belied by an overall rhythm to the surface and the use of Mason stains. The monolithic, slab shape lends an insistent presence to the spatial environment.

‘My works are cause and effect relationships in material form. Each piece is comprised of hundreds and, many times, thousands of hand rolled coils of clay. Their hand rolled nature gives each coil a slight irregularity and distinction, which informs the overall shape and patterns that comprise each work. Both consciously and unconsciously, I add my own input into the work in the stacking of these individual coils in creating manifestations of chaotic beauty. I have begun integrating the use of acrylic paint in my work in order to achieve more brilliant, varied color schemes that cannot be achieved utilizing traditional ceramic processes.’

Erik Gellert is an artist based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. His aptitude for the arts first emerged out of the medium of clay leading him to pursue the study of drawing and painting. He applied these skills working as a preservationist, collaborating with historians to recreate wall textures and color schemes in many notable homes including the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio. He moved from Chicago to Santa Fe in 2011 to pursue advanced studies in ceramics and to be surrounded by nature’s beauty.

About David Richard Gallery and DR Projects:

David Richard Gallery is now located at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, NM 87505, P: 505-983-9555. Since its inception the gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies. While the gallery has long been recognized as an important proponent of post-1960s abstraction—including both the influential pioneers as well as a younger generation of practitioners in this field—in keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery presents established and very new artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art.

In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations.

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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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