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Re: [teacherartexchange] Biennial Southwest

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From: Gabrielle Bliss (Gabrielle.Bliss_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Sep 11 2006 - 04:06:14 PDT


Woody, You are such an inspiration!

Gabrielle

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From: Woody Duncan <woodyduncan@comcast.net>
Date: Sunday, September 10, 2006 7:07 pm
Subject: [teacherartexchange] Biennial Southwest

> Today we came back from my opening in Taos early enough to attend
> an
> opening of a new juried contemporary art exhibition
> at the Albuquerque Museum. I was totally impressed. About 30 of the
>
> artists were there near their art to answer questions
> about their work. What a great experience. I spent over two hours
> picking the brains of about a dozen very cutting edge
> creative people. Tomorrow begins our Docent training on this
> exhibit.
> Our museum continues to impress me more every
> new exhibit. Below is an article from this mornings paper giving
> some
> background on the exhibit. It runs through Jan. 7th,
> 2007 so if you are in the area please do not miss it.
>
> Woody
>
> Sunday, September 10, 2006
>
> Albuquerque Museum 'Biennial Southwest' Picks Up Pieces of Other Shows
>
> By David Steinberg
> Journal Staff Writer
> Today marks what the Albuquerque Museum hopes will be a
> landmark
> date: The opening of its first biennial juried exhibit of
> contemporary art.
> As the title "Biennial Southwest" suggests, it is a regional
> show with 103 works by artists from New Mexico, Arizona and Texas.
> The works were culled from more than 1,000 submitted by 552
> artists; each artist could submit two works.
> Douglas Fairfield, the museum's curator of art, said his
> motivation for the museum presenting a juried regional exhibit is
> twofold.
> One is the demise of Magnífico, the Albuquerque-based arts
> organization that had presented an annual juried exhibit of works
> by
> artists in greater Albuquerque for more than a dozen years.
> That show started out by including arts and crafts, and later
> limited the work accepted to contemporary art, many by college
> graduate students.
> The other motivation for Fairfield was the fact that the
> Museum
> of Fine Arts in Santa Fe no longer does a regional juried show of
> contemporary art every two years.
> As a result, "I felt that the Albuquerque Museum really needed
>
> to serve as the premier venue for a new juried competition,"
> Fairfield said.
> (SITE Santa Fe, meanwhile, is currently exhibiting its curator-
>
> judged biennial show of cutting-edge international contemporary art.)
> The prospectus for "Biennial Southwest," Fairfield noted,
> stated
> that the show would be open to a broad range of art, including
> painting, sculpture, work on paper, photography, furniture, fabric,
>
> film and conceptual art.
> Artists juried in competed for $8,500 in cash awards.
> One artist whose work is in the exhibit is Santa Fe's Abraham
> Gelbart. His work, "PCM-BB Nightwalk," is an oil on canvas that has
>
> abstract figures. Gelbart said his other professional job doing
> architectural renderings has influenced his paintings and sculpture.
> He has said that his career has always been a balance between
> architecture and fine art.
> "I'm flattered to be in this. It's always nice to be juried
> into
> a show of this caliber, especially with the juror being the
> director
> of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art," Gelbart said.
> "Biennial Southwest's" single juror was Neal Benezra, who
> previously had worked as deputy director and curator of Modern and
> Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago.
> Another artist whose work was juried into the show is 80-year-
> old Terence I. Baggett, who lives in the Carnuel area of Tijeras
> Canyon. Baggett's work in the biennial is a porcelain sculpture
> titled "Rhythm in Motion."
> "It's kinetic. The piece rotates 360 degrees every minute.
> I've
> got a fluorescent light coming up and shining through the bottom of
>
> the sculpture casting shadows on the inside," he explained.
> "It's a constant motion of shadow and light."
> In 1989 Baggett retired from Sandia National Laboratories,
> where
> he worked as an artist doing color renderings and designing exhibits.
> Tea Schiano's "The Shroud of September 11," a mixed-media
> photo
> montage on a wood structure, was juried into the exhibit.
> Schiano said the work depicting hands not only serves as a
> memorial to 9/11 victims, but it is also is intended as a
> remembrance
> of others such as the Albuquerque firefighters who helped victims
> as
> well as others, such as those at a local senior center and a
> community center.
> "As an artist, this is what I can contribute towards
> transforming the images of horror and helplessness, without
> forgetting or denying them, into reflection upon the flower that
> grows from the dung heap, the humanness of our compassion," Schiano
>
> said in her artist's statement.
> A Los Lunas resident, Schiano said the biennial is special for
>
> her because it's her first major museum show.
> Gaylen Stewart of Phoenix said his piece in the show, "Other
> Tongues," is part of a group of work that reveals his interest in
> "natural forms that show inherent design."
> The piece is acrylic with mushrooms, plaster teeth, gum prints
>
> and fabric. Stewart's interest in those forms grew out of his
> miraculous recovery from a bout of cancer of the lymph nodes 15
> years
> ago.
> "I had 46 lymph nodes removed. The cancer disappeared between
> two surgeries. I attribute it to the power of prayer and the
> healing
> power of Jesus," he said.
> "At that point I became much more interested in the world of
> cells and cellular structures and design and order. Just why things
>
> deteriorate, what holds things together."
> He has since been exploring those issues through his art.
> Cathy Wright, director of the Albuquerque Museum, said it's
> timely for the museum to be doing an exhibit like this.
> "I particularly like the fact that it involves states in the
> Southwest in addition to New Mexico because it kind of pulls the
> region together and gives people an idea of what's happening in the
>
> region," Wright said.
> Some artists in the exhibit will give short presentations about
>
> their artwork between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. today in the gallery.
> In addition, the museum plans to have a meet-the-artist series
>
> during the run of the exhibit. Details will be announced soon.
>
>
>
> Woody, Retired in Albuquerque
> mailto:woodyduncan@comcast.net
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