A collaborative exploration of land-based art in New Mexico



  Richard Levy Gallery

Air cube +
a global perspective
June 19 – August 28, 2009
Reception Saturday, August 1, 6-8pm

Selected from hundreds of proposals from around the world this exhibition showcases the art of seven contemporary environmental artists including: Lisa K. Blatt (San Francisco), Ben Delevoye (Paris), Nicole Dextras (Vancouver), Diagram (Stockholm), Katie Holten (New York), Christine Weir (Los Angeles) and Matthew McConville (Baltimore) in the project room. This exhibition focuses on the transient relationship between nature and man. Each artist explores, manipulates, and records the environment in very diverse ways. Lisa K. Blatt investigates the subtle beauty of a sprawling, uninhabited landscape, in her White Sands video, comopared to Katie Holten's Old News (Ghost Forrest), charred dead trees comprised solely from wire, newspaper and ink question the very notion of what it means to be "natural". Christine Weir's graphite drawings illuminate bodies of water in New Mexico as seen from Google Earth, while Ben Delevoye's Air Cube showcases the element that sustains us all. These artists celebrate all aspects of the land while also pointing out the fragility of it.

Nicole Dextras' photographs of fabric encased in ice create delicate, captivating and beautiful images that highlight transient coexistence between man and the natural world. Diagram's miniature model landscape, Hurry, on the other hand, depicts human impact on the environment with an impending sense of doom. Air Cube +, a global perspective exemplifies a new wave of artists who are finding innovative, conceptual ways to address the fleeting landscape around us.

In the project room will be a solo exhibition of landscapes by Matthew McConville (Baltimore). Painted in the Hudson River School style, McConville's Earthworks refer to contemporary land art. These paintings, steeped with social critique and art historical reference, are cleverly constructed and beautifully rendered.

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image: Diagram, Roundabout (detail), styrofoam, spraypaint, model figures

Erika Blumenfeld: Early Findings: Artifacts from The Polar Project
September 11 – October 24, 2009
Reception Saturday, October 3, 6-8pm

Erika Blumenfeld, from Apparent Horizons: Antarctica, 2009

The Polar Project is an ambitious series of environment-based installation artworks conceived by internationally exhibiting artist, and recent Guggenheim Fellow, Erika Blumenfeld. Focusing on the distinct and sublime phenomena of light, sky, and sound in the Arctic and Antarctica, The Polar Project presents real-time sensory installations that evoke a profound and immediate visceral experience of the Polar Regions.

Inspired by the physics of light and human perception, Blumenfeld’s work explores and documents the subtle shifts in atmospheric, astronomic and environmental phenomena, and records light’s footprint throughout daily and seasonal cycles. Her new series, Apparent Horizons: Antarctica, documents the luminous and mutable expanse of the horizon and the particular light and color phenomena that occur with the constant movement of ice particulate across land and sky.

Saturday, October 24, 9-10:30pm
Post-show Reception at Richard Levy Gallery following DJ Spooky performance at the KiMo Theatre. info

For more information visit www.thepolarproject.com


Marc Schmitz: Spaces for Open Minds
Installation June 25, 2009 (No longer on display)
Site Project Presented by Richard Levy Gallery in partnership with the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program and Parks & Recreation

Marc Schmitz, Space No. 6, photos courtesy of Richard Levy

Space No. 6 is a public art sculpture created by conceptual German artist Marc Schmitz for LAND/ART in Tiguex Park. Spaces for Open Minds are sculptures created for experience. The large funnel shapes allow viewers to encounter the sky and their environment like never before. These spaces eliminate the chaos of the every day and provide tranquility as the viewer peers up into the blue. Conversely, the viewer becomes the conduit from which the sky opens to the earth. Nothing stands between the viewer and the sky, creating a totally immersive moment of self-realization. Since their conception in 2003, Spaces for Open Minds have been installed throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, and are now for the first time in the United States as part of LAND/ART.

Marc Schmitz has been creating conceptual paintings, installations and interactive public works since the 1990's. Schmitz studies Philosophy and Fine Art in both Munich and Berlin. His work revolves around themes of time, space and knowledge. Schmitz currently lives in Berlin and Mongolia and exhibits around the world.

Space No. 6 from Spaces for Open Minds was located in the northwest corner of Tiguex Park across the street from the Albuquerque Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science.

Tiguex Park, 1801 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque. map

Miguel Arzabe: Sierpinski Gasket
Installation August 2, 2009
Site Project sponsored by Richard Levy Gallery in partnership with The Albuquerque Museum of Art and History and the City of Albuquerque

Miguel Arzabe, digital rendering for Sierpinski Gasket, courtesy of the artist

The Sierpinski triangle follows a set of simple instructions that are repeated indefinitely. It has been studied as a model for self-organizing natural and biological systems. Some have theorized that the Paleolithic cave artists were like shamans, retreating to remote locations and ceremoniously imbuing the imagery of animals with magical properties in order to promote prosperity for the hunt. Sierpinski Gasket, by San Francisco based artist Miguel Arzabe, was inspired by the notion that these early artists were attempting to affect positive change on their environment. In contemporary society our hunt for knowledge is dependent on technology. At the source of this technology are mathematical mental models such as the Sierpinski triangle. Arzabe seeks to unite this technology source with ritualistic painting in his installation. For the Sierpinski Gasket, Arzabe hand trowels local earth, stencilling the triangle onto the museum exterior. The mud works as a votive offering to the earth, and a reconcilliation of the importance of technology with our inevitable dependence on the natural.

Located at The Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, 505-243-7255 www.cabq.gov/museum/


Stuart Frost: Portable Grove
Installation scheduled for September, 2009
Site Project sponsored by the City of Albuquerque Public Art Program in partnership with Richard Levy Gallery and Parks & Recreation


Stuart Frost, Portable Grove, photos courtesy of Richard Levy

English artist Stuart Frost breathes new life into dead trees by transforming raw organic materials into something new and captivating. Frost developed a technique of pyrography in which intricate patterns are defined by scorching the surfaces of dead trees. These eleborate patterns are loosely based on 19th century wallpaper motifs. Frost received his M.A. in Sculpture from the Royal College of Art in London. He has established himself as a contemporary environmental artist interested in the ephemeral characteristics of natural objects. He travels all over the world temporarily transforming landscape before the environment ultimately destroys the work. His installations remind us to appreciate the fragile beauty in nature that we often take for granted in our everyday lives.

The City of Albuquerque Public Art Program commissioned Stuart Frost to create a small portable grove of trees using his signature pyrography technique. This portable grove is initially installed along Mountain Road for LAND/ART and will later move to other areas of Albuquerque.

More details will be available soon.

For more information about Richard Levy Gallery visit www.levygallery.com

Richard Levy Gallery
514 Central Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
t. 505-766-9888


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