Open Space Visitor Center hosts a collection of land based installations
by the following artists in the gallery and in the Bosque adjoining the
facility. Guided tours are scheduled in July, August and September. For more information visit the Tours page.
INSTALLATIONS IN THE BOSQUE
on view June 1 – August 29, 2009
An orientation map listing the locations for each installation
is available at the Open Space Visitor Center or for download here.
sketches for Cube, Robert
An installation made from a segment of fallen cottonwood trunk at its
core, and reclaimed heavy-gauge wire coiled sparingly into open rectangular
building blocks that will surround the trunk. The significance of Cube
is in its symbolic representation of the Rio Grande Bosque: a preserved
natural corridor coursing through the urbanization of the Albuquerque
Metropolitan area. The cottonwood represents this life-giving habitat.
installation of three pole sculptures composed from natural, locally-gathered
materials of the Bosque. "Like a political flag, the sculpture also
functions as a signpost. An allegiance to and an alliance with the natural
world is expressed, raised high for all to see."
Cedar + Jetty Jacks = Green
Jill Guarino Brown
An installation that provides a use for the existing
Jetty Jacks to become water harvesting features within the Bosque. Construction
of the piece will make use of found materials, such as the invasive salt
cedar. Located on site adjacent to
the walking path along the river.
Constructed of downed, dead cottonwood branches found in the Bosque, the
dome is site specific and envisioned as a structure for contemplating
the bosque environment, as a place for story telling, tai chi or countless
other human uses. It is also a sculpture in and of itself made from the
materials found within the forest and in constant "dialog" with
the "dome" of branches of the living trees around it. The naturally
bleached and barkless branches of the dome would be visible from many
aspects along the bosque trail.
Located in the south-east side of the River Loop Trail
in the Bosque, Meisner used organic milk-based paints that are environmentally
safe (VOC free) and designed to bio-degrade to re-color the existing Jetty
Jacks, altering the appearance of their presence in the Bosque and the
viewer's perception of the Jacks in this environment.
June 21, 2:30pm during the Summer Solstice
Sixty Water Weaving Women at La Orilla Canal
Dominique Mazeaud, Elizabeth Wiseman & Bobbe Besold
A ritual performance taking place the afternoon
of the Summer Solstice intended to express and encourage gratitude and
awareness of the water source that flows through the city; a constant
presence of a life force that is rarely noticed. The ritual will be performed
by 60 women on the west side of the canal.
SPACE VISITOR CENTER GALLERY
Holtzman & Linda Holland
Through June 25, 2009
images: left, Becky Holtzman, River/Bed (detail),
2009, installation; right: Linda Holland, Bridge (detail), 2009,
Gatherings captures the concepts of accumulation,
collection and dispersal. Linda Holland and Becky Holtzman present recent
sculpture and two installations created for this exhibit: Holland’s
Bridge visually extends from outdoors to indoors to connect and
juxtapose arrival and departure while abstracting life’s ephemeral
adjacencies, whether fiber, stone or creature. Holtzman’s River/Bed
features a “cultivated” plot of invasive plant species, transformed
and rooted into the frame of a family antique.
Danielle Rae Miller
August 29, 2009
Rae Miller, Big Bertha,
2008, ink on paper
An installation of dead wood tree branches from the
Bosque and light and shadow-play inside the Open Space Visitor Center.
Viewers will encounter a physical "painting" in the space around
them as the shadows of the branches move, play and mingle with their own.
2.1: New Mexico Central Edition
June 1 –
August 31, 2009
Ausherman, left,Chatter (Bond Volcano); right, Los Duendes
(Golden Open Space), 2009,
video stills from the Kammer 2.1 series
Recipient of a New Visions Award from the New Mexico Film
Office, Kammer 2.1 is an interactive video-art display that provides
nontraditional interpretations of Open Space and other public lands. Located
in the Visitor Center reception area.
Nan Simpson: Botanical Watercolors & Susan Gutt: Basketweavings of Indigenous New Mexico Flora
with Weaver's Guild
– August 27, 2009
Reception Saturday, August 1, 1-4pm
Susan Gutt, left, Standing, 2006, willow,
salt cedar, cane; right, Wave, 2008, bamboo, willow, cane
In conjunction with LAND/ART, Susan Gutt and Nan Simpson have been brought togeher to participate in Gathered and Woven hosted by the Open Space Vistor Center. These artists were selected due to the incredible sensitivity and skill they use when approaching the indigenous and exotic flora that is found in the rich state of New Mexico. These two artists often find themselves seeking out the function or art of the many plants that grow in the desert southwest.
Susan Gutt's baskets often make use of flora such as salt cedar (exotic), yerba mansa (native) and coyote willow (native). She explores the ways in which these materials may be shaped into functional and non-functional baskets. Susan approaches installation with her less functional baskets while maintaining an attitude on pure craft and beauty.
Nan Simpson's watercolor botanicals describe and educate our eye to the inherent elegance of flora that have been shaped by the desert southwest. She also introduces viewers to the traditional dye, or fiber use the Native Americans developed using this southwest flora. Flax, lupine, yucca, and buffalo gourd are just a few of the plants she skillfully reveals.
Books, Scrolls & Manuscripts
Reception Saturday, August 1, 1-4pm
This exhibition includes images from the Gathering of Waters projects,
which connect communities along the length of rivers and a selection of
carved wooden books coated with an ecological "text"; and scrolls
from the Waterborne Disease series, depicting various pathogens.
Author Lynn Cline writes, "Irland's sculpted books possess a language
of their own, a lyrical and ecological poetry that speaks volumes about
the mysteries of nature and the inextricable links between humans and
Exhibited in the Open Space Visitor Center Boardroom.
Saturday, August 1, 2pm
Artist talk with Basia
The purpose of the
Open Space Division is to acquire, protect, maintain, and manage significant
natural landscapes and cultural resources for present and future generations.
Major Public Open Space enhances the urban environment and provides wildlife
habitat while offering opportunities for public enjoyment through outdoor
education and low-impact recreation. The Visitor Center Property and Gallery
act as an educational hub for the City’s many Open Space properties.
Center is situated along the Rio Grande Bosque which includes several
miles of dirt road and single track trail extending from the Visitor Center
to the Rio Grande and through the wooded canopy of the riparian zone surrounding
the river. The Bosque itself offers a variety of alluring exotic material
such as Salt Cedar (Tamarisk), Russian Olive Tree, Elm Tree, Buffalo Gourds,
Tumble Weed, Jetty Jacks and much more.
For more information
about the City of Albuquerque Open Space visit www.cabq.gov/openspace
The Center is located on 6500 Coors Boulevard. t. 505-897-8831