Harwood Art Center’s April exhibitions feature the collaborative conceptual artwork of the Lovegomerys (Jessamyn Lovell, Lee Montgomery and Rudy Montgomery) along with a retrospective exhibition of Leo Neufeld’s portrait and landscape paintings. Both opening April 7. Stand—The Lovegomerys, seeks ways to deliberately intersect art and commerce in a critically meaningful way. They built lemonade stands inside the gallery and created works that can be dispensed by a vending machine there. The First 50 Years: Leo Neufeld, presents a glimpse into Leo Neufeld’s career and relationship with art. Throughout his creative journey, Neufeld’s masterful skill and passion for aesthetics is evident. Whether painting commissioned portraits, commemorative works, or New Mexican and Californian landscapes en plein air, his works radiate beauty and exuberance. Details at harwoodartcenter.org.
Head downtown to see the latest from 516 ARTS, a botanical mural by Pastel from Argentina. The first is on the side of the Sanitary Tortilla Factory at Fourth and Second St. SW. The second is at Fifth and Second Street NW, the Tower Building. Both are by renowned artist Francisco Díaz (aka Pastel) and serve as a preview for Cross Pollination, an exhibition at 516 ARTS and series of programs around the city later this year about bees and other pollinators and their role in the world’s food supply. Albuquerque is a great place for mural art around the city, and these just add to the wonder.
Page Coleman Gallery opens Back To Earth April 21, a new exhibition by Esteban Ismael Duran and Dan Geist. Duran scours the alleys, dumpsters and other peoples’ yards to find old, weathered wood furniture. Back in his studio, he creates wall sculptures composed of various wood pieces. Geist explores the beauty of the Southwestern landscape in his platinum and silver prints. Both artists interpret the earth in very different ways but both are connected by their reverence of it, and have gone full circle in their creative processes before returning Back To Earth. Details at pagecoleman.com.
Strangers Collective opens NO LAND, a cutting edge art space located in the heart of the City Different, the Santa Fe Plaza, featuring solo and small group exhibitions by artists, writers and performers, and also hosts collaborative events with other local creatives. The first exhibition in the space will be Ya Veo, a solo exhibition of new media by local artist Marcus Zúñiga. Dedicated to those ready to take the next step in their careers, NO LAND gives artists the opportunity to develop and show full-fledged bodies of work. NO LAND will also house a permanent zine library and merchandise store of affordably priced items. More at strangersartcollective.com.
City of Mud gallery marks the opening of Illustrated! Masters of Graphic Novel Art, April 7. Nationally recognized professional illustrators will show and sell publication-related art along with their personal fine art. Several of the featured artists will be in attendance for the opening and will be available to autograph books and original art. A costume contest will add to the festivity. The exhibition is curated by gallery partner Jamie Chase, whose career as both fine-art painter and graphic novel illustrator motivated him to explore the permeable boundary between these genres in the setting of a group show. Artists include George Pratt, Bill Sienkiewicz, William Wray, Scott Hampton, Bruce Jones, Kyle Baker, Andy Kuhn and Chase. Info at cityofmud.com.
The annual Easter exhibition of historic and contemporary artworks depicting the missions and moradas of New Mexico, with prints, paintings, drawings and photography is at William R. Talbot Fine Art, Antique Maps & Prints April 1-29. The missions of New Mexico have been a favorite subject of artists since early 20th century modernists were drawn to this storied land. Their captivating images of mission churches endure as icons of New Mexico in the public memory at large. Artists include Kenneth Adams, Morris Blackburn, Charles M. Capps, Lorenzo Chavez, William Dickerson, Gene Kloss, Bertha Landers, Lucille Leggett, Ralph M. Pearson, Leon Pescheret, Theo White, Brooks Willis and Fred Yost. Details at williamtalbot.com.
Come to the inaugural opening of Studio 238 April 9 at the Harwood Museum, featuring the works of Anthony Hassett: Last Evenings on Earth. Hassett’s life has been an unceasing and courageous half-century of philosophical inquiry, civil disobedience, defiance of existing socio-political structures, flagrant rebellion and pursuit of the Real, of which his many ink, marker and glaze drawings, which combine Hassett’s powerful poetic voice with his equally powerful renderer’s hand, reflect. Studio 238 is a small portable gallery/alcove space built to showcase community-based art events, and featuring work by contemporary local artists at various stages of their careers. More at harwoodmuseum.org.
Through May 11, see From Pen to Paint by Ken O’Neil at Taos Center for the Arts. The artist says of his work, “My goal is to paint images that can exist in two worlds, the ancient and the modern. What leads me to this path is my fascination for the art of those who have gone before me, including those who used cave walls for their canvas; a woven textile filled with symbology; petroglyphs and pictographs; finely textured and structured stone walls and statues. Maybe theirs was an adventure into an unknown world also. Did they take risks? One thing they seemed to have in common was the simple expression of a complex thought. I feel a kinship with them.”
by Kelly Koepke