Wednesday, July 5, 2017

News: Recent Press with Vasari 21




And now on to the latest from our growing roster of awesomely talented members.

Mariette Patricia Leis co-curated and is taking part in a show called “Illuminexus” at April Price Projects Gallery in Suite G at the Hyatt Hotel in Albuquerque, NM (through August 31). The show features a diversity of aesthetic sensibilities among the three artists—besides Leis the exhibition includes Edwina Hawley Milner and Mayumi Nishida (also a Vasari21 member)—and explores “a simultaneous common fascination with color and light,” says Leis, whose paintings stem from a residency in Iceland. She adds that her “works find inspiration in the contrast between hours of winter darkness and the splendid display of Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights.” Below is Ascension 6 (2016), 20 inches in diameter, oil on canva
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For the full page: from Vasari 21

April Price Projects Gallery
201 Third Street NW
Suite G, Hyatt Regency Hotel Lobby
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Ph- 505-573-0895

Hours: 12:30 to 5:30 Wed. -Sat. or by appointment
Courtesy parking in the Hyatt Garage on Copper St.

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News: Review by Wesley Pulkka / For The Journal

Exhibit brings together four local artists in cohesive works








ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — At the end of every episode of “The A-Team,” Hannibal Smith, played by George Peppard, would light his cigar and say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”
I don’t know if gallery owner April Price and artists Jon Carver, Marietta Patricia Leis, Edwina Hawley Milner and Mayumi Nishida lit one up after finishing the installation of “Illuminexus,” a collaborative exhibition, but they certainly earned a good smoke.
The show grew out of a conversation between Leis and Price regarding the possibilities of cross-pollination between Santa Fe and Albuquerque artists. The result is a powerful show with a variety of divergent sensibilities coming together with a surprising coherence of creative intent.
Though wildly different in some respects the four artists complement each other’s work.

“Ascension” by Marietta Patricia Leis.
The largest and most complex piece is “Plenum” a multilayered mobile and true collaboration between longtime New Mexico arts writer and artist Carver and his wife, Nishida. The piece is made up of transparent and translucent circular discs tied together with and hanging from clear nylon fishing line.
Each painstakingly constructed and designed acetate disc – ranging from 6 to 16 inches in diameter – is a unique part of the whole narrative consisting of a range of silk screened and hand-painted images, including cats, birds, furniture, mandalas and small vignette-like scenes from a stage play. The piece has great street cred, with its first 2013 iteration having been shown at Gallery Zone, an artist-run art space in Japan.
Like Dan Aykroyd in “Ghostbusters” who inappropriately thought of the Marshmallow Man at the very wrong moment, my first thought on viewing “Plenum” from a distance was Lawrence Welk’s champagne bubble intro.
It might not have been a bad thought if Welk and his gaggle of songbirds, musicians and accordion players could knock out a credible rendition of Igor Stravinsky’s “Firebird Suite” but they probably could not. So I apologize to “Plenum” and its makers.
In “The Big Question,” Carver has buried words that ask the viewer to consider the nature of life. The high-energy composition is reminiscent of some Hindu stone temples that are so elaborately embellished with carvings that they seem to be melting in the sunlight and come close to turning into pure sound.

“Nocturne in Glass” by Mayumi Nishida.
Nishida offers an inverted silk-and-wood pyramid and several light-catching panels that move and vibrate as the viewer passes by. My favorite among those is “Nocturne in Glass” a deep-blue composition brimming with geometric ghost forms.
Leis, the only Albuquerque artist in the gang, is a perennial minimalist with a penchant for romantic ambiance. While on an artist winter residency in Iceland, she had a love affair with the all-pervasive darkness of winter.
During that winter, Leis produced beautifully dark but not foreboding images titled the “Ascension Series” that exude greenish-blue light from within.
Her paintings’ light comes from deep within the composition as if filtered through the densely poetic atmosphere of an Icelandic winter’s eve.

“Klimpt Collage” by Edwina Hawley Milner.
Without having to lift her brush to canvas, Milner has had an enormous positive impact on the arts of New Mexico through her involvement with the Women in the Arts Museum in Washington, D.C., and her contributing efforts on behalf of the New Mexico chapter of Women in the Arts.
She’s a heck of a painter and collage artist on top of it all. Gustave Klimpt and his unbridled celebration of Art Nouveau aesthetic tenets are an unapologetic inspiration for Milner, who freely applies gold leaf to large abstract compositions that heat up the gallery with bold hot colors and mural scale diptych and triptych formats.
With titles like “Pathway to Paradise,” “Dancing Round-a-bout” and “Passing Crossroads,” Milner is an artist on the move. Her paintings are bold and well-executed.
For a variety of reasons and changes in her life, Milner’s newest series is titled “The Klimpt Collages” from which she selected eight little honeys for this exhibit. My favorite is a young lady in profile surrounded by flower blossoms. Though a collage the piece retains a true painterly look and feeling.
This is a do not miss experience.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Illuminexus Exhibition Installation



illuminexus
Jon Carver, Marietta Patricia Leis, 
Edwina Hawley Milner and Mayumi Nishida  
June 17-August 31, 2017
Installation Photos
photo credit: David Vogel
April Price Projects Gallery is pleased to announce, illuminexus a visual art exhibition of four artists featuring a confluence of diverse aesthetic sensibilities that find commonality in a fascination with light and color.  iIlluminexus transcribes the circle of light that brings us together.

Exhibiting Artists:
Marietta Patricia Leis: http://www.mariettaleis.com/
Edwina Hawley Milner: www.edwinamilner.com/artwork.html














 


















  Marietta Patricia Leis will present her series of abstract paintings sourced from her time at the Gullkistan Artist Residency in Iceland. These works find inspiration in the contrast between hours of winter darkness, and the splendid display of Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Leis is a multimedia Albuquerque artist of international repute.

 Edwina Hawley Milner applies metal leaf to brilliantly hued paintings, based upon natural forms and organic abstraction. Her work evokes late Byzantine minimalism and the Japanese tradition of kintsugi, in which broken pottery is repaired with gold. Milner lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and was instrumental in founding the NM State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
 Mayumi Nishida is an installation artist with a particular focus on light, and interactive spaces. In her Inverted Pyramid pieces she employs silk, Japan’s first industrial material, to build light capturing structures that question hierarchy.  Plenum, originally exhibited in Osaka, Japan is an evolving collaboration with her husband, Jon Carver combining silkscreen imagery, iridescent transparency, and optical illusion. The couple lives in Lamy, NM.
April Price Projects Gallery
201 Third Street NW
Suite G, Hyatt Regency Hotel Lobby
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Ph- 505-573-0895

Hours: 12:30 to 5:30 Wed. -Sat. or by appointment
Courtesy parking in the Hyatt Garage on Copper St.

april.designstudionm@gmail.com        
http://aprilpriceprojectsgallery.blogspot.com


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Illuminexus

illuminexus
Jon Carver, Marietta Patricia Leis, 
Edwina Hawley Milner and Mayumi Nishida  
June 17-August 31, 2017
Artist Reception: Saturday, June 17, 5-8pm





April Price Projects Gallery is pleased to announce, illuminexus a visual art exhibition of four artists featuring a confluence of diverse aesthetic sensibilities that find commonality in a fascination with light and color.  iIlluminexus transcribes the circle of light that brings us together.
  Marietta Patricia Leis will present her series of abstract paintings sourced from her time at the Gullkistan Artist Residency in Iceland. These works find inspiration in the contrast between hours of winter darkness, and the splendid display of Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Leis is a multimedia Albuquerque artist of international repute.

 Edwina Hawley Milner applies metal leaf to brilliantly hued paintings, based upon natural forms and organic abstraction. Her work evokes late Byzantine minimalism and the Japanese tradition of kintsugi, in which broken pottery is repaired with gold. Milner lives and works in Santa Fe, NM and was instrumental in founding the NM State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.
 Mayumi Nishida is an installation artist with a particular focus on light, and interactive spaces. In her Inverted Pyramid pieces she employs silk, Japan’s first industrial material, to build light capturing structures that question hierarchy.  Plenum, originally exhibited in Osaka, Japan is an evolving collaboration with her husband, Jon Carver combining silkscreen imagery, iridescent transparency, and optical illusion. The couple lives in Lamy, NM.

Artists' Websites:
Marietta Patricia Leis: http://www.mariettaleis.com/
Edwina Hawley Milner: www.edwinamilner.com/artwork.html

April Price Projects Gallery
201 Third Street NW
Suite G, Hyatt Regency Hotel Lobby
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Ph- 505-573-0895

Hours: 12:30 to 5:30 Wed. -Sat. or by appointment
Courtesy parking in the Hyatt Garage on Copper St.

april.designstudionm@gmail.com        
http://aprilpriceprojectsgallery.blogspot.com

Mayumi Nishida and Jon Carver
"Plenum" Approximate 8' x 8', Mixed media


detail: Mayumi Nishida and Jon Carver
"Plenum" Approximate 8' x 8', Mixed media
Marietta Patricia Leis, Ascension 9, oil/canvas, 12 x 12 in.

Marietta Patricia Leis, Ascension 6, oil/board, 20" diameter

Marietta Patricia Leis, Ascension 9, oil/canvas, 12 x 12 in.


Edwina Hawley Milner, "This Is Your Life" gold leaf & acrylic on canvas, 18" x 18" (each panel)

Edwina Hawley Milner, "Evening Path" gold leaf & acrylic on canvas, 24" x 20" (each panel)

Edwina Hawley Milner, "Almost Touching" gold leaf & acrylic on canvas, 20" x 18"









Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mary Ann Strandell : The meme Salon



Mary Ann Strandell
The meme Salon

May 30 to June 11, 2017

First Friday Reception: June 2,  5-8pm

Fragonard’s Curve, acrylic on pigment print, 60x60", 2017











April Price Project Gallery is pleased to present The meme Salon, a pop-up gallery expose by artist Mary Ann Strandell that explores the ideas of decentralized “place”.  Strandell considers historic artifacts and Period Rooms, along with real-time landscape renderings into collapsable and transferrable situations that denote place and algorithmic patterns, and vernacular architecture.  The meme Salon expose presents a series of works that combine visual languages of digital media and analogue paintings. Some of these works 
specifically imbed large scale images within the hyperspace constructions of 3D Lenticular Print Media. Other works include Strandell’s "Outdoor Studio" work done on site in the canyons of New Mexico.

In celebration of Strandell’s recent acquisition to the permanent collection of NMSU by New Mexico Arts; along with her recent artist-in-residency at The Menaul School, Albuquerque, and with her upcoming inclusion in the international Currents New Media 2017, Sante Fe, (June 9th -25th) we invite you to

join us for a First Friday ARTScrawl, June 2nd, from 5:00 to 8:00pm.

Mary Ann Strandell's web site

April Price Projects Gallery
201 Third Street NW
Suite G, Hyatt Regency Hotel Lobby
Albuquerque, NM 87102
Ph- 505-573-0895

Hours: 12:30 to 5:30 Wed. -Sat. or by appointment
Courtesy parking in the Hyatt Garage on Copper St.

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Mary Ann Strandell, Hudson Yard_Kimono II, pigment print, 60x40", 2017
Mary Ann Strandell, Over Sandia, oil on paper, 14x12, 2017

Mary Ann Strandell, Lemon Tree Getty, graphite and acrylic on pigment print, 55x34", 2016


Mary Ann Strandell, Pink Trestle with Orange, oil on 3d Lenticular, 38x32', 2017
Mary Ann Strandell, Wave Warp, 3d Lenticular, 28x24", 2014

Mary Ann Strandell, Storm at Rio Gorge, oil on paper, 29x40", 2016
Mary Ann Strandell, Garden Faust, 40x32", 3D lenticular media 2017

Mary Ann Strandell, Tree with Transit Skew, acrylic on pigment print, 55x34", 2016



Monday, May 22, 2017

New Mexico Arts: Recent Acquisition to the Permanent Collection, NMSU

Gallery News: April Price Projects Gallery is pleased to announce
the recent acquisition of Patterned Algorithm Interior, by Mary Ann Strandell
to the permanent collection of New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.
The purchase was made possible by New Mexico Arts,  a state arts agency
and a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs.
Mary Ann Strandell, Patterned Algorithm Interior, 94”x 76” (framed)
Paint on 3D Lenticular Print, 2016. Permanent Collection of NMSU, Las Cruces 



























Mary Ann Strandell’s artwork Patterned Algorithm Interior, combines both abstraction
and realism. Her abstract wave patterns are the back-drop for her hand rendered acrylic
painting of the historical Period Room, The Fragonard Room within the Frick Museum
in NY.  This artwork is a continuation of her interest in ideas of decentralized place.  Strandell uses historic image artifacts, along with real-time landscape renderings as collapsable and transferrable situations, through images of nature and architecture. Patterned Algorithm Interior is made from high tech and low tech materials, which include traditional painting, archival printing, three software programs and a 3D lenticular optical lens fabrication.Strandell first began the artwork by painting in nature, from observation, a water-scape in the Rio Grande Gorge  north of Taos, NM.

April Price Projects Gallery
201 Third Street NW
Suite G, Hyatt Regency Hotel Lobby
    Albuquerque, NM 87102

Hours: 12:30 to 5:30 Wednesday -Saturday or by appointment.
Courtesy parking in the Hyatt Garage on Copper Street
Ph- 505-573-0895
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Friday, April 28, 2017

Studio She on KRQE - TV News 13 & Fox New Mexico

"New Mexico women artists unite in gallery showing"

Studio She on KRQE - TV News 13 & Fox New Mexico

Link: David J. Romero interviews Studio She at April Price Projects Gallery

Studio She Exhibition
April 1 to May 31, 2017

KRQE David J. Romero at APPG for Studio She. Artwork:
Stephanie Lerma, Hot Flash, handmade paper, watercolor, linen

Studio She Collective at April Price Projects Gallery. Artists:
Nina Fonoroff, Stephanie Lerma, Sharon Schwartzman
Linda Mae Tratechaud, Shawn Turung

April Price Projects Gallery
201 Third Street NW 
Suite GHyatt Regency Hotel Lobby
    Albuquerque, NM 87102 

Hours: 12:30 to 5:30 Wednesday -Saturday or by appointment.
Courtesy parking in the Hyatt Garage on Copper Street
Ph- 505-573-0895


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