Night of the Arts - Three Solo Shows
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Night of the Arts at South Broadway Cultural Center showcases work from three artists Exhibits on display beginning June 21 ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Three solo shows will soon be on exhibit in the South Broadway Cultural Center Art Gallery. An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, June 21 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Works by Joyce Shupes, Sterling Van Deren Coke and Maria Ross will be on display through Wednesday, August 2.
Joyce Shupes did her undergraduate studies at both the Art Institute of Boston and Massachusetts College of Art. Her graduate work was done at The Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in New York, where she entered as a figurative painter but left as an abstract painter and teacher. Shupes' teaching appointments include Northeastern University in Boston, Burlington College and the Chittendon County Correctional Facility in Vermont. In Albuquerque she has taught at the Harwood Art Center, New Grounds Print Workshop and privately. Her work has been shown in Massachusetts, New York, California, Washington, D.C., Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
Shupes' "The Dying of the Light" was borrowed from the Dylan Thomas poem "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," in which he was referring to human mortality and the inevitable end to one's life.
"I refer to the environmental impact of climate change and the danger it presents to this planet, our home," Shupe said. "With awareness and action this potentially disastrous situation can be reversed and with that in mind the light in the paintings may be seen as a 'glimmer of hope.'"
Sterling Van Deren Coke is drawn to those photographers who worked in the first half of the 20th century, particularly the time between the world wars. Bresson, Doisneau, Lange, Evans and Frank are but a few of those. They captured images at a time when photographs were viewed very differently than they are now.
"I see photography as a cousin to other graphic processes, such as lithography and etching," Van Deren Coke said. "I like the way that pigment is married to the paper to produce the image. Since my background is in both art and computer software, I work within the intersection of these two disciplines."
Van Deren Coke received his B.F.A. in art history and his M.A. in sculpture from UNM. His focus is split between photographs of people in public (street photography), photographs of human doppelgänger, avatars and icons, and photographs of chance graffiti collages. Each avenue is designed to record some aspect of the human condition that is both obvious and obscure.
"Invisible" by Maria Ross Maria Ross made the transition from painting to sculpture about four years ago. She considers her mixed media work to be sculptural painting. Organic in nature and often in content, each piece is directly influenced by the natural and architectural forms that surround her. Ross melds organic materials with inorganic, blurring the line between natural growth and premeditated construction.
Ross studied foreign languages and architecture at Yale University where she earned her B.A. and received her M.F.A. in painting from UNM. She has worked as a French, math and English tutor since 1995 and prior to that was as a drafts person for an architectural studio in New York.
A screening of the documentary Next: A Primer on Urban Graffiti will follow the opening reception at 8 p.m. in the John Lewis Auditorium. The film is an exploration of graffiti as a worldwide cultural phenomenon. Exploring the art form in nine countries including the U.S., Canada, France, Holland, Germany, England, Spain, Japan and Brazil. It celebrates the dynamism and creative brilliance of this extremely influential artistic movement.
Music by Pawn Drive 6:00pm - 7:30pm
"Rooted in the world of Folk and Americana with a dusting of grit und drang"...
Pawn Drive's influences range from The Flying Burrito Brothers to Iggy Pop, Muddy Waters to Ramon Ayala, Tom Waits to Camper Van Beethoven, and Beethoven to The Minuteman and Hank Williams.
“Rising like a stoned phoenix out of its own ashes, the new Pawn Drive outdoes its predecessors with dependably beautiful, off-kilter, slide-heavy noodling weirdness in the vein of early Fugs/Holy Modal Rounders recordings.”
–Weekly Alibi, July 2013
Pawn Drive member resumés also include associations with ABQ seminal folk/rock groups.. The Ant Farmers, Dim Bulb, Rudy, Tiny Little Help, The Handsome Family, and Next Three Miles.
"..the work of Pawn Drive has a chattering, almost ghostly ring to it, as if Darrell Sparks and his outfit are sitting in an extra-large automobile noisily navigating towards a railroad crossing maelstrom whose existence has been beautifully implied..."
-August March, Nov. 2016
Pawn Drive plays mostly abstract-expressionistic acoustic Originals; all 5 members compose songs and sing them. Combined with an arsenal of unusual/altered Covers, the Pawns are striving to make a difference in the flavor of the Modern Alternative-Country-Folk-Hipster-Americana-- Genre.
- Jason "Mando" Fink- Mandolin
- Greg "LB" Hansen- Dobro/Resonator Guitars
- David "Bee" McChesney- Main Guitar
- Darrell "Fish" Sparks- Banjo/guitar
- Tony "Tone" Watkins- Bass Violin
Followed by a movie 8pm "Next: A Primer on Urban Painting"
A Documentary film about graffiti –based art in nine different countries.
Discussions with artists and other subculture elements of street art and the emerging Art scene.
Night of the Arts is free. More information about South Broadway Cultural Center can be found at www.cabq.gov/sbcc.