June 27, 2018
Rebecca Allan's abstract paintings reflect her scientific curiosity
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Rebecca Allan’s latest body of work on display at David Richard Gallery was inspired by friendships with naturalists, gardeners and painters she has met during travels in New Mexico, Kentucky, Lebanon and Norway and reflects the deep connection she feels with the landscapes in these locations.

On exhibit through July 14, with an artist talk from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on July 7, “In Voltaire’s Garden” features a series of abstract, gestural paintings on canvas, and works on paper that represent landscapes that are close to the hearts of many northern New Mexicans.

“Black Mesa with Emerald Pool” is one of Allan’s locally-inspired works. “As I thought about creating this work, I tried to grasp and understand how to communicate the vastness of Black Mesa and the surrounding area,” Allan explains about her response to the impressive mesa that looms above the Rio Grande Valley north of Santa Fe.

“I started by doing some sketches-my version of shorthand language-on location as a way to harness my vision and perception,” she continues. “Back in my studio in the Bronx, I worked on the painting by toning the canvas with warm and cool colors that approximated the colors I saw in the landscape and sky around Black Mesa.”

Allan’s paintings are rooted in the dramatic cycles of nature as well as a deep curiosity about science and the forces underlying what is observed on the surface of things. “My working process involves drawing, mixing pigments and layering color over time in response to the environment and to observed and felt experience,” she adds.

An award-winning New York-based artist who has exhibited work in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad for more than 25 years, Allan is constantly inspired by her interest in landscape ecology, botany and geology.

“I still believe that there is an essential place for the observation and translation of the landscape in our art,” she says. “This is more important now than it has ever been, as the agencies of our government that are enlisted with protecting our wild lands and waters inconceivably refute that mission.”

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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