August 12, 2017
Press Release - Mokha Laget "In Shape, In Color"

In Shape, In Color

September 8 through October 7, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, September 8 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM

Artist Talk: Mokha Laget
with ArtBeat Santa Fe's Kathryn M Davis
Wednesday, September 27, 2017 | 6:30 - 8:00 PM

David Richard Gallery, LLC
1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1
Santa Fe, NM 87505
(505) 983-9555

Mokha Laget In Her First Solo Exhibition with David Richard Gallery Presents New Shaped and Colorful Stained Canvases That Create Illusions of Three-Dimensional Structures Floating In Space  

David Richard Gallery is pleased to announce representation of international artist, Mokha Laget and present her first solo exhibition with the gallery, In Shape, In Color. In this current body of work, Laget pushes the interaction of color combined with shaped compositions to create the illusion of three-dimensional space. She utilizes Hans Hofmann's "push and pull” color theory and Josef Albers’ teachings on "color interactions". However, Laget then pushes it further by incorporating the extremes of color juxtapositions explored by Op Artists, such as Julian Stanczak and Richard Anuszkiewicz, to create vibrational qualities to excite the eye and add a highly retinal experience, while also leveraging the interplay of color value shifts and shaped canvases from Downing and Reed of the Washington Color School to create the sense of volume. This series of paintings is fresh and exciting with novel compositions and illusory effects that create a tension between the two-dimensional picture plane and three-dimensional space. 

In Shape, In Color will be presented September 9 through October 7, 2017 with an opening reception with the artist Saturday, September 9 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at David Richard Gallery at 1570 Pacheco Street, Suite A1, Santa Fe, NM 87505, phone: (505) 983-9555.A digital catalogue will be available online with essays by William Peterson, Art Historian and critic, Founder of ArtSpace magazine, former Associate Editor of Museum Editions at the Getty Museum and Nancy Zastudil, Owner/Director of Central Features Contemporary Art and Administrative Director of the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

About Mokha Laget:

Born in North Africa and schooled in France, then traveling internationally as an interpreter in foreign service and exhibiting her artwork around the globe has certainly informed Laget’s paintings, both in terms of composition and color palette. 

Laget studied at the Corcoran College of Fine Art in Washington, DC with Paul Reed as well as notable Washington DC artists Leon Berkowitz and Tom Green. She was also a studio assistant to Gene Davis for many years.

Living and working as a painter in Washington DC one cannot help but be influenced and inspired by the works of the founding members of the Washington Color School painters including Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring and Paul Reed. Their approach to non-objective painting explored the use of translucent colors layered on unprimed canvas to create a wide range of hues with the greatest economy of means. However, their ingenious combination of those value changes along a continuum really created the sense of volume, space and perspective with just a few colors and shaped canvas. Thus, her knowledge of the Washington Color School and technical skills run very deep, while her diverse experiences enabled her to find her own voice and a way to create a unique and fresh body of work.

Mokha Laget has exhibited internationally for the past 30 years, including in France, Spain, Japan, Italy, Canada, Egypt, England and the United States. Her work has been covered in Art in America, The New Art Examiner, The Washington Post, Art, Ltd, The New Mexican, THE magazine, Dallas Morning News, TREND Magazine, The Washington Review, and the Santafean. Her work is in the collections of the Ulrich Museum, The Museum of Geometric and Madi Art, Art in Embassies, The Artery Collection, The National Institutes of Health and included in many prominent national and international private and corporate collections.  Laget lives and works “off the grid” in her studio in the mountains of New Mexico.

About David Richard Gallery:

Since its inception the gallery has produced museum quality exhibitions that feature Post War abstraction in the US. The presentations have addressed specific decades and geographies as well as certain movements and tendencies. While the gallery has long been recognized as an important proponent of post-1960s abstraction—including both the influential pioneers as well as a younger generation of practitioners in this field— in keeping with this spirit of nurture and development the gallery presents established and very new artists who embrace more gestural and representational approaches to the making of art as well as young emerging artists.

In 2015 David Richard Gallery launched DR Projects to provide a platform for artists of all stripes—international, national, local, emerging and established—to present special solo projects or to participate in unique collaborations or thematic exhibitions. The goal is to offer a fresh look at contemporary art practice from a broad spectrum of artists and presentations.

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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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