September 16, 2012
Press Release - Fred Eversley "Light Lens"

Light Lens

September 28 — November 3, 2012

Opening reception: Friday, September 28, 5:00-7:00 PM

David Richard Gallery
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501 p 505-983-9555

Fred Eversley, one of the important Light and Space artists from Los Angeles who, along with his contemporaries DeWain Valentine and Peter Alexander, works with cast resin to explore the limits of visual perception. Energy and kinetics are at the core of Eversley’s art and sculptures. It is more about the energy and movement of the viewing space in relation to the viewer than the physicality of the objects themselves. Eversley’s sculptures are based upon the geometry of the parabola—whether he is using translucent or reflective materials—whereby the intrinsic concave surfaces dictate the physical properties and resulting optical effects, bending and distorting the view of whatever is on the other side. The translucent polyester resin concentrates color in the thickest portion and creates a color gradient that further redefines the space and expands the viewer’s perception. Light Lens is the gallery’s first solo exhibition for Eversley and will feature a selection of his sculptures in polyester and bronze, including a wall piece, and his well known “cathedrals”, “lenses” and “slices.”

Eversley’s sculptures were recently featured in the Getty Museum’s Pacific Standard Time exhibition, Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles 1960-1980 at the Hammer Museum, Places of Validation, Art & Progression at the California African American Museum and Pacific Standard Time / Berlin at the Martin-Gropius-Bau in Berlin. In spring, 2013 his art will also be featured in Luminous! Dynamic! Space and Vision in Art, from Today back to 1913 at the Réunion des Musées Nationaux-Grand Palais. Fred Eversley’s work has been featured at over 200 exhibitions at prestigious museums, galleries and art festivals worldwide. He was appointed as Artist-in-Residence at the Smithsonian Institute in 1977, and for three years, he had a studio at the National Air and Space Museum. His art is in the permanent collection of 35 museums (including the Whitney and Guggenheim) and he has executed 20 large public artwork commissions. Eversley was honored with the “Lorenzo di Medici” 1st prize for sculpture at the 2001Biennale Internazionale Dell’ Arte Contemporanea di Firenze in Florence, Italy. He has lived and worked in Venice Beach, California since the 1960s.

David Richard Gallery is located in the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District and specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric, hard-edge, Op, Pop, Minimalism and conceptualism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established artists who were part of important art historical movements and tendencies that occurred during the 1950s through the 1980s on both the east and west coasts. The gallery also represents artist estates, emerging artists and offers secondary market works.

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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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