July 26, 2012
Press Release - Munson Hunt "Sculpted"


July 27 - August 25, 2012

Opening Reception: Friday, August 3, 5:00-7:00 PM

David Richard Contemporary, LLC
130 Lincoln Avenue, Suite D
Santa Fe, NM 87501

David Richard Contemporary is pleased to present Sculpted, the gallery’s first solo exhibition for Munson Hunt. The exhibition features a selection of recent sculptures made of reclaimed timber and flat wood panels to which a combination of sawing, chiseling, charring and burnishing with graphite was used to create the wall reliefs and free-standing sculptures. Also featured is one of Hunt’s newest materials, glass casts of eight-foot tall timbers that have been flamed and burnished to be nearly indistinguishable from its wooden counterpart.

Hunt’s art is organic and while there is a raw and natural component, it is elegant with the reductive forms and minimal surface treatments that do not change, but enhance and reveal the inherent beauty of the wood elements. Her work is about the environment, both its history and fate. There is an aspect of reclamation because she frequently uses fallen timber, but it is more than repurposing abandoned trees, it is a celebration of the life of the tree and furthering its lifecycle in a new and urban setting. Hunt’s latest body of work is comprised of a series of fallen cottonwood trees from a Nambe ranch—of human scale and larger, hand cut, charred and burnished with graphite. In installation, the stand seems disquieting at first, yet there is a serenity and a sense of satisfaction in knowing that the beauty and life of these trees endures in this new form.

Munson Hunt has had 16 solo exhibitions and her work included in numerous group exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Denver, Dallas, Houston and Marfa, among others. Over the past 25 years, since graduating from Parson’s School of Design in New York, she has worked in sculpture and video, producing individual artworks and installations, frequently combining both media. Through recent fellowships, Hunt has explored glass as a new medium. She has produced numerous commissions and her work is included in many private collections.

David Richard Contemporary is located in downtown Santa Fe north of the historic plaza and specializes in post-war abstract art including Abstract Expressionism, Color Field, geometric, hard-edged, Op, Pop and Minimalism in a variety of media. Featuring both historic and contemporary artwork, the gallery represents many established mid to late-career 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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