November 11, 2012
Press Release - Gabriele Evertz "Optic Drive"

Optic Drive

November 9—December 22, 2012

Artist reception: Friday, November 16, 5:00-7:00 PM

David Richard Gallery
Railyard Arts District
544 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
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David Richard Gallery is pleased to present Optic Drive, an exhibition of paintings by Gabriele Evertz and the gallery’s first solo exhibition for the New York-based artist.

The paintings of Gabriele Evertz are comprised of precise stripes and subtle diagonal lines of color, in varying combinations from fully saturated to a range of values, organized in spatial relationships and patterns that explore the sensations and phenomenological aspects of color. As an abstract painter, her process minimizes strong figure-ground relationships and complex compositions so that the viewer can focus purely on the color and its impact on their perceptions and interpretations, triggering their own memories, emotions and feelings. This exhibition focuses on a new body of work, The Black Room, produced in 2012, in which Evertz explores a greater use of gray—a wide range of mixtures of black and white—that predominates the canvases and prefigures something serene and contemplative, which is indeed the experience one feels when viewing the large—60 x 60 inch square—paintings of the rhythmically patterned and angled values of gray regularly interrupted by only thin columns of saturated hues. The grays are luminous and provide a sensuous and seductive quality to these large paintings. The exhibition also features a selection of recent paintings from earlier series that are comprised largely of the hues of the color spectrum.

Gabriele Evertz is a member of the American Abstract Artists and key member of the Hunter College Color School. She was born in Berlin, Germany and moved to the US as a teenager. She studied at Hunter College in New York City, where she now teaches painting. Her paintings have been included in many international museum and gallery exhibitions. Evertz’s works are in the permanent collections of many museums, including: Brooklyn Museum, NY, The Columbus Museum of Art, OH, Harvard University Museum, MA, Hallmark Collections, KS, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, Museum of Modern Art, NY, New Jersey State Museum, NJ, Parrish Art Museum, NY, Princeton University Library, NJ, Ulrich Museum, KS, Whitney Museum of Art, NY, The British Museum, London, England, Karl Ernst Osthaus-Museum, Hagen, Germany, Stiftung für Konstruktive und Konkrete Kunst, Zurich, Switzerland, Wilhelm Mack Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany, among others.

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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