August 9, 2011
Santa Fe Reporter, 08/09/2011

Santa Fe Reporter, 08/09/2011

Thirty years is a long time for any couple to stay together, but the feat is always more impressive when they are also creative collaborators. For Paris-based artistic duo Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg, personal history carries metaphorical weight in Journey in a Life Boat, which opens at David Richard Contemporary on the eve of a major retrospective of their work in Switzerland.

DRC Director David Eichholtz considers this current body of work a culmination of the couple’s art so far. Baldwin and Guggisberg’s specialty is crafting colorful boats and their attendant cargo (such as bottles or egg-like objects) out of glass, metal, sand and wood.

“[Journey is] really about the concept of the boat as a metaphor for life and life’s journey,” Eichholtz says. In assembling these objects, the couple employs the Swedish technique (layering multiple sheets of glass) and the Italian battuto technique (cutting into the glass). Increased use of the Italian method has made a major impact on how the pair conceptualizes its work.

“In cutting through that, [battuto] is a way of revealing part of ourselves because now we’re able to look in and through those colors and layers,” Eichholtz says. Although the jury’s out on the vessels’ real-life seaworthiness, they still make for gorgeous representations.

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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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