Cultural Bytes: The 2012 Fall Art Season

- October 18, 2012

"Here We Go"

The fall art auction season at Sotheby’s, Christie’s and the other large auction houses are always seen as the start of the art world’s real season. In some ways, openings of gallery and museum shows serve the same purpose.

Here in Santa Fe, it seems to me that these players in the art and culture market tend to mount some of their best shows or, at least, their most adventuresome shows in the narrow space between the end of summer and the start of the holiday season. It might be because the weather is usually quite lovely for an art walk early Friday evening or any time of the day, all week long. It might also be that art entrepreneurs have calculated carefully what kind of visitors might be in town at different times of the year and what that particular segment of the market responds to. There is, using an example from another art form, a clear reason why the Boston Pops performs in the summer and why summer music fare is generally lighter. Whatever the reason, I am delighted when this particular time in the visual arts calendar rolls around.

There are so many great shows on tap, I will just be able to mention a mere smattering of the details of each. That said, don’t feel you have to gorge yourself on the visual delights all at once, as most shows are up for about a month. I will give you opening dates and you can figure it out from there.

Here We Go

Antonio Puri at Nüart
Antonio Puri's solo exhibition: “Centered” opens at Nüart Gallery on October 19 with an opening reception from 5 to 7p.m.

Puri's work is described as “a powerful alchemy of the elemental forces of nature.” Born in the Himalayan foothills of India, his chromatic paintings alternate between molten textures and geometric compositions. These are rich, abstract paintings, building layer upon layer of lighter notes on top of darker cords and centered with large mandalas composed of hundreds of fingerprints.

German Expressionist at A Gallery Santa Fe

The New Mexico landscapes of Heinz Emil Salloch (1908 -1985), an expressionist realist who fled Nazi Germany in 1937, will be show in "Journeys West” at A Gallery Santa Fe, a new artists’ cooperative on Marcy Street, opening November 2 at 5 p.m.

Salloch studied in Kiel and taught art in Berlin. Escaping political persecution, the artist fled to Cuba and the U.S. His crimes: teaching art to Jewish students and refusing to use the Nazi newspaper in class. Salloch settled in Maryland, but made frequent painting expeditions along the eastern seaboard and to the Southwest. His work is in the Berlin Stadt Museum and important collections in Europe and the U.S.

Known to his American friends as Henry, Salloch left a body of work that has been gaining traction in New York and Berlin. His southwestern work has never been showcased before.

Already Open

Winston Roeth at Charlotte Jackson

The paintings of Winston Roeth at Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, with their characteristic painted borders and their mutable interior colors quickly begin to speak to the viewer. Spend time with a piece, moving back and forth to experience the way color, light and shadow play and shift within it, and the whisper may very well turn into conversation.

Sitting with the living, breathing color of Roeth’s paintings, it might seem ironic when he says, “I’m not really interested in color.” What does interest him is not color problems, but rather light and pigment.

Roeth uses pure pigments in a water-based polyurethane dispersion. Over the years Roeth has worked with a plethora of pigment types and shades, from ancient traditional powders made from stone to cutting-edge colors only available because of new developments in chemistry. Each pigment has its own unique qualities, structure, and character.

Roeth has said this of his technique and his understanding of the use of pigments: “Each pigment holds knowledge, knowledge there to be revealed.” For the viewer, the materials, applied layer after layer, build in a complex, if microscopic, architecture. The way they form, the patterns they make, will determine the way light will bend and refract as it penetrates the surface. Yet they remain quite visceral.

"During the past several years I have contemplated returning to acrylics over oil," roeth says. "I have found the drying time between layers limits the explosive created energy I enjoy while in the process. This exhibit of acrylic works represents the sequential evolution of thought but with a more vigorous exuberance of raw emotion.”

Enrico Embroli at McLarry Modern
New works from 2012 by Enrico Embroli are showing at McLarry Modern. Embroli uses multiple layers of color, rich textural surfaces, vigorous scratches and migrating brushstrokes that dance across the surface, as all interact to create new visual rhythms in these vibrant paintings.

In his own words, Embroli invites the viewer to "look closer and deeper. Enjoy the experience of these works in the realm of your own consciousness."

Just this weekend
Live art returns to McLarry Modern this Friday through Sunday. Painter Cody Hooper and sculptor Mark Edward Adams will both be working live in the gallery. Each artist will be giving demonstrations and unveiling new work.