Cultural Bytes for 6 September, 2011

- September 7, 2011

"With Minton you are always left with the sense of a mystery within a mystery, ready to be unraveled or left for you always to ponder"

This last week of the summer ending in Fiestas will find me not at Fiestas but in the cool mountains of Colorado in a cabin, absent both phone and internet service. While self-imposed, this quiet time will give me an opportunity to reflect on the many cultural offerings in Santa Fe I have experienced this summer. But, before I reminisce, let me tell you of a couple of visits to old haunts.

An un-planned, quick visit to Gaugy Gallery on Canyon Road was meant to just say, “Hi,” as I certainly know well the work of its namesake artist,  Jean Claude Gaugy. Instead, I found the gallery carrying the work of Kimo Minton, in addition to its primary artist. Known in the past mostly as a sculptor, I was pleased to see the nearly-two-dimensional work Minton is now producing. Though they both seem to share a similar technique, that of carving and painting on board panels, Gaugy and Minton move in opposite directions from that unity. The focus of Minton’s work certainly is more of another realm, in contrast to the direct expression of Jean Claude’s work. With Minton you are always left with the sense of a mystery within a mystery, ready to be unraveled or left for you always to ponder. The untitled work above and “Bird Song” from his Jazz Garden series show the complexity of the work and the mysteries they hold.

A visit to Riva Yares to see Elias Rivera’s new show took me somewhere, I had not expected to go - more on that later.


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