The Seven Deadly Sins at Vivo and Three Solo Shows at Zane Bennett

- April 11, 2012

“I feel guilty already…”

The Seven Deadly Sins at Vivo Contemporary

I always thought that The Seven Deadly Sins only referred to a theater piece by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht, until I realized that the list was a very ancient concept and I was guilty of each of the items on the list on more occasions than I care to admit.

That said, a new show at Vivo Contemporary gives a modern connotation to this infamous list in a very compelling show.

In “The Seven Deadly Sins” at Vivo Contemporary, Pride, Envy, Anger, Sloth, Greed, Gluttony and Lust provide the inspiration for new works by Paul Biagi, Ro Calhoun, George Duncan, Patricia Pearce, Jane Rosemont and Russell Thurston. In paintings, photography, encaustic, sculpture and mixed-media, these six lively artists take on the sinful Gang of Seven and interpret their modern contexts. This is a show about ancient sins that still reverberate through contemporary culture and a must-see, early-summer event sure to be the ‘envy’ of the art community.

The show opens on April 25 and runs through June 19, with an opening reception on Friday, April 27 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Watercolors, Glass Sculpture and Mixed Media Photographs at Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Three solo shows will open on Friday, May 25 at Zane Bennett:  Matthew Mullins’ large scale watercolors of spaces that are associated with human endeavor and curiosity, Mary Shaffer’s glass sculpture capturing the essence of light and Tony Soulie’s mixed media photographs of American cities.

Painter Matthew Troy Mullins says this of his work: “Most of the paintings in this show are about artifacts and our personal and societal urges to keep them and create them. They are about creating and saving artifacts for the possibility of connecting with another person when we are no longer here.”

Glass artist Mary Shaffer’s fascination with light is the most enduring of all her concerns. Her glass sculptures are supported by solid metal symbols on which glass panels balance, often on edge and away from the wall. Light is caught in the bowl of the glass and moves through it, creating patterns on the wall.

French artist Tony Soulié works as a painter, photographer, installation artist and writer. He paints abstract pieces with an instinctual brushstroke, and uses his numerous travels as inspiration.

The shows open on Friday, May 25 and continue through June 22, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, May 25 at the gallery, on South Guadalupe Street, across from the Santa Fe rail station, to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk.