Vis­ual deca­dence

Gal­leries down­town and on Canyon Road open their doors

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - I Michael Abatemarco The New Mex­i­can de­tails 18th an­nual ARTfeast Ed­i­ble Art Tour, pre­sented by ARTs­mart Fri­day, June 12, down­town gal­leries; Satur­day, June 13, Canyon Road gal­leries, 5-8 p.m. both nights; sum­mer-ed­ibl

CHANCES ARE you won’t be eat­ing Twinkies, Host­ess Cup­Cakes, or a stack of pancakes slathered with but­ter and lib­er­ally doused with Aunt Jemima syrup dur­ing ARTs­mart’s an­nual Ed­i­ble Art Tour, which takes place on Fri­day, June 12, and Satur­day, June 13. You prob­a­bly won’t be get­ting any crispy ba­con, ei­ther (sorry). The restau­rants and cater­ers paired with down­town and Canyon Road gal­leries for the event of­fer higher cal­iber cui­sine than that, the point be­ing that gourmet food and art go hand in hand. Art, how­ever, isn’t nec­es­sar­ily food, at least not of the ed­i­ble va­ri­ety — food for thought and food that nour­ishes spirit and soul is an­other mat­ter. But food and drink have been a sub­ject for art for thou­sands of years, whether it’s pre­his­toric de­pic­tions of bi­son at Les Trois Frères in France; goblets of wine in the art of the an­cient civ­i­liza­tions of Assyria, Per­sia, and Egypt; or juicy pomegranates in the still lifes of Dutch Masters. Con­tem­po­rary artist Pat Hobaugh, one of the fea­tured gallery artists at Canyon Road Con­tem­po­rary dur­ing the event, con­tin­ues the still-life tra­di­tion but with a twist. The flo­ral ar­range­ments, cakes, and bowls of fruit so typ­i­cal of the genre are mostly gone from his com­po­si­tions, re­placed with items such as plas­tic ac­tion fig­ures, a Mr. Potato Head, and, yes, Twinkies, cup­cakes, pancakes, and ba­con. “A lot of the ob­jects used in the still lifes are from my own child­hood, such as He-Man, Star Wars fig­ures, army men, etcetera,” Hobaugh told Pasatiempo. “Con­sumerism is the over­all blan­ket on the work and how we de­fine our­selves through what we own or the movies we see or the politi­cians we elect. So, there is that con­nec­tion with the junk food/sweets I show and the ac­tion fig­ures with re­gard to mar­ket­ing to­wards kids and try­ing to form life­long habits for things not nec­es­sar­ily good for us.”

Hobaugh’s still lifes are rife with pop cul­ture ref­er­ences, many of them de­rived from the films and tele­vi­sion shows that were a part of his youth. “Also, part of the paint­ings deal with gen­er­a­tional dif­fer­ences, so I of­ten have two or three rep­re­sen­ta­tions of the same char­ac­ter/ob­ject from dif­fer­ent time pe­ri­ods. For ex­am­ple, I have 1970s, ’80s, and 2000s ver­sions of the Lone Ranger, Su­per­man, and Star Wars ac­tion fig­ures. I’ll put those char­ac­ters in con­flict with one an­other in a paint­ing, ba­si­cally to show the strug­gle with grow­ing old and not want­ing to hand the reins over to the next gen­er­a­tion.” Hobaugh’s grand­mother was a still-life painter and he’s al­ways been at­tracted to the genre, even though, in the hi­er­ar­chy of paint­ing in art his­tory, as he ex­plained, “His­tory paint­ing is at the top and still lifes are at the bot­tom, and it’s still that way to some ex­tent since still lifes are the first thing you paint in a paint­ing class and then peo­ple want to ‘move on to some­thing bet­ter.’ ”

Canyon Road Con­tem­po­rary par­tic­i­pates in the Ed­i­ble Art Tour on Satur­day evening, where the fo­cus is on the gal­leries along the his­toric art route (down­town gal­leries are fea­tured on Fri­day night.). If you go, you may want to fol­low the map, avail­able from ARTs­mart New Mex­ico’s web­site (www.artfeast. org/artfeast-events/sum­mer-ed­i­ble-art-tour/), along with a list of gallery/restau­rant pair­ings. If you’re not usu­ally a gallery trip­per, the tour is a ter­rific way to in­tro­duce your­self to two of Santa Fe’s most vi­brant art scenes. Not ev­ery work of art you’ll see is foodthemed, but among them are porce­lain works by Heidi Loewen, who cre­ates ob­jects such as ap­ples and fried eggs. Loewen’s Porce­lain Gallery and School is open for the first night of sampling. Her work is com­ple­mented by se­lec­tions from the Swiss Bak­ery Pastries and Bistro. La­cuna Gallery, an­other Fri­day night venue, presents tra­di­tional still lifes by An­thony Ry­der, ab­stract com­po­si­tions by Pi­etro Pic­coli, and Marc Es­teve’s hy­per­re­al­ist paint­ings of still lifes­cum-seascapes, where boun­ti­ful spreads are ar­ranged on ta­bles by a rocky shore­line. Es­teve’s Ex­trav­a­gant

Af­fair even has the req­ui­site pomegranates, along with a bowl of grapes, cof­fee cup, and saucer. La­cuna is part­nered with Wal­ter Burke Cater­ing. Vis­i­tors can see the gallery’s cur­rent ex­hibit Wave­lengths, a three­p­er­son show of works by San­dra Du­ran Wil­son, Phil Licht­en­han, and Car­los Carulo.

Food might be the temp­ta­tion to at­tend, but be pre­pared to en­counter art that ranges across all medi­ums and gen­res. At the Owings Gallery, which fo­cuses on 19th- and 20th-cen­tury art, the cur­rent show is Es­tab­lish­ing Col­lec­tions, an ex­hibit mainly com­pris­ing works on pa­per. Owings is paired with delecta­bles from Del Charro Sa­loon. Pop Gallery’s Deca­dence II: The Art of Bob Doucette and Ge­of­frey Ger­sten is a sur­real se­lec­tion of darkly comic paint­ings which should go well with treats from Sweet Lily Bak­ery. Across the av­enue, Blue Rain Gallery’s must-see glass in­vi­ta­tional, cu­rated by renowned glass artist Pre­ston Sin­gle­tary, is made that much more ap­pe­tiz­ing with the ad­di­tion of edi­bles from Buf­falo Thun­der Re­sort’s Red Sage restau­rant. For a com­plete list of venues, visit the ARTfeast web­site.

Satur­day evening boasts a larger se­lec­tion of sites, if only be­cause Canyon Road has lit­tle else be­sides art spa­ces. Start at the bot­tom of Canyon and visit Charles Az­bell Gallery for an eclec­tic mix of paint­ings and sculp­ture. Like Owings, Charles Az­bell pairs with Del Charro. Far­ther up the road, you can view the glass, metal, and stone sculp­ture of Pip­pin Con­tem­po­rary’s Greg Re­iche, the 2015 ARTfeast hon­orary artist. Each year a dis­tin­guished New Mex­ico artist is cho­sen by ARTs­mart to work with high school stu­dents in art-mak­ing work­shops that cul­mi­nate in a col­lab­o­ra­tive work of art sold at auc­tion to ben­e­fit the stu­dents and their schools. Pip­pin hosts Jambo Café, which of­fers a fu­sion of African and Caribbean-in­flu­enced foods. Con­tinue up the road to Ven­tana Fine Art to see

Ki­netic Color, an ex­hibit of vi­brant impasto paint­ings by land­scape artist Frank Balaam and the rich-toned paint­ings of An­gus, rem­i­nis­cent of Post-Im­pres­sion­ist and Fau­vist works. The gallery of­fers se­lec­tions from

the Pink Adobe. Far­ther up, Vivo Con­tem­po­rary, pair­ing with nearby lo­cal hotspot El Farol, fea­tures 14 of its gallery artists in Pat­tern and Rhythm. The ex­hibit ex­plores move­ment and rep­e­ti­tion through the medi­ums of sculp­ture, book arts, paint­ings, print­mak­ing, and col­lage, among other art forms. In keep­ing with the food/art theme, Vivo artist Ann Laser trans­forms used tea bags into sur­pris­ingly col­or­ful mixed me­dia pieces, part of her on­go­ing Tea Bag

Project, in which peo­ple from around the world do­nate tea bags for in­clu­sion in her work. At Win­terowd Fine Art, join­ing with Ho­tel Santa Fe’s Amaya restau­rant, the ex­hi­bi­tion Har­monic Spirit con­tin­ues with art from Annell Livingston, Su­san Pasquarelli, and Suzanne Wig­gin. Pasquarelli’s lin­ear, ab­stract wa­ter­col­ors, rem­i­nis­cent of land­scapes, strike a nice bal­ance be­tween Wig­gin’s lush and moody land­scapes and Livingston’s hard-edge, geo­met­ric ab­strac­tions.

The in­dus­tri­ous art- and food-lover may choose to hit ev­ery lo­ca­tion on the map. For the cost of a mod­er­ately priced meal, you can hit 18 lo­ca­tions down­town, 24 along Canyon Road, or cover the whole event and do both nights. It all de­pends on how hun­gry you are.

Pat Hobaugh: Destroying Stereo­types, 2015, oil and la­tex on board; cour­tesy Canyon Road Con­tem­po­rary; above left, Marc Es­teve: Lux­u­ri­ous

Meal, 2014, oil on can­vas; cour­tesy La­cuna Gal­leries; right, above, San­gita Phadke: Ba­nanas, 2015, pas­tel; cour­tesy Wax­lan­der Gallery; be­low, An­thony Ry­der: Peaches, 2013, oil on linen; cour­tesy La­cuna Gal­leries

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