Mixed Me­dia

Shift­ing Land­scapes at Form & Con­cept

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“The bor­der re­gion is a place shaped by lim­i­ta­tions and sep­a­ra­tion, which gen­er­ates a unique ex­pe­ri­ence for its in­hab­i­tants,” writes artist Sarita Westrup, who lives on the Texas-Mex­ico bor­der, in a state­ment about her re­cent prac­tice. “Cul­tural ge­og­ra­phy, Mex­i­can-Amer­i­can iden­tity, spir­i­tual icons, be­long­ing, and land­scape are ideas that I in­ves­ti­gate and that vis­ually in­form my work.” She de­scribes her re­lief wall-hang­ings, com­posed of found and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als in­clud­ing pa­per clips, metal fenc­ing, and rocks, as form­ing a non­rep­re­sen­ta­tional por­trait of bor­der iden­tity. Westrup’s re­liefs are in­cluded in Form & Con­cept’s ju­ried ex­hi­bi­tion Shift­ing Land­scapes, which ex­plores the no­tion of place in the work of tex­tile and fiber artists and de­sign­ers.

Shift­ing Land­scapes is the third in­ter­na­tional ju­ried ex­hi­bi­tion of the Al­bu­querque-based Sur­face De­sign As­so­ci­a­tion (SDA), a mem­ber­sup­ported or­ga­ni­za­tion for pro­mot­ing fiber arts. The ex­hi­bi­tion was ju­ried by artist Erika Lynne Han­son and Form & Con­cept gallery di­rec­tor Frank Rose. The group show in­cludes work by Detroit-based artist Dolores Slowin­ski, whose mixed me­dia piece Archipop­to­sis deals with the sub­ject of ur­ban de­cay; Xia Gao, Michi­gan State Univer­sity as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor and two- and three-di­men­sional in­stal­la­tion artist; and Pa­tri­cia KennedyZafred, who is show­ing A Dy­ing Breed, an art quilt cre­ated as a trib­ute to the Amer­i­can farmer and in­spired by the doc­u­men­tary pho­tog­ra­phy of U.S. Farm Se­cu­rity Ad­min­is­tra­tion in the 1930s. More than 30 artists are rep­re­sented in the ex­hibit.

Shift­ing Land­scapes opens Fri­day, Feb. 24, with a re­cep­tion at 5 p.m. On Satur­day, Feb. 25, at 2 p.m., there’s a free panel dis­cus­sion at the gallery. Form & Con­cept is lo­cated at 35 S. Guadalupe St. Call 505-982-8111.

— Michael Abatemarco

Dolores Slowin­ski: Archipop­to­sis, 2016, thread, beads, felt on pa­per; top, Xia Gao: 40’s Med­i­ta­tion (de­tail), in­stal­la­tion photo, 2013

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