A PEEK AT WHAT’S SHOWING AROUND TOWN
Erin Currier: Rose Namajunas 2018, acrylic and mixed media on panel
Blue Rain Gallery, 544 S. Guadalupe St., 505-954-9902 Erin Currier pays homage to well-known classical and modernist compositions but through contemporary subject matter. She takes cues from Spanish painter Diego Velazquez’s Las Meninas and focuses on the Japanese concept of honkadori in her show at Blue Rain. The exhibit, currently on view through Sept. 29, is also called Las Meninas (or Ladies in Waiting) and continues her exploration of issues such as immigrant rights, workers’ rights, and women’s rights. Her mixed-media paintings reflect timeless themes of masterpieces from the canon of art history as they honor the struggles of indigenous women and minorities.
Karen Yank: Providence 2018, steel
Turner Carroll Gallery, 725 Canyon Road, 505-986-9800 Turner Carroll and sculptor Karen Yank, in conjunction with her forthcoming book Travels with Agnes, about her relationship with painter Agnes Martin (1912-2004), present Student and Mentor, an exhibit that reflects the aesthetic relationship between Yank’s works and those of Martin, who taught the sculptor during the last 17 years of her life. In particular, the visual reference of the line and grid is a continuum between their bodies of work. Yank met Martin in 1987 at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. It was the beginning of her artistic career and the end of Martin’s teaching career. The reception for Student and Mentor is 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 21.
Evelyne Boren: Les Baux de Provence 2018, oil on canvas
Acosta Strong, 640 Canyon Road, 505-982-2795 Evelyne Boren lived a storied life before turning to painting. As an aquatic diver and stunt double for movies, she swam with a killer whale on the set of Namu, the Killer Whale as well as working on the sets for several James Bond films. While filming in the Bahamas in 1962, she was inspired to pick up painting, creating lush, vibrant, expressive landscapes. Evelyne Boren — A Retrospective opens Friday, Sept. 21, with a reception and book signing at 5 p.m. A number of limited-edition books titled Evelyne Boren — Retrospective, written by Suzanne Deats, and each one accompanied by an original 10-by-10-inch painting by Boren, are available.
Kenro Izu: Still Life #1180 2015, platinum/palladium print
Scheinbaum & Russek Ltd., 812 Camino Acoma, 505-988-5116 Married photographers Kenro and Yumiko Izu’s exhibition In Harmony continues through Oct. 19. The premise of the show explores the ways in which the artists’ individual works reflect their influence on, and support of, one another. Included are selections from Yumiko Izo’s Resonance and Icarus series, which display the ephemeral beauty of flora through the medium of platinum/palladium darkroom photography. Kenro Izu’s new still-lifes focus on forms of natural beauty such as fruits and flowers and the human-made beauty of sculptural objects. The photographers’ respective books Resonance and Seduction are also available. The gallery is open by appointment.
John Tarahteeff: After School 2018, acrylic on canvas
Nüart Gallery, 670 Canyon Road, 505-988-3888 The figurative works of John Tarahteeff create psychological tension in narrative paintings that tell an open-ended story. His works border on the archetypal, where stylized, distorted figures rendered with an odd sense of proportion and scale populate classical compositions. Elements of absurdity and surreality give his work the feeling of layered symbolism. Placeholder, a show of Tarahteeff’s new works, opens with a 5 p.m. reception on Friday, Sept. 21.