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‘Fraction of a Second:’ Opening at 516 ARTS and UNM Art Museum

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‘FRACTION OF A SECOND’ OPENS THIS WEEKEND!

Opening Reception at UNM Art Museum: Friday, June 5, 6-8pm
Members’ Preview 5-6pm

Opening Reception at 516 ARTS: Saturday, June 6, 6-8pm
Rita Koehler Artist Talk: 4pm
Curator Walk-Through: 5pm

Curated by David Bram, editor and publisher of Fraction Magazine, this multi-site exhibition brings together 45 diverse contemporary photographers, both established and emerging, with 35 artists from across the United States featured at 516 ARTS and 10 international artists featured at UNM Art Museum. This exhibition is the center of a new season-long photography collaboration called PhotoSummer in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Join Guest Curator David Bram for a walk-through of 516 ARTS’s Fraction of a Second exhibition on Saturday, June 6 at 5pm. Local and visiting artists featured in the exhibition will talk about their work with Bram and answer questions from the public.

The exhibition catalog for Fraction of a Second is published by Radius Books, and includes essays by Michele Penhall and James Elkins. Penhall says, “With a keen and perceptive sense of what makes a good picture, each month Bram presents a handful of engaging and original portfolios by young and/or emerging artists whose work, in almost all instances, has never before been published or seen online. And he does this one image at a time. …In addition to the contemporary work Bram presents, he has featured work by a number of established and renowned photographers…This nod to both photography’s history and canon provides balance to the very au courant nature of publishing visual work online, as it also no doubt introduces many young and/or foreign photographers to some of the discipline’s significant artists and iconic images.”

FEATURED ARTISTS:

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Regional & National Artists                                                                                                     

Leon Alesi (Asheville, NC), Liz Arenberg (Brooklyn, NY), Thomas Barrow (Albuquerque, NM), Clare Benson (Drummond Island, MI), Jonathan Blaustein (Taos, NM), Aaron Blum   (Pittsburgh, PA), Daniel Coburn (Lawrence, KS), Matthew Conboy (Pittsburgh, PA), Matthew Crowther (Chicago, IL), Jess Dugan (Chicago, IL), Kirk Gittings (Albuquerque, NM), Alice Hargrave (Chicago, IL), Rita Koehler (South Bend, IN), Karen Kuehn  (Peralta, NM), Galina Kurlat (Houston, TX), Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman, Isa Leshko (Salem, MA), Holly Lynton (Amherst, MA), Sara Macel (Brooklyn, NY), Rania Matar (Brookline, MA), Sarah Moore (Missoula, MT), Bruce Myren (Cambridge, MA), David Ondrik (Portland, OR), Edward Ranney (Santa Fe, NM), Kathleen Robbins (Columbia, NC), Bastienne Schmidt (Bridgehampton, NY), Nick Shepard (Portland, OR), Lara Shipley (Missouri), Charlie Simokaitis (Chicago, IL), Kurt Simonson (Long Beach, CA), Tabitha Soren (San Francisco, CA), Cheryle St Onge (Durham, NH), Jim Stone (Albuquerque, NM), and Joel Peter Witkin (Albuquerque, NM).

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International Artists

Alex Catt (UK), Ellie Davies (UK), Ingvild Melberg Eikeland (Norway), Regis Feugere (France), Paul Gaffney (Ireland), Sachiko Kawanabe (Japan), Yvette Monahan (Ireland), Paolo Patrizi (Italy), Jiehao Su (China), and Hiko Uemara (Netherlands).

Rita Koehler is a guest artist-in-resident as part of 516 ARTS partnership with the national NPN/Visual Artists Network residency program. For this residency, Koehler will be working on a diptych of opposing sides that is part of her new series titled Xenia. Xenia is a body of work addressing the transformational role of women religious in the Catholic Church since Vatican II. Portraits from this work will be featured in the Fraction of a Second exhibition at 516 ARTS.

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Grasslands/Separating Species catalogue arrives

“THIS CATALOG DOCUMENTS A TWO-PART EXHIBITION that has sprung from the work of Michael Berman, a current Guggenheim Fellow, who is both esteemed in the contemporary art
world and a longtime activist with several environmental organizations.

Berman’s current series of photographs, titled Grasslands, is about the endangered Chihuahuan Desert grasslands in New Mexico, Texas and the northern border of Mexico, where he has wandered into the desert without a compass to, in his words, “live deliberately.” He believes that how you see the land comes down to what you value. “I believe art has a greater potential for meaning when it serves some purpose. People have started to recognize these lands as significant and this is something art can help along. If anything, my work is to generate small symbols that reveal the greater complexity of things.”

Inspired by his Grasslands series, guest curator Mary Anne Redding has assembled a concurrent exhibition, Separating Species, that includes a remarkable group of artists, all of whom delve into land in diverse ways that illuminate our relationship to our fragile ecosystems, highlighting our interconnectedness with the environment and non-human species. Krista Elrick examines North American birds; Dana Fritz looks at plants and animals in engineered indoor landscape environments; Jo Whaley creates theatrical still life images of insects and humans; and David Taylor’s images of border monuments along the US/Mexico border explore the effect of border control on both humans and animals.

It is a great pleasure for 516 ARTS to host Grasslands /Separating Species, the culminating exhibition in our space for the six-month series of programs for LAND/ART.”
—From the Acknowledgments by Suzanne Sbarge, Executive Director, 516 ARTS

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EL OTRO LADO: THE OTHER SIDE

El Otro Lado: The Other Side is a public art installation on Downtown Albuquerque’s D-Ride buses and is running as part of the flurry of LAND/ART exhibitions. They will run from July 13–September 19.

El Otro Lado: The Other Side is a community-based public art project in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe developed by artist Chrissie Orr, focusing on the themes of migration, boundaries and sense of place. The installation on ABQ Ride’s D-Ride buses was created out of a collaboration with writer Michelle Otero and participants at Bernalillo County Community Centers. View images displayed on the interior of ABQ Ride’s D-Ride buses and listen to participants telling their stories (via cell phone, call 505-515-0032). The D-Ride travels a loop around Downtown and can be picked up at many locations including the Alvarado Transportation Center at 1st & Gold and at 5th & Central near 516 ARTS. It runs 6:30pm to 7pm, and arrives every 7 minutes. For information, call 505-243-RIDE. More details

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