Harwood Art Center
art review ABQ, 2017, Vol. 2, p. 4
The amalgamation of 2D and 3D media in the Prelude exhibition at the Hardwood Art Center contains works from eleven artists featuring subject matter that is
partially representational with a modern feel. The gallery space and the artwork is small but the work is displayed well and the artworks are well lit. The exhibit is intended to drum up some money for Hardwood and the artists of course. The art centers around the intersections of art, design, and daily living. The theme is translated in the works through the use of graphic elements, line art, and 3D functional items such as chairs and bowls. Of the twenty-one 12×12 works there are six that I found most mentionable and they are outlined in the following paragraphs.
The first work to catch my eye was a line art piece resembling a monotone mandala by Lea Anderson titled Chill Particle. The organic shapes and lines are geomorphic in nature and create a sense of rhythm and contrast. The technique of the artist is seen immediate by the delicate features that Lea Anderson was able to create with graphite. The work is obviously well thought through from the expert design to the mastery of graphite technique. As previously stated the work reminds me of mandalas just in this case void of color.
A work by Adam Billie titled Albuquerque Monument #3 is exceptionally striking while remaining simple in its design. The piece is mixed media using a photographed and illustrated hand-embellished Giclee on canvas. The lovely vertical gradient ranging from yellow-orange on the bottom of the work to dark red-orange on the top is the foreground to a typical city skyscraper in three-point perspective and muted colors. The gradient of yellow-orange to red-orange reminds me of a sunrise and provides a stark contrast to the lighter shape of the building. While this work is very different from the more complex graphite work by Anderson it stays in adherence with the theme of the show and provides a different take on art and design for the viewers.
After viewing this exhibit, I feel comfortable recommending it to everyone who enjoys good design and unique art. There is hardly a piece that resembles another. The show is raising money for all of the activities at Harwood and the artists themselves. It is not only a must see but it is also for a good cause. If you do stop by the show I hope you enjoy it as I did. The Prelude exhibit is located at Hardwood from Monday, November 20th – Friday, December 8th with the opening reception on Saturday, December 2nd from 6 – 8pm. The address is 1114 7th St NW Albuquerque, NM 87102, Downtown.