Two longtime artists offer stunning works in 'Traces' exhibition

'Traces' reviewed by Wesley Pulkka for the Albuquerque Journal

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In "Passages," Albuquerque artist Harriette Tsosie returns to her painting roots.  After a ten year hiatus studying and creating work in encuastic (pigmented wax), Tsosie is exhibiting new work in acrylic on canvas or panel.  Her acrylic technique was developed under tutelage by noted New York painter Jules Kirschenbaum, with whom she studied extensively in the 1960s.  Kirschenbaum is categorized as a "magical realist" and Tsosie embraces this aspect by incorporating Native American themes and beliefs.  In the exhibition, she links each painting and scroll to passages from beloved poems. The artwork and poetry cover wide ranging topics and genres, but reference her time-honored themes of place, language and genetics, which she sees as the building blocks of identity.

Also on exhibit is the work of Pilar potter Carl Gray Witkop.  Inspired by pre-Columbian Mayan pottery, Witkop began experimenting with Native American pottery techniques in 1967.  Early influences were potter Hal Reiger and Pueblo potters Popovi Da and Blue Corn.  After studying anthropology and archaeology at Colorado State University, Witkop became a full time artist.  His innovative work incorporates horsehair and feathers in the firing process.

On Saturday, June 10th, both artists will speak about their work.  Albuquerque poet Scott Wiggerman will read work inspired by Tsosie's "Pleiades" scroll and one of his poems which inspired Tsosie's "Truganini" painting.  The Artful Saturday, a feature of Weyrich Gallery's shows, will run from 3:30 - 4:30PM and is offered free of charge to the public.

Showing Opens: Friday June 2, 2017
Showing Closes: Friday June 30, 2017
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