What we're up to
Studio Visits with Karen Yank & Rodney Hamon- Golden, NM
Karen Yank received her BFA from the University of Wisconsin in 1984 and her MFA in 1987 from Rutgers University. In 1987, she also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Today, Karen works primarily in mixed metals, because of their strength and durability and little to no maintenance is needed. She strives to reveal an organic nature with a sense of history in a material that is usually cold and industrial. Every weld and grind mark is an intentional decision. She loves to completely mesh different metals together reflecting a beauty that can only be found in the organic.
To date, Karen has created over 40 large-scale public sculptures. Her efforts on these projects won the awards for Aesthetics and Public Involvement; PRIDE Award from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the Golden Cumbre Award from the New Mexico Public Relations Society of America, and the Americans for the Arts Kris Art of Giving Award.
Karen says, “My life and work are synonymous. My work is a direct expression of my life and inspirations. I create art because it is the closest expression of life that I have found. My inspirations are often informed by the idyllic landscape. This is not to say that my sculptures represent nature, but rather that they represent the emotional impact one feels when in the natural setting. The focus of my work is on non-verbal communication and emotional expression. I strive to stimulate the viewers’ response by activating emotions associated with past experiences, creating a more meaningful insight…. The design of my art expresses a context that can be understood in a moment, but with layers that can be seen for those who pause to look deeper. My overall goal is to develop a visual language that is compelling within the given environment and community.”
Rodney Hamon graduated with his BA in Printmaking at California State University at Chico in 1979. In 1987 he received his Master Printer Certificate from Tamarind Institute. He finished his MA and MFA in Printmaking at the University of New Mexico by 1991. From 1999 to 2015 he served as the Education Director at Tamarind Institute. He was an adjunct Assistant Professor in Printmaking at the University of New Mexico for five years. His experience as a Master Printer included printing at Origins Press in Tucson, Arizona, Western Graphics in Albuquerque, NM, Houston Fine Arts Press in Houston, Texas, making hand-made paper at Watson Paper Company in Albuquerque, NM, and as a collaborative printer and artist at his own shop in his home town of Golden, New Mexico. Since 2016, Rodney has re-evaluated his ideas about surrealistic narrative. Embracing the concept of contradiction, he searches for the essence in drawing value range using composition of imagery blended together. He still embraces black and white as the principal medium.
Studio Visits with Peter Sarkisian & Noah Starer - Santa Fe, NM
Peter Sarkisian is an American new-media artist whose work combines video projection and sculpture to create a hybrid form of multi-media installation. He was named a Master Video Artist in 2007 by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), Sarkisian has exhibited widely throughout the world in major museums and public venues, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Musée Picasso, France, the Hammer Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Sarkisian's work has been featured in many international exhibitions and festivals, including the Istanbul Biennial in Turkey, the Vidarte Festival in Mexico City, the Whitney Biennial in New York, and the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland.
Noah Starer is a self-taught ceramics artist. Born in 1968 in Los Angeles, California, Starer took pottery and craft classes in high school and college, but eventually focused on sociology and human services. In 1994, he received his Masters degree in Social Work from Boston University, and worked as a social worker for 18 years. During his graduate studies, Starer also joined a community pottery studio and began producing retail ceramic work. He continued working in this way for the next decade, while moving around the United States. In 2012, he opened his own ceramics studio in rural Washington, where he turned his attention to the naked clay movement and alternative firing techniques (specifically, aluminum foil saggar firing). As of 2014, his work was being sold and exhibited across the United States, and, in March 2016, he premiered a solo exhibition at Eutectic Gallery in Portland, Oregon. In 2017, Starer relocated to New Mexico; he lives and works in Santa Fe. Noah is currently an instructor at Santa Fe Clay. He teaches Intermediate Handbuilding with Slabs and Independent Study.
Guided Tour of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Foundry - Albuquerque, NM
Foundry owner and manager DuWayne Blankley will be giving us a hands-on tour of the new Los Ranchos de Albuquerque Foundry, demonstrating the process of turning artistic visions into bronze sculptures. DuWayne was formerly the foundry manager at Shidoni Foundry in Tesuque, and when that foundry closed in 2017, DuWayne and some of the other foundry employees re-located the equipment and established this new foundry in Los Ranchos to continue the award-winning large-scale bronze work that had been the hallmark of Shidoni for 46 years.
Gallery Visit to Relic with Artists - Albuquerque, NM
Relic is an art gallery and mid-century modern showroom which seeks to promote local contemporary artists and display time-honored post-war era design. David and Aquilla Kappy curate the ever- changing selection of furniture and objects which enhance displayed art. In house artist studios invite visitors into the creative process for David and Aquilla, as well as notable Albuquerque artist Thomas Christopher Haag. The amalgamation of uses primarily serve to support the local artist community and start conversations—about the history of design alongside creative process and local happenings.
Thomas Christopher Haag will be at the gallery to speak to members about his artwork. Haag is an avid muralist, both commissioned and not, and he has painted buildings in many countries around the world. Using reclaimed house paint, found wood, and discarded books, he also constructs multi-layered, collaged paintings and assemblages which reference ancient cultures and spiritual traditions, but with just a hint of smart-ass. www.thomaschristopherhaag.com
Joel Davis will be at Relic to speak about his artwork. Joel is making fantastic biomorphic wood sculptures out of reclaimed wood. www.joeldavisart.com
Where we've been
Image of CAS Visit to Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, November 2016