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January 2018

Studio Visits with Hilda Appel Volkin & Mary Carroll Nelson – Albuquerque, NM

Hilda is a long-time member of the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media. She graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and received a Masters from the Harvard School of Education. About her work, Hilda states: “Working with light has been a constant source of inspiration in my work. As I explore it’s dynamic properties, I discovered that the optics of changing light has artistic and scientific components. Inspired by nature, the artwork demonstrates the spectrum and wavelengths of light.”

Mary has a BA in Fine Arts from Barnard College, Columbia University and an MA in Art Education from UNM. She founded the Society of Layerists in Multi-Media (www.slmm.org) in 1982 and has authored many books. “In my work I try to express the holistic concept that everything is connected — the tangible and the invisible, memory, history, now and then, here and there — across time and space. My preoccupation has been to study and express the multidimensional nature of the world we experience. I describe my work as Layered Art, but the layers are not just the application of Pearlescent ink on acrylic sheet, which I use most often, but they are also the fleeting thoughts that give meaning to the image.” – Mary Carroll Nelson


February 2018

Fireside Chat Discussing Electronic/ Digital Art– Albuquerque, NM

Our CAS members have expressed an interest in learning more about the unique challenges and rewards of collecting electronic / digital art. We have several members of the electronic / digital art community who will be discussing the creation, exhibition and collection of artwork in this arena. Panelists are Kathleen Richards from the Thoma Foundation / Art House in Santa Fe, Lee Montgomery, an Albuquerque-based digital artist and educator, and Dennis Summers, formerly from Detroit and now based in New Mexico and working electronic artist.

Kathleen Richards is the Registrar of the Thoma Foundation and Art House gallery in Santa Fe. Born in Illinois and raised in New Mexico, Kathleen has been active in the Santa Fe art scene since the 1970s, with work included in publication on local artists and printmakers. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts Degrees from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, and has traveled to Spain, Italy and Switzerland for residencies, workshops and exploration. Kathleen makes her permanent home in Santa Fe, where she dedicates herself to family and the fine arts.

Lee Montgomery is an Associate Professor of Electronic Art in the Art Department at the University of New Mexico where he has served as the Director of the International Collaborative Arts Program which he established in 2011. He has a B.A. in Film from Bard College, and an MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute. He has had numerous shows and residencies in the US and internationally with the collaborative Neighborhood Public Radio (NPR) which he founded in 2004. NPR has participated in residencies, performances and exhibitions internationally and at prestigious institutions in the United States including the Los Angeles MOCA and the 2008 Whitney Biennial. Lee continues to work on collaborative projects where he frequently includes his students, such as “Albuquerque-Oslo Hole in Space” where he worked with students in Oslo at the Oslo National Academy of the Arts and in Albuquerque to create a live networked video performance using Skype, or “Constellations of the City” a drone based project that was included in 516 Arts’ “Heart of the City” show in Albuquerque. Lee’s other solo projects feature experiments with analog and digital video, glitch, circuit bending, drone flying and construction, and various forms of wireless transmission. His work has been presented at various museums and venues both nationally and internationally. The “Transformers Transformed” series of video stills printed on aluminum are available through Central Features Gallery in Albuquerque.

Dennis Summers has exhibited artwork internationally since 1984. He has worked in a wide range of genres and media. During most of this period he created large-scale mixed and multi-media installations. He also created artist's books and digital animations which are included in the collections of several major museums. In the past his artwork was inspired by science and anthropology. In the late ‘90s new interests included environmental issues, mapping, and language extinction. This lead to the ongoing global memorial artwork called The Crying Post Project, begun in 2001 (www.thecryingpostproject.org). This project involves placing wooden posts with computer chip controlled “cry generators” at locations of environmental disasters. Such sites include Bhopal, India, an island near the Exxon-Valdez oil spill, and several more.
With his background in both “analog” and digital 3D, in the mid-90's Summers found himself at the confluence of these fields, which was wide open for new aesthetic exploration. In 1996 he received a State Arts Grant to create 3 interactive programs for an enhanced CD (which was included in an early digital art traveling exhibit called Contact Zones). One component of The Crying Post Project is an interactive 3D website.
Summers has created 3 short “art” digital animations that have played and won awards in film festivals worldwide. This digital artwork has come to its full fruition, in a series of digitally created abstract “color field” videos called The Phase Shift Videos begun in 2005 (www.phaseshift.org). One of these was a purchase prize winner in the Bienal Internacional de Arte Contemporáneo, in Almeria, Spain, 2006. Others have been exhibited in the Toluca Museum of Modern Art in Mexico, an airport in Russia, a new media festival in Brazil,
and numerous other galleries and museums world-wide. In contrast to The Crying Post Project these videos have been described as mesmerizing, beautiful and complex. Most recently he has begun a new series of color videos called The Interference Videos that are quite different in concept and formal structure. Most recently he has begun a new video series called The Interference Videos. In form and creation they differ from the earlier series in that they are made of slowly moving linear elements. He is also at work on a series of short, dense, digitally created collaged videos inspired by artists and scientists called Slow Light Shadow Matter. His artists books, videos and interactive digital projects are in the collections of several major museums including the MOMA, the Pompidou Center, and the International Dada Archive.


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This world is but a canvas to our imagination...
— Henry David Thoreau

Image of CAS Visit to Las Cruces Museum of Art, Las Cruces, November 2016