new mexico artists
On my recent trip to New Mexico, I spent time with several other artists who live in the Santa Fe area, most of whom I knew previously only through Facebook. To meet in person was a delight.
In the top photo above are Danielle Shelley
, Rachel Darnell
(the photo is taken in her gallery, where I am represented) Diane McGregor
(whom I have known in person for several years...thanks Diane for working out the details of this get-together) Rick Stevens
and Michael Kessler.
The bottom photo was taken in the studio of Ted Larsen
, where Diane and I visited later in the week. Ted's work manages to be both gorgeous and visually seductive, and ironic and matter-of fact at the same time...owing at least in part to the found objects (such as recycled car body parts) that he uses instead of usual art-making materials. His work strikes an intriguing balance between the conceptual and the visual, with 'found" surfaces and colors as hauntingly beautiful as many minimalist paintings.