Art

Fresh outlooks in '40 Under 40' show

Curator asked 20 artists each to invite one more young artist — and this is what happened

By Laura Bulkin
tempo@taosnews.com
Posted 11/20/19

Artists ranging in age from teens through 30-somethings will be featured in the Taos Center for the Arts' "40 Under 40" show. The exhibit is set to open with a reception Thursday (Nov. 21), 4-6 p.m., in the Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

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Fresh outlooks in '40 Under 40' show

Curator asked 20 artists each to invite one more young artist — and this is what happened

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Artists ranging in age from teens through 30-somethings will be featured in the Taos Center for the Arts' "40 Under 40" show. The exhibit is set to open with a reception Thursday (Nov. 21), 4-6 p.m., in the Encore Gallery of the Taos Community Auditorium, 145 Paseo del Pueblo Norte.

The curator of "40 Under 40" is Sarah Hart, founder of Hart Print Shop and co-owner of Ennui Gallery here in Taos. Hart invited 20 artists, and asked each of them to invite another young artist whose work they admired.

"My hope was to further extend the show to artists that I may not have been aware of," she said. "I remember working at Eske's in my 20s and making art on the side. There were a few defining moments that gave me the confidence to try it full time. One of them was the self-portrait show at the TCA. It was then that I met Deborah McLean, the previous executive director. Deborah made me feel like I had a place in the Taos art community and paved the way for my relationship with the TCA. I'd also like to give a huge thank you to Colette LaBouff, the present executive director, who has made community outreach a priority. Her support of this show was instrumental."

LaBouff added, "The TCA is really excited about '40 Under 40.' It's a group show that emerged from good conversations about how to include more artists whose work might not have been exhibited before in the Encore Gallery. I am extraordinarily grateful that Sarah Hart has generously given her expertise and time serving on TCA Art Committee, and I feel the same about Grace Lawrie, also on the committee. The show is a real celebration, and just one way among many others we can begin to include those who are making art in our community."

New perspectives

Here's a sample of artists included in this show.

Izumi Yokoyama is a multimedia artist who has been showing her work in Japan and the United States for over a decade. "This show is a significant event for Taos artists like me who have been around Taos for some years, and starting to feel both young and old at the same time in this art community that is incredibly rich in its art history," Yokoyama said. "I am looking forward to experiencing the powerhouse of the show."

Laura Brzozowski has been making art in Taos for 15 years, and now operates Paseo Pottery Taos. "I am so inspired and motivated by my peers and those who have paved the way," she said. "My 'TV Octopus' resonates with the ideas I'm still wondering about today. Eight-legged sea monsters are alien-bizarre, adaptable and I can't get enough of them. Their liquid infinite forms contrast the rigid form of the screen so beautifully. I love and hate television in all its evolutions and functions. Its link to technology and how it is so embedded in our culture is fascinating, magical and tragic. In my humble opinion, somehow the progress of humanity in all its rainbow unicorn advancements still has nothing on the timeless octopus."

Michael Gorman continues a multigenerational lineage of art, from his Diné grandfather Carl and uncle R.C. Gorman. "I've been doing art in some form since I could hold a brush," Gorman said. "I would spend hours with my grandfather Carl, mimicking his gestures and creating my own works. I began to study ceramics in high school around the age of 15. I love ceramic because it has really freed me to explore the abstract more than my painting would allow me." Gorman, whose own gallery is located on Taos Plaza, is also an accomplished photographer, painter and silversmith.

• Said artist Laurel Taylor, "The '40 Under 40' event brings excitement into our creative community. Many of us can only snag a selected audience for our work in a town filled with vetted artists. An opportunity for audience adds the missing element into the art we create. I will have a sculpture with single loop video in the show titled 'Hearth,' and I am elated to witness viewer interaction with the dynamic work. Taos has brought many dealings with the heart into my awareness since I've chosen this place as home. My art and heart will literally be on display at this show."

The exhibit also includes work from Peter Gilroy, Aaron Garlick, Eli Waters, Hayley Harper, Claire Briggs, Sarah Newberry, Abran Liphne Tracks, JD Kittell, Katie Osborne, Caitlyn Au, David Solis, Isaiah Trujillo, Montserrat Oyanedel Tolmo, Kristel Elizabeth Parada Saavedra, Jisk 27, Moni Lewandowski, Sydney Bernstein, Afton Love, Scripture, Jivan Lee, Emily Rabinowitz, Jozsua Martínez, Jenna Bass, Ian Connors, Neight Larcen, Audra Knutson, Auras, Malia Reeves, Audrey Valentine, Erik Vogel, Tawni Shuler, Eva Younkman, Nik Sorensen, Melanie Redmond, Savannah Renée and DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo.

Hart reflected on some of the artists. "I have admired Hayley Harper's photography since I first saw it. DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo is an artist from the [Taos] Pueblo. She balances contemporary and traditional, which I love. David Solis is a tattoo artist here in town - his work is beautiful. Aaron Garlick's dedication to craft is evident: he has a great respect for classic techniques. Jivan Lee is an impressive landscape artist - he paints massive vast Southwest landscapes. Jisk 27 is a mural/graffiti artist. His work can be seen at Vagrant Heart."

Hart's personal vision for the event: "This show is made up of artists who are established and recognized, as well as some artists who have never shown before. Entering into the Taos art community can be daunting. My hope for this show is to offer acknowledgement, encouragement and gratitude for the younger generation. I think it is important to honor where we have come from, and at the same time, nurture and support where we are headed."

The show will be on view through Jan. 12, 2020.

Admission to the show is free and open to the public. For more information, call (575) 758-2052 or visit tcataos.org.

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