The Rewilding Tansey Contemporary 652 Canyon tanseycontemporary.com July 7–30 Reception July 7, 5–7 pm Australian artist Noel Hart presents The Rewilding, a show of new work at Tansey Contemporary. Although Hart also paints and works in mixed media, this show is dedicated to his vividly colored glass sculptures. Living near the rainforest, Hart is interested in natural history and conservation, and the pieces for the show are all inspired by endangered species of birds. Although not direct representations of avian forms, the brilliant colors and soaring forms he uses for these blown glass sculptures do evoke the hues and flight of tropical parrots and their kin.—LVS
PREVIEWS Below: Gigi Mills, Night Sail, oil crayon and graphite on paper, 68 x 48"
Above: Noel Hart, Blue Headed Parrot near Volcan Chato, glass, 16 x 12 x 3"
Left: Karen Johnson, Deer Spirit Mobile, found deer bones, 12 x 24 x 24"
Skull & Bone Group Show Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery 614 Agua Fria eyeonthemountaingallery.com July 7–August 11 Opening reception July 7, 5–9 pm Eye on the Mountain Art Gallery presents a unique, mixed media group show wherein artists incorporate a real skull or bone somewhere in the work of art. Rachel Houseman, owner of the gallery and an artist in her own right, found inspiration for the exhibition in live performances by the band Bone Orchard, whose name is a euphemism for a graveyard. Bone Orchard, from Taos, New Mexico, specializes in singer-songwriter–style music, and describes their sound as “Celtic gypsy spaghetti Western with Spanish influences.” The band will perform August 11, 6–8 pm in the gallery’s garden for the show’s closing reception.—Amanda Jackson
The Solace in Imperfection GF Contemporary gfcontemporary.com July 7–21 Reception July 7, 5–7 pm Santa Fe artist Gigi Mills paints in mere references to the physical world. She deconstructs the everyday, painting in flat, geometric shapes, rarely including any detail; the simplified style produces an elegance that is essential to her work. She uses layers of rich oil, sometimes adding a glaze, to reveal ethereal images that are at once both personal and timeless. Having been raised among the Mills Brothers’ Circus and trained as a ballerina, Mills often incorporates characters in performance in her works—many of her paintings appear as a stage set, where the figures and interiors are conspicuously on display. In July, GF Contemporary will present new works from Mills with a reception on July 7.—AJ
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