“…two smaller works quietly held their own against the works by other artists…Lucy Maki’s painting “Building Space” (2022) is a notched retangular surface bisected and wrapped by slender strips of wood, as if its frame had come to life and engulfed the support. Layered geometric forms suggest depth, but the notched edges and sculptural panels guided me through the multiple viewpoints of this deceptively simple work. I was reminded of my anguished reading of Michael Fried in graduate school, his rabid defense of formalism. Maki’s painting (Sculpture? Does it matter?) couldn’t make his prophecies about the corruption of discrete media more irrelevant.”
The exhibition Out of the Blue comprises works completed from 2021-2022 and continues to explore concepts related to the shaped canvas as a painting/object—from small dimensional works on panels to large flat, shaped canvases. Approaches from Abstract Expressionism, Constructivism, Minimalism, Cubism and New Mexico’s Transcendental Painting Group are integrated with a variety of materials (paint, wood, fabric, paper, and/or miscellaneous mixed media), to conjure a uniquely varied presence for each painting. Geometric structures combine with painterly techniques and/or felt surfaces to balance hardedge with gesture and touch.
June 19-July 14, 2018
”...JuxtaPositions brings artists from all over the country who are inventing something new by mining, reframing, recontextualizing, and reconceiving some of the ideas and objects that make up the cultural moment in which we live.”
— Anthony Cuneo, Alanna Farrell, Robin Field (curators)
... the Albuquerque Museum’s exhibition titled Visualizing Albuquerque, curated by Joseph Traugott, will investigate the unique history and present of central New Mexico art and serve as an umbrella for institutional partners. Traugott says, ”Albuquerque artists found their own artistic voice after World War II and transformed a western boom town into a thriving art center. This exhibition demonstrates how an influx of modern-minded Californians moved to Albuquerque and changed the city by unleashing the creativity of local artists. The resulting abstract works broke with traditional New Mexico scenes. By including women and their concerns, ethnic perspectives, popular culture subjects, and political content after 1980, Albuquerque artists synthesized an aesthetic that shunned commercial trends. Visualizing Albuquerque revels in the region’s diverse artists and reveals how their distinctive fusions have bridged aesthetic divides and cultural rifts.”