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The Harwood Museum of Art

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Saturday, February 22 - Sunday, May 4, 2014

Art for a Silent Planet: Blaustein, Elder, and Long

Gallery: Peter & Madeleine Martin Gallery
Jonathan Blaustein, "Lens Box," exposed photographic paper and manila envelopeJonathan Blaustein, "No One's Hands Are Clean"Jonathan Blaustein, "People Feed This to Their Children"Jonathan Blaustein, "Dust is Mostly Made of Human Skin" Jonathan Blaustein, "We're Barely Keeping It All Together" Nina Elder, "PIle," 2009, acrylic on panel, 48 x 48"Nina Elder, "Tailings Atwater Mine," 2009, graphite on paper, 36 x 24"Nina Elder, "Lode," 2011, acrylic on panel, 46 x 60"Nina Elder, "Ore Arsenic, acrylic on panel, 24 x 24"Debbie Long, detail from "Yellow"Debbie Long, studio table, 2013, cast glass, cb radio, hood ornaments, car parts
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The conceptual development for Art for a Silent Planet:  Blaustein, Elder and Long was inspired by the Harwood Museum of Art's decision to serve as a  spring 2014 venue for the internationally recognized traveling exhibition Ken Price:  Slow and Steady Wins the Race, Works on Paper 1962-2010.  

The Harwood's Curatorial team saw this traveling exhibition as an opportunity to expose our local talent to a larger audience.  And, so, three mid - career artists working and living in Northern New Mexico were invited to exhibit their most recent work in the Peter and Madeleine Martin Gallery while the Ken Price exhibition is exhibited in the Mandelman-Ribak Gallery.

As typically happens when fooling with the Art Gods, a pattern emerged. The recent work of Jonathan Blaustein, Nina Elder and Debbie Long all demonstrates a quiet heaving- or an aesthetic longing for recognition of our new landscape. This work demonstrates a new trend in how artists are "visually talking" about planet earth and regional landscapes.   And these artists all visually submit a silent, objective, and dispassionate plea for environmental introspection.  

          Jina Brenneman, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions

 The Harwood Museum of Art's spring exhibitions are made possible in part by The Robert Lehman Foundation, New Mexico Humanities Council, George and Janara Bornstein, Rosamaria Ellis Clark, Kay Harvey, Mr. and Mrs. Michael Klein, Joann Phillips, Joyce and Sherman Scott, El Meze Restaurant, Taos Inn, and other supporters.