Rachel Taylor

Guest curator Julia Marco presents Rachel Taylor, an abstract artist who draws her inspiration from handmade and mass-produced objects. “With an emphasis on the movement and structure that emerges from the use of line, I am interested in how the mechanical and emotional become intertwined,” she explains. “I use repetitive movements as a type of construction, indicating time, change, and the presence of ongoing structural configurations. I combine these repetitive marks with immediate, gestural, and fluid linear movements that dissolve boundaries and appear to be momentarily caught in the painting’s picture plane.”

Jennie Kiessling:
“when the night is not blue”

“I like to work beyond standard expectations of presentation and access,” writes Jennie Kiessling of her new series. “Gouache and graphite suspend the viewer in a place between painting and drawing. Various kinds of tape in the work possess their own geometry and metaphor. The work is intentionally frameless, floating, transient, moving.” This series, called “when the night is not blue,” is a response to the horrors in Gaza unfolding daily.

“At this moment it is easy to miss the bigger picture. I am thinking of the individual in many places around the world who has and continues to experience the intense fear of war, the brutal struggle for liberation, and the possibility of leaving for an unknown home. Concrete, rubble, and flesh are the subject of these abstractions. My continued response to this time pushes me through to the concept of a shattered domestic existence.”

Olga Brava

Olga Brava has transformed the Project Space into a midnight-blue jewel box of a gallery with a stunning selection of her tabletop sculptures and hanging spheres. Her works, all from the last year, are a magical amalgam of the organic and the fanciful, with surfaces that range from rough-hewn to deliciously lustrous.

You will be probably see the influence of desert plant life on her imagery—she’s been in Taos since transplanting from Boston four years ago. But her vocabulary also recalls Modernist masters like Brancusi and Paul Klee.

Felled: Artist Unknown

The Project Space at the Wright features “Felled: Artist Unknown,” inspired by the discovery of a dead Douglas fir in the woods near Pecos, NM. The tree was more than 100 feet tall and four feet in diameter and had been toppled by a chainsaw and left up on the felling hinge and lower limbs so that it skims the steep terrain, leaving space between tree and earth. The limbs on the upper surface were removed and stairs carved in with removed chunks left fallen along the hill.

“The work pleasingly juxtaposes a strong architectural form with the complexity of untouched nature,” notes curator Hannah Hughes. “The stairs allow one to slightly hover above the wilds, to traverse and view them with ease from a paradigmatic human perspective, achieved by power of abstraction. They are a material inquiry into the roots of transcendence, literally ‘climbing beyond.’”

The Project Space offers an installation in three different mediums as tribute to this anonymous gift of land art—a video projection, a sculptural arrangement from cut wood remnants and a US Geological Survey topo map with the site location marked.

As a Way of Starting Again: Ira Wright’s Notebooks

This installation of 80-plus drawings from Wright’s notebooks offers a privileged candid view into a theatre of the mind revealing itself with wit and sensitivity. “The nervous system flows into a vast repertoire of marks in which projects are outlined, feelings purged, obsessions limned, and trivia jotted down,” says Project Space curator Hannah Hughes. “Mastery of academic life drawing, commercial-art techniques, and art history underlies even an apparent scribble. However, the notebooks are not intended as grand statements for bright lights and strange eyes. Instead they appear as an un-ending search, maybe unresolved or inscrutable, but questing, always questing.”

Also on hand are the artist’s self-published literary works, which include novels, memoirs, and an opera, all presented in casual notebook form.