Santa Fe, NM
Lacuna Galleries, August 7-31
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Every year, young people inspired by the rich history, art, and architecture of the great European cities make pilgrimages to such iconic places as London, Paris, and Venice. Celebrating these European adventures, Lacuna Galleries presents the show Far Horizons, featuring the works of five artists: Australian Mark Hanham, American Tim Tyler, Italian painters Marco di Nieri and Pietro Piccoli, and Spanish realist Mark Esteve. The show opens with a reception on August 7 from 5 to 7:30 p.m.
“As people get past college [in the United States]—or ‘university’ in Australia—there’s this incredible pull to go to Europe,” says gallery owner Sheryle Moon. “[This show] is about stretching past the horizons of the continental United States or Australia, that pull of experiencing Europe.”
In the show, featuring nearly 30 new works, visitors will find a broad spectrum of styles and subject matter: Hanham’s works depicting the Eiffel Tower and the Grande Canal, Piccoli’s cubist abstracted landscapes of the Italian coast, Tyler’s classic renderings of San Gimignano and the Amalfi Coast, and the hyperrealistic Tuscan landscapes and Spanish still lifes of di Nieri and Esteve, respectively.
Hanham, who owns his own gallery in Sydney, brings five works to the Lacuna show. “I am interested in the human condition and what places mean to us,” he says. “I’m particularly interested in old architecture and re-creating these perspectives in a contemporary manner.” His acrylic renderings of Paris, Venice, and Barcelona illustrate not only his favorite cities but also his dripped painting technique. “I’ve spent the past 15 years pushing what Jackson Pollock created with his action painting and re-creating my own style in between abstraction and the literal,” he says.
For the opening reception, the gallery’s courtyard will be transformed into a little pocket of France. “We’re going to go all out,” Moon says. “There will be French wines, French champagne, French cheeses, a newsstand with the dome on top, pretty French furniture—it will be just like summer in Paris,” she adds. “It will be a nice night.” —Laura Rintala
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