Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Michelle Blade @ CCA Santa Fe

CCA Santa Fe just recently opened their first exhibition of the new year with a tremendous showing from San Francisco-based artist Michelle Blade. Last year, she made one painting a day for the entirety of the year as a daily meditation on her relationship with painting and the apocalyptic Mayan prophecies surrounding 2012. Her work investigates themes of ritual and prophecy and Making Light of It features the debut of all 366 apocalypse paintings, alongside new sculptural works. I highly recommend a visit to this fantastic exhibition, one of CCA's better offerings in a long while. It's up through February 17.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

John Phillip Abbott: Interview & Exhibition Opening

With the onset of the new year, we are excited to announce a new partnership and collaborative effort between 516 ARTS and the Inpost Artspace, so be sure to stay up to date with the exhibitions at Inpost throughout the year!

John Phillip Abbott will open The Happiness Project this Friday, January 4th (5-8p) at the Inpost Artspace (located in the Outpost Performance Space). This will be John's first solo exhibition in Albuquerque and I couldn't think of a better way to ring in the new year than with his not-to-be-missed contribution to Inpost's 2013 exhibition programming schedule. 

In advance of John's exhibition, I had the chance to interview him and ask him about his process.

The Happiness Project

Where are you from? Where did you go to school?

I was born in Wausau, WI but grew up in and around Houston, Texas for the most part. I received a BFA from Western New Mexico University in Silver City, New Mexico and a MFA from the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin.