On Friday, September 20th, from 5pm – 7pm, Canyon Road Contemporary Art, 622 Canyon Road in Santa Fe, is proud to present two artists, Mark Bowles and Ali Launer, each of whom explores color, pattern, and plane in different ways. The exhibit will run through the 29th of September.
Mark Bowles’ large, abstracted skyscapes call to mind the power and turmoil of the New Mexican skies, most often at sunset and sunrise. Though formally trained, Bowles does not like to limit himself to rules of expression, and his work will often move from representational to minimalist to abstracted, even within the same canvas. This fluidity, together with his distinctive layers of color and cloud divided out on different planes, give his pieces their power and their grace.
Honing her art of beading since the age of twelve, artist Ali Launer adorns real animal skulls with faceted jewels, glass, silver, snakeskin, and other surprising elements. The design work on her adorned skulls is contemporary, with their asymmetrical planes of materials, and informed by the nature of the skull. She chooses patterns and materials with utmost care to reflect the origin of the skull as well as the personality she recognizes in it. The result enhances nature’s own profound design work with grace.