DATE BOOK - 2014
MARCH 1, 2014; Normal Gallery Hours
Gallery Prep Continues for Certain Signs
MARCH 8, 2014; 4 to 6 PM
Artist's Reception . Certain Signs
Featured Artist: Carey Crane
MARCH 22; 1:30 - 2:30 PM
Artists's Talk . Certain Signs
Featured Artist: Carey Crane
MARCH 29; 4 PM
Exhibit Close: Certain Signs
Wide Bay High Desert Repeat in 2015
Unsettled Gallery and the Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery (Austrailia) will collaborate again to put on an exchange exhibit during September/October 2015. Planning has already begun!
Unsettled Gallery Blog: Coming Soon!
2/22/2014: With a push and some "how-to" help from Mary Robertson, one of the gallery's artists, who managed to sit us down, make us focus and voilá a wordpress template was selected and features demystified. We're not there yet, but we're close. So, stay tuned.
9/13/2013: Sadly, it appears that the blog is "on the back burner" so soon it won't be, but it will be forthcoming . . .)
2/10/2013 update: We have a name for our new blog. It will be titled "Art Notes" to reflect our wide ranging interests in, and musings about, art. We're currently struggling a bit with WordPress, a blogging software product, but stay tuned here for progress updates.
March 1 - March 29
Carey Crane's exhibit, Certain Signs, hangs on the Gallery walls now. The artist's reception takes place on Saturday, March 8, from 4 to 6 PM. The new work continues to offer color, gesture and layers built with collage and paint to elicit viewer response. But Crane has pushed these materials and techniques further, feeling "certain signs" guided his journey.
Reflecting about influences on his work, Crane explains how he was allowed to "free range" in his father's studio. During the 1960's his father Jim Crane explored "cool, non-figurative abstractions." The junior Crane, surrounded by his father's compositions combining paper and fabric collage with acrylic paints, says he remembers, at that time, being most attracted to his dad's cartooning.
Later at the University of Florida, in advanced studio painting classes with Hyriam Williams, Crane realized that the Abstract Expressionist aesthetic and media used in his father's work had seeped into his consciousness. This became the foundation of much of his artwork.
The work included in Certain Signs uses the Abstract Expressionist aesthetic as its touchstone, but during the nearly year-long period during which the body of work was created, Crane's palette varied. You'll find one artwork composed of colors reminiscent of the primitive, tropical paradise Gauguin sought, but never truly found, in the South Seas. You could think of this piece as a bridge to the work he might create for a 2015 exhibit. But maybe not. When you journey, you rarely know the route to your next destination.
Click here to jump to images of Carey Crane's new work, artist statement and links to Jim Crane's website where you can spend some delightful time finding your own journey with the use of "certain signs."
Then join us, please, for the artist's reception on Saturday, March 8, 4 to 6 PM. An artist's talk takes place on Saturday, March 22, 1:30 to 2:30 PM. Visit throughout the exhibit. This is work that rewards study, so return for a little quiet contemplation.
Unsettled Gallery and Studio; February 2014
Unsettled Gallery is a unique, contemporary art gallery in southern New Mexico, displaying a diverse range of art styles and mediums by a select group of artists.
Located along the site of the celebrated Camino Real (the 'Royal Highway') within the Original Townsite of Las Cruces, New Mexico, the gallery building is an historic, adobe structure. Over its long life, the building served many purposes: family home, apartment, fruit stand, packaged liquor store drive through to name just a few of its personalities. Acquired in 2003 by an artist interested in saving old adobes, rescue and restoration began. The current owners completed a nearly one-year restoration and renovation in 2007 launching the building into use as an art gallery for which it seems happily suited.