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Ri Anderson & Larimer Richards at Galería 6 in Pozos

By Nick Hamblen

Living amongst artists, as we do here, creativity can sometimes, almost, be taken for granted. We live amongst artists. On occasion the depth and breadth of creativity and accomplishment of those we encounter are more slowly and delightfully revealed. Such has been my experience with Ri Anderson and Larimer Richards.

I have been well acquainted for several years with this pair of artists who share a life, children and homes in San Miguel and Pozos. Though I have always known them to be artists, the preparation for this show has made me acutely aware of a depth of creativity, both in their own right, for which I was not prepared.

Ri Anderson & Larimer Richards
Sat, Sep 8, 1-5pm
Galería 6
Jardin Principal 6
Mineral de Pozos

Anderson is presenting digital collages based in photography that explores her role as an expatriate mother birthing and raising children in Mexico. She uses primarily symbols of Catholicism to speak about her experiences. Says Anderson, “While I and my daughters are the subjects in and of my photographs, the final tableaux are fantastical rather than autobiographical.” Some of the works are constructed with specific art history/biblical painting in mind while others are based on much looser interpretations.

Using Photoshop to varying degrees in her work, Anderson combines elements of various photographs into one, creating “intricate digital embroidery.” Three of the works presented here weave together repeated images of her daughter’s birth in the forms of the potent Catholic symbols of The Bleeding Heart, Crown of Thorns and of the Cross. The resulting images are at once enigmatic and arresting.

Imagination Unleashed is how I would best describe the work of Larimer Richards. In this show Richards explores issues around “the impulse to survive in which we can be at the same time both whimsical and catastrophic.” The artist uses themes as varied as taxidermy and living with AIDS to express this theme. Other work here includes video projection in dark rooms of ocean waves onto furniture that is near indescribable. Better seen in person to be appreciated and comprehended.

An installation piece for which hundreds of straw cowboy hats have been boiled and reformed into roses will greet visitors at the entry to the gallery and send the mind reeling. To say the least it is aesthetically one of the beautiful things I have ever encountered, describing and capturing so romantically the joy and exoticism of living here in Mexico.

Both of these artists have been collected for multiple permanent museum collections and have enjoyed individual and group shows around the US for over a decade. Take this opportunity to see and support local art. Show runs at Galería 6 through November 4.

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