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Galería Relox 46, elegant minimalism

By Cati Demme

Galería Relox 46 officially re-opened its doors Sunday with a Gala Opening. This beautiful historic and strategically placed gallery space is located between Mesones and Insurgentes, near the Biblioteca, and three minutes from El Centro. Once the stables of a large estate, which originally spanned almost that entire block in colonial times, the architectural details abound. The famed ojo de buey (“Eye of the Ox”) openings grace two doorways, the rough solid arches and thick walls, sometimes almost four feet in thickness, harken back almost four centuries when San Miguel de Allende was just beginning to flourish.

“Recent Works: Elegant Minimalism”
Until April 1
Thu-Mon, 10am-8pm
Relox 46, Galería de Arte Contemporáneo
Reloj 46
(415) 106-4962

In the main salons this exhibit will highlight four creme de la crème artists from San Miguel, who work in a largely minimalist, non-figurative style. Artist Gerry Gill who is also the proprietor of the space, presents her elegant and sumptuous “color field” paintings and monoprints. Her whimsical and organic ceramic raku forms compliment these works. Painter Gene Johnson, always elegantly succinct, presents his most recent acrylic paintings combining lively color, sensuous texture and evocative iconography. These current works have been created in both his studios in San Miguel and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Terry Ann Tomlinson, who always delights us with her surprising resourcefulness, has created a new series of absolutely spectacular woks in, non other than colored masking tapes, at times combined with mixed media. In contrast her papermaking roots are reflected in her subtle hanging female forms in pressed fibers. The Wabi Sabi Collective, comprised of the multi-talented artist/couple Shirli Marcantel and Gregory Ellis, present their profound and meditative wall pieces in gold leaf. In addition, their sculpturesque clay slab containers for Ikebana arrangements and orchids are timeless pieces, magnificently straddling the fine line between art and craft.

In the Small Works Salon, in the rear of the gallery, two of San Miguel’s most renowned photographers, Norma Suarez and Lulu Torbet, present their most recent small format series. Suárez, who always challenges us with her unique vision, captures the surreal and enigmatic elegance of the British Victorian artist Sir Edward James’ infamous and controversial estate “Las Pozas” (The Pools) near Xilitla, San Luis Potosi, in her intimate black and white series. Lulu Torbet, always playful and provocative, enchants us with her mindful spontaneity… literally layering the organic and inorganic to create delightfully refreshing imagery.

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