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Document Type

Video

Publication Date

7-18-2018

Abstract

This 360-degree video tours the "Desert Divinity" art exhibit, held at the South Broadway Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, from April 12 to May 31, 2018.

The exhibit was curated by Augustine Romero and featured works by Kevin Comerford, Associate Professor and Director of Digital Initiatives at University Libraries, University of New Mexico. Other artists included in the show are Julie Reichert, Gabriel Luis Powers, and Richard Hazel. "Each artist brings in a sense of transcendentalist ideals of self-reliance and idealism as they explore nonobjective art," Romero said. "The studio becomes an environment of independence. The collective sense of discovering something new through individual exploration as mediums become reflections of light, tension, and models of the new."

For Comerford, traditional architectural forms from the Southwest are the source of inspiration for his current series of works. He finds certain shapes in architecture intriguing because they imply the human form and the human presence without expressly describing it.

"So while my work is essentially about the human environment, there is a visual tension in my compositions that pulls between the optimism of the human presence and a sense of loneliness that attends a pictorial environment that omits the human form," Comerford explains.

Abstract excerpted from Night of the Arts at South Broadway Cultural Center Opens With New Exhibition, Desert Divinity

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