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NEW IMAGISTS IN THE SOUTHWEST

Carly Veronica

Autumn Electric Phase IV (detail) 2015. Watercolor, wood, resin 17′′ x 17′′ x 1". Image courtesy of the artist.

Jodie Herrera

Before I Go (detail) 2015. Oil on Birch Wood 30"x24". Image courtesy of the artist

Melissa Parra Morrow

"Lobos Bravos" (detail) 2015 Cut-N-Paste Collage 18" x 13" x 1". Image courtesy of the artist

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CCA is pleased to present the exhibition New Imagists in the Southwest in the spector ripps project space, opening on September 23 and on view through November 27, 2016. The exhibition opens to the public on Friday, September 23 with a CCA Member’s Only preview from 5-6 p.m. followed by a public reception from 6-8 p.m.

About the Exhibition
New Imagists in the Southwest features the work of thirteen artists, who were selected from an open call to artists residing in the Southwest and who paint and draw in the pop-surrealist, lowbrow, street art style fostered by publications like Juxtapoz, High Fructose, and Beautiful Decay. Jurors Meg Linton and Angie Rizzo agreed that, “These types of open calls are always a wonderful way to learn about new artists and it was a pleasure to see so much challenging and provocative imagery.” The artists included in the exhibition are: Alejandro Augustine Padilla, Carly VeronicaChad Danger Lindsay, Gaspar Salazar-Mendez, Israel HarosJL JohnsonJodie HerreraJoerael Julian ElliotMax NeutraMelissa Parra MorrowPetroRoxana Tuff, and Zane White. Rizzo goes on to say: “While it is always an enjoyable process to see a such a remarkable cache of new work, it is difficult to narrow down a selection.” This exhibition is organized in conjunction with Robt. Williams: Slang Aesthestics! in the CCA Munoz Waxman Gallery, September 23-November 27, 2016. 

About the Jurors
Meg Linton is a curator and innovative thinker in the field of contemporary visual art whose career has spanned more than two decades working with emerging and established artists, curators, and institutions. She has organized hundreds of exhibitions, public programs, and edited/published dozens of catalogs. She was most recently the Director of Galleries and Exhibitions for the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles (2003-14). The breadth of Linton’s institutional vision has taken her into working within an extremely wide spectrum of artists and media. Her projects have ranged from historical investigations such as Doin’ It in Public: Feminism and Art at the Woman’s Building (part of the Getty’s initiative Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980), The Los Angeles School: Karl Benjamin, Lorser Feitelson, Frederick Hammersley, June Harwood, Helen Lundeberg, John McLaughlin, and In the Land of Retinal Delights: The Juxtapoz Factor to showcasing the work of single artists as stylistically different but as important as Alison Saar, Shahzia Sikander, and Joan Tanner, to organizing large thematic exhibitions such as Meticulosity, Do It Now: Live Green!, and Tapping the Third Realm.

Angie Rizzo is CCA’s Visual Arts Curator. She has a diverse background in the arts includes administration, education, conservation and an active personal practice. Angie has participated in the Getty Multicultural Internship Program, the Babayan Cultural Art Residency program (Cappadocia, Turkey) and Art Conservation de Rigueur (San Francisco, CA). Rizzo’s professional experience includes Saint Elmo Village, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), The Community Arts Partnership, and Machine Project. In 2012, Angie co-founded SuperLow Gallery, an alternative artist space and gallery in San Francisco that promoted freedom of artistic experimentation. Angie is a passionate supporter of the arts and dedicated to the growth of contemporary arts in the Santa Fe community. Angie holds a BFA from CalArts (California Institute of the Arts).

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