SFR Picks—Week of April 27 |
Ink wash is so fashionable
Acclaimed Japanese artist brings the naturalism of street art to Santa Fe
Think about how much algorithms are shaping our world these days. Heck, we could be about to write our movie scripts and build our aesthetic pleasures. But Tokyo-based artist Mitsuru Ando takes a tongue-in-cheek approach to our tech-driven dystopia while reminding viewers that algorithms existed in our everyday world long before computers. Ando’s life-size paintings manage to capture the grand scale of the world while remembering its simple, repetitive patterns – the work serves as a reminder that everything, down to the cellular level, is an art in itself.
“[Ando] uses a lot of traditional calligraphy ink,” Takeo Royer, director of Kouri + Corrao Gallery, tells SFR. “It will be at least as a base, then it will come back with acrylic paints.”
In our ever-changing online lives, Royer literally discovered Ando’s work on Instagram, and then became determined to bring the artist into his gallery. Coordinating big artistic shows via DM is easier than ever, and Royer’s scroll means Ando’s first solo show in the US is now open for business. He has won a multitude of awards in his home country, ranging from the SOMPO Museum of Art in Tokyo, the Makurazaki International Art Award and the 2016 Sezon Art Award in Karuizawa, Japan. He channels traditional Japanese painting techniques such as Suiboku-ga, fusing familiar ink wash concepts with street art style.
Unlike traditional landscape paintings, Ando’s naturalistic twists cover negative space, never allowing the viewer to focus on the rhythms. The title of the exhibition dwells on the metaphorical, where broad strokes represent intricate details ranging from fog to hillsides. The natural scenes are something playful – ribbon-like blue curls like rivers, thick red vines hovering above tree trunks painted like simple lines. Ando’s work plays with your eyes, keeping them hooked on the whimsical lines.
“It looks like a radical center of an ancient technique,” Royer continues. “It’s more metaphorical, creating these landscapes like an idealized fantasy perfect world. It’s both ancient and apocalyptic, a bit fantastical and even a bit optimistic. (Riley Gardner)
nature’s algorithm: 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday. By appointment Sunday and Monday. Free. Kouri + Correo Gallery, 3213 Calle Marie. (505) 820-1888.
alley of nightmares In the flesh
Parents who had nightmares about what became of their Hot Topic teens can now see that terror come true. Paranormal Cirque is a traveling show of insane circus acts, filled with self-proclaimed freaks, illusionists, freaks and high-flying acrobats. It’s not for the faint of heart, and it’s worth remembering that it’s an 21+ show for all the good reasons you can imagine. It’s scary, bizarre and even somewhat sexual, a circus for adults who also like a bit of shock mixed in with their daily death-defying stunts. Horror fans and adrenaline junkies, this show is tailor-made for you and your social media, which we guess is something we need to tell people these days to get them out of their house. them. (RG)
paranormal circus: Several times, Thursday, April 28—Sunday, May 1. $10-$50. Santa Fe Place Mall (under the giant orange tent). 4250 Cerrillos Road, tinyurl.com/5zf3hxas.
Apologies to Oklahoma, but this in-state “spring water” boasts that it tastes like chalk. Did you know that if we accompany it with a good fish dish, we can make it recoverable? That’s what Certified Fine Water Specialist Marti Mills brings to REMIX Audio Bar. Taste multitudes of waters from around the world, experiment which taste goes best with various foods and even build yourself a mocktail from said fancy water of your choice. If you think it’s all just H2O – whoa, mate, turn the pessimism down a notch. Life is short, let’s make the tiniest things pep up. This is hydration for the most dedicated. People may laugh at you now, but they won’t laugh when your dinner parties go viral in town. Get out the fancy glasses, it’s water time. (RG)
Spring Fling Fine Water Tasting: 11:45 a.m. Saturday April 30. $30. REMIX Soundbar, 101W Marcy St., Ste. 201. (505) 803-7949, tinyurl.com/mr4x77nu
Rime on the Dime
What’s in spring that makes words sweeter? We can’t say it, but this poetic duet could help us to feel the reasons. Daniel Bohnhorst and Christoper Johnson take the stage at Teatro Paraguas to present their sweet nursery rhymes. Townspeople might know that these writers live and breathe poetry: Bornhorst, a regular Paragua performer, writer and director, reads excerpts from his latest collections titled Pocket poems and How much for a handful. Johnson is the author of &more lucky, published in the acclaimed series Mountains West Poetry in 2016. Bohnhorst’s works revel in nature and reflection, while Johnson’s delves into longing and shortcomings. And hey, thanks to Teatro Paraguas for always bringing poetry to the community. (RG)
Dan Bohnhorst and Christopher Johnson: 5 p.m. Sunday, May 1. Free (but make a donation). Teatro Paraguas, 3205 Calle Marie, Ste. B. (505) 424-1601.