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David S McKee, Christopher Spatz, Jona Jackson Batt

December 14, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

One Night, Friday ::: December 14th, 2018 ::: 5p-9p
OT Circus Gallery, 709 Central Ave, NW, Albuquerque

About the Artist, David S. McKee, in his own words:

“Each work has a life of its own. Each piece that I create has an aspect of life ingrained into it. When creating new works I always keep in mind that artistry is progressive and because of this, my work continues to evolve. At one time, I used oil paint, roofing tar, encaustic, and liquid enamel to create my paintings. I have since started using acrylic, cold wax, spray paint, art crayons, charcoal and sometimes incorporate various types of papers to create my works. Combining these materials in a mixed media piece creates something that I am truly inspired by. My intention in these pieces is to portray reflection onto the studies and theories of chaos vs. order. This is an aesthetic that I continue to experiment within my work. Each of the materials I use allows me to create various layers and textures. I am fascinated with texture and surface manipulation, through this I hope to generate a sense of space and dimension by building layer upon layer using palimpsest. I believe this process has allowed my work to become more organic in nature. My work continues to evolve.”

Christopher Spatz Artist Staement/Bio:

“The Process of photography is a lot about what I’m working with. Like many, I straddled the advent of the transformation of photography toward digital technology. There were no digital
cameras, no smartphones when I became interested in photography. As I learned photography,
I embraced the importance of editing in the camera, trying not to crop or manipulate in the darkroom. I tried to catch what I saw through the viewfinder. I enjoyed accidents that happened—leaks of lights in the camera that became part of the image—and experiments like shooting old expired film to see if there was an interesting effect or quality that might result. I
spent many years developing film and printing from negatives in the darkroom, and I felt a significant amount of anxiety when all the talk was around digital technology replacing all the
process that I loved about photography. I was resistant to that happening, to the point that in many ways it derailed my creative focus following the achievement of my BFA.”

“My current work is a return to what I enjoy most about photography, and my attempt to combine the aspects of both analog and digital that I like, trying to find a balance in a blended way of working that is fulfilling, rewarding and satisfying. I enjoy exploring the combination of traditional photographic techniques with current digital technology and using simple, manual film cameras as much or more than sophisticated digital ones. The medium of film, the lack of
an immediate review, the delay for processing, the absence of instant gratification creates a necessary deliberation and a risk of not having any good images if something goes wrong with
the film. I try to work spontaneously within my intentionality.”

“My work draws from the landscape observed—sometimes noting dramatic changes to scenery with which I’ve been familiar since boyhood…images unfixed to a specific time, landscapes with uneasy juxtapositions of the modern man made…abstraction in confluence with veracity. The terrain and structures of the American Southwest hold a particular fascination for me…the prehistoric ruins of New Mexico and the Four Corners region—a sense of history, a sense of mystery—images of magical places, expertly built and inhabited by Stone Age cultures for generations, and abruptly abandoned centuries before the arrival of the European conquerors
and inquisitors. I offer images that I hope are intriguing, perhaps nostalgic, that may be evocative, suggestive, or symbolic depending on the experiences of different viewers.”

Christopher Spatz was born to American parents in Wiesbaden, Germany, and grew up as a preacher’s kid in Sin City—Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada. Inspired by the glorious desert and rich
history of New Mexico, Chris relocated from his hometown in 1993. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico. He lives and works in Rio
Rancho and Albuquerque.

Jona Lou Batt ~ Artist Bio/Statement:

“Yugen, a Japanese term, refers to “A profound, mysterious sense of the beauty of the universe, and the sad beauty of human suffering.” It values the power to evoke, rather than the ability to state directly, and can awaken many inner thoughts and feelings. I credit this emotion for the space-scapes that often evolve within my artwork from intuitive applications of vibrant color.
A lifelong love of art began for me the moment I could make marks on paper. Yet, it was my time in Gallup, New Mexico, that made me think that art was more than mark making. In the mid-1980s I began working from antique postcards where I copied and painted watercolor portraits of Indigenous Americans. My focus shifted some years later with the birth of my daughter. As she grew to become an accomplished dancer, my paintings reflected the fluidity and movement of dance. By late 2011, my return to art was freer and more intuitive, heading into abstraction – a genre through which I could readily express my love of movement, music, color, and especially the cosmos.

The abstract process for involves no more planning than deciding what size or type of surface to paint on and which colors to begin with. I usually use wet-on-wet watercolor technique and apply color straight out of the tube. I may choose to use a spray bottle of water to move the colors around or use a palette knife! It truly is a random beginning. The forms begin to take shape as the movement of the colors direct. The process continues with layer upon layer of color with glazing in between to prevent lifting of the prior applications. Most of my work includes spheres, as they are often the best way to bring a balance to the works! Most of the smaller works are finished with 2-3 layers of resin with more paint applications! The process of creating art is gratifying to me; but the sense of wonder on my patrons’ faces completes the process of connecting my art with their hearts.

Collectors of my work often describe it as inspiring, mysterious, majestic and peaceful. My hope is that the images I create will strike a chord of resonance within the viewers while sparking a renewed sense of awe and wonder about our shared existence.”