Las Cruces photographer’s ‘Beautiful Barbarism’ at Art Obscura Gallery

Las Cruces photographer’s ‘Beautiful Barbarism’ at Art Obscura Gallery


By Mike Cook

Art Obscura Gallery, 3206 Harrelson St. in Mesilla Park, will host a solo exhibition entitled “Beautiful Barbarism” that attributes the get the job done of Las Cruces photographer David D. Sorensen, gallery proprietor Deret Roberts said in a news launch.

The exhibit opens Saturday, Nov. 13, and proceeds as a result of Friday, Dec. 10. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 13. All company should be vaccinated in opposition to Covid-19, use masks and socially distance themselves.

“This demonstrate confronts the viewer with a provocative, still aesthetic appear at New Mexico’s a lot less-happy conversation with the natural environment,” Roberts explained.

The exhibit is subtitled “New Mexico, (claimed but) Correct,” Roberts claimed, and is loosely grouped close to six themes: the “Barbarism” title part that mostly addresses “the wanton shoot-it-up society and the devastation still left driving in the wilderness” “Developing by Destroying,” which “highlights the carving up of the surroundings for new properties, rapid food and mining” “Desert Trash,” which “reminds that New Mexicans aren’t the most tidy of folks” “Low Brow NM,” about “all our cultural establishments and the cloth of our general social culture” “Indifferent Neglect,” which “reflects the way entropy appears to rule here” and “Graffiti Defacement,” which “shows the array of lovely, damaging and impermanent graffiti that is so prevalent in our border culture.”

On hikes and travels all around New Mexico, Sorensen “couldn’t aid observe the rather casual and from time to time destructive way folks address their surroundings, no matter whether their households or the desert atmosphere,” Roberts stated. “‘Beautiful Barbarism’ confronts viewers with his provocative, aesthetic, intriguing and from time to time even beautiful eyesight of who we are.”

“I was lucky to be born with an creative eye,” Sorensen stated. “There can be a natural beauty and aesthetic to even the grubbiest of points, based on the mild and framing. New Mexico is what it is and I appreciate residing here.”

Roberts explained Sorensen’s clearly show “offers a blend of small, affordable and personal pieces, alongside with more substantial, extraordinary photos, noticed through the eyes of an artist.”

“Beautiful Barbarism” will be Sorensen’s very first solo present since 2012, soon following the artist moved to Las Cruces from Virginia, Roberts stated.

Sorensen’s get the job done was section of the “Here & Now” exhibitions at the Metropolis of Las Cruces Museum of Art and the New Mexico Point out University Artwork Gallery, Roberts said. And, Sorensen just lately experienced 20 of his images bundled in the spring exhibition at the New Mexico Most cancers Heart in Albuquerque.

Sorensen is also a signature member of the Nationwide Watercolor Culture and has represented Las Cruces as an artist in residence in Bundaberg, Australia for the initial Vast Bay-Significant Desert Worldwide trade exhibition amongst Bundaberg and Las Cruces, Robert explained. Sorensen was invited to be a part of The Border Artists in 2019.

In advance of starting a complete-time occupation as an artist in 2007, Sorensen served in the U.S. Marines and worked as a contractor supporting the intercontinental intelligence local community, Roberts explained.

Art Obscura is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday by means of Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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