City of Mud puts the spotlight on sculptor Colin Barker and painter Sasha Pyle during the month of February, highlighting the accomplishments of these Santa Fe artists.
Primarily an abstract painter, Pyle describes her work as depicting an inner landscape where the human, natural and theoretical worlds intersect. “I’m fascinated by that moment when we first perceive something and experience it sensually, before the analytical part of the mind kicks in,” she says.
Pyle’s paintings have lots of texture to them. “I abhor a smooth canvas and work quickly to apply texture which then dictates some of the process from that point on,” she explains.
Barker’s chosen media are sheet steel and fluorescent Plexiglas. His steel pieces are inspired by rock forms, while Plexiglas works are more colorful and geometric in shape.
“I like the mass and solidity of steel,” Barker says. “With its neutral color, form is dominant. Growing up on a coast, and with an interest in geology, it’s no surprise my forms have abstracted elements of minerals and boats, especially their hulls and masts.”
In contrast to steel, Plexiglas is inherently colored as well as being transparent. “Fluorescent materials are limited to only four colors, and this presents a challenge to combine them in interesting ways,” he adds.
City of Mud, a collaborative art space offering works in a variety of media, opened its doors in the fall of 2015. Among the artists whose works have been shown at the gallery are Mayumi Watanabe, Rand Marco, Jamie Chase, Bill Skrips, Nancy Nichols, Touri Strick, Joseph Griffo and Gina Telocci. The gallery spotlights the work of Chase and Skrips in March.