Pixelated & Familia de Burque

One Month – Two Great Shows!

Pixelated & Familia de Burque

Both Run July 1 – August 1

Opening Reception • July 3 • 5pm – 8pm

Musical Guests at Reception – Award-winning folk duo – Charmed!

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When new technology develops, it offers artists new and impressive ways to express themselves and their art. Pixelated is a show that features some of New Mexico’s best all-night computer creations and digitally-altered photography. See what happens when the artist’s imagination and skill meld with the awesome processing power of today’s computer!

Juries artists are Michael Godey, Kim Ashley, Sandi Gunn Kealy, Ty Beh, Richard Nunez, Jessica Bussetti, Richard Reickenberg, Gordon Vanus and Kristi Harper.

familiawebAt the turn of the 20th century there were many portrait studios in Albuquerque. One studio left hundreds if not thousands of glass negatives behind. In 2007 a few hundred of these negatives ended up in the hands of Raine Klover, a recent transplant to Albuquerque, after languishing in a storage shed for years. About a quarter have the names of their subjects and dates of the sittings. Raine began researching these photos and the people that populate them. Trips to the Center for Southwest Research at UNM, the Albuquerque Special Collections library, and the Albuquerque Museum ensued. Through this research, Raine believes these negatives were taken at Cobb Studios and most of the photos were probably taken by Eddie Ross Cobb – the daughter of New Mexico Territory Governor – Edmund Gibson Ross. Eddie Ross Cobb owned Cobb Studios with her husband William Henry Cobb and upon his death from tuberculosis she took over operation of the studio in 1909.

Raine’s research also led her to identify many of the people in the photographs and even speak with a few of their descendants. During the research process she also began creating a new iconography for these people, mixing the portraits with her own digital photography.

Raine speaking about the glass negatives: “There is something about these negatives that has gotten a hold of my soul. I think it’s because these people look like people I see here every day; that mix of Native American, Hispanic and Anglo that is uniquely New Mexican. And knowing that these people lived here, in the city that has become my home, creates an instant soul connection. I have learned so many unexpected things about Albuquerque through my research – about the railyards in Barelas, the small but vibrant Italian community, and the tuberculosis epidemic that devastated many families and led so many people to move here .”

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