Press Releases - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

Santa Fe, New Mexico – We would like to welcome Santa Fe-based sculptor, Colette Hosmer to our gallery. We are proud to be representing her innovative work, which offers a fresh perspective on the interaction between humankind and the animal world. Currently, the gallery is previewing several of her pieces; however, Hosmer will have a solo exhibition from Friday, June 24 through Friday, July 22. Showing at the same time will be an exhibition of new works by artist Holly Roberts, involving a distinctive combination of painting and photo collage. The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 24 at the gallery from 5:00-7:00pm. More information on the artists and their works can be found in the following text.

Who: Colette Hosmer / Holly Roberts
What: Sculpture / Photo Collage
When: Friday, June 24, 2011 until Friday, July 22, 2011; Opening reception on Friday, June 24, 2011 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District
Where: Zane Bennett Contemporary Art, 435 S. Guadalupe St., Santa Fe, NM 87501


Hosmer studied at the University of North Dakota. She then attended Linn Benton College in Oregon focusing on sculpture, bronze casting, painting, and art history. Currently, she resides in Santa Fe but has been exhibited throughout the world including in China and Germany. Much of her artistic life has been devoted to travel, and much of her inspiration is drawn from experiences abroad, including her choice of fabrication methods. She recently completed and installed a large-scale granite sculpture of 27 cutthroat trout in the courtyard of the Santa Fe Community Convention Center. Her work is featured in other important collections including: the cities of Xiamen, Tianjin, and Yanqing (China), the Eitlejorg Museum (Indiana), Sterling Vineyards (California), and the private collections of Richard Dreyfus, Michael Keaton, and Carrie Fisher. In the course of her career, she has had twenty-two museum exhibitions, eighteen solo exhibitions, and one-hundred fourteen group exhibitions. She will be participating in a major international exhibition in Quanzhou, China, (Marco Polo's City) that opens on June 2, 2011.


Hosmer is entranced by the organic. Science and nature played an integral role in her discovery of art, and eventually, Hosmer began to draw on animal biology as an artistic element. Many of her first trials included the bodies of fish and snakes, but she has also used raccoons, cats, pigs, elk, and goats. Hosmer’s technical process (dissection of animals and casting from the remains) is sometimes troubling to viewers. Arts writer Hollis Walker explains, “Hosmer’s process is central to her work, and as fascinating to her as similar processes are to a wildlife biologist or a human pathologist. Like many sculptors, her art derives from what she thinks about and concludes while preparing her materials. Still, some critics have warned readers away from thinking too hard about it, fueling a ghoulish viewpoint rather than the aesthetic and intellectual absorption the artist experiences. Perhaps our squeamishness about animal guts mirrors our puritanically influenced inability to talk about our own guts; after all, their insides look an awful lot like ours.”

The body of work that will be on view was created late in 2010, in an old villa on Gulangyu Island, near Xiamen, China. The collection of sculptures is unique to that place and time and speaks to the lives we live outside of our intellect. Other work on display will include pieces from the following series: Mad Cow, Spheres, Table of Contents, The Hungry Ghost, Natura Morta, and Feast.


Roberts was born in Boulder, Colorado and now resides in Corrales, New Mexico. Her studies took her to Mexico and Ecuador before she received her BA at the University of New Mexico and her MFA from Arizona State University. Since 1980, she has exhibited extensively throughout the United States. Several awards for photography have been given to Roberts including the National Endowment for the Arts Grant and the Ferguson Grant. Roberts’ work is included in many renowned collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), Citicorp Group, and the Phoenix Arts Commission.


Holly Roberts, known for her innovative combination of paint and photography, will be presenting new work which pushes the limits of her mixed media approach. In 2010, Roberts began to experiment with photographs printed on clear ink-jet transparencies. By laying them over her lush abstract surfaces, she has been able to combine the photograph with her paintings in a way that allows the painting below to help describe the photograph on top.

With this new approach, she continues to explore her world of quirky narrative. She allows us to follow the stories that develop from her mix of paint and photographic imagery, combined and recombined in ways that help us see the world in a slightly different way. Her narratives are ironically elegant, ironic because of the mundane sources of materials that make the images, and elegant because of the unexpected beauty she has found in the photographic remains used in each piece.

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