ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Harwood Art Center is hosting “Surface: Emerging Artists of New Mexico” with 11 female and one male artist in the main gallery. The front gallery features “Muscle Memory,” an installation by Cecilia McKinnon, through July 20.
The two shows are related in that McKinnon was selected for a solo exhibit from last year’s emerging artists exhibition. I love the concept of McKinnon’s installation as articulately laid out in her artist statement, but my internal jury is still out on the product of that concept.
In the main gallery, there is an extravaganza of approaches to art making, ranging in scale from very small to monumental. Helen Atkins plumbs the depths of female identity in small jewel-like objects that incorporate decorative metals and image-laden mirrors.