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‘Cosmic’ art exhibit to debut at Open Space Visitor Center

This image shows a combination of Harriette Tsosie’s Pluto Moons, left, and Elle MacLaren’s Pluto, right. Cosmic works from both artists will debut at the Open Space Visitor Center on Saturday. (Courtesy City of Albuquerque Open Space Division)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Open Space Visitor Center is hosting a free reception today from 2 to 4 p.m. for its new “Cosmic” art exhibit, featuring the work of Harriette Tsosie and Elle MacLaren.

Tsosie and MacLaren are award-winning artists who will present an exhibition of work about the cosmos, using the center – 6500 Coors NW at the end of Bosque Meadows Road between Montaño and Paseo – as a location for astronomical observations, organizers said in a news release.

Art will be for sale, and proceeds will benefit the Open Space Alliance.

Tsosie’s work consists of a series of scrolls about the known planets in the solar system as well as discoveries made with the assistance of modern technology, such as the Hubble Space Telescope.

Labels for each scroll contain a QR (quick response) code that can be scanned by a viewer’s smartphone and will play the sound of the related planet or a short YouTube video of a related event, organizer said.

For MacLaren’s work, images from space probes inspired her to make conceptual paintings of the planets and sometimes moons in wax. Each planet is painted during its zodiac sign and sound is incorporated into the process as she listens to NASA recordings of the planets as she paints them.

“I am interested in the relationship between people and natural and manmade environment,” she said in the news release. “The images I create aim to bring the viewer into seeing the environment on a deeper level. It is my intention to evoke a response from the viewer that gives them a larger sense of knowing the source when looking at the familiar.”

The exhibit runs through March 31.

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