The North Fourth Art Center presents “liminal landscapes”

Three works by Toni Gentilli – from left to right, ‘Herb of Witches (Thistle and Fern)’, ‘Temperance’ and ‘Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia)’. (Courtesy of North Fourth Art Center)

The North Fourth Art Center is showing its “liminal landscapes” through August 28.

The exhibit features site-specific installations as well as two- and three-dimensional artworks focused on the New Mexico environment.

The goal is to engage participants in a visceral experience and build awareness and appreciation for the fragile yet resilient ecoregions and animals of New Mexico.

Artists who took part in this event include Christie Green, Danielle Rae Miller, Toni Gentilli, Autumn Kioti and Ken Romig.

“It was amazing and it was overflowing with people,” said Susanna Kearny, outreach director at the North Fourth Art Center. “Christie Green from Santa Fe brought in a committed contingent from Santa Fe. So it was great all around.

“Liminal Landscapes” was described as “an exploration of human nature, life-death, internal-external, imaginary-real, masculine-feminine,” in the press release.

“I think the Christie installation is really a talking point because it’s site-specific,” Kearny said. “But the subject is called ‘Moonlight Elk’, although it’s an immersive multimedia installation involving an elk skeleton, so the plot of watching that climb was wonderful.”

When Green isn’t working on her craft, she’s also Radicle’s hunter, writer, and main landscape architect.

“The dream involves the ‘Moonlight Elk’, and Christie is a hunter, so it was actually an elk that she had hunted, killed and butchered, then of course mirrored as she is a landscape architect and closely tied to the land .”

Viewers also got to sample elk.

“It actually had meat that had been slaughtered from the elk and it was deliciously barbecued,” Kearny said.

While Christie majors in hunting, Miller is a fine arts professor who teaches at Central New Mexico Community College and the Institute of American Indian Arts.

Danielle Rae Miller has five works at the North Fourth Art Center. (Courtesy of North Fourth Art Center)

“Danielle’s work is very intricate, I think it’s almost 10 feet tall (and) it’s all hand drawn with pen,” Kearny said. “Danielle has a set of delicate cyanotypes that resemble impressions of the sun, so they are a lovely aqua blue color.”

“And then Danielle also has an installation of pods that reflect them together in a pattern that mirrors the constellation,” Kearny said. “They light up the star map the day the exhibit comes on.”

“Liminal Landscapes” is just one of many events in the region’s thriving art scene.

“I would say it’s coming back in a really strong way,” Kearny said. “I thought over the years, certainly thanks to COVID, it would be a bit slow, but we opened in the fall and we really expected the new program to launch them in the spring.”

For Kearny, seeing the displays when they are completely finished never fails to amaze.

“I can watch the gallery, so that’s my favorite part, and also talk to people about the event,” Kearny said. “I think hearing about it and then seeing it come together was beautiful.”

Next in store for the gallery is a show at the end of August that features sculptures by Joe Sackett.

Hours of operation for the “Liminal Landscape” gallery are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and during North Fourth Theater performances.

The North Fourth Art Center presents “liminal landscapes”

EXCERPT: The exhibit features site-specific installations as well as two- and three-dimensional artworks, focusing on the New Mexico environment.