2019 Art Exhibition at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden
Art and gardens: the pairing goes back millennia. The latest exhibition at the Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Human Nature: Explorations in Bronze, features the unique sculptures of three artists: Allan Houser, David Pearson, and Jonathan Hertzel. Showcasing human figures in bronze, each artist brings his distinct style to reveal the spirit and cherish the fragility and power of human nature. The exhibition includes 24 bronze sculptures and opens to the public on May 25, 2019, with an opening reception on May 24, 2019. The exhibition runs through May 10, 2020.
About the Artists
Allan Houser is one of New Mexico’s prolific artists; he was a student of the Santa Fe Indian School, and later set up the sculpture department at the Institute of American Indian Arts. Houser created revolutionary pieces that not only inspired and influenced his contemporaries and protégés, but have an ongoing impact the world over. From his iconic narrative works to the serene and mysterious forms of his geometric abstract works, Houser’s art connected people through its refined aesthetic and exacting execution.
Having grown up in Tesuque, sculptor David Pearson began working at Shidoni foundry as an apprentice at the age of 15. His rapid mastery of every phase of fine-art foundry work led to career phases as Foundry Director, Patina Master, Foundry designer and builder, and the one closest to his heart, Master Sculptor. His bronzes reach people across the usual human divides and categorizations. Serenity, peace, and spirituality constitute as much of the mass and gravitas of Pearson’s bronze figures as the dense and durable metal itself.
Jonathan Hertzel is a classically trained sculptor who calls himself a sculptural historian. Educated at the Pennsylvania Academy of The Fine Arts and the University of Rochester, with more than thirty years of experience under his belt, he can certainly hold his own with more traditional artists who work in bronze. But, he has a slightly different intention, one for which his history can provide hints. The artist feels that figurative sculpture changes in order to best represent the times in which it is created. The sculptures are rooted in motion, transition and passage, and are visually multi-directional. The far and near views offer differing perspectives, the changing views culminate into an evolving figurative landscape.
Collaborating galleries include Allan Houser Gallery, Patricia Carlisle Fine Art, and Jonathan Hertzel Studio.