Zane Bennett Contemporary Art

MARY SHAFFER: The Colored Line
TONY SOULIE: American Cities

MARY SHAFFER: The Colored Line
TONY SOULIE: American Cities

Santa Fe, NM USA Friday, May 25, 2012Friday, June 22, 2012

Santa Fe, NM USA
Friday, May 25, 2012Friday, June 22, 2012

Opening reception on Friday, May 25, 2012 from 5:00-7:00 pm. Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to present three solo shows running concurrently: Matthew Mullins large scale watercolors of spaces that are associated with human endeavor and curiosity, Mary Shaffer’s glass sculpture capturing the essence of light, and Tony Soulie’s mixed media photographs of American cities. The shows open on Friday, May 25, 2012 and continue through June 22, 2012. The opening reception is on Friday, May 25 at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, from 5:00-7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts District Last Friday Art Walk. The artists will be in attendance.


Mary Shaffer’s fascination with light is the most enduring of all her concerns. She first began making glass sculpture in the early 1970s in order to capture the look of light coming through paned windows or the wavy surface of curtains. The Light-Catcher series conveys the appearance of undulating light. The glass sculptures are supported by solid metal symbols on which glass panels balance, often on edge and away from the wall. Light is caught in the bowl of the glass and moves through it, creating patterns on the wall. At times the physical matter almost disappears, leaving only the cast shadows. Shaffer says, “I like the essence of things.”

Mary Shaffer is recognized as one of the founding artists of the American Studio Glass Movement. She studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design in the 1960s. In the 1970s, she developed a unique technique adapted from the auto industry, which she calls “mid-air slumping.” It allows her to use gravity to soften plate glass into a form, which she often combines with metal tools. Her sculptures range in scale from small objects to room-size installations and public works. She creates pieces from slumped glass, bronze, found objects, stone, light, fire, fiber-optics, sound, and performance. Her work has been exhibited throughout the globe and has received many honors. Her works can found in such esteemed collections as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution (Washington, D.C.), Museum of Decorative Arts (Lausanne), Stadt Museum (Berlin), U.S. Chancellery (La Paz), and Rhode Island School of Design Museum (Providence).


Tony Soulié is an established French artist who works as a painter, photographer, installation artist, and writer. He paints abstract pieces with an instinctual brushstroke, and uses his numerous travels as inspiration. “The artist is always looking for the idea, the spark, always trying to confront the material world and the physical substance as well as trying to decipher the signs, the ideograms.” Soulié has participated in over 200 exhibitions throughout Europe, the United States, Latin America, and Japan, and his work is in public and private collections around the world. He studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and the École des Arts Appliqués in Paris.

This show features a selection of American cities including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami. Soulié photographs the city landscape which is then transformed by the use of photographic inks to become photo-paintings. The photograph supports the composition, and the addition of color creates dramatic atmospheres of his immediate impressions. All prints are unique, and printed and painted in Santa Fe.


From Mullins’ statement about this body of work, he says, “Most of the paintings in this show are about artifacts; and our personal and societal urges to keep them and create them. They are about creating and saving artifacts for the possibility of connecting with another person when we are no longer here. The subjects of these paintings are objects that we view as touchstones of certain eras. They are objects that carry the residue of a certain time and place because they are the products of it. These objects, from a variety of times and places, trace human history and reflect human endeavor and ingenuity. They are objects that reflect people’s needs and desires and even reflect how their creators’ envisioned a better world. The subjects in this show generally fall into two loose categories: artifacts (museum basements, storage facilities, greenhouses, collections) and artifact makers (book stitching machines, typewriters).”

“The teleharmonium provided an instrument which allowed people to simultaneously experience a composer’s artistic vision over great distances. It brought people together in a shared experience and, in a way, eliminated the distance between them. I see the paintings in this show, and all of the other paintings I make, as my instruments to do the same. “

For further information, please contact:
Karen Rogers, Special Projects Coordinator, Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
505-982-8111, x1008;