Materiality: Rich Textural Abstraction

21 May - 6 June 2021

(SANTA FE, NM)  Nüart Gallery presents, Materiality, a group exhibition of rich material abstraction featuring the work of Cecil Touchon, Peter Stephens, and William T. Carson. The exhibition will run May 21st through June 6th 2021. 


Cecil Touchon'elegant abstractions are derived from the typographical tradition. Employing collage and paint, Touchon uses trompe l'oeil techniques to paint satisfying arrangements of nearly-recognizable, reassembled font collages and asemic paintings.


Peter Stephen’s layered paintings of tactile richness are precise acrylic lines applied over an underlying grid of commercial paint sample cards. The resulting blend of color combinations and the patterns that create them are conceptually influenced by Stephen’s wonder at science and the “the physics behind mechanisms of pattern generation” but are physically evocative of textiles and complex architectural mosaics. 


Using 60 million year-old coal mined near his childhood home on his family’s cattle ranch in Decker, Montana, William T. Carson’s sculptural wall constructions present coal in its raw form. In his work, Carson offers the viewer the opportunity to consider this ancient material as an aesthetic and conceptual medium, including for, “ the way it reflects light…[and] for the way it reminds us of deep time and the millions of years that led to our existence.” 

Nüart Gallery, located in Historic Gormley Market at 670 Canyon Road is open daily from 10am to 5pm. For more information or high resolution images, please contact the gallery at 505.988.3888 or email