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Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Jonson Gallery This Friday: Joseph Mougel and Robert Rainey Opening

We're really excited that we'll be having some of Joseph Mougel and Robert Rainey's work here at ARTS Lab in May (more info to come), but perhaps even more exciting is their full show this Friday at UNM's Jonson Gallery.  More info below...

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From: Jonson Gallery <>
Date: Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 4:04 PM
Subject: April Events

Please join us at the Jonson Gallery for the opening reception for Joseph Mougel's In Character and Robert Rainey's His*Story on Friday April 18th from 4 - 6 pm.
Joseph Mougel's recent video installation, In Character, incorporates elements of pop culture, communication, and identity.The piece features multiple video monitors, each playing a five to fifteen minute loop of a single character. Each figure epitomizes a unique persona through gestures, clothing, and motion. In filming subjects for the piece, Mougel directs their every emotion, establishing a sense of artificial intent. The isolation of the figures produces a dysjunctured social field that encourages viewers to read a narrative where one does not exist and calls into question the sincerity of human interaction.

In his series His*story, Robert Rainey borrows from the formal vernacular of great historical works of art. Photographing himself along with various male partners, Rainey reenacts famous figurative paintings and sculpture. Initially, upon viewing the series there is an awkward artificiality about the actors' poses. And yet, taken as a whole, the images feel strangely familiar. They are evocative of events taking place in our culture right now. Each seems to draw from the contemporary world of art, politics, entertainment, and specific events, such as the war, and asks the question: are there depictions of human interaction from the history of Western civilization which are in fact timeless?

Attached images are:

-Robert Rainey: Les Demoiselles D'Avignon, Picasso, 2007,

-Joseph Mougel, gesture, 2008, video still from In Character

These shows will run from April 11- May 9, 2008.

The Jonson Gallery is located on the main campus of UNM at 1909 Las Lomas NE, Albuquerque. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by appointment. It is free and open to the public. Please call 277-4967, email us at, or visit our website at for more details. We hope to see you at the Jonson Gallery!

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