Pippin Contemporary Moves To New Location, Introduces Four New Sculptors

Pippin contemporary changes location and adds to its stable of artists.

Whether they're swirling paint across a canvas or traveling the world searching for inspiration, the artists of Pippin Contemporary are quite a vigorous bunch. The gallery's latest move is a literal leap across town: they're relocating to 200 Canyon Road in May. The new space has a more room both inside and out, and they're wasting no time finding new artists to fill it. The location's grand opening on May 24, 2013 will feature the work of sculptors Jim LaPaso, Nic Noblique, Greg Reiche and Troy Pillow.

Jim LaPaso is a Texan artist who taught woodwork and photography before switching to kinetic sculpture in 1998. “I love kinetic sculpture because of all the different mechanisms there are to design with,” he says. “They give me a never-ending palette with which to stretch my imagination.” LaPaso's outdoor sculptures, made of copper, brass, aluminum or stainless steel, are spindly, undulating cousins of the weather vane. The long poles that hoist them up seem more like tethers preventing them from soaring away.

Nic Noblique may be in his 30s, but the Clyde, TX sculptor is in the midst of his second successful career. By his early 20's he'd already owned and operated skate and snowboarding retail shops across the country and placed in the first-ever X Games for snowboarding. When he left for the world fine art, he set out on a mission just as radical. “It's not about making a political statement or regurgitating a bygone aesthetic,” he says. “My art is about form, lines and movement from the depths of my imagination.” Noblique flattens heavy salvaged steel with tools he designed himself and twists them into elegant shapes that look like ramps for zero gravity skateboards.

Greg Reiche grew up in Socorro, NM and now lives in Placitas. The artist worked as public accountant and ran his own gallery business before turning his focus to sculpture. He's known for his monumental public art commissions in New Mexico and beyond that have been as tall as 35 feet. Using stone, metal and glass, he constructs wedges, arcs, circles and portals that interact with their surroundings in spectacular ways. The sculptures on show at Pippin Contemporary's new location won't be as large, but they'll incorporate the same elements as his monumental works. “Beautiful, timeless and elemental, these forms are basic building blocks of our collective visual language,” Greg says. “I am drawn to them for their deep, innate emotional resonance.”

Seattle-based sculptor Troy Pillow has owned and operated his own sculpture studio since 1995. He studied architectural engineering at the University of Colorado, an influence that's easy to see in the graceful lines of his precisely balanced, often asymmetrical abstract forms. “I incorporate metals and glass into my sculptures—materials taken from the earth—and refine them into elegant curves, giving the feeling of movement in their static rest,” Pillow says. Many of the artist's sculptures incorporate kinetic factors that move with every slight shift in the wind. “My pieces create a union of ease between modern design and nature, blending fluidly with their environment and the elements,” he says.

Pippin Contemporary is moving to 200 Canyon Road in early May. The new location's grand opening on May 24, 2013 will feature the sculpture of Jim LaPaso, Nic Noblique, Greg Reiche and Troy Pillow.

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Name: Ashley Wilson
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Organization: Pippin Contemporary Gallery
Address: 200 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone: (505)795-7476
Website: http://pippincontemporary.com/

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