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BARRY McCORMICK

BARTLEY JOHNSON

KATRINA LASKO

EDWARD GONZALES

GARY ROLLER

SUSAN JORDAN

BIANCA HÄRLE

MARCIA FINKELSTEIN

LYNN HARTENBERGER

DAVID W. CRAMER

MICHAEL PROKOS

LAURA ROBBINS

SUSAN GUTT

EVEY JONES

GARY W. PRIESTER

GENE McCLAIN

DAWN WILSON-ENOCH

LINDA HEATH

MARY CARTER

LISA CHERNOFF
 
JON WILLIAM LOPEZ

SARA LEE D'ALESSANDRO

RUDI KLIMPERT

DIANNA SHOMAKER

BUNNY BOWEN

ED GOODMAN

GARY SANCHEZ

MARILYN AND HERB DILLARD

GERALDINE BRUSSEL

SAMANTHA McCUE ECKERT

SHARON SCHWARTZMANN

JIM FISH

C.E. FRAPPIER

TONY PARANÁ-RODRIGUES

FERNANDO DELGADO

JB BRYAN

LORNA SMITH

KATRINA LASKO

BILL FREEMAN

JULIANNA KIRWIN

LENORE & LARRY GOODELL

RIHA ROTHBERG AND WAYNE MIKOSZ

 


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Riha Rotheberg and Wayne Mikosz

Riha Rothberg and Wayne Mikosz with a collaborative work hanging behind

“Park View,” acrylic on canvas, collaborative painting, by Wayne Mikosz and Riha Rothberg

“Park View,” acrylic on canvas, collaborative painting, by Wayne Mikosz and Riha Rothberg

“Convergence,” mixed media sculpture, by Wayne Mikosz and Riha Rothberg

“Convergence,” mixed media sculpture, by Wayne Mikosz and Riha Rothberg

Featured artists of the month:
Wayne Mikosz and Riha Rothberg

Twofold joy in collaborative painting

—TY BELKNAP
Just imagine making the perfect mark on canvas, only to have someone come along and paint right over it. Maybe it looked like a cloud or a snake. Maybe it reflected exactly the way you felt at the moment. Maybe it was your first attempt at anything artistic, and you and your wife were enrolled in a collaborative painting workshop.

This winter, Placitas artists Riha Rothberg and Wayne Mikosz will guide just such a workshop at the Art Center Design College in Albuquerque. Both artist and non-artist (and non-artist/artist pairs) will explore their creative potential by way of drawing and painting while sharing interpersonal process issues that inevitably arise. John Shannon, Organization Development Consultant and painter, was invited to join the teaching team to help individuals move forward to freer expression, as they tackle the “you-touched-my-side” issues. Participants will work together first on a large-scale drawing on paper and then move to acrylic paintings on paper and then canvas. “It will also be an opportunity to see us demonstrate working together, which we have had many requests for through the years,” Riha explained.

During over ten years of collaborative painting, Wayne and Riha have learned that “there are no precious marks.” Riha says, “Nothing is protected. One of us does something and the other does something relative to that. During the process, we quickly lose track of who did what.”

Their abstract work first came together in solo shows at the same Santa Fe gallery in 1995. They discussed their individual styles and somehow came up with the idea of passing a painting back and forth, studio to studio. Then they created a sculpture entitled “Convergence,” with plaster masks of themselves face to face, heads filled with abstract stuff and separated by a thick pane of glass. It symbolizes their coming together in a new way of relating through art.

Experimental monotypes followed, which were created by working on the printing plates at the same time. That finally led to painting on the same canvas, at the same time. “Sometimes we would take turns making marks,” Wayne explained. “Other times we would work at the same time, side by side or reaching around each other in a kind of dance. We found we were like one brain with four hands.”

That first collaborative works sold and are now collected internationally. Diane Armitage of THE Magazine wrote, “Because each of their paintings possesses a readily perceivable coherency, the viewer is less intrigued by the notion of who did what than by the obvious fluency, competency, and unity achieved in each painting.”

They say that they are not thinking in mechanical terms and don’t talk much while working, except maybe about what tools to use—brushes, knives, hands. The abstract themes come intuitively, but often appear as images such as kites or laundry blowing in the breeze. “We don’t paint to a title or start with a theme,” said Riha (or was it Wayne?).

“Abstract expressionist painting can be intimidating to a viewer without a little coaching or a title to provide a jumping-off point. Then if they look long enough, they can see things for themselves.”

Their paintings are vibrant and complex and tend to inspire an emotional response from many viewers, regardless of level of sophistication.

Wayne and Riha are founding members of the annual Placitas Studio Tour, which has introduced Placitas artists to the greater art community and provided a network of support. Last May, the tenth anniversary of the tour, visitors had the opportunity to meet fifty-nine artists in their own studios and get a behind-the-gallery look at creative spaces hidden in the hills.

They also collaborated on Lunatique, a jazz/tapas bar in Placitas, greatly missed by locals and a growing clientele of city folks. Riha has taken Lunatique on the road as a private chef. She also sings, creates mosaics, does faux painting, and provides color consultations for folks who are ready to add color to those white walls. “Artists often work on many fronts,” she said. Wayne teaches design and is a writer, printmaker, and residential designer. They occasionally help each other in their individual pursuits (surprise, surprise).

Their colorful work can be seen by appointment in Placitas (call 771-1006 to arrange), the Range Café in Bernalillo, or in Scottsdale, AZ, at Occasions by Design. Visit their website at convergencestudios-nm.com, or placitasartists.com, or the tour site at www.placitasstudiotour.com. Workshop dates will be posted on their website.

 

 



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