Monday , October 30th, 2023
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Realm of Possibilities
Paintings by Aleya Hoerlein
October 13 – November 26
Gallery Hours: The gallery is open before all TCA events and by appointment. Call TCA’s office at (575) 758-2052 to schedule a viewing.
About the show:
The exhibition celebrates Northern New Mexico’s relationship with transcendental and abstract painting by showcasing Hoerlein’s contemporary, lucid rendering of the genres.
I live in the Southwest on an expansive mesa with few trees and wide-ranging views. The surrounding mountains, storms, and open skies are theatrical and majestic. Figures and natural landmarks appear as flattened silhouettes against burning sunsets. My paintings are abstract and also grounded by reference to the observable world as well as nonphysical realms. I paint gradients of color as a gradually dawning or dimming light source, an expansion, and a fleeting moment of time. A sunset is an end of today, but also a promise of tomorrow, it holds within it a realm of possibilities.
Aleya Hoerlein is a painter based in Taos, New Mexico. She was raised in Fairfield, Iowa by a creative family in a spiritual community that practiced transcendence. In college at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, she painted both figure and landscape but her attention kept going to the shadows behind the figure or the sky beyond the landscape. She shifted her focus to abstract painting that is grounded by both reference to nature and transcendence. Aleya’s paintings have appeared in publications such as Southwest Contemporary, New American Paintings, I Like Your Work, The Brooklyn Rail, and Hyperallergic, and have been on view in group shows at The Taos Center for the Arts’ Stables Gallery, G2 Gallery in Santa Fe, NM, Site:Brooklyn Gallery in Brooklyn, NY, The Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, and The National Arts Club in New York, NY. Her paintings are held in private collections in New York, California, Tennessee, Washington, Montana, Arizona, and New Mexico.
Hoerlein is currently preparing her Solo Exhibition, The Realm of Possibilities, for The Encore Gallery at Taos Center for the Arts. An artist reception will be held Friday, October 13th from 4-8pm MDT. The exhibition is free and open to the public. She is a co-founding member of the Taos Abstract Artist Collective (TAAC), a collective of artists from Northern New Mexico that collaborates with local museums and galleries to highlight contemporary art, while honoring the rich history of the arts in New Mexico and beyond.