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NMSU Art Gallery to present ‘Light Tricks’ exhibit in January

Husband and wife team Julie Alpert and Andy Arkley will present “Light Tricks” at the University Art Gallery at New Mexico State University, with an opening reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. The display will run through March 3. All gallery events are free and open to the public.


Multicolored lights in an arc
"Rainbow" by artist Andy Arkley is made of wood, acrylic, light bulbs and wire. The piece will be among those in the exhibit titled "Light Tricks" by Arkley and his wife, Julie Alpert. The exhibition at the University Art Gallery at NMSU will run from Jan. 31 through March 3. (Courtesy photo)

The exhibition includes installations, sculpture, drawing and interactive video-based artwork that uses light in various forms, projecting, reflecting and emitting nostalgic mood throughout a space.

“Using metaphor and symbol as a medium, they each invent their own secret art language, exploring signs and symbols abstracted from childhood memories to create collaborative immersive experiences,” said Marisa Sage, gallery director. “Both Arkley and Alpert play with the concept of illusion, Alpert in her veiled nod to feminine stereotypes and Arkley with his trompe l’oeil murals which make kid sticker pads become larger than life. Each element of this exhibition simultaneously embraces the dark, while galloping towards the light with play, fun and wonder.”

Arkley is a visual artist, designer, musician and animator, and he often combines these disciplines in his work. Collaboration is at the core of his practice, thriving off successful partnerships with other creatives. His professional honors include the “What It’s All About Screening Award” at the Pictoplasma Animation Festival in Berlin, Germany, twice a “4Culture Tech Specific Grant” recipient and accompanied Alpert at the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program in Roswell, New Mexico.

Alpert was born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. She spent more than a decade in Seattle before recently relocating to Tulsa, Oklahoma, for the Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Most recently, she had a solo exhibition at the Roswell Museum and Art Center and created a commissioned permanent installation for the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art. In July 2019, she’ll present a new installation at the Museum of Craft and Design, San Francisco.

Located at 1390 E. University Avenue, the gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with closures in accordance with NMSU holidays. More information is available at uag.nmsu.edu.