Nina Elder

May 20 – June 30

Press Release

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present Exhaust, an exhibition of recent paintings by Albuquerque artist Nina Elder. Rendering sites of modernist production – factories, plants, and other industrial structures located throughout New Mexico and Colorado, the artist points to issues of consumerism, the exhaustion of the industrial capitalism, and the impossible sustainability of the modernist machine. Pipes, smokestacks, ducts, and conveyor belts emerge as planes of flat, unreasonably artificial color nestled into horizons of typical southwestern landscape. These buildings are machines on a gigantic level. The machines are still and oddly silent with smoke and exhaust as our only reminders of time and motion. Exhaust refers not only to the smoke billowing into the environment as a result of industrial production, but also nods to the exhaustion of the industrial age.

Nina Elder was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, and has participated in a number of exhibitions in the Albuquerque area. 

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Dates: May 20–June 30, 2006
Reception: May 19th, 6–8 pm
Hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 am–4 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Contact: 505.766.9888,, @levygallery