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Pop-up Collective: Take 9

Pop-up Collective: Take 9

Nine visual artists showcase their work for this unusual show.

In a 24/7/365 world of consumer indulgence, Albuquerque’s Pop-Up Collective takes a different approach. Instead of adding to the anonymous onslaught of retail products in the world, the collective seeks to tie its lifting-up of local art and enterprises to one-of-a-kind experiences. Case in point: “MANIFOLD,” open only from 6-11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.

Nine visual artists showcase their work for this unusual show. Rocky Norton, an energetic wunderkind who excels at everything from photography to crisscrossing the country with his French bulldog Caroline to custom furniture construction, covers large-scale canvases in bold strokes of house paint and oil crayon. Shana Levenson depicts human faces in charcoal or oil with striking sensitivity and faithfulness. Elana Schwartz shapes mythic, sylvan sculptures from natural wood, foam, plaster and other materials. Stacy Hawkinson, Reyes Padilla, Deret Roberts, Bruce Shortz and volunteer curators Jodie Herrera and Angie Poynter Rehnberg fill out the lineup.

By donating one piece for a silent auction, each artist of “MANIFOLD” is supporting the show’s venue, SCA Contemporary (524 Haines NW), as it prepares to move in January to the old Sanitary Tortilla Factory on Second Street. The proceeds will be split evenly with Health Care for the Homeless.

Former ABQ Poet Laureate Hakim Bellamy and DJ Birdman also gift the evening with exquisite sound and Tractor Brewing with beer. More info is at popupabq.wix.com/collective. It’s one night of intensely local pleasures that’s not to be missed.

— Lisa Barrow

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Ashley Kurtz is a freelance theater critic.

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