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In the Gallery

That’s Where You Need to Be
August 2 - September 19, 20144

First Friday Reception: August 1, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Richard Levy Gallery is pleased to present That’s Where You Need to Be a group exhibition of paintings by William Betts, Xuan Chen, Maria Park and Willy Bo Richardson. These artists expand the conventions of painting by executing their own unique styles and methods of application.

William Betts explores the possibilities of a digital age by using innovative techniques that include the use of proprietary software and a self-designed complex robotic system. This technology applies drops of paint to the canvas one color at a time - one drop at a time. Up close the images are lost in pointillist fields of color. From afar, the paintings become photographic images of leisure, showing anonymous people floating in sparkling blue pools and summery days at the beach. The artist is interested in manipulating the temporal connections between the painter, the viewer, the image, and the surface of each painting. William Betts currently lives and works in Miami.

Xuan Chen creates simple forms in her computer, which she deconstructs to exaggerate anomalies that occur when generating digital images. These digital compositions are hand painted onto cut-out aluminum panels that float off the wall. Complex visual spaces are formed by color, light, dimension and reflection. Chen’s recent awards include 1st prize for the Miami University Young Painters Competition and for the Contemporary Art Society of New Mexico. Originally from Qingyang, China, the artist currently lives and works in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Maria Park examines ways that technology intervenes in our perception of and participation in the world. These works, from her Counter Nature series, address the packaging of nature as a consumable image. Her sculptural plexiglas cubes and wall paintings are executed with a rigorous impasto technique, with scenic environments shaped by generous layers of paint contained in stencil-like forms. Park's work has been shown nationally and internationally, and recently as a permanent site-specific installation for Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. Born in Munich, Germany, Maria Park now resides in Ithaca, NY and teaches at Cornell University.

Willy Bo Richardson considers the laws of nature as a primary source for his paintings. Vertical lines of expressive layers of color reach for the ground giving evidence to earth’s gravitational pull. Richardson’s gestural large scale paintings embody atmosphere, space, and action. He works within limitations of cause and effect exploring abstract levels of thinking. The artist lives and works in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has shown extensively throughout the United States. His work is included in numerous international public collections.

Images for these exhibitions can be found on our website High resolution images are available on request.

Dates: August 2 - September 19, 2014
Gallery Reception: Friday, August 1, 2014, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Gallery Hours: Tuesday -Saturday, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location: 514 Central Avenue SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102Contact: 505.766.9888,



  Recent Awards Recipients
Congratulations to Manjari Sharma who received the Center, 1rst Place in the Curators Choice Award, for the Darshan series!
Congratulations to Jeff Kellar who was recently awarded the 2014 Gottlieb Grant!


  In The Press
  John Baldessari & Ed Ruscha: The Albuquerque Journal
  John Baldessari: THE Magazine
  Manjari Sharma: Yoke Magazine
  Eric Tillinghast: Albuquerque Journal
  Eric Tillinghast:New American Paintings
  Eric Tillinghast:THE Magazine
  William Betts: The Creators Project
  John Chervinsky: LA Times
  Natsumi Hayashi: THE Magazine, April
  Natsumi Hayashi: The Weekly Alibi
  Natsumi Hayashi: Local IQ
  William Betts: Juxtapoz
  Isa Leshko: The Huffington Post
  Isa Leshko: NPR
  Isa Leshko: Harper's
  John Chervinsky and Jenna Kuiper: THE Magazines