And Jimenez is seen apparently giving someone, or some thingthe flip.......certainly a gesture many of us have given, or felt like giving when ambient eventsseemed too much to bare. We may have a man here who is basically angry and his work seemscharacterized by a collegiate of associated responses, danger, destruction, living on the edge and thewilling self sacrifice to anot
her’s passionate hunger entitled
western Pieta” the other side
, itmight be said, of the Christian coin.It is at this point one might ask whether if there are no problems being explored consciously or pre-
consciously on a subliminal level in an artist’s work will it be possible to affirm that the artist whose
work may be admirable in all pertinent formal considerations is basically devoid of creativity?My first encounter with the work of Luis Jimenez was when, I believe, Geraldine Price had organized
an exhibition of his work for Hill’s Gallery which was located on the plaza. The following is a draft of
what I had written as a review and which had been published by the Santa Fe New Mexican,
STEP RIGHT UP FOLKS
“Although the New Mexican WatercolorExhibition which had been hanging in the second floor floor
gallery of The Fine Arts Museum has some very fine and some not so fine paintings with a very widevariety of technical and aesthetic approaches it fails to hold an electric candle to the jazzy exhibitionof the fibreglass and epoxy sculpture of Luis Jim
enez at Hill‘s Gallery.
This exhibition has spilled out on to a truck parked in front of San Francisco Street. What the truck held was a very large
(did I hear 100
commission intended for David Anderson at Roswell.Even I had been misinformed about the dimensions of the piece, the impression I would have taken from the rest of his work would have carried over to that one and I would have had to have seen it bigger than life...no matter what!.This is one of the effects these giant, glitzy, glittery, smashingly colored, immense midway prises produce.
If any reader recalls the Cyrus Dallin work, with its tender Hiawatha romanticism thy might multiplythe effect by a 100 , make the horse white and provide a pair of vermillion collared glow balls foreyes and the point may be understood