"fast forward: four for the future" opens Friday, Jan. 21, at Tamarind Institute. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will be held 5-7 p.m. in the Tamarind Gallery. The exhibit will features works by Anna Hepler, Fay Ku, Mark Licari and Ethan Murrow. Recent Tamarind lithographs by all four artists will be displayed alongside works produced in their own studios. The exhibit continues through March 4.

"For the past year we have been celebrating Tamarind's 50th anniversary and looking back at all that has been accomplished. With the new year and a new building, it is time to move forward. We have an exciting exhibition schedule for our beautiful new gallery space, the June Wayne Gallery," Gallery Director Arif Khan said.

Hepler, from Portland, Maine, creates prints, drawings and three-dimensional installations focused on her interest in patterns found in nature. She is currently participating in the Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program. fast forward marks the first public viewing of her latest lithographs produced at Tamarind, along with three-dimensional paper pieces from her "Inflatables" series.

Ku, from Brooklyn, N.Y., draws on her personal and cultural history, creating large scale drawings and paintings on paper that juxtapose a delicate touch with narrative insight. Her characters explore the fluidity of identity – sexual, cultural, personal and political – and the ambiguity in relationships. Examples of her graphite/watercolors will be shown with the two lithographs she produced at Tamarind in 2009.

Licari, from Los Angeles, Calif., works with watercolor, acrylic paint, printmaking and wall drawings, exploring landscapes and interiors populated by animal, botanical and everyday objects that form eccentric variations on the familiar natural world. Licari will produce a site-specific wall drawing in Tamarind's June Wayne gallery to complement the three lithographs he produced at Tamarind in 2008.

Murrow, from Boston, Mass., does large-scale, realistic drawings and video/film that blur the line between fact and fiction and explore the delicate balance between success and failure. In addition to his three Tamarind lithographs, Murrow's short film "Dust," selected for the New York Film Festival, will be shown.

Tamarind Institute, a division of the College of Fine Arts at UNM, is a nonprofit center for fine art lithography that trains master printers and houses a professional collaborative studio for artists. Founded in 1960 in Los Angeles, Tamarind played a significant role in reviving the art of lithography in the United States and continues to provide professional training and artistic opportunities. Call (505) 277-3901 or e-mail tamarind@unm.edu.

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