For its dead-of-summer August show, Sync Gallery, a 21-member collective in the Art District on Santa Fe, will present a fresh juxtaposition of wood-and-metal sculpture and surrealistic oil paintings in Unexpected and Impulse, a pair of shows by members Gary Manuel and Jen Zielinski, respectively. Manuel, notes Sync member and spokeswoman Pat Isaacs, is a relatively new member who comes from a background in carpentry, which both informs and is contrary to his well-crafted sculptural work. "When I worked as a cabinetmaker, I built furniture to specifications, leaving out any defects in the wood," he says in a statement. But now I display these flaws as beauty streaks. I expose the cracks, defects and bark in ways that are both decorative and thoughtful." And of Zielinski's work, also currently showcased in the Best of the Santa Fe Art District Show, at Niza Knoll Gallery, Isaacs says it's becoming "freer and looser," offering directional similarities and a counterpoint to Manuel's wood works. "It's just the flow of how the gallery runs," Isaacs says of the chance pairing. "There's often some kind of thread that comes through in concurrent shows, even if the artists aren't talking about it."
The shows open today at Sync, 878-1 Santa Fe Drive, and will remain on view through the end of August; two receptions will celebrate the joint run, from 6 to 9 p.m. during the August 2 First Friday and August 19 Third Friday art walks. Go to syncgallery.org for details.