Announcing Strangers Collective’s Mirror Box.

Nate Masse Painter- Strangers Collective- Mirror Box Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Nate Masse, On Polyamory (detail), mixed media, 57.5 x 55″, 2013-2018

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form & concept and Strangers Collective occupy far-flung domains in Santa Fe’s art community. The former is a nearly 10,000-square-foot gallery in the city’s Railyard District, the latter is an emerging arts group that operates the three-room experimental art space No Land on the Santa Fe Plaza. From opposite ends of the scene, these two organizations have worked in complementary ways to elevate local, emerging artists.

Their paths intersect this winter with the debut of Mirror Box, an exhibition of artists and writers curated by Strangers Collective’s co-directors Alex Gill, Kyle Farrell and Jordan Eddy, and hosted by form & concept. The show engages a network of early career creatives, anchored in Santa Fe and spiraling across the nation. Its curatorial throughline presents a radical method for reflecting on place and identity through art objects. Mirror Box opens at form & concept on Friday, February 23 from 5 to 8 pm, with a curator and artist talk on March 17 and a closing performance titled “Don’t You Want to Dance?” by Emmaly Wiederholt on April 14.

Emily Mason Photographer- Strangers Collective- Mirror Box Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery
Emily Mason, cannonball, archival pigment print, 20 x 30 in., 2015.

The term “mirror box” originates in the medical field: Vilayanur S. Ramachandran invented the box with two back-to-back mirrors in the center to help amputees manage phantom limb pain. The patient places the “good” limb into one side, and the “residual” limb into the other, making mirrored movements that can trick the brain into believing that it’s moving the phantom limb. “It’s a tribute to the incredible power of grey matter,” says Eddy. “If our minds are capable of conjuring a nervous system from thin air, can we link up with people, places or things in the same visceral but invisible way?” The curatorial team realized that art, like the mirror box, can act as a conduit for this type of transcendent—but also highly tangible—experience.

“As we turned over the idea of a ‘mirror box’ in conversation, its meaning evolved to represent a sort of theoretical art object,” says Farrell. “If you imagine a cube made from mirrors floating in a landscape, it reflects you and your surroundings across six different planes. By peering into it, you begin view identity and place in novel ways.” The show’s participants interact with the world in a similar fashion, reflecting, filtering and distorting their varied contexts to create visions of the world that are requisitely imbued with their own experiences.

Kevin Bond Photography- Mirror Box Exhibition- Strangers Collective- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Kevin Bond, Lumen Test #6, gelatin silver paper exposed to nature for 1 month, 5 x 7 in., 2017.

Photographer Emily Mason makes images of her surroundings, collages them onto sculptural props, and photographs the finished assemblages to create images that flicker between dimensionality and abstraction. Painter Nate Masse creates layered figurative compositions that compress visual details from multiple moments into a single, sensuous image. Sculptor Julie Slattery shapes talismanic objects—in this case, enormous bird skulls—that become emotional reliquaries for specific events in her life.

“The artworks and zines are mapping out this ‘complete picture’ of an experience,” says Gill. “We’re asserting that fully realized artistic expression can communicate something truer than, say, a hasty smartphone snapshot of a particular person or place.” In an increasingly polarized world, it’s a radical act of empathy to dive through the looking glass.

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Participating Artists

Kevin Bond, Derek Chan, Kyle Farrell, Alex Gill, Erin Gould, Julia Haywood, Kat Kinnick, Shannon Latham, Emily Mason, Nate Masse, Drew MC, David O’Brien, Sarah Palmeri, Alicia Piller, Julie Slattery, Stephanie Thompson, Dion Valdez, Emmaly Wiederholt, Ona Yopack

Participating Writers

Caryn Crimmel, Melissa Dow, Jordan Eddy, Juro Gagne, Jess Haring, Katie Johnson, Shannon Latham, Israel Francisco Haros Lopez, Erica Nguyen, Yvette Serrano, Bucket Siler, Stephanie Thompson, Charlotte Thurman, Emmaly Wiederholt, Rachelle Woods, Michael Wilson, Liz Brindley

Teaser: Flying Blue Buffalo Kickstarter

“Buffalo are masters of survival,” says Armond Lara. “They’re still around today, even though we tried our best to kill them all off.”

The Santa Fe artist has depicted buffalo in his drawings, paintings, and sculptures for decades. In recent years, they’ve turned blue and sprouted wings. Armond combined the buffalo with the symbol of the “lost bluebirds,” a term the Pueblo people called the millions of Native children who were abducted and enslaved as household servants and field-hands.

This August, Armond will collaborate with form & concept to fulfill his long-held dream of creating a monumental installation of flying blue buffalo sculpture that explores this little-told history. A Kickstarter campaign will raise funds to support the production of over seventy 3D printed buffalo, based on a series of wood carvings by Lara.

Visit flyingbluebuffalo.com to learn more.

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New Artwork: Brian Fleetwood.

Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Sea Cucumber Brooch, foam, rubber, stainless steel.

Santa Fe-based jewelry artist Brian Fleetwood translates imagery from his studies of biology, ecology, systems and taxonomy into wearable art using a stunning range of materials and techniques. Fleetwood’s new series of sea organism-inspired work could’ve been plucked straight from a coral reef. The new brooches and earrings reflect the diversity of life forms found in the ocean, inviting us to adorn ourselves with this beauty—and gain a fresh understanding of the natural world. View selections from the new collection below, and take a deep dive on the form & concept shop website.

Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Jellyfish Earrings, rubber, copper, sterling silver.
Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Black Coral Brooch, foam, rubber, stainless steel.
Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Kelp Earrings (Blue), rubber, copper, sterling silver.

Click here to browse all of Brian Fleetwood’s artwork in the form & concept collection.

Introducing Rachel Donner.

Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, Cereal Bowls, ceramic.

We’re pleased to introduce our newest represented artist, Rachel Donner. This is her story, in her own words:

Creating something out of clay is like healing a wound. My work is dictated by process and the sentimental experience of interacting with precious items on a daily basis. I grew up in northern New Mexico in a small town called Taos. I lived on a ranch and raised chickens, lambs, dogs, and horses from a young age. Hands, cat whiskers, moss, patterns, teeth, and small things fascinate me.

Browse more of Rachel’s work below, and come see it in the form & concept shop.

Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, Cups, ceramic.
Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, Blue Serving Bowl, ceramic.
Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, Yellow Mug, ceramic.
Rachel Donner Ceramics- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rachel Donner, White Vase, ceramic.

Click here to browse all of Rachel Donner’s artwork in the form & concept collection.

Preview: A Day of Ritual Prayer Performance.

Tending The Mighty Dead- Performance Art- Ekalos Reed- Aine McCarthy- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“I find that people are really hungering for ritual and prayer, and not in a traditional, religious way,” says Ekalos Reed. Reed and Áine McCarthy’s performance art group is called Time Beings. On Saturday, January 20, they collaborate with Kara Duval—another local performer who explores themes of ritual, reclamation and healing—for a 12-hour performance among the artworks of form & concept’s exhibition Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon. In the multi-part ritual prayer, they will convene other Santa Fe artists and anyone who wishes to take part as they create moments and spaces that redefine the sacred. The piece represents a dynamic response to the exhibition’s themes and a tribute to women and others who have faced persecution. 

“I met with Thais about the possibility of a performance in the Reckless Abandon show about two weeks before it opened, and Thais recommended Silvia Federici’s Caliban and the Witch to me,” says Reed. Federici’s work of literary nonfiction examines the European witch trials from the 16th to 18th centuries, and explores how that history has influenced cultural conceptions of the body in the transition to capitalism. “The book just tied together so many loose threads in my mind and existence,” Reed explains. “Seeing Thais’ work and reading that book at the same time contributed to my feeling that we needed to make a long ritual piece.”  

Red- Performance Art- Kara Duval- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Reed and McCarthy have collaborated a number of times under the moniker Time Beings. Through their durational performance artworks, they seek to create moments and spaces that redefine the sacred. It’s an endeavor that takes time: Time Beings’ performances often last hours, and are designed to be viewed for any duration. Reed is a veteran performer who has toured the world with Martha Graham Dance Company, Pearl Lang Dance Theatre, Moving People Dance, Catherine Cabeen and Company, and Robert Wood Dance NY, among others. McCarthy studied Delicious Movement with Eiko Otake of the renowned ‘Eiko and Komo’. Time Beings’ most recent work appeared at the 2017 AHA Festival of Progressive Arts in Santa Fe, which was an 8-hour performance. “At AHA, we invited people to ring a bell or hang a prayer in our booth,” says Reed. “So many people did their own little ritual. When you enter that moment, your experience of time and space starts to change. That’s what we’re trying to do.”

Duval’s ‘Red’ is a visceral engagement with these themes. “Art and ritual is a form of currency that frees us from the confines of efficiency and the machine of consumerism.” says Duval, “It allows us to enter into relationship with the sublime.” The set for ‘Red’ consists of over 300 ft of red fabric that is woven through the artworks in the gallery. Duval traverses the fabric, symbolizing the long journey often taken to return home to the body after experiencing trauma. “‘Red’ is about physically putting myself on the ground, listening to it and feeling it’s pulse and waking up the visceral fluid experience,” Says Duval. “I am often reminded of a Mary Oliver poem called the ‘The Forest’ about a snake molting its skin in the dark of the night. It inches over dead leaves and branches, pulling its old skin off. It does not know why it does this and yet it is compelled to do so.”

Tending The Mighty Dead- Performance Art- Ekalos Reed- Aine McCarthy- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Reed, McCarthy’s, and Duval’s new work at form & concept will engage gallery visitors in various ways throughout the day.  “If you’re compelled to watch or join in, you’ll experience your own beginning, middle and end no matter how long you stay,” says Reed. “A big part of it is about bearing witness to things that have happened that are uncomfortable or traumatic. There’s no way we can fix that or say that it didn’t happen, but being there and bearing witness is the beginning of healing.”

Reed and McCarthy perform ‘Tending the Mighty Dead’ from 7 am to 7 pm. Duval performs ‘Red’ from 4:30- 6:30 pm. There is a closing ceremony from 6- 7 pm. From 7 to 10 am, the performance will be visible from outside form & concept, but the gallery does not open to the public until 10 am. Click here for additional information on the sequence of events. 

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Red- Performance Art- Kara Duval- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Images

1 & 3: Ekalos Reed & Áine McCarthy, “Tending the Mighty Dead,” durational performance piece, 2018. Photo by Timothy Jason Reed. Pictured artworks by Thais Mather.

2 & 4: Kara Duval, “Red,” durational performance piece, 2018. Photo by Kara Duval. Pictured artworks by Thais Mather.

A letter from Sandy Zane.

Creative Santa Fe- Building Futures- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

I have been a board member of Creative Santa Fe for several years and I believe passionately in the mission of this organization. I want you to know about some very exciting new projects happening in 2018. In addition to addressing Santa Fe’s urgent affordable housing crisis with the Siler Yard Arts + Creativity Center, a low income, 60 unit, live-work space for artists, we are launching a new initiative called the Disruptive Futures Dialogues Series.

This series will be a year-long community engagement in partnership with organizations throughout the city and the region to envision the future of Santa Fe. We will focus on the key question: What do we want Santa Fe, and the world, to look like for Future Generations, and how do we get there from here?

Each dialogue will address a critical issue our city faces which also reflects global issues, including: affordable housing, job creation, the upcoming mayoral election, the environment, film & technology, nuclear weapons, and cyber connectivity. We recognize that progress can only be made by breaking down silos, bringing diverse voices to the conversation, and finding what connects rather than separates us. It is our goal that at the end of this year of engagements and dialogues that we will have a clear action plan to continue working on key initiatives and building ongoing partnerships to strengthen our economy and help build a sustainable future for our city.

Your interest and support is vital for Creative Santa Fe to become a leader in connecting our community, creating city-wide conversations, and effecting positive change throughout the city. We hope you will support Creative Santa Fe with a year-end gift to help us continue on our path to ensure that Santa Fe is a healthy, vibrant, and thriving city for generations to come.

To donate and/or to be on our mailing list, click here, mail a check to PO Box 2388 Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87504, or call Executive Director, Cyndi Conn at 505-288-3538.

Thank you in advance for your support and belief in Creative Santa Fe.

Wishing you the very best for the holidays and the new year,

Sandy Zane, Owner

Zane Bennett Contemporary Art | form & concept

January at form & concept.


Last Friday Art Walk- Santa Fe Railyard Arts District- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Our final event of the year is the Santa Fe Railyard Arts District’s Last Friday Art Walk, on December 29 from 5-7 pm! Swing by to see or current shows and pick up the first-ever form & concept annual catalog, which includes the gallery’s complete 2018 exhibition schedule. Here’s a first look at our January exhibitions & events:

Smitten Forum Exhibition- Gallery Talk- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Gallery Talk

Smitten Forum

Wednesday, January 3, 2-3 pm

Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment or a crafty piece of performance art. Each year since 2014, Sara Brown and Marissa Saneholtz have invited a new group of pioneering jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for 7 days. The initiative is called Smitten Forum, and invitees range from emerging to well-established makers who employ a staggering array of mediums and techniques. This year’s participants are headed to Abiquiu, New Mexico in late December, but they’ll also leave their mark on the nearby art center of Santa Fe. A curator’s talk featuring Brown, Saneholtz and 2014 Smitten Forum participant Robert Ebendorf will take place on Wednesday, January 3 from 2-3 pm.

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Ritual Prayer Performance- Ekalos Reed- Aine McCarthy- Kara Duval- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Special Event

A Day of Ritual Prayer Performance

In conjunction with Thais Mather’s exhibition Reckless Abandon,
and featuring Ekalos Reed, Áine McCarthy & Kara Duval

Saturday, January 20, 7 am-7pm

“I find that people are really hungering for ritual and prayer, and not in a traditional, religious way,” says Ekalos Reed. Reed and Áine McCarthy’s performance art group is called Time Beings. This winter, they collaborate with Kara Duval—another local performer who explores themes of ritual, reclamation and healing—for a 12-hour performance among the artworks of form & concept’s exhibition Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon. In the multi-part ritual prayer, they will convene other Santa Fe artists and anyone who wishes to take part as they create moments and spaces that redefine the sacred. The piece represents a dynamic response to the exhibition’s themes and a tribute to women and others who have faced persecution. Reed and McCarthy perform ‘Tending the Mighty Dead’ from 7 am to 7 pm. Kara Duval performs ‘Red’ from 4:30- 6:30 pm. There is a closing ceremony from 6- 7 pm. From 7 to 10 am, the performance will be visible from outside form & concept, but the gallery does not open to the public until 10 am.

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Image: Kara Duval, Red, durational performance piece. Photo by Kara Duval.

Fiber Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Solo Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Artist Talk & Opening

Jodi Colella: Unidentified Women

Artist Talk & Preview: Thursday, January 25, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Fiber artist Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 18th and 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’”

The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities. The body of work, titled Unidentified Women, makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm. Colella will appear at the opening reception, and also conduct an artist talk and preview on Thursday, January 25 from 2-3 pm.

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Image: Jodi Colella, Leaf (detail), found daguerreotype & embroidery, 2016.

Flying Blue Buffalo Kickstarter Campaign- Artist Armond Lara- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Kickstarter Campaign & Special Event

Armond Lara: Flying Blue Buffalo Project

Kickstarter Launch: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Open House & Panel: Wednesday, February 17, 2-5 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

“Buffalo are masters of survival,” says Armond Lara. “They’re still around today, even though we tried our best to kill them all off.” The Mexican-Diné artist has depicted buffalo in his drawings, paintings and sculptures for decades. In recent years, they’ve turned blue and sprouted wings. The winged blue buffalo reference a dark chapter of Lara’s family history: his grandmother, who was Diné, was kidnapped as a child and forced into servitude by a Mexican family. This was a common story in the American West. Across three centuries of Spanish, Mexican and American rule, millions of Native children were enslaved as household servants or field hands.

The Pueblo people called these abducted youths “lost bluebirds,” a symbol that Lara combined with the buffalo into a new icon of Indigenous survival. This August, he’ll collaborate with form & concept to fulfill his long-held dream of creating a monumental installation of flying blue buffalo sculptures that explores this little-told history. The Flying Blue Buffalo Project Kickstarter campaign, running January 26 through February 28 and anchored by a special event on February 17, will raise funds to support the production of over seventy 3D printed buffalo, based on a series of wood carvings by Lara.

Learn more on our website.

Image: Digital rendering of Armond Lara’s 3D-printed Flying Blue Buffalo3D Proven Systems.

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Matthew Mullins covers Pasatiempo.

Artist Matthew Mullins- Ursa Major Painting- Pasatiempo Cover- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ursa Major by Matthew Mullins is this week’s Pasatiempo cover.

This week’s issue of Pasatiempo features the winners of the publication’s annual writing contest. Images of works by local artists appear in the cover story, and a painting by our own Matthew Mullins graces the cover! The piece is a watercolor and gouache on paper titled Ursa Major. Make sure to grab a copy while it’s on the stands (December 22-28, 2017), and read more about Matt in his recently updated biography. Here’s an excerpt:

The interconnection of human consciousness and the natural world is what inspires the work of Santa Fe artist Matthew Mullins. Mullins’ watercolor and acrylic ink paintings merge human made patterns derived from social constructs with the visual perception of nature, creating a harmonious relationship that the artist feels is often lost in today’s culture.

“Humans are part of the natural world,” says Mullins. “But we often become so focused on our individuality that we lose track of that connection. My work is about reintegrating with nature and finding unity in that relationship.”

Click here to read more, and stop by the gallery to see Ursa Major in person! You can browse all of Matt’s artwork on his artist page.

Matthew Mullins- Ursa Major- Painting- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Matthew Mullins, Ursa Major, watercolor and gouache on paper, 21.25 x 16 in.

Stocking Stuffers.

Stop by form & concept for affordable gifts from our gallery shop! From earrings to ceramics, you’ll find something for everyone on your list. For last-minute shoppers, we’re open on Saturday, December 23 from 10 am to 5 pm.

The gallery will be closed for the holidays from 12/24/17 through 1/2/17, except for the Santa Fe Railyard’s Last Friday Art Walk on 12/29 from 5-7 pm.

Holiday Gifts Under $100- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Wearable art by Danny HartGinger DunnillRand Marco & Charles Greeley.

Ceramics- Holiday Gifts- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Collectible ceramics by Susan BeinerWesley AndereggWookjae Maeng, and Rachel Donner.

Microcosm Small Works Invitational- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New MexicoOver 20 artists, craftspeople and designers from past form & concept shows return with artworks that measure 8 x 10 inches or smaller in the MICROCOSM small works invitational.

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Elegant Collections.

Happy holidays from form & concept! Discover elegant, wearable creations by some of our favorite jewelers.

Janis Kerman Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Doing something symmetrical or identical is simple. You only work out one problem. When you have to work out something that has to be balanced—that is a pair, but not identical—that is for me more challenging and much more fun.”
Janis Kerman

Alexandra Hart Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Dramatically alluring yet signally protective natural organic forms inspire me, such as the radiating shape of the anemone, the sensuous curves of the nudibranch, and the concave surfaces of the cactus. I hope to create jewelry which captures the delicate balance of the bold and sculptural with the sensual and graceful.”
Alexandra Hart

Victor Atyas Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“My three-dimensional constructed gold and silver pieces are suited to be worn—or even framed and hung on a wall.”
Victor Atyas

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