Winona LaDuke at form & concept

Winona LaDuke- Broken Boxes Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Last night’s opening reception for our Broken Boxes exhibition was a great success! Many of the participating artists were on-site, along with Broken Boxes co-curator Ginger Dunnill, Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth, filmmaker Keri Pickett and Art of the Indigenous Resistance curator Kim Smith. LaDuke is an American environmentalist, economist and writer, known for her work on tribal land claims and preservation. She spoke to the crowd about her experience as a leader of the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock, and the power of art:

“There is a collapse at many, many levels of society. Those of us who were at Standing Rock saw what that was like, and felt that. We knew what that looked like, both looking down the face of the evil, and then also knowing what it tastes like to be free and to remember who you are. I think about that a lot, and I thank everybody that was there. […] The people at Standing Rock remembered what it was like to be free, and I think a lot of us are remembering what it was like to be free and not be, perhaps, wage slaves. Or just encumbered in the system. We need to be coherent. We need to be those people. To me, that is part of what this moment is about. Art like this, and moments where you get to be conscious and you get to think, and you get to be present, and you get to really figure out exactly where we are in this time. […] Artists remind us of our humanity, because there is so much around us that destroys our humanity and eats it. Here we are, and we can see who we are, and we can see how beautiful we are as human beings. […] It reaffirms our place.”

-Winona LaDuke

Broken Boxes Opening Reception- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Broken Boxes opening weekend continues today with an artist celebration from 2-5 pm, featuring music, food & live demonstrations from Ian Kuali’i, Douglas Miles, Nani Chacon, Micah Wesley, Yatika Starr Fields, Rose B. Simpson, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Freyr A. Marie, Cloudface, Kim Smith and Demian DinéYazhi’. A live cut paper work by Ian Kuali’i will be auctioned off in support of cultural practitioner and activist Pua Case. On Sunday we’re hosting artist talks by Armond Lara (2-3 pm) and the Broken Boxes curators and artists (3-5 pm).

Time to break the box.

JESS X SNOW Art- Broken Boxes Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
JESS X SNOW, TO SURVIVE, I TURNED MY BODY INTO A PRAYER FOR THE EARTH, digital photography and poetry.

It’s opening weekend of Broken Boxes, an exhibition featuring the art and ideas of over 40 visual artists, filmmakers, sound artists, activists, performance artists and community organizers from around the world who are effecting change through their work. The show is co-curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, and all invited artists have participated in an interview on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast over the past 2 years. Here’s Megan Bennett’s take on the show from today’s Albuquerque Journal North:

 Ian Kuali'i Art- Broken Boxes Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Ian Kuali’i, For They Know Not What They Do/Those Who Don’t, hand-cut paper and mixed media.

A local podcaster is giving a platform to artists from outside society’s mainstream experience through a gallery exhibition starting this evening.

The exhibition, titled “Broken Boxes” after Ginger Dunnill’s podcast of the same name, is displaying work from some of the people Dunnill has interviewed since starting her show in 2014. All the artists, activists or community organizers involved in the show are either Native American, queer-identifying or non-binary, transgender, women, or people of color.

“My main focus for the podcast is to celebrate artists that are outside of the scope of the cis(gender) white male format that is really prevalent in the art world,” said Dunnill, who is co-curating the show with husband and Native artist Cannupa Hanska Luger.

“I wanted to celebrate … people who are doing the really important work in society and often don’t get to share their stories in a personal way with community members that can really benefit from hearing what their work is doing,” she said.

Click here to read the rest of the article. Michael Abatemarco covered Broken Boxes in Pasatiempo‘s Mixed Media column:

Valentina Gonzalez Art- Broken Boxes Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Valentina Gonzalez, Cultural Value-vs-Property Value, 2017, aerosol paint and wood.

[Broken Boxes is] a good adjunct to the Native arts festivals happening around town this weekend, providing a look at some of the more challenging and cutting-edge works done by Native and non-Native artists alike. “I am interested in creating content that honors the intersections where our stories overlap, and which refuses to box us out of each other’s narratives,” said Dunnill in a statement.

Click here to read the full column, and join us for the Broken Boxes opening weekend events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Tonight’s opening reception (8/18, 5-8 pm) features an appearance by Winona LaDuke of Honor the Earth and documentarian Keri Pickett. A traveling show called Art of the Indigenous Resistance, curated by Kim Smith, fills the downstairs of our atrium. Broken Boxes spans our top floor, anchored by monumental installations by Chip Thomas, Nani Chacon and Demian DinéYazhi’. Get all the details on the Broken Boxes exhibition page, and make sure to RSVP for opening weekend on Facebook.

Teaser: Broken Boxes | Douglas Miles

“As an artist, it’s just you and the work, you and your own ability to express what’s flowing through you at that moment. At that time […] you don’t know, but you might help someone.”

-Douglas Miles

Broken Boxes, an exhibition curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, features Douglas Miles and 40 other creators from around the world who are affecting change in their work. All of the participants have appeared on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast. The show opens at form & concept on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 pm. Click here to learn more, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook.

This Weekend | Robert Ebendorf Jewelry Demonstration

“My work is not about intrinsic value. I think the value is my sense of design and my language. I’m a great gleaner, finding the discard, reconstructing it into my world and bringing it back out into the universe for another life, another journey.”

-Robert Ebendorf

We stopped by Robert Ebendorf‘s studio ahead of his In Process Jewelry Artist Demonstration this weekend. Get a glimpse at his world in the video above, and stop by form & concept on Saturday, August 12 from 2-4 pm to watch him create wearable art using found objects. Click here to learn more about the event, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook. Keep your eye on the form & concept blog for the full-length studio visit video in the coming weeks.

Last Look: Rebecca Rutstein & Jared Weiss

It’s the final week of Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines and Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday, two painting exhibitions that fill adjoining galleries on form & concept’s second floor. The shows are markedly different at first glance—Rutstein’s work is abstract, Weiss paints figures—but their conceptual frameworks have started to enmesh over the past 6 weeks. Michael Abatemarco discovered compelling links between them in his July 7th Pasatiempo article on both shows:

Two exhibits now on view at form & concept — Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines and Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead or It Was His Birthday — explore internal and external worlds through a lens of abstraction. Basing her work on scientific data and observances, Rutstein takes elements of her research and recontextualizes them in paintings that explore motion, line, color, and form. Jared Weiss works from memory, or rather the lack thereof, exploring the phenomena of screen memories in a vibrant exhibition of paintings of scenes of daily life, much of it autobiographical, where not everything that’s happening is as it seems.

Abatemarco’s headline, “In the Abstract,” makes for an excellent bridge between the shows. Rutstein observes the landscape and paints abstract representations of the often invisible forces that shape it, while Weiss intentionally abstracts his figures and landscapes to drum up tension between the familiar and the alien. Both artists use scholarly research to guide their voyages through these ambiguous worlds, surfacing with imagery that’s striking in its originality.

Come see Weiss and Rutstein’s shows before they close on August 12, and click here to read Abatemarco’s piece. Our special exhibition Stefani Courtois: A Retrospective also closes this week, on August 11. Mark your calendar for the opening weekend of our next exhibition, Broken Boxes, starting Friday, August 18.  

Rebecca Rutstein Artist- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rebecca Rutstein, Contagious, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Jared Weiss Artist- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jared Weiss, If We Want to, If it Matters to Us, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.
Rebecca Rutstein Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rebecca Rutstein, Fantasy Obscured, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jared Weiss, This Is Only a Little Of It, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 in.
Rebecca Rutstein Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rebecca Rutstein, Never Going Back Again, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jared Weiss, Islands Are Not Forever, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

Teaser: Broken Boxes | Demian DinéYazhi’

“I feel like what I’m trying to do with my art education is figure out ways that Indigenous culture can evolve, and Indigenous artwork can evolve. I think that’s very important, because that’s a huge part of our culture. For some ridiculous reason, we just got lumped into Indigenous art, we just got lumped into anthropological ways of showing our culture.”

-Demian DinéYazhi’

Broken Boxes, an exhibition curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, features Demian DinéYazhi’ and 40 other creators from around the world who are affecting change in their work. All of the participants have appeared on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast. The show opens at form & concept on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 pm. Click here to learn more, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook.

Teaser: Broken Boxes | Micah Blacklight

“We frequently look outside ourselves for inspiration, especially as artists. When we finish a project, we’re like, ‘I need a new muse, a new inspiration, a new place.’ So we’ll go out and we’ll search […], or we’ll get depressed. We’ll think the muse has deserted us again, and we’ll wait for that spark. What we don’t understand is that we can be our own greatest sustainable energy source.”

-Micah Blacklight

Broken Boxes, an exhibition curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, features Micah Blacklight and 40 other creators from around the world who are affecting change in their work. All of the participants have appeared on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast. The show opens at form & concept on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 pm. Click here to learn more, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook.

Upcoming Events: Robert Ebendorf & Bunny Tobias

Robert Ebendorf Artist- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Introducing Robert Ebendorf

“It’s about not being afraid to put diamonds and pearls with broken glass and bone,” says Robert Ebendorf. The master jeweler’s mixed-media philosophy comes from nearly six decades of working with found objects. When you’re a self-proclaimed “gleaner,” life is an endless treasure hunt. Ebendorf’s innovative work has landed in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. As form & concept’s newest represented artist, Ebendorf will appear in the gallery for an In Process Jewelry Demonstration on Saturday, August 12 from 2-4 pm.

Since his childhood in Kansas, Ebendorf (b. 1938) has been an avid collector of peculiar objects. “I would glean the alleys with my little wagon, going from one trash box to the next,” he says. “I’d bring all of the treasures I found back to the garage, and arrange them on a little shelf that my dad let me claim.” Later, when he was pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at University of Kansas, he started incorporating peculiar odds and ends into his work.

Robert Ebendorf, Lucky Fish Necklace, mixed media, $850

The practice appealed to his sense of compassion for abandoned objects, a feeling that he ties to humanity’s innate awareness of mortality. “When I see broken things at the flea market, they look wounded. They’re going to end up in a landfill,” Ebendorf says. “I enjoy picking up those lost souls and bringing them into a new context.” He completed his BFA in 1960, and earned an MFA at University of Kansas in 1963. After that, he traveled to Oslo, Norway to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts as a Fulbright Scholar.

Robert Ebendorf, Muscle Man Brooch, mixed media, $465

 

From there, he showed in numerous exhibitions, won prestigious awards and taught art at various institutions for 57 years. He hit a career high in 2003, when he debuted a solo exhibition of 96 works at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Ebendorf’s work is represented in 29 museums worldwide. He was one of the founding members of the Society of North American Goldsmiths in 1970, and was awarded the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Now living in Santa Fe, Ebendorf remains a creative pioneer at the jagged intersection of art, craft and design. The wearable sculptures that appear in the form & concept shop feature countless materials, from a rusty spoon that the artist discovered on the Alaskan shore to a possum jawbone that he picked up on one of his long walks. Each object is elegantly incorporated into the larger piece, allowing the viewer to see it with fresh eyes. “I’m very radical in the way I work,” says Ebendorf. “Color is important, and composition. I put the ideas together and make a decision on what technical skills I need to employ that will bring the ideas to fruition.”

Robert Ebendorf, Golf Tee Earring III, mixed media, $75

At the jewelry design demonstration, Ebendorf will reveal a wide variety of techniques he uses in his work. “The tools and techniques I use have been passed down to me from a family of makers that stretches back to the 16th century,” he says.

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Bunny Tobias Artist- Form & Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Artist Workshop with Bunny Tobias

Colorful strips of paper transform into beautiful beads at this workshop lead by multi-media artist Bunny Tobias. The workshop is on Saturday, August 26 from 11 am to 4 pm.

With expertise and humor, Bunny will guide participants as they craft 20-inch necklaces using Japanese handmade papers and other media. Participants will learn how to make the beads and create a necklace with them over the course of the workshop. All tools and materials will be provided—along with great conversation and delicious refreshments. The workshop takes place in form & concept’s lofty second-floor gallery space. Make sure to reserve your spot, as seating is limited and filling up fast!

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Bunny Tobias- Paper Bead Necklace Workshop- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
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Teaser: Broken Boxes | Rose Simpson

“If this is breaking our hearts, if this cultural erosion has come so far, that this is what we’re doing for a living, and this is the story that we’re telling, and this is the part of our culture that we have to exploit in order to put food on our table […] what would our ancestors be thinking?”

-Rose B. Simpson

Broken Boxes, an exhibition curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, features Rose B. Simpson and 40 other creators from around the world who are affecting change in their work. All of the participants have appeared on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast. The show opens at form & concept on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 pm. Click here to learn more, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook.

In Process Artist Demonstration

Our In Process Artist Demonstration series continues this Saturday, July 29, with appearances by local artists Bunny Tobias, Brian Fleetwood and Leah Siegel. It’s an open house event from 1-3 pm, so feel free to stop by at any point in the afternoon. The video above features footage from our last In Process event, which was a lively and inspiring gathering. Our favorite part was watching the designers interact with each other. They compared notes on materials and techniques, as visitors listened and interjected with questions. It was a fascinating meeting of creative minds!

Look below to browse some of our favorite works by the participating artists, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook for Saturday’s event.

Bunny Tobias Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Bunny Tobias, Luck of the Draw Necklace, bakelite, mazong tile, dice, vintage chain, $485
Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Silk Brooch Dial, sterling silver, silk, $140
Leah Siegel Apparel- Shadowlands Design- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Leah Siegel, Dark Red & Creme, habotai silk, silk, digital printing, 72 x 14 in., $135
Bunny Tobias Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Bunny Tobias, Bakelite Onyx Necklace, bronze, onyx, bakelite, $575
Brian Fleetwood Jewelry- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Brian Fleetwood, Multi-Branch Silk Earrings, silk, sterling silver, $120
Leah Siegel Apparel- Shadowlands Design- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Leah Siegel, Symmetries, habotai silk, silk, digital printing, 72 x 14 in., $135