Preview: Jesse Tatum & Tara Khozein Perform.

Jesse Tatum and Tara Khozein- Performance- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

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Tara Khozein and Jesse Tatum first met in an alternate universe. Khozein was dressed from head to toe in black-and-white, with matching makeup covering every inch of exposed skin. Tatum sported a transparent raincoat and fairy makeup, and wielded a flute. They were both solo performers in Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return, for the local art installation’s 2017 Summer in the Multiverse event series, and something instantly clicked between them. “We had a few interactions in character in the exhibition and backstage, and I developed a big artist crush on her,” Khozein explains.

That initial creative attraction blossomed into a full-fledged collaboration, which makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Saturday, July 14 at 7 pm. The New Mexico artists, both sopranos, will perform a new series of duets that combine melodic and percussive instrumentals and vocals. Tickets priced at a sliding scale of $5-$25 are available at https://fluteandvoice.bpt.me.

Tara Khozein and Jesse Tatum- Performance- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“Art making is social for me,” says Khozein. “I watch other artists in admiration, and then I kind of shyly approach them, the way you’d approach a middle school crush.” In recent years, she has collaborated closely with acclaimed saxophonist Rhonda Taylor and dancer Emmaly Wiederholt. She’ll often approach artists who are interested in reframing classical music for contemporary audiences.

“Seeing Jesse in that raincoat shredding virtuosic music on her flute made me be like, ‘That’s someone I could do an amazing recital with,’” Khozein says. “Later I saw her perform at SITE with David Felberg, and the casual way she connected to the audience was really in line with how I like to perform. I was like, ‘That’s someone who is tearing down the pretension surrounding classical music.’”

Tara Khozein and Jesse Tatum- Performance- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

The new duo built a broad and diverse program that combines elegant melodic and textural materials with comedy and absurdity. Tatum, who serves as Principal Flute of the Santa Fe Symphony among other prestigious appointments, will play flute, bass flute and piccolo. Khozein will provide vocals and flex the theater skills that she also employs in her work with the local, experimental troupe Theater Grottesco.

“I speak often, there is lots of play of vocal percussion through consonants,” says Khozein. “Jesse plays lots of florid fast things that only woodwinds can do, and uses lots of extended techniques, and we trade off being accompaniment to each other. With this instrumentation, the playing field is so level. We are two melodic slash percussive wind instruments in conversation.”

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Nathan Wheeler- Peformance Art- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

form & concept has two events lined up for the weekend, and they’re not to be missed! Tonight is the closing reception for Debra Baxter’s solo exhibition Tooth & Nail (Friday, 6/15, 5-7 pm). On Saturday, we’re hosting Nathan Wheeler for an experimental music and performance piece among the artworks of Inner Orbit (Saturday, 6/16, 7-8:30 pm). Alex De Vore of Santa Fe Reporter chose Nathan’s event as a calendar pick this week. Here’s an excerpt:

Ever heard of an EMF meter? They’re those gadgets that detect electromagnetic fields or, in some cases, psychic energy and possibly ghosts. Spooky, right? But don’t be scared; New York-based multi-disciplinary artist and dancer Nathan Wheeler plans to use them for a non-spooky event.

Nathan Wheeler- Peformance Art- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Paul Weideman covered the performance in this week’s Pasatiempo. Here’s an excerpt:

Wheeler embarks on a communal experience with living people and perhaps with some more ethereal collaborators. One of his chief tools in this process is an instrument that can sense electromagnetic fields (EMFs). “We’ll all be sitting in a space, but basically what I’m doing is using ghost-detection circuits [EMF meters] to read the different sort of invisible energies that are in the space,” said the artist, who is known for his improvisational music and dance performances. “These circuits do things like detect electromagnetic interference and static electricity, but they also are supposed to detect ghosts.”

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THIS WEEK: Young Masters & Inner Orbit Artist Talk

Currents New Media Festival- Santa Fe Reporter- Santa Fe Railyard- New Mexico
CURRENTS New Media Festival

The Santa Fe Railyard is the place to be this weekend! The CURRENTS New Media Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary with a massive exhibition at El Museo Cultural de Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Institute hosts the inaugural Interplanetary Festival at the Railyard Plaza and other venues. Both festivals have partnered with numerous organizations around Santa Fe to present exhibitions and events that bring together art, science and technology. Check out Iris McLister’s article in this week’s Santa Fe Reporter to get it all straight, and make sure to stop by form & concept for two events on Thursday & Saturday. More details below!

New Mexico School for the Arts- Young Masters Performance Series- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Performance

Young Masters | NMSA

Thursday, June 7th, 6 – 7:30 pm

New Mexico School for the Arts will soon break ground on renovations for their new Railyard location, and they’re wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the arts district. The arts high school presents a special performance series at form & concept, hosted by faculty members and showcasing outstanding student musicians, creative writers and poets. Featured artists include Keenan McDonald, Myriah Duda, Adam Griffo, Acacia Burnham, Jada Baca and Lila Baca.

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Image: NMSA

Inner Orbit Artist Talk- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico

Artist Talk

Inner Orbit

Saturday, June 9th, 2 PM

Join Inner Orbit artists Matthew Mullins and Drew Lenihan for this interactive tour. They’ll engage with Frank Rose and Jordan Eddy of form & concept in a conversation about the show’s themes. Inner Orbit spotlights contemporary artists from across the United States who meld fine art and craft mediums with technology for deeply personal looks at the firmament. The show appears in conjunction with Santa Fe Futurition, the Currents New Media Festival, and the Santa Fe Institute’s Interplanetary Festival.

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Image: Marcus Zuñiga, lines, mural, led string lights, marker.

THIS FRIDAY: PSIRENS Album Release Concert

Paris Mancini- Psirens- Alive Album Release Concert- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“In my mind, it’s become ‘the impossible album,’” says Paris Mancini, known professionally as PSIRENS, of her new project. As its title indicates, ALIVE (Matron Records) was supposed to be a live album. “I really focused on writing these simple, raw and true songs, just the bare bones,” the Santa Fe musician explains. “So it made sense to try to record them with a full band.”

When she attempted to schedule a Santa Fe recording session with a number of far-flung musicians, things got a little too complicated. In lieu of bringing a band together, Mancini traveled across the nation to record with each of her accompanists. The result is a 12-track album of stripped-down, jazz-inflected songs that will debut at form & concept on Friday, May 11 from 6 to 9 pm. The ALIVE Album Release Concert is presented by Matron Records, and will feature the first-ever live performance of the new album.

As PSIRENS, Mancini has built a reputation for her inventive use of layering and loops. She bends vocals and instrumentals into interlinking Möbius strips, building atmospheric compositions that draw the listener into vast electroacoustic landscapes. “It’s easy to pull someone in with a lot of layers, something they can get lost in because it’s a forest of notes,” Mancini says.

For ALIVE, she made a daring shift, pairing live vocals with acoustic instrumentation and subtler looping. “I tried to give what I could for the song’s benefit—and nothing else,” she says. “It’s kind of terrifying, because it really pushes my lyrics to the forefront. For the most part, you hear every word.”

Mancini wrote all of the songs on ALIVE, and contributed vocals, looping and bass guitar. Last summer she traveled to the San Juan Islands in Washington State to record with pianist Grisha Krivchenia on his off-the-grid property. “I would wake up with the sun, hop in the pond to wake up, and we’d record first thing in the morning,” Mancini recalls. “It gave the album this freshness, whereas the rest of the PSIRENS albums are darker and murkier.”

Later, she swung through Boise, Idaho for sessions with harpist Matthew Tutsky and cellist Jake Saunders. In her sometime home of New York City, she recorded additional vocals. Back in Santa Fe, she worked with sound engineer Will Dyer to weave it all together. “It sounds like we’re all in the same room, which is so hard to do,” Mancini says. “It has this jazz-like quality to it that’s really special.”

For the ALIVE Album Release Concert, Mancini will perform among sculptural set pieces of her own creation. The task of uniting all of her collaborators still eludes Mancini, but Krivchenia will accompany her on piano live from the San Juan Islands. CDs of ALIVE will be available for the first time, along with other PSIRENS merchandise. “What’s funny is that it isn’t really a live album, but I had to fight so hard for its existence,” says Mancini. “So it is remarkable that it is alive.”

Hear Paris Mancini and Eliza Lutz discuss the making of ALIVE on the inaugural Matron Records “MatronPod” podcast, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook. form & concept will ask for a $5 to $25 donation at the door, in support of the artists and the gallery.

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TONIGHT: Mirror Box Closing Performance

“Fall in love! / And make a promise / You’ll never be able to keep.”

Local writer and performer Emmaly Wiederholt presents the original performance piece “Don’t You Want to Dance?” among the artworks of Strangers Collective’s Mirror Box exhibition. The performance takes place on the last day of the show—a final contribution that completes the show and offers a fresh way of experiencing the rest of the work.

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Preview: Young Masters | NMSA

New Mexico School for the Arts- Young Masters Performance Series- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

New Mexico School for the Arts will soon break ground on renovations for their new Railyard location, and they’re wasting no time injecting fresh creative energy into the arts district. It starts with a special performance series at form & concept, showcasing outstanding student musicians, creative writers and poets of NMSA. Attend the inaugural performance on Thursday, March 1 at 5 pm, and mark your calendar for Young Masters performances the first Thursday of each month.

The first performance is hosted by NMSA faculty members Kurt Isaacson and Hakim Bellamy. “We would be irresponsible not to build connections with our new neighbors,” says Isaacson, the chair of NMSA’s Music Department. “Galleries and art institutions are the bedrock of the arts and culture economy in the Railyard. They’ll serve as strong foundations and anchors for the new school, and NMSA will in turn fertilize the creative environment in this district.”

Isaacson and Bellamy, NMSA’s Creative Writing Director, were on the hunt for a new venue for readings and performances—somewhere they could showcase contemporary and student-made work. They struck up a conversation with Sandy Zane, an avid supporter of NMSA who owns the Railyard’s form & concept gallery, and she offered up the space for a new event series.

The first performance features a 25-30 minute music program, with configurations including a string quartet, solo cello performance, and vocal performance with string duo accompaniment. Isaacson says the events will have a strong focus on interdisciplinary collaboration, a mission that he hopes will leave its mark on the Railyard. “I want the new campus and the Railyard to be a hub for interdisciplinary work,” he says. “If the vision of the neighborhood is new and contemporary art, then the injection of NMSA into that community is essential. It’s a crossroads for so many art forms.”

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THIS SATURDAY: A Day of Ritual Prayer Performance

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

Visual Preview

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

7 am-7 pm: Ekalos Reed & Áine McCarthy, “Tending the Mighty Dead”
4:30-6:30 pm: Kara Duval, “RED”
6-7 pm: Closing Ceremony

Please note: 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.

Sequence of Events

The public is invited to attend the event at anytime and for any duration from 10 am to 7 pm to watch, write a prayer, ring a bell, offer a flower, meditate or engage in some other respectful way with the ritual.

“Tending the Mighty Dead”

Áine McCarthy & Ekalos Reed

7am- 7pm

Áine McCarthy and Ekalos Reed perform “Tending the Mighty Dead” a 12 hour ritual prayer to embody the remembrance of our killed ancestors (women and others) and to invite their wisdom to take root in our individual and collective flesh, bones, and blood. “In ancient times Art was not separate from Healing,” says Reed. “In this spirit we offer ourselves in movement for twelve hours to see clearly the injustice and feel clearly the pain. In doing this we create a space for wisdom and strength to return to us.” The ritual will include a soundscape of present-day field recordings from places here in New Mexico and far away that have historical significance to the project. Bearing witness in ourselves and in places where injustices have occured is part of the healing process and helps tend the ground to grow new creative and healthy lifeways.

“RED”

Kara Duval

4:30 – 6:30pm

Kara Duval performs “RED”, a reintegrating ritual that snakes its way through the exhibit in search of reclamation. The set for ‘Red’ consists of over 300 ft of red fabric that is woven through the art works in the gallery. Duval traverses the fabric, symbolizing the long journey often taken to return home to the body after experiencing trauma. Movement is one of the first expressions restricted when a person or a people have gone through trauma. RED is about the movement to return home to the body and recognizing its inherent wholeness. Duval uses dance and story to reconnect and heal the fabric of her individual and collective histories. She uses an audio tapestry of women’s personal stories revolving around shame, abuse, and trauma as a sound score to her journey.

Closing Ceremony

Various artists

6:00-7:00 pm

Reed, McCarthy and Duval are joined by additional performers to complete the closing ceremony.

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

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

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

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

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

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Images 

1, 3 & 5: Ekalos Reed & Áine McCarthy, “Tending the Mighty Dead,” durational performance piece, 2018. Photo by Timothy Jason Reed.

2, 4 & 6: Kara Duval, “RED,” durational performance piece, 2018. Photo by Kara Duval.

 

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.