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October 2017
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Opening | Wookjae Maeng: BALANCE

October 27 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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It’s easy to forget that the world is experiencing a crisis in biodiversity, one that some scientists have called a “sixth extinction.” Humanity has grown ever more isolated from the rest of the animal kingdom, hiding away in climate controlled boxes and behind glowing screens. In his new solo exhibition at form & concept, Korean ceramicist Wookjae Maeng ushers animals out of the wild and into the spotlight. His detailed porcelain sculptures of deer, rhinos, lions, bighorn sheep and other…

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Launch Party: Pussy Bites Back Jewelry Line | Laila Farcas-Ionescu

October 28 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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RSVP on Facebook. It’s no mistake that Laila Farcas-Ionescu’s launch party for the Pussy Bites Back jewelry line falls just before the anniversary of last year’s presidential election. The series is filled with imagery of fierce felines, in reference to the Pussyhat phenomenon and the political scandal that incited it. Still, Ionescu would rather look forward than back. “It’s more than just a visceral reaction to the political situation, it’s a symbol of empowerment,” Farcas-Ionescu says. “At this party, everyone…

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November 2017
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Reception & Live Auction: Guns to Art Benefit Show

November 17 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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Decommissioned firearms aren’t the most pliable artistic medium, but that hasn’t stopped faculty and students at Santa Fe Community College from reshaping them into stunning artworks. They’ve been hard at work bending, slicing, shredding and melting old guns into sculptures, jewelry and even apparel. This fall, the art will appear at a special reception, live auction and silent auction in support of in support of art and welding scholarships at SFCC and the 501(c)3 non-partisan organization New Mexicans to Prevent Gun…

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Opening | Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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RSVP on Facebook. “I think people are getting these catastrophic feelings, that this is the end,” says Thais Mather. “I don’t believe in that. I think this is a beginning.” The feminist artist’s new exhibition, Reckless Abandon, comes at a time of cultural, political and environmental upheaval. It’s an ideal moment to examine human history from a revolutionary stance—and present urgent questions that can reveal a new path forward. Through a monumental art installation and an interconnected series of performances…

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Opening: MICROCOSM Small Works Invitational

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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RSVP on Facebook. “Great things are done by a series of small things brought together,” said Vincent Van Gogh. form & concept takes this thought to its logical conclusion in MICROCOSM, a holiday exhibition of small works by contributors to the gallery’s previous exhibitions. Over 20 artists, craftspeople and designers return with diminutive and dynamic offerings that measure 8 x 10 inches or smaller. The show fills the gallery’s stairwell and atrium, forming a charming microcosm of the space’s history—and…

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Opening: Smitten Forum

November 24 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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RSVP on Facebook. 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…

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Reckless Abandon: A Reading

November 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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RSVP on Facebook. At this special event, Thais Mather will read excerpts from writings that span two years of her creative process, which culminated in the body of work for Reckless Abandon. "I'm really contemplating humanity: how culture began, where we are now, and where that might evolve," says Mather. Reckless Abandon comprises hundreds of artworks that will fill form & concept's ground floor, tracing thousands of years of natural and human history. Reckless Abandon opens at form & concept…

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December 2017

Holiday Makers Workshop

December 2 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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RSVP on Facebook. These days, seamless slabs of glass and metal are hot holiday gifts, but unique and hand-hewn objects are making a serious comeback. The makers who exhibit artworks and jewelry at form & concept are living proof of this phenomenon, and they’ll gather this holiday season to celebrate the traditional tools and techniques that bolster their contemporary creativity. The public is invited to sip cider, munch on gingerbread cookies and engage with form & concept artists at the…

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$15 - $25

Gamelan Encantada: In Honor of Lou

December 2 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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RSVP on Facebook. West Coast composer Lou Harrison’s 100th birthday party has been a yearlong, global affair. The Harrison House in Joshua Tree, California live streamed a 24-hour celebration, Bill Alves and Brett Campbell published a sweeping new biography, and renowned musicians have played tribute concerts from New York City to San Francisco. Harrison passed away in 2003 at age 85, but his influence as a composer, instrument builder, environmentalist, pacifist and gay rights activist is as resonant as ever.…

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$5 - $10

Reckless Abandon: Performance

December 15 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
form & concept,
435 South Guadalupe St
Santa Fe, NM 87501 United States
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RSVP on Facebook. At this holiday event, Thais Mather unites a number of to-be-announced feminist artists for a series of performances among the artworks of the Reckless Abandon exhibition. The gallery will accept a sliding scale donation of $5-$10 in support of the artists. Reckless Abandon is Mather’s first major show in Santa Fe, though she hesitates to call it a solo exhibition—at least in a traditional sense. “I feel like the concept of the male genius artist, presenting his solo…

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