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Shifting Landscapes: 3rd International SDA Member Juried Exhibition
February 24, 2017 - May 20, 2017

Artists from the Surface Design Association (SDA) will reinvent the map using felt, cotton, silk, string and countless other fibrous materials in the 3rd International SDA Juried Exhibition at form & concept. The gallery is pleased to announce Shifting Landscapes, an exhibition that explores traditional, non-traditional and contemporary interpretations of place by artists, designers and makers working with or inspired by fiber or textile materials and techniques. The show opens on Friday, February 24 from 5-7 pm, at form & concept gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As SDA heads into its 40th year, it’s wonderful to continue to expand the opportunities that our artists have for making connections, showing their work, and being exposed to different communities across the country,” says Danielle Kelly, Executive Director of the Albuquerque-based artist alliance. SDA has a global member base, and its mission is to promote awareness and appreciation of textile-inspired art and design. Exhibitions like Shifting Landscapes are a primary focus of the association’s efforts, along with the quarterly publication of the Surface Design Journal, conferences, and other events. The Shifting Landscapes jurors, fiber artist Erika Lynne Hanson and form & concept Gallery Director Frank Rose, will embark on visual journeys through landscapes that are representational and abstract, literal and metaphorical. “With everything that’s happening environmentally and politically, I can only imagine what many artists are thinking about as they make work for the exhibition,” says Kelly. “We can communicate things through art when words fail us. Sometimes the best place to talk about your world is through what you make.” The show is open to submissions from SDA members through January 2, 2017. The exhibition features a number of awards for selected artists.

Mark Newport: Mending
February 24, 2017 - May 20, 2017

Mark Newport returns to form & concept for a solo exhibition that cuts to the heart of the Michigan textile artist’s practice. Mending features torn muslin cloths with meticulously embroidered patches, a symbol of the scars that life etches on the body and psyche. The show opens on Friday, February 24 from 5-7 pm.  “This series explores the idea of repair and scarring,” says Newport. “I was a very accident-prone child. I have some scars.” The artwork in Mending stands in stark contrast to the artist’s first exhibition at form & concept. In the gallery’s ReFashion group show, Newport presented hand-knit superhero suits. “The costumes suggest the body, masculinity, armor,” Newport explains. “This new series is more about vulnerability, so I’m flipping that coin on its head.” Newport will speak at our Gallery Talk: Shifting Landscapes & Mark Newport on Saturday, February 25 from 2-3 pm.