Stefani Courtois: A Retrospective
July 28, 2017 - August 12, 2017
Santa Fe jeweler Stefani Courtois passed away in April 2017. This retrospective will feature jewelry and paintings from her diverse oeuvre. Courtois grew up in a small town in Northern California. As a child, she kept many collections of small, beautiful objects. Over the course of her artistic career, Courtois explored a wide range of mediums and materials. She worked in painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving, photography and jewelry. In 2006, Courtois began working predominantly in metal, specifically the fine art of jewelry. The exhibition opens Friday, July 28, 5-7 pm and runs through August 11, 2017.
Jared Weiss: He's Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday
June 30, 2017 - August 12, 2017
Jared Weiss has forgotten much of his subject matter. Or rather, the scenes that he paints are often buried somewhere deep in his unconscious. Reviving suppressed memories can be a dangerous game, but the Santa Fe artist has some heavy hitters on his side: Sigmund Freud, Jacques Lacan and Slavoj Žižek. Weiss draws inspiration from the famous line of psychoanalysts in his new solo exhibition at form & concept, He’s Either Dead or It Was His Birthday. Opening Friday, June 30, the show conjures a strange sense of déjà vu. Weiss’s figurative images—which resemble warped photographs from a massive theater production—are sure to lodge in the back of your mind. The exhibition opens Friday, June 30, 5-7 pm and runs through August 12, 2017.
Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines
June 30, 2017 - August 12, 2017
When your painting studio is set adrift on the open sea, things can get a little messy. Philadelphia-based painter Rebecca Rutstein spent her last three artist residencies in close quarters with oceanographic cartographers, examining never-before-seen images of the ocean floor and translating what she learned into undulating, semi-abstract paintings. She grew accustomed to the constant motion of the boat and its unpredictable effect on her brushstrokes. In Fault Lines, her first-ever solo exhibition in New Mexico, Rutstein returns to dry land. Using the sunburnt palette of the high desert, the artist turns her attention to seismic events that occur deep in the Earth’s crust—and employs some tricks she learned at sea to imbue her compositions with dynamic motion. Fault Lines opens at form & concept on Friday, June 30, 5-7 pm, and runs through August 12, 2017.
Summer Artist Talks 2017
May 27, 2017 - August 20, 2017
In its first year, form & concept has emphasized powerful and diverse storytelling through its exhibition schedule and programs. The gallery’s roster of represented artists has been steadily growing, making for a dynamic One-Year Anniversary Exhibition (May 26-October 22, 2017). The majority of form & concept’s represented artists will speak, along with several guest artists.
Noisefold New Media Installation
May 26, 2017 - July 22, 2017
Transdisciplinary artists Cory Metcalf and David Stout, who collaborate under the name NoiseFold, are known for combining visual art, music and interactive cinema into artworks that manipulate the senses and stretch the imagination. The centerpiece of their exhibition at form & concept, a series of blown glass forms titled Metamorph, emerged from an unexpected project with master glass artists. NoiseFold’s sculpture installation opens on Friday, May 26, 5-8 pm, in conjunction with form & concept’s Superhero Masquerade: One-Year Anniversary Celebration. The installation is on view through July 22, 2017.
Deliberate Acts: SITE Scholar Exhibition 2016-17
April 28, 2017 - May 20, 2017
SITE Santa Fe is building a new wing of its building from the ground up—and that’s not their only construction project this season. The contemporary museum space is teaming up with form & concept to lay the foundations of art careers for students across New Mexico. The gallery is pleased to announce Deliberate Acts, the sixth annual exhibition of the SITE Scholar program (2016-17). The program offers art world opportunities to 15 outstanding student artists from institutions across the state, culminating in the group show at form & concept opening Friday, April 28 from 5-7 pm. Deliberate Acts runs through May 20, 2017.
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. “This series explores the idea of repair and scarring,” says Newport. “I was a very accident-prone child. I have some scars.” Mending opens on Friday, February 24, 5-7 pm and runs through May 20, 2017.
Shifting Landscapes: 3rd International SDA Member Juried Exhibition
February 24, 2017 - June 10, 2017
Artists from the Surface Design Association (SDA) 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 present 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. Shifting Landscapes is on view through June 10, 2017.
Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project
November 25, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project draws attention to the creativity and skills of local jewelry designers, reveals the stories behind our personal collections and encourages re-consideration of our habits of consumption. Currently, materials used in jewelry production are sourced from some of the poorest countries in the world, sacred lands and disputed territories. Often this sourcing comes at a great cost to the environment. RJM brings together volunteer “miners,” who dig out and donate their old jewelry, with volunteer jewelers and students, working together as refiners and designers to collaborate on an exhibition of re-made jewelry. Radical Jewelry Makeover will offer an informed and creative alternative to traditional mining practices and jewelry production. A small group of artists from across the country who previously collaborated with Radical Jewelry Makeover were invited to dive more deeply into the motivations and questions of the project. As past participants, with prior exposure to the values of RJM, they were asked to create a series of work using donated jewelry leftover from all previous donation drives. This work comprises the RJM Artist Project exhibition. Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project is on view now through February 19, along with the recycled art exhibitions Elegance of Mutation and Kin.
Gabriel Craig & Amy Weiks: Kin
November 25, 2016 - February 19, 2017
For their new exhibition at form & concept, artists Gabriel Craig and Amy Weiks revved up their time machine. Kin was a chance for the artists, who co-founded a nationally renowned metal fabrication studio in Detroit, to delve into the human history of objects and tools—and explore their own past in the process. “We’ve been metalsmiths for 13 years, and we’ve been working together for quite a while,” says Craig. The duo met in 2007 at Western Michigan University, when they were undergraduate art students. They completed a collaborative artist residency in 2009, and founded the dynamic, craft-centric metalworking studio Smith Shop in 2012. Since then, they’ve mostly worked together on commercial metalwork projects and workshops. “It’s been a while, so we wanted to have an exhibition that would serve as a catalyst to revisit the things that we touched on in our earlier collaborations, and also to start exploring new things,” Craig says. The duo has a unique method of working together. They create small objects using different materials, and lay them out on sheets of paper, composing sculptural collages that intermingle with sketches and notes. This helps them synthesize their diverse interests and work towards a unified aesthetic. Eventually, they fuse the pieces together into elegant, wearable sculptures. “It’s like if you played exquisite corpse with one other person every day for a decade,” says Craig. “We’ve really narrowed down our core interests now, and we’re setting out new challenges for ourselves.” Craig and Weiks worked exclusively with forged steel and fabricated bronze for the Kin exhibition, with Craig focusing on intricate surface ornamentation and Weiks exploring historic forms with a contemporary eye. “We’re trying to achieve the essence of artifacts in museums,” says Weiks. “There was this idea that these objects came from somewhere deep in our past.” Their previous collaborations have been multilayered, mixed media works, but creating Kin helped them reduce and simplify. The result is striking forms that can be worn, but could just as easily appear on a pedestal in a museum. Craig and Weiks have also used found objects in their work, manipulating coins, chains and other materials to create striking, contemporary forms. They experiment with similar contrasts in their body of work for Kin. “We’ve created all these pairings,” says Weiks. “We have form and pattern, and we have bronze and steel, and we have engraving and chafing. There are all these elements that come together in surprising ways.”
Bunny Tobias: Elegance of Mutation
November 25, 2016 - February 19, 2017
Bunny Tobias debuts new artwork made from reclaimed materials—and a fierce philosophy of recycled art—in Elegance of Mutation, a solo exhibition at form & concept. The longtime Santa Fe artist is known for charming, surreal artworks made from found objects and natural materials. For the first time, Tobias will distill her thoughts on recycled art into a single manifesto, which she’ll unveil at the reception. Elegance of Mutation opens on Friday, November 25 from 5-7 pm at form & concept, and runs through February 18. The exhibition coincides with the gallery’s Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project group show. “I live on a rural property, and I’ll often find pretty interesting rusted pieces on the ground,” says Tobias. The artist resides and works in a 300-year-old house in Glorieta Pass, which was the site of pioneer encampments and Civil War action. “I made a number of jewelry pieces from these rusted objects for a Museum of International Folk Art show, and that sparked my interest in repurposing materials,” she says. Ever since, Tobias has incorporated ephemera into her diverse artworks. She fearlessly blurs the lines between mediums, drawing upon over forty years of experience as a ceramicist, collage artist, sculptor and jeweler. I love vintage material, and I’ve always been interested in surrealism, Dada art, and Arte Povera” says Tobias. “I can relate to these periods of art, because I love taking material that once had another purpose and turning it into something new.” Inspired by these modernist movements and their radical mission statements, Tobias has prepared an Elegance of Mutation manifesto to accompany her artwork. “Anything and everything is capable of morphing: ideas, objects, functions and materials,” reads an early draft of the document. “Unexpected logic and rhythms, perverse and unpredictable associations, comic improvisations—those are all part of the elegance of mutation.”
Native Realities: Superheroes of Past, Present, & Future
November 11, 2016 - December 31, 2016
A groundbreaking new show, Native Realities: Superheroes of Past, Present, and Future opens at form & concept gallery in Santa Fe on November 11th 2016. The show is being held in conjunction with the world’s first Indigenous Comic Con, which launches in Albuquerque on November 18th at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque. Native Realities shares the stories of superheroes across Native cultures. With comics created by youth and teachers in Zuni Pueblo, and the works of professional comic artists Weshoyot Alvitre (Tongva), Jonathan Nelson (Diné), Jon Proudstar (Yaqui), Ryan Singer (Navajo), and Arigon Starr (Kickapoo), the show invites the public to consider the role of heroes - defined as everyday people doing extraordinary work - in our lives. The opening at form & concept will feature presentations by students and leaders from Zuni Pueblo. The Zuni Pueblo project partnered with UNM ZETAC (Zuni: Engaging Teachers and Community), a W. K. Kellogg Foundation initiative, to work with Zuni public school teachers to develop project-based curriculum from a cultural perspective. In Zuni Pueblo, teachers and the youth are working to keep their language alive through classroom activities. “My comic is about a superhero who comes and makes our gardens grow by bringing the rain” explained one 6th grader. A teacher described her superhero, Yucca Girl, as a character of resiliency. “After my sister passed away I started making baskets. I would collect the yucca for the baskets and being outside, being with the yucca plants, that helped me deal with my grief” Lee Francis, founder of Native Realities, launched his comic book company in April of 2015 with the idea that in order to change the stereotypical representations of Native people, one had to start with pop culture. The Indigenous Comic Con grew out of the efforts of Native Realities and is a three-day celebration of all things Native and Indigenous pop culture. “The response has been overwhelming! There are so many Indigenerds out there and we are glad to have them at the Con!” Lee shared. The superheroes and comics form and concept will display builds on a long tradition of Native comics. One of the artists on display, Arigon Starr (Kickapoo), is the creator of the Super Indian comic series. Super Indian was originally produced as a nationally broadcast radio comedy series in 2007 and became a webcomic that debuted in 2011. “I modeled him after the classic Batman TV show from the 1960s with Adam West and Burt Ward”, Starr says. “Most hardcore comic book people dismiss that series, but it really influenced my storytelling. So often Native folks are never shown having a sense of humor and being funny is important to my work. There is a lot of social consciousness evident in Super Indian, but disguised in humor. You can look at it as satire or parody – but underneath the yuks, it’s great to explore issues of identity, community and how Native folks are perceived.” Pueblo project is borne of an ArtPlace-funded grant that includes a partnership of the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute (iD+Pi) at UNM, Creative Startups, and multiple tribal entities in Zuni Pueblo. Dr. Ted Jojola, founder of iD+Pi initiated the program and sees that culturally appropriate design and planning develops creative communities. The project’s goal is to build a thriving creative community in Zuni that increases incomes and reflects Pueblo-driven community design. “Native communities are rich in creativity and culture. Community planning that reflects this richness can help drive economic development - and creative entrepreneurs are at the heart of this work” reflects Alice Loy, a co-founder of Creative Startups. ArtPlace America is funding the UNM Indigenous Design and Planning Institute, Creative Startups, and multiple partners in Zuni Pueblo.
August 26, 2016 - November 21, 2016
In the upcoming show at form & concept, Residency, fourteen artists from the US and Canada share their visions of the house – and all that goes in it – and its place in creating a sense of home. Opening Friday, August 26, Residency, features a” tiny house”, installed in the form & concept atrium by Santa Fe design/build company, Extraordinary Structures, led by Zane Fischer. The tiny house movement is a social movement where people are choosing to downsize the space they live in. The typical American home is around 2600 square feet, whereas the typical small or tiny house is between 100 and 400 square feet. North Carolina-based artist Jeana Klein’s recent studio practice has coalesced around the broad theme of value: how society in general assigns value (or worthlessness) to objects, and how the art world, specifically, assigns value to works of art, craft and design. These ideas are made tangible through large mixed media quilts and tiny obsessive embroideries. The quilts draw—both visually and conceptually—on Klein’s infatuation with abandoned houses. She uses digital photography and inkjet printing to capture the reality of abandonment, superimposed with her painted imaginings of the house's’ former lives. The artist explores abandoned houses to gather inspiration for her multi-media quilts. Later in the studio, she digitally merges and manipulates the photographic evidence scavenged from these forgotten homes. She then breaks these images apart and prints them piecemeal on recycled fabric: scraps from her late grandmother’s church quilting group, each with its own forgotten history. She stitches the pieces together to create compositional wholes before adding her own speculative story in acrylic paint. In the end, each piece is no longer image alone, but is image and object in quilt form. Jason Ramey, a Minnesota-based sculptor creates work that straddles the spaces between art, craft and design. Writer Michelle Grabner says of Ramey’s art, “when one experiences Ramey’s work, his acknowledgement of the ill-defined space between art, craft, and design practice is not immediately apparent. That is his intention. On display in Residency is his piece, Attic, “made in reference to the small house in which I grew up. The house was a G.I home built after the war, me, my twin brother, and mother and father lived there.My father spent an inordinate amount of time in this attic with his smoking chair, woven round rug, and 60’s floor ash tray. I made this around the same time I began to think about marks or traces former inhabitants of a dwelling may leave. The attic was made from almost the exact tone/color of the ash I used for the piece. I always imagined that this was my father's favorite place even though it had very few redeeming qualities. The profiles in the piece are loosely based on my father's profile, made from an image of him from the 70’s.” “I started saying ‘Well, I could make furniture and design furniture, but can I make something that really addresses my past, my history?’” he says. Drawing on personal narrative Ramey says in his artist statement that “growing up, I was often curious about who might have constructed the walls in my family home, and what type of people they were.” Were they like me? Are they still alive? “These walls weren’t just inane parts of my childhood home, they were my childhood.” Artists in the show are Garth Amundson & Pierre Gour (WA), Debra Baxter (NM), Joanna Close (Canada), James Drake (NM), Extraordinary Structures (NM), Jeana Klein (NC), Mike Lagg (NM), Ted Lott (WI), Magsamen + Hillerbrand (TX), Jason Ramey (MN), Reside Home (NM), Ruby Troup (NM), Andrea Vail (NC), and Paula Wilson (NM).
August 19, 2016 - October 30, 2016
Opening August 19, 2016, form & concept presents ReFashion through October 30. “We’re basically playing with people’s expectations of what fashion or wearability is,” says Director and Curator, Frank Rose. “There’s an implicit exhibitionist quality in wearing any type of clothing and there are some fantastic artists that take this to another level – not only through works that are functionally wearable, but using fashion, clothing and wearables as a starting point for conceptual pieces.” Cross programming and promotion is presented in conjunction with the exhibition ReForm: Subversive Fashion at Central Features in Albuquerque, NM. One of those artists is Mark Newport, Head of Fiber at the craft-centric Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Newport knits sweatersuits resembling outfits of would-be warm superheroes. These characters are childhood memories of the ultimate man – the Dad every boy wants, the man every boy wants to grow up to be. “The proportions of Batman 3 are based on those of a very muscular action figure, scaled up to my six-foot-tall height, resulting in a costume that is too large for me and that drapes and sags even more than the others,” says Newport. Newport’s hand knit acrylic re-creations of these heroes’ costumes combine their heroic, protective, ultra-masculine, yet vulnerable personae with the protective gestures of his mother – hand knit acrylic sweaters meant to keep him safe from New England winters. Also in the exhibition is Arizona-based artist Angela Ellsworth. Ellsworth, a professor at Arizona State University, was recently featured in Looking Forward, Looking Back at the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2015. Ellsworth’s series, Seer Bonnets, is an ongoing series of sculptural pioneer bonnets covered in thousands of steel, pearl-tipped corsage pins that create subtle patterns on the exteriors and sharp, rugged interiors. Standing in for the estimated thirty-five wives of Joseph Smith, the bonnets become the “tools of translation” which allow these resilient wives to see messages and translate them into visions. This is a nod to the tools Smith used to translate the Book of Mormon. Ellsworth re-imagines this community of women with their own visionary and revelatory powers, as they pioneer new personal histories. Ellsworth’s work in the exhibition depicts two bonnets merging together and utilizes the opposing forces of fabric and steel to demonstrate the stark understanding of women who are confined to domesticity under Mormonism. Artists included in ReFashion are: Megan Burns (NM), Peter Clouse (MI), Annica Cuppetelli (MI), Seth Damm + Debra Baxter (LA + NM), Angela Ellsworth (AZ), Owen Gordon (CO), Jennifer Henry (NV), Jeanne Medina (VA), Kacie Smith (NM), and Jason Villegas (NY).
Priscilla Dobler: La Cocina
June 10, 2016 - August 11, 2016
In conjunction with the Currents New Media Festival, La Cocina, an installation by Seattle-based artist, Priscilla Dobler, opens in form & concept’s upstairs gallery on Friday, June 10 from 5-7 pm. Priscilla Dobler is a Seattle-based artist born in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico. Interested in the traditional methods of weaving and embroidery, she constructs poignant installations and sculptures that comment on the construction of identity. Using her environmental surroundings such as her home, childhood memories and collaborations with family members, she reconstructs objects that are symbolic representations of the different cultures she identifies with. Functional objects are stripped down to their basic fundamentals to reinterpret their meaning through new methods of construction. Dobler addresses themes such as tensions of identity, borders, social inequality and juxtapositions within architectural spaces. Dobler states, “I have always been interested in the relationships and dialogues that occur within spaces especially those of a home. When you breakdown the structure of a home the kitchen is the core center, filled with activity and the blending of cultural identities through food.” La Cocina is a structure that symbolizes the foundation of an American kitchen. The walls, cabinets and appliances have all been replaced with colorful cotton thread. “My Mayan and Scottish/ American-German grandparents were hammock weavers, seamstresses and builders. All four individuals came from different economic backgrounds, social classes and race, yet had common interests in weaving, building and cooking. A hammock is a well-crafted strong structure that supports and adapts to the body’s weight. The hammock is constantly flexible with horizontal and vertical lines stretching/expanding, yet always comes back to its original shape and form. The soft, malleable thread pulls tightly against the structure of the wall to create a rigid, yet permeable border. The thread adds color to the walls and cabinets activating the kitchen with color. The thread also represents the juxtapositions of identity.” La Cocina is a room-sized woven installation with audio recordings of conversations that have occurred in the kitchen and sound recordings we associate within these spaces, allowing the viewer to interact within the space. Questions addressed within the recordings are, “what is the American Dream?,” “what is identity and how do you define identity?,” and “what is the infrastructure of America?
June 10, 2016 - August 11, 2016
In conjunction with the Currents New Media Festival, Virtual Object opens in form & concept’s upstairs gallery on Friday, June 10 from 5-7 pm. Virtual Object will showcase objects made or influenced by the exciting new processes emerging from the realm of 3D printing. form & concept was founded to “explore relationships between art, craft and design. Handmade and computer-made processes need not be at odds with each other,” said form & concept Director Frank Rose. “As technology increasingly expands into our lives, I think it is important to use these tools consciously and investigate what kinds of artistic communication may be possible. It’s equally important to recognize and support handmade craft practice, as a balance. They both emerge from humanity, after all!” Virtual Object was curated by Frank Ragano and Mariannah Amster from Currents New Media festival and Frank Rose at form & concept. Artists included in Virtual Object are: Nick Bontrager (TX), Jenny Filipetti (CO), McArthur Freeman (FL), Keeley Haftner (IL), Joshua Harker (MI), Arthur Hash (RI), Robert Krawczyk (IL), Leisa Rich (GA), Kristin Stransky (CO), Friedrich Foerster and Sabine Weissinger (Germany), and Rosalie Yu (NY).
Made in the Desert
May 27, 2016 - August 22, 2016
Made in the Desert, the inaugural exhibition at form & concept, opens Friday, May 27 from 5-7 pm. Made in the Desert is a group show featuring craft artists hailing from New Mexico and Arizona, exhibiting an array of handmade media from ceramic to neon. “The Southwest has such a rich and varied tradition of craft and making that it made sense to open our space with a survey-type exhibition. You’ll see works that use both old and new techniques, but all of the artists on display are working within a contemporary milieu,” says Director and Curator Frank Rose. Artists included in Made in the Desert are: Janet Abrams (NM), Julia Barello (NM), Susan Beiner (AZ), Melissa Cody (AZ), Brian Fleetwood (NM), Jaque Fragua (NM), Maria Hwang-Levy (NM), Laila Ionescu (NM), Armond Lara (NM), Courtney Leonard (NM), Arthur Lopez (NM), Cannupa Luger (NM), Vanessa Michel (NM), and Lucrecia Troncoso (NM).