Macrocosm: Large Works Show
November 30, 2018 - December 31, 2018
While artists from our 2018 programming pare their work down to 8 x 10 inches in our MICROCOSM exhibition, our jewelry artists will undertake a more expansive challenge. For its first annual MACROCOSM group exhibition, form & concept invites jewelers to create oversized, wearable art to exhibit in our atrium, for a showcase of large-scale jewelry and small-scale art. This bricolage of styles and materials embodies the gallery’s innovative mission.
November 30, 2018 - December 31, 2018
form & concept presents the second annual MICROCOSM group exhibition. The gallery invited all-star artists and designers from its 2018 shows to make works measuring 8 x 10 inches or smaller. It’s form & concept’s final statement of the year, reflecting the variety of mediums and messages that graced the walls. MICROCOSM will feature far-flung creators who work in clay, glass, fiber, precious metals, and camera film—among many other materials. MICROCOSM debuts Friday, November 30 from 5 to 7 pm, in conjunction with the macrocosm large-scale wearables exhibition. The exhibition runs through December 31, 2018.
Hand / Eye
October 26, 2018 - January 19, 2019
Whether they’re gelatin silver prints or daguerreotypes, there’s one thing that most all photographs have in common: they’re flat. For a new group exhibition at form & concept, eleven artists from across the United States shatter this convention by applying craft media to photography—and vice versa. Hand/Eye presents images with the texture and volume of sculptures, vaulting a medium that’s often trapped behind glass into the viewer’s sphere. The artworks in the show incorporate a wide array of materials, including fiber, cast glass, micaceous clay and human hair. Call it super-alternative process photography. Hand/Eye opens with a reception on Friday, October 26, 5-7 pm. A number of the featured artists will appear at a gallery talk on Saturday, October 27, 2-3 pm.
Matthew Mullins: The Sun In Our Bones
September 28, 2018 - November 17, 2018
Santa Fe artist Matthew Mullins presents a solo exhibition of paintings, photographs and sculptures, inspired by the intrinsic links between humans and the natural world. Known for his mixed-media paintings that visually connect landscapes with human-made, geometric patterns, Mullins broadens his practice to encompass photography and sculpture. With this expanded artistic palette, he draws viewers across time and space—from a windswept patch of grass to the swirling cosmos. The Sun in our Bones opens with a reception on Friday, September 28 from 5 to 7 pm. Mullins will host an artist talk on Saturday, October 20 from 3 to 4 pm and closing reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5 to 7 pm.
Armond Lara | Flying Blue Buffalo Installation
August 17, 2018 - November 17, 2018
Armond Lara collaborates with form & concept on this monumental art installation that tells the centuries-long story of enslaved Native American children. The Santa Fe artist will send 77 hand-painted, cast resin Flying Blue Buffalo sculptures soaring through the gallery’s atrium. Inspired by his own family history, Lara dreamed up the winged buffalo as a new symbol of Native survival and resilience. Each sculpture in the suspended flock is labeled with the name of an abducted child. The installation debuts at a special reception on Friday, August 17, 5-7 pm, on the weekend of Santa Fe Indian Market. An educational event follows on Saturday, August 18 from 2 to 3 pm.
Soul of Nations
August 17, 2018 - September 15, 2018
Soul of Nations, a Washington, D.C. and Arizona-based nonprofit that works to uplift Indigenous communities throughout the Americas, presents this juried exhibition of Native teen artists from Southwest reservations. The 15 featured artists all took part in the organization’s Brea Foley Art Program, which awarded three of them with a special residency at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The exhibition opens on the weekend of SWAIA Santa Fe Indian Market and offers boundary-pushing aesthetic statements from a new generation of Indigenous artists. The theme of the exhibition is “Honor the Earth.” The Soul of Nations Group Exhibition debuts at a special reception on Friday, August 17, 5-7 pm.
form & concept Annual Exhibition 2018
July 27, 2018 - September 15, 2018
form & concept’s represented artists come together for this dynamic group exhibition. form & concept Annual Exhibition 2018 is a showcase for each artist’s latest work, and a collective expression of the gallery’s overarching mission. Since its founding in May 2016, form & concept has added ten artists to its official roster. They maintain cross-disciplinary practices that contribute to the gallery’s creative conversation about the intersections between art, craft and design. form & concept Annual Exhibition 2018 opens Friday, July 27, 5-7 pm, and runs through September 15, 2018. The participants will present an artist talk on Saturday, August 25, 2-3 pm.
Jaydan Moore: Dust
June 29, 2018 - August 25, 2018
Virginia artist Jaydan Moore is known for his sculptures made from found, silver-plated tableware. After six years of manipulating these lost heirlooms to reflect on memory and commemoration, he’s accumulated thousands of scrap metal fragments. In his solo exhibition Dust, Moore incorporates the shards into a new series of sculptures. Through these palimpsests and an array of intaglio prints, the artist explores the slow deterioration of memory. Dust opens on Friday, June 29 from 5 to 7 pm, with an artist talk on Saturday, June 30 from 2 to 3 pm.
May 25, 2018 - July 21, 2018
form & concept presents Inner Orbit, an exhibition of contemporary artists from across the United States with deeply personal or cultural visions of outer space. The show appears in conjunction with Santa Fe Futurition, the Currents New Media Festival, and the Santa Fe Institute’s Interplanetary Festival. From a human perspective, the night sky is a densely layered cultural landscape. Long before they were subjects of scientific study, stars were laden with countless overlapping mythologies. Fortune tellers, sailors, writers, architects and artists have all projected profound meaning into the cosmos—tying earthly events to the movements of heavenly bodies. Inner Orbit spotlights contemporary artists who meld fine art and craft mediums with technology for a fresh look at the firmament.
Erika Lynne Hanson | Movement Choir: Landscape Scores
May 25, 2018 - June 23, 2018
Arizona artist Erika Lynne Hanson weaves a hidden history of the Southwest into her solo exhibition Movement Choir: Landscape Scores. Using a coded language in her fiber and new media artworks, Hanson charts the paths of Cold War missile tests from Green River, Utah to White Sands, New Mexico. The rusty remnants, scattered over more than 600 miles of desert, represent open questions about the nature of humanity and our relationship to nature. Movement Choir: Landscape Scores debuts on Friday, May 25 from 5 to 7 pm, with an artist talk on Saturday, May 26, 2-3 pm.
Matthew Szösz: Minimal Tension
April 27, 2018 - May 19, 2018
Award-winning glass artist Matthew Szösz debuts new works from two of his ongoing series, Inflatables and Ropework, in his solo exhibition Minimal Tension. The show opens at form & concept on Friday, April 27, 5-7 pm, coinciding with the opening reception for Debra Baxter: Tooth & Nail. Szösz will appear at an artist talk on Saturday, April 28, 2-3 pm.
Debra Baxter: Tooth & Nail
April 27, 2018 - June 16, 2018
Santa Fe sculptor Debra Baxter presents a new series of sculptural artworks in her solo exhibition Tooth & Nail. The exhibition opens on Friday, April 27, 5-7 pm, coinciding with the opening reception for Matthew Szösz: Minimal Tension. Baxter will appear at an artist talk on Saturday, May 19, 2-3 pm, and a closing reception on Friday, June 15, 5-7 pm.
Wesley Anderegg: ARIZONA
March 30, 2018 - June 15, 2018
In a new series of diminutive ceramic tiles, California artist Wesley Anderegg flattens his tragicomic figures with a playful nod to Pop Art paintings and comic book panels. The painted compositions evoke Anderegg’s experience growing up in the sun-drenched and lawless Sonoran Desert of Arizona. Wesley Anderegg: ARIZONA debuts at form & concept on Friday, March 30, 5-7 pm. Anderegg will appear at an artist talk on Saturday, March 31, 2-3 pm.
MIRROR BOX | Strangers Collective
February 23, 2018 - April 14, 2018
Kyle Farrell, Alex Gill and Jordan Eddy, co-directors of Strangers Collective and the No Land art space, curate this exhibition of emerging artists and writers at form & concept. The show represents a network of early career creatives, starting in Santa Fe and spiraling across the nation. Its curatorial throughline presents a radical method for reflecting on place and identity through art objects. Mirror Box opens at form & concept on Friday, February 23 from 5 to 8 pm, with an artist talk on March 17 and a closing performance titled “Don’t You Want to Dance?” by Emmaly Wiederholt on April 14.
Kickstarter Campaign: Flying Blue Buffalo Project
January 26, 2018 - February 28, 2018
form & concept presents a Kickstarter campaign, anchored by an open house and panel discussion event, in support of Armond Lara’s Flying Blue Buffalo Project. The fundraiser will go towards the creation of a monumental installation of 3D printed, winged buffalo, based on a series of wood carvings by Lara. Inspired by the Santa Fe artist’s family history, this project tells the centuries-long story of enslaved Native American children. The Flying Blue Buffalo Project Kickstarter campaign launches on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm and runs through February 28.
Jodi Colella: Unidentified Women
January 25, 2018 - March 17, 2018
It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Fiber artist Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’” The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities. The body of work, titled Unidentified Women, makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm. Colella will appear at the opening reception, and also conduct an artist talk on Thursday, January 25 from 2-3 pm.
MICROCOSM: Small Works Invitational
November 24, 2017 - December 23, 2017
“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 representing a new chapter in each contributor’s story. MICROCOSM opens on Friday, November 24 from 5-7 pm.
Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon
November 24, 2017 - February 10, 2018
“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 and events, Mather will challenge viewers to abandon patriarchal structures in favor of a transcendent vision for humanity. Reckless Abandon opens at form & concept in Santa Fe on Friday, November 24, 2017, and runs through February 10, 2018.
November 24, 2017 - January 6, 2018
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 Mexico in late December, but they’ll also leave their mark on the nearby art center of Santa Fe. The form & concept shop is excited to present the Smitten Forum exhibition, which features wearable artwork from all of this year’s artists. The show opens on Friday, November 24 from 5-7 pm and runs through January 6, 2018. An artist talk featuring Brown, Saneholtz and 2014 Smitten Forum participant Robert Ebendorf will take place on Wednesday, January 3 from 2-3 pm.
Guns to Art Benefit Show
November 7, 2017 - November 17, 2017
Decommissioned firearms aren’t the most pliable artistic medium, but that hasn’t stopped faculty and students at Santa Fe Community College (SFCC) 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 art and welding scholarships at SFCC and the 501(c)3 non-partisan organization New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV), along with juried works by artists from across the world that reflect on gun violence prevention. The Guns to Art Benefit Show runs November 7-17 at form & concept, with a reception and live auction on Friday, November 17 from 4 to 7 pm.
Pussy Bites Back Jewelry Line
October 28, 2017 - December 23, 2017
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 will have the chance to release some pent-up energy with a good, long roar.” The Pussy Bites Back launch party is on Saturday, October 28 from 5-7 pm. Ionescu will unveil rings, earrings, bracelets and pendants from the new series, along with a powerful manifesto and some fun surprises. The Pussy Bites Back jewelry line will be on view in the form & concept shop through December 23, 2017.
Wookjae Maeng: BALANCE
October 27, 2017 - December 23, 2017
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 creatures bring viewers back in touch with beings that are often pushed to the margins. Wookjae Maeng: BALANCE opens on Friday, October 27 from 5-7 pm.
August 18, 2017 - October 21, 2017
Broken Boxes is 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. Co-curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger. All invited artists have participated in interview with Broken Boxes Podcast over the past 2 years. Broken Boxes opens on Friday, August 18, 5-7 pm, and runs through October 21, 2017.
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.
One-Year Anniversary Exhibition
May 26, 2017 - October 22, 2017
form & concept’s roster of represented artists has been steadily growing all year, making for a varied and dynamic One-Year Anniversary Exhibition. Featured artists include Heidi Brandow, Heather Bradley, Matthew Mullins, Wesley Anderegg, Debra Baxter, Brett Kern, Armond Lara, Matthew Szosz, Rebecca Rutstein, Elana Schwartz, Mark Newport and an array of jewelry artists in the form & concept shop. The One-Year Anniversary Exhibition opens with a Superhero Masquerade celebration on Friday, May 26 from 5-8 pm, and runs through October 22, 2017.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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).
Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon
January 1, 1970 - January 1, 1970