Meet the Maestro: John Miller

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“A piece of artwork is a self portrait,” says glass artist John Miller. “It reflects who you are.” Miller came of age eating burgers, hot dogs, and fries at traditional train car diners. He sketched the first work in his famous Blue Plate Special series—glass crinkle cut fries the size of your arm—in a diner in the mid 2000’s. Since then, the series has expanded to include a full menu of traditional American grub. 

 

“My work is about control and proportion as much as it is about finding new textures and forms,” the internationally exhibited artist says. “I try to find equilibrium between the intensity of glass blowing and the humor which can be found in art and the art making process.”

 

Miller showcases his work and lectures at form & concept on July 20th as part of Glass Alliance New Mexico’s year-round educational programming. John Miller reflects on his love of the immediacy of glass material and his respect for its demanding properties. With over 30 years of experience, Miller offers an expert perspective on the onerous material with levity and charm. 

 

John Miller

John Miller has been working in glass for more than 30 years and focuses on blown sculpture. He earned his MFA at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and has worked at Pilchuck Glass School for 15 years. He exhibits internationally, lectures and demonstrates nationally, and is an assistant professor and head of the glass department at Illinois State University. In 1998, he was awarded the C.G.C.A. Fellowship at Wheaton Village.

 

 

Glass Alliance New Mexico

Glass Alliance New Mexico is a regional chapter of Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass, an organization dedicated to the development and appreciation of Studio Art Glass in New Mexico in order to support and enrich the experience of glass art. Glass Alliance New Mexico educates by supporting educational/instructional classes for anyone interested in creating their own art glass. They also sponsor glass artists’ technical demonstrations, lectures/multimedia programs, and maestro events that showcase both national and international glass artists’ work.

note G | Live Performance by New Mexico Dance Project

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PLEASE NOTE: Doors open at 6 pm, performances are at 6:30 pm and 7:30 pm. The gallery will ask for a $10-$25 donation at the door in support of the artists.

“I wanted to challenge myself to construct a machine using two human bodies. I wanted to visually demonstrate what a morphing, a weaving, a coding, even a glitch can look like through movement “ says Scarlett Wynne, the choreographer behind “note G,” a live performance installation exploring the relationship between artificial and organic capacity.

The dance work happens in tandem with form & concept’s Beyond Punch Cards exhibition, which offers unexpected perspectives on the links between technology and textiles. Wynne and her husband, Erik Sampson––the team behind New Mexico Dance Project––perform the 15-minute “note G” twice on July 19, along with a special video installation projected after each performance and an artist Q&A rounding out the evening.

Wynne and Sampson founded New Mexico Dance Project in January of this year. Since launching their project, Wynne and Sampson have taken every opportunity to perform. Open rehearsals and audience talk-backs allow them to connect with the larger community. “The dance industry has maintained a certain separation from its audience, and we wanted to press into that and find opportunities for exploring dance in unique environments that provided more access to our audience,” Sampson explains.

Wynne and Sampson met while studying dance at Belhaven University in Jackson, Mississippi. They soon found that Sampson’s cautious and practical approach to dance balanced Wynne’s tendencies towards creative risk-taking. After graduating, Wynne danced for the Georgia Ballet.
The two then danced for the same company, Uptown Dance Company, in Houston, where they married. They then moved on to Denver, where Wynne danced for Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet and Wonderbound and Sampson worked as an educator. After a short stint in Saint Louis, the pair moved to Santa Fe in late 2018.

New Mexico Dance Project innovatively takes storytelling elements from classical ballet and combines them with raw, experimental forms of human expression found in modern and contemporary dance. In terms of choreography, Wynne sees “note G” as an opportunity for personal growth. “During my choreographic process, I create work specifically to be identifiable, to be human, and to be raw. Note G was a way of stretching myself by exploring material outside my comfort zone and looking at movement from a different perspective.”

Learn more about New Mexico Dance Project.

Issue VII Print Release Party | UNUM Magazine

Join UNUM Magazine to celebrate the women of Issue VII: Women of the New Collar Workforce.

Sponsored by Fab Lab Hub, these forward-thinking women use new tools like 3D printing and augmented reality to create and innovate. The print version launch party will be held at form & concept on Thursday evening July 18th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Print issues of the magazine that feature Augmented Reality links will be available for purchase.

The evening will feature a chance to meet a few of the women from the magazine and Mayte Cardenas and Marisa Xochtl Jimenez joining us as guest speakers. We will have light refreshments and bites by DayaSantaFe.

The Bench | Workshops

The Bench | Southwest Makers Symposium

July 26 – July 29

Are you ready to master the art of soft circuits? Maybe you’re in need of business coaching, photography tips, or insight on the possibilities of reclaimed materials.

Beginning July 26th, The Bench: Southwest Makers Symposium offers workshops and over a dozen lectures by prominent names in the field of jewelry and metalsmithing.

We’ve re-opened registration to The Bench  and its exclusive workshops. Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot today!


From RAW to Refined: Documenting 2D and 3D artwork with a DSLR

July 25 & July 26, 9 am – 4 pm

This intensive 2-day workshop covers the fundamentals of photographic documentation using a DSLR camera for both 2D and 3D media.

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Soft Circuit Dolls 

July 27, 9 am – 12 pm

Experience the satisfying feeling of creating an electric circuit using conductive threads and fabric that will put a sparkle in someone’s eyes. Led by Nicole Jacquard, participants create an interactive doll using conductive threads and fabrics.

 

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Sustainable Belt Buckles

July 29 & July 30, 10 am – 4 pm

Learn how to make a unisex piece of jewelry that looks good while holding your pants up! Custom findings appropriate for recycled material buckles will be provided allowing us to incorporate found and recycled materials.

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Business Coaching for Makers

July 29, 9 am – 1 pm

Heidi Lowe provides tools for you to have the most successful year to date. Covers mind reframing techniques, including meditation and visualization, as well as logistics so that you can put into motion the things you want to attract.

 

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Artist Talk: Ryan Singer | Childhood Mythologies

Ryan Singer hosts an artist talk for his solo exhibition, Childhood Mythologies on Saturday, March 30 from 2 to 3 pm. Childhood Mythologies showcases original narratives inspired by dreams and childhood memories while interweaving subtle sociopolitical commentary.

For Singer, the exhibition is an opportunity to showcase his paintings on a larger scale. Although the theme of Childhood Mythologies offered Singer the opportunity to touch on social issues, the artist is purposefully withholding commentary or explanation. “The paintings are different parts of my life, and I put them together like a puzzle,” the artist explains. “I think if I say too much it ruins it, so I leave it up to interpretation. I want other people to weave their own stories into it as well.”

 

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Opening: Ryan Singer | Childhood Mythologies

Albuquerque artist Ryan Singer unveils a solo exhibition of acrylic paintings of Navajo Nation landscapes populated by cultural icons. The artist’s vivid imagery showcases original narratives inspired by dreams and childhood memories while interweaving subtle socio-political commentary.

“My older sister was really into sci-fi. If she wanted to see a movie, she had to drag me along,” says Albuquerque painter Ryan Singer. “I remember watching Star Wars, Godzilla, and old black-and-white movies like Frankenstein or The Mummy.” Pretty soon, the iconic beasts had traveled from the silver screen into the artist’s psyche—plaguing Singer with vivid nightmares of monsters standing outside his bedroom window or chasing him through his neighborhood. Years later, the artist still has intense dreams, but they’re a welcomed occurrence. “It keeps my mind focused,” Singer explains. “It feels like there’s a spirit or muse guiding me and influencing me.” In his solo exhibition Childhood Mythologies, opening Friday, March 29 from 5 to 7 pm, Singer presents vibrant acrylic paintings imbued with his own youthful legends: Navajo landscapes populated by characters from comic books and popular culture.

 

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Ebb & Flow | Matthew Szösz

ouroboros matthew szöszOuroboros, glass, 14 x 24 x 2 4in

 

Most artists try to avoid failure. For Matthew Szösz, it’s a welcome occurrence. He estimates about 75 to 80 percent of his artworks break, but working through the process is the real reward for the glass artist.

The Seattle artist is all about experimentation. His oeuvre features unfathomable glass sculptures: woven structures and inflated forms that seem to defy the laws of physics.

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Floret, glass, 16 x 14 x 16 in

 

Matthew is fascinated by the properties of glass as it shifts from solid to liquid and back again. Successfully producing the conditions to reshape the medium is a process that demands scientific precision and bold experimentation.”

It’s a lot more like working with a partner than working with a material,” says Szösz of working with glass. “You’re not just imposing your idea on something else. There’s a response from the material that’s not necessarily predictable.”

 

matthew szöszMatthew Szösz photographed by Corning Museum of Glass.

His innovation earned him a spot in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures in 2012. His solo show, Minimal Tension, spanned form & concept’s ground floor last spring.

“If I wasn’t being surprised, I would get bored and stop playing around with it,” says Matthew. “That surprise, that thing where you create something that’s independent of you a little bit, where it’s as much a product of the material and circumstance that you set up as well as your own vision, that’s the thing that’s kind of exciting for me.”

matthew szösz untitled (inflatable) no. 81p

 

To learn more about Matthew, please contact us at 505-216-1256. Click here to view all works by Matthew Szösz in our collection.

Curious Creations: Susan Aaron-Taylor

susan aaron taylor, fetch
Fetch, handmade felt, shell, beads, wood, 15 x 13 x 6 in

Fantastical creatures appear to Susan Aaron-Taylor in her dreams. In the waking hours, the Michigan artist brings them to life, stitching together a hide of handmade felt and an array of natural materials.

 

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Pug, handmade felt, agate, wood, 9 x 11 x 15 in

 

Unified by Jungian philosophy,  Aaron-Taylor’s curious creations metamorphose animal forms with archetypal meaning.

The mixed-media sculptures simultaneously evoke universal and deeply personal themes, which Aaron-Taylor states, “chronicles the retrieval of these broken pieces of the Soul.”

 

susan aaron taylor, susan aaron taylor cat
Cat, handmade felt, porcupine quills, wood, 7 x 14 x 14 in

 

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Tiger Teapot, felt, wood, geodes, porcupine quills, 12 x 19 x 10 in

Artist Talk: Nika Feldman | Spirits in the Material World

Nika Feldman hosts an artist talk for her solo exhibition Spirits in the Material World on Saturday, January 26 from 2 to 3 pm. Spirits in the Material World is an exploration of the coded language of garments, within Feldman’s native cultural context. The show’s title holds multiple references, one being as Feldman explains, “The belief that the spirits of both the maker and the wearer are held within a garment.” Another reference is to a song with the same name by The Police from the 1981 album Ghost in the Machine, which one could argue describes the unfortunate state of realities today. The underlying message within the song that resonates for Feldman is the description of a material culture, which is void of sacredness.

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EVENTS

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook
Tees & Tabs Workshop: Saturday, March 16, 1-5 pm | Register

Opening: Nika Feldman | Spirits in the Material World

Nika Feldman unveils a series of seven garment-like works along with accompanying objects of adornment, made from recycled t-shirt parts and salvaged aluminum can pull-tabs. Representing over 2,000 hours of handwork by the Nova Scotia artist, the intricate pieces are inspired by the coded language of clothing. “It’s an attempt to create a new dialect,” Feldman says. “In today’s world what does contemporary clothing say about North American culture?” 

Spirits in the Material World debuts with a special reception on Friday, January 25 from 5 to 7 pm. Feldman will host an artist talk on Saturday, January 26 from 2 to 3 pm and a workshop on Saturday, March 16 from 1 to 5 pm.

Learn more about this exhibition.

EVENTS

Opening Reception: Friday, January 25, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook
Artist Talk: Saturday, January 26, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook
Tees & Tabs Workshop: Saturday, March 16, 1-5 pm | Register