Reckless Abandon: A Reading

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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 on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 5-7 pm, and runs through February 18, 2018.

Reckless Abandon Events

Opening Reception | Friday, November 24, 2017 from 5-7 pm — RSVP on Facebook
Reckless Abandon: A Reading | Saturday, November 25, 2-3 pm — RSVP on Facebook
Reckless Abandon: Performance | Friday, December 15, 5-7 pm — RSVP on Facebook

Learn more about this exhibition.

Part of the proceeds from Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon will benefit the ACLU of New Mexico and the Sierra Club’s Rio Grande Chapter

Gallery Talk: Broken Boxes

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Broken Boxes features 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. The show is co-curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, and all invited artists have participated in an interview on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast over the past 2 years. A gallery talk and panel discussion with Dunnill, Hanska Luger and number of the featured artists will take place on Sunday, August 19 from 3-5 pm. Broken Boxes is open through October 21, 2017.

Featuring:

-Curator talk with Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger
-Podcast archiving/narrative talk with Ginger Dunnill of Broken Boxes & Sterlin Harjo of The Cuts
-Artist roundtable talk featuring Demian DinéYazhi’, Frank Buffalo Hyde, Rose B. Simpson, Nani Chacon, Douglas Miles, Cara Romero, Ian Kuali’i, Yatika Starr Fields and more

Broken Boxes Events

Opening Reception | Friday, August 18, 5-8 pm
Artist Celebration | Saturday, August 19, 2-5 pm
Gallery Talk | Sunday, August 20, 3-5 pm
Catalog Release Party | Friday, September 29, 5-7 pm

Learn more about Broken Boxes.

Summer Artist Talk: Armond Lara

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Painter and sculptor Armond Lara continues form & concept’s Summer Artist Talks series, and reveals plans for a monumental sculpture project he will complete in collaboration with numerous artists over the coming year. The talk takes place during form & concept’s One-Year Anniversary Exhibition, featuring new artwork from all of the gallery’s represented artists.

Biography

Armond Lara was born in 1939 in Denver, Colorado and raised in Walsenburg, a coal mining town in southeastern Colorado. His mother was of Navajo descent and his father was Mexican. He was educated at the Colorado Institute of Art and Glendale College in California and also attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he was influenced by Japanese master paper artist, Paul Horuechi. He also worked with Mexican muralist Pablo O’Higgins, Richard Diebenkorn and Helen Frankenthaler.

Lara’s paintings and drawings often incorporate handmade paper, found objects and mixed media including traditional Navajo beadwork that has been sewn on to the canvas. His carved marionettes of historical cultural figures such as Crazy Horse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Man Ray and Billy the Kid, among others, are created in the spirit of the Koshare, the sacred clown that participates in the religious dances of the Rio Grande Pueblo People. Known as a mischief maker, the Koshare clown helps maintain harmony in the community by reminding people of acceptable standards of behavior. Through this vehicle, Lara is able to portray the humor, tragedy, frustration and beauty of what it means to be human.

After years of working in the aerospace industry in Seattle and then in arts administration, Lara helped to establish the 1% for the ARTS Program in Seattle, Washington in 1973, which was one of the first cities in the US to adopt funding for public art. When Lara relocated to Santa Fe in the 1980s, he participated in his first Indian Market where Georgia O’Keeffe purchased two of his works, one of which was gifted to the Smithsonian. In 1996 Lara founded the Santa Fe Artist Emergency Medical Fund which has been one of the many factors contributing to his reputation as a leader in the arts not only for Native Peoples but for all artists. Armond Lara is in museum collections worldwide.

Click here to browse Armond’s artwork.

Summer Artist Talks Schedule

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.

Matthew Mullins & Wesley Anderegg | 5/27/17, 2-3 pm
Heidi Brandow | 6/3/17, 2-3 pm
Heather Bradley | 6/10/17, 2-3 pm
NoiseFold | 6/17/17, 2-3 pm*
Rebecca Rutstein | 7/1/17, 2-3 pm
Elana Schwartz | 7/8/17, 2-3 pm
Debra Baxter | 7/15/17, 2-3 pm
Jared Weiss | 7/22/17, 2-3 pm*
Robert Ebendorf | 8/12/17, 2-4 pm
Armond Lara | 8/20/17, 2-3 pm
Broken Boxes Artists & Curators Panel Discussion | 8/20/17, 3-4 pm*


*Guest artists. All other participants are form & concept represented artists.

In Process Jewelry Demonstration: Robert Ebendorf

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“It’s about not being afraid to put diamonds and pearls with broken glass and bone,” says Robert Ebendorf. The master jeweler’s mixed-media philosophy comes from nearly six decades of working with found objects. When you’re a self-proclaimed “gleaner,” life is an endless treasure hunt. Ebendorf’s innovative work has landed in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum. As form & concept’s newest represented artist, Ebendorf will appear in the gallery for an In Process Jewelry Demonstration on Saturday, August 12 from 2-4 pm.

Since his childhood in Kansas, Ebendorf (b. 1938) has been an avid collector of peculiar objects. “I would glean the alleys with my little wagon, going from one trash box to the next,” he says. “I’d bring all of the treasures I found back to the garage, and arrange them on a little shelf that my dad let me claim.” Later, when he was pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at University of Kansas, he started incorporating peculiar odds and ends into his work.

The practice appealed to his sense of compassion for abandoned objects, a feeling that he ties to humanity’s innate awareness of mortality. “When I see broken things at the flea market, they look wounded. They’re going to end up in a landfill,” Ebendorf says. “I enjoy picking up those lost souls and bringing them into a new context.” He completed his BFA in 1960, and earned an MFA at University of Kansas in 1963. After that, he traveled to Oslo, Norway to study at the State School of Applied Arts and Crafts as a Fulbright Scholar.

From there, he showed in numerous exhibitions, won prestigious awards and taught art at various institutions for 57 years. He hit a career high in 2003, when he debuted a solo exhibition of 96 works at the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery. Ebendorf’s work is represented in 29 museums worldwide. He was one of the founding members of the Society of North American Goldsmiths in 1970, and was awarded the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

Now living in Santa Fe, Ebendorf remains a creative pioneer at the jagged intersection of art, craft and design. The wearable sculptures that appear in the form & concept shop feature countless materials, from a rusty spoon that the artist discovered on the Alaskan shore to a possum jawbone that he picked up on one of his long walks. Each object is elegantly incorporated into the larger piece, allowing the viewer to see it with fresh eyes. “I’m very radical in the way I work,” says Ebendorf. “Color is important, and composition. I put the ideas together and make a decision on what technical skills I need to employ that will bring the ideas to fruition.”

At the jewelry design demonstration, Ebendorf will reveal a wide variety of techniques he uses in his work. “The tools and techniques I use have been passed down to me from a family of makers that stretches back to the 16th century,” he says.

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IN PROCESS Artist Demonstration

In the form & concept shop, paintings appear beside jewelry designs and sculptures mingle with hand-painted ceramics. The space, which adjoins form & concept’s ground-floor exhibition rooms, is a powerful expression of the gallery’s mission: to blur the lines between art, craft, and design.

This summer, form & concept teams up with local jewelers to celebrate jewelry design as its own exquisite art form. For the second manifestation of the IN PROCESS Artist Demonstration, Bunny Tobias, Brian Fleetwood and Leah Siegel will demonstrate their process.

IN PROCESS: Artist Demonstration takes place on Saturday, July 29, 1-3 pm. This is an open house event, so feel free to stop by at any point in the afternoon. Light refreshments will be provided.

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Bunny Tobias

Bunny Tobias was born in Brooklyn, New York and is a graduate of the New York School of Visual Arts. While developing her career as a multi-media artist, she lived in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and in San Francisco until moving to Santa Fe, NM, in 1972. Along with her husband, artist, Charles Greeley, she made her studio outside of Santa Fe on their mountain property in the Glorieta Pass. For the past forty years Bunny Tobias has continued to create cutting edge ceramic art, paintings, mixed-media collages and to design and fabricate jewelry using the same eclectic imagery. Recent work includes sculpture using recycled material and hand fabricated bronze jewelry.

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Brian Fleetwood

Brian Fleetwood is a Santa Fe based jewelry artist whose work is currently addressing ideas involving the connections between knowledge and the act of making, and the ways we can use making as a way of knowing. His work explores scientific themes, especially relating to biology and ecology, systems, and taxonomy. Brian holds an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is currently teaching at the Institute of American Indian Arts.

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Leah Siegel

SHADOWLANDS DESIGN, created by artist/photographer Leah Siegel and based in Santa Fe, New Mexico, makes striking wearable art and functional items. Timeless, ageless and size-less, SHADOWLANDS DESIGN’s art-to-wear and home décor are fashion as well as lifestyle accessories for everyone in all seasons. You can immediately alter the ordinary, transform a mood, change an outfit or a room, make a powerful statement with drama and flair or a subtle one with restraint and elegance. You can buy them for yourself and easily give them as gifts to friends, colleagues and relatives – to men and women alike. SHADOWLANDS DESIGN’s creations are always collectible.

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Summer Artist Talk: Debra Baxter

Sculptor and jewelry designer Debra Baxter continues form & concept’s Summer Artist Talks series. She will speak about her artwork on Saturday, July 15, 2-3 pm. The talk takes place during form & concept’s One-Year Anniversary Exhibition, featuring new artwork from all of the gallery’s represented artists.

Biography

Debra Baxter is a sculptor and jewelry designer who combines carved alabaster with crystals, minerals, metals, and found objects. She received her MFA in Sculpture from Bard College in 2008 and her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1996. She also studied at Academia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. Baxter’s work is rooted craft, honoring the materials that express her ideas. Of form & concept, Debra says “with the marriage of craft, design & fine art, it makes alot of sense to show there.” Her contemporary jewelry designs are all about the minerals and crystals, showcasing their raw beauty.

Click here to browse Debra’s artwork.

Summer Artist Talks Schedule

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.

Matthew Mullins & Wesley Anderegg | 5/27/17, 2-3 pm
Heidi Brandow | 6/3/17, 2-3 pm
Heather Bradley | 6/10/17, 2-3 pm
NoiseFold | 6/17/17, 2-3 pm*
Rebecca Rutstein | 7/1/17, 2-3 pm
Elana Schwartz | 7/8/17, 2-3 pm
Debra Baxter | 7/15/17, 2-3 pm
Jared Weiss | 7/22/17, 2-3 pm*
Armond Lara | 8/20/17, 2-3 pm
Broken Boxes Artists & Curators Panel Discussion | 8/20/17, 3-4 pm*

*Guest artists. All other participants are form & concept represented artists.

Preview | Summer Artist Talk: Elana Schwartz

Elana Schwartz- Artist Interview- The Wild Magazine- Santa Fe New Mexico

Albuquerque sculptor Elana Schwartz is headed up to Santa Fe this Saturday for an artist talk at form & concept (2-3 pm). We made the reverse journey a few months ago, to visit her studio and learn more about her process.

Before diving into her work space, which is in a shed in her backyard, we got an impromptu tour of Elana’s past work throughout her home. Perched by the door was a cluster of small figures that she made just after high school, when she started dreaming up strange and fantastical characters.

In one room, Elana pulled a two-headed stuffed animal off a shelf and showed us how she’d stitched two furry creatures together. Taxidermied animals appeared throughout the house, including a raccoon and several fish. She described the process of mounting a fish, which includes adding fake eyes and applying pigment to the scales.

In one way or another, all of the art Elana showed us connected with her current work at form & concept. The artist used wood, stone, metal, moss, resin, taxidermy elements and other materials to create the menagerie of mythological characters that populates our One-Year Anniversary Exhibition.

Elana Schwartz Sculpture- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Chojor “Spiritual Wealth” (detail). Click here to see the full artwork.

It’s no wonder that a magazine called The Wild wanted to interview Elana. Here’s a flashback to their 2013 conversation with her:

Your wood sculptures are really bizarre and beautiful. I’m so curious about your process. How long do you spend on each piece?
It is really hard for me to gauge time when I am in my shop. Sometimes I spend all day in my shop and sometimes I can only be there a few hours in-between other life obligations. A few weeks ago, I arrived at my shop at seven in the morning and the next thing I knew someone came by and invited me to dinner. It turned out it was already 5pm and I didn’t even realize it. When I am in my shop, I get into a certain mode where I forget everything else, even eating and drinking. It probably isn’t that healthy! I probably spend about two to six months on each piece and that could be anywhere from thirty to five hundred hours.

Do the characters in your sculptures correlate to people in your life, or are they more mythical, abstract beings?

My pieces are mythical beings that I come up with in sketches or in my dreams. I get inspiration from Greek and Pagan myths.

Elana Schwartz Sculpture- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Infans Custos (detail). Click here to see the full artwork.

Do you have a preconceived idea of what each work is going to look like, or do you develop one as you carve?
I usually start out with a plan from a sketch but things always change and evolve as I work on them. Even if I try to stick with a plan, my piece usually dictates how it will come out. Wood is very unforgiving so if you make a mistake you have to work with it and make it seem deliberate. When I am completely done with a piece the end result always surprises me, usually in a good way.

Click here to read more, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook for Elana’s artist talk on July 8 from 2-3 pm. From 5-8 pm that evening, Lauren Tresp of THE Magazine will host the publication’s 25th anniversary celebration at the gallery. Learn more about both events here.

Elana Schwartz Sculpture- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Kalsang “Good Fortune” (detail). Click here to see the full artwork.

 

Preview: NoiseFold Artist Talk

NoiseFold at Pilchuck Glass School- Seattle Washington- Form and Concept Gallery

Move over, hammer and chisel. NoiseFold’s sculpture installation at form & concept was generated in the digital world, and forged in the legendary glass studio of Dale Chihuly. 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, a series of blown glass forms titled Metamorph, emerged from an unexpected project with master glass artists. Metcalf and Stout will speak about their installation at an artist talk on Saturday, June 17 from 2-3 pm.

NoiseFold- Metamorph Series- Glass Art- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“We were given eight days with two of Dale Chihuly’s glass blowers,” says Stout. “We decided to use software to generate novel forms, and then work with the glass artists to bring them into the physical world.” The idea was an extension of their previous work, which melds real-time animation and generative electronic sound within the legacy of cybernetics and mathematical visualization. As they produced three-dimensional forms on a screen and then watched artists shape them from molten glass, they drew some surprising parallels between glass blowing and their multimedia performances.

NoiseFold- Metamorph Series- Glass Art- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“It was interesting to see how collaboration works in a hot shop, because it’s this incredible level of nonverbal communication,” says Metcalf. “You’re watching people dance with flaming hot substances.” The result is a series of elegant forms that are meant to be viewed in sequence. “Each piece can stand on its own, but it’s really a series of eight pieces that make a transition from a sphere into a double cone form. Seen together, they represent the time-based process that you see in this transformation.” A video animation that depicts this transformation will appear next to the Metamorph sculptures in the exhibition.

NoiseFold- Metamorph Series- Glass Art- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

In another piece that will appear in the exhibition, titled Swarm Caste, NoiseFold generated forms using a series of equations and used a CNC machine to create a graphite mold. In the Pilchuck studio, they filled the mold with molten glass to create a sculptural form.

The works at form & concept are dramatically different from NoiseFold’s contribution to this year’s Currents New Media Festival, which opens on June 9th in the Santa Fe Railyard. For the festival, the duo is creating a virtual reality experience that utilizes large-scale projections to immerse viewers in surreal digital landscapes. Still, NoiseFold’s new understanding of glass art has echoed into their purely digital work.

NoiseFold- Metamorph Series- Glass Art- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“The opportunity for new media and traditional artists to merge their work is just so obvious,” says Metcalf. “Creating artificial boundaries between those worlds is not the right thing to do at this juncture. It’s important to start breaking those boundaries in the art world as much as possible.”

Meet Cory and David of NoiseFold at our latest Summer Artist Talk this Saturday, June 17, 2-3 pm. Click here to learn more about their exhibition at form & concept.

Summer Artist Talk: Heather Bradley

Ceramicist Heather Bradley continues form & concept’s Summer Artist Talks series. She will speak about her artwork on Saturday, June 10, 2-3 pm. The talk takes place during form & concept’s One-Year Anniversary Exhibition, featuring new artwork from all of the gallery’s represented artists.

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Biography

Heather Bradley’s ceramic forms reflect the repetition in the natural world, endlessly exploring variations on a theme. “I work in clay because I love to work with my hands. I love the feeling of the earth between my fingers and everything about the way the clay behaves. The potter’s wheel has proven to be the perfect tool for me because I want to make work with a sense of elegance, symmetry, and simple beauty. I work in multiples and I thrive in repetition. The wheel lends itself to this. With each experience on the wheel, my hands remember and learn.” Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Heather studied art at the University of West Florida in Pensacola, Florida. She received a B.F.A. in Painting from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces in 2000, and in 2001 lived and worked in Galway, Ireland. Heather received her M.F.A. in Ceramics from N.M.S.U. in 2005. Currently she lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Click here to browse Heather Bradley’s artwork.

Summer Artist Talks Schedule

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.

Matthew Mullins & Wesley Anderegg | 5/27/17, 2-3 pm
Heidi Brandow | 6/3/17, 2-3 pm
Heather Bradley | 6/10/17, 2-3 pm
NoiseFold | 6/17/17, 2-3 pm*
Rebecca Rutstein | 7/1/17, 2-3 pm
Elana Schwartz | 7/8/17, 2-3 pm
Debra Baxter | 7/15/17, 2-3 pm
Jared Weiss | 7/22/17, 2-3 pm*
Armond Lara | 8/20/17, 2-3 pm
Broken Boxes Artists & Curators Panel Discussion | 8/20/17, 3-4 pm*

*Guest artists. All other participants are form & concept represented artists.

Summer Artist Talk: Heidi Brandow

Multi-disciplinary artist Heidi Brandow continues form & concept’s Summer Artist Talks series. She will speak about her artwork on Saturday, June 3, 2-3 pm. The talk takes place during form & concept’s One-Year Anniversary Exhibition, featuring new artwork from all of the gallery’s represented artists.

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Biography

“Heidi K. Brandow likes to explore the juxtaposition of things that are familiar and safe with those that might make us feel less comfortable, reflecting the mix of the positive and negative that appears in everyone’s life.” says the Albuquerque Journal North. Brandow is a multi-disciplinary artist whose work is commonly filled with whimsical characters and monsters that are often combined with words of poetry, stories, and personal reflections. Hailing from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians and performers on her mother’s side and Diné storytellers and medicine people on her father’s side, she finds that her pursuit of an artistic career came natural. Drawing her inspiration from everyday life, Brandow’s work concerns discovering, defining, and redefining personal identity by questioning authority and deconstructing mainstream assumptions of Native Americans. Brandow’s work engages personal, cultural, and historical experiences while incorporating perspectives of critical theory.

Brandow is a part of the permanent collection at the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chatanooga, Tennessee, and the Luciano Benetton Collection in Italy. She is a featured artist in the School of Advanced Research (SAR) publication “Art in Our Lives: Native Artist Women in Dialogue. Heidi K. Brandow is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA and has studied design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts and Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Summer Artist Talks Schedule

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.

Matthew Mullins & Wesley Anderegg | 5/27/17, 2-3 pm
Heidi Brandow | 6/3/17, 2-3 pm
Heather Bradley | 6/10/17, 2-3 pm
NoiseFold | 6/17/17, 2-3 pm*
Rebecca Rutstein | 7/1/17, 2-3 pm
Elana Schwartz | 7/8/17, 2-3 pm
Debra Baxter | 7/15/17, 2-3 pm
Jared Weiss | 7/22/17, 2-3 pm*
Armond Lara | 8/20/17, 2-3 pm
Broken Boxes Artists & Curators Panel Discussion | 8/20/17, 3-4 pm*

*Guest artists. All other participants are form & concept represented artists.