“I’m on an autobiographical, emotional journey, about what I feel about anything and everything,” said Wesley Anderegg to a crowd of art enthusiasts. The ceramicist made a rare appearance at form & concept last Saturday, having traveled here from his rural California ranch for our One-Year Anniversary Exhibition. “How do you say these things visually? I think about how I’m going to communicate these emotions to people,” he continued, gesturing at the quirky figurative sculptures surrounding him.
Santa Fe painter and sculptor Matthew Mullins spoke just after Anderegg, and dug into the roots of his artistic motivations. “Basically, my art is about finding harmony with nature and increasing our awareness of nature,” Mullins explained. “By nature, I don’t just mean pretty landscapes, I’m talking about ultimate reality—connection with the divine, connection with the world, everything.”
Nearly all of our represented artists (and a few special guests) will follow in Mullins and Anderegg’s footsteps for our Summer Artist Talks. They’ll discuss themes both personal and universal, and reveal ways that their emotional explorations interface with the larger world. The event series runs almost every Saturday through July 22, and officially ends with two talks on August 20. Here’s the full schedule, with links to more information:
Our recent event for the form & concept shop, In Process: Artist Jewelry Talks, made for an inspiring Saturday earlier this month. The six participating jewelers set up tiny versions of their studios in the gallery’s atrium, and took turns discussing their design methods with visitors. It was a delight to see the artists interact with each other and the audience, asking questions and trading ideas.
Each designer also came bearing new treasures for the form & concept shop. Look below for photos and quotes from the In Process talks, and fresh designs by each of the artists. Make sure to mark your calendar for the next In Process event on Saturday, July 29. We’ll announce more details on the event shortly.
“I’ve realized how powerful objects are on the body—and not just for decoration. There’s a whole history of objects on the body being imbued with power, like talismans and amulets. I became obsessed with rocks and minerals, so I was trying to figure out how to wear them in the most simple, elegant way.”
“I make bronze jewelry using bronze metal clay, which was originally invented by Mitsubishi in Japan. They suspend tiny particles of the metal in an organic binder, and it feels like clay. I am originally a clay artist, so it was very easy for me to get into working with bronze metal clay. After you’ve made the form, it’s fired in a digital kiln and the binder burns out. The metal particles blend together to form a solid mass. What comes out is pure, solid bronze.”
“I have a background in biology, so I think about my work as behaving like a living thing. I think of the materials that I make the work out of as a resource for the work to exploit. I’m always trying to find new materials to make work out of.”
“I met a woman who had a Japanese paper company in Albuquerque. She offered me a show, if I would make my collages with her paper. Ever since then, I’ve concentrated on using Japanese paper. At some point my stack of scrap papers was so thick, that I decided to find a way to use the scraps. That’s how I came up with the earrings.”
“I make three-dimensional constructed gold and silver pieces, which can be worn or framed and hung on a wall. I immigrated to the United States when I was 20, and got my doctorate in psychology at the University of Rhode Island. That’s when I started taking night courses at RISD, for jewelry design. That was the beginning.”
“In terms of inspiration and process, wood has been my medium from day one. With so much of what I make, I go through four, five, six, seven iterations before I come to a design that I can start repeating and subtly changing. So much of my work comes about by necessity, and by solving a problem that’s presented to me. I learned that from my days in the School of Architecture at University of New Mexico. Here’s the brief, how are you going to solve it?”
Joanne Lefrak, Director of Education and Outreach at SITE Santa Fe, engages several of the SITE Scholars in a conversation about the Deliberate Acts exhibition, the SITE Scholar program, and New Mexico’s emerging arts community. The gallery talk will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 2-3 pm.
The SITE Scholar program honors college and graduate-level creative students from several New Mexico institutions. Nominated by their professors, these emerging thought leaders will mount an exhibition of their artwork—and vault into the role of a professional artist. The annual show usually takes place at SITE Santa Fe, but the museum is currently undergoing a major expansion that will be completed in fall 2017. form & concept, which is a short walk away from SITE in the Railyard Arts District, will offer the SITE Scholars a new bridge into the gallery world.
Deliberate Acts opens on Friday, April 28 from 5-7 pm, and runs through May 20, 2017. Click here to learn more about the exhibition.