Last Look: Broken Boxes

Broken Boxes Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Our Broken Boxes group exhibition has had quite a few returning visitors, and there’s a good reason for that. Curator Ginger Dunnill worked with 40 activist artists who’ve appeared on her podcast to fill our upstairs galleries with over 50 artworks. A number of the pieces are interactive, and all of them feature intricate storytelling that takes time to fully absorb. One visitor spent a solid two hours poring over each and every piece, while others have worked their way through at events over the course of show’s run.

Broken Boxes comes to a close on Sunday, but there’s one last chance to take it all in. Stop by form & concept this Saturday, October 21 from 1-3 pm for an interactive walk-through with Dunnill. She’ll talk about the process of putting the show together, and answer questions about the artists and their work. The Broken Boxes catalog, launched at an event last month, will be available for sale.

Among the show’s recurring guests was Alicia Inez Guzmán, who wrote a great review of Broken Boxes in this month’s issue of THE Magazine. Here’s an excerpt:

I felt as if the space had been successfully engaged; there were intimate works that pulled me in but also art that cascaded from the ceiling, attached itself to walls like barnacles, settled into the corners, brought the outside in, and celebrated the booty in grand scale. It was as if the envelope of the gallery (another kind of box) was slowly being pulled apart, at least stretched to bear the voices of those compelled to break the box.

Guzmán’s piece inspired the form & concept staff to sound off on some of our favorite artworks from the exhibition. Scroll down for meditations on several pieces that you need to see before the show closes on Sunday.

Valentina Gonzalez Artwork- Broken Boxes Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Valentina Gonzalez, Free Time – 10 Years of Paint, acrylic, latex and spray paint epoxy, aluminum screws, brass cabinet pull, 10 x 2.5 x 2.5 in. (right) 

Frank Rose, our director, writes:

It’s hard to choose, but I love Valentina Gonzalez’ Free Time – 10 Years of Paint. I’m a big fan of what I call “material inversions”: using materials in a way that masks their true nature creating a moment of surprise for the viewer. The way Gonzalez has taken a wall slathered with 10 years of paint and turned it into a spray can is delightful.

Nani Chacon Artwork- Broken Boxes Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Nanibah ‘Nani’ Chacon, Between a Black Cloud and a White Cloud He Found Her, broken boxes, black and white charcoal, paint. (center)

Clara Holiday, our sales manager, writes:

Nanibah ‘Nani’ Chacon’s work really resonates with me. The expression is at the same time fierce and strong and yet it is also joyous and irreverent. There is a beautiful resilience to the piece.

Chip Thomas Artwork- Broken Boxes Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Chip Thomas, Meditation on a Cloth Signifier, inkjet print/regular bond paper with wallpaper paste, inkjet print on cotton/silk voil. (center)

Jonathan Meade, our sales associate, writes:

There’s a sweet and sinister element to this work. It’s the innocent expression of the child on the side of the bead shack, the tattered American flag the child gazes upon, and the dust-filled and desolate canyon landscape where the shop sits. The way these elements express a hope-filled aspiration amidst deprivation, feelings all too common to indigenous populations across the country – under-served and oftentimes overlooked by the colonial patriotic government that perpetrated these impoverished conditions upon the native people, and yet has been apathetic to respond to their needs or to come to a resolution for the injustices endured in their survival. We’re left contemplating what the future of this country means staring in the eyes of the little child who searches for meaning in that tattered American flag, where we to find ourselves wondering what end it serves…

Kate Martin, our sales & marketing assistant, writes:

My favorite work in Broken Boxes is Meditation on a Cloth Signifier by Chip Thomas. Every time I look at Meditation I feel like I’m seeing it for the first time. There are so many details to stop and consider. I could spend hours looking at it.

Maria Hupfield Artwork- Broken Boxes Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Maria Hupfield, In Case of Emergency, found objects and industrial felt, 11.75 x 18.5 x 3.25 in. (left)

Jordan Eddy, our marketing manager, writes:

Maria Hupfield compiles a survival kit for the modern protester, complete with a Sharpie paint pen, a silver emergency blanket and bandages made from grey felt. It’s a neatly organized reminder of a messy, never-ending struggle for justice. This is one of just a few intact boxes in the show, but it was made to be broken. Brilliant!

Click here to learn more about Broken Boxes, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook for Ginger Dunnill’s final walk-through on Saturday.

Broken Boxes Catalog Release Event

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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. Now the project is taking another turn, as Dunnill works with form & concept to turn Broken Boxes into a catalog featuring artwork, installation views and writings from the show. The book will debut at a release party on Friday, September 29 from 5-7 pm. Broken Boxes is open through October 21, 2017.

The Broken Boxes catalog release event will feature public engagement by participating artists Demian DinéYazhi’ and JESS X SNOW, a film screening of AFTER EARTH directed by JESS X SNOW and a performance of 1000 Tiny Mirrors, a collaborative experimental trans*/queer rock project presented by Frexy.

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 | RSVP on Facebook.

Learn more about Broken Boxes.

Teaser: Broken Boxes | Demian DinéYazhi’

“I feel like what I’m trying to do with my art education is figure out ways that Indigenous culture can evolve, and Indigenous artwork can evolve. I think that’s very important, because that’s a huge part of our culture. For some ridiculous reason, we just got lumped into Indigenous art, we just got lumped into anthropological ways of showing our culture.”

-Demian DinéYazhi’

Broken Boxes, an exhibition curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, features Demian DinéYazhi’ and 40 other creators from around the world who are affecting change in their work. All of the participants have appeared on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast. The show opens at form & concept on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 pm. Click here to learn more, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook.

Teaser: Broken Boxes | Rose Simpson

“If this is breaking our hearts, if this cultural erosion has come so far, that this is what we’re doing for a living, and this is the story that we’re telling, and this is the part of our culture that we have to exploit in order to put food on our table […] what would our ancestors be thinking?”

-Rose B. Simpson

Broken Boxes, an exhibition curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, features Rose B. Simpson and 40 other creators from around the world who are affecting change in their work. All of the participants have appeared on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast. The show opens at form & concept on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 pm. Click here to learn more, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook.

Teaser: Broken Boxes | Nicholas Galanin

“As an artist, your best responsibility is to stay true to yourself and your voice and your work. […] There’s real reasons to create, and it’s nice to find those reasons.”

-Nicholas Galanin

Broken Boxes, an exhibition curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, features Nicholas Galanin and 40 other creators from around the world who are affecting change in their work. All of the participants have appeared on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast. The show opens at form & concept on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 pm. Click here to learn more, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook.