“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 on Friday, November 24, 2017 from 5-7 pm, and runs through February 10, 2018.
Santa Fe has long been a crossroads for forward-thinking artists, but its latest design wave crested way back in the 1990’s. Christine Mather’s late 80’s book Santa Fe Style and the national design craze it inspired have taken their place in the history books. Now we’re envisioning Santa Fe as a crossroads for contemporary designers, and stirring up new energy through exhibitions like ReFashion, Virtual Object, and our new show, Radical Jewelry Makeover Artist Project. We’re excited to see other fashion projects popping up in the community, most notably the Santa Fe Reporter column by local style maven Amy Davis. She wrote about our upcoming gallery talk with Jenn Carroll Wilson and Peter Calvert of Ethical Metalsmiths in this week’s column:
Check this out: On Saturday, Dec. 3 at 2 pm, form & concept (435 S. Guadalupe St., 982-8111) presents a talk with San Francisco-based jewelry designer Jenn Carroll Wilson about the ethics of metalsmithing. Did you know a single gold ring creates over 20 tons of mine waste?
GRR! Makes you mad, but this incredibly conscious and talented jewelry designer-cum-artist should diffuse your fuse. “My work is not political, so anger does not show itself in my made pieces, but it does in the creation of making them,” Wilson told me via email. “I find anger, despair, depression … all of the dark arts … find the light in creativity.”
Wilson’s creations are modern, elegant and simple. [She] offers her powerful view through quiet design.
Click here to read the whole column, and make sure to RSVPfor Saturday’s event on our Facebook page. Wilson and Calvert will discuss the impetus and values behind Radical Jewelry Makeover, which is the culmination of a four-year program led by their organization in communities across the nation. Browse works from the show below.