Closing Reception: Matthew Mullins | The Sun In Our Bones

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Join Matthew Mullins at a closing reception for his solo exhibition The Sun In Our Bones on Saturday, November 17 from 5-7 pm. His work will span form & concept’s ground floor, the second exhibition in the gallery’s two-year history to devote an entire level to a single artist. The title of the exhibition is a reference to an unconventional material Mullins has incorporated into some of his cosmic paintings: pigment made from burnt animal bones. “The calcium and phosphorous in those bones, and our own, are made in stars,” Mullins says. “It’s truly all connected.”

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Opening Reception: Friday, September 28, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 20, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Closing Reception: Saturday, November 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Opening: Matthew Mullins | The Sun In Our Bones

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Santa Fe artist Matthew Mullins presents a solo exhibition of paintings, photographs and sculptures, inspired by the intrinsic links between humans and the natural world. Known for his mixed-media paintings that visually connect landscapes with human-made, geometric patterns, Mullins broadens his practice to encompass photography and sculpture. With this expanded artistic palette, he draws viewers across time and space—from a windswept patch of grass to the swirling cosmos.

The monumental body of work, which will fill form & concept’s ground floor, is united by patterns that repeat throughout the universe at infinite scales. The Sun in our Bones debuts on Friday, September 28 from 5 to 7 pm. Mullins will host an artist talk on Saturday, October 20 from 2 to 3 pm and closing reception on Saturday, November 17 from 5 to 7 pm.

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Opening Reception: Friday, September 28, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Artist Talk: Saturday, October 20, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Closing Reception: Saturday, November 17, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Performance: Jesse Tatum & Tara Khozein

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Flutist Jesse Tatum and vocalist Tara Khozein join forces for a performance of new compositions in form & concept’s atrium. The New Mexico-based artists met while performing in Meow Wolf’s House of Eternal Return art installation in summer of 2017. They carried the colorful, experimental energy of that project into a new collaboration, weaving together woodwinds and vocals, music and theater. “We trade off being accompaniment to each other,” says Khozein. “We are two melodic-slash-percussive wind instruments in conversation.” Tickets priced at a sliding scale of $5-$25 are available at

The duo will present a broad and diverse program that combines elegant melodic and textural materials with comedy and absurdity. Tatum, who serves as Principal Flute of the Santa Fe Symphony among other prestigious appointments, will play flute, bass flute and piccolo. Khozein will provide vocals and flex the theater skills that she also employs in her work with the local, experimental troupe Theater Grottesco. “I speak often, there is lots of play of vocal percussion through consonants,” says Khozein. “Jesse plays lots of florid fast things that only woodwinds can do, and uses lots of extended techniques, and we trade off being accompaniment to each other. With this instrumentation, the playing field is so level. We are two melodic slash percussive wind instruments in conversation.”

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Folk Artist Demo: Ilya Kazakov

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form & concept collaborates with the International Folk Art Market to present a special demonstration by Kazakh artist Ilya Kazakov. Drawing inspiration from his surroundings in rural Kazakhstan, the master silversmith is reinventing a jewelry tradition that spans millennia. Steeped in the imagery of prehistoric life, Kazakov’s broad range of accessories brings a modern sensibility to the iconography of ancient civilizations.

This event is part of IFAM’s 2018 Folk Artist Demonstration series, which unfolds in partner venues across the city. Look below for Wednesday’s schedule, featuring form & concept and other Railyard locations.The 15th annual International Folk Art Market takes place July 13 through 15.

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Folk Artist Demonstration Series

Wednesday, July 11, 11 am – 1 pm
Railyard District, Santa Fe

Form & Concept / Zane Bennett Contemporary Art
435 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Market Artist: Ilya Kazakov | Jewelry, Woodwork | Kazakhstan

Reside Home
340 Read St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Market Artist: Victor Huáman Gutiérrez | Mixed Media | Peru

Cowgirl BBQ
319 S Guadalupe St, Santa Fe, NM 87501
Market Artist: Manjula Devi Maithil Bahun | Painting, Textiles | Janakpur Women’s Development Center | Nepal

Kaune’s Neighborhood Market
511 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505
Market Artist: Pedro Ortega Lozano | Paper | Mexico

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Inner Orbit in review.

Inner Orbit Review- Chelsea Weathers- The Magazine- Santa Fe New Mexico
Drew Lenihan, The Luau IV, archival inkjet print, 20 x 14 in.

Happy July! We’re excited to share this lovely review of our Inner Orbit exhibition by Chelsea Weathers in The Magazine. The show explores cultural or personal visions of space, so Chelsea started her review with a childhood memory:

For most people who aren’t astronomers or astrophysicists, outer space is a nebulous concept (no pun intended). How we relate to ideas like space-time, the Big Bang, and black holes often has more to do with our immediate material surroundings than with equations and formulas. My own experience of watching Halley’s Comet involves a strong memory of the vanilla-chocolate swirl ice cream cone my father bought for me when we waited to catch a glimpse of it—a moment that I don’t remember at all. On one hand, my childhood mind grasping at quotidian details reflects an inability to comprehend the enormity of outer space. Then again, everyday human life is inextricably connected to our conceptions of the universe in ways that aren’t always grandiose. I understand the rarity of Halley’s Comet because I remember that ice cream cone.

Read the full review at The Magazine, and make sure to come see Inner Orbit before it closes on July 21.

Fragmentary Masterpieces.

Jaydan Moore- Dust Solo Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jaydan Moore, Links #2, found silver-plated platter, 19 x 41 x 2 in.

Jaydan Moore‘s solo exhibition DUST opens tonight (Friday, 6/29, 5-7 pm), coinciding with our special reception Introducing Robin Waynee & Ryan Roberts. Jennifer Levin of Pasatiempo covered Moore’s show in a gorgeous piece titled “Fragmentary Masterpieces.” Check out a tidbit below, and make sure to read the whole article in print or online.

Moore holds a master of fine arts degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. An exhibition of his work, DUST, opens at Form & Concept on Friday, June 29. “I like to think of these silver-plated platters as having three weird little histories, or little lies,” he said. “The platters were mass-produced, made to look like they were from the 1800s—made to look old even though most of the stuff I use is from the 1940s through the 1980s. Then, there is the silver-plated material, which is usually brass or copper. This is the platter trying to look more valuable than it really is. Thirdly, there is the wear, the care thing. Some people polish or clean it all the time, and that can be an image of the value it had to them.”

Levin’s piece ends with this dazzling quote from Moore:

“I’ve been thinking about the show title and reading about dust—about how it’s this slow accumulation of everything. You don’t notice it until it’s built up over time, and it’s something we are always trying to clean and change. But dust is valuable because it contains the environment that it is in. Dust is everything that has happened.”

We’ll see you tonight from 5 to 7 pm! Make sure to RSVP on Facebook to show your support.

Jaydan Moore- Dust Solo Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jaydan Moore, Specimen #19, found silver-plated platter, 24.5 x 38.5 x 2 in.
Jaydan Moore- Dust Solo Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jaydan Moore, Specimen #20, found silver-plated platter, 15 x 21 x 1.5 in.
Jaydan Moore- Dust Solo Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jaydan Moore, Woven/Worn, found silver-plated platter, 22 x 22 x 2 in.
Jaydan Moore- Dust Solo Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jaydan Moore, Trimmings #2, found silver-plated platter, 6.75 x 9.5 x 0.5 in.

Preview: Jaydan Moore | Dust

Jaydan Moore- Dust Solo Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Jaydan Moore comes from a long line of California tombstone carvers, which might explain his obsession with the concept of commemoration. “The trade goes back four generations,” says the Virginia artist. “I grew up watching people make accommodations for loved ones, and turn their history into an object.” About six years ago, Moore began collecting silver-plated tableware to use as a raw material for intricate sculptures.

By reshaping these culturally loaded objects, he turned them into vessels for his ideas about memory and material culture. In a new solo exhibition at form & concept, Moore manipulates scrap metal from previous artistic experiments to flip his conceptual universe on its head. “What are the stages of forgetting?” he asks. Dust opens on Friday, June 29 from 5 to 7 pm, with an artist talk on Saturday, June 30 from 2 to 3 pm.

Jaydan Moore- Leftovers 1- Found Silver-Plated Platter- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Moore earned his BFA in jewelry and metal arts from California College of the Arts. In graduate school at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, he started sculpting tableware because the material seemed like a strong proxy for memory. “Metal feels tough, but it actually has so much malleability,” Moore says. “It’ll take on dings and scratches and patinas, holding ‘recollections’ of experiences it’s been through.”

He imagined that the heirlooms were still connected to the people who once owned them, and that he could preserve these delicate biographical threads through his sculptures. In a concurrent series of intaglio prints, he recorded the patterns and marks on the platters before chopping them up. “The works on paper were initially just to document what I had found, and those last traces of whoever owned it before me,” he says. “I thought of it as the shadow of somebody.”

Jaydan Moore- Traces- Found Silver-Plated Platters- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Moore graduated with his MFA in 2012, and continued using the tableware as a sculptural medium. Six years on, Moore is an adjunct faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University. His thoughts about how metal holds meaning have shifted considerably. “For so long, when I was making stuff I always thought there was this living memory in things, that I could feel the person before,” he says.

Lately he’s taken an interest in the way personal significance fades when an object changes hands. Moore realized that the clues he’d been following in the tableware said more about him than their previous owners. He developed an interest in the fragments of metal that were left behind in his studio. “I do so much conglomeration and cutting, so tons of material ends up in the scrap pile,” says Moore. “The earlier series was about the memory that endures, so maybe these scraps could speak to that slow deletion.”

Jaydan Moore- Dustings 3- Etching and Gold Leaf- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Dust features sculptures made from the glittering shards that landed on Moore’s cutting room floor. In his past work, the artist has taken pains to leave the flawed surfaces of the tableware relatively untouched. “In this series, I’m letting my own personal narrative of how I connect with the material be much more a part of what the viewer sees, or how I talk about it,” Moore says. “My fingerprints are now becoming patina marks on all of this.”

The exhibition also includes a new series of intaglio prints that show intricate tableware patterns fading away. Despite his recent meditations on memory’s decay, Moore can’t fully shake his earlier idea of objects as reliquaries of experience. “The child from the tombstone family believes that there is still this memory in there,” Moore says. “We wouldn’t still be talking about how much objects have a hold on us unless there was something deeply invested in it.”

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Curator’s Selection: Matthew Mullins | Inner Orbit

For the second entry in our new Curator’s Selection video series (check out the first one here), form & concept gallery director Frank Rose discussed an artwork by Matthew Mullins from the group exhibition Inner Orbit. Matt’s mixed-media painting The Sun Is In Our Bones is an anchor of the show, which explores personal and cultural visions of outer space, and it’s also an introduction to his next body of work. In late September, he’ll debut a solo exhibition called The Sun In Our Bones that will span our ground floor. Learn more about the painting in the video above, then click over to the exhibition page to discover how it connects with the themes of the forthcoming show.

Matthew Mullins- The Sun Is In Our Bones- Mixed-Media Painting- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Here is Matt’s meditation on his painting The Sun Is In Our Bones:

The Sun Is In Our Bones is a meditation on the cosmic origins of the elements that comprise our bodies. The elements in our bodies such as carbon, calcium and iron were forged by the extreme forces that exist inside stars, supernovae and other cosmic events. It’s fascinating to think about the journey our bodies’ atomic ingredients have had, and that all of those individual atoms are now working together to form you and me. These elements that have existed for eons are engaged in a mysterious dance that allows us to maintain our complicated biological processes and even consciousness, empathy and love.

The black paint in this piece is made from burnt cow bones. The atoms of calcium and phosphorus from those bones, just like in our bones, were created in the stars. So, the material used in this painting was actually created in space and once provided life to other beings. The title The Sun In Our Bones is not only poetic, it can be taken somewhat literally. The bare linen that the stars seem to be growing into represents yet-to-be-created space. The handprints on the sides are traced from my hands and my wife’s hands, and represent the evolution of human consciousness from the elemental, raw ingredients created inside the stars.

Crystalline and Constellate are meditations on the subatomic world within our bodies. These paintings are nearly photo-realistic depictions of a matrix of atoms being lit up with a laser beam. The source photos that I painted from were taken with an electron microscope. I am awestruck by the intelligent orderliness, but also the mysterious fluidity, of the world experienced at this scale. Our own bodies look similar when viewed from a small enough vantage point.

Click here to browse the complete Inner Orbit exhibition on our website. The show appears in conjunction with Santa Fe Futurition, the Currents New Media Festival, and the Santa Fe Institute’s Interplanetary Festival.