Smitten Forum: Curator’s Talk

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Call it a mobile artist colony, a colorful social experiment or a crafty piece of performance art. Each year since 2014, Sara Brown and Marissa Saneholtz have invited a new group of pioneering jewelers and metalsmiths to work side-by-side in a communal studio for 7 days. The initiative is called Smitten Forum, and invitees range from emerging to well-established makers who employ a staggering array of mediums and techniques. This year’s participants are headed to Abiquiu, New Mexico in late December, but they’ll also leave their mark on the nearby art center of Santa Fe. The form & concept shop is excited to present the Smitten Forum exhibition, which features wearable artwork from all of this year’s artists. A curator’s talk featuring Brown, Saneholtz and 2014 Smitten Forum participant Robert Ebendorf will take place on Wednesday, January 3 from 2-3 pm.

The show opens on Friday, November 24 from 5-7 pm, in conjunction with the exhibitions Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon and MICROCOSMSmitten Forum runs through January 6, 2018.

Smitten Forum Events

Opening Reception | Friday, November 24, 5-7 pm— RSVP on Facebook

Curator’s Talk | Wednesday, January 3 from 2-3 pm | Featuring Sara Brown, Marissa Saneholtz & 2014 Smitten Forum participant Robert Ebendorf. RSVP on Facebook

Participating Artists: Sarah Perkins, Melissa Cameron, Bryan Petersen, Cappy Counard, Cheryl Rydmark, Tanya Crane, Rebekah Frank, Anika Smulovitz, Don Friedlich, Laritza Garcia, Leslie LePere, Hannah Oatman, Marissa Saneholtz, Sara Brown

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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.

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Teaser: Broken Boxes | Cara Romero

“Indigenous people are artists. We look at the world in a different way and we see beauty in everything. We’re tied to the mediums that we’re using. We’re putting our hands in clay and we’re stripping willows to make things. We’re sewing regalia. We’re touching these objects of our ancestors and we’re talking to our ancestors.”

– Cara Romero

Broken Boxes, an exhibition curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, features Cara Romero and 40 other creators from around the world who are effecting change in their work. All of the participants have appeared on Dunnill’s Broken Boxes Podcast.

There will be a catalog realease event at form & concept on Friday, September 29 from 5-7 pm. Click here to learn more, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook.

Call for Entries: Guns to Art Benefit Show

New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence- Guns to Art Benefit Show- form & concept gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Calling all artists, designers and craftspeople! We’re looking for artwork and jewelry that reflects on gun violence prevention for this November’s Guns to Art Benefit Show at form & concept. The two-week exhibition was inspired by an ongoing collaboration between the non-partisan 501(c)3 organization New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence (NMPGV) and the Santa Fe Community College Art Department (SFCC).

In August 2016, NMPGV launched a gun buyback program that invited gun owners to anonymously turn in unwanted firearms to New Mexico law enforcement. SFCC’s Art Department offered to turn part of the stockpile into art, and a collaboration with the Colorado-based RAWTools project called “Guns to Gardens” transformed some of the guns into gardening tools. Creations from both programs will appear in live and silent auctions at the Guns to Art Benefit Show reception on Friday, November 17.

We’re also inviting artists from around the world to submit up to three pieces of art or jewelry for potential inclusion in the show. The deadline for submissions is October 9, after which a jury will select works and notify the artists by October 20. The works will be on view in the Guns to Art Benefit Show from November 7 to 17. Proceeds from sales  will go to the participating artists, NMPGV, SFCC’s art and welding scholarship program and form & concept. Learn more at the links below, and make sure to submit!

Read the submission guidelines & download the submission form.
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Teaser: Broken Boxes | Douglas Miles

“As an artist, it’s just you and the work, you and your own ability to express what’s flowing through you at that moment. At that time […] you don’t know, but you might help someone.”

-Douglas Miles

Broken Boxes, an exhibition curated by Ginger Dunnill and Cannupa Hanska Luger, features Douglas Miles 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.

Last Look: Rebecca Rutstein & Jared Weiss

It’s the final week of Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines and Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday, two painting exhibitions that fill adjoining galleries on form & concept’s second floor. The shows are markedly different at first glance—Rutstein’s work is abstract, Weiss paints figures—but their conceptual frameworks have started to enmesh over the past 6 weeks. Michael Abatemarco discovered compelling links between them in his July 7th Pasatiempo article on both shows:

Two exhibits now on view at form & concept — Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines and Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead or It Was His Birthday — explore internal and external worlds through a lens of abstraction. Basing her work on scientific data and observances, Rutstein takes elements of her research and recontextualizes them in paintings that explore motion, line, color, and form. Jared Weiss works from memory, or rather the lack thereof, exploring the phenomena of screen memories in a vibrant exhibition of paintings of scenes of daily life, much of it autobiographical, where not everything that’s happening is as it seems.

Abatemarco’s headline, “In the Abstract,” makes for an excellent bridge between the shows. Rutstein observes the landscape and paints abstract representations of the often invisible forces that shape it, while Weiss intentionally abstracts his figures and landscapes to drum up tension between the familiar and the alien. Both artists use scholarly research to guide their voyages through these ambiguous worlds, surfacing with imagery that’s striking in its originality.

Come see Weiss and Rutstein’s shows before they close on August 12, and click here to read Abatemarco’s piece. Our special exhibition Stefani Courtois: A Retrospective also closes this week, on August 11. Mark your calendar for the opening weekend of our next exhibition, Broken Boxes, starting Friday, August 18.  

Rebecca Rutstein Artist- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rebecca Rutstein, Contagious, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Jared Weiss Artist- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jared Weiss, If We Want to, If it Matters to Us, oil on canvas, 24 x 36 in.
Rebecca Rutstein Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rebecca Rutstein, Fantasy Obscured, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jared Weiss, This Is Only a Little Of It, oil on canvas, 18 x 14 in.
Rebecca Rutstein Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Rebecca Rutstein, Never Going Back Again, acrylic on canvas, 36 x 36 in.
Jared Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jared Weiss, Islands Are Not Forever, oil on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

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.

Opening: Stefani Courtois Retrospective

Santa Fe artist and jeweler Stefani Courtois always had a sketchbook nearby. Inspired by her own imagination and the New Mexico landscape, she incessantly sketched images that would make their way into her powerful artworks. Courtois passed away in April 2017, and left behind a diverse body of work—including jewelry, paintings, drawings and prints—that will appear in a special exhibition at form & concept. Stefani Courtois: A Retrospective opens on Friday, July 28 from 5-7 pm and runs through August 11, 2017.

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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.

Summer Artist Talk: Rebecca Rutstein

When your painting studio is set adrift on the open sea, things can get a little messy. Philadelphia-based painter Rebecca Rutstein spent her last three artist residencies in close quarters with oceanographic cartographers, examining never-before-seen images of the ocean floor and translating what she learned into undulating, semi-abstract paintings. She grew accustomed to the constant motion of the boat and its unpredictable effect on her brushstrokes.

In Fault Lines, her first-ever solo exhibition in New Mexico, Rutstein returns to dry land. Using the sunburnt palette of the high desert, the artist turns her attention to seismic events that occur deep in the Earth’s crust—and employs some tricks she learned at sea to imbue her compositions with dynamic motion.

Rutstein will conduct an artist talk at form & concept on Saturday, July 1 from 2-3 pm. Fault Lines opens at form & concept on Friday, June 30, 5-7 pm, and runs through August 12, 2017. 

Biography

A Philadelphia-based artist whose work spans painting, installation and sculpture, Rebecca Rutstein explores geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by science and scientific data. Rutstein has been an Artist-in-Residence in Iceland, Hawaii, the Canadian Rockies and Vermont. Most recently, she was an Artist at Sea aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus where she collaborated with scientists mapping out never-before-seen ocean floor topography from the Galápagos Islands to California, and on the Research Vessel Falkor where she created art alongside scientists exploring uncharted territory from Vietnam to Guam. Rutstein has exhibited widely in galleries, museums, and institutions, and has received numerous awards.

Click here to browse Rebecca’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.