Opening: Hand / Eye

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Whether they’re gelatin silver prints or daguerreotypes, there’s one thing that most all photographs have in common: they’re flat. For a new group exhibition at form & concept, ten artists from across the United States shatter this convention by applying craft media to photography—and vice versa. Hand/Eye presents images with the texture and volume of sculptures, vaulting a medium that’s often trapped behind glass into the viewer’s sphere.

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Last Look | Jodi Colella: Unidentified Women

“75% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’ And that just struck a chord with me, how these lives and labors were lost.”

Unidentified Women made its debut in Santa Fe on January 26th. Fiber artist Jodi Colella appeared at the gallery for the opening reception and artist talk. Afterwards, she sat down with us to discuss the inspiration for her moving exhibition.

It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’” The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities.

Opening: Jodi Colella | Unidentified Women

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It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Fiber artist Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’”

The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities. The body of work, titled Unidentified Women, makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm. Colella will appear at the opening reception, and also conduct an artist talk and preview on Thursday, January 25 from 2-3 pm.

Events 

Artist Talk & Preview: Thursday, January 25, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

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Artist Talk & Preview: Jodi Colella | Unidentified Women

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Jodi Colella leads a preview discussion of her solo exhibition Unidentified Women at form & concept.

It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Fiber artist Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’”

The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities. The body of work, titled Unidentified Women, makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm. Colella will appear at the opening reception, and also conduct an artist talk and preview on Thursday, January 25 from 2-3 pm.

Events 

Artist Talk & Preview: Thursday, January 25, 2-3 pm | RSVP on Facebook.
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm | RSVP on Facebook.

Learn more about this exhibition.

Upcoming: Jodi Colella & Armond Lara Events!

Jodi Collella Fiber Art- Unidentified Women Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Artist Talk & Opening

Jodi Colella: Unidentified Women

Artist Talk & Preview: Thursday, January 25, 2-3 pm
Opening Reception: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm

It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Fiber artist Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 18th and 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’”

“In the end, these women were lost,” Colella says. “I think of it as lost lives and labor. By using labor that’s often culturally identified as feminine, I wanted to bring out their identities.” She first exhibited the Unidentified Women embroideries in 2016 at the Historic Northampton Museum, along with a series of wearable sculptures that referenced the history of women’s headwear. Both projects centered on the cultural interplay between conformity and individuality, personhood and objectification. The works examine ways that gender, race, social status and economic power has dictated who was recorded—and how they were presented—through history. “In many of the images, the women are hiding or being hidden in some way—but they’re also being shown,” Colella says. “So it’s that tension between showing that they’ve been hidden and celebrating their visibility.”

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Images: Jodi Colella, Under Cover, Drape & I See You, II, mixed fibers, found materials, daguerreotype.

Flying Blue Buffalo Kickstarter- Artist Armond Lara- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Kickstarter Campaign & Special Event

Armond Lara: Flying Blue Buffalo Project

Kickstarter Launch: Friday, January 26, 5-7 pm
Open House & Panel: Wednesday, February 17, 2-5 pm

“Buffalo are masters of survival,” says Armond Lara. “They’re still around today, even though we tried our best to kill them all off.” The Santa Fe artist has depicted buffalo in his drawings, paintings and sculptures for decades. In recent years, they’ve turned blue and sprouted wings. The winged blue buffalo reference a dark chapter of Lara’s family history: his grandmother, who was Diné, was kidnapped as a child and forced into servitude by a Mexican family. This was a common story in the American West. Across three centuries of Spanish, Mexican and American rule, millions of Native children were enslaved as household servants or field hands.

The Pueblo people called these abducted youths “lost bluebirds,” a symbol that Lara combined with the buffalo into a new icon of Indigenous survival. This August, he’ll collaborate with form & concept to fulfill his long-held dream of creating a monumental installation of flying blue buffalo sculptures that explores this little-told history. The Flying Blue Buffalo Project Kickstarter campaign, running January 26 through February 28 and anchored by a special event on February 17, will raise funds to support the production of over seventy 3D printed buffalo, based on a series of wood carvings by Lara.

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Image: Digital rendering of Armond Lara’s 3D-printed Flying Blue Buffalo, 3D Proven Systems.

Preview: Jodi Colella | Unidentified Women

Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

It started somewhere among the vast archives of the Historic Northampton Museum in Northampton, Massachusetts. Fiber artist Jodi Colella was working on an art project inspired by the museum’s headwear collection, and she stumbled upon a series of daguerreotype portraits. “They were like little 18th and 19th century selfies,” Colella says. “I noticed that all the men in the images had every single detail of their life listed in the catalog. About 80% of the women were labeled ‘unidentified.’” The artist was fascinated by these forgotten, female faces, and the contrast between the women’s fleeting social visibility and their invisibility to history. After hunting down similar portraits in flea markets and antique shops, Colella stitched intricate embroideries across the images, further obscuring the women’s identities. The body of work, titled Unidentified Women, makes its Santa Fe debut at form & concept on Friday, January 26 from 5-7 pm. Colella will appear at the opening reception, and also conduct an artist talk on Thursday, January 25 from 2-3 pm.

Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“In the end, these women were lost,” Colella says. “I think of it as lost lives and labor. By using labor that’s often culturally identified as feminine, I wanted to bring out their identities.” She first exhibited the Unidentified Women embroideries in 2016 at the Historic Northampton Museum, along with a series of wearable sculptures that referenced the history of women’s headwear. Both projects centered on the cultural interplay between conformity and individuality, personhood and objectification. The works examine ways that gender, race, social status and economic power has dictated who was recorded—and how they were presented—through history. “In many of the images, the women are hiding or being hidden in some way—but they’re also being shown,” Colella says. “So it’s that tension between showing that they’ve been hidden and celebrating their visibility.”

Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

Colella grew up in Massachusetts, in a family of artists and craftspeople. As a child, she developed a passion for knitting, embroidery and other fiber arts. After completing a certificate program for graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she launched a successful career as a designer that spanned nearly two decades. In 2000, she took a break to focus on fine art, and never went back. Colella has since exhibited her fiber artwork across the nation, including in the Surface Design Association’s international juried exhibition Shifting Landscapes at form & concept in February, 2017.

Artist Jodi Colella- Unidentified Women Exhibition- Form and Concept Gallery- Santa Fe New Mexico

“For Shifting Landscapes, we showed two of Jodi’s China Samplers, which are meticulous embroideries on Mao propaganda magazines from the 1960’s,” says Frank Rose, Gallery Director of form & concept. “In that work and in Unidentified Women, she’s bringing complex realities of the past to light with compassionate attention and incredible skill. These artworks can help us understand how we’ve arrived at our present cultural and political moment.” Unidentified Women will appear on form & concept’s staircase and catwalk. The original set of 16 embroideries, measuring 2 x 3 inches, will appear with a never-before-seen series of larger works from the ongoing series. “After the project at the museum, I knew I wasn’t done with the daguerreotypes,” says Colella. “There’s a poignancy to these images that has kept me working. These are women I don’t know, no one knows them anymore, but I’ve found a way to meet them again.”

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All Over the Map


The Surface Design Association (SDA) has members all across the world. It’s no surprise that the featured artists in Shifting Landscapes, SDA’s third international juried exhibition, are a diverse and dynamic crew. The show will present fiber (and fiber-inspired) artworks that are traditional, non traditional and contemporary interpretations of place.

SDA Executive Director Danielle Kelly was particularly interested to see how artists of different nationalities responded to the theme. “With everything that’s happening environmentally and politically around the world right now, I can only imagine what many artists are thinking about as they make work for the exhibition,” Danielle told us a few months ago. “We can communicate things through art when words fail us. Sometimes the best place to talk about your world is through what you make.”

Watch the video above for sneak peeks at work by each of the artists, and read on for a small sampling of their remarkable stories. Shifting Landscapes opens at form & concept on Friday, February 24 from 5-7 pm.

Wendy Weiss Artwork- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Wendy Weiss, Litzmannstadt Getto 1940-1944, weaving, 2015-16, 53″ x 111″

Wendy Weiss

Wendy Weiss is an independent artist and weaver. Textiles, pattern, and power relationships drive Wendy and her studio work. Primarily a weaver and natural dyer, she works with other materials, most recently, digitally cut vinyl to create multi-color wall installations. She is professor emerita of textile design in the Department of Textiles, Merchandising and Fashion Design at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She was awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright Nehru Senior Scholar Award, to follow-up on a previous Fulbright Award in 2009 to document ikat textiles from an artist’s perspective in India, and is a past recipient of two Nebraska Arts Council Artist Fellowships, as well as a Winterthur Residential Fellowship. She serves on the board of the Textile Society of America as External Relations Director and Newsletter Editor. Her work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in North America, Europe and Asia. She uses natural dyes that she cultivates and collects locally.

Faith Kane Artwork- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Faith Kane, Regional Sampler- Wellington, NZ, Embroidery on non-woven paper, 2017, 66″ x 13″

Faith Kane 

Faith Kane is a design researcher and educator working in the area of textiles and materials. Her research interests include: design for sustainability; design/science collaborations; the role and value of craft knowledge within these contexts; and drawing for textiles. She is a Senior Lecturer and the Programme Coordinator for Textiles at the School of Design, College of Creative Arts at Massey University In Wellington New Zealand. She is also Editor of the Journal of Textile Design Research and Practice.  

Jodi Colella Artwork- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Jodi Colella, China Sampler 6, embroidery, 2014, 11″ x 9″

Jodi Colella

Jodi Colella works with a broad range of materials to create provocative, tactile works that often include public participation. She has exhibited at Danforth Art Museum; Fruitlands Museum; Wheaton College; Helen Day Art Center; World of Threads Toronto and Textile Museum Washington D.C., among others. She has received numerous awards including the 2016 Fay Chandler Emerging Artist, 2016 Fellowship ComPeung Thailand, Pollack-Krasner Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, and Somerville Arts Council Fellowships 2015, 2012. Jodi has taught nationally at Society for Craft in Pittsburgh, SDA’s Confluence in Minneapolis plus many local venues. She lives and works in Somerville, Massachusetts and most days can be found lost in her studio.

Yuni Kim Lang Artwork- Form and Concept- Santa Fe New Mexico
Yuni Kim Lang, Comfort Hair (Nest), digital pigment print, 2013, 40″ x 46″

Yuni Kim Lang

Yuni Kim Lang is a Detroit-based visual artist who creates sculpture, installation, photography and performances that explore ideas of beauty, adornment and cultural identity. She investigates themes of weight, mass, accumulation and hair in order to understand her personal and cultural identity. Lang was born in Seoul, Korea. All her life, she has been living as a TCK (Third Cultural Kid). Raised overseas, formal training in New York City, Lang holds a MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Metalsmithing (2013) and earned a BFA from Parsons The New School for Design (2009). Lang was awarded a merit-based grant at the Vermont Studio Center Residency (2014), a Red Gate Residency (2013) in China. Her work has been favorably reviewed in several publications including the American Craft Council, Groove Korea and Huffington Post. Lang’s work has been shown at venues such as the John Michael Kohler Art Center (Sheboygan, WI), Frost Museum (Miami, FL), Collective Design Fair (New York City, NY), Galerie Marzee (Nijmegen, The Netherlands) and a solo exhibition at Sienna Patti Gallery (Lenox, MA).

Click here to read the full list of Shifting Landscapes artists, and make sure to RSVP for the opening reception on Facebook. Shifting Landscapes debuts on Friday, February 24 from 5-7 pm, and runs through May 20.