Join Wesley Anderegg for this artist talk on Saturday, March 31 from 2 to 3 pm. His solo exhibition ARIZONAopens on Friday, March 30 from 5 to 7 pm and runs through May 19, 2018.
The mosaical visual memoir that makes up Anderegg’s ARIZONA exhibition started as a happy accident. “I had a bunch of these ceramic squares made, and they were just sitting there,” he says. Anderegg is known for his sculptural depictions of somewhat impish figures who are often in comical conflict or cartoonish peril. The fresh stack of ceramic tiles inspired him to play around with more complex 2D compositions. “I got this idea to make these markers of my time in Arizona, the dusty palette and everything,” he says. “It’s just memories of my childhood, all the crazy crap we used to do.”
“Everybody that lives in New Mexico goes to Arizona every once in awhile,” says Wesley Anderegg. “That’s the only reason Arizona exists, is to drive through to go to California.” It’s a particularly sacrilegious statement for a born-and-raised Arizonan, but Anderegg hasn’t lived there for decades. He’s also never directly revisited his wild childhood through his figurative ceramics—until now. “As you get older, you kind of get reminiscing,” says the California-based artist. “It’s like, oh man, I’m on the downslope these days. Time to look back.”
In a new series of diminutive ceramic tiles, Anderegg flattens his tragicomic sculptural figures with a playful nod to Pop Art paintings and comic book panels. The painted compositions evoke Anderegg’s experience growing up in the sun-drenched and lawless Sonoran Desert.Wesley Anderegg:ARIZONA debuts at form & concept on Friday, March 30 from 5 to 7 pm. Anderegg recognizes the humor of mounting a show called ARIZONA one state to the east, but it’s a simple matter of personal preference. “I thought about actually having it in Arizona, but I like you guys better,” he says with a grin.
Wesley Anderegg:ARIZONA debuts at form & concept on Friday, March 30 from 5 to 7 pm, with an artist talk on Saturday, March 31 from 2 to 3 pm. The show runs through May 19, 2018.
Heidi Brandow has received two fellowships in the past few months. Story Maps is an initiative by Santa Fe Art Institute that mentors young, local, creative leaders of color in community engagement. Heidi also received an Artist in Business Leadership fellowship from the First Peoples Fund. Read a snippet from their mission statement below:
“When an individual artist is uplifted and supported, they impact their families, communities and the benefits can ripple out regionally and nationally. This inspires artists to fully honor their cultural creativity and frees them to embrace their Native identity and voice.”
“Baxter is an artist for one refreshingly honest reason. ‘If I didn’t make art, I would lose my mind.'” That’s the first line of Elysian’s recent profile on Debra Baxter. The article, much like Debra’s work, is a vulnerable and powerful examination of what it means to be a female artist. Read the full interview here. Debra’s Aqua Aura Knuckles appear on the cover of The Magazine’s February/March relaunch issue. Here’s an excerpt from Jenn Shapland’s cover story about Debra and her work:
Debra Baxter has just chucked something across her studio. A five-pointed throwing star sticks firmly into the opposite wall. She’s about to throw another, but first she shows it to me. It’s elegant lace made of metal. The tips have been sharpened.
Matthew Mullins will appear in the New American Paintings Special Alumni Issue this March. Pick up a copy to see his painting Chicoma in print. Matthew’s Ursa Major graced the cover of Pasatiempo in December,for their 2017 Writing Competition issue.
Rebecca Rutstein is taking Pennsylvania museums by storm! The Philadelphia Museum of Art recently acquired a 2017 painting by Rutstein for their public collection. The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Museum, which is the nation’s oldest art museum and art school, added two of her artworks to their collection.
Wesley Anderegg‘s solo exhibition ARIZONAis coming up at form & concept. The opening reception is Friday, March 30 from 5 to 7 pm, and Wes will conduct an artist talk on Saturday, March 31 from 2 to 3 pm. Wes also appears with Ryan Meyers in the two-man exhibition About Face, opening in Bakersville, NC this April.
Click here to browse the complete form & concept collection.
This week’s issue of Pasatiempo features the winners of the publication’s annual writing contest. Images of works by local artists appear in the cover story, and a painting by our own Matthew Mullins graces the cover! The piece is a watercolor and gouache on paper titledUrsa Major. Make sure to grab a copy while it’s on the stands (December 22-28, 2017), and read more about Matt in his recently updated biography. Here’s an excerpt:
The interconnection of human consciousness and the natural world is what inspires the work of Santa Fe artist Matthew Mullins. Mullins’ watercolor and acrylic ink paintings merge human made patterns derived from social constructs with the visual perception of nature, creating a harmonious relationship that the artist feels is often lost in today’s culture.
“Humans are part of the natural world,” says Mullins. “But we often become so focused on our individuality that we lose track of that connection. My work is about reintegrating with nature and finding unity in that relationship.”
Click here to read more, and stop by the gallery to see Ursa Major in person! You can browse all of Matt’s artwork on his artist page.
This summer, Rebecca Rutstein mounted a solo exhibition at form & concept called Fault Lines. The smallest paintings in the show measured 36 x 36 inches, and the largest canvas was 7.5 feet tall and 5 feet wide. In a series of paintings and prints that just arrived at the gallery, the Philadelphia artist works in a more intimate scale. Many of the pieces are no taller than 10 inches. However, her subject matter—and vivid color palette—remains as vast as an ocean or mountain range.
In Rutstein’s case, we mean this quite literally. A series of long, narrow images reflects the undulating topography of the Pacific Ocean floor, drawn from her recent residencies at sea. Other works evoke rivers, volcanoes or continents, markers of the artist’s far-flung travels that have inspired her to envision geologic forms and phenomena as a highly personal symbol system. The work’s titles hint at events in her personal life that metaphorically align with the natural forces she studies. “The stories I tell about geology are always interwoven with my own personal psychology,” she tells us. “I’m [also] exploring formal abstract ideas.” Scroll down to browse Rutstein’s work, and check out our studio visit blog post for a video, interview and more.
Click here to view all of Rebecca Rutstein’s artwork in the form & concept collection.
Painter and sculptor Armond Lara continues form & concept’s Summer Artist Talks series, and reveals plans for a monumental sculpture project he will complete in collaboration with numerous artists over the coming year. The talk takes place during form & concept’s One-Year Anniversary Exhibition, featuring new artwork from all of the gallery’s represented artists.
Armond Lara was born in 1939 in Denver, Colorado and raised in Walsenburg, a coal mining town in southeastern Colorado. His mother was of Navajo descent and his father was Mexican. He was educated at the Colorado Institute of Art and Glendale College in California and also attended the University of Washington in Seattle where he was influenced by Japanese master paper artist, Paul Horuechi. He also worked with Mexican muralist Pablo O’Higgins, Richard Diebenkorn and Helen Frankenthaler.
Lara’s paintings and drawings often incorporate handmade paper, found objects and mixed media including traditional Navajo beadwork that has been sewn on to the canvas. His carved marionettes of historical cultural figures such as Crazy Horse, Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Man Ray and Billy the Kid, among others, are created in the spirit of the Koshare, the sacred clown that participates in the religious dances of the Rio Grande Pueblo People. Known as a mischief maker, the Koshare clown helps maintain harmony in the community by reminding people of acceptable standards of behavior. Through this vehicle, Lara is able to portray the humor, tragedy, frustration and beauty of what it means to be human.
After years of working in the aerospace industry in Seattle and then in arts administration, Lara helped to establish the 1% for the ARTS Program in Seattle, Washington in 1973, which was one of the first cities in the US to adopt funding for public art. When Lara relocated to Santa Fe in the 1980s, he participated in his first Indian Market where Georgia O’Keeffe purchased two of his works, one of which was gifted to the Smithsonian. In 1996 Lara founded the Santa Fe Artist Emergency Medical Fund which has been one of the many factors contributing to his reputation as a leader in the arts not only for Native Peoples but for all artists. Armond Lara is in museum collections worldwide.
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.
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.
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.