December Railyard Art Walk

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Santa Fe’s leading contemporary art galleries are located seven blocks southwest of the downtown Plaza in the historic Railyard District. On the last Friday in December, come explore form & concept and our neighboring spaces Blue Rain Gallery, Charlotte Jackson Fine Art, Evoke Contemporary, LewAllen Galleries, photo-eye Gallery, Tai Modern, William Siegal Gallery and SITE Santa Fe. Thais Mather’s solo exhibition Reckless Abandon, the Smitten Forum wearable art exhibition, and Wookjae Maeng’s new body of work BALANCE will be on view at form & concept.

Small Business Saturday @ form & concept

Small Business Saturday is an annual shopping tradition dedicated to supporting small businesses and celebrating communities across the country. Founded by American Express in 2010, it’s celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This year, you can get out and support the places you love with the people you love on Nov 25.

For this tribute to local entrepreneurship and ingenuity, we’re offering 10% off everything in the form & concept gallery and shop on Black Friday (Nov. 24) and Small Business Saturday (Nov. 25). On Cyber Monday (Nov. 27), shop our collection on the form & concept website for 10% off any online purchase. 

Press | Thais Mather: Reckless Abandon

Thais Mather’s Reckless Abandon opens TONIGHT from 5-7 pm—with a reading from 2-3 pm on Saturday—and the artist has been hard at work installing the show and engaging the press in a conversation about art, history and feminism. Watch the latest clip from our video preview series above, and check out links to press about Reckless Abandon below.

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Thais Mather, Mine and Thine (detail), 2017, 5′ 3″ x 20″ x 10″, Shou Sugi Ban.

Alex De Vore of Santa Fe Reporter talked to Thais for this week’s Three Questions feature. From his intro:

It’s not every day that a gallery as spacious as the Railyard’s form & concept opens up an entire floor to just one artist, but Santa Fe’s Thais Mather has a massive body of multi-disciplinary work and a whole hell of a lot to say. With Reckless Abandon, Mather examines the ideas of humanity, feminism, activism, the end of days and so much more through visual works, collaborative performance pieces and readings.

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Thais Mather, 200,000, 2017, ceramic, ~ 3 x 3 in. each.

Megan Bennett of Albuquerque Journal North wrote an awesome preview of the exhibition. A little excerpt:

[Mather’s] mixed-media work, inspired by mankind’s evolution over time, with its art and symbols, ranges from resembling something that could have been made by cave people to more modern conceptual pieces. All of it, she says, is meant to encourage the audience to reflect on what’s worth holding on to and what’s not.

“There’s a point we’re coming to as Americans that our privileges are going to run out,” said Mather. “It just doesn’t matter any more. It’s a globalized world, and there’s going to have to be some complete reimagining with how the culture functions and how the global culture functions if we really plan to survive.”

Kathryn Davis interviewed Thais among the artworks of Reckless Abandon for her media platform ArtBeat Santa Fe:

Emily Van Cleve of Santa Fe Arts Journal wrote up the show earlier this week in an article aptly title A Vision for Humanity. Here’s a blurb:

Mather describes the process of making art as her product. “The show was birthed as an exploration of material and self, with the self as material and the material as self,” she adds. “I pushed the limits of what I knew but tried not to manipulate any material beyond what it was teaching me. So I worked with clay and let the clay converse with me. I worked in watercolor and we talked and didn’t fight. I just spent time and got lost and found in the process.”

Click here to learn more about Reckless Abandon, and make sure to RSVP on Facebook for updates. We’ll see you tonight from 5-7 pm! Our shows Smitten Forum and MICROCOSM Small Works Invitational also debut this evening.

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Thais Mather, Mine and Thine, watercolor and pen and ink, 33 x 53 in.

TONIGHT: InterPlanetary Party!

InterPlanetary Project- Santa Fe Institute- David Bowie Costume Party- Form and Concept Gallery

Creative Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Institute join forces tonight to host the InterPlanetary Ziggy Stardust Costume Party at form & concept. Stop by the gallery from 5-7 pm for cosmic cocktails by Santa Fe Spirits, space-themed snacks, screenings of David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell to Earth and much more. We’re challenging Santa Fe to help us unofficially set the Guinness World Record for biggest David Bowie costume party, so come dressed as any version of Bowie for a chance to win fun raffle prizes.

The celebration is part of a larger event series organized by SFI’s InterPlanetary Project and featuring a constellation of local arts organizations. Patricia Lenihan of Santa Fe New Mexican covers the Oct. 13-17 happenings:

Although Earthlings can’t visit Mars quite yet, the Santa Fe Institute’s October InterPlanetary series may convince many to update their passports to infinity and beyond. Events are directed at those who would engage today’s problems by imagining tomorrow’s challenges, according to SFI. 

The series, which runs from Friday, Oct. 13, to Tuesday, Oct. 17, is offered in anticipation of a June 2018 InterPlanetary Festival in the Railyard that will showcase innovation and technology and, it is hoped, attract space enthusiasts from around the world. Participants at that time will experience concerts, discussions around InterPlanetary topics, art installations, gaming, sci-fi film showcases, cosplay, food, drink, and more.

But for now, SFI collaborates with community partners to stage events that include a film festival, an invitation to the refurbished SITE Santa Fe’s Future Shock exhibit, and presentations at the Lensic Performing Arts Center.

Read the full article here, and make sure to RSVP for our InterPlanetary party!

Image: Pasatiempo.

Santa Fe Art Tours: Farm to Canvas

Santa Fe Art Tours presents

Farm to Canvas: The Railyard Experience

Next tour embarks September 23. Runs on select Saturdays.

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Art enthusiasts and foodies unite: Santa Fe Art Tours presents Farm to Canvas, an innovative walking tour that encourages a fresh look at the connection between art and food. The Farm to Canvas tour is available on select Saturdays through September 2017.

“The Santa Fe Railyard is known for its stunning art galleries and its bustling farmers’ market, but currently there are no activities available that bring these two experiences together,” says Elaine Ritchel, owner of Santa Fe Art Tours. “Liz Brindley, a local artist and educator who has also worked with the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, is the perfect guide to provide an integrated look at the rich experiences that the Railyard offers.”

Each tour will end at form & concept, where Brindley will guide a close looking tour of the gallery’s One-Year Anniversary Exhibition and conduct an art workshop.

The Details

Who: All adults and children 10+ are welcome. If you have younger children, please contact us about booking a private family tour.
When: Available on select Saturday mornings. Please see our calendar for availability.
Where: You’ll meet Liz at the watertower in the Railyard and walk about a half a mile through the Railyard district
How long: Approximately 2 hours
How much: $50 per person plus tax. All workshop materials and small bottles of water are included in the price of the tour. You may want to bring some small bills in case something at the Farmers’ Market entices you. Gratuity for your guide is always appreciated. Please note: a $150 or three-person minimum is required. If the minimum is not met, you will be given the option to pay the full amount or cancel your tour free of charge.

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ArtBeat Santa Fe: Jared Weiss & Rebecca Rutstein

This weekend, form & concept debuts two new painting exhibitions, Rebecca Rutstein: Fault Lines and Jared Weiss: He’s Either Dead Or It Was His Birthday. Weiss is a Santa Fe artist who draws from Freudian theory and his own memory to create compositions infused with a sense of déjà vu. Rutstein, who lives in Philadelphia, explores geometric abstraction with a vision inspired by scientific data.

Kathryn Davis of ArtBeat Santa Fe will interview both artists on Facebook Live on Thursday, June 29. Tune in at 12:00 pm for her chat with Jared Weiss, and at 7:30 pm for her interview with Rebecca Rutstein. To watch, make sure to like ArtBeat Santa Fe on Facebook and visit their page at the allotted times.

Both exhibitions open on Friday, June 30 from 5-7 pm.

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Farm to Canvas

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Art enthusiasts and foodies unite! We’re excited to host one leg of Farm to Canvas, an innovative walking tour of the Railyard Arts District by Santa Fe Art Tours. Farm to Canvas is available on select Saturdays beginning June 10, 2017, and each tour ends with a walkthrough and printmaking workshop at form & concept.

“The Santa Fe Railyard is known for its stunning art galleries and its bustling farmers’ market, but currently there are no activities available that bring these two experiences together,” says Elaine Ritchel, owner of Santa Fe Art Tours. “Liz Brindley, a local artist and educator who has also worked with the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, is the perfect guide to provide an integrated look at the rich experiences that the Railyard offers.”

Inspired by her printmaking background and interest in art ecology, Brindley developed an interactive tour that invites participants to consider art through an ecological lens. During visits to the Railyard art galleries and the Santa Fe Farmers’ Market, Brindley invites the group to take a closer look at art and veggies to discover links between the natural and human-made worlds.

The experience culminates with a hands-on workshop at form & concept in which participants create prints with local produce. “The Farm to Canvas tour is not just about art and food,” reveals Brindley. “It’s about activism and creating shared experiences for collective conversation about the interconnection of humans and the natural environment. I hope these tours strengthen observational and hands-on skills for an increased awareness to protect the land and food systems that are key for sustainable communities.”

Click here to learn more about Farm to Canvas. The event is by reservation only ($40/person on June 10 & 24, $50/person regularly), so make sure to save your spot for the first tour on Saturday, June 10, 10 am-12 pm. Following the tour, we’re hosting a Summer Artist Talk by Heather Bradley from 2-3 pm.

Opening: NoiseFold New Media Installation

Move over, hammer and chisel. NoiseFold’s sculpture installation at form & concept was generated in the digital world, and forged in the legendary glass studio of Dale Chihuly. Transdisciplinary artists Cory Metcalf and David Stout, who collaborate under the name NoiseFold, are known for combining visual art, music and interactive cinema into artworks that manipulate the senses and stretch the imagination. The centerpiece of their exhibition, a series of blown glass forms titled Metamorph, emerged from an unexpected project with master glass artists. NoiseFold’s sculpture installation opens on Friday, May 26, 5-8 pm, in conjunction with form & concept’s Superhero Masquerade: One-Year Anniversary Celebration.

NoiseFold will conduct an artist talk at form & concept on Saturday, June 17, 2-3 pm. The installation is on view through July 22, 2017.

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