Kate Skelly

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After Dark   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Fay Ku at Eight Modern May 31st, 2013 - July 14th, 2013
Posted 6/28/13
, a phrase from Fellini’s 8½, is an incantation recalled from the childhood of the film’s protagonist, Guido. In the film we see a young Guido utter the phrase repeatedly while wildly jumping and flapping his arms in the hopes of summoning a painting on his bedroom wall to come to life. The current exhibition on view at Eight Modern gallery by Fay Ku owes its title to Guido’s memorable hymn. When you remove the second syllable of each word in the phrase asa nisa masa, what is left is the word... [more]
Material World   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Red Dot Gallery May 24th, 2013 - June 28th, 2013
Posted 5/30/13
Materials are often an afterthought in the artistic process; something to be snatched up in an art supply superstore from fluorescent-lit shelves of chromatically organized jars and tubes. Among artists who hunt for and process their own materials, however, medium becomes an inevitable focal point of the work. The romance of mixing minerals with egg yolk or spreading a tea stain across a blank page can become its own intriguing story, independent from the subject of the final piece. In , a... [more]
Caught in the Web   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
David Leigh, Larry Bob Phillips at Munoz-Waxman Gallery April 18th, 2013 - May 5th, 2013
Posted 4/27/13
, a new installation currently on view at CCA, is a towering and tangled sight to behold. The ceiling-high piece dominates the entire peripheral area of the warehouse-style Munoz Waxman Front Gallery. The work is made up of interconnected segments of wood; acrylic paint in psychedelic colors decorates the rolling surface of the interconnecting parts; cartoonish figures thrust out at the viewer from various angles, pulling you into a visual roller coaster that moves up and down a serpentine... [more]
Tell Me Something Good   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at University of New Mexico Art Museum Center for the Arts (Main Campus) March 1st, 2013 - May 4th, 2013
Posted 3/29/13
Driving to Albuquerque from Santa Fe in March is like propelling into the future by about a month or so. Santa Fe, while having begun its spring thaw, will continue the slow crawl out of winter for some time to come. In Albuquerque, however, chartreuse buds appear at the tips of branches, hyacinths sway in the balmy breeze, and flocks of students drape the patios of outdoor bars along Central. Spring representing a fresh start, I thought it befitting to cover now on view in the Raymond Johnson... [more]
Until The End of the World   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Michelle Blade at Center for Contemporary Art January 18th, 2013 - February 17th, 2013
Posted 1/24/13
Just before 2012 gave way to 2013, we saw another end times prediction come and go. As the Mayan calendar drew to a close, the world kept on turning, and as far as I can tell no massive shift of consciousness took place. This most recent brush with doomsday anticipation now sits neatly at the end of Wikipedia’s list of “dates predicted for apocalyptic events”. Each prediction on the list has of course been repudiated by the world’s pesky habit of sticking around. Perusing this catalogue of grim... [more]
Deep Space   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at New Mexico History Museum September 30th, 2012 - February 10th, 2013
Posted 12/5/12
There is a fascination with yards in New Mexico. Standard, square swaths of green grass are virtually out of the question for everyone except the most devout turf tenders in our parched environment. As an East Coast transplant I remember all too well the angst that can be associated with lawns. Let it go wild, and overgrown and you might as well announce aloud to the entire neighborhood that you are a sex-addicted psychopath. In New Mexico, however, in the absence of greenery and the... [more]
The Plush Life   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Tamara Wilson at Center for Contemporary Art October 26th, 2012 - December 9th, 2012
Posted 11/21/12
I recall a space I used to rent in leaner times—a 200 square foot postage stamp of a dwelling. It smelled deeply of cigarettes and oil, a stench that no amount of sage burning or febreezing on my part could ever lift. There was a tiny kitchen, so narrow that my elbows would bump against the wall when I cooked. The carpet was brindled with mysterious stains. The space was empty of furniture save for an old hospital bed I inherited from the previous tenant and an ugly ottoman embroidered with... [more]
Turn on the Bright Lights   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
SCUBA at Caldera Gallery September 1st, 2012 - October 23rd, 2012
Posted 10/9/12
Recently, on an almost-chilly evening in late September, I parked my car outside Caldera Gallery. The sun was setting for a drive-in viewing of Twilight lingered on yellowing leaves as the zesty smell of green chiles roasting perfumed the air: staples of Santa Fe’s autumnal exuberance. In the downtime before the start of the movie I stepped inside Caldera to look around. The shop in the back is full of cheerfully colored ceramic figurines and teacups, decoratively adorned wooden blocks,... [more]
Market Watch   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Posted 9/13/12
I learned of the grand opening of a new OmegaMart branch store in Santa Fe on the company website. Splashy ads in primary colors flashily heralded its arrival. I found the market occupying a corner in a half-deserted strip mall in South Santa Fe. From the street it looks unassuming, like the last store standing in a tumbleweed strewn ghost town. A young woman greeted me as I walked in the door with frosty robotic enthusiasm. Japanese pop plays soothingly on the loud speakers. In the back of the... [more]
Reality Check   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Seung Woo Back, Zoe Beloff, Thomas Demand, Mark Dion, Leandro Erlich, Omer Fast, Cao Fei, John Gerrard, Johan Grimonprez, Iris Haussler, Jonn Herschend, Pierre Huyghe, Bertrand Lavier, An-My Lê, Joel Lederer, Sharon Lockhart, Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Eva and Franco Mattes, Yes Me, Jonathan Monk, Vik Muniz, Trevor Paglen, Walid Raad, Dario Robleto, Eve Sussman, Mary Temple, Ai Weiwei at SITE Santa Fe July 8th, 2012 - January 6th, 2013
Posted 8/15/12
From the flash and swagger of Vegas, to the manicured, lamppost-lined Main Street of Disneyland, we are proffered up a regular cultural diet of distorted, exaggerated versions of reality. The hyperreal seeps into even the most mundane crannies of our existence: our newspapers, breakfast cereal, tennis shoes, and coupon-clippings. Everywhere you turn there is something to buy, sniff, gnaw on, or run your finger along the sides of that has that certain smack of the real, that kind of chewy,... [more]
Art Santa Fe: Sparkle and Fade   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Art Santa Fe July 12th, 2012 - July 15th, 2012
Posted 7/18/12
The opening night frenzy of Art Santa Fe delivers an initial sugar rush of dizzy excitement before the inevitable crash into sensory fatigue. Inside, drink in hand, I navigated through the usual suspects: collectors, socialites, and art professionals who make up the regular Santa Fe gallery scene lineup. Unexpected are the Japanese businessmen in sharp white suits, beaming kimono-clad artists, and a solemn row of women fast at work making traditional Korean paper arts in a forgotten corner of... [more]
Where the Wild Things Are   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Dana Bunker, Nani Chacon, Julia Cizeski, Josh Decelles, Dumperfoo, Michelle Eckhardt, Leah Gonzales, cannupa hanska luger, Vic Macias, Matthew Dean Martinez, Christopher Merlyn, Sergio Moyano, Judith Mullen, Wes Naman, Neil Ottaviano, Thomas Allan Parks, Prakashivaja, Zach Scheinbaum, Elizabeth Sobel Cupich, Tanya Story, Dion Terry, Autry Tolbert, Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo, Mr. Went, Micah The Werewolf, Missy Wolf, Alberto Zalma at Eggman and Walrus June 1st, 2012 - July 14th, 2012
Posted 6/19/12
Ferus. The word practically buzzes with vitality, conjuring to mind images of a wild animal—back arched, teeth bared, fur bristling. The exhibition, , currently on view at Eggman and Walrus gallery lives up to the wildness implicit in the provocative title. This group show consisting of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photography from twenty-six local and far-flung artists is pulsating with raw energy. A menagerie of animal life is present: anthropomorphic wolves, metallic bees, tattooed... [more]