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SITElines 2014: A Veteran Biennial Lays Down New Roots

by Hannah Hoel
SITE Santa Fe’s new biennial series, , signals a new format for recurrent exhibitions that reduces the term “biennial” to its simplest definition: every two years. For almost twenty years, the institution was faithful to the timely concentration of international artists and rising curators served in a publicized melting pot. After all, SITE lays claim to the first international biennial of contemporary art in the United States: Longing and Belonging: From the Faraway Nearby (1995). Its... [more]
Posted by Hannah Hoel on 7/20/14
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Settling Unsettled Landscapes: Talking about SITElines

by ArtSlant Team
SITElines, the new SITE Santa Fe biennial… Natalie Hegert: A point that I want to talk about is how [SITElines] functions as a model for a biennial. How different is this from another themed exhibition you would encounter in any other museum, versus a biennial? Why does this necessarily need to be considered a biennial? It seems more like an investigation of a certain theme that includes artists from across the Americas. What is interesting about this show or this model that they’re trying to... [more]
Posted by ArtSlant Team on 7/21/14
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Rethinking Regional: An Interview With the Curators Who Are Shaking Up SITE Santa Fe

by Lauren Tresp
SITE Santa Fe was founded in 1995 as an institutional platform for the only international biennial in the United States, and one of only a few dozen internationally. Since then the number of biennials worldwide has proliferated. In 2011, SITE took a strategic hiatus from the biennial model in order to re-imagine what the SITE Santa Fe biennial could be. In July 2014, SITE returns with , the first of the exhibition series SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas, a six-year commitment... [more]
Posted by Lauren Tresp on 7/2/14
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The Pearl of Memory

by Lauren Tresp
It is curious how memories from childhood have their own specific barriers to being completely restored. They are not only hollowed out by the distance of time, but also altered fundamentally as psychosocial development takes its course. The result is a slippage between history and its many emotional associations; what’s left are mixed feelings of remorseful nostalgia and relief that bygones are indeed bygone. In , Cuban American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya takes up the drama of youth,... [more]
Posted by Lauren Tresp on 9/26/13
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Reality Check

by Kate Skelly
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]
Posted by Kate Skelly on 8/15/12
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Watchlist Artist: Daniel Bejar

Daniel Bejar is currently showing at SITE Santa Fe from in 'Group Show: TIME-LAPSE' (text source: SITE Santa Fe) Time-Lapse challenges the notion that an exhibition is a fixed entity with artworks that remain consistent throughout the time the exhibition is on view. Time-Lapse explores the possibility of a more dynamic exhibition environment by including artworks that change over time and utilizing curatorial structures that are based on change. With hourly, daily, and weekly alterations to... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/17/12
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Agitated Histories

AGITATED HISTORIES PRESENTS an international and intergenerational group of artists whose works, in a range of media, create a dialogue with historic figures, movements, and events. For some of the artists in this exhibition, history is a subject to be challenged, re-written, or recreated, while for others it is a source of inspiration and creative energy. Through , our understanding of historic events is upended while new histories are brought to light. The works in the exhibition explore... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/1/12
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Tapestries

This exhibition surveys White’s works over the last five years with a focus on her monumental tapestries, which she has been producing since 2004. These tapestries highlight dynamic everyday objects and phenomena such as smoke and aluminum foil. The translation of these items – first into digital photographs, then into tapestries – creates compositions of abstract beauty that solidify the immaterial and encourage a re-examination of the familiar.The interest in exploring the aesthetic... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/3/11
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The Deconstructionist

For more than twenty years, Suzanne Bocanegra has created works in a range of media which exhibit a deep engagement with music, performance, art history, and material culture.  primarily focuses on works made within the last ten years and includes six multi-dimensional pieces.Translation and collaboration are integral to Bocanegra’s process and her work often involves the active transformation of two-dimensional objects such as paintings, drawings and fabric into three-dimensional... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/3/11
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Ruth Claxton

        Ruth Claxton creates dynamic sculptural environments that employ a diverse range of tactics to investigate the theme of altered perceptions. Claxton constructs elaborate structures from metal hoops, mirrors and colored glass disks that simultaneously serve to frame the viewer’s interaction with the exhibition space and highlight the figurines nestled within them. The multiple reflective surfaces engender an instability that is at odds with the sturdy metal structures ... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/13/11
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Amy Cutler

      Amy Cutler’s meticulously rendered paintings on paper conjure unusual worlds predominantly inhabited by women. The women who populate Cutler’s paintings are often similarly dressed and engaged in enigmatic activities such as mending tigers or awkwardly carrying mysterious loads through semi-bucolic landscapes. Though they seem to invoke fantasy worlds, Cutler’s compositions are grounded in the exploration of interior states and are inspired by the complex web of... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 3/6/11
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Was There Art Before Video?

The 2010 SITE biennial opened with the press conference, curators spoke about the exhibition, using words like "quintessential," and "magical."  My expectations for the 2010 biennial grew.  Raising questions about our physical bodies in relation to the advent of technology, the curators call on historical and theatrical references while focusing on the handcraft of video.  Of curse, handmade and video seem to be a contradiction in terms, especially from the viewpoint of the famed... [more]
Posted by cava sphere on 7/26/10
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Was There Art Before Video?

The 2010 SITE biennial opened with the press conference, curators spoke about the exhibition, using words like "quintessential," and "magical."  My expectations for the 2010 biennial grew.  Raising questions about our physical bodies in relation to the advent of technology, the curators call on historical and theatrical references while focusing on the handcraft of video.  Of course, handmade and video seem to be a contradiction in terms, especially from the viewpoint of the famed... [more]
Posted by cava sphere on 7/26/10
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A suite of solo shows

      A suite of solo shows by Terry Allen, Hasan Elahi, McCallum & Tarry, and Kaari Upson. Organized by Laura Steward, SITE Santa Fe’s Phillips Director, and Janet Dees, Thaw Curatorial Fellow. Each of the five artists in One on One profoundly examines the life of one person. The goal of each examination is different, as are the means and the findings. But in each case, the artists use their subjects as mirrors, not only for themselves, but also for the viewers. We are drawn into... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 2/1/10
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Klara's Idiosyncratic World

To enter a gallery populated with Klara Kristalova's creatures is to enter a vaguely sinister and weirdly personal fairy tale. The hand-painted ceramic and bronze figures speak directly to the artist's interior life. A ceramic bust of a woman besieged by moths and another of a woman with vines coming out of her eyes where tears should be both vibrate with the clarity of a dream image you can't forget, but whose context you can't remember. The absurdity of the imagery is paired with simplicity... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 7/26/09
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SITE specific

by E-Slant Team
Los Angeles artist Ruben Ochoa investigates the ways that class and race are expressed in the built environment. Drawing equally from international conceptual practices of the last thirty years and the funk and humor typical of the West Coast scene, he makes videos, public art interventions, sculptures, and installations from concrete, re-bar, dirt, metal fencing, asphalt, and related materials. His best known project, (2006-7) injected photographic murals into a slice of LA’s Interstate 10,... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 6/14/09
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True Story of Leonard

by E-Slant Team
Pennsylvania based artist Brent Green is known for his stop-motion short films in which he combines hand-drawn animations and rickety handmade sets. These works reflect his abiding interest in the strange characters and local stories of his childhood in Appalachia. His 2007 film Carlin was a darkly comic tale, which told of the slow death by diabetes of his Aunt Carlin. Shot in the farmhouse where Green grew up with lifesized handmade wooden characters, the film was imbued with the southern... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 6/28/09
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