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Santa Fe's Own Art World Outsiders Bring Us Into the Realm of Ice and Art

by Lauren Tresp
Although collaborative artist duo SCUBA arrived in Santa Fe relatively recently in 2011, it seems about time they participate in a major solo exhibition. Comprised of Sandra Wang and Crockett Bodelson, the collaborative partners have become the darlings of the Santa Fe emerging artists scene, bringing playful and accessible innovation to the all-too-often stuffy offerings of Santa Fe’s conventional art market. The pair met in San Francisco in 2007, and formed SCUBA in 2008. Shortly after their arrival in Santa Fe, they opened the short-lived Caldera Gallery in 2012, a small artist-run s... [more]
Posted by Lauren Tresp on 2/20/14
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“The Push of a Button”

by Lauren Tresp
Santa Fe is situated approximately thirty-five miles southeast of Los Alamos, New Mexico, birthplace of the atomic bomb during World War II. Despite or maybe (subconsciously) in spite of this proximity, the two locations couldn't be more different. Santa Fe is a Southwestern mecca of arts, culture, and tourism, offering up countless spiritual traditions, speckled with alternative health and wellness options, and fiercely loyal to its charming adobe style. Just up the hill, tucked away on the mesas of the Pajarito Plateau is Los Alamos, a sleepy town hastily constructed to service the Los Alamos... [more]
Posted by Lauren Tresp on 11/15/13
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Until The End of the World

by Kate Skelly
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 prognostications, it is clear that mankind has always been beguiled by the idea of its own undoing. L... [more]
Posted by Kate Skelly on 1/24/13
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The Plush Life

by Kate Skelly
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 peacocks I found on a street corner. While I unquestionably prefer my current living situation to this previo... [more]
Posted by Kate Skelly on 11/21/12
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Watchlist Artist: Jesse Vogler

Jesse Vogler is currently showing his works in a group show titled 'Dust in the Machine' at CCA Santa Fe from Sep. 21 till Nov. 25, 2012. The twentieth century spawned the industrialization of the American West. With its suburban developments, water diversion projects, oil and natural gas rigs, power plants, atomic laboratories, military testing grounds, and sophisticated roadways, the western states have become a landscape of mechanization. This machine is at once necessary and destructive, sophisticated and aging, natural and artificial; it is the life blood and the nemesis, the crux of mod... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 9/26/12
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Jackson Archive

George O. Jackson has had exhibitions at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the San Antonio Museum of Art and El Museo Nacional de Anthropologia in Mexico City. His work has been published in Assemblage, a critical journal of architecture and design published by MIT press from 1986 to 2000. His most recent exhibition  was in Paris, France. This will be his first exhibition in Santa Fe. The photographs in this exhibition reference prominent art historical figures including Rene Magritte and Salvador Dali, while others pay homage to contemporary New Mexico artists Larry Bell, Ken Price and pro... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/21/12
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Mokha Laget

Center for Contemporary Arts is proud to present Mokha Laget's Crux in the Spector Ripps Project Space. A new body of "architectonic paintings" by French-American artist Mokha Laget, Crux features the artist's "Bildung" series, (16th century German concept of unfolding potentialities via spiritual and philosophical approaches designed to liberate the programmed mind.) The work explores archetypal symbols, such as the cross, and the conditioned responses they elicit. As former assistant to Washington Color School artist Gene Davis, Laget laces her acrylic, pigmen... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/3/11
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Sam Orlandi: The Internal Dialogue

      Sam Orlandi was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He has been intrigued by the ephemeral quality of discarded objects since he can remember. Working instinctively with found, collected and chosen materials, and establishing a conversation with the viewer is the primary objective. As a result, the work becomes a conscious act of aggressive yet extremely selective repurposing. The symbols, themes and languages that inhabit his enigmatic images represent an ongoing internal dialogue: A running commentary about the nature of his heritage and how it relates to immigration, life in... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/25/10
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Marcellin Simard

      Persistence of Vision, a solo exhibition by Marcellin Simard in the spector ripps project space, will feature paintings, sculpture, and mixed-media installation. Transcending the barriers and constraints of daily reality, Simard conjures a hallucinatory and vertiginous world where nightmare fades to dream, children are warrior-saviors, and the fantastic is animated. Simard’s work treads a fine line of magic between peril and salvation. Simard combines the people and situations of his waking life with deep subconscious explorations to create allegorical paintings. These contemporary... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/9/09
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Plausibility of Orthodoxy

"On Earth as they are in Heaven" is a collection of works inspired by the traditional religious icons of Byzantium and Greece. Raised in the Catholic tradition, I always connected strongly with religious art, particularly the icon. On arrival to Santa Fe 5 years ago, my dormant christianity mingled with the deep rooted christian traditions here to wake in me the discussion this work is about-the plausibility and credibility of orthodoxy. Teetering between parody and tribute, this exhibition is a collection of newly realized "icons" plucked from our contemporary frame of celebrity references,... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 11/7/09
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An Ecological Language

by E-Slant Team
CCA presents ice sculptures and photography by Basia Irland in their spector ripps project space. Irland continues her series of hand-carved ice books, which are embedded with local native riparian seeds and gifted to rivers, the arteries of our land. receding/reseeding emphasizes the necessity of communal effort and scientific knowledge to deal with the complex issues of climate disruption and pollution of watersheds. For some of these ice books, water is gathered from a local river by participants, who add it to a canteen, and hand it to others who collect more creek water, illuminating th... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 7/12/09