Monday, April 15, 2019

Danielle Orchard Artist Talk at Tamarind Institute, Weds, April 17, 5:30pm

The Tamarind Institute is hosting an artist talk by Danielle Orchard on Wednesday, April 17 at 5:30pm.  Orchard is the third recipient of the Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency.

The talk will be held at George Pearl Hall Auditorium in the UNM School of Architecture and Planning building across from Tamarind at Central and Cornell Ave.  Seating for the talk is limited and registration is recommended - this can be done at

The talk will also be streamed live on Instagram on the

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Conversation: Contemporary Art Journalism Then and Now at 516 ARTS, Thursday, April 25

516 ARTS and The Magazine Speaker Series kicks off on Thursday, April 25 at 7pm at 516 Arts.  Contemporary Art Journalism Then & Now brings together Bill Peterson, former publisher of ArtSpace Magazine (1976-1993) and Lauren Tresp, publisher of The Magazine.

The Speaker series which is being presented in connection with 516 ARTS current exhibit In Our Own Backyard and continues with two more installments:

Thursday, May 9, 7pm:  Collectors Collect New Mexico I
Christian Mayeur & Annie Poux, Mayeur Projects
Jugnet + Clairet, Artists
At The Magazine Project Space, 1415 W Alameda ST, Santa Fe.

Thursday, May 23 7pm: Collectors Collect New Mexico II
RJ Bailie, Contemporary Art Society of New Mexico (CAS)
Diana Gaston, Director Tamarind Institute
Marisa Sage, Director, Curator University Art Museum NMSU
Nicola López, Emmi Whitehorse, Artists
At 516 ARTS, 516 Central Ave, Albuquerque

In Our Own Backyard is on view at 516 ARTS through June 1. 

Friday, March 15, 2019

Guard Everything Appropriately and All Will Be Well Reception at Sanitary Tortilla Factory Tomorrow @ 5:30pm

For the past couple of days, Nora Wendl has been redacting the trial transcript from van der Rohe vs. Farnsworth in a perfomative action called Guard Everything Appropriately and All Will Be Well at Sanitary Tortilla Factory. You can get some background to the


I stopped in to view the progress late this afternoon and found the task seemingly complete.  
The installation including an accompanying dual projection video will remain on view though tomorrow.
There is a reception tomorrow evening to cap off the performance tomorrow from 5:30 to 7 pm.

The two videos, straddling one corner of the gallery depict an enactment of the performance, the redaction here happening line by line.  In the present instance of the performnce, Wendl has used ink and a brayer to strike the text in broad compositional forms, selectively leaving fragments of the text visible to create a kind of humorous and random concrete poetry while at the same time revealing the obvious animosity within the transcript if not the substance of the interaction documented in the text.

Monday, March 11, 2019

Qué Chola Opening

Parking was at a premium at the National Hispanic Cultural Center on Friday night.  A very full house was on hand on the for the opening reception of Qué Chola.  The opening of the exhibit which will remain on view through August 4, happened to coincide with International Women's Day.  

A series of exhibition tours, related art-making opportunities for adults, and for families and screenings will be scheduled through the run of the exhibit. Schedules for such events can be found on the NHCC Events page. 

An Associated Press story by Russel Contreras on Qué Chola can be found here.

Curator Jadira Gurule making public comments and acknowledements during the opening.

One of two community sourced Chola photo boards on view in the galleries with images imbued with the Chola spirit sent in by the Public.
Detail from one of the Chola boards.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

The Beacon Art Postcard Archive continues...

The Beacon Art Postcard Archive (BAPA) has been resting on the back - way back - burner for awhile now.  However, I recognize the need - if I expect to have this project reach it's potential of documenting the moment of art in Beacon, NY for the past 10+ years and moving forward, I have to be able to capture this material while it's available - so there's no time to waste.

So, what is this BAPA, you might be asking.  The goal of BAPA is to collect the ephemera relating to exhibits and projects that happen in Beacon, NY (and it's near environs) and also track the activities of the artists who are a part of the artistic community of Beacon, NY - whether they are residents of Beacon, NY or live in it's near environs.

So what are we talking about?  We're looking for the physical material that related to exhibits/projects and artist promotion:
  • postcards
  • flyers
  • brochures
  • business cards
  • posters
  • printed artist statements... 
  • digital versions of material
  • exhibition checklists/ price lists
  • ANY thing that might fit this bill, we'll consider.
If you are an art venue in Beacon, NY, or an artist involved in Beacon, NY, we would very much appreciate you donation of a copy of any such material.  For the artists in the area, we are interested in all of the material you have relating to any of your artistic activities - within Beacon or outsided of it - we simply ask that the material coincides with the time in which you have been living or part of the community in Beacon.

One of the goals is to have the material digitized and made part of a fully indexed, cross referenced, searchable website that will document the moment, so digital forms of this material is welcome too (it will save us the effort of scanning or photographing).  However, we are heartily interested in the physical material.  This physical material speaks to one of the most basic levels of self publishing - one that is even now diminishing as more and more of this type of promotion is remaining in it's digital state for digital distribution and not making it into a physical form.

Ultimately, the goal is to donate this material to the Beacon Historical Society.

So, how can you get involved, or participate? 

If you are an artist in the area and are interested, shoot me an email at info[at]  and I'll hook you up with a BAPA envelope in which to collect your material, and we can make the transfer. 

If you happen to have material from any of the art galleries and venues that are no longer around, that is very much appreciated.  We still have known holes we're looking to fill dating back to about 2002 (and before).
BAPA has lived in a box for the past several years, mostly residing at bau.  Although now it's living here at Kamp Maykr in the hopes that I might be able sort through the material at my leisure.  I expect we can locate another collection box at bau in the near future.

Lastly, you can help by spreading the word.  If you're among the folks who have donated material already, thanks so much.  Just remember that this project is ongoing, so your more recent material is welcome.

Please spread the word that this project exists and we are seeking material.  If you know of artists who are new to the area, let them know that they can start donating material and be included in this archive.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Eye Candy Friday: Stop and Go Traffic

I spent three full days in the car last week, running out to Missouri and Arkansas for kicks and family visits last week.  I loathe leaving my home for any period of time - short or long, but once I'm in the car on such a trip (at least, once I get through Pennsylvania, ugh) I'm feeling in the zone.  I'm not driving in a car, I'm really piloting my mind. 
I don't have have a particular fascination for car culture, although I do have a car...and I do have a soft spot for some signifiers of car culture....strip malls, truck stops and the like.

But your ECF selection for today revels in a car culture.  A very small car culture, amplified in the way that only an artist like Chris Burden, unfettered by the limits of obscurity and lack of funds, can do.  The artist's Metroolis II, from 2008 or 2009, I think, is a real adolescent's Hot Wheel's fantasy come true.