Final Friday Salon with MF Baker, Glass Artist
Brilliant glass artist MF Baker will entertain us with a presentation on the special UV-reactive glass objects he has been creating. Look at his pieces under incandescent and black light, hear how he makes them—and what the history of this unusual art form is all about.
Painting Demonstration with Roseta Santiago
Santa Fe painter Roseta Santiago discusses the concepts of inspiration and enchantment and demonstrates her painting process. Special guests include Jesús Bas (Spanish guitar), Michaelann Perea (Dancer), and Anne Pesata (Apache basket weaver and dancer).
Jennifer Tafoya & Ty Moquino
New Works in Clay - Pottery Demonstration
Jennifer Tafoya (Moquino) is a daughter of Ray and Emily Tafoya. The use of realism in their imagery has revitalized the style of sgraffito pottery originated by Joseph Lonewolf in the 1970s. Jennifer has won numerous awards for her pottery and is featured in books such as "Talking with the Clay," "Crafted to Perfection" and "Breaking the Mold." Jennifer has also been featured in recent magazine articles in "Native Peoples Magazine" and "Southwest Art Magazine" and won "Best of Pottery" for a collaborative jar at the 2013 Heard Indian Market Guild. She has continued to be an award-winning potter at Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Indian Market. Jennifer uses the Native American traditional methods, of hand-coiled pottery, then shaping, polishing, and traditionally fired before applying scraffito. She then paints natural ore colors and slips to her designs. She collects and processes all of her pottery materials from natural sources.
Ten years ago, Kibe Seiho had his first solo show in the United States at TAI Gallery in Santa Fe. Now, he is returning to show his new body of work at TAI Modern’s upcoming exhibition Kibe Seiho, in which the artist will showcase his sensitivity to balance and proportion, and his mastery of traditional bamboo basket-making techniques.
In many of his works, Kibe uses susutake, bamboo from the rafters of old farm houses in the area in which he grew up. The bamboo is naturally smoked by hearths built into the floors. Rich caramel tones are the cumulative effect of 100 years or more of human life. The variegation of these individual culms of susutake is prominently featured in 2017’s Blaze.
One of Kibe’s signatures is the use of the complex and challenging chidori plaiting technique, with its delicate x-pattern of hair-thin bamboo strips, as seen in Cloud Dragon. His baskets exude a warmth and quietness that reflect his personality, which is humble, open-hearted, and gentle. Perhaps most remarkable about Kibe’s new work is its incredible increase in both quality and scale, marking the impact that the past ten years has had on his talent as an artist.
New Works & Pottery Demonstration
Frederica Antonio is renown for her intricately painted pottery. She is a sister of Melissa Antonio and a daughter of Mildred Antonio. Each piece is coil built and then finely painted. Her designs are a series of fine vertical and horizontal lines which are then filled in to create larger images in the squares.
QUE LINDA LA BRISA - Panel Disussion
(How Lovely the Breeze) is an exhibition of James Drake's drawings focused on the human figure. The majority of the pieces in the exhibition are a new interpretation of Drake's photo-series of twenty years ago which focused on the population of transgender sex workers who live and work in Ciudad Juárez on the border across from El Paso.
Anita Fields: It's Not Always Black & White, Sometimes It's Gold
Anita is fascinating potter who works with non-traditional clay to create abstracted images of traditional clothing and artifacts along with imagery intended to honor all women, particularly those of Indian descent. Anita was influenced by traditional Osage ribbon work, clothing, and blankets. She also studied the objects and ceremonial dress of other tribes. The personal and emotional elements in these textile designs led Anita to use them symbolically in clay, translating the personality of these vestments into her work. About one of her recent series, Native American Dresses, which are coil and slab built installations, Anita says: "The dresses convey my attitudes toward the strength of women and how native peoples show remarkable resourcefulness and adaptability toward their environment. The clothing Indian women created shows great pride, dignity, and hope in a culture facing insurmountable odds." Over the years Anita has spent a good part of her life traveling and collecting seemingly insignificant items. From these items, these memories, she creates original stamps.
Anita has won numerous awards for her pottery and her work can be found in the permanent collection of museums such as The Heard Museum, the Denver Art Museum and others. She was featured in the book, “Pottery by American Indian Women”. Most recently she won “Best of Pottery” at the 2012 Heard Indian Market.
Creative Santa Fe presents: Cli-Fi: Altered Futures Through Film and Literature
Wednesday, May 22, 2019 from 5:30 – 8:00 PM at the Scottish Rite Masonic Center. This multifaceted evening will include short films, readings by local authors, and opportunities to engage in learning about and taking action on sustainability issues.
This event will explore how our local resources, when combined with the arts, can address the effects of climate change and create a pathway for sustainability for years to come. The first portion of the evening will feature four science fiction short films by directors Suzi Yoonessi, Nanobah Becker, Hugo Perez, and Ramin Bahrani exploring the potential futures of water, waste, and agriculture in the face of climate change. These films are collected from the FutureStates film archive. Following the films, local authors Sarena Ulibarri and Lauren Teffeau will read excerpts from their climate fiction (Cli-Fi) and Solarpunk themed stories. Solarpunk is a movement in speculative fiction that seeks to answer and embody the question “what does a sustainable civilization look like, and how can we get there?”
The book and film presentations will be followed by a discussion of an initiative, led by the Coalition of Sustainable Communities NM and Creative Santa Fe, to explore the development of a sustainable technology center in Santa Fe. This center would serve as an intellectual consortium and physical hub for institutions of higher education, national laboratories, non-profit and business partners to advance research, development and deployment in the area of sustainable technology in New Mexico.
Artist Lecture Series: "How I Became a Western Pop Artist and the Emergence of Contemporary Western Art as a Genre"
One of the originators of the Western Pop Art movement, Billy Schenck incorporates techniques from Photorealism with a Pop Art sensibility to both exalt and poke fun at images of the West. Schenck is known for utilizing cinematic imagery reproduced in a flattened, reductivist style, where colors are displayed side-by-side rather than blended or shadowed. In the August 2014 issue of SouthwestArt magazine, his work was described as “a stance … a pendulum between the romantic and the irreverent.”
Schenck’s artwork is now in 48 museum collections, including Smithsonian Institution, Denver Art Museum, The Autry Museum of Western Heritage, Booth Western Art Museum, Tucson Museum of Art, Phoenix Art Museum, the Mesa Southwest Museum, Museum of the Southwest, Midland TX, Albuquerque Fine Arts Museum and the New Mexico Museum of Art. Private collections include the estate of Malcolm Forbes, Laurance Rockefeller, the estate of Fritz Scholder, and Sylvester Stallone. Corporate collections include American Airlines, IBM, Sony, and Saatchi & Saatchi.
With over 100 solo shows in the U.S. and Europe, career highlights include the Denver Art Museum’s 2011 Western Horizons, the 2013 Utah Museum of Fine Art’s exhibit Bierstadt to Warhol: American Indians in the West, and Masters of the American West Fine Art Exhibition, at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.
A genuine cowboy himself, Schenck is a ranch-sorting world champion and the proprietor of the Double Standard Ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, his home for the past two decades.
Artist Talk | Superscript
This group show unites insurgent members of New Mexico’s formidable community of book artists, along with several artists from across the nation. It is almost entirely composed of large-scale installation works that either incorporate books or are conceptually linked to them.
Penney Bidwell and Matt Doubek present The Poet, a toy capsule vending machine that dispenses snippets of poetry by Adrian Oteiza and Ran Huntsberry. There’s a vinyl window display by Melody Sumner Carnahan and Michael Sumner of the imprint Burning Books, and a series of mixed-media artworks that Erin Mickelson created in collaboration with poetry and image-generating Twitter bots.
I have always been a gatherer. I like to take notice of little things, pick them up, and perhaps after a brief study, put them in my pocket. My studio is full of these things. Over time I send some treasures back out into the world - things like feathers and bones. I have made small and large vessels to hold the others. I build what I call “totem vessels,” an assemblage that pays homage to and holds my gatherings. Over the years I have pondered…what is it, this journey of noticing, gathering, and holding? What story does each item tell and how do we become part of this story? This show represents my reflections and imaginings around this journey of embracing, returning and paying homage.
- Candace Compton Pappas