Send us images and proposals, if you'd like to show at Axle.
works on paper, installation, performance
Axle Contemporary was founded in 2010 by artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman, as a collaborative work of art, and an innovative vehicle for arts distribution. It has since grown beyond the confines of the mobile exhibition space, and also includes forays into book publishing, and alternative venues for expanded and creative art exhibition. See more here.
Axle Contemporary programming is supported by Axle Projects, Inc. Axle Projects is supported through individual donations, and grants from the City of Santa Fe's 1% Lodgers' Tax and The FUNd of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Exhibitions in the Santa Fe Railyard are made possible through the support of The Railyard Art Project. If you are interested in supporting Axle Projects, visit the website here.
Upcoming mobile gallery schedule
All is on hold for now. We'll update this page as things change.
E Pluribus Unum:New Mexico Southeast
an Axle Contemporary project
Through April 22, 2020
The portraits from our 2018 E Pluribus Unum project will exhibited in museum exhibitions this year.
E Pluribus Unum is Axle’s free mobile photo portrait studio. People sit for a portrait while holding a small personally significant object. Prints are distributed to the participants and wheat-pasted to the exterior of the studio-gallery. For each project, an image is created by overlaying all the portraits to create one face that includes equal portions of all the participants. Each project is published in its entirety as a book.
In October 2018, we spent the month on the road to create E Pluribus Unum: New Mexico Southeast in Roswell, Lovinton, Hobbs, Alamogordo, Tularosa, Carrizozo, Ruidoso, Mescalero, Artesia, Carlsbad, Portales, and Clovis.
The E Pluribus Unum: New Mexico Southeast book with all 950 portraits and one image on the cover blending all off the hundreds of portraits into one face, represents the entirety of the community of participants. The book is $20 and is now available at the exhibition venues and through Amazon here.
Call for Entries
Feminist Art in the Trump Era
juried by Lucy R. Lippard
Axle Contemporary seeks artwork by New Mexico based artists for inclusion in a group exhibition of small work in our mobile artspace.
The exhibition will take place at Axle Contemporary, in Santa Fe, New Mexico from June 26 - July 19, 2020
Each week, for five weeks Axle Contemporary Press will release a chapter, including writing and coloring book illustrations, ready for you to print out and color in.
If you prefer, you can buy the book here.
COVID-19 isolation activity
2017 NM/AZ Book Award winning coloring book
Chapter Two, download here
Chapter three, available April 2
Chapter four, available April 9
Chapter five, available April 16