Upcoming mobile gallery schedule
Closed for repairs! Should ready to roll by Wednesday, we hope!!
Andrea Vargas, Axle Contemporary, and two California-based toy designers have partnered to transform the look of the Axle Contemporary mobile artspace next month. In fact, gallery visitors will be tempted to assume that Axle is selling ice cream and candy now, but they’ll discover that its signage does not read ICE CREAM but “ICE SCREAMS – MELT THE ICE.”
On November 12, 2019, TIME Magazine reported 69,550 children and families in US detention camps. Thousands of children “vanished” while in custody, and others died, some as young as two. Many detained families reported becoming ill after surviving the conditions of what is called the “hielera,” the ice box.
The mission of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is to protect America from threats to national security and public safety — but this new art installation confirms that families should not be separated under the guise of national security.
This desire is also shared by our new Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernandez, who contacted Vargas on the night of the presidential inauguration to share that Vargas’ community art installations inspired her to write a bill to reunite separated families.
Visitors to Axle in February and March will have a chance to also make their own voices heard. In fact. you will be welcome to “scream” first, and then take action by participating in a mail campaign: Special postcards will be available to send back to Congress in support of legislation to reunite families and bring healing to our communities.
This exhibition is part of Axle Contemporary BROADSIDES series. Broadsides is a series of large-scale wheatpaste interventions on the exterior of the Axle Contemporary mobile artspace.
Join us for a vehicle caravan from Capital High to Canyon Road on Saturday March 13th. Meet at 11 am outside Capital High. Flags and banners for your car provided. Axle will lead the way!
Learn a bit more about our projects in this nice interview by Jordan Eddy from form & concept / Zane Bennett Gallery: https://zanebennettgallery.com/blog/56/
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. See more here.
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works on paper, installation, performance
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 SuLiCa. 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.