Housed in the back of a custom retrofitted 1970 aluminum stepvan, Axle Contemporary is an art gallery on wheels. We exhibit installation art, performance, works on paper, including photography, drawing, and painting, and occasionally sculpture. Our mobility allows us to visit both typical art venues and unusual ones, such as schools, empty lots, restaurants, grocery stores,and city streets.
Our 6' x 10' exhibition space features high wood ceilings, exposed beams, track lighting and a magnetically based system for displaying unframed works on paper.
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 book publishing, and alternative methods of creation and dissemination of contemporary arts in the public sphere. Axle Contemporary is supported in part by Axle Projects, Inc, a 501 (c)(3) corporation , which is made possible by your donations. Learn more about Axle Projects here
Jerry Wellman’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Holly Solomon Gallery in New York City, Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, The Downey Museum, and The Orange County Center of Contemporary Art in California, The El Paso Museum of Art, and The Revolving Museum in Boston. His drawings were selected for a traveling show sponsored by the Smithsonian. A sculptural installation “Emblems of Hidden Durations” was created for the College of Santa Fe outdoor sculpture series. Another sculptural installation “Tentative Phantom of the Clouds” was commissioned by the city of West Hollywood. The L.A. Weekly selected him to be a featured artist at the Los Angeles Art Expo.
His video animation work has been presented at the Dallas International Video Festival, The Santa Fe International Film festival, The Kidseye festival in Newport RI and won 1st place at the Magnifico Exhibitions at the Albuquerque Museum. Most recently Wellman co-produced a series of animated interstitials with PBS affiliate KNME-TV.
Other awards of note include: Art Matters Foundation Grant, Art Matters Inc. New York City NY. LINE Grant sponsored by the NEA and the state of New York Arts Council; to publish a book of writing and drawing. Disney Scholarship, CALARTS, Valencia, Critics Pick Santa Fe Reporter August 2004
Among his published work; Harvard University Press, catalog illustration, NADA Magazine, Chicago IL, Shadows by Jerry Wellman; a book of writing and illustration, and the quarterly, American Painting. In March 2004 his second book of essays and illustrations, What To Do With A Dead Piñon. Reviews have included the LA Reporter, The LA Weekly, The Pasatiempo, The Santa Fean, The Wild Heart Journal and many others.
Wellman has taught at the Pasadena College of Art and Design, CalArts, and New Mexico State University. He was formerly the head curator at Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art. He is the co-founder, co-director and co-curator of Axle Contemporary Art Gallery
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Matthew Chase-Daniel (né Chase) was born in Cambridge Massachusetts in 1965 and lived in New York City in the1960s. He later raised tadpoles, minnows, and a raccoon, learned to fall off a horse, and hunt morels, wild violets, and rainbow trout in the Berkshire Mountains. In the mid and late 1980s, Chase-Daniel spent three years at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York (B.A.), and three years in Paris, France, where he studied cultural anthropology, photography, and ethnographic film production (Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes & Sorbonne). Since 1989, he has lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico, renovating old houses, growing green chard, and making family and art.
His photography and sculpture have been exhibited across the U.S. and in Europe. He is represented in Santa Monica, California by Craig Krull Gallery. He is the co-founder, co-owner, and co-curator of Axle Contemporary.
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Axle Contemporary in the press
Coffee and Culture, The Richard Eeds Show, Matthew and Jerry talk about our 2019 summer programs, May 2019
Back to the Future - Julia Goldberg in the Santa Fe Reporter on Amanda Lechner's Future Perfect Tense. March, 2019
Iris McLister, Alex DeVore, on the Honey Harris Show, discuss Geoffrey Gorman's Recurdos from a Forgotten War. KBAC, 98.1 FM, April 2018
Photographers trying to capture essence of New Mexico through the people- by Devin Neeley on KOB-TV 9/2016
'E Pluribus Unum' project visits Navajo Nation- by Mike Easterling in the Farmington Daily Times 9/2016
'E Pluribus Unum'- by Elizabeth Hardin-Burrola in the Gallup Independent 8/2016
Matthew and Jerry look backwards and forwards w/ Kathryn Davis on ArtBeat, Dec, 2013
Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican--Community On Wheels, March 2, 2012
High Coup Journal -- Poet Laureate, Haiku Roadsign, 6/11
Adobe Airstream -- Vasulka interview, Jarmark, 5/11
Radio shows & other audio