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 is a Santa Fe based artist whose cultural work includes curatorial projects, performance, writing, video and studio production. Wellman earned an MFA from CalArts. 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, The Revolving Museum in Boston, and The Paseo Project in Taos, NM. His drawings were selected for a traveling show sponsored by the Smithsonian. His work with Axle Contemporary has been exhibited at SITE Santa Fe, 516 Arts in Albuquerque, The. Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock AZ, The Western Heritage Museum in Hobbs NM and the Roswell Art Center in Roswell NM. Awards of note include: Art Matters Foundation Grant, LINE Grant, Puffin Grant, and an NEA grant. 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 artspace
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Matthew Chase-Daniel was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1965 and lived in New York City in the 1960s. In the mid and late 1980s, Chase-Daniel studied at the Ojai Foundation in Ojai, California, at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York (B.A.), and 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, making family, and roaming the landscape to make his art. His photography and sculpture have been exhibited across the U.S. and in Europe. He is the co-founder, co-owner, and co-curator of Axle Contemporary, a mobile gallery of art, founded in 2010.
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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