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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

Matthew Chase-Daniel

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. 


Click here to download a pdf of his C.V.


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Axle Contemporary in the press

Safe Haven- Jesse Wilson: Good Vibes Only- in Santa Fe Reporter, Jan.2024


Jerry Wellman-Curator in Santa Fe Magazine, November 2022

E Pluribus Unum: El Norte on KRQE, 2022

A New Mexico Arts Festival Goes Full Immersive, Hyperallergic, Sept 2022

Jerry and Matthew discuss E Pluribus Unum: El Norte. Coffee and Culture, Sept. 2022

Jason Garcia and Vicente Telles on Coffee and Culture, May 2022

John Flax talks with Matthew Chase-Daniel about Santa Fe For Art's Sake/SURVEY on Coffee and Culture, May 2022


In these challenging times: New anthology features poetry by Santa Fe teens, Pasatiempo, April 2021

Coffee and Culture with Jennifer Viillela, Matthew and Elizabeth Jacobson talk about Everything Feels Recent When You're Far Away, April 2021

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


Art exhibit goes mobile in Santa Fe -- Olivia Harlow in the New Mexican 11/13/18


Mobile Art Gallery Travels Around Southeast New Mexico. Elena Medoza on KRQE: 10/19/18


Mobile Project Rides into Town  Alamogordo Daily News 10/3/18


Mobile photography project...  Ruidoso News 10/2/18


A Traveling Photo Portrait Studio...  Roswell Daily Record 10/1/18


Hobbs, Lovington to host......  Hobbs News-Sun 9/30/18


Wilderness Acts: Art in the Land- Diane Armitage in the/magazine


A Perceptual Ride In A Stationary Van- Stephen Auger talks with Spencer Beckwith on KUNM, 6/9/18


I must be hallucinating: Stephen Auger’s “IRIS” Michael Abatemarco in Pasatiempo 6/8/2018


Iris McLister, Alex DeVore, on the Honey Harris Show, discuss Geoffrey Gorman's Recurdos from a Forgotten War. KBAC, 98.1 FM, April 2018


Semper Fido, Iris McLister, Santa Fe Reporter, April 2018


Wearable Art, Megan Bennet, Journal North, October, 2017


Local artists, authors collaborate on coloring book, Megan Bennet, Journal North, Aug, 2017


Black and white and read all over: "Local Coloring", Michael Abatemarco, Pasatiempo, Aug 2017


Mural Viviente in Seed Broadcast Agri-Culture Journal 2017


Museum exhibit features Diné Portraits, Navajo Times, July, 2017




Different Wavelength, Brain Waves, Shel Neymark, Santa Fe Reporter, June, 2017


Moving Pictures- E Pluribus Unum: Dinétah article in New Mexico Magazine by Andrew Roush March 2017


Review of the book E Pluribus Unum: Dinétah by Jonathan Blaustein in aPhotoEditor 1/2017


Mobile Images of the Navajo Nation- in Forecast Public art Review 10/2016


Leonora Curtin Wetland hosts ephemeral sculpture exhibit- by Arin McKenna in The Los Alamos Monitor, 10/5/16


Capturing a Community- by Donovan Quintero in the Navajo Times 9/2016


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


Traveling Portrait Gallery Will Capture The Faces Of Navajo Nation- by Claire Fallon in the Huffington Post 8/2016


Kindle Project, 2016

Driven: The Generative Nature of Food, Art, And Community -- Claude Smith -- Edible Santa Fe, 2016


3 Questions w/ Matthew Chase-Daniel--Stone Soup, Santa Fe Reporter 10/2015


Four Native Artists Spread the Word About the Pueblo Revolt, by Michael Abatemarco, Pasatiempo, 9/11/2015


Not This Title, Not That by Enrique Limon, Santa Fe Reporter, 5/2015


Axle Indoors by Richard Tobin in THE magazine, 4/15


Axle Indoors by Hannah Hoel in THE magazine, 4/15


Axle Indoors review by Michael Abatemarco in Pasatiempo, 3/6/15


Adobe Airstream:  Axle Indoors at Peters Projects, 3/2015


Visual Art Source: Review of Axle Indoors by Drew Lenihan 2/2015


Accessible ART- Albuquerque Journal North, on Axle Indoors at Peters Projects, 2/13/15


Creative Approaches for Economics, Ecology, And Life-- Green Fire Times --1/2015


Urbanful, Art on the Go:Mobile Galleries Hit the Streets   12/2014


Evolving Intentions in Public Art Symposium, Marina La Palma in THE magazine, Economologies, 11/2014


Tools review by Iris McLister, Pasatiempo, 10/2014


Unconventional artist gives 1500 a lucky-dollar day , Matthew Chase-Daniel's Dollar Distribution, Santa Fe New Mexican, 10/2014


I Raised $1,500 on Kickstarter- Then Gave It All Away: at Matthew Chase-Daniel's Dollar Distribution, 10/2014


ABQ Journal: Take Part in Art, Leave Money Lying Around in Public, Matthew Chase-Daniel's Dollar Distribution, Aug. 2014


Cash Stash, Santa Fe Reporter, Matthew Chase Daniel's Dollar Distribution, August, 2014


“Banal to Trancendent” at Axle in Currents in Hyperallergic, June, 2014


Big in Japan: The Renga Project, Santa Fe Reporter, May, 2014


Allyson Packer's Stop Crying on Parks Artworks


CFile: The Royal Breadshow


Pasatiempo:  Feast at Site Santa Fe (the Royal Breadshow) April, 14


Santa Fe Reporter: Flour Power- The Royal Breadshow


¡COLORES!, KNME TV, E Pluribus Unum: Albuquerque, Jan, 2014


ABQarts, February 2014, cover, E Pluribus Unum: Albuquerque at 516 ARTS


Matthew and Jerry look backwards and forwards w/ Kathryn Davis on ArtBeat, Dec, 2013


Jerry Wellman speaks about Emblems of Hidden Durations w/ Kathryn Davis on ArtBeat, Nov, 2013


Santa Fe Reporter--Hidden, Seeked, Jerry Wellman’s Emblems of Hidden Durations, October, 2013


Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican- “Sign Language” ,The Renga Project, June 2013


Sunset Magazine--The Real Santa Fe, May 2013


Artinfo: Alternatives--Feb., 2013


Santa Fe Reporter--Pussy Riot, Vagina Van for V-Day, Feb., 2013


ABQ Journal (Santa Fe edition) - Process Piece- Cheri Ibes' Cold Storage, Jan., 2013


Santa Fe Reporter-- Feeling Cold, Cold, Cold, - Cheri Ibes' Cold Storage, January, 2013


Jerry Wellman speaks about Axle at TEDx Acequia Madre, Nov, 2012


FDLuxe- Dallas Morning News - The new New Mexico, Sept. 2012


Design Public, June, 2012


E Pluribus Unum: Santa Fe in SITE Santa Fe's Time/Lapse--Santa Fe Reporter--Relapse, 5/12


Town and Country Magazine--Have Art, Will Travel, 4/12.


Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican-- (review of Matthew Chase-Daniel's BODY), 3/12.


Adobe Airstream Art For The Masses, E Pluribus Unum:Santa Fe,  3/12


Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican--Community On Wheels, March 2, 2012


Santa Fe Reporter-- All of Us, E Pluribus Unum:Santa Fe, 2/12


Arts America---Santa Fe Gallery on Wheels, 2/12


Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican-- Ted Larsen's The Party Is Over, 1/12


The Albuquerque Journal--The Art Tourism Party Is Over, Ted Larsen's The Party is Over, 1/12


Santa Fe Reporter--Ted Larsen's The Party Is Over, 1/12


Santa Fe Reporter--The Roadsign More Traveled, Haiku Roadsign, 12/11


Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican-- Itinerant Poetry, Haiku Roadsign, 11/11.


Santa Fe Reporter-- Pumpkin Smashing Party, Enormous Squash, 11/11


Santa Fe Reporter-- Art in the Back of a Truck, 11/11


Santa Fe New Mexican-- Enormous Squash, October, 2011


ABQ Journal--Growin’ Them Big-- Growin’ Them Big, Enormous Squash, 10/11


THE Magazine-- Kathryn M. Davis reviews Borderlines , 7/11


High Coup Journal -- Poet Laureate, Haiku Roadsign, 6/11


Santa Fe Reporter -- Street Haiku, Haiku Roadsign, 6/11


Santa Fean, Art Traffickers,  6-7/11


Adobe Airstream -- Vasulka interview, Jarmark, 5/11


Albuquerque Journal, SF - Faces of Youth, Anne Staveley’s Wheatpaste, 4/11


Phoenix New Times, Haiku Roadsign, 4/11


Albuquerque Journal, SF - Haiku Roadsign, 4/11


Santa Fe New Mexican -- Redefining Art, 4/11


Albuquerque Journal -- Medium of Motion, Jarmark, 4/11


Su Casa --  Spring 2011


Pasatiempo Surfing the 3rd Wave- Kathleen McCloud's Futurology 3/2011


High Coup Journal -- Rolling Art Gallery, Haiku Roadsign, 3/11


Pasatiempo,Nina Mastrangelo’s Dynafluxian Exuberance , 2/11


The New York Times -- Let it Roll: Santa Fe’s Art A Go-Go, 2/11


THE magazine -- Universe of Axle -- Feb/Mar/2011


FiniteFoto -- The Roving Art Piece, 10/10


Santa Fe Reporter Review -- Axle Rose review of Matthew Chase-Daniel's Sun, Flower, Seed, 10/10


Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe Edition -- Dream Come True -- Sept. 2010


Adobe Airstream -- Sept. 2010


Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican -- A Van Garde --  Sept. 2010


Santa Fe Reporter -- Truck It -- Sept. 2010


Jerry Wellman

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


Click here to download a pdf of his C.V.


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Many Videos here on our YouTube Channel




Radio shows & other audio

Jerry and Matthew on E Pluribus Unum: El Norte - Coffee + Culture
Jason Garcia and Vicente Telles - Coffee + Culture
John Flax on SURVEY - Coffee + Culture
Burning Books/SantaFeForArt'sSake 2022 - Coffee & Culture
Matthew and Jerry talk about our 2019 summer programs, May 2019 - Coffee and Culture, The Richard Eeds Show
Matthew and Jerry with Richard Eeds on KTRC - Talking about EPU NM Southeast, Wilderness Acts and...
Stephen Auger on KUNM with Spencer Beckwith - Talking about IRIS
The Honey Harris Show - deVore & McLister on G. Gorman installation, 2018
The Honey Harris Show - Guy Cross & Matthew Chase-Daniel talk about HOLY MISERY
Artbeat with Kathryn M. Davis - Taking with Cary Cluett about COOL FIRE
Collected Words on KVSF - Matthew chats w/ Christopher Johnson
Stone Soup - Matthew and Jerry on ArtBeat w/ Kathryn Davis
Axle Indoors at Peters Projects - Jerry, Matthew and Ylise Kessler, with Kathryn Davis on Artbeat Radio, KVSF
Tips for Artists / ArtBeat 10/14 - Jerry & Erin Elder w/Kathryn Davis
Axle on Living Juicy 10/14 - Matthew & Jerry w/Rhea Goodman
Economologies Roundtable 8/14 - part one at SFAI
Economologies Roundtable 8/14 - part two at SFAI
on Economologies / ArtBeat 9/14 - Matthew w/Kathryn Davis
on Economologies 8/14 / Julia Goldberg Show - Jerry & Matthew w/ Julia
on Renga / SF Radio Cafe 6/14 - Jon Davis & Matthew w/ Mary-Charlotte Domandi
on Renga / Collected Words 6/14 - Matthew & Renga Poets w/ Chris Johnson
on Axle / Honey Harris Show 2014 - Matthew/Guy Cross/Laura Shields/Honey
The Comedy Cart / ArtBeat 6/13 - Mark Feigenbutz w/ Kathryn Davis
N(o)stalgia / ArtBeat 3/13 - Cannupa Hanska Luger & Jerry w/ Kathryn Davis
The Art of The Chair / ArtBeat 10/12 - Matthew w/ Kathryn Davis
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