round one of Broadsides
round one of Broadsides
July 17 – August 9
Basia Irland has been painting bamboo leaves with images of winged boats, as a way to to honor those who have died of the coronavirus. The series of small paintings is entitled Pandemic Elegy. We have selected these for Round 1 of Broadsides. Prints made from these paintings, in various sizes, cover the Axle Contemporary mobile artspace.
Pandemic Elegy design layout by Derek Irland.
Broadsides is a series of Covid-safe exhibitions on the exterior of the Axle Contemporary Mobile Artspace. The artworks can be seen while driving or walking.
Fri17 Rail Yard 4-8pm
Sat18 Canyon Rd 11 am - 5 pm
Sun19 Plaza 10 am - 5 pm
Tue21 SNatural Grocers 11-5
Wed 22 Children's Museum 11-5
Th 23 La Montanita 11-5
Fr24 Rail Yard
Sat 25 Shake Foundation
Sun 26 Plaza
Thur30 Old Las Vegas Highway (Harry’s)
Fri31 Rail Yard
Sat 1 Canyon Rd
Sun 2 Plaza
Tue 4 TBA
Wed 5 TBA
Thur 6 Dulce
Fri 7 Rail Yard
Sat 8 Canyon Rd
Sun 9 Plaza
Fulbright Scholar, Basia Irland is an author, poet, sculptor, installation artist, and activist who creates international water projects. Many of these projects are featured in her books, Water Library (University of New Mexico Press, 2007) and Reading the River: The Ecological Activist Art of Basia Irland (edited with Museum De Domijnen, 2017). These books focus on projects the artist has created over four decades in Africa, Canada, Europe, South America, Southeast Asia, and the United States.
Through her work, Irland oﬀers a creative understanding of water while examining how communities of people, plants, and animals rely on this vital element. She is Professor Emerita, Department of Art and Art History, University of New Mexico, where she established the Arts and Ecology Program. She often works with scholars from diverse disciplines building rainwater harvesting systems; connecting communities and fostering dialogue along the entire length of rivers; ﬁlming and producing water documentaries; sculpting hand-carved ice books embedded with native riparian seeds; and creating waterborne disease projects around the world.
Irland writes a blog for National Geographic about international rivers, written in the ﬁrst person, from the perspective of the river. Her 2015 TEDx talk in Vail, Colorado was entitled We ARE the River: Urine Watershed – Planting Seeds. Irland lectures and exhibits extensively and was the only artist invited to participate in the Foundation for the Future’s International World Water Crisis Forum in Seattle, Washington, 2010. In November 2015 – February 2016, she had a major retrospective exhibition, Reading the River, at the Museum De Domijnen, Sittard, the Netherlands, curated by Roel Arkesteijn.
Wilderness Acts 2018
Cannupa Hanska Luger & Ian Kuali’i
Rick Yoshimoto & Chrissie Orr
with The Santa Fe Botanical Garden's
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve
September 1 – 23 in Axle
All of September and October at the wetlands preserve
Opening for both shows: at the wetlands preserve, Saturday, Sept.1 , 1- 4 pm
This pair of exhibitions explores the relationship between art and nature, creates awareness of our local natural resources, and promotes wetland and ecological conservation. The artists will create ephemeral sculptural artworks using natural materials in sites in the Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve in La Cienega. Works will be on view at the preserve throughout the months of September and October. A companion exhibition of related works by the same artists will open in the Axle Contemporary mobile gallery on September 1 and continue through September 23. This is the third iteration of the Wilderness Acts Biennial, which began in 2014. Works in this exhibition include a small shelter constructed from "invasive" saplings, a day-long performance ritual of seed distribution, and beavers sculpted from mud.
The Santa Fe Botanical Garden's Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve is a 35-acre nature preserve and home to a rare natural cienega (marsh) and hosts a bountiful diversity of plants and wildlife.
presented by Axle Contemporary and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden
DIRECTIONS: The preserve is located on the I-25 West Frontage Road south of Santa Fe. From I-25 take Exit 271 for “La Cienega” and turn right onto West Frontage Road heading north. The parking lot entrance is 1½ miles north after turning onto West Frontage Road. From New Mexico State Road 599 (NM-599), turn south onto West Frontage Road heading toward the Downs at Santa Fe Race Track. The parking lot entrance is two miles south of the Downs at Santa Fe Race Track.