Basia Irland

Pandemic Elegy

round one of Broadsides

Basia Irland

Pandemic Elegy

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.

 

JULY

Fri17 Rail Yard 4-8pm
Sat18 Canyon Rd 11 am - 5 pm
Sun19 Plaza 10 am - 5 pm
Mon20
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
Mon 27
Tue28 TBA
Wed29 TBA
Thur30 Old Las Vegas Highway (Harry’s)
Fri31 Rail Yard

AUGUST
Sat 1  Canyon Rd
Sun 2 Plaza
Mon 3
Tue 4 TBA
Wed 5 TBA
Thur 6 Dulce
Fri 7 Rail Yard
Sat 8 Canyon Rd
Sun 9 Plaza



Basia Irland
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

Art-in-Nature

 

Cannupa Hanska Luger & Ian Kuali’i 

Frederick Spaulding

Dana Chodzko

Munson Hunt

Rick Yoshimoto & Chrissie Orr

Susan Bruneni

Susannah Abbey

Paula Castillo

Brian Fleetwood

Gina Telcocci

Kathleen McCloud

 

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

Bouquet

Bouquet

Frederick Spaulding

Anemopsis

Anemopsis

Brian Fleetwood

Anemopsis

Anemopsis

Brian Fleetwood

Susannah Abbey

Susannah Abbey

Migrations: A Query

Susannah Abbey

Susannah Abbey

Migrations: A Query

Kathleen McCloud

Kathleen McCloud

Leave it to Beavers

Kathleen McCloud

Kathleen McCloud

Leave it to Beavers

Tethered 2018

Tethered 2018

Site Specific Land Acknowledgement, Healing Action and Indigenous Seed Dispersal, Cannupa Hanska Luger in Collaboration with Ian Kuali'i.

Tethered 2018

Tethered 2018

Site Specific Land Acknowledgement, Healing Action and Indigenous Seed Dispersal, Cannupa Hanska Luger in Collaboration with Ian Kuali'i.

Tethered 2018

Tethered 2018

Site Specific Land Acknowledgement, Healing Action and Indigenous Seed Dispersal, Cannupa Hanska Luger in Collaboration with Ian Kuali'i. Image credit: Dylan McLaughlin

Tethered 2018

Tethered 2018

Site Specific Land Acknowledgement, Healing Action and Indigenous Seed Dispersal, Cannupa Hanska Luger in Collaboration with Ian Kuali'i. Image credit: Dylan McLaughlin

Tethered 2018

Tethered 2018

Site Specific Land Acknowledgement, Healing Action and Indigenous Seed Dispersal, Cannupa Hanska Luger in Collaboration with Ian Kuali'i. Image credit: Dylan McLaughlin

Tethered 2018

Tethered 2018

artists on site, June, 2018

Tethered 2018

Tethered 2018

unfired clay and seed offerings

UP/ROOTED

UP/ROOTED

Rick Yoshimoto and Chrissie Orr

UP/ROOTED

UP/ROOTED

Rick Yoshimoto and Chrissie Orr

UP/ROOTED

UP/ROOTED

Rick Yoshimoto and Chrissie Orr

UP/ROOTED

UP/ROOTED

Rick Yoshimoto at work

Lovers and Friends

Lovers and Friends

Dana Chodzko

Lovers and Friends

Lovers and Friends

Dana Chodzko

Lovers and Friends

Lovers and Friends

Dana Chodzko

Lovers and Friends

Lovers and Friends

Dana Chodzko

Mudma

Mudma

Gina Telcocci

Mudma

Mudma

Gina Telcocci

Mudma

Mudma

Gina Telcocci

Mudma

Mudma

Gina Telcocci

Mudma

Mudma

Gina Telcocci

Reclamation (small) 1, 2 & 3

Reclamation (small) 1, 2 & 3

Munson Hunt

Reclamation (small) 1, 2 & 3

Reclamation (small) 1, 2 & 3

Munson Hunt

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.