Cannupa Hanska Luger & Ian Kuali’i
Rick Yoshimoto & Chrissie Orr
at The Santa Fe Botanical Garden's
Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve through October 28
Open Saturdays and Sundays 9-3
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.
upcoming daily mobile gallery schedule
Mon. October 1
10 am - noon Eastern New Mexico State Fair Parade, Main Street, Roswell
Noon - 10 pm Eastern New Mexico State Fair, Roswell, (either near Arts & Crafts or Commercial Bldg.)
Tues. October 2
Noon - 10 pm
Eastern New Mexico State Fair, Roswell, (either near Arts & Crafts or Commercial Bldg.)
Wed. October 3
9 am - 12pm Stellar Coffee, 315 N Main St, Roswell
1:30 - 3:00pm Pioneer Bank, Main Branch, 3301 N Main St, Roswell
4pm - 7pm Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E College Blvd, Roswell
Send us images and proposals, if you'd like to show at Axle.
works on paper, installation, performance
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 forays into book publishing, and alternative venues for expanded and creative art exhibition. See more here.
Axle Contemporary programming is supported by Axle Projects, Inc. Axle Projects is supported through individual donations, and grants from the City of Santa Fe's 1% Lodgers' Tax and The FUNd of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Exhibitions in the Santa Fe Railyard are made possible through the support of The Railyard Art Project. If you are interested in supporting Axle Projects, visit the website here.
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Calendar of all our upcoming E Pluribus Unum: New Mexico Southeast locations
Participation is free to all. Visitors bring a small object of personal significance, and enter the mobile studio and sit for a black and white photo portrait while holding the object. The objects brought are as diverse as the participants. Objects have included car keys, photos of loved ones on cell phones, artworks, tools, books, food, toys, and vintage collectibles.
Three copies of each portrait are immediately printed with the gallery’s solar-powered printer. One is given to the participant, another is pasted to the exterior of the vehicle, creating a mobile and growing exhibition throughout the span of the project. The third print will later be included in an exhibition in a regional museum or art center. At the close of the project Axle Contemporary Press will publish a book containing all of the portraits, and one image on the cover blending all off the hundreds of portraits into one face, representing the entirety of the community of participants.