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.
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
Nostós Fetish Machine
June 7 – 24
Nostós Fetish Machine
Megaphone audio, surveyor’s tripod, television, lyrics.
Nostos Fetish Machine is a dialogue between a megaphone and a television set. The two inanimate objects are locked in sync as text continuously appears and is read aloud. The dialogue imagines history as something that can touch, be touched, and touch itself, proposing the act of narrating history as both pleasure-seeking and violent. Fluctuating in tone from apologetic, to monotone, to accusatory, the machine implicates viewers as it recites its increasingly defiant lyrics.
Nostós Fetish Machine both draws us in and repels us with a combination of seductive, suggestive words and machine driven automation. Berry uses nostalgic technology (a megaphone and a CRT screen) to heighten our experience as we are both seduced and repelled by the warmth and coldness of the machine. NFM draws upon history, sexuality, nostalgia, and technology to explore the correlations and disconnections between our embodied humanity and our relationship to the machine.
This exhibition is part of Currents New Media Festival, June 7 - 23
and Santa Fe Institute’s InterPlanetary Festival, June 14 - 16