75 x 51 inches , gesso and oil on canvas
from the artist
In light of these times the word "darkness" holds a special resonance. I am thankful to contribute.
Born in Boston, Greta Young is a Santa Fe artist who studied at the California College of the Arts in Oakland California. There she started experimenting with mixed media on cardboard. She now focuses on combining drawing with painting, using black and white gesso, oil paint and oil stick on canvas.
Her work was selected by the Menil Collection curator Toby Kamps for an 8 person exhibit, “Art on the Edge” at the New Mexico Museum of Art in 2013. Her work was included in the “Atomic Surplus” exhibit at the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, and she was the featured artist in the “Atomic Surplus” review in ARTnews, 2014. Her works have been seen in numerous exhibitions across the country.
From our juror, Andrea Hanley
The overall graphic quality and overlapping of both tone and color in this painting is effective. While darkness is the partial or total absence of light, the connections between the negative spaces in the piece are compelling. And now more than ever, black is beautiful.
Danielle Rae Miller
King Snakes with Yerba Mansa
ink on vellum, 100" x 36"
In this drawing I chose plants, insects, birds, and reptiles that are either indigenous to the Middle Rio Grande Valley, or invasive species that arrived with colonization. For me, it is beautiful because of its resilience. It is also a problematic space, actually and symbolically. Is it possible for us to unbraid all this? I wish to be present to and acknowledge the coexistence of all of it, to begin the work of listening more deeply and taking stronger action to repair the damage of our invasions.
Danielle Rae Miller lives on Tewa land near the bosque in Albuquerque New Mexico. She has her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from the University of New Mexico. Her work has been described as “beautifully drawn, tightly composed, gently phantasmagoric”.
From our juror, Jared Antonio-Justo Trujillo
I chose this piece for a few reasons.
One, being that’s it’s beautifully done
It has a nice balance and composition to it.
The way the artist captures Life and death and the way they coexist is lovely.
All the elements seem to dance in unison , making it in my opinion a strong piece.
But I suck at articulating my words. So here’s some thing that fits perfectly with this piece.
from The DIY Machines series
The DIY Machines verbally directs viewers through the building process of electrical DIY machines. Using copper wire and an assortment of trash, these devices conjure imaginings. This series examines objects in a state of disuse. It utilizes the disembodied femme voice and mimics YouTube How To Guides (borrowing the language of ASMR, new age conspiracy channels, etc.). This work questions function and use. It fortifies broken items and tenderly identifies with them, granting them new potential.
Born and raised in New Mexico, Jazmyn Crosby is currently living in Philadelphia where she is pursuing her MFA at the Tyler School of Art. She received a BFA from the University of New Mexico in addition to attending the Glasgow school of Art in Scotland and The Academy of Art Architecture and Design in the Czech Republic. She has worked as an educator and a event facilitator with STEAM initiatives in New Mexico, she plays music under the name Glitter Vomit, and she is a founding member of the Graft gallery/collective.
From our juror, Karina Hean
I was looking at how a work creatively explores permutations of the word DIRECT...this work/series approaches DIRECT by balancing clever and tender notes and results in an experience of indirectly pondering the notion DIRECT, which I am partial to as it opens up the mind to consider mysterious purpose.
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.