INSTALLATION ART SERIES
The installation “998” is a 3D wall suspended installation created by 998 points of connection. The piece is made from dried seedpods and cross sections of stalks from the sisymbrium altissimum (tall tumble mustard) plant. The plant materials are assembled into segmented “lines.” There are a total of 17 “lines” in the installation. Each line is suspended in space by connecting to the two opposing long walls of the gallery area. The ends of each line are inserted into pinholes 1/4” deep into the walls and held in place by another seed pod with tension and gravity. The pinholes are placed near the top of the wall in a horizontal organization. All holes are level with one another on a linear grid, placed 6 inches apart, spanning 8 feet wide. The 17 lines contain a total of 998 points of connection that resemble small jewels on a strand. Of the 17 lines, 5 have a "missed connection" resulting in a 5 broken lines, so these line ends dangle without spanning the distance, and do not connect the two walls. The ends of each line are attached to the walls diagonally across from each other, causing an loose, intertwined and irregular criss-cross arrangement in space. The nature of the material contributes to the organic lines ‘drawn’ in space, so that no two lines are the same in shape or low. The lines are created by gravity and the natural growth pattern of the plant material so each line has its own unique curls, slopes and twists. The lines intersect and loop around and sometimes support each other. (March 19-April 18)
Santa Fe Poet Laureate Elizabeth Jacobson
YouthWorks' Santa Fe Community Screenprinting
Santa Fe Community Gallery
New Mexico School for the Arts
POETRY AND ART
Working in collaboration with Santa Fe Poet Laureate Elizabeth Jacobson and YouthWorks' Santa Fe Community Screenprinting, Axle has developed a civic project for high school teenagers that combines poetry and visual arts. The venture encompasses the study and crafting of poems, designing and silk-screening excerpts from these new poems on t-shirts, photographic portraiture, readings, publication of an anthology (including photographs and visual art), and public exhibition. Poetry and visual arts mutually encourage expression of observations and emotional insights. Honoring young poets with mentorship, and with a portrait that includes their writing, recognizes them as individuals and emerging artists. An exhibition will be presented as part of the Broadsides series on the exterior of the Axle Contemporary Mobile Artspace, and possibly in other Covid-safe presentations around the city. (April 30- May 23)
INSTALLATION ART SERIES
Good Will Prevail
Components include a couch and two chairs covered in up-scaled thrift store crochet, a latched-together latch hook rug, plastic canvas screens and shelving unit and television, “Home Sweet Home” embroideries, and a coffee table with mosaic. covering the whole of the space: floor, walls, and ceiling. (May 28-June 27)
Coloring Books: Community: This project is organized as a collaboration with ARTsmart and Santa Fe Public Schools. Working with invited visiting artists, and five Title One Santa Fe Public Schools, several hundred students in grades K through 8 will create coloring book page drawings on the theme of "community." These drawings, along with content from the visiting artists will be published in a series of Coloring Books published by Axle Contemporary Press and distributed for free to participating students and other students in the participating schools. The project will take place during the Spring of 2021.
Axle Online will present a New Media interactive exhibition from June 18-27, 2021 as part of the Currents International New Media Festival.