Everything Feels Recent When You're Far Away
Santa Fe Poet Laureate Elizabeth Jacobson
YouthWorks' Santa Fe Community Screenprinting
Santa Fe Community Gallery
New Mexico School for the Arts
Together, Santa Fe Poet Laureate Elizabeth Jacobson, Axle Contemporary, YouthWorks, Santa Fe Community Screenprinting, and The New Mexico School for the Arts have been working on a project over the past year. 50 high school students have crafted poems, designed excerpts from their poems with images to be screenprinted as shirts and prints, and created photographic portraits. The entire project is collected in an anthology published by Axle Contemporary Press, and presented as exhibitions at Axle and the Railyard Performance Center, and in a reading at Collected Works. (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)
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. (opens July 2)
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.