“BREAKING THE BLOCK”
ARTISTS CONFRONT CREATIVE OBSTACLES
DECEMBER 16, 2016– MARCH 3, 2017
Opening, Friday, DECEMBER 16, 5-7 pm
Santa Fe, NM—The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission announces an exciting new Community Gallery exhibit, “Breaking the Block” on display December 16, 2016 through March 3, 2017. The exhibit features twenty artists from throughout New Mexico who are facing creative challenges in the studio head on.
All artists face creative blocks in the studio. Artists’ studios contain unfinished artworks that were failed experiments, incomplete thoughts, stubborn subjects or technical fails. Participating artists were handed the challenge of breaking through those creative blocks and creating an entirely novel piece anew. Has the artist garnered new insight since that original failure? Will the art work be a new and improved version of itself or will it change completely? How much of the original piece will be legible? “Breaking the Block” is an exhibit about second chances, fresh starts and the process of mining successes from failures. Photographs of original, unfinished works will be displayed next to the finished final pieces, giving viewers a chance to explore how each artist reached resolution.
Participating artists include: Sande Anderson, Francisco Benitez, Susan Case, Christy Georg, Deeda Hull, Will Karp, Siddiq Khan, Jayne Levant, Mark Levin, Judy Naumburg, Thomas Osgood, Michael Sharber, Jane Shoenfeld, Romi Sloboda, Harriette Tsosie, Shawn Turung, Andrea Isabel Vargas, Ruth Weston, Darrell Wilks and Nolan Winkler.
“Creative block is a phenomenon that affects visual artists as well as writers, musicians and others in the arts. The intent of this exhibit is to encourage artists to confront those blocks, push through them and share their strategies with the public.” states Rod Lambert, Community Gallery Manager. “Through the exhibit and its related programming, we offer visual artists and other creatives the tools and encouragement to face their unfinished works with a new perspective.”
In conjunction with the run of the exhibit, the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission will present a series of programming that addresses topics relevant to the theme. All events take place at the Community Gallery, 201 West Marcy Street, inside the Santa Fe Community Convention Center and are free and open to the public. For more information call, 505-955-6705 or email [bot protected email address].
The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission (SFAC), an agency within the municipal government of the City of Santa Fe, provides leadership by and for City government in supporting arts and cultural affairs. The SFAC also recommends programs and policies that develop, sustain and promote artistic excellence in the community. For more information contact the SFAC at 505-955-6707, email [bot protected email address], or by fax 505-955-6671.