In The Window - StoreFront Art Installations Project
In the Window - StoreFront
In 2011, the City of Santa Fe Arts Commission launched its first In-the-Window project, coordinating art installations for windows with local artists, merchants and property owners. Artists responded to a “Call for Artists” and were selected through a panel review and then matched with property owners willing to donate their space for 90 days. The City’s “Buy Into It! program paid for stipends and related costs for the program through Economic Development funds.
Shaun Gilmore - "Eye of the Storm"
StoreFront Site location: 201 W. Marcy Street (City of Santa Fe Community Gallery)
For Gallery Information contact: Rod Lambert at: e-mail
is a painter who has spent a significant portion of her life as an artist in the world of motion and modern dance. From 1980-1991 she was based in Chicago and worked as a dancer, choreographer and assistant director of THE CHICAGO MOVING COMPANY
Movement in space has become central to her work as a visual artist and she will be forever grateful for the unique perspectives that dance and performance have opened up to her. Ms. GILMORE graduated with honors from the University of Michigan with a BFA in painting and photography. She has since studied painting with Susan Rothenburg and Squeak Carnwath at the Santa Fe Art Institute as well as photography with Barbara Crane at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Her work has been represented by Linda Durham Contemporary Art in New Mexico, Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, CFA Gallery in San Anselmo, CA. and Gebert Contemporary in Arizona.
"EYE OF THE STORM CURTAIN"
'EYE OF THE STORM CURTAIN' is part of a larger series (WHETHER/WEATHER) based on
weather patterns, both atmospheric and emotive. This large, hanging sculpture has been 5 years in the making with many adjustments along the way. It hangs from an acrylic support structure formed in the shape of an oculus with a painted surface that mimics the smaller, laminated pieces that hang from the framework.
Within the laminations are collaged bits of art announcements, india ink and acrylic paint. Other works in the series that are in progress or finished include 'SNOW CURTAIN', 'CYCLONE', 'STORM CURTAIN 'and 'FIRESTORM'.
Nina Mastrangelo’s - “Metamorphosis of Structures of Dynafluxian Exuberance”
StoreFornt Site: 500 Montezuma (Sanbusco)
Property Manager: Schepps Management
Property website: www.sanbusco.com
For Property Information Contact: Karen Mondragon at: e-mail
is currently represented in Santa Fe by Axle Contemporary. Some of her work can be viewed at http://www.axleart.com/index/Nina_Mastrangelo.html
Previous installations include; LACE’s "Cotton Building", LAICA’s "Spaces" in Los Angeles, "Room 202"
Art Motel, "And And And" at Storefront Gallery in San Francisco, and "Carroboree" at the Armory in Iowa City. Most recently, Mastrangelo exhibited at Axle Contemporary during their winter installation series and created a permanent tile installation for Legion Arts, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Mastrangelo designed tiles for La Luz Studio and instructs in art.
"METAMORPHOSIS OF STRUCTURES OF DYNAFLUXIAN EXUBERANCE"
Nina Mastrangelo’s istallation "Metamorphosis of Structures of Dynafluxian Exuberance" consists of over 500 watercolor paintings are linked and juxtaposed to create continuous and discontinuous rhythms that allow the viewers eye to find suggested abstract and figurative connections.
Max Lehman - "PARADISE OF THE RAIN GOD OR PARAISO DE TLALOCAN"
StoreFront Site: Santa Fe Arcade, 50 W. San Francisco .
Property Manager: Southwest Management, Inc.
Property Website: www.plazamercado.com
For Property Info Contact: Philip Garcia at: e-mail
Originally from Fort Knox Kentucky Max Lehman (MaxL) presently resides in Nambe, New Mexico. Where he maintains his studio and is rehabilitating an old family farm with his partner and four dogs. Max attended college at Arizona State University in the early 80’s, studying for a degree in intermedia (now known as media arts), while also studying Pre-Columbian art history. Most of his training in ceramics came by practical experience. He apprenticed at the F&R Pottery Studio in Cave Creek, north of Phoenix, during his college years. He later went on to work for the Red Horse Clay Company, managing the production studio and designing images for their line of southwestern interior accessories. Currently Max is both a full time artist and webmaster which provides the unique perspective of daily moving between a virtual sphere to the tactile realm of clay. He occasionally teaches both disciplines
at the Santa Fe Community College. Visit Max Lehman's website at:
"PARADISE OF THE RAIN GOD OR PARAISO DE TLALOCAN"
This installation is an interpretation of the "rain god" mural from the Tepantitla complex in the ancient Mexican City of Teotihuacan. In the depiction from the Tepantitla compound, the Great Goddess appears with vegetation growing out of her head, perhaps a world tree or morning glory vines. Birds, spiders and butterflies appear on the vegetation and water drips from its branches and flows from the hands of the Great Goddess. Water also appears to be flowing from her lower body. My reinterpretation of the mural depicts the goddess in her form as a rabbit also associated with the moon with two attendant figures offering supplication in the hope for an abundant rainfall. This piece was built during the period early this spring and summer when the fires were bad with the hope for an end to the drought and the return of our summer monsoon.
Sarah Beckstrom - "Fertile Ground"
StoreFront Site location: 150 W. Marcy Street
Property Manager: Sothebys
Property Website: www.santafesir.com
Property Owner: La Esquina, LLC
For Property Info Contact: Paul Duran at: e-mail
Sarah Beckstrom http://www.sarahbeckstrom.com
has been actively involved in arts and photography since 1993. Her creative work is rooted in the photographic process and has traveled from traditional study -- years in the darkroom learning the intricacies of silver and light
processes -- to exploring photography as new media in the contemporary world of digital cameras and computers. Sarah also creates installation pieces that utilize space and other arts media such as music/sound, video, text, performance, light, and other mixed-media to allow for a more multidimensional experience. Her pieces transport the viewer through every facet of the human condition in relationship to self, land, each other, body, and Spirit, taking you through multiple dimensions in the experience of timelessness. She has exhibited both photography and installation extensively in her native Chicago and other cities since 1996 and has received awards from the Illinois Arts Council, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, and the Santa Fe Arts Commission and has photography in many private collections including The Prentice and Paul Sack Photographic Trust at SFMOMA. Since moving to New Mexico in 2008, Sarah has deepened her interest in incorporating elements of our natural environment into her installations and in creating public works of art. She has also been expanding into other studies that have greatly influenced her life and creative work, including consciousness studies at The School for Humanity and Awareness (Atlanta) and Gabrielle Roth’s 5 Rhythms Dance (Global).
Fertile Ground is an inner landscape. The vision for the installation came as I was going through my past, in the form of 100’s of silver gelatin prints from my many years spent in the darkroom printing photographs I had taken in Europe, Central America, parts of the Middle East, and the U.S. Earlier this year I began opening all my portfolios and boxes of prints from these years traveling and living and working in Chicago and initially felt a need to release them or to transform them somehow as I felt they (memories and old energy present in the artwork) were holding me back from fully moving into the new space I have been cultivating over the past few years. As I began working on the installation, the intention came to be about allowing all the pieces of my experience to exist together, honoring this beautiful space within, and focusing on creating a quality of space that was about growth, creation, mindful care, beauty, and love. I realized that it was not about trying to be free of these prints or my past, or trying to affect transformation, but honoring all of it and letting it be. As I am planting new seeds and nurturing my own "fertile ground" for creation and growth, these seeds of experience that have already been planted will also thrive and grow in their own way. I have also been navigating the transition from living in an urban environment to living in a smaller, quieter place that has more open space and is closer to the natural world so the environment for the installation is also about contrasts: urban and natural, past and present, old-identity and new-identity, masculine and feminine, active and receptive, and integrating these different worlds, or pieces of ourselves. While this piece is a reflection of my inner landscape and personal process, Fertile Ground is available to anyone aware of the constant movement between inner worlds of experience and has the desire to unify these contrasts in order to be truly present, honoring, and grounded in a place where dualities merge and inner landscapes can flourish.
Valerie Rangel - "FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN"
StoreFront Site: Starbucks (downtown) 106. W. San Francisco Street
is a papercut artist of mixed heritage. Though not formally trained in art, she began papercutting fifteen years ago, largely influenced by her cultural heritage and love of Science and History. In 2008, Valerie found a small business, Ch’osh Lichii Designs, which started as a small greeting card business that sold original papercut designs at local gift shops in downtown Santa Fe and has grown to include fine art framed papercuts. The name "Ch’osh Lichii", translated from Dine’ bizaad, means "Red Bug," also known as a "Ladybug." Many Indian tribes of the Southwest consider Ladybugs a sign of ‘good luck’ and ‘good fortune." Papercutting evolved uniquely throughout the world, adapting to different cultural themes and significances. The oldest papercuts found in China, were preserved between two slabs of stone, and date back to 800-900B.C.
"Every artist dips his brush in his own soul, and paints his own nature into his pictures."
~ Henry Ward Beecher
"FIND THE BEAUTY WITHIN"
These window works of art are slivers of the artists’ perception of life, shaded by a socio-cultural worldview; a reflection of what has been learned, experienced, dreams and prayers. When hung in a south facing window, each papercut encased in a clear float frame allows light to shine through casting shadows and playing with the imagery throughout the day and year thereby creating a living piece of art. Not only do these windows allow others to see through the lens of the artist, into the physical work and the space beyond, they afford an opportunity to see aspects of the artist herself.Created for the downtown Starbucks, each papercut design was hand crafted to the specific dimensions of the storefront windows using clear float frames,
black paper to emphasize silhouettes, and red paper to accentuate the theme, "Find the Beauty Within". Juxtaposed to the papercut monsters created are excerpts from classic literature, a poet/playwright, and philosopher. The intent of the art installation: to challenge ideas of what is monstrous, definitions of beauty, what it is to be human, and what lies behind the exterior.