Nov 30 Thursday
SITE SANTA FE presents and Water, a solo exhibition of works by N. Dash featuring the ecologically driven, spare paintings for which the artist has become internationally known.
The new paintings in the exhibition highlight some of the artist’s most significant aesthetic and conceptual approaches: harnessing the interaction of earth and water to create vertical topographical fields; layering commercial printing technology onto nontraditional grounds; and arranging readymade found objects and industrial detritus alongside natural materials. Dash’s “fabric sculptures,” diminutive forms created when the artist rubs pieces of cloth to the point of disintegration, also appear in these works as silkscreens. These idiosyncratic, somatic sculptures are potent emblems of the transformative capacity of entropy to create complexity and change.
Dash’s work draws from a deep connection to the land and an awareness of environmental and material transformations. Often beginning with troweled base layers of excavated earth, the artist then aggregates numerous materials and processes on these grounds to create complex visual terrains. Works on view in and Water feature expanses of graphite burnished into a nocturnal, lacustrine surfaces; strata of desiccated earth cut through by lengths of string; and layers of commercial silkscreen ink that reproduce color fields of rosettes—a visual artifact resembling floral blooms formed during the halftone printing process that is simultaneously mechanical and biologic—or images of Dash’s fabric sculptures, enlarged to monumental proportions.
Though Dash’s work is conversant with lineages such as post-Minimalism and Land art, the center of Dash’s work lies not in mining historical precedents but rather in a steadfast commitment to exploring subtle energy systems and unseen elemental processes. Animated by the underlying tension between the industrially produced and the handmade, Dash’s practice harnesses the unpredictability of natural materials and transmutes their potent energies.
Interference Patterns is a solo exhibition of new and recent work by multidisciplinary Tlingit and Unangax̂ artist Nicholas Galanin. Rooted in his relationship to Land, Indigenous visual language, and thought, Galanin merges conceptual and material practices in his expansive creative approach. Utilizing numerous materials and processes, Galanin continues to build a vast creative vocabulary, reflecting on and speaking to the world from an Indigenous perspective.
Interference Patterns presents a selection of sculptures, installations, and videos celebrating Indigenous knowledge and continuum challenging the legacies and consequences of colonization and occupation. A newly commissioned interactive installation, Neon American Anthem (red), invites audiences to participate in a cathartic release of sound and breath as a warranted response to legislated violence and oppression by the United States on those inside and outside its borders.
Galanin’s work boldly and intentionally disrupts colonial narratives and fictions by centering Indigenous perspectives at the intersection of Land and Water, cultural erasure, forced assimilation, natural and forced migration, environmental violence, and climate crisis with settler-colonial capitalism.
Through his multi-layered work, Galanin offers space for reflection and urgency, for interdependence and connection within diverse experiences. His work presses for change; of mind, heart, and action on a global scale.
Dec 01 Friday
Harwood Art Center’s 17th Annual 12x12 Fundraising Exhibitions + The Shop at Harwood | An exciting evening of art and community! Over 150 youth, emerging, and established artists from New Mexico are contributing original artworks to our 12x12 exhibitions. This year we are also introducing The Shop at Harwood, a new physical gallery and retail store that features notable artists and designers in our community. The Shop highlights art for everyday living. The Shop expands our annual offering to Prelude Artists to include a year of representation.
Dec 02 Saturday