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Donne with Solo Work

Jordan West on working alone and the horror of consumerism

Art Features Local artist Jordan West reminded me of the John Donne poem containing “No man is an island” on my visit last week to West’s Second Street studio. We’d been talking about the difference between working ...

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Final Pilgrimage

A last visit to Leonard Knight’s 30-year endeavor on the Salton Sea

Art Features The outsider artist closest to my heart is Leonard Knight. Formerly a mechanic in the US armed services with no artistic training or experience, Knight has spent the last 30 years or so building and maintaining...

Wednesday, January 4, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Do It Together

Making your own fun with Santa Fe Complex

Art Features Media Hive organizer Jason Goodyear says that, though the first three or four Hives will alternate between open and facilitated sessions, he hopes for the monthly get-togethers to sustain themselves. Each month...

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Matthew Irwin

Art Medicine

How we meet artistic vision with daily necessity

Art Features I envision a world in which we make no distinction between the arts and, let’s say, business or politics, the unifying factors being a sense of imagination and a desire for connection.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 Matthew Irwin

The Roadsign More Traveled

Axle Contemporary haiku project collected in book

Art Features Haiku puts images out there—everyday images—juxtaposes them, makes a joke or cuts an image in an unsuspected way. Then we, the viewers, decide what, if anything, the poem means.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011 Matthew Irwin

School of Imagination

New Mexico and the Black Mountain College experiment

Art Features  This story bursts at the margins with names all connected to the great and short-lived experiment in arts education known as Black Mountain College.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011 Matthew Irwin

To Go Home

Laguna Pueblo artist views the whole through the broken pieces

Art Features Marla Allison’s paintings captivate me.Art that grabs me tends to initiate a dialogue about identity as a product of internal self and external place.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011 Matthew Irwin

The Curator

You will be happy: There’s just something about Faustino de Vargas

Art Features His paintings hanging on a wall behind him, Faustino de Vargas tells the woman in his barber chair that he became a better hairdresser after studying the visual arts.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Matthew Irwin

Where Culture Happens

Nudes exhibit and music series know where it’s at

Art Features Culture happens. That is, it can be curated, but it cannot be created intentionally. To be a part of culture, one has to be in it, participating. It doesn’t happen in newspapers or museums. Let me illustrate

Wednesday, November 9, 2011 Matthew Irwin

Art in the Back of a Truck

Axle Contemporary want you to ask,

Art Features Axle Contemporary had partnered with the New Mexico Experimental Glass Workshop for Vidrio y los Muertos, a Day of the Dead exhibition. Next to the workshop’s kiln, Axle’s mobile gallery—devised from a cu...

Tuesday, November 1, 2011 Matthew Irwin
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