ABOUT RACHEL COOK
As curator of DiverseWorks in Houston, TX, Rachel Cook is passionate about the organization’s mission to “commission, produce, and present new and daring art in all its forms through innovative collaborations that honor each artist’s vision without constraint.” Her curatorial work reconsiders the relationship between images and objects, and investigates methods of delegation embedded within performative and participatory work. She has helped to organize commissioned projects with Tony Feher, Liz Magic Laser, Heather and Ivan Morison, Wu Tsang, Pepe Mar, and Chelsea Knight and Mark Tribe.
Her writing has appeared in a number of art journals and catalogues, including Modern Painters, Flash Art, and the Prospect 3 catalogue. Prior to joining DiverseWorks, Cook worked for dOCUMENTA(13)’s publication team, and was a fellow for the International Studio & Curatorial Program, New York. She holds a Masters from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a Bachelors from the San Francisco Art Institute.
Cook has recently been appointed Creative Director of On the Boards in Seattle, WA. Her visit is organized in partnership with ICI and with full financial support provided by Common Field.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018
524 Central NW
Mercedez Holtry performs @ 6pm
250 FREE TACOS by El Paisa
Mercedez Holtry Jodie Herrera Sheri Crider Kei & Molly Textiles
A group of artists are gathering forces to create a visual, spoken word event that benefits the NM Dream Team, New Mexico Immigrant Law Center & the Santa Fe Dreamers Project.
Flight (01) is the first of three events that is partially sponsored by the Right of Return Fellowship which invests in formerly incarcerated artists to create original works that can further criminal justice reform in partnership with advocates and organizers. Sheri Crider is 1 of 7 inaugural recipient’s of this fellowship. As part of Flight (01) four visual artists will create works that amplify the conversation surrounding immigration and mass incarceration. Each artist brings their own signature work to the event as a collectible item. The proceeds benefit local organizations that support community members impacted by these issues. Jodie Herrera has designed a custom tote with a recent design informed by her recent body of work, Women Across Borders. Kei and Molly have designed one of their gorgeous linens with migratory birds that are featured in limited edition bird mobiles by Sheri Crider. The birds design are conceptually tied to currently detained immigrants at Cibola Detention Center. Flight will grow over the year in a series of events, culminating in a large scale installation and series of events at the University of New Mexico Art Museum in August.
Mercedez Holtry is a slam poet, writer, mentor, and Chicana feminist. Holtry has represented ABQ on multiple final and semi-final stages for national poetry events and holds multiple Albuquerque Slam titles. She has worked with youth in poetry workshops in multiple cities around the country and hosts a monthly poetry reading called “Lobo Slam”.
Jodie Herrera is a visual artist and curator from Taos, New Mexico. She is of both Native and Hispanic descent. Herrera works as an illustrator, muralist, a mixed-media artist, and curator all while predominantly focusing on oil painting. Herrera’s art has been featured in such settings as The Anderson Museum of Contemporary Arts, The Art and History Museum of Santa Cruz, The Albuquerque Art and History Museum, 516 Gallery, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, Center for Contemporary Arts Santa Fe, among many others.
Sheri Crider is a visual artist, a community builder, a civil rights dreamer, living and working in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The seemingly innate ability to draw and create was the key to recovering from many years of drug addicted, homelessness and incarceration. sheri has a BFA from the University of Arizona and a MFA from the University of New Mexico.
Kei and Molly live in the high desert of Albuquerque, New Mexico. We founded Kei & Molly Textiles, LLC in 2010 to create both a printing studio dedicated to producing artisan-quality fabric goods as well as a vehicle to develop good jobs in our community. The studio is located in the International District of Albuquerque, an area home to many of the refugees and recent immigrants to our city. Vibrant with culture, it is nonetheless one of Albuquerque’s pockets of poverty. We are committed to creating good jobs in this area, and work with refugee resettlement programs to find many of our employees.
FOR MORE INFO: CONTACT SHERI CRIDER @ email@example.com or call 505.228.3749
POSTCOMMODITY ERIC PAUL-RIEGE
M. JENEA SANCHEZ TARA EVONNE TRUDELL
JANUARY 26 – FEBRUARY 23, 2018
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 26th 6-9pm
Performances: Opening night 7pm and February 23rd 7pm
Interior Landscapes is an exhibition presented by Sanitary Tortilla Factory and 516 ARTS as part of a collaboration for “The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility”. Interior Landscapes co-curated by Daryl Lucero and sheri crider. The exhibition focus is on the lived experience of people on the U.S.-Mexico border. Elemental to these stories are the absence of political demarcations. Where the border suggests a bifurcation of territoriality, there also exists the space between the north and south.
The artists in this exhibit find themselves living in varying proximities with the border—Arizona, New Mexico, and Sonora. Although the artists vary in social, cultural, and geographical distances, the work engages communities situated on the border. The works are collaborative and signify the reciprocal nature in which borders can be negotiated, and recreated to benefit those within them.
The works are examples of socially engaged art that humanize the border wall and its symbol of national identity, culture, and politics. And what we see are the acts that speak to living in a place of tension, violence, and creativity. The border becomes possessed by the humanity of those within it. What we witness are the stories, experiences, and truths not of the artists, but through the medium of conversation between the artists and communities. We witness the creativity of people and place.
In Border Tapestry (2009) M. Jenea Sanchez teases the absence of the border wall by transforming its purpose to divide and uses it to unite. Sanchez utilizes the steel structure as a loom to weave, to recall and connect to the “familial roots of the border communities, the families that are separated by the fence, and the days when movement across was more fluid and natural rather than militarized.”
Tara Evonne Trudell’s work physically transforms the words and messages of those living within the border area. Tara Evonne Trudell hosts poetry workshops with communities situated on the border. In these workshops, participants create poems that are then created into beads which become long strands of poetry. Tara Evonne Trudell see this work as a way to “address the realities of trying to cross the border: a trip plagued with dangerous environments and a heavily militarized zone.”
From the outside looking in, the border can be flat and two-dimensional. These works bring to light the life within. The border is animated, mocked, teased, and made human.
Click here to read the exhibition brochure
Thank you to 516 ARTS for making this exhibition possible.
516 ARTS US-Mexico Boarder Program Guide
December 15, 2017 – January 19, 2018
Opening reception Dec. 15, 6-9pm
“Pre-existing Conditions” is the result of a collaborative excavation of various illegal dump sites near Albuquerque. Cecilia McKinnon and Lance McGoldrick have sourced materials for installation, sculptures, and trash readymades from these informal sites, examining cycles of production, consumption, and planned obsolescence. The artists give consideration and new context to common trash, attempting to present waste objects as both repellent and beautiful.
The two artists, both redheads, share a common background in printmaking as well as a love of working with messy, often decaying materials. The artists share a mutual fascination with objects which are broken and abandoned, and with repurposing found objects and materials within sculptural practices. Cecilia McKinnon, an active member of GRAFT collective, is an intermedia artist and curator, interested in textiles, installation, and performance. Lance Ryan McGoldrick, an artist with Meow Wolf collective, is based in Albuquerque, NM. Working both solo and in collaboration, Lance’s work often takes on an architectural scale and has frequently been presented in non-traditional art spaces.
Congratulations to University of New Mexico MFA Candidate’s Kaitlin Bryson and Nick Simko on receiving Sanitary Tortilla Factory’s Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Award! The Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series (E.V.A.S.S.) offers professional space for two Master of Fine Art graduate students per year as their final thesis show. The culminating exhibition launches them into their profession as an artist. With the series, we underscore exceptional artists attending regional institutions while highlighting Albuquerque’s innovative contemporary art scene.
Kaitlin Bryson lives and works in the high deserts of New Mexico, and has spent her life working as an artist and organic farmer. Drawing from her experience as a cultivator, her artwork illuminates the processual nature of life through the lens of transformation. Biological materials are embedded into her work so that the “finished” pieces have the potential to play, transform, and live out their own dynamic processes. Her work unfolds as restorative gestures for human and nonhuman audiences, serving as a reminder that mutability and adaptability are the common grounds we all inhabit.
Bryson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Nevada, Reno in 2012, and is pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in Art & Ecology from the University of New Mexico. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Holland Project in Reno, Nevada, Site Santa Fe, and BioCultura in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and has been performed at The Holocene in Portland, Oregon. In January of 2018 Bryson will participate in the Interface Residency Programme in Gallway, Ireland, supported by funding in part from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and the Lannan Foundation.
Nick Simko is an interdisciplinary artist. Simko’s work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States including the Walters Art Museum, The University of New Mexico Art Museum, 516 Arts, and Hillyer Arts Space. Simko holds a BFA degree in Art History, Theory & Criticism from the Maryland Institute College of Art and is presently completing an MFA in Photography at the University of New Mexico.
In my studio practice I am interested in material process and the formation of identity. My work employs a variety of material techniques, blending digital imaging, drawing, and monumental tapestries woven on a computerized loom. Though my work is often grounded in imagery from the history of painting and photography, I am equally inspired by contemporary cultural artifacts such as music videos and animated sitcoms. My work often balances on a tightrope between two opposing cliffs: the serious and the silly, the sacred and the profane, the awful and the awesome. I am most interested in the slippage that occurs between approaches and how such fluidity challenges processes of identification.