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When a constituent speaks, who listens?

Art Features So I’m back at Caldera Gallery, this time for a letter-writing event, in advance of the March 6 elections. I’m sitting across from Houston Johansen, justifying why I’m thinking about abstaining from the v...

Tuesday, March 6, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Making, Art

How does a price tag change a work's value?

Art Features Money is a pedestrian way to value art…I mean life…I mean art. I voice this truism Sunday afternoon, walking up Canyon Road with my baby mama. She huffs a laugh, and says, “Duh.” So I’m comp

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Time, And Again

SITE Santa Fe exhibition loops past, present and future.

Art Features Moments into a media walk-through of SITE Santa Fe’s exhibition Time-Lapse, I’m mentally preparing to retract comments I made about the absence of active culture in museums [The Curator, Nov. 9, 2011: “Wh...

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 Matthew Irwin

To Go Under

In 5 Submerging, committed artists show the depths of their practice

Art Features The phrase “to experience art” has its origins in the teachings of John Dewey. He wrote that art could evoke simultaneous intellectual and emotional responses—art is not “seen” like an object on the s...

Tuesday, February 14, 2012 Meaghen Brown

Envelopes and Pink Suits

Caldera Gallery hand-delivers art to your Valentine, or whomever

Art Features The trio of artists over at Caldera Gallery consistently opens my mind— by way of my prejudices —to the possibilities in art.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012 Matthew Irwin

A Night at the Museum

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith’s abstract landscapes

Art Features In September 1987—frustrated by lengthy negotiations over the preservation of a 17-mile cluster of remarkably conscientious Native American rock paintings on the site of a potential housing development—a we...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012 Meaghen Brown

Free, Found and Cheap

Pleasure as the profound and foremost purpose of art

Art Features I began building a list of places to buy inexpensive, original artworks.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 Matthew Irwin

The Body, Undone

Matthew Chase-Daniel’s new book lets viewers see what they will

Art Features The human body contains infinite configurations, compositions and possibilities for reframing and re-examination. In photographer Matthew Chase-Daniel’s new book Body, it becomes the canvas for organically ab...

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 Jackson Larson

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
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