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Meta Observations

The difference between intended and unintended interventions

Art Features I’m stuck on the words “human interventions in landscape” accompanying Nancy Holt’s early photographic series, “Western Graveyards.” The collection of dilapidated and overgrown burial sites, photogr...

Wednesday, May 9, 2012 Matthew Irwin

A Common Language

Seeing and speaking with the young innovators of Hexagono

Local News If you don’t know who we’re referring to when we talk about attracting innovative, young entrepreneurs to Santa Fe, have a look at seven graphic arts students at Santa Fe University of Art and Design. Then ...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Chasing Fortune

The absurdity of just pursuits in Teatro Paraguas’ Fortunato

Theater & Stage Reviews The cast is rehearsing the last scene of Fortunato when I arrive at Teatro Paraguas’ new location, a few units down from its old black-box space in the Agua Fría Village. They’re having trouble finding mom...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Where to Drink a Gluten-Free Beer

You want a beer, pal, you're gonna pay for it

Bar & Nightlife Guide The Atomic Grill carries gluten-free beer. I learned this back in September, when my baby mama and I moved to Santa Fe. We spent the days looking for work and a rental home, suppressing the dinner urge until la...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Oil and Water

Nonparticipatory resistance against corporate domination

Theater & Stage Reviews I caused the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This is my conclusion after speaking with Argos MacCallum of Teatro Paraguas about the company’s reading of The Way of Water, Caridad Svich’s play a...

Wednesday, April 18, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Interpenetration of Opposites

Cannupa Hanska and the chimera effect

Art Features Sculptor Cannupa Hanska shares a multi-acre compound in Nambé with at least three other people, including his partner (the vivacious Santa Fe DJ and performance artist Ginger Dunnill) and their ne...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Try Something New

Low-risk opportunities like SxSF don’t come around often

Music Features Two phenomena, other than genre, influence whether or not I’ll attend a music gig. The first and least interesting is the availability of money. The second is an anecdote I heard about Jimi Hendrix: He compla...

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Art-Making as Lifestyle

SFUAD design chairman suggests transitional community workspaces and pop-up shops

Local Economy The plan: Create community workspaces where young artists can live and work, then run those in conjunction with pop-up shops or galleries, where these artists can sell their work and hold events.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012 Matthew Irwin

Letters to...

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
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