The usual accoutrements line the stylist stations at Johnnyâ€™s Classic Barber Shop: straight razors, clippers, Barbasol and Clubman talc. Owner Johnny Boucher plans to add picture wire, a level, hammer and nails to the mix, as the shop hosts its first-ever art show.
â€śOne of my clients, a photographer, pitched me the idea,â€ť Boucher says of the exhibit, which he hopes will morph into a monthly series. â€śBefore I knew it, artists started coming out of the woodwork. Everybodyâ€™s an artist hereâ€¦itâ€™s Santa Fe!â€ť
Hence Classic One, a group show that features New Mexico landscape photographer Xavier Anderson, who rocks a â€śfairly traditional gentlemanâ€™s haircutâ€ť; abstract expressionist Larry Blissett, who sports a pompadour; and Polaroid artist Matt Sanford, who has a â€śpretty wild haircut: short on the sides and tapers up steeply.â€ť
â€śIâ€™m dying to see it happen,â€ť Boucher says from a barberâ€™s chair, taking a breather between appointments.
The accidental curator says the show will run the gamut from â€śreally beautiful, professional-level work to some quirky, individualisticâ€ť pieces.
He explains that the show arose from his clientsâ€™/artistsâ€™ need to exhibit their work outside of the local gallery system.
The initiative follows a local trend of artists finding alternative venues for display and representationâ€”like Grant Kosh [Arts Valve, Jan. 30: â€śBrush With Fameâ€ť], who shows his work exclusively at the Atomic Grill.
â€śItâ€™s a frustrating situation for them,â€ť Boucher, a former textbook publisher, points out. â€śWe have wonderful galleries and museums here, but for a modest artist, itâ€™s difficult.â€ť
Distancing his initiative even further from traditional galleries, Boucher says that, in keeping with a â€śfor the love of artâ€ť vein, he wonâ€™t take a commission on sold works.
â€śThis is just for my guys,â€ť he says. â€śItâ€™ll be interesting for the clients, itâ€™ll be fun for me and everyone will be happy. Itâ€™s one of those win-win situations.â€ť (Enrique LimĂłn)
Where: Johnny's Classic Barber Shop
Address: 855 Cerillos Road