Curation is a creative process which attempts to communicate an idea or emote a feeling through a body of work. Frank Rose, curator and director at new-ish gallery form & concept, walks the path less traveled when it comes to curating the Santa Fe art scene. Rose produces shows of contemporary works from non-traditional mediums, such as fashion. “It’s like following bread crumbs,” he tells SFR of his curation style. “It’s very intuitive, and I love working that way.” ReFashion, form & concept’s newest show, expands the definition of curated fashion by exploring some of the preconceptions surrounding it. “Not all the works are wearable; in fact, most of them aren’t,” Rose says. “Imagine a backpack where you could only put the ingredients for pancakes,” he continues, describing the efforts Albuquerque-based artist Casey Smith, who creates bizarre bags. “It’s taking something general and open-ended and narrowing it down.” Some artwork in this exhibition presses the bounds of other fashion preconceptions too, such as permanence and disposability. Jennifer Henry creates temporary garments out of material like cellophane. Rose tells SFR about one in particular: “She made a dress of toilet paper for a music video and the person wearing it got into the water. Of course, it just disintegrated.” Rose’s drive to create such a fashion-centric experience comes from a recent encounter with the adult onesies created by Mark Newport, a fiber artist and head of the fiber department at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Newport transforms his childhood heroes, like the Incredible Hulk and Batman, into full-body knitted creations, complete with heroically exaggerated proportions. “I saw his work and knew we should do a fashion thing,” Rose notes. “A lot of artists are playing with it, but there isn’t a lot of wall space being given to it.” The aforementioned mind-expanding works, as well as others—like traditionally devout Mormon bonnets made of pearl push-pins and sculptures comprised of stacked pairs of pants—appear at the innovative gallery through September.
5-7 pm Friday Aug. 19. Free.
form & concept,
435 Guadalupe St.,
Domestic Box Office
While we're all still psyched up on the Indigenous Fine Art Market, we'd like to point out the 20th Annual Red Nation Film Festival at the Jean Cocteau. It's the nation's premiere Indigenous people's film fest and even expanded to include Los Angeles as of 13 years ago. "When we launched we were told it would never work," founder and executive director Joanelle Romero says. "It's the authentic voice of indigenous cinema from around the country, from many different nations." The mix of features and shorts takes place over four days and also features a panel titled "The Power of Film." (Alex De Vore)
20th Annual Red Nation Film Festival:
Call for times. Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 18-21. $7-$75.
Jean Cocteau Cinema,
418 Montezuma Ave.,
We’ve studied you for years and are now pretty sure we know what you like, Santa Fe. Thus, we feel confident in recommending Kyle Hollingsworth to y’all. You probably know him best as the keyboardist for celebrated jam band The String Cheese Incident, but now he’s struck out on his own with a jammy mix of funk, rock, soul, blues and beyond. It’s really the perfect mix for a town like this where everyone loves dancing and—we’ll say it—a little bit of weed now and then. Will music change forever? Probably not, but you’ll definitely be able to say you had a super-fun time. (ADV)
6 pm Saturday Aug. 20. $15.
The Bridge @ Santa Fe Brewing Co.,
37 Fire Place,
J Michael Combs is (or should) be known as one of the hardest working buskers in Santa Fe history. In fact, the man has done more for the cause of local street performers than just about anyone we’re aware of and, on top of that, he’s a stellar musician. This is why one takes note when Combs performs, especially with his daughter Beth. According to the man himself, we can expect “sweet, familial harmonies [and] acoustic folk and country … an old-time sound.” As a multi-instrumentalist, a singer-songwriter and just as a human being, he’s among the best Santa Fe has to offer. (ADV)
J Michael Combs and Eagle Star:
1 pm Sunday Aug. 21. Free.
Second Street Brewery (Railyard),
1607 Paseo de Peralta,