A Breath of Fresh Art
Probably the first things that come to mind when you think of Santa Fe art are Canyon Road and Native American-inspired sculptures and imagery. Maybe those classic New Mexico landscapes, too.
Think again. GalleryFRITZ holds its grand opening this Friday and aims to create an entirely new and engaging narrative in contemporary art. More than 17 artists, working with such diverse mediums as ceramics, African textiles, recycled steel, wool felt, linen and sugar sacks, have contributed to the first exhibit, and the results are spectacular.
Sales director George Brugnone was warm and chatty as she showed me around the gallery—and for once I didn't feel intrusive, as I often have at other art venues. As someone who usually doesn't understand the supposed deep meanings behind contemporary art, I found myself fascinated by nearly everything I saw. Governor's Arts Award winer and veteran artist Paul Shapiro, whose landscapes can be recognized by his broad brushstrokes, has composed something entirely different from his usual body of work this time. While "fishing in heaven," a term he uses for meditation, Shapiro came up with the idea of using acrylic paint on linen. He thus created soapy-looking swirls on black backgrounds that leave one to ponder just what they are.
Paula Castillo, whose work can also be seen at the New Mexico Museum of Art, has rendered what looks like a pair of pants comprised of small steel circles, and an intricate headdress-like object. I was sorely tempted to reach out and touch it—and had to resist the urge again on the second floor, where Gary Goldberg has converted photographs into felted images the size of Persian rugs. My personal favorite: a landscape viewed from above, done in shades of gray.
Of course, there's plenty more to see at GalleryFRITZ, so if you've grown familiar with Santa Fe galleries, take heart—this new space manages to be humorous, intriguing, and yes, even fun. (Roan Lee-Plunket)
Gallery Fritz Grand Opening:
7 pm Friday June 8. Free.
540 S Guadalupe St.,
Have you ever noticed the strange connection between Santa Fe and Los Angeles' Ozomatli? We just can't seem to get enough. Like, they play here a lot. We get it, though—this town loves combinations of things, and Ozo's deft and seamless merging of classic Latin sounds, hip-hop, funk and even reggae makes them the kind of band people struggle to describe well, but gets the people dancing. Expect horns, sexy bass lines, killer lyricism and a head-bobbing spectacle honed over years of shows and albums, but also a band that's remained on the fringe throughout its career. Ozo does what it wants when it wants. Local funk act The Sticky kicks things off and, since the show is part of the Interplanetary Festival, it's free. (ADV)
Interplanetary Festival: Ozomatli with The Sticky:
7 pm Thursday June 7. Free.
Santa Fe Railyard, Market and Alcaldesa Streets,
When numerous local organizations like the Santa Fe Institute and the Santa Fe Art Institute join forces with This American Life's Ira freaking Glass for an event celebrating the power of storytelling, you do your best to get on board. Presented as a sort of celebration and dissection, The Art of Change finds Glass collaborating with the local orgs and SFAI Equal Justice resident artists Quenna Lené Barrett, Jackie Munro and Nicole Romero. Glass and company delve into the ideas, mechanics and even shortfalls of storytelling, weaving local and not-so-local projects together into a one-of-a-kind event. Tickets will go fast. (ADV)
The Art of Change: Ira Glass & Storycatchers Theatre:
6:30 pm Saturday June 9. $15-$30.
Lensic Performing Arts Center,
211 W San Francisco St.,
As the Poet Says…
When it's at its best, poetry takes the simplest, most understandable images and ideas and molds them into heartbreaking revelations and shiver-inducing connections. Daniel Bohnhorst (who won SFR's poetry contest in 2011, by the way) seems to be on to something in this regard: A meadow, a tent, a stick of butter all take otherworldly forms as his thoughts fractal out into musings on society, war, violence or love that are at once accessible and mind-blowing. Bohnhorst reads his poetry his weekend at 5. Gallery—and, by the way, Max Baseman of 5. is taking over SFR's Instagram feed this weekend (@sfreporter), so follow along. (Charlotte Jusinski)
Daniel Bohnhorst Poetry Reading:
5 pm Sunday June 10. Free.
2351 Fox Road.