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Galisteo Arts Group Exhibition Opening 5/31 from 5-7 pm at HSFF’s El Zaguán

For Immediate Release

Beyond Landscape: from the Galisteo Basin  
Produced by Galisteo Arts

Curated by Dennison Smith, Featuring Resident Galisteo Artists Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Robert King, Stephen Davis, Janice Wall, and Shaun Gilmore
Public opening | Friday, May 31, 2024| 5-7 pm | HSFF’s El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2 | Show continues through Saturday, June 22, 2024
Roundtable artist discussion | Thursday, June 6, 2024 | 3 pm | The garden at El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road | Advance registration required

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Historic Santa Fe Foundation (HSFF) is pleased to present an exhibition produced by Galisteo Arts and curated by Dennison Smith of resident Galisteo artists Judy Tuwaletstiwa, Robert King, Stephen Davis, Janice Wall, and Shaun Gilmore. Beyond Landscape: from the Galisteo Basin will open at El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road, Suite 2, Santa Fe, NM on Friday, May 31, 2024, from 5-7 pm.

A roundtable discussion with the exhibited artists will take place at 3 pm on Thursday, June 6, 2024, in the garden at El Zaguán, 545 Canyon Road, Santa Fe, NM. In case of inclement weather, the talk will be relocated indoors. Please register in advance by emailing HSFF Education Programs & Publications Manager Hanna Churchwell at hanna@historicsantafe.org.

Contact Education Programs & Publications Manager Hanna Churchwell at hanna@historicsantafe.org or call 505.983.2567 for more information and unique promotional images.
ABOUT THE SHOW

Land is not landscape, nor a view from a window. From microscopic organisms to weather systems to ancient and contemporary human habitation, it is ultimately relational. In Beyond Landscape: from the Galisteo Basin, resident Galisteo artists express their relationship to place and space. Using local mud, sand and seeds, Judy Tuwaletstiwa explores the weight, texture and dimensionality of the Galisteo River bosque, and her glass creations hover on the liminal cusp where sand becomes translucent and earth reflects light. Ceramicist Robert King sources wild clay from nearby arroyos and gathers and hand-grinds rocks, sand and minerals to create what he describes as “a love letter to the high desert”. The desert enters Stephen Davis’s work as spatial and temporal distance between brushstrokes and objects, where the human is both integral and absent, often implied by an empty chair, constructed of negative space. Janice Wall’s industrial structures defy our expectations: what should be solid and imposing is subservient to the space that shapes it. Her buildings appear to float, subside or surrender in and to the air, and traces of time and natural forces interface with toxic, acidic erosion, created by the application of hay and sand while printing. Shaun Gilmore’s sculptures conjure the dance of organic processes, and their interpretative range reflects the interpenetrating scope of ecosystems. Her suspended papier-mâché sculptures remind of cholla growing, Spring winds and cellular differentiation. In her colorful plastic streamers, we hear and see the rain, and our delight conjoins dismay, which, in its best expression becomes the drive toward stewardship, for plastic rain implies the pollutants that contemporary civilisation brings to the Galisteo Basin.

Beyond Landscape: from the Galisteo Basin is produced by Galisteo Arts and curated by Galisteo resident, Dennison Smith, novelist and founder of The Baldwin Gallery and Curatorial Team in London, England.

ARTIST BIOS

In 2023, Judy Tuwaletstiwa received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, and, in 2019, The Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, mounted a major exhibition featuring work spanning many decades: ‘Judy Tuwaletstiwa: The Dream Life of Objects’. Her work, exhibited from New York to Madrid, resides in private and museum collections worldwide, including the Tia Collection, the Corning Museum of Glass, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, and Yale’s Beinecke Library. Her books, The Canyon Poem, 1997, Mapping Water, 2007, and Glass, 2016, (Radius Books), embody the experience of the creative process and its relationship to the Unconscious. After a lifetime of teaching, art making and inspiring, at over eighty years old, Judy is now a Tik-Tok influencer in art and creativity. She is represented by Pie Projects Contemporary Art in Santa Fe.

A member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, before becoming a ceramicist, Robert King founded and directed a family medicine residency program to improve quality of care and address mistrust and health inequity in Tribal healthcare. When COVID pushed the world inside– ‘inside our homes and ourselves,’ he says – Robert began making ceramics, and, immediately, the art world paid attention. In 2023, he won first place for abstract sculpture at Santa Fe Indian Market. In 2024, he was honored as a National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts Emerging Artist, and his ceramics were exhibited in Virginia. He has exhibited across New Mexico and is currently showing at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, in Pomona, California.

Recipient of numerous awards, including three National Endowment of the Arts Grants and a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Stephen Davis has shown in public museums ranging from the Whitney to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His work resides in public and private collections across the country, including the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. He was a Artist-in-Residence at the University of Santa Clara, Wright State University, Sarah Lawrence College and Hunter College, and taught at the University of California at Santa Barbara and San Francisco Art Institute, Hunter College, and Stanford University.

After a dual career teaching art and art-making in her studio in Massachusetts, Janice Wall turned her attention exclusively to her own work in monoprint and mixed media. Creating visceral experiences of socio-political messaging, her art reflects her concerns for the planet. Extending the range and vocabulary possible in mono printing, in addition to oil based inks, Janice’s ‘one-thing-leads-to-another approach’ has led to her use of acrylic paint, dry pigment, graphite, embossing, burns, stencils, found object impressions, archival digital images and layered cut paper.

Formally a dancer and choreographer at The Chicago Moving Company, Shaun Gilmore makes movement in space – and the organic form – central to the visual arts. Shaun holds a BFA in painting and photography and has studied painting with Squeak Carnwath, Susan Rothenburg and Barbara Crane. Her work has been represented and shown by Linda Durham Contemporary Art and EightModern in New Mexico, Perimeter Gallery in Chicago, CFA Gallery in San Anselmo, California and Gebert Contemporary Art in Arizona.

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