NEW GENRE PUBLIC ART
AXLE CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL PRACTICE PROJECTS -- MATTHEW CHASE-DANIEL & JERRY WELLMAN -- COLLABORATIONS
We provided potatoes, carving tools, some delicious colorful spices, and paper. We hung the prints on the exterior of our mobile gallery, gave a print to take away, and then cut up the potato blocks and added them to our pot of soup. Make a block print and share in the soup.
500 prints made, 200 bowls of soup served, over 1,000 visitors.
THE RENGA PROJECT, 2013 - 2014
One year: 100 artists and poets
The Renga Project began on the summer solstice, 2013. It's a new take on an ancient traditional collaborative form of Japanese poetry. 52 weekly stanzas were written by a diverse group of New Mexico poets. We also invited 52 New Mexico artists to create a linked drawing with each artist responding to a writer's stanza. The poem has been displayed on a large sign in the Santa Fe Railyard all year, with new stanzas added weekly.
See more at the Axle Contemporary website.
THE ROYAL BREADSHOW, 2013 - 2014
Sculpture, Poetry, Bread, and more at Axle Contemporary and SITE Santa Fe
E PLURIBUS UNUM, ALBUQUERQUE, 2014
A mobile photo studio on the streets of Albuquerque for one week
Free prints, 600 participants, exhibition at 516 ARTS, and a book.
THE VAGINA VAN, 2013
Axle Contemporary and Shirley Klinghoffer
E PLURIBUS UNUM, SANTA FE, 2012
In March 2012, the road led us to SITE Santa Fe, where Axle Contemporary was invited to participate in Time-Lapse / MARCH 2012. Our project, E PLURIBUS UNUM, engages our mobile gallery, the SITE Santa Fe gallery, and the web. The interior of the mobile gallery was transformed into a photo studio where Axle Contemporary collaborators, Jerry Wellman and Matthew Chase-Daniel created photographic portraits of over 500 people over the course of 10 days in 11 locations all over the city. Each participant held a small meaningful object in their portrait. 2 copies of each photograph were immediately printed in our mobile printing station. One was distributed free to the participant, the other hung on the walls (interior and exterior) of the Axle Contemporary mobile gallery. See more at the Axle Contemporary website
HAIKU ROADSIGN, 2011
We found a charming old roadside sign in need of a new purpose. Earlier in its life this sign advertised the coldest beer in town and then the hottest chile in the Española valley. But not everything that is cool is in the fridge and not all things hot are edible. We presented 2 new poems (one on each side of the sign) each week for four months during the summer of 2011. Automobile passengers, bike riders, and pedestriansm enjoyed poetry in consistently unexpected places throughout Santa Fe. 2 poems x 16 weeks=32 poems, liberated from the page and set free to infiltrate the consciousness of the people: ¡Que Viva La Poesia!