Southwest Contemporary announces the fourth annual 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now and a group exhibition.
New Mexico Artists to Know Now
Morgan Barnard is an experimental saxophonist and installation artist using interactive light play to express actualities of the land.
Artist Amelia Bauer's playful approach to the subject of ruins—ancient and contemporary—acts as a perceptual leveling device in her series On Ruins.
Mikayla Patton works with hand-made paper, sinew, beads, and embroidery to create sculptures that continue cultural traditions while reflecting the current moment.
Adrian Aguirre resides in Las Cruces where he is an educator and artist exploring issues of migration through representational drawing and painting.
Albuquerque artist Caroline Liu paints images that teeter between the real and the imaginary.
Artist Terran Last Gun (Piikani) creates ledger drawings, prints, and murals that translate Indigenous culture and cosmology into geometric explorations of color, shape, nature, and sky.
A native of Albuquerque’s South Valley, Eric J. Garcia imbues political art with personal experience.
Albuquerque-based artist Welly Fletcher’s sculptural practice activates lines that question normative gender roles, sexual orientation, and identity.
Santa Fe-based Tigre Mashaal-Lively creates large-scale interactive sculptures influenced by Afrofuturism, solarpunk, and mycopunk.
New Mexico-based artist Nina Elder explores geology, ecological processes, and deep time while addressing social justice and transformation with materials like radioactive charcoal, stardust, and pulverized guns.
Artist, activist, and curator Nikesha Breeze creates ritualistic art to explore intergenerational trauma and healing.
Artist Emily Margarit Mason creates staged, surreal photographs that translate the physical world from something seen to something felt.
Artist Sarah Siltala uses masterful techniques to create flashes of awareness that visit most of us infrequently—instances of total presence.
Artist Shannon Christine Rankin works with maps to depict new, reimagined, and ever-changing geographies.
Designer and textile artist Josh Tafoya blends traditional patterns and techniques with contemporary fashion in stunning and masterfully crafted designs.
Artist Izumi Yokoyama's drawings depict the natural world, exploring the relationship and fragile balance between living and dying.
Artist Andrés de Varona’s photographs show his perspective on human life, addressing loss, conflict, and grief.
Shoshannah White finds inspiration in environmental science and the climate, sparked by the interaction of raw materials and the photographic process.
Artist Catie Soldan uses experimental darkroom techniques to represent the emotional qualities of nature in her fine-art photography.
Artist nicholas b jacobsen works to untangle the genocidal practice of removing Indigenous people from their immemorial homelands.
Artist Isadora Stowe's work explores the landscape of the mind as it relates to the physical environment. She creates an all-encompassing vision with a visual vocabulary that is both personal and builds on the universal.
Artist Tommy Bruce's many-sided art practice comments on identity construction, often through his real-life renderings of furries.
Southwest Contemporary announces a call for artists for the third annual 12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now feature.
“The intention of this work is to honor vulnerability, impermanence, and cycles of life on our planet,” c marquez says of their work, which includes two-dimensional pieces, sculpture, installation, and the results of a daily sketchbook practice.
Intensely thoughtful, Raphael Begay sees significance in objects and quotidian scenes and is able to begin a conversation with the viewer through his lens. With installations and discussions about his work, he adds a further dimension of storytelling that engages community...
Garcia, an Art Institute of Chicago–educated artist who moved to Santa Fe from his native Houston in 1987, developed a unique transfer procedure: he creates an image or pattern on paper that’s soaked in gum arabic and water, which is then hand pressed onto a painting surface.
Currently residing in Albuquerque where they are pursuing an MFA in photography, MK began the recent series The Pain Is Just an Annoyance Now as members of their family began to pass away and they witnessed the grief of their mother. These losses spurred an exploration of the complications of family relationships, as well as obscured histories through the physical remnants of the past that shore up the present—family photo albums.
Looking at Cedra Wood’s paintings feels a little like finding a secret door to enchanted lands. Wood understands a connection between the outer wild terrains and the inward ones. Her art celebrates both realms as essential and beautiful, linked by mythos. The worlds she depicts evoke something of the hero’s journey.
Eric-Paul Riege’s (Diné) elaborate and beautiful fiber works not only connect him with his ancestral and artistic centers, but also envelop viewers in an everyday Navajo worldview, one that the artist believes should be communal.
The shapes of Andrea Pichaida’s sculptural works in clay are at once spare and suggestive, their lines and colors inspired by nature, their content speaking to experience both personal and universal.
Danielle Shelley, who earned critical acclaim as a painter, has found similar success as a textile wizard. "My artistic concerns didn’t change when I morphed from a painter into a fiber artist,” writes Shelley in her artist statement. “I am still a passionate colorist, in love with shapes and lines. But I also find satisfaction in being part of the movement that has reclaimed stitch work, a long-dismissed women’s medium.”
Justin Richel infuses his paintings and sculptures with incisive, humorous, and exacting layers of commentary. He studied the technique of icon painting at the Franciscan monastery in Kennebunk, Maine, in 2004. This thoughtful Franciscan attention to color and the creation of signifiers informs his work, but his use of these methods is unique.
“My photos illustrate the blood pumping through Albuquerque,” Frank Blazquez told the Guardian in 2018. The portraits—largely captured along the east-west belt of Central Avenue—capture human faces, yes, but each carries a story in and of itself.
William T. Carson’s work brings a unique perspective to the adage “The medium is the message.” He works with coal to explore a multitude of significations. Beyond the economic, political, or environmental meaning of the substance, Carson reminds us that coal is prehistoric, born of ancient metamorphosis.
David Gaussoin, a Santa Fe jewelry artist of Picuris Pueblo, Navajo, and French descent, comes from a long line of creatives, ranging from silversmiths and painters to rug weavers, sculptors, and woodworkers.
All year long we share the stories of artists from across our state, but this special issue is our way of focusing on a sample of some of the premier talent continuously emerging from New Mexico. These are artists whose works are shaping the landscape of contemporary art in the Southwest.
Southwest Contemporary is pleased to announce an open call for art to be featured in the second annual "12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now" publication and group exhibition. Artists living and working in New Mexico are welcome to submit artwork in any medium.
Adaptation, experimentation, and evolution are all crucial concepts within Heidi Brandow’s practice, which usually takes the form of layers of paint, drawing, and paper on canvas, but also includes a social practice in her photography projects.
Francoise Barnes’s titles give the viewer a quick point of entry to her abstract, mixed-media paintings on canvas, panel, or paper.
Mira Burack’s artwork is a space of rest, contemplation, and the contemplation of rest. Her wall-sized collages of photos of rumpled bedclothes enlarge the space where sleep takes place and, in doing so, enlarge a viewer’s attention to sleep and its landscape.