Vol. 8 — Medium + Support
In this issue, we take a look at the “how” of art and culture in the Southwest: the ways artists, curators, and writers work; what material choices they make; what support structures sustain them. There are stories about invisible infrastructures, materials as stand-ins for places, empty frames, artist studios, residencies, a festival of junk. There are manifestations and expressions made of light, sound, clay, paper, plastic, chain link, saliva, dirt, and microbes.
We take an expansive view of medium and support, highlighting unique and inspiring media and systems of support, asking what art can be and how it comes to be. Oklahoma-based artist Raven Halfmoon (Caddo) talks about working with thousands of pounds of clay. Utah-based Lenka Konopasek makes abject paper sculptures. Arizona-based Estrella Esquilín works in multiple media, from video animation to constructions of lumber, paper, sand, and salt.
In our features, we get into the nitty gritty and the existential. Steve Jansen profiles Ucross, the Wyoming residency that has offered thousands of artists and writers space and support to create in an idyllic ranch setting. Sommer Browning talks with recent recipients of Rough Gems, a curatorial fellowship at Denver’s Union Hall that provides space, funding, and experience for emerging curators in a chronically underfunded art landscape. Emily Arntsen explores the art of trash, or “jenk,” as a particular version of Western Americana born of accumulations of weathered detritus at Utah’s Building Man festival. JD Pluecker finds the material and extra-material conception of “home” in the artworks of five Latinx artists in the exhibition Soy de Tejas. And arts editor Natalie Hegert considers the shifting concerns of artists in the Southwest working with(in) the environment—from viewing the land as a canvas to viewing it as a site of complex ecologies, interconnections, and relations.
Edited by: Natalie Hegert.
Guest juror: Laura Copelin.
Contributors: Emily Arntsen, Sommer Browning, Hannah Dean, Justin Duyao, Daisy Geoffrey, Meggan Gould, Maggie Grimason, Natalie Hegert, Scotti Hill, Steve Jansen, P. Antonio Márquez, Audrey Molloy, Laura Neal, Alexander Ortega, Caroline Picard, JD Pluecker, Gina Pugliese, Deborah Ross, Tyler Stallings, Lynn Trimble, Bianca Velasquez, d. ward, Joshua Ware, Andrew Weathers, and Spenser Willden.
Cover art: Josh Tafoya, Rancho La Bruja, 2022, woven bailing twine. Photo: Campbell Bishop. Courtesy the artist.
Vol. 8 — Medium + Support — Fall-Winter 2023
Edition of 15,000
7.5 x 9.5 in, 104 pages
Perfect bound, offset-printed, full color on uncoated paper
Made in New Mexico
Printed in Colorado
Publication date: September 1, 2023
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