FaraHNHeight Fine Art returns to Taos with the "Sovereign Spring Quake Show," an exhibit of contemporary Native American Art. The pop-up show will be at the TCA's Stables Gallery, 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte. It opens on Wednesday (March 18) at 11 a.m.
A reception will be held at the Stables Gallery on Friday (March20) from 7-9 p.m, with Taos Pueblo round dance singers Red Willow going on about 8 p.m. The exhibit will remain on view through Sunday (March 22) at 7 p.m. We caught up with the gallery's Gregory Farah to get details.
What inspired this Taos show?
FaraHNHeight Fine Art started in Taos. We still consider FaraHNHeight to be a Taos-based gallery, even though we're based in Santa Fe. Taos is where we started, it's the community and location that first embraced us and helped us get our wings. I'm still in Taos two or three times a month, either for business and pleasure. It's still where FaraHNHeight's heart and soul is, regardless of where we physically deal or retail.
How did you choose the Stables as location for the show?
The Stables Gallery has so much history and lore in the Taos art scene, that honestly just being able to do an exhibition in that space is an honor and experience in itself. I'm a bit of a romantic and a history buff. This space, this gallery, before it even was a structure, it has so much to say. The current administrators of the TCA, especially Gina Gargone, have made it such a rewarding experience to cross-collaborate. They continue to keep the legacy of championing such a great venue.
How did you select the artists?
FaraHNHeight Fine Art will be exhibiting some extraordinary Contemporary Native American artists during this unique pop-up. Our mission is to platform and highlight New School Contemporary Native American arts, and its elusive relationship between traditional and contemporary. For the most part, the reason we picked these specific artists is that they're doing incredible things as early-to-mid-career contemporary Native American artists.
Jeremy Salazar: Salazar is a self-taught Diné artist who uses contemporary art as a platform to showcase the cultural heritage of his ancestors by reintroducing them in a vibrant way. His characterizes his work as Contemporary Native Abstract Impressionism. Working with bold colors and themes, Salazar strives to create a striking balance between colorful chaos and organized symmetry.
DeAnna Autumn Leaf Suazo: "I believe it's important to embrace my heritage, furthermore the place where I came from, and how blessed I am to be both Diné and Taos Pueblo," she said. She is motivated by her cultural identity and focuses on the use of cultural traditional styles with hints of modernism throughout the compositions. Each work of art is focused on the Diné Nation, the different Pueblos of New Mexico and also the Hopis of Arizona.
Micah Wesley: "Art is important to me as a healing process for myself," said Wesley, who is Creek/Kiowa. "It has the power to inform or destroy. Art must be handled with great care from Native artists, because it is a direct extension of themselves, community, culture and image. I would like to see more Native artists create about forgiveness. Forgiving themselves, their families, their tribes, their religious leaders, their governments, their neighbors and their enemies."
Sandra Cohoe: Cohoe works in acrylics, oils, and watercolors. She grew up in the remote country of Two Gray Hills, New Mexico. There she was exposed to flat top mesas, piñon trees and the Chuska Mountains. Her paternal and maternal family are Navajo rug weavers. Being around weaving helped in creating rug designs that become the focal motif of her paintings.
Orlando Allison: A true modern visual Hopi artist of the Southwest. Raised in rural Arizona on the Hopi reservation, relatives recall Orlando with a pencil always in hand at an early age. With an emphasis on a modern interpretation of Hopi history and mythology, he distills down myths into a modern, aesthetic, accessible construct that people can understand so as to help them view the greater mystery.
Elizabeth "Bizzle G" Carson: Elizabeth Carson lives and works in Santa Fe, NM. She was born and raised in Northern New Mexico and spent her formative years in Taos. Using a combination of new and traditional media, her work references her upbringing in the Southwest and explores the intersection of art and design.
Margaret Carson: The Carson Twins (Elizabeth and Margaret), both Choctaw, were both born and raised in Northern New Mexico. Margaret Carson received her Associate of Arts from Santa Fe Community College in 2016, and her Bachelor of Arts from Santa Fe University of Art and Design in 2017.
Randy Barton: Barton carries on Diné tradition with his visionary live painting performances fused with his turntable poetry and experimental earth dancing. A multi-disciplined artist, designer, dancer, DJ, live performance painter and music producer, he has captured the attention of hip-hop legends with his Native American style of hip-hop roots and future music culture.
Ivan Concha: Concha was born and raised at Taos Pueblo. He is a self-taught artist working mostly with watercolors and Sharpie pens. He says, "I am both concave and convex, artistic from the depths of my conscience, caring like giving all my love and my last dollar to those who enter my world, dual personality in two minds: Son, brother, uncle, kiva boy, patient, quiet in a strong deep-thinking sense, talented naturally…"
David Naranjo: From Santa Clara Pueblo, Naranjo is a contemporary Puebloan artist who works in multiple mediums to depict cultural symbolism through pottery designs and geometric linear work. The artist says of his work: "My inspiration has come from learning the Tewa language. While learning the language, I obtained a deeper understanding and connection to our cultural practices and found that a lot can be said with few words because you speak from your heart."
Said Colette LaBouff, executive director of the Taos Center for the Arts, "The TCA is really excited about Gregory Farah's and FaraHNHeight's 'The Sovereign Spring Quake Show' featuring Contemporary Native American arts. And we're thrilled that he's chosen the Stables Gallery as the space to highlight these artists and their work."
Farah concluded, saying "I hope people come and enjoy the work and learn a little bit about the Contemporary Native American art scene and the Indigenous community of America."
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