Upcoming events

    • 5 Jun 2020
    • 17:00 - 18:00 (MDT)
    • CURRENTS 826 gallery, 826 Canyon Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87501

    CURRENTS 826 Gallery will feature the exhibition Performative Ecologies including eleven women artists who explore the role of ritual while engaging the natural world. Included are artifacts and documentations from performative works dating from 1971-2019, engagements of ecological consciousness in both urban and rural spaces.

    The exhibition will be held at 826 Canyon Road with a virtual reception + tour on Sunday May 10, 2020 from 5-6pm. Closing date TBD, probably in August/September 2020.

    Artists include: Fern Shaffer, Cherie Sampson, Shana Robbins, Mary Mattingly, Jenny Kendler, Minoosh Zomorodinia, Basia Irland, Alicia Escott, Claudia Bucher, Dominique Mazeaud and Bonnie Ora Sherk.

    In 1987, Suzi Gablik published her radical book, The Reenchantment of Art. This was the author's manifesto in which she proposed a more engaged, empathetic, participatory, and socially responsible approach to art. She also called for a revival of the mystical, which Gablik felt was often dismissed because of our rational modes of perceiving the world. Two artists she wrote about in her book, Dominique Mazeaud and Fern Shaffer are included in Performative Ecologies.

    Performative art, unlike performance art, does not require an audience. The artists in Performative Ecologies take on the role of shaman or magical messenger to perform acts of cleansing or engaging the spirit world. These other worlds that the artists have envisioned offer a depth and meaning that has either been long forgotten or is being acknowledged in a new way. The remains of these performative works include photographs, video documentation, artifacts and “magic clothing” that the artists wore.

    Curated by Patricia Watts, founder/curator of ecoartspace

    • 12 Jun 2020
    • 16:00 - 17:30 (MDT)
    • ZOOM - MDT
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    Friday, June 12 at 4PM MDT

    The next ZOOM Dialogue will be focused on trees. ecoartspace members Sant Khalsa, Ruth Wallen, Marietta Leis, Catherine Ruane and David Burns will present their work. We will then open the dialogue to all participants.

    Members and one guest are free. General Public can attend for a $10. Capacity is 100 participants. All participants MUST REGISTER.

    READ the STATE OF THE WORLD'S FORESTS 2020 published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

    Images above include ten ecoartspace members who engage with trees in their work. This is not a comprehensive representation by any means. Includes: Sant Khalsa, Catherine Ruane, Ruth Wallen, Helen Glazer, Fern Shaffer, David Burns, Kim Abeles, Patricia Miranda, Lyn Horton, Rita Robillard.

    You will be sent sign-in information for the event after you have registered and a reminder will be sent the day of the event.
    • 28 Jun 2020
    • 01:00 - 03:00 (MDT)
    • SITE Santa Fe ZOOM


    My Life in Art at SITE Santa Fe is an annual series of lectures that focuses on significant artists, collectors, patrons, dealers, critics, or other art world luminaries.

    Join us in a conversation with ecological artist Bonnie Ora Sherk, with ecoartspace founder Patricia Lea Watts.

    Bonnie Ora Sherk is an American landscape architect, planner, educator and international artist, and founder of Crossroads Community, known as The Farm, and A Living Library. She's also well-known for her environmental performance work in the early 1970s, including Public Lunch where Sherk ate her lunch in a cage with tigers on each side of her while in the Lion House of the San Francisco Zoo. The performance took place on a Saturday at 2pm, during normal feeding time and prime spectator attendance, highlighting a human being fed and watched like the other animals.

    Sherk's watershed work, literally and figuratively, Sitting Still I, and the Sitting Still Series, explored the nature of performance: where a performance could be sited, who a performer is, and who comprised an audience. These works were created primarily outdoors in found environments including garbage and construction zones, different neighborhood street corners, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Financial District (the original Occupy), and indoor/outdoor cages at the San Francisco Zoo.  

    For Sitting Still l, Sherk discovered an area where garbage and water had collected adjacent from a construction site of a major freeway interchange in San Francisco. In the center of the garbage was an overstuffed armchair. The artist then decided to put on an evening gown and wade into the water, where she sat in the chair facing the public going by in slow-moving cars, who became the audience. At the time Sherk thought she was demonstrating how a seated human figure could very simply transform the environment. Although, it was much more than that. She later realized she was literally facing her future, including: the future site of The Farm, which Sherk founded four years later; the freeway interchange where she's proposed the Islais Creek Watershed Northern Gateway Community Park; and the northern section of the Islais Creek Watershed, the largest in San Francisco, which Sherk is currently seeking to restore. In Sitting Still I, the artists was literally sitting in the overflow from the Islais Creek.

    Sherk's work demonstrates an extraordinary tribute to the power of art and to the power of water, and to the synchronicity that occurs when we are conscious of our alignments.

    Bonnie Ora Sherk's work Public Lunch is included in the exhibition “Performative Ecologies” on exhibit at the CURRENTS 826 gallery in Santa Fe from June 5 through September 2020.

    Bonnie Ora Sherk lives and works in San Francisco and New York City.

    Patricia Lea Watts is the founder of ecoartspace a platform for artists addressing environmental issues since 1999. She moved to Santa Fe summer 2019.

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