Gallery owner Deborah Fritz ventures out into the business world again, opening her third gallery space in Santa Fe on June 8.
A sister gallery to Giacobbe-Frtiz Fine Art, which was opened in 2001 on Canyon Road with Fritz’s sister and business partner Kimberly Giacobbe, and GF Contemporary, also located on Canyon Road and opened in 2009, galleryFRITZ joins the Railyard neighborhood at 540 South Guadalupe Street.
With close to 5,000 square feet, galleryFRITZ is a space conducive to many different kinds of installations. “The division of two floors allows a differentiation of projects, installations, process and video installations,” Fritz explains. “We’re taking more chances, working with a different kind of space, where sculpture is mingling with 2D art and video.”
Several artists showing work at GF Contemporary also are exhibiting at galleryFRITZ, including Pascal Pierme, Clayton Porter and Paula Castillo. Porter, Fritz says, is creating new bodies of work that stand on their own. The gallery’s open space allows Fritz to feature a different body of Castillo’s work. For artists like Pierme, galleryFRITZ allows more experimentation and encourages edgier work that may be site specific.
Fritz is also focusing on established artists such as Victoria Carlson, Paul Shapiro and Terri Rolland, who have had strong success outside Santa Fe but haven’t been featured as much in town, and hybrid artists such as Susanna Carlisle and Bruce Hamilton, whose new media installations combine architecture, sculpture, video, computer and experimental glasswork.
Among galleryFRITZ’s artists who are new to the Santa Fe scene is Los Angeles-based Karen Hampton, who creates cloth pieces that respond to the lives of her African ancestors, some of whom were slaves. Hampton uses digitally-printed and hand woven cloth as well as aged linen to tell stories based on her own genealogy.
“In many ways, it feels like there are two different markets and approaches to gallery space in Santa Fe, with the galleries on Canyon Road and the Railyard,” says Fritz. “On Canyon, it’s like being in a little neighborhood. The Railyard has a little bit of the urban and contemporary.”