Part of the reason that arts and culture magazine The Magazine moved to a new office on West Alameda Street late last fall is to have the space to be able to host art exhibits.
The Magazine’s first show, “12 New Mexico Artists to Know Now,” opens on March 1 and features a wide range of 2D and 3D work. More than 450 submissions were received after publisher Lauren Tresp put out a statewide call for artists to be featured in The Magazine’s February/March issue.
“Jenn (managing editor Jenn Shapland) and I were impressed with the quality of the work in the submissions,” explains Tresp.
“We received a lot of strong landscape images. That blew us away. Some of the work we saw was great but not quite the right choice for our contemporary space.”
Tresp says The Magazine’s interest in curating its own exhibits is to show work that may not be seen in traditional or alternative art spaces in Santa Fe. “Most of the artists in this show do not have gallery representation,” she adds.
Among the Santa Fe area residents with work on display is Mira Burack, who lives in the village of Cerrillos. Burack creates photo collages and soft sculptures. She generally uses a muted or monochromatic palette that may be accented with tiny bursts of saturated color.
A gouache on paper painting by Santa Fe resident Yeshe Parks is also in the show. Parks draws figures that bend in impossible ways and perform bizarre acrobatics.
Farmington artist Rosemary Meza-DesPlas enjoys playing with human hair in her work. She hand-stitches her own hair into different surfaces to create images of women. These portraits explore social pressures around body image and gender roles.
Andrea Hanley, membership and program manager at IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts, was the juror who took Tresp and Shapland’s top 150 submission picks and paired them down to the final dozen.
“I enjoyed everything about the process,” says Hanley. “It was inspiring to see the wide diversity of work in New Mexico. It was hard to make decisions because there were so many amazing artists.”
None of the work on display is for sale through The Magazine but can be purchased directly from the artists.