In “Future perfect tense,” Amanda Lechner’s installation in Axle Contemporary’s van, every surface of the van’s interior is covered in one huge ink on paper painting.
“I used a brush and a couple of other tools to apply both a saturated India-type ink and watered down ink to the paper,” explains Lechner, a practicing artist and university instructor who grew up in Santa Fe.
“Future perfect tense” opens on March 15. The van will be parked at the Santa Fe Railyard Farmers Market Shade Structure.
During the past three years, Lechner has been creating large ink drawings. They’ve been a side project to the egg tempera on panel paintings which have been her focus for close to a decade. A new piece, inspired by a variety of thoughts about topics including fossils, plant-like imagery and the concept of time, begins with one mark followed by another.
“The installation in the Axle van is more improvisational than my previous work,” she says. “I’ve given myself permission to start drawing with the ink and see what happens. But I’m also allowing myself to replace some parts of the painting if I want to.”
Lechner is a graduate of Santa Fe High School who studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and earned a master’s degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. She’s currently a visiting assistant professor at Indiana University Bloomington whose studio practice primarily revolves around drawing and painting.
“My egg tempera paintings, ink drawings and installations envision and enact moments of experimentation and discovery,” Lechner says on her website. “I utilize traditional and from-scratch processes in my quest for narrative alternatives. The profoundly strange and wonderful ideas offered by quantum physics, alchemy and science-fiction also inform my image-making.”
Lechner has exhibited her work in venues throughout the country. She’s also an independent curator who has organized pop-up exhibits in New York, Santa Fe and Iowa City.
When not teaching, Lechner enjoys coming back to Santa Fe to spend time with family and create art.