Slingshot and Swan Girls


Why a slingshot? People often ask where my ideas come from. All I know is that they never show up when I’m trying to find them.

In February 2020, AxleContemporary.com put out a call for entries for a show curated by Lucy Lippard: Feminist Art in the Era of Trump. If you don’t know who she is, find out. Writer, curator, feminist, environmental activist, woman, human and resident of Galisteo, NM. I’m a fan of hers. The Pink Glass Swan, her Selected Feminist Essays on Art is on the shelf as I type. Yes, I call it typing, 2nd wave style

Entries were due in May.The seed had been planted.
My husband’s jock strap was hanging on the drying rack- only it had transformed from being a bizarre looking piece of lingerie to a slingshot. There it was, my entry for the show; all this taking place in the laundry room. The next week I dyed the jock strap Wildrose. And then I embroidered it and packaged it, promoting its usefulness as protector, defender, delivery device and yes, it doubles as a mask.

I’ve never made a weapon before.It goes with my mask. I’m angry at Trump Company and the cheap shock and awe, divisive bullying. I’ve lost confidence in the rule of law over the last 4 years. It took me awhile to join the ranks of others, people of color, who knew the rule of law wasn’t a Constitutional right afforded to a majority of USA residents. I’m exploring the action of protection and protest.

Feminist Art in the Trump Era opens September 11, 2020. Check it out online or in person. Below are details and events related to the show.

Axle Projects board member and internationally renowned arts writer and activist Lucy R. Lippard has selected the work of 27 New Mexico based artists for this exhibition, juried from Axle’s open call earlier this year.

The exhibition takes place on the occasion of the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution and the 10 year anniversary of the founding of the Axle Contemporary mobile artspace. As described by juror Lippard, “Feminist Art in the Trump Era is an exhibition of works that explore various feminist realities and rants. Works chosen for this exhibition resonate with the hopefully soon-to-be-extinct Trump era!”

Due to Covid-19 concerns, the exhibition will be presented on the EXTERIOR of the Axle Contemporary mobile artspace. Prints made of the artists’ work are pasted onto the aluminum surface and can be seen by individuals or in small groups in a safe exterior environments around the city of Santa Fe. All the work will also be presented online on Axle Contemporary’s website. The original artworks are for sale. Prices and purchase info is on site as well.

The exhibition is from September 11 – November 3. There will not be any opening reception. The mobile artspace will be parked on the opening day, September 11th, in the Santa Fe Railyard at the shade structure by Farmers Market, from 12pm – 7pm.
Over this weekend, the artspace will be on Canyon Road on Saturday from 11am – 5pm, and on Sunday on Canyon Road from 11am – 5pm. Other locations during the exhibition will be posted at www.axleart.com
ARTISTS
Sally Blakemore
Michael Darmody
Kaylee Dunnigan
Nika Feldman
Alex Fischer
The Furies: Kristin Barendsen, Patti Levey, Lauren Ayer
Lisa Freeman
Alexis Graff
Miranda Gray
Cheri Ibes
Kathamann
Isolde Kille
Shirley Klinghoffer
Rica Maestas
Kathleen McCloud
Ashley Miller
Dana Newmann
Ravenna Osgood
Liz Patterson
Susie Protiva
Nicole Sullivan
Charlotte Thurman
Isabel Winson-Sagan
Greta Young
Bette Yozell
Jasmin Zorlu

This exhibition is one of a large group of projects being promoted by the Feminist Art Coalition, a national effort seeking to inspire a broad variety of exhibitions and programs across the country to centralize feminist perspectives and concerns in the cultural consciousness leading into and the year following the 2020 election. This endeavor takes feminist thought and practice as its point of departure and considers art as a catalyst for civic engagement. Learn more about the wide array of projects, exhibitions and institutions participating here: https://feministartcoalition.org

About the Juror
Lucy R. Lippard

Celebrated for her deeply influential and interwoven work—as author, activist, and curator—Lucy R. Lippard is recognized as one of contemporary art’s most significant critics and as a founder of Conceptual art. Born in New York in 1937, Lippard began her career as a writer in 1962 and subsequently produced numerous groundbreaking exhibitions and 25 books. She was a cofounder of the Ad Hoc Women Artists Committee, Printed Matter, Political Art Documentation/Distribution (PADD), the Heresies Collective and journal, and Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America. She has received nine honorary degrees and many awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary award, and a lifetime achievement award from the College Art Association.
Related Programming

Panel Discussion: Women Curate Women
online at 516 ARTS

Friday, October 9, 2020 6pm – 8pm

Online via Zoom?– Free, pre-registration required.
https://www.516arts.org/programs/events/panel-discussion-women-curate-women

516 ARTS presents Women Curate Women, a panel discussion between four New Mexico women curators in conjunction with the exhibition Feminisms (September 26, 2020–January 2, 2021). Within the span of one year, New Mexico is home to four woman-centered art exhibitions across the state: Feminisms, 516 ARTS, Albuquerque (guest curated by Andrea R. Hanley, curator at the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian); Indelible Ink: Native Women, Printmaking, Collaboration, UNM Art Museum, Albuquerque (curated by Mary Statzer); Labor: Motherhood in Art in 2020, NMSU Art Museum, Las Cruces (curated by Marisa Sage); and Feminist Art in the Age of Trump, Axle Contemporary, Santa Fe (curated by noted art writer and activist Lucy Lippard).

On October 9 these four curators will be joined by moderator Lauren Tresp, publisher and editor, Southwest Contemporary, Santa Fe, in a discussion around curating femme and femme-identifying artwork. The discussion will span multiple themes around and between these curators’ recent exhibitions exploring feminist themes including: the value of gender-based art exhibitions, the cultural and economic circumstances negotiated by female artists and curators, how feminist exhibitions serve as platforms that ground conversations about equality, misogyny, and art world bias, and how art can serve as a departure point for the cause of social justice.

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