See the August 3, 2020, update at the end of this post.
Vital Spaces, in partnership with 516 ARTS and The Paseo Project, selected Santa Fe Book Arts Group for Windows on the Future, a series of month-long storefront art installations in Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Taos. Selections were made based on whether the project was viable, compelling, relevant, and of high quality.
BAG’s installation is up through Monday, August 3, 2020. You can view it at 1618 St. Michael’s Drive in Santa Fe (between Annapurna and Santa Fe Bite).
Here is BAG’s statement for the installation:
Our Future Blooms From Our Creative Past
This window display is an opportunity to continue build awareness in the community about book arts in this time of social distancing.
Cracking the seeds of creativity—creating worlds of emerging beauty with sculptures, books, and hanging art—evokes the concept of art fertility and how beauty comes from the hardest of times. Emerging futures! A crack in the normal! Our vision for our window is a glimpse into a newer way of living: full of life and with the spirit of joy, we illustrate the many uses of book arts in hard times in representing the life force that keeps us all alive and entertained. We have an “In the BAG, Out of the BAG” program of community arts and public paper creations by BAG members. This program provides the rich burst of energy forces and images to this newer Santa Fe vision of a more vibrant future in a completely upside-down world. Our artist’s statement represents a large group of approximately 150 artists with wildly exciting paper works and creative diversity. We work independently then come together for the creation of hope and joy for our undefined futures. We believe that the creative spirit is the answer to all obstacles and solutions, and it comes from creative play. During this time of isolation, the artist’s mind comes alive. It is our personal gift: making tangible what we see and dream can be shared. People walking by seeing our installation will say, “What is that? What is happening?”
Click on any image below to start the slideshow.
Many thanks to the following members who are participating in this event:
- Tracy Armagost
- Sally Blakemore
- Kim Burkholder
- Andrea Cypress
- Lindsay Faulkner
- Liz Faust
- Kelly Finnerty
- Alex Fischer
- Leah Gibbons
- Lynn Grimes
- Barb Macks
- Lisa Miles
- Pat Moses
- Douglass Rankin
- Elsie Rippel
- Jill Schwarz
For more information on Vital Spaces, visit https://www.vitalspaces.org/
August 3, 2020, Update: Windows on the World has received a lot of press!
Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/micheleherrmann/2020/07/03/in-new-mexico-windows-on-the-future/Los Alamos Daily Post, featuring The Eyes of Time: https://ladailypost.com/statewide-window-art-project-paradox-incubators-opens/Taos News: https://www.taosnews.com/tempo/the-paseo-project-artists/article_988ce3a2-892d-5676-9cd6-8f5a89ef9b40.htmlTaos news about the removal of a work: https://www.taosnews.com/tempo/murder-of-crows-kachina-lodge-artists-owner-creative-differences/article_d25aa58b-257b-5993-a018-bd0cc264c1cb.htmlAlbuquerque Journal: https://www.abqjournal.com/1472355/series-turns-storefronts-into-art-installations.htmlSouthwest Contemporary: https://mailchi.mp/southwestcontemporary/your-weekly-5×5-07-09-20?e=83f8681e85&utm_source=Vital+Spaces&utm_campaign=f626a1165c-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_18_05_37_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_e8741efb4f-f626a1165c-66748765Coffee and Culture Radio Show: https://santafe.com/podcasts/hannah-yohalem-jonathan-boyd-of-vital-spaces-join-host-jennifer-villela