Friday, June 5, 2015

New Mexico Part 2: Santa Fe, Taos and the Rio Grande Gorge

The number one item on my Santa Fe list was Site Santa Fe and their celebratory 20th anniversary exhibition featuring old friends from Anderson Ranch, Mary Reid Kelley and Patrick Kelley, in addition to Gregory Crewdson, Roxy Paine, and Jessica Stockholder. The above is a still from the Kelleys' The Syphilis of Sisyphus and below is the dress that the main character wears in the film.

Roxy Paine's diorama, Bastard Octopus, was so much fun to photograph and peer into from different angles. I would love to see more of these installed in other locations in the future. I could not help but be reminded of this article in the New Yorker when encountering the artwork itself.

On to Gerald Peters Gallery where I had Ed Ruscha Catalog Raisonné envy.

I may have purchased a papier mâché doughnut while wandering the streets of Santa Fe.

The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum was next on the list. I was drawn to the old brushes, paint samples and tubes.

In addition to her objects, a quote displayed as wall text hit home in regards to color:

"The meaning of a word to me is not as exact as the meaning of a color. Colors and shapes make a more definitive statement than words."
Georgia O'Keeffe, 1976

The next day we took the High Road to Taos Scenic Biway. I had visited the town once a very long time ago in graduate school and think that my previous trip featured the Low Road as the scenery was not familiar. Lara wanted to stop in a weaving shop and here is a detail from that roadside attraction:

This sums up my experience at Chimayo.

The church that did maintain my interest was the San Francisco de Asis Catholic Parish. Georgia O'Keeffe painted it. Ansel Adams and Paul Strand photographed it. Dennis Hopper is buried in a grave nearby.

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the second highest in the U.S. Highway system, was a sight to behold.

One of my favorite group portraits featuring (Back L to R): Kyla Tighe, Grif Williams, me, and Alys Walbridge. Front: Trevor Campbell, Lara Kuykendall, Sarah Lassiter, Noelle Weigand and Lexi Musselman.

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