“DRAWING AND DRIVING”: STEVEN J. YAZZIE AND LOCAL ARTISTS (Axle Contemporary)
The opening will be in the Railyard, by the Farmers Market and SITE Santa Fe on Friday July 26th, from 5-7pm.
In February, 2019, at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ Art for New Understanding: Native Perspectives, 1950’s to Now exhibition, artist Steven Yazzie led a group of artists in a MoCNA/Axle Contemporary art-making workshop, using his custom-built Drawing and Driving recumbent tricycle/studio-vehicle. Participants included IAIA art students and local artists invited by Santa Fe’s Axle Contemporary.
We looked to engage and connect both students and the Santa Fe art community with the exhibition and Yazzie’s art practice. Under Yazzie’s direction, each artist draws or paints while driving the vehicle, adding a performative and community-based element to Yazzie’s project. After the artworks were completed by the group, The vehicle was installed in the exhibition during its run at MoCNA.
Axle Contemporary and Yazzie have now taken the project a step further by inviting more local artists to draw and drive for the project this summer. The collection of small drawings and paintings will be the exhibited work in the Axle Contemporary mobile exhibition space from July 26 through Aug 18, 2019. The mobile exhibition space will be located at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts’ Allan Houser Art Park during Indian Market week, from August 14 – 18.
Artists include: Steven J. Yazzie, Robyn Tsinnajinnie, Gregory Ballenger, Nicola Heindl, Timothy Nero, David Leigh, Susan York, Andrea Isabel Vargas, Rose Simpson, Shakti Kroopkin, Rita Bard, Andrew Fearnside, Erika Wanenmacher, Jeff Benham, Jason Garcia, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Ian Kuali’i, Heidi Brandow, David Sloan, Nina Elder, Chaz John, Gary Kniffin II, Nani Chacon, Jerry Wellman, and Matthew Chase-Daniel.