June 9, 2017
Let's Table This
Santa Fe New Mexican
Pasatiempo, 06/09/2017
Michael Abatemarco


Let's Table This
Santa Fe New Mexican
Pasatiempo, 06/09/2017
Michael Abatemarco

Local artist Anne Farrell has new­media work in two interrelated exhibits: Currents New Media, where she's showing her installa­tions Darkroom and Yoni-4-]oanie; and David Richard Gallery's exhibit Beyond, in which two single-channel videos describe her work. "They're sort of two sides of a coin," Farrell said of the Currents installations. "They reflect off each other. The two pieces are very much in contrast. One is very dark, literally and psychologi­cally, and one is the opposite. It's very light in color and in concept."

Darkroom is a sculptural installation with three­dimensional handmade objects arrayed on a table, including a dead bird, a limbless tree trunk, and a black house. The surface of the table itself has a built-in video component and is rendered as an inhospitable jagged red landscape. "I'm calling it a table. It's actually a sculpted object, I guess," Farrell told Pasatiempo. "The other piece I conceived during installation, which is a little intimidating because then there's no room for failure."

Yoni-4-Joanie, originally called Paper Scrap Crap Glitter, is a shimmering sculpture made of fabric, paper, and recycled materials arranged into an amor­phous shape. In the center of it is a projected abstract video. Farrell took materials of little consequence and transformed them into a bedazzling work, as lighthearted as her Darkroom is ominous.

I like to be guided by what might be called
the unconscious. -artist Anne Ferrell

Farrell had a hit two years ago when she made The Island of Pal, a site-specific installation that premiered at Currents and was an imaginative ta.ke on a mythical island inhabited by a magical horse named Pal. It was constructed as an immersive envi­ronment and inspired a childlike wonder. "I like to be guided by what might be called the unconscious, and it brings up stuff that I might not be so knowl­edgeable about for myself," she said. "Then once it's out, it's definitely visible and knowable." Pal has become something of a mascot for Farrell. His image appears as a stable element on each page of her website. "He became a real persona and had a lot of specific qualities of what he could and couldn't do, would and wouldn't do. Maybe it's kind of childish, but I don't care."

Farrell has been involved with Currents, which is now in its 15th year, since the beginning, when the organizers were just showing new work in video. Since then, the festival has expanded to include inno­vative projects across a spectrum of artistic mediums. "I was part of a core group that didn't know it was Currents yet. My role on the board, in part, is to be a spokesperson for artists to Frank [Ragano] and Mariannah [Amster], to the executive directors, and present the artist's point of view when necessary."

Farrell has also been illustrating books for chil­dren. 'Tm working with a friend who's part of Meow Wolf," she said. "I've known her for a long time, and we've done two stories. One is published, and one is in progress." The published story is called Neverland, CO, and is written by Jean Selig.

There's a delightful component to Farrell's two-and three-dimensional works and her Currents installa­tions that make experiencing them fun. Her projects have a conceptual depth and seem to draw inspiration from a youthful view of the world. "That comes in from me allowing things to happen. It just unfolds in a playful manner, and I don't usually know where it's going to end up," she said. "That to me is one of the most interesting things about doing art. If you already know what you're doing, you're kind of bored when you're doing it. I like to follow what leads me."

Associated Artist

Associated Exhibitions

  • BEYOND Featuring: Anne Farrell, Matthew Kluber, Clark Richert, Kade Twist

    June 2, 2017 - June 17, 2017
  • BEYOND Opening Reception with Artists
    June 10, 2017 - June 10, 2017

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Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts
J. Willard Marriott Library
The University of Utah, 01/17/2017

The University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library will host the art exhibition Globalocation: Celebrating 20 Years of Artnauts, Jan. 20-March 3.

Artnauts, an art collective formed 20 years ago by George Rivera, professor of art and art history at the University of Colorado, Boulder, consists of 300 global artists who serve as goodwill ambassadors, acknowledging and supporting victims of oppression worldwide. Their creativity has generated over 230 exhibitions across five continents. Five faculty members from the U’s Department of Art and Art History are members of the collective, Sandy Brunvand, Beth Krensky, V. Kim Martinez, Brian Snapp and Xi Zhang.

Globalocation derives from “Globalocational Art” — a concept used by the Artnauts to refer to their exhibitions in international venues. It is the mission of the Artnauts to take art to places of contention, and this anniversary exhibition is a sample of places where they have been and themes they have addressed.

“The Artnauts could not exist without the commitment of the artists in the collective to a common vision of the transformative power of art,” said Rivera. “The Artnauts make their contribution with art that hopefully generates a dialogue with an international community on subjects that are sometimes difficult to raise.”

Krensky, associate department chair of the Art and Art History Department, had the opportunity to travel with Rivera in Chile as part of an Artnauts project, working with mothers who were searching for their children who had mysteriously disappeared during a time of political unrest.

“When I travelled to Chile in 1998, George and I spent an afternoon with the Mothers of the Disappeared, and the meeting changed my life,” said Krensky. “It was from that moment on that I placed a picture of them on my desk to look at every day. I was so moved by what they each had lost — a son, a brother, a father — and yet what remained for them was a deep, deep well of love. They were fierce warriors and stood up to the government to demand the whereabouts and information of the people who had disappeared, but they lived within profound love.”

The 20th anniversary exhibition at the Marriott Library is a retrospective of the traveling works the Artnauts have toured around the globe. The exhibition will be located on level three of the library. The opening reception is open to the public and will be held on Friday, Jan 20, 4-6 p.m. Rivera will speak at 4 p.m.

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