A public art and community engagement way-finding signage project located in Twentynine Palms & Joshua Tree, CA commissioned for the Morongo Basin Active Transportation Plan of the Arts Connection of San Bernardino County.
The project seeks to bring attention to bicycle & pedestrian safety for local destinations in the Hi Desert. The wooden arrow paintings were created during community engagement workshops that took place at the Sky Village Swap Meet in collaboration with High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree Farmers Market, Joshua Tree Music Festival and the Joshua Tree Art Walk.
Resolana is a public art project created by Joanna Keane Lopez through the support of the Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. The site-specific installation is composed of a south-facing, half-mooned adobe sculptural wall embedded with mirrors that reflects the audience and landscape. Resolana is a New Mexican term meaning “the place where the sun shines” or “a sunny side of a wall”. It is traditionally a place in the community where people can gather to converse, share and reflect. Instead of a wall that separates people, Resolana acts as a space to bring people together in dialogue and performance.
On May 5th, 2018, I organized an opening event of Resolana on the front grounds of Factory on 5th Art Space//Kosmos in Albuquerque, NM with an all woman line-up of solo performers including Rae Red (Rae Anna Hample), Nizhonniya Austin, Kateri López and Jazmyn Crosby of Glitter Vomit.
Photos by Kacie Erin Smith, Matt Adams & Joanna Keane Lopez
Nizhonniya Austin is a multi-media artist and musician based out of Albuquerque, NM. Her sounds embody a subtle and ethereal expression of love, loss, and feeling. In her writing, she often explores the sentiment of the human heart and the glory of renascence. Nizhonniya also comes from a lineage of Diné healers and medicine men and carries on their relationship with song. Although her music is contemporary, she believes that the power of healing through music remains the same in all languages, cultures, and artistic mediums.
Nizhonniya Austin @ Public Art + Performance, May 5, 2018
Kateri López’s songs echo the silence and timidity of the desert.
Kateri López @ Resolana: Public Art + Performace, May 5, 2018
Glitter Vomit is music about miscommunication and the tools that make it happen. It is music that you might hear in a basement after the apocalypse, picture a candle light ritual mourning the loss of communication in the digital age, cell phones, radio, and recordings of old friends. Glitter Vomit sounds like static, it sounds like long slow thoughts, vulnerable sparse and layered guitar and vocals in an echo chamber. Glitter Vomit is currently a solo project of Jazmyn Crosby with occasional collaborators.
Rae Red (Rae Anna Hample) is a multi-media artist, based out of Marfa, TX. She combines personal narrative, with environmental justice, shadow puppetry, animation, and live singing to create jubilant performances. Her work is playfully macabre, and often explores what it means to transform.
Rae Red @ Resolana: Public Art + Performance, May 5, 2018
Factory on 5th Art Space // Kosmos, ABQ, NM
Expanding Sequences is a site-specific installation commissioned by the Harwood Art Center of Albuquerque, NM for their community celebration, Encompass.
The sculptural installation, Nine Ways to Say Hello, is an abstracted and conceptual work surrounding the subject matter of race & place in New Mexico. The materials of mud, lime wash, mirrors and cotton dyed with cochineal and onion skins are characters in a story.
The brownness of the adobe bricks is white-washed with lime; white in the front, brown in the back, a duality of colors and identities. The cotton fabric, a material that we weave into an integrated whole and then warp our bodies in… is dyed with cochineal, an insect native to the Southwest that nests on the prickly pear cactus along with local and imported onion skins referencing layers that cover a surface or a body. The circles hold space for wholeness... while the nine adobe structures stand separately in a state of fragmented assemblage. Nine Ways to Say Hello engages the observer in multiplicity and reflection.
On view at the Art Museum of The National Hispanic Cultural Center May 4, 2018 - February 28, 2019.
About the exhibition: Because It’s Time: Unraveling Race and Place in NM examines race and identity in New Mexico and is a space for artistic expression that grapples with the complexities of who we are, how we are understood, and how that impacts the way we live (or don’t) in a variety of places. The exhibition features approximately 26 newly created artworks by artists with different experiences in New Mexico alongside works from the National Hispanic Cultural Center Art Museum’s permanent collection. All of the artworks delve into race and place through an intersectional lens alongside gender, sexuality, class, nationality, citizenship status, etc. from local, national, and international perspectives.
Plantcraft is an inquiry into the natural environment of the Southwest. The sculptural installation encompasses paper, wire, plant and insect dyes and hand harvested aliz (a traditional clay plaster). The work investigates architectural forms, colors and materials of New Mexico. It is an inquiry into the human being's relationship with flora and earthen materials that create an intimate interaction with architecture and landscape.
Acrylic on canvas, paper, wire, thread. 4’x3’6”. 2018.