Painted a mural at St. John’s Thrift Shop in Downtown Albuquerque on 14th and Central in collaboration with Mural Fest 2018!
This year's theme When Nature Calls brings focus to Planet Earth’s climate crisis and how it is effecting all life on this floating rock we call home. From California being on fire to Houston, Puerto Rico & Hawaii drowning in water and lava to New Mexico facing one of the worst droughts in history - we felt a need to bring our world community together through murals, music and culinary arts to highlight solutions we can all play a part in moving forward.
We are bringing artists, non-profits, local businesses, neighborhood associations & main streets, The City of Albuquerque and You together to celebrate our culture and the path to a safer, more sustainable future.
Mural Fest is a catylist in the development of a more unified, safer, beautiful city.
Public Art Network Year in Review "National Recognition to the Best in Public Art Projects Annually"
T.I.M.E (Temporary Installations Made for the Environment) Edgewood 2017 of New Mexico Arts: Art in Public Places, a project I was a part of in 2017, was awarded through the juried selection of the Public Art Network Americans for the Arts Year in Review!
The other artists include Allyson Packer, Joshua Willis, Sara Cummings and Jodi Miller.
Each year, New Mexico Arts partners with a local community to commission up to ten temporary, visually engaging, and conceptually rich environmental artworks to be displayed for a short term exhibition in that community. The opening of the exhibit is often tied to another important community event. The artworks relate to a designated theme, and New Mexico Arts challenges artists to create environmental pieces that inspire, question, engage, and otherwise influence the citizens of and visitors to the host community. New Mexico Arts is interested in interactive art that encourages an audience response and transforms participants into active contributors to the creative process. The artworks are displayed for the length of the exhibit, and at the end of the exhibition they are disassembled and removed, leaving no trace of ever having existed. TIME was inspired by the emerging public art trend to engage artists interested in creating more spontaneous and immediate artworks with short life-spans. New Mexico Arts hopes that this kind of project will engage both communities and artists in the public art process. Projects and project details can be viewed at http://nmarts.org/2017-edgewood-persistence/
I'm working as a community engagement artist for the Morongo Basin Active Transportation Plan of San Bernardino County that is funded through the Southern California Association of Governments' Sustainability Grant Program.
The goal of the plan is to identify potential strategies and projects that will help make the Morongo Basin community a safer, more accessible and better connected place to walk and ride bikes. The region includes Twentynine Palms, Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley, Landers and the Joshua Tree National Park community.
As a part of this project, I am hosting community engagement activities in the Joshua Tree region to encourage community members to make paintings on wood, map drawings, and share stories about transportation in the area. Through the paintings, drawings and stories I will be creating two temporary way-finding installation sculptures in the local area.
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.
Opening Saturday, May 5, 2018
Front grounds of Factory on 5th Art Space/Kosmos, 1715 5th St NW, ABQ
Free & catered by the Kosmos Restaurant & Spellbound Syrups
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.
Kateri López’s songs echo the silence and timidity of the desert.
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.
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.
Joanna Keane Lopez is the creator & organizer of Resolana: Public Art + Performance. She is an artist, designer and builder who works with site-specific installation and public art. She was born and raised in Albuquerque and currently works and lives between Albuquerque and Joshua Tree, California. www.joannakeanelopez.com
This project is supported by the Fulcrum Fund, a grant program of 516 ARTS made possible by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.
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.
Invited artists include: Adelina Cruz, Adriana Ortiz-Carmona, Apolo Gomez Autumn Chacon, Aziza Murray, Baochi Zhang, Brandee Caoba, Corey Pickett, Cynthia Cook, Earl McBride, Ehren Kee Natay, Eliza Naranjo Morse, Eric-Paul Riege, Erin Currier, Fatemeh Baigmoradi, Grace Rosario Perkins, Hamed Marwan, Jami Porter Lara, Jessica Chao, Joanna Keane Lopez, John Boyce, Lucrecia Troncoso, Monica Kennedy, Nanibah Chacon, Rose B. Simpson, and Zahra Marwan.
Encompass is a unique multigenerational art event that takes place annually in March. Presented by Harwood Art Center in Albuquerque, NM, Encompass features four gallery exhibitions, three site-specific commissions, 40 open artist studios, collaborative art making projects and activities for all ages. It is both a reflection of and an offering to our community.
Harwood Art Center, 1114 Seventh St. NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Showcasing an installation for Convergence at Arcosanti, Arizona.
"Arcosanti is an urban laboratory focused on innovative design, community, and environmental accountability. Our goal is to actively pursue lean alternatives to urban sprawl based on Paolo Soleri's theory of compact city design, Arcology (architecture + ecology)."
"Convergence is bringing together renowned speakers, artists, musicians, and activators to co-create an experience of vibrancy, action, and hope. You can wander amidst the built structures and the 860 acres of protected riparian landscape within moments of your campsite."
"You can weave yourself through a flow of Keynotes, Workshops, Panel Discussions, Art Installations, Performances, Film Screenings, Acoustic and Dance Music."
"There will be topics ranging from Food and Farming, Localism and Sovereignty, Indigeneity and Colonialism, Community Economics, Permaculture, to Immigration, and more."
Building an art installation for the Desert Daze Music and Art Festival in Joshua Tree, CA.
October 12-15, 2017
Interview with Tierra Firme Projects regarding my last public art project Persist, Repeat, Reflect!
Tierra Firme is dedicated to contemporary land-based art. It examines how women, queer artists and artists of color see land and the built environment in relation to themselves as individuals and as members of broader collectives.
T.I.M.E. Edgewood 2017 encompasses five public temporary environmentally based artworks exhibited in various locations in Edgewood, New Mexico. This year's theme is persistence. The work is made possible by Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts, Route 66 Arts Alliance, and City of Edgewood.
Persist, Repeat, Reflect by Joanna Keane Lopez is a sculptural installation that celebrates the persistence of the human being’s interaction with the landscape of Edgewood, New Mexico. The work engages the memory and nostalgia of materials such as adobe mud for building, earthen plastering techniques and architectural forms unique to the region. The work mirrors back the viewer and backdrop of the environment in contemplation, examination and reflection.
Opening Reception: July 1, 2017
During this workshop, participants learn how to create paper from wildcrafted plants. Throughout the day-long workshop students cook and break down plant material with alkali and learn how to make the pulp into sheets of paper through the mould & deckle process. The construction of how to make a mould & deckle will be demonstrated as well.
Each person takes handmade wildcrafted paper home along with the knowledge of how to do it again!
Class fee: $50 / $40 Harwood Members
Location: Harwood Art Center's 6th Street Studio
Materials Fee: $10 paid to instructor
Sign up here >> http://www.harwoodartcenter.org/programs-classes/weekend-classes/
Plantcraft is an inquiry into the natural environment of the Southwest. The work encompasses plant and insect dyes, hand harvested aliz (a traditional clay plaster) and botanical paintings of regional medicinal plants. Plantcraft investigates place, the human being's relationship with flora & natural materials, the southwestern landscape's interaction with architecture and the mystique & stories of plants that heal.
Harwood Art Center, Front Gallery, 1114 Seventh St. NW, Albuquerque, NM
May 5th - May 25th, 2017
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm & Thursday, 9am-4pm
Opening Reception: May 5th, 2017 at 5pm-8pm
The Art in Public Places Program of New Mexico Arts, Axle Contemporary, and Grants Mainstreet commissioned seven temporary environmentally based artworks to be exhibited in various locations in Grants and Milan, NM.
Artist, Ruben Olguin and myself (Mezcla!) are creating a project entitled, NGC 2623, which is a large eroding sculpture made from earthen materials, plant paper and native seeds. The temporary installation acts as a droning soundscape within a listening garden. The work examines the flow of time, the flow of history, the flow of plants and the flow of people’s influence on the landscape over time. Concurrently, the installation considers the native and invasive plant species that are now home to the area left by people along the migration trails and transportation highways of the southwestern region. Inside the structure is a small garden of native plants which creates an isolated indigenized ecological space. Audio plays back within the garden to subtly reveal the mechanized noise of the modern world from a plant’s perspective.
1415 4th Street, Albuquerque, NM
Opening Night: March 4, 2016 6-10pm / Closing Night: March 18, 2016 6-10pm
Solo exhibition of new work that investigates ideas of place + identity + history in the Southwest through the lens of traditional artistic practices such as colcha embroidery, papermaking & rio grande style weaving designs from the turn of the 20th century.
CFA Downtown Studio
113 4th St NW, Albuquerque, NM
This exhibition presents a diverse body of creative works that employ art as a critical voice aimed at generating dialogue and awareness around social and environmental justice issues. The artists in this exhibition spent weeks in the field participating the UNM Land Arts of The American West Program while investigating Resource Extraction as a toxic legacy for Navajo communities, as well as learning about the Gila River and its potential diversion. This exhibition shares these artists' inquiries through art.
LAND ARTS OF THE AMERICAN WEST
John Sommers Gallery
University of New Mexico, Art Building, 2nd floor, #202, Albuquerque, NM
Land Arts of the American West is an interdisciplinary, field-based studio art program at the University of New Mexico. During the program the students travel extensively throughout the Southwest while camping and investigating environmental sites, human habitation systems, and questions facing the region. This exhibition presents the work of these artists as each shares critical and creative insights into the ecology of place.
INPOST! ART SPACE @ THE OUTPOST PERFORMANCE SPACE
210 Yale S.E., Albuquerque, NM
HILO is an exhibition of contemporary textiles artists from across the country. Textiles have the power to draw us in: reminding us of the familiar and functional, reflecting communities and surroundings. The five artists - Season Evans, Katie Ford, Rachel Hayes, Sarah Vosmus and Joanna Keane Lopez - play with these connotations through diverse and innovative methods of making. From weaving rom hand-spun wool, to constructing translucent vinyl banners and elegant bed-sized compositions, the artists draw from traditions in ways that are decidedly their own.