Honored for my work to be featured in the latest Terrain Journal!
“A New Deal at UNM: Federal funding transforms the University of New Mexico in the 1930s” This exhibit that I co-curated runs through July 2017 at the Center for Southwest Research.
The exhibit focuses on UNM’s involvement in New Deal programming, as both a recipient of funds and as a location for New Deal- related offices and programs.
Public Works Administration grant funds built several major buildings at UNM, including Scholes Hall and Zimmerman Library.
The Civilian Conservation Core worked on landscaping and planting projects and built walkways and irrigation systems
The WPA funded craftspeople and vocational students to make furnishings for campus buildings
National Youth Administration funds helped hire student workers for on- campus jobs.
Federal art projects hired painters and sculptors to create art works for campus.
Lectures scheduled throughout the exhibition run. Check on UNM Libraries website.
Join me for a talk at Sanitary Tortilla Factory tomorrow, 3/23 at 6pm. Order the catalog here!
I wrote an article for the UNM Libraries online blog describing how my job in archives feeds my art practice: Historic Architectural Drawings Inspire Contemporary Creative Interpretation
March 3-31, 2017
Opening, First Friday, March 3, 6-9pm
Artist Talk, Thursday, March 23, 6-7pm
In this immersive installation of video, performance, sound, lithography, and sculpture, Erin Fussell transforms an urban desert flood control dam into a creative site. Fussell looks at the space conceptually as a reflection of a possible internal state of being. Culturally, we build “flood control systems” within ourselves as well to live in the world. The artist’s work poses an important question, when should we control it and when should we let it flood? In one video, performers interpret visual scores inspired by engineering plans of Embudo Dam on the dam in the Sandia Foothills. Water rushes uncontrolled in another. Wooden sculptures that mimic elements of the concrete dam structure recall the materiality of the site versus the gallery, point to the relationship between the natural and built environment. The work allows the viewer to reinterpret everyday landscape and experience space, both internally and externally.
The Sanitary Tortilla Factory is pleased to present Deep Waters, Thin Places, new work by Erin Fussell as the first of two exhibitions in the 2017 Exceptional Visual Artist Scholar Series. The Exceptional Scholar Series offers professional space for the culminating exhibition that defines the student’s launch into their profession as an artist. The series hopes to underscore exceptional artists attending regional institutions while highlighting Albuquerque’s historic connection to contemporary art practice.
Sanitary Tortilla Factory, 401 2nd St. SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Gallery Hours: Thursdays and Fridays 12-5pm, or by appointment
About the artist:
Erin Fussell is an interdisciplinary artist working in New Mexico. After growing up in watery Portland, Oregon and traveling extensively, Fussell draws inspiration from the desert landscape. She is currently the John Gaw Meem Architecture and Design Fellow at the Center for Southwest Research and an alumni SITE Santa Fe Scholar. “Deep Waters, Thin Places” is her MFA thesis show for the Art and Ecology program at the University of New Mexico and part of Albuquerque’s Women in Creativity 2017.
Sheri Crider, Sanitary Tortilla Factory, firstname.lastname@example.org
February 4 – April 1, 2017
UNM Graduate Exhibition
We are in mysterious contact with the powers besieging us, ready to call forth a miracle.
Juried by Candice Hopkins
516 ARTS will host the juried UNM Graduate Art Exhibition in the downstairs gallery. Produced by the UNM Graduate Art Association and juried by Candice Hopkins, this exhibition is in celebration of 516 ARTS’ collaborative relationship and UNM College of Fine Arts and its community outreach programs.
Hopkins says, “There is potential in fragments and there is possibility in pieces and in parts. As stand-ins for the whole, they offer new narratives created out of the freedom of improvisation. On view are many parts. There is a pair of lithe hands piercing a window blind; a piece of a multi-coloured tapestry; a video of a woman repeated the words ‘sorry, sorry, sorry, sorry…;’ banners for a party that never materializes; bits of sunburned skin; peeling wallpaper; and parts of houses seemingly conjured from beneath salty surfaces.
Along with fragments there are also portraits, none of which are straightforward. Some portraits look as though they are visible because of digital interference, others picture the anxiety of our age: ‘put money in banks that align with your beliefs;’ yet others are produced through memory—the open door of a familiar bedroom—and the remainder are made visible by their traces, a golden print of body hair and three letters in the Cherokee syllabary made of thin thread.
The philosopher Walter Benjamin once wrote that ‘finished works weigh lighter than [the] fragments.’ The works at the beginning of each artists’ career are heavy with intent. Necessarily so. Collectively, they offer glimpses into other worlds, and at their best, reveal insights into ourselves, as well.”
Marie Rose Brewer
Rusty Ayrton Chapman
Teena Lee Ryan
Kacie Erin Smith
Ariel C. Wilson
Candice Hopkins is originally from Whitehorse, Yukon and is a citizen of the Carcross/Tagish First Nation. She is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is curatorial advisor for the forthcoming documenta 14, which will be held in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany in 2017. She is formerly Chief Curator at the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts and has held curatorial positions at the National Gallery of Canada, the Western Front, and the Walter Phillips Gallery. Hopkins received her MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College.
The University of New Mexico Graduate Art Association (GAA) represents graduate students of the Department of Art and Art History to the greater UNM and New Mexico communities. The organization is run entirely by elected graduate students, with the guidance of appointed Faculty Advisors. Their mission is to provide special opportunities for AAH graduate students and enrich their overall experience at UNM. They also serve as an advocate for AAH graduate students and as a liaison between the student body, faculty and student government.
from 516 Arts
Images: Rachel Donovan, Untitled (doors), 2015, archival pigment print, 17 x 14 inches, Candice Hopkins, courtesy of Jason S. Ordaz
Join us! Perfect gifts for the holidays.
Our Lands 2: Tracing the Acequia Commons Symposium video art show will include “The River” at the El Museo Cultural De Santa Fe in Santa Fe, NM.
Opens on Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 4-9pm
Join us for open studio night in the Art Annex and Mattox Sculpture Studios! Friday, September 30, 2016, 6-8pm
My studio is in the Annex Rm 114.
Please join us for the opening reception in the John Waters Room and the Willard Room at the Center for Southwest Research , September 14, 2016, 6-8pm, in celebration of the 90th anniversary of America’s mother road.
Info on the exhibit and related lectures available here through UNM Libraries.
Curator, Nancy Brown Martinez, CSWR Archivist, Reference
Asst. Curator, Jennifer Eggleston, CSWR Student Conservationist
Exhibit Asst., Erin Fussell, John Gaw Meem Architecture and Design Fellow, CSWR
Co-sponsor, Dr. Audra Bellmore, Curator of the John Gaw Meem Archive of Southwestern Architecture
GRAFT GALLERY ( 1416 FOURTH STREET SW)
FRIDAY AUGUST 5
6 TO 10 PM
Featuring AIR DANCE
Special thanks to POP FIZZ + THE TANNEX
BRIGHT AND PITCH
8 PM TO 11 PM * $10 for one night * $15 for both
FRIDAY AUGUST 26
With musical performances by RAVEN CHACON
JAMES WHITON CECILIA MCKINNON
SATURDAY AUGUST 27
Shadow puppet show by RAE RED “Absolute Brightness” written + performed by
MARYA ERRIN JONES
“Shadow Piece” by Yoko Ono performed by
ABOUT MOUTHPIECE: Visual artists, musicians and puppeteers give life to puppets, whose voices are sculpted and triggered by light. Marisa Demarco, whose grandfather was a professional puppeteer, developed this concept for experimental music performance.
FEATURED ARTISTS: Manny Rettinger, Erin Fussell, Cecilia McKinnon, Danny Crouch, Jazmyn Crosby, Jessica Chao, Beth Hansen, Monica Demarco, Marisa Demarco, Liz Rincon, Clifford Grindstaff, Ava Grindstaff, Mauro Woody, Adri De La Cruz and the Electric Girls (New Orleans)
+ WORKSHOPS ALL MONTH LONG (details at graftgallery.com)
Pleased to have been one of the artist judges today for the Senior Art Competition at La Cueva High School. Great work from young artists and a pretty sweet, ’80s building.