Radius Books presents Nature, new directions in wire art by Marisa Fick-Jordaan with masterpieces of Zulu copper and telephone wire weaving, curated by David Arment. These handwoven South African baskets combine modern materials with the traditional, highly sought after weaving skills of the Zulu people, creating some of the world’s most collectable basketry.
Inspired by natural forms and giving free reign to her imagination, and the interplay between exterior and interior, Marisa Fick-Jordaan has conceptualized and designed a series of plant, bird, animal, and insect three-dimensional forms. Constructed from her preferred medium of PVC-coated copper and galvanized wire, in techniques developed over many years, these are assembled to create unique, large-scale, one-of-a-kind sculptural wall pieces and vessels.
Marisa Fick-Jordaan is the co-author of Wired, the authoritative work on Zulu wire art. Working with skilled African artists, she has brought this art form to the world, developing products and building a distribution network for an international market. Her efforts have helped to preserve a traditional art form and provide a sustainable cultural industry in Zululand.
Included in this show are works by the Mdukatshani crafters of the hills of Msinga, one of South Africa’s poorest and most arid areas, and until fairly recently, the center of the gun trade in South Africa. In a community overwhelmed by violence, AIDS, and a deadly, drug-resistant form of Tuberculosis, Msinga crafters work from home, sharing loss as well as laughter. In many instances, these crafters are the breadwinners in their families, supporting many livelihoods. Nearly half are widows, observing their three year mourning period. This time is a long, lonely period when handcraft becomes a lifeline for them. More than work, their craft is an expression of spirit and hope.
‘FRACTION OF A SECOND’ OPENS THIS WEEKEND!
Opening Reception at UNM Art Museum: Friday, June 5, 6-8pm
Members’ Preview 5-6pm
Opening Reception at 516 ARTS: Saturday, June 6, 6-8pm
Rita Koehler Artist Talk: 4pm
Curator Walk-Through: 5pm
Curated by David Bram, editor and publisher of Fraction Magazine, this multi-site exhibition brings together 45 diverse contemporary photographers, both established and emerging, with 35 artists from across the United States featured at 516 ARTS and 10 international artists featured at UNM Art Museum. This exhibition is the center of a new season-long photography collaboration called PhotoSummer in both Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Join Guest Curator David Bram for a walk-through of 516 ARTS’s Fraction of a Second exhibition on Saturday, June 6 at 5pm. Local and visiting artists featured in the exhibition will talk about their work with Bram and answer questions from the public.
The exhibition catalog for Fraction of a Second is published by Radius Books, and includes essays by Michele Penhall and James Elkins. Penhall says, “With a keen and perceptive sense of what makes a good picture, each month Bram presents a handful of engaging and original portfolios by young and/or emerging artists whose work, in almost all instances, has never before been published or seen online. And he does this one image at a time. …In addition to the contemporary work Bram presents, he has featured work by a number of established and renowned photographers…This nod to both photography’s history and canon provides balance to the very au courant nature of publishing visual work online, as it also no doubt introduces many young and/or foreign photographers to some of the discipline’s significant artists and iconic images.”
at 516 ARTS
Regional & National Artists
Leon Alesi (Asheville, NC), Liz Arenberg (Brooklyn, NY), Thomas Barrow (Albuquerque, NM), Clare Benson (Drummond Island, MI), Jonathan Blaustein (Taos, NM), Aaron Blum (Pittsburgh, PA), Daniel Coburn (Lawrence, KS), Matthew Conboy (Pittsburgh, PA), Matthew Crowther (Chicago, IL), Jess Dugan (Chicago, IL), Kirk Gittings (Albuquerque, NM), Alice Hargrave (Chicago, IL), Rita Koehler (South Bend, IN), Karen Kuehn (Peralta, NM), Galina Kurlat (Houston, TX), Nate Larson & Marni Shindelman, Isa Leshko (Salem, MA), Holly Lynton (Amherst, MA), Sara Macel (Brooklyn, NY), Rania Matar (Brookline, MA), Sarah Moore (Missoula, MT), Bruce Myren (Cambridge, MA), David Ondrik (Portland, OR), Edward Ranney (Santa Fe, NM), Kathleen Robbins (Columbia, NC), Bastienne Schmidt (Bridgehampton, NY), Nick Shepard (Portland, OR), Lara Shipley (Missouri), Charlie Simokaitis (Chicago, IL), Kurt Simonson (Long Beach, CA), Tabitha Soren (San Francisco, CA), Cheryle St Onge (Durham, NH), Jim Stone (Albuquerque, NM), and Joel Peter Witkin (Albuquerque, NM).
at UNM Art Museum
Alex Catt (UK), Ellie Davies (UK), Ingvild Melberg Eikeland (Norway), Regis Feugere (France), Paul Gaffney (Ireland), Sachiko Kawanabe (Japan), Yvette Monahan (Ireland), Paolo Patrizi (Italy), Jiehao Su (China), and Hiko Uemara (Netherlands).
Rita Koehler is a guest artist-in-resident as part of 516 ARTS partnership with the national NPN/Visual Artists Network residency program. For this residency, Koehler will be working on a diptych of opposing sides that is part of her new series titled Xenia. Xenia is a body of work addressing the transformational role of women religious in the Catholic Church since Vatican II. Portraits from this work will be featured in the Fraction of a Second exhibition at 516 ARTS.
Join us, November 13 – 16, for Paris Photo 2014. We will host the following signings at Radius Books’ stand EE26:
October 31 – November 15
Radius Books Studio
227 East Palace Ave, Suite W
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Radius Books has been chosen to exhibit this year at Paris Photo. In preparation, we have pulled from the archives some of our most coveted limited and deluxe edition books to take with us. But before we go, we thought we would give our loyal followers a chance to buy these. For the next two weeks, copies will be available directly from Radius, and will be exhibited in our space. The quantities for most of these are VERY limited, so if you are interested, please let us know. (505) 983-4068 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mark Klett: Saguaros ($2,000)
Julie Blackmon: Domestic Vacations ($2,000)
Johnnie Winona Ross ($1,500)
Judy Tuwaletstiwa: Mapping Water ($1,000)
Sharon Harper: From Above & Below ($1,000)
Michael Lundgren: Transfigurations ($600)
Johnnie Winona Ross ($5,000)
Mark Klett: Saguaros ($2,000)
Remember last year? We had so much fun, we’re doing it again!
Please save the date for RADIUS BOOKS Artist Weekend 2015
In celebration of our eighth anniversary, during which time we will have published more than 90 titles, RADIUS BOOKS is bringing together over 50 notable local and international artists for our biennial Artists Weekend. The event will take place September 19, 2015 . Stay tuned, more info to come as the event nears.