Kyle Farrell, Jordan Eddy & Alex Gill
Strangers Collective started in fall 2014 as a series of secret shows for emerging artists in private residences. What began as a salon-style gathering of friends grew into a full-fledged collective with over 30 local creatives. We started throwing public pop-up exhibitions around Santa Fe, with the goal of providing a platform for emerging artists and writers. Now we've launched NO LAND, an art space on the Santa Fe Plaza. Our new headquarters will feature solo exhibitions and small group shows for creatives who are ready to take the next step in their careers.
Strangers comprises local creatives with diverse backgrounds and disciplines. Some of us grew up in Santa Fe, and others have lived here for just a few years. There are painters, video artists and sculptors. Our writers pen poems, short stories and experimental nonfiction essays. We encourage collaborations between our members, and provide support and resources to the larger alternative arts community through programming at our shows and other events.
We mounted two private shows in 2014: First Fall in October, and Troublevision in December. Our first public exhibition, titled Strangers, was at ART.i.factory Gallery in July 2015 and featured 17 artists and writers. By October 2015, our membership had more than doubled for the group exhibition NO LAND at Wheelhouse Art.
Narrows was our third public exhibition, a three-week pop-up at Santa Fe Community Gallery in spring 2016. The show’s title referenced the small apartments or studios where our creative process begins. As emerging artists, we must ferry our work from these private spaces and into the public sphere. Narrows examined this invigorating and at times perilous voyage. In addition to an opening reception, we collaborated with Santa Fe Art Tours to present a guided tour of the space and also hosted a zine making workshop.
In July 2016, we teamed up with local art duo SCUBA to present a show called Dispatch at ART.i.factory Gallery. The exhibition challenged 96 New Mexico artists to create representations of Santa Fe art spaces on 3 x 6 inch tiles, forming a monumental map of the art establishment by artists who often work outside its boundaries. Visitors to the show were encouraged to mail their own "dispatches" to the featured art spaces. As mysterious letters appeared in mailboxes all over town, disparate members of the art world joined in the discussion.
Dispatch was a return to Baca Street for Strangers: we mounted our inaugural public exhibition at ART.i.factory at the 2015 Baca Street Bash. A second manifestation of Dispatch appeared from fall 2016 to winter 2017 at New Mexico Highlands University's Trolley Barn Gallery in Las Vegas, New Mexico. It featured additional contributions from NMHU faculty members, expanding our New Mexico art map to encompass both Santa Fe and Las Vegas. Strangers also curated a display of Ona Yopack's artwork in form & concept's Residency exhibition in fall 2016.
Strangers Collective's most recent group exhibition exhibition was Long Echo, which debuted at Center for Contemporary Arts on October 28, 2016. The show transformed the CCA Cinematheque Gallery into a gathering place for local creatives. It featured the work of 25 emerging artists and writers, and engaged the broader community in a series of events called Echo Chamber. In February 2017, Strangers collaborated with 1905 Magazine on the1905 Magazine Benefit Show, an exhibition of artwork from the Santa Fe-based arts and culture publication.
In April 2017, Strangers Collective launched an art space on the Santa Fe Plaza called NO LAND. The space features solo and small group exhibitions by artists, writers and performers. Dedicated to those ready to take the next step in their careers, NO LAND gives artists the opportunity to develop and show full-fledged bodies of work. The space also houses a zine and merchandise shop. It's located at 54 1/2 E. San Francisco Street on the Santa Fe Plaza.
NO LAND's inaugural exhibition was Marcus Zúñiga: YA VEO, which debuted in April 2017. The space has since exhibited the artwork and writings of Jesús Castillo & Sonja Bjelić, Emmaly Wiederholt & Gregory Bartning, Kat Kinnick & Zahra Marwan, and Barbara Justice & Adriana Barrios.
Strangers Collective has been featured in Pasatiempo, Santa Fean NOW, Weekly Alibi, Santa Fe New Mexican, Albuquerque Journal North, THE Magazine, Santa Fe Arts Journal, Santa Fe Reporter, The Jackalope and Inspirato Magazine. We've appeared on the Évasion network's #TamyUSA television series, and on the radio programs Spencer Beckwith on the Arts, ArtBeat, The Richard Eeds Show, The Big Show with Honey Harris, Travel Itch Radio and Santa Fe Radio Cafe.
Strangers & Collaborators
Erikka James | Kyle Farrell | Jordan Eddy
Whitney Stewart | Rachel Miller-Howard
Ben Putnam | Freyr A Marie | Dion Valdez
A. Jason Coleman | MaryEllen Whitmoyer
Ariana Lombardi | Stephanie Thompson
Stacy Brossy | Helen Tindel | Alex Gill
Leah Devine Pokrasso | Shannon Latham
Florence Cunningham | Marcus Zuniga
Elliot Jackson | Daniel Bohnhorst | Juro Gagne
Lily Evans | Tim Edeker | Julia Haywood
Maxwell Lucas | Kendyll Gross | Ona Yopack
Alicia Piller | Katherine Lee | Steve Harrison
Sarah Weisberg | Susy Alfaro | Katie Johnson
Acacia Barnett | Jesse Wood | Emmanuelle John
Jesús Castillo | Sonja Bjelić | Eliza Lutz
Crockett Bodelson | SCUBA
Alicia Inez Guzmán | Sam Armstrong-Zickefoose
Caitlin Brothers | ppoacher ppoacher
Melinda Freudenberger | Steffen D. Garcia
Michael J. Wilson | Marina Woollven
Calixte Raifsnider | Benjamin Bailey-Buhner