418 Montezuma Avenue
October 16-28, 2015
Friday, October 16, 5-9 pm
This autumn, local art collective Strangers will take part in the final chapter of a beloved Santa Fe gallery. Wheelhouse Art, known for its trailblazing exhibitions of conceptual and experimental artwork, will host the group for a provocative show before closing its doors. Strangers Collective’s NO LAND exhibition runs October 16-28, and rallies Santa Fe’s emerging art community to fight for new territory in a competitive market.
“Wheelhouse stood by artists who went against the grain in Santa Fe, and that’s a huge risk,” says Strangers co-founder and sculptor Kyle Farrell. “For the last show, we wanted to honor that ethos by asking some big questions about our community’s future.”
A group of friends started Strangers in 2014, mounting a series of private exhibitions in a Santa Fe living room. The collective threw its first public art and zine show this summer at ART.i.factory Gallery on Baca Street, creating a new platform for young creatives with powerful perspectives to share. NO LAND is the group’s largest exhibition yet, with 13 visual artists—including painters, filmmakers, sculptors and collage artists— and more than a dozen writers involved.
“The ‘NO LAND’ title is a reference to that feeling of isolation young artists can get in this very established scene,” says Strangers co-founder and writer Jordan Eddy. “So many artists have already planted their flags here. How do we carve out our own niche and tell some new stories?”
The visual artists featured in NO LAND include A. Jason Coleman, Dion Valdez, Freedom Hopkins, Alex Gill, Ben Putnam, Stephanie Thompson, Drew Mc, Erikka James, MaryEllen Whitmoyer, Freyr A Marie, Julia Haywood, Kyle Farrell, Shannon Latham and Leah Devine Pokrasso. Participating writers include Andrea Vaca, Annie Siegel, Ariana Lombardi, Kelly Skeen, Austin Eichelberger, Bucket Siler, Chris Quintana, Elaine Richtel, Elliot Jackson, Jordan Eddy, Juro Gagne, Rachel Miller-Howard and a number of Knack Magazine contributors.