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Source Material

Join NMCTR and CCA Santa Fe to celebrate the last day of current exhibitions Allison Smith: Source Materiel and Getting Real.

Allison Smith: Source Materiel will feature Smith, a sculptor and installation artist from San Francisco, responding to a juxtaposed exhibit of trench art, objects made by soldiers, prisoners of war or civilians, where the object’s making and materiality are directly linked to armed conflict or its consequences, often using the detritus of war. The intersection of craft and war has been a long-standing interest of hers, where artist and soldiers can be in conversation, where the home front meets the front lines. She works in what can be described as a curatorial manner, positioning the work of others within a specific frame. The exhibition is about her approach to trench art as objects, working with them as a medium, bringing them into association with contemporary art. In her words: “I create temporary social formations driven by themes of conflict and creative democracy. I employ a range of tactile media such as textiles, ceramics, printmaking and wood furniture to produce performative sculptures, interactive installations, and artist-led participatory projects that rethink, restage, redo, and refigure our sense of collective memory.”

Getting Real: The artists in this group show approach trauma, death, intimacy, and personal growth from two ends of the spectrum. For artists Emma Levitt and Claudia X. Valdes the impetus for their projects was a personal trauma. Their intention was not necessarily to heal the pain, but finding a place from which to begin addressing larger issues of loss and historical trauma. Lindsay Tunkl and Edie Tsong connect with their audiences directly through a series of performative acts that ask for public engagement and invite a cathartic response. Both artists engage their audience on a one-on-one level that combines both counseling and performative elements.

Come enjoy this wonderful exhibitions! We are asking supporters to make a donation of $20 to support upcoming programs at NMCTR and CCA. To learn more, visit the CCA at www.ccasantafe.org.