Art, Film, Video in Taos

By: Contributor
27 September, 2017

The Unpredictable

At Bareiss Gallery on Sunday, artist Brian Shields gave Enviro film fest director, Jean Stevens, credit for inspiring the exhibition “Earth Elements,” featuring work by Dora Dillistone, Hank Saxe, and Brian Shields. The exhibit continues Thursday and Friday, open from 12 to 5, and by appointment: phone Cynthia at 575-770-7096.

During Jina Brenneman’s conversation, the SRO crowd enjoyed a Q&A session among mostly artists in the crowd about process and discovery.

Dillistone gave credit for her work to the workings of wind, soil, and water, questioning whether she was an artist at all. Shield says he responds to energy and emotion emanating from the images in the studio. Saxe described himself as responding to the unpredictable properties of minerals and chemico-physico reactions during the clay and glaze, heating and cooling phases, while whacking the clay with blunt instruments.

The refreshing conversation artists focused on the process of making art and nary a word was spoken about the “art world.”

Film Fest Focused on Enviro-Eco Elements
From Jean Stevens

The Taos Environmental Film Festival, 9/27-10/1, will present Q&A’s, discussions, food tastings plus award winning feature and short films. Learn about our planet’s environment and the heroes who are preserving it on the big screen. This is a FREE film festival with donations gratefully accepted to support these important Taos non-profits: Amigos Bravos, Rivers & Birds, Western Environmental Law Center, Taos Land Trust and Taos Fall Arts Festival.

Peter Walker, Media Arts Department Chair at UNM-Taos, will be giving a Q&A following the Wednesday morning screening of his film “Ode to Standing Rock”.

Bad Boy Back

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Dave Cortez stuck his finger in the Holiday Inn controversy via New Mexico’s new and only attempt at political satire in a Colbert Report like format, The New Mexico Inquisition. These kids do this for no pay and the first 6 free episodes are here. They have covered Santolina, pan handling, the Albuquerque A.R.T. debacle, and much, much more.

The seventh episode features man on the street David, asking folks what they think of a three or four story Holiday Inn. He also asks, “Will Snoop Doggy Dog come to Taos now that we will have a Holiday Inn?”

David’s other endeavors include two feature length documentaries.

Drilling Mora County covers the fracking ban in Mora County with talking heads and clips from the Milagro Beanfield War and is still in a rough assembly stage. View that here.

Activists in Sandoval County are fighting an ordinance that has no regulation and allows for drilling up to 750 ft from schools, hospitals, etc. Like the FB page here.

A work in progress, Successful Outlaw studies local biker builder, and master platero, Pepe Rochon. David just interviewed Art Kopecky, New Buffalo agro-journalist, in Berkeley and is hoping to preview the work at the New Mexico History Museum’s Voice of Counter Culture exhibition. A workshop by the Museum comes to Taos at the end of October. Apply here if you’re an old hippie and have something to say.

See a brief clip of Art Kopecky here.

Find links to photos, sequences, and more! Pepe was photographed last year by celebrity photographer, Albert Watson who has shot the likes of Steve Jobs, Sting, The Queen of England, and Clint Eastwood.

Agnes in Town

Taos, NM- 09/26/17: For one day only, Agnes Martin Before the Grid returns to Taos for a screening at The Harwood Museum of Art. In 1995, Agnes Martin created seven paintings that found their home in the dedicated Agnes Martin Gallery in The Harwood Museum. This fall, two showings of the documentary bring Agnes Martin back to the place where she is so revered. This intimate film by Kathleen Brennan and Jina Brenneman captures little known stories of Agnes Martin as told by friends, lovers and classmates who knew her well. These stories give insight into Martin’s personality and development of her creative process before her famous grid paintings.

The film will be showing October 7, 2017 at The Harwood Museum of Art at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm. There will be a Q&A session with the filmmakers after each screening.

56 minute run time.

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Editor’s Note. “Before the Grid” is a charming mini-biopic. Among all the friends who testified, local artist Marsha Oliver steals the show.

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