Mixed Me­dia

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FACES, Ben Hag­gard’s com­mu­nity-based por­trait pro­ject

If you’re lo­cal, chances are good that you’ll rec­og­nize some­one you know among the mul­ti­tude of por­traits on ex­hibit in FACES Santa Fe, Ben Hag­gard’s com­mu­nity-fo­cused por­trait pro­ject. Hag­gard, based in town, be­gan the pro­ject in 2010 as a hands-on, face-to-face so­cial net­work­ing ex­per­i­ment. Do­ing away with dig­i­tal so­cial me­dia, the pro­ject spread by word of mouth. Hag­gard started by paint­ing por­traits of friends and fam­ily mem­bers who then in­vited their friends to sit, and they in­vited their friends, and so forth. FACES opens in SITE Santa Fe’s SITElab on Fri­day, Jan. 22, with a free re­cep­tion at 5:30 p.m. The show is on view through Feb. 13.

Santa Fe is one of three cities whose res­i­dents Hag­gard has ren­dered in paint. He has also cre­ated por­traits of peo­ple in Ber­lin and San Fran­cisco. Hag­gard does free live por­trait demon­stra­tions dur­ing the run of the show at 10 a.m. on Mon­day, Jan. 25, 1 p.m. on Tues­day, Jan. 26, and 10 a.m. on Wed­nes­day, Jan. 27. Pro­ceeds from the sale of the por­traits ben­e­fit SITE’s ex­hi­bi­tion pro­grams as well as the artist. SITE has also en­gaged stu­dents in area schools with projects re­lated to FACES Santa Fe. The stu­dent-pro­duced por­traits will be ex­hib­ited at SITE on April 22. — Michael Abatemarco

Ben Hag­gard: Ben Hag­gard 1-2-11, acrylic on can­vas, 2011

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