Strangers things Long Echo at the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts

LONG ECHO

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - Paul Wei­de­man

You can get tan­gled in Long Echo, the new ex­hi­bi­tion by Strangers Col­lec­tive — specif­i­cally in the com­plex, lay­ered taut-string piece Sys­tem2 by Alex Gill. “Alex is a print­maker,” said col­lec­tive co-di­rec­tor Kyle Far­rell. “He used ink and string in our last show, Nar­rows, last spring at the Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Gallery, and he wanted to go deep with one. He wanted to get away from mak­ing a pretty pic­ture.”

Hang­ing nearby in the lobby gallery at the Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts is Dis­solve 1-9. It’s a series of pho­to­graphic pan­els — airscape ab­strac­tions — that doc­u­ment a trip. “I was rid­ing in a plane from Vir­ginia, where my fam­ily lives,” said the artist, Austin Eichel­berger, who cap­tured the nine im­ages by shoot­ing out of the air­plane win­dow. “I was fas­ci­nated with the hazi­ness, and the sun started set­ting, and when I saw the col­ors I got, I knew it was some­thing I wanted to work with.”

There are works by 11 other artists and 12 writ­ers in the show, which is cu­rated by Strangers Col­lec­tive’s Jor­dan Eddy, Far­rell, and Gill. In­cluded are paint­ings, sculp­tures, draw­ings, and new-me­dia works, as well as an ar­ray of zines and the book Strangers Vol­ume

One, which is ba­si­cally a jour­nal of the col­lec­tive’s events. “We made the book, and the im­ages are ba­si­cally in or­der of when we’ve ex­hib­ited, stretch­ing back to our liv­ing-room shows,” Eddy said.

The two-year-old group’s mis­sion is to show­case tal­ented artists and writ­ers who de­serve ex­po­sure but have not found rep­re­sen­ta­tion and to foster se­ri­ous crit­i­cal arts di­a­logue in Santa Fe. “It was orig­i­nally de­signed be­cause we wanted some sort of dead­lines

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