Mixed Me­dia Ob­jects of Art Santa Fe

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Kim Tschang-Yeul’s fas­ci­nat­ing wa­ter-drop paint­ings and Kim Tae-Ho’s tex­tured color field paint­ings are on dis­play at this year’s Ob­jects of Art Santa Fe show at El Museo Cul­tural de Santa Fe (555 Camino de la Fa­milia). “When I cut through the sur­face of the lay­ers of twenty or more col­ors with a pal­ette knife, the col­ors hid­den un­der­neath come alive, and they carry both the in­ter­nal rhythm and the ex­ter­nal com­po­si­tion,” Tae-Ho writes about his work, an ex­am­ple of Korea’s Dansaekhwa art form. “It is al­most like the win­dow frame of a tra­di­tional Korean house, a stone wall one finds in the coun­try­side, or a densely wo­ven fab­ric. In the course of pil­ing and scrap­ing of color lay­ers, count­less squares are built. Like a bee­hive, each square is a mi­cro­cosm burst­ing with its own en­ergy, namely, life.”

The square is a fo­cus in an­other at­trac­tion at Ob­jects of Art, now in its eighth year. An ex­hibit staged by Mark Sublette Medicine Man Gallery jux­ta­poses more than two dozen early Navajo rugs and blan­kets and an ar­ray of mod­ern art­works. Homage to the Square poses a dra­matic con­trast with the jack­ets, tu­nics, dresses, bow ties, and other gar­ments made from vin­tage Ja­panese ki­mono fab­rics shown by Asi­at­ica, a Kansas City work­shop and store that is one of more than 70 ex­hibitors at the show.

“This is not your grand­mother’s an­tique show,” writes Kim Martin­dale, the show’s co-pro­ducer. “The goal of the show is not about hav­ing a com­plete set of Chip­pen­dale fur­ni­ture. Peo­ple are no longer keep­ing strict bound­aries in art, they are unit­ing and putting di­verse pieces to­gether. They want to have art and de­sign they can live with, they can wear, and they can love.” She and co-pro­ducer John Mor­ris present the show to ap­peal to col­lec­tors young and old, to the con­nois­seur as well as the sim­ply cu­ri­ous. “No mat­ter what the age or back­ground of our vis­i­tors, we want to be sure you are turned on to new things,” Mor­ris said. “You’re sup­posed to be sur­prised.”

The show’s thou­sands of ob­jects also in­clude rare books, African sculp­ture, Per­sian rugs, Plains In­dian quill­work, and opal jew­elry from Haig’s of Rochester, Michi­gan. Ob­jects of Art Santa Fe opens with a $50 gala from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thurs­day, Aug. 10; pro­ceeds ben­e­fit KNME-TV PBS New Mex­ico. Ad­mis­sion is $15 dur­ing reg­u­lar show hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri­day, Aug. 11 through Sun­day, Aug. 13. Call 505-570-3220 for more in­for­ma­tion; tick­ets are avail­able at the door and by vis­it­ing www .ob­ject­so­fart­santafe.com. Martin­dale and Mor­ris also pro­duce the An­tique Amer­i­can In­dian Art Show Santa Fe at El Museo Cul­tural, Aug. 15 through Aug. 18. — Paul Wei­de­man

Paint­ing by Kim Tshang-Yeul from his Wa­ter Drop se­ries, 2016; Yaka slit drum, Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo, circa 1900

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