The Lady Minimalists Tea Society:
September 6-29, 2013, at Axle Contemporary:
A mobile gallery of contemporary art in Santa Fe
Opening reception: Friday, September 6, 2013, 5 to 7 p.m. in the Santa Fe Railyard (Farmers Market area)
Danielle Shelley, Dara Mark, Diane McGregor
Janice Wall, Shaun Gilmore, Signe Stuart
Drifting west at the rate of fifty-five miles a year, the magnetic north pole is headed for Siberia, and from there, who knows? Magnetic Drift, an exhibition by the Lady Minimalists Tea Society, is an interactive installation that’s also headed somewhere unknown, depending on the whims of our viewers/collaborators.
In this site-specific project for Axle Contemporary, a mobile gallery of contemporary art in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Lady Minimalists have created small works that are movable and interchangeable. The installation consists of several hundred “tiles” – tiny artworks by the six artists, attached to the sheet metal-covered walls of Axle’s mobile gallery with magnets. Anyone who enters the truck is invited to move them about and form their own constellation of artworks. A large work can be created with component parts made by one artist or several. A small single work can be a world in and of itself. In the spirit of more openness and flexibility, Axle is pricing the work at a point that should be affordable for all.
The Lady Minimalists Tea Society is a collective of six Northern New Mexico women artists who have an aesthetic relationship to minimalism as a core principle. For some members, it is a starting point, while for others it is more a concept to react to. Each of them has adapted the minimalist aesthetic to her own individual ends. They retain a shared sense of pared-down processes, materials and/or colors, so that what is left out of the artwork is as crucial as what is allowed in. There is no storytelling; pictorial space is explored abstractly, often with an emphasis on light or atmosphere.