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V.25 No.4 | 01/28/2016

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Don't Forget

Donate to GRAFT's memory drive

By Maggie Grimason [ Tue Feb 2 2016 3:24 PM ]

In The Crossing Cormac McCarthy wrote, "life is a memory, and then it is nothing." The book explores many of the things that we think of as making us human. Among them, of course, memory. It is powerful to suggest that experience is fleeting and the bulk of who we are is composed of our memories.

Yet, there is a margin of error. Our experiences are subjective, and so are our memories. The good people at GRAFT are collecting those "[memories] on the edge of disappearance, one[s] that feel incomplete, ... that you cannot verify" for an art project.

Early memories, things that may be real or may have happened in a dream ... I have a whole compendium of these and to know if they are true or not would change the fabric of who I am.

Donate your memories by leaving a voicemail at (505) 585-1415.

V.25 No.2 | 01/14/2016

The Daily Word in the culprit of the Bacha Khan University attacks, marriage, and NM's leading cause of death

By Cerridwen Stucky [ Wed Jan 20 2016 10:53 AM ]
The Daily Word

Conflicting claims on who is responsible for the attack on Bacha Khan University.

Check out the official suicide squad trailer (finally).

Parents being unreasonable about marriage.

In the last decade NM's most distinctive cause of death has been interactions with law enforcement. Incredible.

Neat garage, bro.

Spotify absorbed some startups and will be trying some new stuff.

A fight between high-schoolers in Santa Fe ends with a hospitalized girl.

V.24 No.53 | 12/31/2015

Event Horizon

Pro or Con?

Friday, Jan 8: Sixth Annual Comic Con

By Devin D. O'Leary [ Wed Jan 6 2016 3:15 PM ]
Bring the whole family for three days of events including films, celebrity signings, vendors, cosplay and more.
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Return of the Snowflake

Friday, Jan 8: Star Wars Snow Flakes

By Cerridwen Stucky [ Wed Jan 6 2016 1:36 PM ]
Create Star Wars themed snowflakes.
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V.24 No.51 | 12/17/2015
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Event Horizon

Afternoon at the Museum

Saturday, Dec 26: Terra Trio

By Taylor Grabowsky [ Thu Dec 24 2015 11:00 AM ]
Listen to Latin jazz, bossa nova and samba while enjoying the art at the museum.
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V.24 No.47 | 11/19/2015

The Daily Word in emojis, the flu and the future via Twitter

By Megan Reneau [ Thu Nov 19 2015 10:59 AM ]
The Daily Word

Only a twitter bot can predict the future.

The suspected organizer of the terrorist attacks in Paris is reportedly killed.

A summation of anti-feminists to induce your daily rage.

Learn more about the history of lesbianism on the island of Nantucket.

Good Charlotte is back, thank Satan.

Morsels by Megan Foldenauer is deliciously lovely.

Where revenge porn and sex work intersect.

-laugh crying emoji-

Take-out flu shots delivered by Uber? Alright.

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Peek-A-Boo

Todd Christensen's Observing the Withdrawn

By Alison Oatman [ Thu Nov 19 2015 10:21 AM ]

One way to view Todd Christensen’s very personal art installation “Observing the Withdrawn” (Art.i.fact, 930 Baca St., Santa Fe) is as a psychological game of hide-and-seek. The artist’s social anxieties inform this sprawling network of vintage decommissioned library textbooks, mostly stamped as "withdrawn” and shorn of their inner pages. Confessional journal entries and offbeat self-portraits riddle every spare surface.

By withdrawing into the shadows, Christensen steps back to observe society at large. Yet his work is so intimate: a spilling of secrets. As Christensen explained to me, the exhibit consists of standalone hard covers that he calls “pathways” to the more densely constructed patches of artwork that symbolize “groupings, social interactions, and conversation,” as if to contrast solitude with community.

How must it feel for such an introvert to have his first solo show in Santa Fe teeming with fearful memories from his childhood and raw musings on his inner turmoil? He says it does not bother him. I would argue that just as he removes his mask, he is hiding in plain sight.

According to the magazine Psychology Today, those who suffer from Social phobia (also known as Social Anxiety Disorder) deal with “overwhelming anxiety and excessive self-consciousness in everyday social situations.” What’s more, “People with social phobia have a persistent, intense, and chronic fear of being watched and judged by others and of being embarrassed or humiliated by their own actions.”

For extremely shy people, every social situation is an exercise in being more of an observer than a participant. It’s daily performance anxiety. One “self-monitors” with every move taken and every word spoken like an actor on a stage. When that shy person is an artist, whose job it is to tell some sort of truth from a somewhat removed perspective, the alienation from both self and others must become even more pronounced.

Christensen’s beholder witnesses a lot of despair. In one of his self-portraits, thickets of hair cover his face to the point of self-erasure. Then, there are even more negative portrayals of him with cactus pods sprouting out of his head—drawings that he hinted deal with a period of unhappiness and illness. As for his spacemen—mummified astronauts straight out of early science fiction—they are his “social alter egos.” The spacemen are the party people.

In his work, Christensen reckons with his most intimate, lonely side. There is a lot of self-analysis. In one panel, he lists the seven deadly sins as if outlining a possible scorecard. Also on display is a lot of talk of food and body image, including a humorous self-rebuke for hankering after “a big juicy pork chop” that he displays near a book with the title Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit. He clearly battles his demons with a touch of grim lightheartedness. Two great quotes from his exhibit: “Pain is essential” and “Sink or sink.”

But just what is private and what is public? Even as he opens the curtains, Christensen disguises himself behind a more straightforward persona. For example, he scolds the viewer for feeding on his secrets. Peering up into the guts of the busier sections of his installation is like looking up a woman’s skirts. Furthermore, he has booby-trapped those interiors of his work with hidden rebukes such as: “My pain is my pain, my business is yours it seems, you peeping Tom.”

Author, actor and comedian Stephen Fry once said about his social anxiety: ‘It’s not all bad. Heightened self-consciousness, apartness, an inability to join in, physical shame and self-loathing—they are not all bad. Those devils have been my angels. Without them I would never have disappeared into language, literature, the mind, laughter and all the mad intensities that made and unmade me.”

In Christensen’s work, we are blessed with all of his mad intensities.

Visit the installation at Art.i.fact now through January 4.

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The Gift of Art

Curate an inspired holiday showing with handmade items from local artists

By Maggie Grimason
Instead of risking your life for cloned pieces of plastic from big box stores this holiday season, consider investing in pieces of art that are not only one-of-a-kind, but support local female artists.
V.24 No.44 | 10/29/2015

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Realistic renderings of kids' monster drawings are amazing

By Ty Bannerman [ Wed Nov 4 2015 11:54 AM ]

Everybody knows that kids have the weirdest, most wonderful broken brains on the planet. And if you've ever looked at drawing made by the under-8 set, you've probably wondered what it be like if the lumpy, tentacled beast depicted actually roamed the earth.

The Monster Project has tasked a group of artists with bringing these child-drawn monstrosities ever so slightly closer to our world by rendering them in a realistic fashion, and the results are wonderful. Check them out, and also note that they have a kickstarter, so if you're moved by their work, you can support it directly.

V.24 No.39 | 9/24/2015

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The Daily Word: The Innovation of Loneliness

By Robert Maestas [ Thu Sep 17 2015 12:52 PM ]
The Daily Word

From God to Science to... Unbelievable Space Magic?

Blood Minerals.

An exercise in confusing futility.

Psychedelic animal specimens.

JAMES BOND IS REAL.

A gem of creativity.

May the snow be with you.

The Innovation of Loneliness.

V.24 No.38 | 9/17/2015

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The Daily Word: The Triumphant Survival of Ink & Paper

By Robert Maestas [ Wed Sep 16 2015 12:36 PM ]
The Daily Word

Damn, that’s a sexy treat.

Don’t get “high-jacked.

In money we trust (people to make art with it)

Space birds eye view.

The Next Generation of Currency.

Moonlighting as an illustrator.

The Triumphant Survival of Ink & Paper..

Papercuts.

The Phantom Pain.

“Striking” artwork.

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The Daily Word In Underwater travels, two animals to make your heart melt and a new species introduced to the world

By Desiree Garcia [ Fri Sep 11 2015 1:35 PM ]
The Daily Word

Newly discovered Homo Naledi species with primate and human features.

Female cartoonist sentenced to 12 years in prison for shaking her lawyer’s hand.

Last 9/11 Search-and-rescuce dog gets honored in New York City and Celebrates her 16th birthday.

60-year-old man travels the world swimming through the ocean.

Man remembers to pay his college parking tickets after 40 years.

Crane collapses at Islam’s mosques.

Flordia man arrested for plan to use a pressure cooker bomb at 9/11 memorial.

Check out these Disney characters in virtual reality!

Syrian man flees to greece but not without his kitten Olive.

V.24 No.37 | 09/10/2015
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Chocolate Dreams in Vino-color

Traditions of New Mexico: An Exploration of Dreams in Art, Wine and Chocolate

By Desiree Garcia [ Thu Sep 10 2015 4:08 PM ]
The preeminent surrealist artist of New Mexico, Josh Franco, inspires new desserts and wine pairings in conjunction with La Bella Vino Winery.
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V.24 No.38 | 9/17/2015

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The Daily Word in Copwatch & Sex Robots

By Robert Maestas [ Thu Sep 10 2015 1:30 PM ]
The Daily Word

A couple 8balls for my sweetie.

Cat burglar.

Don’t stop in Burque for Ice Cream.

Homo Naledi.

Drawing Autism.

Drawing Schizophrenia.

The Great Fireball of 2015.

Slumbering genius.

Copwatch.

Sex robots.

V.24 No.28 | 7/9/2015

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The Daily Word in George

By Robert Maestas [ Wed Sep 9 2015 11:46 AM ]
The Daily Word

Pros & Cons of CGI.

A reflection of our time.

CRY FOR ME!

NASA the hedgehog.

Computerman ( or the Expected Ignorance of Virture )

Hedy Lamarr’s Great Escape.

Master Penman.

The power of Venus.

Secrets of the US dollar.

George.

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