Alibi V.28 No.39 • Sept 26-Oct 2, 2019 

Art Preview

The Art at SOMOS

Installations, Activations and The Mother of Jellies

Kharli Brockmeier: The Mother of Jellies.
Kharli Brockmeier: The Mother of Jellies.
Photo by Clarke Condé

SOMOS is primarily a music festival, but swimming through the crowd this year in pulsing, color-changing LED fashion will be eight mermaids holding eight jellyfish made from umbrellas and festooned with shedding, colorful boas. One larger jellyfish totem will mark the location within SOMOS of the jellyfish crew of mermaids as they encourage attendees to interact with the jellyfish, take pictures and keep the party going. Not that you could possably miss them.

The mother of the Mother of Jellies is Kharli Brockmeier, a painter and personal trainer who created the jellyfish initially to act as a totem for music festivals. Last year was her first year with the creature creations at SOMOS, but this year she promises the jellies will be better than ever. Brockmeier says that attendees can also expect “flow artists” among the jelly crew to keep the dancing going throughout the night.

SOMOS also boasts a variety of installations and “activations” unique to the festival environment. Of partiqual note is the installation work of Albuquerque artist Andrew Fearnside and the poetry space created by the prolific group Burque Revolt. As SOMOS grows, so grows the breadth of artistic work.

Large Scale Art Installations at SOMOS

NM Laundry by Mark & Elisabeth Horst
Doorway by Billy Joe Miller & Mitch Berg
Indigenous Futurist by Pueblo Revolt Collective
Electric Desert by Andrew Fearnside
Creation Station by James R Black Collective
Island Trees by Odd City Collective
Light Bright by Art N Seek Collective
Light Pavillion by Owen Schwab
Cuckoo Beest by Kin Collective
Synesthetic Staircase by Rayes Padilla
Deep Rooted by Natalie Voelker
Mother of Jellies by Kharli Brockmeier