Form & Concept Announces Representation of Four Artists

Friday, October 28, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Form & Concept

435 S Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501, Santa Fe NM 87501

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Santa Fe, NM – form & concept is proud to announce representation of four artists: Wesley

Anderegg, Heather Bradley, Heidi Brandow, & Matthew Mullins. Offering a diversity of technique

and content, these four artists reflect form & concept’s mission of blurring the lines between art

& craft. The gallery will host a reception for the four artists on Friday, October 28, 5­7pm.

California­based ceramicist

Wesley Anderegg

sculpts figurative pieces

that explore humanity in all

its banality and magic. His

figures are engaged in

commonplace activities

such as sitting on a park

bench and just as often in

strange ones, like

swimming away from

hungry piranhas.

Sometimes they exhibit

certain occupations such

as a mailman or musician.

They are decidedly both

strange and charming.

The artist says, “a lot of my

stuff has an emotional

quality to it, but I try not to be so blatant, to throw humor in there to buffer some of the serious

emotional things. Many figures are missing teeth, “to represent life's challenges and hard

knocks, but they are survivors, still doing their thing day in and day out.”

Anderegg is a graduate of Arizona State University and has been exhibiting his work for over 30

years. His pieces are included in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian

American Art Museum's Renwick Gallery.

Santa Fe potter, Heather Bradley​ creates variations on a theme, working in multiples and

repetition. Bradley’s forms teeter between functional and decorative ceramics. Elongated

vessels and spherical pieces, mirroring Pueblo seed pot shapes, form groups of objects with a

sense of elegance, symmetry, and simple beauty. Her work expresses an obsessive

determination and a love for the process, but also allows for each piece to have an

individualized imperfection that conveys a sense of vulnerable humanity.

“I first touched a potter's wheel 20 years ago, and I immediately knew it was a challenge I

couldn't walk away from. The hum of the motor, the centrifugal motion of the wheel, the power of

the foot pedal, mesmerized me. I work in clay because I love to work with my hands. I love the

feeling of the earth between my fingers. I love everything about the way the clay behaves. I

work in multiples and I thrive in repetition. The wheel lends itself to this... with each experience

on the wheel, my hands remember and learn, and I'm rewarded for time spent by gaining more

and more knowledge about how to manipulate my material.”

Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Bradley studied art at the University of West Florida in

Pensacola, Florida. She received a B.F.A. in Painting from New Mexico State University in Las

Cruces in 2000, and in 2001 lived and worked in Galway, Ireland. Heather received her M.F.A.

in Ceramics from N.M.S.U. in 2005 and has exhibited her work for 16 years across the country.

Heidi K. Brandow​ is a multi­disciplinary artist whose work is uniquely filled with whimsical

characters and monsters that are often combined with words of poetry, stories, and personal

reflections. Hailing from a long line of Native Hawaiian singers, musicians and performers on

her mother’s side and Diné storytellers and medicine people on her father’s side, she finds that

her pursuit of an artistic career came naturally. Drawing her inspiration from everyday life,

Brandow's work concerns discovering, defining, and redefining personal identity by questioning

authority and deconstructing mainstream assumptions of Native Americans. Brandow’s work

engages personal, cultural, and historical experiences while incorporating perspectives of

critical theory.

Brandow is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and

has studied design at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in Cambridge, Massachusetts

and Istanbul Technical University in Istanbul, Turkey. Her work is held in the permanent

collections of the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Hunter

Museum of American Art in Chatanooga, Tennessee, and the Luciano Benetton Collection in

Italy.

Matthew Mullins​ is a painter who draws

upon his fascination with visual perception

and the forces of Nature. Matthew’s current

body of work draws upon traditional quilt

patterns overlaid on scenes of forests and

mountains. The juxtaposition of geometric

design with organic forms suggests different

methods of searching for harmony, creating

connection from separateness, and the

human desire to feel in sync with the natural

world.

The artist says, “by painting nature, I'm

looking for connection and harmony with

nature (in a world that can prevent that

feeling). I believe that humans are part of the

natural world, but that our society and habits

can create a feeling of separateness from

nature. So I start out with two main

ingredients that represent the

separateness...natural imagery and a

human­made construct ­ which is a geometric

pattern that is not found in Nature. Then I try

to create harmony between these two

disparate elements. That search for harmony

(through painting) is emblematic of healing the

split that we often feel from the world beyond

ourselves. The painting process is like a

vehicle to take me from separateness to connection.”

Mullins holds an MFA from University of California Berkeley, where he was the recipient of the

prestigious Eisner Prize for Visual Art and was also a fellow with the Arts Research Center.

Mullins was the recipient of the Visions From the New California Award, along with several other

awards for his painting. His paintings have been published in New American Paintings, and

have been exhibited and collected internationally.

What/ Who​: Works by Wesley Anderegg, Heather Bradley, Heidi Brandow, & Matthew Mullins.

When​: Friday, October 28, 2016, 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Where​: form & concept, 435 S. Guadalupe St. Santa Fe, NM 87501 ­ Opening Coincides with

the Last Friday Art Walk in the Railyard Arts District.