Flowering Oaxacan art form comes to Santa Fe
Albuquerque Journal North, October, 2019
Many Santa Fe collectors of folk art are familiar with Oaxaca, Mexico, because of its brightly colored wood carvings of animals, reptiles and fantastical creatures known as alebrijes, as well as for its black pottery and Zapotec rugs. But if Frank Rose gets his way, Oaxaca will gain more recognition in New Mexico for its printmaking.
Santa Fe Reporter, September, 2019
Lechtenberg shows his jewelry at Canyon Road's Hecho a Mano Gallery this week alongside Will Rimel, a ceramicist, in Funko Roasto, a sendup of popular toys but a staggering duo show at the intersection of tongue-in-cheek and fine art.
Open Call: Regalos
Holiday Small Works Show
Hecho a Mano invites artists to submit work for Regalos, a winter sale and show of small ceramics, one-of-a-kind jewelry, and works on paper opening November 29th and running through January 1.
The Seven-Stop Shopping Guide to Santa Fe
Condé Nast Traveler
As the name suggests, everything at the eight-month-old Hecho A Mano gallery is made by hand. A few examples? Delicate silver necklaces by Anna Johnson fashioned from rodent jaws, rainbow moonstones, titanium hematite, and cast wildflowers; large-scale hand-cut paper works by Apache and native Hawaiian artist Ian Kuali’i; curvy ombre vases from gifted ceramicist Heather Bradley; and hubcap-sized clay comals from Colectivo 1050º, a brand representing indigenous potters from Oaxaca.
Anna Johnson: Honoring Nature Through Adornment
Metalsmith, Vol. 39, #3
“ My jewelry is in trubute to holistic life cycle, intra-nature relationships, and nature-human connectivity.”
Artist We Love: Native Beadworker Hollis Chitto
New Mexico Magazine, August, 2019
“ In the beginning of my career, I was focused on making things beautiful. I wasn’t concerned with incorporating conceptual or abstract elements—until I created a piece for the Abbe Museum’s Twisted Path series, in Maine, which focuses on the theme of health and well-being in tribal communities.”
Talismans for the sacred mountain: Artist Ian Kuali'i
Pasatiempo, August, 2019
“What’s happening right now in Hawaii, our family and our nation are trying to protect our sacred mountain, Mauna Kea,” he said. “It’s part of our creation story,” he said. “It’s where Papa and Wakea, the heavens and the earth, converged and then created human existence, or life as we know it. But our religion aside, how can you justify building an 18-story structure on a culturally sensitive place in a conservation district?”
Preview: Ian Kuali'i
THE Magazine, August, 2019
"I wanted to figure out a way to develop my own visual language that spoke to my Native Hawaiian culture—and how personal that is, too, as a modern Hawaiian."
Frank Rose at SFAI140
"I’m not particularly interested in the debate over whether or not craft is art but I suggest that we look at the way we hierarchically categorize objects and seriously question where those values come from and what those values promote."
Best Canyon Road spots you maybe haven’t visited just yet but you really should
Santa Fe Reporter, July, 2019
Recent shows from Santa Fe's Terran Last Gun (Amskapi Piikani) and Dallas' Ben Muñoz were stunning and accessible, and the cozy environs of the space make it feel more homey than stuffy.
Albuquerque Journal North, July, 2019
Ian Kuali’i fell in love with the process of the cut. It started with stencil-making, when the Hawaiian artist with a graffiti background decided to pursue a professional career. But rather than using stencils for spray-painting, he became more interested in them as the actual art form.
Meet Your Makers:
Lindsay Locatelli's works are created solely by hand by using a wide variety of materials and techniques, making each piece one-of-a-kind. Locatelli’s processes include the hand fabrication of silver components, sculpting and carving of materials (wood and polymer clay), surface finishing (painting, application of gold leaf), and the assembling and completion of the work.
New Mexico Magazine, July, 2019
From Albuquerque, Chris Casey creates both whimsical and precise designs in his ceramics, no two of which are the same.
Hecho a Mano Video
Many thanks to Julian Fox, Paris Mancini and Marcos Lion for creating this fun video!
D Magazine, May, 2019
The “Endless Endeavor” series took him more than a year to complete. Each panel represents a different chapter in the evolution of Muñoz’s family, from the emigration of his paternal grandfather, Alberto, to the birth of his daughters, Jane and Florence.
Meet Your Makers:
Alison Jean Cole
The greatest joy of working with rocks and minerals is collecting the material - my "job" is to drive out as far as I can on dirt tracks to canyons and abandoned mines to look for treasure.
Terran Last Gun
As for the decision to use serigraphs (an ink-on-paper technique similar to silk screening, the most famous of which may be Warhol's portrait of Marilyn Monroe or his Campbell's Soup can), Last Gun says the he finds the medium enticing as a piece of labor-intensive fine art, as a way to make multiple original editions by hand, and as a great artistic leveler.
Meet Your Makers:
Bianka Groves' work is simple and calm; it is intended to add balance to a fast-paced world. There is a bold contrast between the white of the porcelain and the incised black lines, but her sense of touch is very delicate. Each piece shows Groves’ hand at play.
Hecho a Mano Opening
"What I'm kind of aiming for is summed up in the name of the business: Hecho a Mano; handmade. My aesthetic is fairly intuitive, and I think right now one of the things that's important to me in connecting makers with the objects with the viewer or buyer."
Hecho a Mano Opening
“I think so many times art can get disassociated from its maker,” said Rose. “And we tend to see it in a vacuum because a lot of places don’t connect the artist to the maker. You see the object and it’s great, but somebody made that. So, Hecho a Mano is sort of a call to that ethos. That somebody made this; this was made by hand. I don’t want a lot of things to be under glass. I want people to be able to touch things. I want that connection.”
José Guadalupe Posada and the Myth of the Revolutionary
If anything, Posada’s works repudiate rebellion of any kind.
"The act of turning earth into clay and transforming its properties with fire — is one of humankind’s earliest inventions. ...In the Mexican state of Oaxaca City, there are around 70 villages in which the majority of people make and sell pottery. Apart from Santa María de Atzompa, which uses a green glaze, and San Bartolo, where the clay is fired to black, the pottery in this region is simple, drab brown and mostly unadorned: not the kind of thing outsiders get worked up about."