Axle Contemporary

A mobile gallery of contemporary art in Santa Fe, New Mexico

 

Axle Contemporary programming is supported by Axle Projects, Inc.  Axle Projects is supported through individual donations, and grants from the City of Santa Fe's 1% Lodgers' Tax and The McCune Charitable Foundation.  This project is made possible in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, and the National Endowment for the Arts.    Exhibitions in the Santa Fe Railyard are made possible through the support of The Railyard Art Project.  If you are interested in supporting Axle Projects, visit the website here.

Axle Contemporary was founded in 2010 by artists Matthew Chase-Daniel and Jerry Wellman, as a collaborative work of art, and an innovative vehicle for arts distribution.  It has since grown beyond the confines of the mobile exhibition space, and also includes forays into book publishing, web-based exhibits, and other alternative venues for expanded and creative art exhibition.  See more here.

Matthew Chase-Daniel

Jerry Wellman

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2014 was another very active year.  We produced 17 projects including exhibitions, installations, performance artworks, social engagement art projects, and roundtable discussions. Our numerous partners included 516 ARTS (Albuquerque), SITE Santa Fe, CCA, The Paseo (Taos), The New Mexico Museum of Art, The Institute for American Indian Arts, The Santa Fe Botanical Garden, The Santa Fe Art Institute, The Railyard Art Project, Warehouse 21, Currents, and many businesses, including 5 local bakeries.


Our Royal Breadshow project involved over 300 artists and writers, and raised over $600 for The Food Depot.  E Pluribus Unum: Albuquerque engaged over 600 active participants from all walks of life on the streets of Albuquerque, and was viewed by thousands.  The Renga Project engaged over 100 artists and poets over the course of 12 months, finishing with a reading at NMMA and a beautiful exhibition in our gallery.  Economologies branched out from an exhibition to include a symposium, a group roundtable, performance, and social engagement projects exploring intersections of economics, ecology, and art.  Wilderness Acts brought hundreds of people out to discover The Leonora Curtin Wetland Preserve, a small jewel of a nature preserve in La Cienega.


In addition to our regular Santa Fe circuit, we drove the gallery north to Taos and south to Albuquerque to reach new audiences and participants.


Axle Contemporary Press published four new titles in our growing collection:  E Pluribus Unum: Albuquerque, The Royal Breadshow, The Renga Project, and Dollar Distribution.


We've continued to bring our exhibitions to local schools, from elementary through university.


In 2014, we began to offer small honoraria of $100 to each of our installation and performance artists.  With sufficient funding, we will increase this amount.

 

Some say we have been very generous with our time and energy. For us, it is not about that, it’s more like we just do what has to be done every day.  We are now in our 5th year of operation. This year, we aren't pasting adoption stickers with your name on them and we don’t need to rebuild our engine.  But we still do have to raise money to keep Axle on the road.  We do this through a combination of sales, grants, and donations.  If you value our program and can afford to help, we'd appreciate your financial support.


Donations can be made to Axle Projects by check, online, or by calling with a credit card.


If you are interested in supporting Axle Projects, visit the website here.