Thursday, March 15, 2012

Patrick Nagatani collaborates in AXLE Contemporary installation, Santa Fe N.M.

Patrick Nagatani will be creating an onsite installation using masking tape in a traveling art truck exhibition with AXLE Contemporary.

Opening at AXLE Contemporary at the Santa Fe Railyard, Friday March 30th, 5-7 pm
exhibition continues through April 22nd.

Internationally acclaimed photographer and UNM professor emeritus Patrick Nagatani has been working on his Tape-estries series of layered masking tape and photograph artworks since 1983. Throughout that time he has saved all the trimmings of tape generated in the process of creating these pieces. Leigh Anne Langwell's recent photograms explore the poetry and beauty reflected in the cells, structures and chemical memories of the body. Together, they are creating a magical immersive installation within the Axle Contemporary mobile gallery. Using balls of masking tape trimmings and Langwell's photograms, they will create a cavelike space that suggests alternative places, spirituality, the universe and the inside of the body. At the far end of the cave will be Nagatani's Chenrezig tape-estry. Chenrezig (Avalokiteshvara) is a Tibetan Buddhist deity. He made a vow that he would not rest until he had liberated all beings from suffering, and embodies loving kindness and compassion.

Nagatani artist statement/bio available here:

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