In (and out of!) the Studio with Jamie Burnes

Unlocking the studio doors

Unlocking the studio doors

Visiting Santa Fe last week, we drove out to the studio of Jamie Burnes. In our gallery, Burnes is best known for his life sized sculpture in the shapes of horses and rings. But this artist is never comfortable in a category, and is constantly working out and trying new artworks, many by commission.

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New commission work: a jack rabbit sculpture

New commission work: a jack rabbit sculpture

 

During this visit, I was able to see a new maquette for a larger scaled artwork of a jack rabbit. The smaller version made of steel and wood will be coming to Gallery MAR, but the larger piece, which will ultimately be sculpted out of petrified wood and steel, is to be placed on a ranch property in Texas. The stance and energy of this piece is equally dignified and adorable.

Inspecting a new tool: a diamond-edged chain saw

Inspecting a new tool: a diamond-edged chain saw

Additionally. Burnes is in the process of completing a new bison sculpture, also in wood and steel. It was exciting to see the piece in process, with some parts finalized and others still in the cut-out cardboard stage. The rusting process takes several days, after the sculpture is finished, and Burnes let us in on a little trade secret: have your five year old son spray the sculpture with water to quicken the final patina!

Wood samples for future sculptures

Wood samples for future sculptures

Burnes is also experimenting with a few new projects that will ultimately be wall pieces and functional artwork. There is more to come, but for now enjoy the studio images and the previews of the jack rabbit maquette and the bison that will soon make their way to Park City.

The artist in his element

The artist in his element

 

At Burnes' home, a horse maquette sits on their entryway table

At the Burnes home, a horse maquette sits on their entryway table

New Stress Relief: Watch an Artist Mix Paint

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There is a new way to relieve stress — watch an artist mix paint.

It’s smooth and creamy, and the colors swirl and change. It’s downright hypnotic. Check out this website in between your cyber-shopping this season at  www.bebeautiful.in/hi/lifestyle/art-and-culture/bb-trend-alert-paint-mixing-videos-on-instagram.

If this inspires you to get more involved,  visit either the Kimball Art Center in Park City for a real experience mixing paint or Gallery MAR where our artists have blended some very luscious color palettes.

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Here are two new paintings from Rebecca Kinkead:  “Skier in Pink” and “Shake (Blue and Yellow).” 

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Studio Visit with Nina Tichava

Paints, tapes, and tools

Paints, tapes, and tools

Past the end of Canyon Road and down a narrow dirt road, we came to a group of small houses. Each one had a tiny ceramic number next to the front door and we searched for number nine. Nina Tichava’s studio is behind that door, which happened to be wide open and awaiting our visit.

Views in the studio

Views in the studio

These small homes are actually a compound of artist studios just outside of downtown Santa Fe, one next to the other, with a quiet stream and clean bathrooms nearby. What else could an artist want?

Natural elements

Natural elements

Inside, Tichava displayed her latest paintings including her latest series of “antlers” – modeled after pear tree limbs. As always, it was a great challenge to select from such a beautiful collection. Tichava is one of the hardest working artists we work with. Her painting process is diligent, precise, and relentless; “days off” are a rarity for Tichava, and we are all better for it.

Work in progress

Work in progress

Seeing her collection of materials, paints, nails, and patterns helps to put Tichava’s process into focus. We will bring a new body of work by Tichava to the gallery later this month, but in the meantime enjoy these studio shots.

Nina Tichava Artist Studio

 

Nina Tichava Artist Studio

 

Nina Tichava Artist Studio

Bathroom wall doodles

Bathroom wall doodles

Mark Horst Monumental Mural Project

Day 19 -- the completed mural

Day 19 — the completed mural

We are set to receive a new group of work from New Mexico-based painter Mark Horst. One of the paintings is of a girl reaching out towards a chicken, beckoning her. I inquired with the artist about the meaning of the painting, and learned that Horst used the artwork as the model for a mural he painted this summer in Albuquerque.

The mural is 25′ x 100′ and all painted in acrylics. The project was called the “Monte Vista Mural Project,” and was funded by the Albuquerque, NM City Arts Board and a local construction company (the painting sits on the side of their building). The title of the work is “Reach.” Horst said about the meaning behind the painting and subsequent mural, “I had this idea that the girl was reaching from the human world into the chicken world, or the natural world. It is sort of a metaphor for Albuquerque’s connections to farming and animals.”

See the transition from blank wall to completed mural, below, and view Mark Horst’s paintings on our website, here.

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About his work, Horst conveys this message: I paint as a way to see and to know the world. Yet the world is never finished and the joy of seeing it is never complete—and so my painting points to the fleeting, the glimpsed, to the life that is always present and so difficult to touch.

I paint the way I see—which is always incomplete and in process. The more I look, the more there is to observe. The world opens up and flowers; the mud takes form.

I paint the figure as an invitation to explore the world and ourselves—our light, our shadows, our incompleteness. I’m trying to create a space for us to inhabit and give us time with questions that are not meant to be answered.

Record Breaking Day on Main

Main Street Shotski

From Mary Jane’s Instagram account: Saturday, the world record for the longest shot ski was broken! More than 1,000 people participated in this historic event, and the shot ski stretched the length of Main Street! #parkcityliving #parkcitymainstreet #maryjanesshoes #worldrecord #shotski #historicparkcity

Yes, the gallery was open… no, we did not partake!

Park City held its 1st annual shot ski event in celebration of Wasatch Brewery’s 30th anniversary Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. The event drew a crowd of more than 1,000 people, breaking the world record for the world’s longest shot ski.

334 skis, with 3 people per ski, were hooked together running the length of Main Street from the Wasatch Brew Pub to Heber Avenue. At 2:00, Greg Schirf, the founder of Wasatch Beers, started the countdown and at sound of the air horn, everyone drank their shot (of beer) in unison.

See additional photos from the Park Record, here: http://photos.parkrecord.com/2016/10/24/photos-1st-annual-park-city-shot-ski/