“My sole aim is to leave everything in suspension, in flux, in order to avoid our community solidifying into a conventional academy. Our initial resources may be few, but our spirits are high, receptive, and excited, and that seems to me to be the most important thing right now”.
Walter Gropius, architect, founder of the Bauhaus School
At Molecule Design 1226 Flagman Way, Santa Fe NM Opening reception: 5pm to 7pm, May 31, 2019 Work on display through July 31, 2019
In a time where living demands homogeneity and compliance, the passionate creative voice of four local Santa Fe contemporary artist-designers is distinctly singular and clear. What remains curious and inspired after meaning is lost is what connects their work. How to draw nearness from the vastness of the inner chasm, the personal solitude that reflects a world that alienates? The line that connects them in fragility, self-confidence, grit, transcendence, growth, and ultimately transformation, shows the edge between realities and the fierce by-product of a survival instinct turned to poetry, metaphor, beauty, and commerce. Power couple Michael Jantzen and Ellen Jantzen, artist-entrepreneur extraordinaire, Justin Crowe, andaudacious sculptor-funambulist Jamie Hamilton challenge the familiar and invite us to reflect and deepen in the timeless emotions that emerge from fear, life and death preoccupations, and infinite evolution. As if from a zero-zone of antigravity suspension, this is the place where true innovation unfolds. Disciplines merge, and new thought processes are born from recurrent cycles of change.
Jamie Hamilton – Jamie Hamilton is a sculptor and aerialist currently living in Los Angeles, California. Drawing from a background in building, sport, and music, Hamilton’s work evokes precarious and mythic themes such as dreams, death, and love. Desire and its perils fuel the work’s exploration as it traverses methodologies of structure and physical capacities by asking viewers to realize the ever presence of wonder. Hamilton holds a BA from Bard College and a MFA from Transart University. He currently works as an artist, freelance designer, and builder. Jamie has shown extensively in New Mexico, California, New York, and Germany.
Jamie Hamilton, 2015, steel, nylon, neoprene, aluminum, 70’h x 260’w x 150’d
Clandestine Walks is one of Jamie’s aerial explorations on the natural and urban landscapes.
“There is a quote by Marcel Duchamp “America’s greatest works of art are her bridges and her plumbing.” I love looking at the power lines’ graceful arc as they run between pylons… They are challenging inaccessible structures that defy easy relation. I feel them beckon. They are lonely in their utility, bored with their purpose. They want to be played upon, to give a stage to those who dare.”
As engineer designer, fabricator, and performer, Hamilton takes a stance on total responsibility, perfectly weaving his containment nets or building the aerial structures upon which his life depends. The work can be summed up as an experiment in possibility, the construction of a bridge connecting idea and intention to action and creation. Using mirrors, steel, and magnets to explore the interaction of invisible force with tangible material, Hamilton investigates paradox and the confusion which arises from a mind that believes itself separate from experiential phenomena.
Up-is-Down is an 8’ high steel, glass, and aluminum sculpture, part of the Incompleteness Theorem series, which is a monumental land art performance project involving high wire walking, design, building, and physical training. Jamie’s sculptures for this project are directly connected to the tenacity and precariousness of survival that reflects the reality of error, where misconceptions on his part can be costly. As the Stomach Bleeds, is made of steel, glass, and rubber.
Up is Down 2015, steel, glass, aluminum, 8’h x 3’w x 3’d. Will be on view at Molecule
Jamie’s sculptures and high wire performances have been featured in Voyage LA; Vasari21; Art and Cake; Los Angeles Times; LA HOME; Adobe Airstream; ArtNews; Santa Fe New Mexican Pasatiempo; Welding Journal and THE Magazine to name a few. He has participated in Currents-New Media Festival, shown at Chiaroscuro Contemporary Art, Axel Contemporary, CCA, Site Santa Fe, Museum of Fine Arts. Recent solo exhibitions, at Torrance Art Museum, California, and Santa Fe Institue. Hamilton was the Finalist for the 2017 Site Santa Fe Spread Grant Award, and in 2017 and 2018 Jamie was nominated for The American Academy for the Arts and Letters Art Award.
Justin Crowe – Justin Crowe is a conceptual ceramic artist and entrepreneur originally from Northeast Ohio. In 2011 he received his BFA from Alfred University, in New York. Justin has created witty sculptural artwork about our culture’s role in new technologies such as mobile tech, QR Codes, and online social networks. Recently Justin has been the founder and CEO of a few ceramic production businesses, that he runs at the moment.
Two of his most hilarious projects are PAUL, a Kickstarter project, lightweight life-size foam-cast human figure as contemporary design object for the home or a community charger to inspire creativity in the workplace. The first Paul was completed in January 2014 and he has been exhibited at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art in California and was selected as a finalist in the DATA (Design Art and Technology Awards) competition in Pittsburgh, PA. The other project is Selfie Arm, a collaboration with Aric Snee. Fascinated by the idea of technology and its illusionary ‘connectedness’ and ‘sociableness’, Snee and Crowe created the ‘Selfie Arm’, the sarcastic solution to a quintessential problem — nobody wants to look alone while they mindlessly snap pictures of themselves. When you take your selfie, you look like you’re holding someone’s hand. Selfie Arm went into a limited edition production run.
“I’m on a quest for experiences that bring richness to life in the Digital Age. My artwork and businesses have impacted over 500 million people worldwide through viral marketing.”
Paul, The Sexiest Smartphone Charger on the Planet
Traditional 21st Century Tile Composition
Selfie Arm, a collaboration with Aric Snee
A natural interdisciplinary–clear representation of our current times–Justin’s talents have taken him through the path of an Author and Managing Director of various culture magazines, like DesignFave, a successful visual culture blog; and Director of Operations at CFile Foundation, an educational resource for ceramic art, design, architecture, and technology.
But what he is mostly known for at the moment is his involvement in the Cremation Business. After the death of his grandfather several years ago, Crowe thought that there must be a better way to memorialize a loved one other than to load their remains into a very expensive box and then bury it in the ground, or keep cremated remains in a jar in the closet. He thought there might be a way to use his art to create a tangible, even everyday-usable memorial. This opened an innovative direction towards an industry that is expanding and re-thinking its death-care future.
Justin thought about incorporating cremated remains with the more common ingredients of clay, feldspar, and flint to create the glaze for ceramic objects. This is how Chronicle Cremation Designswas born, developing products that include cremation jewelry, candle luminaries, coffee mugs, cremation urns, and more. At 28, Crowe became the first to commercialize the creation of ceramic artwork made in part from cremated remains.
Cup, Chronicle Cremation Designs
“I got a call from a woman who said, ‘My husband died about six months ago and he always wanted to be turned into dinnerware.’ I was like, ‘Well, you’ve come to the right place.’ So I am making a coffee cup for her right now glazed with her husband.”
He said the call prompted him to create a place setting consisting of a plate, a bowl, a salad plate, a coffee cup, and a whiskey glass, the line was named Lifeware. The rest is history. Now Justin is a leader in the funeral industry. He is currently working with many funeral homes offering his products. The service has expanded to pet remains. Justin has also become an Author and Managing Editor for Connecting Directors, the premier progressive online publication for funeral professionals.
There’s nothing stopping Justin Crowe. In 2018, he founded his latest company, Parting Stone. Justin will be featuring products from his Parting Stones focus at Molecule.
“In collaboration with Los Alamos National Laboratory, we developed a remarkable technology to transform..
At Molecule Design 1226 Flagman Way, Santa Fe NM Opening reception: 5pm to 7pm, Friday December 28, 2018 Artwork on display through January 25, 2019
Isaak Kevan-Hoffman, only 22, was raised in Santa Fe by two creative parents, grew up in The West Side Studios and lived around many studio artists. His childhood was full hands on, of making objects and art. Isaak studied classical drawing and painting with Felix Voltsinger at the Community College, who taught him about structure in his drawings, sketches and paintings. He attended the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and currently resides in New York City.
In 2016/2017 he was awarded a “Site Scholar” fellowship by Site Santa Fe and participated in Deliberate Acts, a group show through the same program at Form & Concept Gallery in Santa Fe, NM.
“Isaak Hoffman is a Santa Fe born artist, who has relied on his imagination as a tool to translate the world around him from a very young age. He uses a variety of materials, primarily 2D mediums, to illustrate both the emotional and physical realities of his everyday life”.
Site Santa Fe
In 2018 he participated in the group show, OUTRAGE, at City of Mud: “His paintings on canvas or board convey the struggle of an individual spirit confronted with a vortex of chaotic energies”.
City of Mud
Isaak has been influenced by Egon Schielle, Picasso, Manet, Basquiat, Children’s Literature and Illustration, just to mention a few of the many classical influences.
Isaak Kevan-Hoffman with Albuquerque, 95” x 55”, oil on canvas, 2018
My artwork reflects an interaction between physical movement and thought. Crafting images and objects is a way for me to express my inner dialogue most organically. My work is a mental collage created during a series of multiple sessions; the process involves applying paint, either with brushes, pallet knifes, or my hands, directly from a paint container to a surface. I work with subject matter that is both abstract and illusionistic, and I almost always include a figurative element. My painting processes and techniques change often with each session of painting. I use life, photos and imagination as references for my work.
At Molecule Design
1226 Flagman Way, Santa Fe NM Opening reception: 5pm to 7pm, Friday November 2, 2018 FabLab work on display through November 30, 2018
Molecule Design and Fab Lab Hub in Santa Fe, NM, are pleased to announce a pop-up show by creators working with local Fab Labs. Opening with a celebration from 5 to 7 p.m. on November 2, 2018, the show highlights digital fabrication using CAD design, 3D Printing, CNC machining and laser cutting and will be up through Nov. 30, 2018.
Molecule’s founder Adriana Siso explains that her vision is to continually push the envelope of creative design and especially to foster innovation by local New Mexicans.
Collaborating with Santa Fe’s artists and designers has been an awesome experience. We’re thrilled to host this project because of Fab Lab Hub’s ties to the Media Lab’s Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT. New technologies like stereolithography 3D Printing, which they have brought to Santa Fe, opens new avenues to expand design options.
“Dream it…Design it…Fabricate It…Change Your World! is one of Fab Labs motos. Sarah Boisvert founder of the Fab Lab Santa Fe chapter is an innovator extraordinaire. We are so proud to be partnering with Sarah in this inspiring event.”
The show will feature furniture by Arjun Bhakta, a Santa Fe native and recent UNM School of Architecture graduate. Arjun is the technical manager for Fab Lab Hub’s two locations: Fab Lab Santa Fe at the Santa Fe Community College and the Archimedes Lab at the Santa Fe Business Incubator. Fab Lab Hub visionary Sarah Boisvert says:
When I saw Arjun’s chair design, I immediately thought, ‘this belongs in Molecule’! Whenever I’m at the shop I feel like I’m at MoMA in New York. And so the Pop-Up idea was born.
Arjun Bhakti with his Wood Chair Prototype produced with CNC Digital Machining
Santa Fe jewelry artist, Mayte Cardenas, will be showing sterling silver pieces that combine her traditional Hispanic heritage with a modern design sense. Fab Lab Hub 3D Prints high-resolution molds of Mayte’s 3D designs using their stereolithography 3D Printer that can lay down a layer of material as thin as 1/1000”. Superior Casting in Santa Fe then uses the molds to cast the jewelry in sterling silver.
Fab Lab Hub will include their signature Cube 3D Printed earrings and other direct 3D Printed pieces from the Stratasys Dimension and FormLabs stereolithography 3D Printer. Sarah Boisvert will also be signing copies of her recent book, The New Collar Workforce, which explores new career opportunities brought about through digital tools like additive manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, and more.
Sarah Boisvert’s signature 3D Printed Earrings
Refreshments will be served at the opening event and Santa Fe singer/songwriter Lonesome Lee West will be performing. To receive more information about the Fab Lab Pop-up, please go to: fablabhub.org.
*A bit on Sarah: Sarah Boisvert has over 30 years experience in the design, development, and commercialization of high technology products utilizing Digital Fabrication including laser machining and 3D Printing. Her Market Segmentation graduate work at Johns Hopkins University led to her expertise in productization of high tech devices. Ms. Boisvert is a co-founder of the commercial division of Potomac Photonics, Inc. of Lanham MD, which she joined to commercialize RF-discharge Excimer laser technology. Following the sale of the company in 1999, Ms. Boisvert founded Fab Lab Hub, a non-profit that is part of the MIT-based Fab Lab Network in order to foster workforce training in digital fabrication manufacturing skills and conduct R&D on 3D Printed prosthetic hands. She operates two Fab Labs that are co-located with commercial job shops, providing paid internships for students in Digital Badge programs. Fab Lab Hub produces DigiFabCon each year, a Fab Festival dedicated to demonstrating how digital fabrication is impacting the world.
During this time she also consulted for the Fab Foundation, the non-profit that supports more than 1,000 fab labs worldwide. There she developed strategic plans, implemented marketing communication and conducted fundraising. She returned to Potomac part-time as Chief 3D Printing Officer in February 2014.
Ms. Boisvert is a Fellow and Past President of the Laser Institute of America and has served on the Optical Society of America’s Industry Advisory Board as well as the Boards of numerous international technical societies. Resource: Rapid + CTC.