Annex Window Series

ANNEX WINDOW SERIES

The Annex Window Series is a year round rotating exhibit of local artist installations in vacant building storefronts. On the heels of the successful collaboration with Windows on the Future, The Paseo Project is excited to partner with the Town of Taos in bringing art to the streets.

The 2021 Series is curated by Jana Greiner, Creative Producer for The Paseo Project

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2021 October / November 
107 Civic Plaza Drive

Title: “Drowning in Plastic”
Artist: Greg & Ren

Since we use it for everything, plastic pollution is everywhere, even at the bottom of the ocean. It’s probably too late to clean it up but we can stop making it worse. Stop buying stuff that’s made of or packaged in plastic and pressure manufacturers to adapt. Make the choice to boycott plastic, and you can change the world.

Artist Bio:
Ren and Greg are creative folks that live and work in Taos. We spend our spare time encouraging and inspiring each other to make art. We prefer to use found materials, as opposed to buying new materials since there’s already plenty of junk in the world. We take junk and turn it into cool stuff, save the folks at the dump some time, and create repurposed art for the people.

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2021 September 
107 Civic Plaza Drive

Title: “Light Folds”
Artist: Nadine Lollino

Nadine Lollino has been creating and performing in the arts of dance, costume making and video since 2002. She is currently working under her creation, MovementLab, and also co-founder of multi-media collective PosterchildArt. Her dance work revolves around authentic movement, the emotions and story of a hero’s journey, symbiotically relating to the rhythms of life. Nadine has previously danced with Anatomical Dance Theater, Breakbone Dance Co., and the Humans, all Chicago-based companies. She has been presenting her own works since 2005, traveling nationally and internationally. Nadine also practices massage therapy and teaches yoga and TRE®. She has been developing a MovementLab class curriculum, and 3Bodies classes, combining various somatic practices with freeform expression for all communities to connect to the healing found in dance and music.

See paseoproject.org/portfolio/lollino-donovan/ for more information

2021 July / August
107 Civic Plaza Drive

Title: “Shield and Machete
Artist: Merce Mitchell

Mitchell is a self-taught felt artist living in the high desert of Taos. The artist explains that “Shield and Machete” is a piece that promotes resiliency through concepts of coexistence. “Felt has a tendency to mutate and change form. There’s an element of chaos that emphasizes process over result, leading to an unplanned order, a natural unfolding that allows the work to have a life of its own. A time of cutting away engendered this installation. Facing vulnerability, searching for protection without hiding behind any shield, I remained open yet fortified. The shields resembled armored breast plates, and the forms embodying growth through deconstruction and reconstruction populate this gardenscape.”

Merce Mitchell has been pursuing the art of felt since she first gathered the wool from coyote kills in the nearby sagebrush. Living in the high desert, exposed to open sky continuously, she was inspired initially by traditional, historic feltmakers, and created raw fleece rugs and artwork.

2021 May/June
107 Civic Plaza Drive

Title: “The Light of Tomorrow”
Artist: Carlos Garcia and Gage Fernandez

“This [piece] is about envisioning our future, when we can finally fling our doors open and join each other in the streets without fear.” Garcia and Fernandez were born and raised in Taos, surrounded by so many different landscapes. The artists reflect that, throughout COVID-19, “solace is still to be found in the open sky, the view of the mountains and the plains, and in re-discovering the garden this year, but more often than not we have felt trapped, and fearful. The lessons of the land show us the way forward as we begin to think about re-opening, and maybe rebuilding, ourselves and our societies.”

Utilizing objects like cages and birds, the piece asks viewers to reevaluate our life choices and re-open our ears. “The lessons of the land have always been there, but so many of us have been busy, have been distracted, or have simply stopped listening,” the artists observe. “Hopefully the audience is left with more than hope, but an understanding of the importance of the journey we are all collectively on. To see the world as the birds do, limitless perspective.”

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2021 March 15 / April
107 Civic Plaza Drive

Title: “Hive Mind Alchemy: 2ning in2 2morrow’s Future”
Artist: Melanie Kirby

Reflects the interactions between broadcast and reception. The glass heads filled with honeycomb are collaborative pieces that I credit my bees with creating. The queen and the colony lived down below and used the glass heads to store extra honey. I’ve long wanted to see these glass heads in motion, and so the inspiration to place them on turntables is in homage to my love of music and DJ-ing. I am fascinated with the vibrations that music emanate- and like the broadcaster and the receiver, there is a choreography that ensues and that creates movement, lifts spirits, and reminds us that we are all interconnected. I hope this installation inspires the audience to reflect on connections and how the smallest of beasts- bees- create music, light, life and medicine for the world.

Melanie is a professional beekeeper by training, a philosopher by education, a scientist by exploration, and a poet at heart. She was born and raised in nuestra tierra encantada and is a registered tribal member of Tortugas Pueblo in southern New Mexico with mestiza and Caribbean lineage. 

2021 February/ March
107 Civic Plaza Drive

Title: “Creating Reality”
Artist: Sarah Parker

My circle ladies question the endless over sexualization of women.  They are naked, of no specific group, and made of circles but still empower women as the bodies seem to look more like our own than the typical fashion styled bodies continuously displayed. These women represent our urge to be free, to survive, to dance, and create our reality. This safe lit space reminds us that we can create a reality with beauty and without limits. Even in the coldest and darkest of times, we may not be able to change the reality around us but we can contribute beauty and question our shared spaces pushing boundaries and demanding respect and safety.

Sarah Parker is a multidisciplinary artist who just wants to make things. Imperfection defines her visual language. She focuses on block printing, community projects, radio, and animation to share her vision of the world.

2020 November / January
107 Civic Plaza Drive

Title: “Disintegration”
Artist: Price Valentine

“Disintegration” is a materialization of a stage of grief when familiar patterns must be let go, and the gut-wrenching feelings that can sometimes accompany that process. The sculpture is made from accessible and familiar material recycled in a new way, furthering the message of ingenuity in grief.

Price Valentine (b. 1993 Albuquerque) is a non-binary visual artist grounded in sculpture , video , and performance. They use material to examine relationship dynamic and death under the scope of queer existence. Valentine has been internationally awarded for experimental film work , as well as receiving scholastic awards for exceptional performance as a Fine Arts student . They currently reside in Taos, New Mexico weathering the storm of 2020 in a strong and beautiful place.

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2020 September / October
107 Civic Plaza Drive

Title: “WORK”
Artist: Jana Greiner

This window is serving 100% top notch, unadulterated, disco ball madness. She is a deconstructed QUEEN showing her seems and standing proud. Made of Dacron, recycled textiles, PVC, and monofilament Work (2020) let’s it all hang out!

Jana Greiner is a practicing installation artist whose art relies heavily on form, concept and mate-rial. The variety of materials used include fiber, recycled materials, pvc, mud and clay. Jana identifies as a queer sculptor and interdisciplinary artist and has been working with needle and thread since they were a child. Drawn to the traditional idea of textiles being ‘women’s work,’ Ja-na uses this life-long skill to create art that challenges that perspective. When deconstructing the social constructs of the feminine persona, they often use irony, humor, and sensuality to chal-lenge the viewer’s notions on female stereotypes.

Other COVID-19 related grants and funding opportunities

  • Arts Administrators of Color has launched the Arts Leaders of Color Emergency Fund to support BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) artists and arts administrators impacted by COVID-19 through $200 microgrants. Application ongoing.
  • Queer Writers of Color Relief Fund supports queer writers of color who have been financially impacted by COVID-19. Priority is given to queer trans women of color and queer disabled writers of color. Application ongoing.
  • Rauschenberg Medical Emergency Grants provide up to $5,000 for unexpected medical, dental, and mental health emergencies. Grants are available to visual and media artists and choreographers currently residing in the United States or U.S. territories who have limited resources. Apply by August 31.
  • Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Emergency Grant provides financial assistance to painters, printmakers, and sculptors facing an unforeseen, catastrophic incident. Funds are given to cover costs of specific emergencies, such as fire, flood, or medical needs. Application ongoing.
  • CERF+ COVID-19 Relief Grants provide financial assistance to professional artists working in craft disciplines who are facing dire circumstances due to COVID-19. One-time $1,000 grants are awarded to meet urgent food, housing, or health insecurities. Applications due August 19.
  • Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grants COVID-19 Fund offers $1,500 grants to artists who have had performances or exhibitions canceled or postponed due to COVID-19. Open to individual artists based in the U.S. Applications due September 1.