ripple effect is a dedicated space for site-specific art installations, located on the campus of Santa Fe Community College. Part laboratory, part public venue, part teaching tool, the space hosts a range of local and regional artists. Launched in spring 2018 by Cary Cluett with the support of SFCC and Meow Wolf, ripple effect provides a desperately needed platform for creative exchange in a learning community suffering from a loss of funding and a dearth of young students.
ripple effect primarily serves the SFCC community but is open to the public. Access hours are Monday - Friday 7am - 10pm, Saturday 8am - 8pm, and Sunday 12pm - 5pm. There is no admission fee.
SEPTEMBER 3 - 27
Jessica Bryce Holland
“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”
SWOLLEN AND OVERGROWN
Swollen and Overgrown is a meditative exercise exploring the fine line between curiosity and unease. Familiar materials and their organic color palette are pushed to their extremes, blurring the line between form
and emotion. It is meant to engulf viewers in something ordinary yet alien.
THE MIRACLE OF ONENESS
This installation was made with dried seed pods collected nearby. They reminded the artist of stars and were installed in a very loose mapping of constellations. The title is from the Hermetic Emerald Tablet that, translated and simplified, says -- the ways earth and sky reflect each other, in concept and form, is evidence of the miracle of oneness.
Danielle Rae Miller
In this first installation by a student at SFCC, Shelter deals starkly with the world refugee crisis. Small structures made of steel and handmade paper fill the hauntingly-lit space. Above the installation are excerpts from a poem called “No One Leaves Home Unless Home is the Mouth of a Shark.”
HOW TO MAKE A SEIN NET
Charlotte’s installation process involved a performative element that created a natural intimacy. On an old fashioned TV, a video shows the artist making prints of her body parts on paper. The prints were hung in the exhibition space like large scrolls.
This piece consisted of a white tent camouflage tent inside which stood two life-sized, plaster figures with lights in their face openings. The figures and the attendant niche installations created a sense of interruption or confrontation, exploring how we present ourselves through the ways we dress. Assumption Projection is Karen’s first exhibition in Santa Fe.
BEING DROPPED ONCE OR TWICE FROM A GREAT HEIGHT WITH ONE EYE CLOSED FOR OVER AN HOUR
In this inaugural installation, Michael used a small motor to slowly lift and drop a readymade object into the middle of the space. Between durations of suspense and sudden surprise, a line drawing is created in mid-air. Also on view was a triptych involving a programmed 64-LED matrix called Random Neural Fireflies.
ABOUT THE SPACE
Built inside of an disused sculpture studio ripple effect is a 10.5’ x 8.5’ x 6.5’ room which features a hardwood floor set at a diagonal, wood-backed walls, and recessed track lighting. It also features a weight-bearing metal ceiling with acoustical treatment, speakers and ventilation. Outside the room are three small niches behind safety glass that face the hallway; each approximately 20” x 16” x 17”. A defining element is the lack of a door, which has been intentionally removed; thus, the space is open to all with the stipulation that nothing harmful or of inherent value can be placed inside. Another distinctive feature is the room’s curved corners that have been constructed with a 5” radius to remove visual space definition.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Each installation runs on a 5-week cycle, allowing a few days for install and a few days for de-install on either side of a month-long exhibition. Each exhibition involves an opening reception, an artist talk, and the option to visit with SFCC students and faculty. Artists are scheduled through February 2019.
Proposals are now being accepting, prioritizing the work of installation and emerging artists.