A collaborative exploration of land-based art in New Mexico



Summer/Fall 2009

Individual, site-specific projects by Anne Cooper, Bill Gilbert, Steve Peters and collaborating artists Jaune Quick-To-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith will take place at several locations in the Albuquerque area. Organized by Kathleen Shields Contemporary Art Projects, the projects address relationships of urban and rural, built and natural environments, technology and land use, actual and virtual, art and non-art. It is intended that through the artists’ works and own experiences of place, aspects of our community will be introduced, revealed, or presented in a new perspective.

Anne Cooper


left: Los Poblanos Fields Open Space (Anderson Field), right and above images: Anitya, 2009, clay installation, photos courtesy of Basia Irland

which means "impermanence" in Sanskrit, is installed at the City's Los Poblanos Fields Open Space – 138 acres of agricultural land which Cooper helped preserve in 1994-97. The work is comprised of 81 bowls made from terracotta-colored clay harvested from her land near Chama, New Mexico. Placed in a 9 x 9 foot grid, the raw clay bowls contain seed balls which with rain will sprout wheat, rye, oats, blue gramma, side oats gramma, gallenta, little bluestem and other dryland grasses. The bowls eventually dissolve, returning to and leaving red stains in the earth. This project began in February and is ongoing. it changes over time, and will continue to be on view through the summer and fall for LAND/ART.

Cooper will present documentation of the process of Anitya at 516 ARTS’ Second Site, and will also conduct “artist walks” at Anderson Field during the course of the work’s installation there.

Location: Los Poblanos Fields Open Space, Albuquerque's North Valley
open 7 days a week, just south of the Community Garden, north of Montaño Road, 1.1 miles west of 4th Street. See the Rio Grande Community Farm website for directions and more information www.riograndefarm.org

Bill Gilbert

Matter of Fact: Walk to Work

With Matter of Fact: Walk to Work, Bill Gilbert continues his long-time interest in creating art based on the high desert environment by walking from his home in the Galisteo Basin to the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque along a path that parallels the commute to work he has made for the past 20 years. Following as straight a line as the topography and legalities allow, Matter of Fact is an exploration of place that mediates between an abstract representation of the land through maps and a direct, physical experience of walking across the planet's surface. Gilbert’s tools are his legs, voice, and backpack, and his translation of the experience for viewers, installed at 516 ARTS’ Second Site, uses digital technologies (a digital recorder, GPS unit, and computer) to create a dialogue between the physical and virtual definitions of place.

August 1 - September 19
Gallery Component for Second Site at 516 ARTS

Steve Peters

The Very Rich Hours is a site-specific audio work that evokes a composite portrait of the northern New Mexico landscape as filtered through individual human perception of multiple sites. A chorus of speaking voices (including several artists involved with the LAND/ART project) share detailed observations of particular places to which they feel a personal affinity. This woven narrative, set within a continuously shifting field of environmental and electro-acoustic sound, articulates a deep affection for and devotional attention to place and presence, affirming a collective sense of connection to the land through the poetry of subjective experience. Speaking voices include poets JB Bryan, Lisa Gill and Jeffrey Lee, artists Anne Cooper and Thomas Ashcraft and many more. The Very Rich Hours will be presented as an immersive sound installation and as a radiophonic work for broadcast and streaming audio on KUNM, 89.9 FM on the program Other Voices, Other Sounds.

August 1 - September 19
Gallery Component (sound installation) for Second Site at 516 ARTS. (Listen here to Site Specifics: Diablo Canyon)

August 27 - 30 & September 4 - 7, 12-6pm
Sound Installation open for visitors at the Old San Ysidro Church in Corrales

August 30, 8:30pm
KUNM 89.9 FM, broadcast & streaming audio of The Very Rich Hours during the program Other Voices, Other Sounds. www.kunm.org

For more information about Steve Peters visit his steve-peters.blogspot.com

Location: Old San Ysidro Church, Corrales map

Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith


left: Sandhill Cranes at 80 Camino Todos Los Santos, Corrales, New Mexico 2009, photo by Neal Ambrose-Smith in collaboration with Jaune Quick-to-See Smith; right: Coyote Performance held at Wagner Farms, September, 2009, photo by Kathleen Shields

Lost and Found
Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Neal Ambrose-Smith (both Salish from the Salish and Kootenai Nation in Montana) in collaboration with Gus Wagner Farm of Corrales created a four-acre corn maze based on an ancient Indian maze design from the petroglyphs. Drawing on the tradition of indigenous peoples who raised corn for both people and animals, this collaboration is intended to allow the participant to reconnect with this tradition and to rediscover the interconnection among the corn, birds, environment, and human inhabitants of Corrales. The journey through the maze will also provide factual information about the indigenous plants and animals of Corrales.

The corn maze opens to the public Monday, September 14and will
be available through October but will remain through the winter to become food for the migrating Sandhill cranes and local crows of Corrales, again reconnecting people and nature and what was lost to what is found.

Sunday, September 20, 12pm & Saturday, October 10, 7pm (fireside)
Coyote Stories
Performance by Jaune Quick-to-See Smith & Neal Ambrose-Smith for Lost and Found held in the grassy field across from the Corn Maze.

Gus Wagner Farms Corn Maze, 6445 Corrales Rd, Corrales, 505-459-0719
Map to Wagner Farms & Maze


LAND/ART concluded November 2009. This site is in the process of being archived.
Web site produced by 516 ARTS.