Art Santa Fe 2021 will be held
July 16-18, 2021

Art Santa Fe Art Labs

Special Curated Projects

Welcome to Art Santa Fe’s Art Labs, featuring special curated projects produced in partnership with Art Santa Fe’s prominent galleries, as well as Santa Fe’s leading museums and art institutions. Art Labs showcase a thriving art landscape and are informed by Art Santa Fe 2017’s curatorial theme, [FUSION].

Check back soon for information on the exciting Art Labs planned for Art Santa Fe 2018.

Art Labs feature specially curated projects by leading galleries, art institutions, and art collectives within the show. Check back in June for information on the Art Labs for Art Santa Fe 2021.

2019 Art Labs

Art Labs feature special curated projects by leading galleries, art institutions, and art collectives within the show. The Art Santa Fe 2019 Art Labs have been posted below. Explore the exciting works which will be on display at this year’s show!

Art Lab 1 | Oslo Sardine Bar

Booth 617

Max Robert Daily is a San Diego artist who works in performance and visual arts, using any medium that best expresses the story he is telling. He attended the Cotsen Center for Puppetry at Calarts and performs extensively in puppetry, mime, and clowning, as well as being a published author in children’s illustration books. Being one of two 2018 San Diego Art Prize winning recipients, Daily’s most recent creation the Oslo Sardine Bar debuts at Art San Diego on the first leg of a national tour with Redwood Media Group’s shows.

Daily describes the origins of the Oslo Sardine Bar concept for us:

“The famed sardine bar being called Oslo goes back to the short time I spent traveling the world working on freighters as a sort of merchant marine. At one point in my trip, I took up work on a Danish flagged freighter, the name of which I cannot pronounce, that later to our dismay broke down at sea. It wasn’t an emergency but a definite few days of boredom with nothing to do. I managed to gather together some of the emergency supply foods, along with a few non-perishables. And added a few bottles of Czech rum I was hoping to get back to the States.

Anyway with these items, a portable record player, some Belafonte albums I had brought along, and a backgammon board, I opened up a makeshift bar in a supply closet and opened a port hole to provide a cool breeze. Although I was not at all a very good sailor, the men appreciated my ability to temporarily take their minds away from where they were by simply suggesting that rations presented properly could provide a comfortable meal—alongside the offering of a reimagined space made for a great place to pass the time stranded at sea.

One of the men remarked that it reminded him of his favorite bar back home in Oslo which served nothing but sardine and herring dishes. The rest of the men made fun of him and then continued on referring to the broom closet we were in as Oslo.

When we were first building the Oslo installation in the This is Not an Exit Gallery, founded by Bob Methaney in San Diego’s Bread and Salt Building, it was brought to my attention by my father that his uncle Oswald worked in that very building when it was the Weber Bread factory. He also told me that his mother, my grandmother, worked in a nearby tuna cannery during WWII and would bring dented and unlabeled cans of tuna, along with a cooler of beer, to the bread factory to sell to her brother and his friends on payday. They ate copious amounts of white bread smothered in mayo and canned fish. My father also says that because of the heavily diverse immigrant population in the neighborhood at the time, many of the men lacking English or having heavy accents could only get out part of my great uncle’s name. It ended up sounding like Oslo. However, my mother jokes that it was actually because they were saying Oh So sLOw—a knock at Uncle Oswald for the speed at which he worked.”

And so the Oslo Sardine Bar debuts at Art Santa Fe 2019—step inside, the proprietor is charming, amusing, and quite talented. It’s an experience to be remembered!

Art Lab 2 | Becoming The Paredón

Pre-Function Area

Curated By Contemporary Art Projects USA, Booth 205

From Mexico, Ricardo Cardenas-Eddy first showed his work at Art Santa Fe six years ago and his popularity has steadily grown from then. Humbled by his popularity and acceptance by collectors, his newest works are inspired by this year’s Art Santa Fe curatorial theme— [MOMENTUM]—building platforms, gaining knowledge, growing audiences, and supporting artistic innovation.

Ricardo Cárdenas-Eddy will once again unveil his newest works at Art Santa Fe: La Pared de Frida from the Series Frida’s Paredón. In Spanish, paredón means a wall or a wall of rock. Is it Frida who was the “wall of rock” with her determination and strength of character—or is it the artwork itself, made from steel bars and concrete?

Cárdenas began as a construction engineer and expresses his past experience and appreciation of materials, along with his feelings and beliefs, by connecting his art in both his medium and techniques. Guests will see how his clever use of building materials, originally inspired by recycled concrete retrieved from the ruble of Mexico’s earthquakes, coupled with steel bars, and more, have become synonymous with Cárdenas artwork.

The paredón you see here, composed of cement and reinforced with steel bars, appears as if it has been dug out from a cement block or ancient wall. You decide—what is the true meaning of the title La Pared de Frida?

Art Lab 3: Discoveries Collection

Throughout the Show

ASF | Discoveries Collection

Look for the Discoveries Collection labels throughout the show. Art Santa Fe’s Curatorial Team has selected a group of their favorite discoveries—each one a great option and $3,000 or less. Whether you’re shopping for a client, looking for the perfect piece for that special spot at home, or on the hunt for a gift, we’ve got some spectacular pieces.

Of course, there are hundreds of affordable pieces of world-class art and on-trend, highly collectible works from across the U.S. and around the world at the show. Look for the Discoveries Collection logo to spot the picks.

Are their picks your favorites, too? Walk the show to find each one.

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