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California Trip

The weekend trip to California to install 5 pieces of Destiny’s art was a whirlwind.  Beautiful country, beautiful homes, great people and just a little bit of exhaustion after 17 hours driving out and flying back yesterday morning.  Here are some photos:

Along the highway

 

Steel wall sculptures grace the front door

 

Destiny's finance, Steve, is still smiling even after doing all the lifting to spare Destiny's bad back

 

Zen... The steel painting above the Buddha makes a space for quiet contemplation.

 

Installing the art and watching the game. Casual and fun.

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Runner Up

Destiny's sketch of a life size metal sculpture for the Los Alamos Justice Center competition

Yesterday, Destiny made her final presentation to the Los Alamos County Art in Public Places board for her proposal for the Justice Center sculpture.  In the end, the board decided to award the commission to Troy Williams.  Destiny was a close runner up.  It was an interesting process and nice to see a public art board make a decision that made sense.  Though Destiny hates to admit it, the board made the right choice for the project.

Troy’s concept was good and he taught Destiny a lot.  He remembered to include the community in his concept.  Instead of a juror’s box, Troy suggested that the base of the sculpture be an elongated scale — the ends of which could be used as benches for the public.  His design was simpler.  It will require less maintenance because his coloring is just natural rust.  In addition, he will be using actual members of the Los Alamos community as models for his jurors.  He won the competition fair and square and Destiny learned that art in public places is as much about the art as it is about the public who will interact with it.  Congratulations to Troy and thanks for the lesson.  Destiny will know better next time.

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Working on Commissions

Destiny drove down to Tucson this weekend to meet with some clients about a commission sculpture for their new cactus garden and threw her back out loading the car!  Its a terrible time for a bad back.  There are now 6 outstanding commissions due in the next couple of months and there are three galleries that need new work desperately.  We’re grateful for how busy it is and a little nervous about how fast her back will heal.  Here is one of the commissions she is working on for some local clients:

This is a rough out of the sculpture based on the sketch. When finished, it will measure 100" h x 31" w.

Here are some of her site specific metal sculptures and metal wall art that are already completed.

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Judy’s work looks amazing in the Gallery

The opening for Judy Poldi’s show, “Woven” was crazy.  Because of the benefit at La Tienda, there were people through the gallery all day and we were very tired at the end of it.  We’re so happy to have Judy’s work here.  It is bold and dynamic and creates a wonderful environment for contemplation.  Destiny’s quiet, introspective steel art is perfectly complimented by Judy’s abstract paintings and the art works are remarkably powerful in conjunction with each other.  This show is truly fine art.

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New sculptures

These sculptures are the newest creations out of Destiny Allison’s studio.  They are currently on display at Winterowd Fine Art in Santa Fe.  Winterowd has been selling Destiny’s steel sculptures so fast she can hardly keep up with the demand.  Never the less, she took some real time with both of these works and played with new forms and patinas.  Soon, she’ll be finishing some new metal art for this gallery but first, she has to finish a few commission pieces.  We’ll let you know when the new works come in.

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Hot, long days in the studio

Sometimes the struggle to find a piece is not really a struggle at all.  Other times, its days on end of playing with the shapes you know you want to work with — moving them around incessantly to find the thing that eludes you.  Here are some photos of the progression of a steel sculpture.  This piece is not quite finished.  It may need texture and it definitely needs color.  We’ll post the photos of the finished piece once it arrives.

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Quote of the Day

There is in every artist’s studio a scrap heap of discarded works in which the
artist’s discipline prevailed against his imagination.  ~Robert Brault, www.robertbrault.com

Destiny calls her pile of discarded works “The Bone Yard.”  She always thinks she will incorporate the abandoned work into new pieces but never does.  Once dead, they seem to stay that way.

 

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New Wall Sculpture

The newest metal wall sculpture is entitled, “Infirmata.”  Hanging outside the gallery at Winterowd Fine Art in Santa Fe, the piece measures 43″ h x 48″ wide.  The title is a musical term that calls for a sharp pause in the music.  Destiny used it as a title because it reminds us that the pause between the notes is often more important than the notes themselves.

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Seeding an Artists Collective

Installation by artist, Thom Ross at La Tienda

Sculptures by artist Dean Howell -- part of the La Tienda Art Walk

Dance performance at Santa Fe Performance Exchange

Opening at the La Tienda Exhibit Space

Over the last couple of months, artists have been creeping out of their solitary worlds and gathering in small groups at La Tienda.  Writers, musicians, visual artists, dancers, architects, metal artists, sculptors and film makers are on the patio at SFBC taphouse, quietly touring the galleries and the Exhibit Space, and sharing (most often) bad jokes, long winded stories, studio frustrations and recent accolades.

This fledgling collective is an organic thing growing from both the physical location of the center and from the focus on art provided by all the different art initiatives that occur here on a regular basis.  Conversations on the merit of artists like Damien Hirst and Bruce Nauman, the relevance of the avant garde, and the business of art pepper the more mundane exchanges while they enrich the afternoons and early evenings.

Some of the art initiatives are formal  and include performances at Santa Fe Performance Exchange, openings at the La Tienda Exhibit Space and DAFA, Monthly Mind Excursions at Eclectics Art Gallery and the quarterly art walk.  Others are informal and spontaneous.

Though Santa Fe has long been home to artists and intellectuals, most artist groups in the city center around exposure and critique. What’s happening at La Tienda is different.  Its not particularly hip or edgy.  Most of the artists look like normal people.  But on any given day, there is a richness and spice to a community that celebrates, commisserates, and invigorates the solitary journey of those brave enough to call themselves artists.

As part of this dynamic, DAFA will begin hosting a free monthly artist talk and a monthly salon discussion.  The first Salon Presentation is on August 4 at 6 pm.  Click here to find out more.

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New Painting

"Things We Miss" 24" x 55" Steel/Patina/Paint $2200

After a grueling couple of months completeing commissioned steel sculptures for a high end residential complex in China and separate works for three private collectors, Santa Fe metal artist, Destiny Allison, was finally able to focus on some of her favorite creative endeavors.  “Things We Miss,” is her newest, abstract steel “painting.”  The tryptich is subtle, evocative and quietly lyrical.

Stop by the gallery (15 minutes from downtown Santa Fe) and take a look at her most recent work.

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