Santa Fe, NM, December 19th 2015- Beals & Co. is pleased to announce the group exhibition Mixtape. A “mixtape” is known to be to the most widely practiced American art form, by carefully selecting and ordering the tracks in a mix, an artistic statement can be created that is greater than the sum of its individual songs. This show is comprised of three Santa Fe women, who go by the name “See3”, they each uniquely offer the viewer a visual soundtrack, translating music to art or, conversely, art to music. Each of varying techniques, they express raw creative energy and spiritual dimension through imagination and emotion.
Celia Luz, Gurudarshan Khalsa and Shakti Kroopkin, each with more than a decade of calling Santa Fe home, grew up in landscapes quite the opposite of the enticing, high desert mountains of New Mexico. People often are just passing through New Mexico, but end up staying, as if under the spell of the land. It finds its way in, settles on your face and then, you’re home.
Celia Luz was born in Brooklyn, NY and was introduced to art at a young age by her father, an abstract painter. She attended The School of Visual Arts in NYC before leaving to start a new personal and artistic journey in Santa Fe. As freeing as New Mexico was, Celia’s transition brought on a five year creative block. To work through it, she traded her brushes for a camera. Celia shares, “I often have an idea, or sense of direction I want my work to go in but somewhere in the middle, my art takes over and the finished piece ends up being a compromise between myself and the creative energy flowing through me.” In her latest, “Around the World” series she photographs hot air balloons. Each piece celebrates the uncertainty of the world to come, where mystery is a companion.
Gurudarshan Khalsa grew up in Alanta, GA and has been photographing since she was 15, initially inspired by the New Mexico landscape. She graduated from The University of Georgia in 2003 and pursued a commercial photography career until 2011 when she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Through her healing journey she found a new voice in her photographs, creating mirrored photographic arrangements that helped balance her physically and spiritually and are offered to help balance and center the viewer. “ When I photograph, I am drawn to capture the natural geometry that Mother Earth presents to us, which I consider to be the Divine Feminine. When I take the art into the post-processing computer world and add the symmetry, we get a geometric view of nature, which activates the Divine Masculine.” Gurudarshan explains.
Shakti Kroopkin was born in Chicago and graduated from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Shakti’s abstracts are rooted in her memories of the Chicago cityscape in combination with the raw beauty of New Mexico. Shakti shares, “ I find inspiration in my immediate circumstance as well as my personal history. I have been especially influenced by the vital energy and geometry of Chicago, the aesthetics and organic flow of Santa Fe, travels in Southeast Asia and the life force of nature.” Her visceral yet fanciful artistic interpretations of space and time encourage an exploration of absolute play.
Eldorado Hotel & Spa in Santa Fe is one of the premier Santa Fe hotels, where award-winning luxury and unexpected delights set the stage for an enchanting visit. Our grand hotel is conveniently located near the Historic Santa Fe Plaza, offering the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the city. It is a truly perfect place for these 3 Santa Fe artists to showcase their work. All are welcome and the event is free and open to the public