Artist & Curator Christopher Thomas Haag Explores Shared Experiences & Universal Archetypes at galleryFRITZ
SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO [May 27, 2019] - FRITZ | space, an extension of contemporary art space galleryFRITZ, is pleased to announce NEW ANCIENT, a Thomas Christopher Haag curated group show including fellow artists: David Kappy; Etsy co-founder Jared Tarbell; Jodie Herrera; Joel Davis; and Joe Romero Garcia. NEW ANCIENT opens June 28, 2019 and runs through July 22, in galleryFRITZ’s upstairs mezzanine galleries.
Aesthetically combining two and three dimensional works, constructed of reclaimed wood, found objects, fabric and paints, Haag’s curation is intended to lift up the heritage of humanity and its subsequent adaptation while reworking the mythological elements of culture which have inhibited growth and built walls.
The artists build bridges through their willingness to explore the outliers of society and history. This serves to validate the emotional breach experienced between cultures, identities, and nations. Through the artists’ individual experiments in communication through visual art, they leave traditions behind while acknowledging the core of what it is to be human.
An opening reception for NEW ANCIENT will be June 28, 2019; 5-7PM at galleryFRITZ, located at 540 S. Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501 in the Railyard Arts District.
About Thomas Christopher Haag
Thomas Christopher Haag was born in Wichita, Kansas into a family as vast as the sea. He took chemistry and math classes for some reason at the university of Kansas and then dropped out and started hitchhiking. He has lived in southern Mexico, Switzerland, India, Spain, the Pacific Northwest and the great American Southwest. When he’s had to work, he’s been a commercial diver, propman, art director, low-volume smugger, curator and gallery owner. He also once worked for eleven days in a dog food factory where they made Kibbles’ n Bits, but he prefers to paint. An avid muralist, both commissioned and not, he has painted buildings in Oaxaca, Barcelona, Venice, Albuquerque, Varanasi, Bangkok, Rangoon, Seattle, Portland, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Oakland and many other places, under the names “Detach”, “Stove” and “El Pituitario”. He has exhibited with the likes of Shepard Fairey, Chaz Bojorquez, Swoon, Gaia, Slinkachu, Henry Chalfant, Mark Jenkins, Chris Stain, and Chip Thomas.
Using “reclaimed” house paint taken from chemical disposal facilities, found wood, and discarded books, he constructs multi-layered, collaged paintings and assemblages which reference ancient cultures and spiritual traditions, but with just a hint of smart-ass. Homages to criminal saints, a bodhisattva telling a fart joke, events of divine banality and comic significance, stripped of pretense or stuffed with it. Either way, it is all holy shit.
A dynamic contemporary art space in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Focusing less on the object and more on the happening, galleryFRITZ inspires and educates with compelling exhibits, projection displays, and traditional art programming.
Occupying 1300 square feet in the upstairs mezzanine, FRITZ | space is galleryFRITZ’s working model for engaging a roster of rotating curators to ensures fresh, current and energetic experiences.
Under the keen direction of owner Deborah Fritz, this nearly 5,000 square foot “white box” interior boasts an outdoor expanse overlooking Santa Fe’s new Railyard commons. The space represents Fritz’s third successful venture in the Santa Fe arts. Inspired by an earnest dedication and passion for art, her galleries consistently exhibit with brilliant focus, a high standard of contemporary art. galleryFRITZ promises to stir up the conventional gallery continuum in the third largest art market. Founded in 2018, galleryFRITZ is committed to presenting emerging, mid-career, and established artists from the world over. Each artist represented by the gallery shares in Fritz’s bold and innovative vision of art and equals her excellence in execution.
galleryFRITZ is located at 540 South Guadalupe Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501.