Inpost Artspace Reception: Sunday, September 10, 3-5pm
Exhibition dates: July 10 – November 2, 2023
This Inpost Artspace photo exhibit features two dedicated jazz fans/photographers who have frequented Outpost shows ever since each of them moved to Albuquerque. They are an intrinsic part of Albuquerque’s celebrated jazz scene. We decided to let them use their own words to define the show and their artistic approaches. Mark Weber: “Photographs inhabit the 4th dimension, they are shadows & light of what has passed, five days ago or 25 years bygone. I take them for memory. Sentimental. First time I watched the ghost of an image appear in a developing tray it blew my mind. I was like the wildman Enkidu seeing Babylon for the first time. As to my aesthetic, it’s a bit sideways of prevailing practices . . . For the most part I’m a documentarian in the anthropological sense: A jazz scene includes artists, instrument repair techs, promoters, deejays, record stores & record collectors, journalists, priests, recording studios, historians, photographers, hagiographers, club owners, university jazz departments, agents/managers, and the audience. Is there a narrative to this show? Yup. It’s the community of listeners and musicians that have grown up around the Outpost. My favorite jazz photographer (besides, Roch) is William Gottlieb, who knew that jazz is a culture and photo’d it in its natural habitat: the jazz club of the 40s & 50s. Like any art form, one must be decisive, and with photographing music concerts there’s an etiquette, unspoken, but if you don’t pick up on it, you won’t last – it involves common decency, patience, tact, and mostly the fact this is the audience’s concert, not yours.” Roch Doran: “My goal is to document what I see without ever changing the experience of those that may be sharing that space in time with me. The challenge is to see beyond the obvious and to capture what is unique in that solitary moment. After years of being in a band that had dissolved more into talking about music than playing music, I was in heaven when I got my first camera. The camera gave me the freedom to share something about my world without hours of conversation. Since 1977, when I began this journey, my two loves have been constant, nature and documenting people creating music. Over the years the technology has changed and I have gone from film to transparencies, back to film, to digital and now digital with a mirrorless camera. While the tools have changed, the objects of my interest have not.”
Led by renowned Albuquerque-based drummer Cal Haines, a long-time friend and associate of Mark Weber, The Cal Haines Quartet, which took home three awards at this year’s New Mexico Music Awards, also features David Parlato, electric bass; Alex Murzyn, tenor sax & flute; and Adolfo Acosta, trumpet & flugelhorn. The group plays original compositions and beloved standards, but with an open, chordal-free format (i.e. no guitar or piano). FREE!
(SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2023)
17th Annual New Mexico Jazz Festival
Santa Fe Railyard Park | 740 Cerrillos Rd, Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM 87501
sponsored by the City of Santa Fe and the New Mexico Music Commission
GA-20 is spearheading a movement— a new traditional blues revival. The dynamic, throwback Boston-based blues trio featuring guitarist Matt Stubbs (lead guitarist for Charlie Musselwhite for ten years) vocalist Pat Faherty, and drummer Tim Carman, “are disciples of the place where traditional blues, country and rock ‘n’ roll intersect,” and they have been at the forefront of traditional blues revival since they first formed in 2018. Recently featured in a cover story in Performer Magazine, they have skyrocketed to the top of the Billboard Blues Chart and recently released their third full-length album, Crackdown, topping the Billboard Chart again as one of the Top Blues Albums. Currently on an extensive tour to promote the new album, the band notes that traditional blues has not seen the same recent massive revival as traditional country, soul and funk music, and they are excited that this new album and tour will rev that traditional blues revival right up! Expanding on their previous releases, the new album features “an unvarnished, ramshackle blues that is at once traditional and refreshingly modern . . . finding inspiration on the edges of the genre, where early electric blues first converged with country and rock ‘n’ roll . . . reminiscent of The Ramones, Crackdown is rowdy and fun, filled with instantly memorable, and well-crafted songs” (Mint Talent Group). The grandson of Mississippi Hill Country Blues legend Junior Kimbrough, Cameron Kimbrough spent his childhood nights in Juke Joints watching his grandfather, a host of talented uncles, and his father Kenny Kimbrough sing and play the blues. Watching the music take people away from the hardships of their daily lives, he notes, “It was like people were cleansing themselves. It looked like church, except communion was every day.” Cameron eventually joined up with bluesman, Lightnin Malcolm and together they created a dynamic two-piece drum and guitar band with whom he recorded the critically acclaimed live album, Renegade in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Kimbrough has toured the U.S. playing everywhere from California to North Carolina and his soulful voice combined with his natural talent has led him to grace many festival stages including Blues Rules in Crissier, Switzerland, the Juke Joint Festival in Clarksdale, Mississippi and others. FREE!
Inpost Artspace Reception
Saturday, February 5th, 5-7pm
(Exhibition Dates: January 24- April 29, 2022)
Curated by Chandler Wigton and Lacey Chrisco, Ambos Lados is an exhibition of 158 prints from artists in 6 countries, primarily Mexico and the United States, including 18 artists from New Mexico and several Albuquerque artists.
Ambos Lados, which translates as “both sides” in Spanish emerged out of a print exchange organized on both sides of the border by Manuel Guerra, Director of Horned Toad Prints in El Paso and Adrian Aguirre and Beatriz Rivas of Taller Gráfica Libre in Zaachila, Oaxaca. The prints and larger project emphasize the unity of artists and peoples across the political border of the United States and Mexico. While there was no set theme for the exchange, many of the works explore political and social issues, specifically the border, while others are contemplative, humorous, or abstract. The print exchange, organized in 2018, was unjuried and open to anyone who wished to participate, the only rule for the exchange was a uniform print size. The prints included in the show utilize a range of printing techniques including lithographs, serigraphs, relief, and intaglio. Egalitarian in nature, the project connected artists from a range of professional, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds and the exhibition puts these perspectives in conversation. The prints emphasize how artistic expression is a unifying force across different kinds of borders and divides.
An accompanying catalog will be available for purchase at the Outpost or on amazon.
Artist Statement – Jim Gale
My love of photography began when I was about 12 years old, learning to develop and print B&W in a school art class. For years I used my grandma’s old range-finder camera and by the time I was in high school, I had built a small darkroom in the basement. Throughout college, I worked as a free-lance photographer to help pay the bills, along with being the college paper photography editor for 3 years (the Stylus at SUNY Brockport). As editor, we had complimentary tickets to all music shows on campus, which became my first experience with photographing live music shows. At the end of college, I was at a crossroads. I was considering local jobs in photojournalism. However, many professional photographers I had met advised me that it would be tough to make a living, especially if you valued things like health insurance or retirement savings. In the end, I decided I loved photography too much to try and make a living with it. This allowed me freedom to pursue only projects I cared about, on my own terms and those ‘projects’ boiled down to nature and music. My parents were both music lovers (Dad played classical piano, even with a damaged finger from the Korean war) and Mom found a used copy of “The Complete Backpacker” (Collin Fletcher), which soon motivated my first 4-day solo backpacking adventure at 14 years old. One summer, while in college, I had saved enough money (barely) to hike the entire 2000 mile Appalachian Trail, and since then, my passion for backpacking has evolved into a passion for documenting my adventures so that I could preserve and capture the details and the beauty I saw through my lens. It still amazes me how much a single image from 40 years ago can bring back vivid memories I thought I had forgotten.
After college, I went to graduate school and earned a PhD in Biochemistry and Biophysics at Washington State University (1987). Since then, I have worked as a Molecular Biologist, and currently design and implement new oncology/genetic tests at Tricore as part of the Assay Development team. Moving out west also offered me the opportunity to learn white water rafting and kayaking.
I really had not gotten back into music photography until I moved to Albuquerque and discovered the Outpost! After my first show at the old Morningside location, I was hooked! Although my taste in music is very eclectic, I was drawn deeper into the beauty, improvisation and creativity of Jazz. Since I could never afford all the shows I wanted to see, I approached Tom about an exchange of my show photographs for free admittance. This arrangement as the volunteer “house photographer” has now lasted over 23 years! At this point, there are few (if any) other clubs or performance spaces that have such a complete and extensive photographic documentation.
I now have been giving the opportunity to show some of my landscape work at the Outpost which features a mix of old film (and infrared film in 4×5 sheet size) and newer digital work. Most of the photographs are from New Mexico and the Southwest. The large B&W images were some of the last I developed and printed in my garage darkroom, and while I have embraced digital, I find there is something unique and beautiful about the analog film/print that is hard to reproduce in digital.
Please note: Since we are still working mostly remotely, we ask that you make an appointment to view the exhibition. Please email us at email@example.com to arrange a time.
Come celebrate the strength and individuality of these young artists, each selected for their talent and bold creativity. Hailing from Albuquerque Charter Schools including Explore Academy, Amy Biehl High School, and Media Arts Collaborative Charter School, these emerging artists are diverse learners and leaders who demonstrate the intellectual, social, and ethical habits to improve their communities. A range of works expressing personal style and varied media champions the power of personal choice and hands-on experiential learning.
Exhibition Dates: April 1-May 16
Reception: Friday, April 3, 6-8pm