Parse Seco Presents LET THEM DO
For Immediate Media Release | June 17, 2018
Cecilia Cuff | Joel Meinholz
PARSE SECO presents LET THEM DO
10 prolific artists, 10 shoes used as blank canvases, 1 collaborative effort of Artists to raise funds for at risk youth in New Mexico..
Viewing 5 July - 29 July
Opening Reception & Artist Introduction 5 July 2018 6p
Enjoy an Americana, Soulful, Deep Canyon Rock Performance by musician, AJ Woods at 8pm opened by Nick Hans
About |LET THEM DO|
An exhibition of 10 artists, each who have been given a size 16 blank canvas Vans New Era Skate Shoe to do what they want with. Artists have been encouraged to interact with their community, create designs and build complimentary installations at parse SECO that pay tribute to the art scenes from which they come. Throughout the month there will be a silent auction for the VANS from each piece to fundraise towards the DreamTree Project in an effort to let children have the chance to be children.
LET THEM DO will document the process of these 10 artists creating dynamic designs and installations from the galleries they call home and their journey to transport their art to Parse Seco in Taos, New Mexico.
This a state wide effort to raise funds for at risk youth at DreamTree Project.
Join us for the opening reception and if the shoe fits, please bid on it!
About | The Artist Collaboration and Their Galleries |
Jacob Horner | VANS | ALBUQUERQUE VANS - Albuquerque, NM
Jazmyn Crosby | ALBUQUERQUE JAZMYN CROSBY
Thomas Bowers | FILTER | ALBUQUERQUE THOMAS BOWERS
Thomas Christopher Haag | RELIC | ALBUQUERQUE RELIC GALLERY
Haley Greenfeather English | INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS | SANTA FE HALEY GREENFEATHER
Chris Roberts-Antieau , ANTIEAU GALLERY | SANTA FE ANTIEAU GALLERY
Dano Sancho | MAGICAL TATTOO | TAOS MAGICAL TATTOO
Omar Wilkins | VAGRANT HEART TAOS | TAOS VAGRANT HEART TAOS
David Kappy | RELIC | ABQ RELIC GALLERY
Lynnette Haozous | Farahnheight | SANTA FE FARAHNHEIGHT GALLERY
Josh Row | NO COMPLY | AUSTIN NO COMPLY AUSTIN
DreamTree Project | TAOS DREAMTREE PROJECT
About | AJ Woods |
Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, AJ Woods has been a part of the underground Southwestern music scene for nearly a decade. In that time, Woods has released two full-length albums on Denver, Colorado's Tinyamp Records (S/T, 2013, The Fence, 2016), as well as EPs, singles and live recordings, which have earned him comparisons to Jason Molina, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Neil Young and Townes Van Zandt. Still, "Woods'[s] lyrical style, guitar playing and singing are his own—something that can't often be said." (Alibi) He's played with acts such as Mutual Benefit, William Elliot Whitmore, Julie Byrne, Richard Buckner and Des Ark, among many others. With music and lyrics that are “poignant and powerful," (ABQ Free Press), Woods creates not only songs, but "unpretentious poetry....This guy's for real." (Alibi) A teacher, a musician, a poet, whatever he is, in times like these, when our sense of reality is shifting and dissolving, Woods' music is a grounding force. It brings us back to the cold, hot, hard, soft, wet, dry earth on which we live and depend, the music; it reminds us that we have hearts, bones that break and heal, blood that can leave us; that we are related to, made and capable of many things. Since the critically acclaimed release of his latest album The Fence, Woods has opened for The Handsome Family, toured historic New Mexico adobe churches with A Hawk and a Hacksaw and is currently at work on new music and plans for a tour.
About | The DreamTree Project |
DreamTree Project is guided by empathy and integrity to provide a respectful, safe, and structured environment to support youth in crisis.
In 1998, a group of women in the Taos community came together and decided to do something to help young adults who did not have the skills and resources to live on their own, particularly youth exiting treatment and foster care.
Two years later, with building renovations completed, the program opened its doors to youth as a transitional living program. In 2004, 5 apartments were added - the Casitas - for greater independence for youth. In 2011, the main building opened as an emergency shelter.
About |PARSE SECO|
Founded in 2016, PARSE SECO is an experimental creative space located in the heart of Arroyo Seco, Taos that provides a unique platform for artists, musicians and creators to present immersive experiences for the community in an intimate setting. PARSE SECO strives to provide a safe house for expression, learning & therapy through art. Since its commencement, art residency and community involvement have delineated PARSE SECO’s mission statement claiming an entity for all as opposed to any one individual. PARSE SECO is a nomadic branch of Parse Gallery (now PARSE NOLA), which was founded in New Orleans, LA in 2010 by Ricardo Barba, Andrew Schrock, and Margot Walsh.
Since opening, PARSE SECO has had the honor of hosting work by Rachel Brown, Joel Meinholz, Eric Cade Schoenborn, Angel Brynner, Dave Greber, Allison Hester, Dyanna Annai Belight and showcased live music performances by Mirror Travel, Christian Freising, Julia Lucille, Ralph White, The Trummors, ITASCA, Dylan Golden Aycock and many more.
About |PARSE NOLA|
PARSE NOLA is an art space and curatorial residency that serves as a platform for critical dialog about contemporary art. This program hosts three to four visiting curators annually. During extended stays in the city, curators are encouraged to engage in studio visits with local artists, conduct research in the area, and utilize the PARSE facilities to experiment with the boundaries and possibilities of curatorial practice.
In November 2017, PARSE NOLA’s curatorial residency program and office moved to an 1860s Greek Revival home located at 819 Marigny Street, operated by the Center for Gulf Caribbean History and Culture. The house will serve as the headquarters for PARSE and will provide living space for numerous curators, writers, and other guests.