Alex Costantino

Rhythms of Distortion

Featuring work by Kristi Arnold, Alex Costantino, and Aimee Hertog

Curated by Jane Gordon

Freeform Art Space
3012 Cielo Ct, Santa Fe, NM
April 1st - 30th, 2017
Opening Reception Friday, April 1st, 5:30 - 8 pm

Kristi Arnold, Rorschach 1,  monoprint, colored pencil, & dura-lar on paper, 16 x 16 inches, 2016

Rhythms of Distortion presents an energetic perspective on figures and objects in space, while observing alternative approaches to emotional and psychological identity in contemporary western society.
Each artist approaches their work from a distinct place, yet the vibrance of their color choices, the language of abstraction, and the strength of their voices through varying media create a visual harmony, even in occasional chaos of form.

Kristi Arnold focuses on forces in seeming opposition and the flexible definitions of “grotesque” in her paintings and works on paper. She contrasts ideas of beauty/ugliness, representation/abstraction, and order/disorder through physical distortion, contrasting colors, and the play between positive and negative space. Referencing the Rorschach test, the shapes she creates are interchangeable, shifting between two or more forms, or seemingly in a state of flux.

Alex Costantino keeps his own physical actions and processes central in his paintings, with a consideration for a figure’s emotional identity as well as the iconography present in each image. Exploring ideas through pattern, he works in reaction to the figure’s pose, shape, and personality, accentuating visual depth or flatness, or cultural association.

Aimee Hertog, Spring, Site-specific installation for Warren County Community College, Washington, NJ, 2016

Aimee Hertog uses a multitude of found-object materials to comment on the chaos of domestic life and female identity, challenging not only our contemporary notions of beauty but also traditional myths of domestic bliss. Often the work takes the form of grotesque female figures. Distended, entangled, and sometimes literally left hanging, these pieces reflect the struggle women face in constructing and guarding their identities.

These artists play with both subtle and overt abstractions of the human figure, and use elements of improvisation and constant change within their practice. They investigate repetition and multiples in form, process, and final product. Their work filters selected elements of their surrounding reality through a personal lens of active making, historical reference, and humor. This results in a dynamic exploration of form, movement, and color. The works play off of one another in a way that echos the play of each artist in their making.

Visitor Center Artist Camp

2017 Artist Residencies &

Sustainable Practices Symposium

Session One: July 21st - 28th

Session Two: July 29th - August 12th, 2017

Applications NOW Open!

Deadline to Apply: May 31st, 2017


International Visiting Artist, 2017


Art Shape Mammoth is excited to host our first visiting artist, Mari Mathlin, from Finland!

Mari currently lives in Reykjavik, Iceland, and works at the Nordic Cultural House. Mari is preparing an exhibition to bring to the United States, in the summer of 2017, featuring fresh investigations into materials and methods she has been working with during the past year.

During the Visitor Center's 2017 Sustainable Practices Symposium, Mari will exhibit her artwork in the exhibition at Ewen High School, and will give a special lecture on Finnish and Icelandic art, sharing examples from art history and contemporary art in Finland and Iceland through the concepts of otherness and familiarity.

The public is invited to join us for an evening that will include an opening art reception, Mari’s art and culture talk, and a potluck featuring Finnish and Scandinavian foods. 

Mari Mathlin was born in 1980 in Pattijoki Finland and currently lives and works in Reykjavik. She received her BA in Fine Arts from The Swedish Polytechnic, Nykarleby in 2006; her MA in Art Education from the University of Lapland, Rovaniemi 2010; and her BA in Art History and Theory from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik. Mari has participated in numerous residencies around Europe that have had great impact on her work, including at Drake Arts Center in Finland, Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Germany, and most recently the Old School Residency in Iceland. Her work has been exhibited in group and solo shows in galleries around Europe, including The Nordic House, Iceland; Valve Gallery, Vaasa City Art Gallery, Gallery Carree, and a traveling exhibition through Oulu City Art Museum, Finland. Mari´s work mixes drawing, painting and printing techniques. She uses varied types of paper both as a surface when creating two-dimensional images and as a construction material for three-dimensional works. She has also worked with place and space specific projects in schools and communities.

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