Jeff Krueger, One With Lemon 2, 2015, ceramic on poplar shelf, 14 x 13 x 12 inches

From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now

January 31, 2015 – April 11, 2015

January 31 – April 11, 2015

516 ARTS presented From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now, which showcased contemporary work by established and emerging Albuquerque area designers and architects. The exhibition featured both built and speculative projects. Varying widely in scale, the work demonstrated shared interests in innovation, experience, material, form and function. The exhibition was curated by Katya Crawford, Viviette Hunt, Kristen Shaw and Mira Woodson, and is part of the collaboration On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design (

From the architecture perspective, the diverse body of work elevated the design discourse and ignites the imagination by bringing together the strongest conceptual projects in conjunction with selected built works. The exhibition focused on the Art in Architecture, featuring a wide array of presentation media, as creative and varied as the ideas portrayed. Work included digital films in an immersive environment, cartographies that mapped the architecture of mind and memory, and interactive installations that invited the visitor to have a phenomenological experience. Two-dimensional imagery nested in suspended cubes offered the visitors an unconventional journey through Albuquerque’s design talent, while charcoal and mixed-media renderings portrayed the sensual and intuitive side of contemporary architecture and landscape architecture.

From the design perspective, the exhibition explored how well designed objects have the potential to change the way we see the world. Utilitarian and ornamental design converse via functional objects, fashion and jewelry. The diverse body of work revealed the use of traditional methods in new conceptual ways, challenges conventional notions of beauty and materiality, and demonstrated a rigorous appreciation of craft and making.

The exhibition included an expanded gift shop upstairs with an array of unqiue functional design items for sale including jewelry, lamps, tote bags, clocks and more. From the Ground Up also included a series of opening events and public programs. See page 2-3, and check our website at
The curators of From the Ground Up developed some creative installation projects to highlight the strength and diversity of Albuquerque design talent. In the White Cubes Installation, Albuquerque architects resided together in a suspended installation of white cubes. A portal in each cube revealed to the viewer a conceptual or built project. The diverse body of work created a rich dialogue between materiality, technology, form and space, building and landscape, while the viewing format gives the visitor an intimate and spatial experience of the 2-D images.

In Personal Cartographies, emerging designers from the School of Architecture and Planning held a prominent space in From The Ground Up. The installation featured the architectural process of 3-D modeling, which map memory and identity. The individual cartographies were placed on 16 pedestals and compose a complex and imperfect grid, not unlike the city we inhabit. The material restraint, craftsmanship, composition and narrative revealed the foundations of an architectural design process.

Artists & Designers:

Chris Beccone 
Donavan Boone + Parker Sprague
Tim Castillo, Ian LeBlanc + Eric Meyer
Brandon Clark
Katya Crawford
Bruce Warren Davis
Maria Estrada
Beverly Fisher
Miguel Gandert, Levi Romero + Hue Walker
Cheyenne Gurule
Keila Gutierrez
Gabrielle Herbosa
Mike Heighway
Lance G. Hinkle
Justine Humble + David Gallegos
Kei & Molly
Kenji Kondo Studio
Jeff Krueger
Richard Levy
Danielle Rae Miller
Zachary Mills
Stephen Mora + Sandy Johnson
Valentin Raphael Montoya
Kenneth Myers
Brandon Ortiz
Virgil Ortiz
Emi Ozawa
Eiman Rezai
Noreen Richards
Amanda Robinson
Dillon K. Romero
Lorenzo Ruiz
Antolin Salazar Gervacio
Veree Parker Simons
Sara Stewart
Thomas Tomlinson
Jennifer Vasher
Max Vasher
Damian Velasquez 
Eduardo Ventura
Alec Vittitow
Kima Wakefield
Madie Wickstrom
Steve White
Mira Woodson
Nicole Zollner

White Cube Installation:

Rana Abudayyeh + Kramer Woodard
Geoff Adams
Jon Anderson
Mark Baker
Gordon Barnard
Chris Beccone
Matthew Bollinger
May Coleman + Indira Kaini
Devendra Contractor, DNCA
Don Dudley
Jessica Dunn, Dominique Dupont + Kristina Guist Werenko
Entropic Industries, Cory Greenfield + Jared Winchester
Ed Fitzgerald
Lee Gamelsky Architects
Graham Hogan
Josh Johnson + Thomas Tomlinson
Carly Matthews Piccarello
Efthimios Maniatis
MRWM Landscape Architects
Xavier Nuño-Whelan
Antoine Predock
Bart Prince
Jay Rice, Spade Design Build
Max Vasher
Judith Wong


“From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now” Alibi

Kate Nelson “Seeing is Believing” New Mexico Magazine

Kate Nelson “When Albuquerque Went Modern” New Mexico Magazine

Elaine Ritchel “Mapping Albuquerque’s Art Scene” New Mexico Mercury

Elaine Ritchel “Unfolding Our Hometown Map” Alibi

Kathaleen Roberts, “Venues put ABQ art ‘On the Map’” Albuquerque Journal

About On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design

From the Ground Up: Design Here + Now was presented by 516 ARTS as part of the larger citywide collaboration On the Map: Unfolding Albuquerque Art + Design, a cultural partnership that celebrates the art of central New Mexico by over 20 partnering organizations. During January through June 2015, public institutions join private galleries to present exhibitions, lectures, performances and educational programming that focus on art and design created in the Middle Rio Grande Basin, from contemporary art to the earliest aesthetic objects created in the region. 516 ARTS is one of the leaders on the organizing committee for On the Map, along with the Albuquerque Museum, Harwood Art Center, Richard Levy Gallery and the City of Albuquerque Urban Enhancement Program. Special thanks to Albuquerque Convention & Visitors Bureau and City of Albuquerque, Cultural Services Department.