M12: Center Pivot is an experiential installation highlighting images and sounds from the M12 Collective’s five-book, five-record collection of the same title. The Center Pivot Series is a post-pastoral catalog, one made in places and with people often neglected—even disdained—by cosmopolitan communities. Like the book and record series, this installation and Chautauqua-style event are alternative approaches to overcoming divergent vocabularies, reference points and politics in the rural space. Topics range from wild horses in New Mexico and small-town punks in South Dakota, to rural post offices and small museums in Colorado.


M12 is an interdisciplinary group of artists, researchers and writers based in Colorado. The ever-evolving collective creates context-based artworks, research projects and education initiatives. The studio is primarily known for projects that explore the aesthetics of rural cultures and landscapes. Centered on context and place, M12 blends multiple fields through their connective aesthetic methodology. The studio allows locational research, design, gathering of information and construction to merge, creating a layered collection of artworks, images, publications and artifacts.

M12 is currently Peter de Kan, Matthew Fluharty, Josh Garrett-Davis, Margo Handwerker, Kris Harzinski, Jamie Horter, Stuart Hyatt, Marc McCay, George Perez, Mary Rothlisberger, Chris Sauter, Richard Saxton, Jared Walters and David Wyrick

Image: Center Pivot, 2017 (installation view); Audio recordings, log, snow fence,  speakers

Sala Diaz, a 501(c) 3 exhibition space, is an experimental venue for contemporary art established in 1995. Located in the heart of the Cultural Arts District, Sala Diaz provides a unique venue for the exhibition of new and challenging work and fosters lasting exchange between our city and creative communities abroad. Housed in the same residential structure as the gallery, The Casa Chuck Residency is an invitational program through which Sala Diaz provides critics, curators and writers a haven for varied creative pursuits. Initiated in 2012, the residency honors the legacy of visionary artist, arts advocate, cultural maven and bon vivant Chuck Ramirez who died the previous year. Official residents spend one month living in Ramirez’ former abode, exploring and interacting with the surrounding arts community. Sala/Casa hosts a wide variety of arts professionals in-between residencies including critics, curators, musicians, scholars and visual artists.

Sala Diaz is supported by H-E-B's Community Investment Program, The Flohr Family Foundation, The Lifschutz Foundation, The John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, The Smothers Foundation and numerous individuals including Mike Casey, Sonya Dawson, Lorena & Joel Dunlap, Nina Hassele, Chris Hill, Reagan Johns, Rick Liberto, Trish Marcus & the Ramirez Family, Laurence Miller, Steve Ogle, Brad Parman & Tim Seeliger, Patricia Ruiz-Healy, Don Thomas & Lara Flynn Boyle.


Glasstire  http://glasstire.com/2018/01/09/m12-center-pivot-at-sala-diaz/

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