30 Jun Glen Strock
Artist of the Month | July 2017
“This month we visited Glen at the site of his latest project, and spoke to him about the challenges he faced in the creation of this wonderful piece of artwork. Be sure to take a drive to see the artwork in person, on the Santa Fe County Human Resources Office at the Solana Center on West Alameda.”
~ Ron Whitmore
Glen Strock is an artist living in New Mexico.
Artist Glen Strock wanted to show how New Mexico’s cultures can come together in a spirit of compassion. But some people saw just the opposite. Strock, 69, signed on to paint a mural this fall in conjunction with Santa Fe County Teen Court, a remediation program for juvenile offenders. The mural has been vandalized and criticized. As a result, changes are being made.
It is the latest front in an ongoing local battle over how to acceptably depict Colonial New Mexico, a time of conflict between the Spanish and Native Americans, in public art. The mural, black on the white-and-beige exterior of the Santa Fe County Human Resources Office on West Alameda Street, shows a Spaniard on horseback. A Native boy sits before the horse, a cross of reeds in one hand. The Spaniard’s unsheathed sword looms above him. The sword since has been whited out. The mural’s overseers decided to change course last week, bowing to the public backlash that spanned a spectrum of displeasure, said Jennifer Romero, manager of the Teen Court, which is responsible for the commission and creation of the mural.