Continuing my posting from last Friday’s visit to the Winklers in Hillsboro. I lost track of how many buildings they have on “their property” (and I use this term loosely thanks to the ever-shifting boundaries and titles in this part of the world….long story for Nolan to tell someday). So Nolan, please chime in if I get any of this wrong.
There is a main house (in an upscale mobile home) that sits closest to the cliff. It is connected and integrated with a multi-room, long gallery, through which you enter from the parking area under the shady elm. (I’ll show gallery and art pictures in a separate post.)
To the left (west) are the other outbuildings. There is an old adobe home that faces the street with a portico. The landscape is full of found objects and Winkler’s creations. You pass a wonderful, huge, round iron gong, that has a date of 1777 on it, but that seems suspiciously old. under the portico are various sculpts and funky furniture, including a great commentary by Winkler’s son Todd, “Mandatory Heart Transplants for Racists.”
The adobe has been converted into studio space, guest quarters, and storage rooms. Forgive the mess, as the Winklers are doing some renovations and painting.
Heading further west are more buildings, sheds, and sculpts. There is a great tower, expanded and converted by the Winklers with decorative peak into a dove/bird/bat cote. Winkler’s antenna commentary on the media often fools visitors into thinking it gets good cable in the wilderness.
Nearby is the Airstream trailer, mobile art/architecture, as another example of the Winklers giving New Mexico “trailer trash” a good name.
And yet more studios in another building, at a diagonal. This is where Nolan has been doing her WBHD works of late.
Nolan is a great documentary subject….always animated, always natural, always lovely! (or is that her sister? mom?)
To the west of the property are their neighbors in a cluttered old adobe, that at various times in their crazy title chaos belonged to the Winklers, or not, or just partially? You should see some of these old, handwritten title documents. Classic Wild West! Rules, what rules?
To the right (east) of the main house are the gardens, more old stone foundations of past inhabitants, and a wonderful, historic corral. Nolan will have to tell that story again sometime, but the Winklers were able to acquire it from a ranch (station, to you Aussies) in the region and resurrect it on their property (most likely their property). The signs, bocce balls, and horseshoe pits were from the creative Winkler minds. Across the street are several crumbling old adobe homes, which could have been saved with minimal effort, alas.
More Winkler sculpts complete the decorations, like the quartered-horse “Pedigree” for the pet food trade, and the peace symbol on the cliff-top. Typical neo-conservative artist types! Ha!
That must signal my sign off…. I’ll leave you in peace for a few days, then bore you with the artwork collection inside….such an uninteresting couple, I know.