ArtSlant - Recently added en-us 40 Kathleen Smith, Margaret Nes, Valerie Graves - Wilder Nightingale Fine Art - September 27th - October 11th Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:02:32 +0000 Christine Cassano, Sean Thomas - Modified Arts - September 19th - October 11th <p style="text-align: justify;">Beginning Third Friday, September 19,&nbsp;<strong>Modified Arts</strong>&nbsp;is proud to present the work of&nbsp;<strong>Christine Cassano</strong>&nbsp;and<strong>Sean Thomas</strong>. Though the two have not previously exhibited together, their work shares a common interest in the melding of organic and inorganic forms. The complex systems of life are examined by the two artists in visually complementary, yet intellectually disparate ways, creating a thoughtful exhibition where the viewer can gaze internally, before peering outward at the things humans create and how they interact with the natural world.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;"><strong>Christine Cassano</strong>, a relative veteran of the Phoenix art scene, presents a mix of engulfing, site-specific installation and smaller, more intimately digestible works. Rooted in her own past health problems and a keen interest in morphology, the study of the form and structure of organisms and their structural feature, Cassano creates sculptural pieces meant to echo both the body and technology. By exploring that nexus, the artist&rsquo;s work makes compatible the compositions and materials within humanity, and the compositions and materials utilized by humanity. For this exhibition, an installation of Cassano&rsquo;s, &ldquo;Triggers and Hesitations,&rdquo; will run alongside a series of smaller, equally meticulous works documenting internal structures. Later this month, Cassano will present her work alongside 22 other Arizona artists at the&nbsp;<strong>Tempe Center for the Arts Biennial</strong>exhibition.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Painter&nbsp;<strong>Sean Thomas</strong>, a recent Valley transplant, presents his local exhibited debut. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, the painter gained his truest inspiration in exploring the physical fringe of Rome. Rather than being entranced by the historic architecture, Thomas instead found power in the imposing factories, decaying seaside, and general overcrowding of the city. By viewing these images within a context of natural beauty, Thomas aims to create the same contrast in his work, exploring what he calls &ldquo;the new landscape.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Together, Thomas and Cassano&rsquo;s work sets up the gallery space as one for purposeful introspection. While Cassano&rsquo;s work invites an inward understanding of structure and form, Thomas looks outward, seeing how urban space invites new contrasts when one looks beyond the immediate sights and sounds.</p> Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:57:04 +0000 David Johns - Zane Bennett Contemporary Art - September 29th - October 24th <p style="text-align: justify;">Zane Bennett Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Bił' Hahodiishłaa, a collection of abstract paintings by artist David Johns. The opening is Friday, September 26, at the gallery, 435 South Guadalupe Street, across from the rail station, from 5:00 - 7:00 pm to coincide with the Railyard Arts <br />District Last Friday Art Walk. The artist will be present.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">David Johns&rsquo;s latest solo exhibition is titled Bił' Hahodiishłaa which means this is how I made it; this is how it came to be.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">&ldquo;When you age, you think more about innermost things; what you are, what you really are, down to your soul, where you are coming from,&rdquo; says Johns. </p> <p style="text-align: justify;">For David Johns, painting is a prayer, an almost ceremonial way to travel back in time, allowing the artist to move beyond the impositions of context, subject, or object, and discover the essence of a painting through color and light alone. As the artist states it in his own words, &ldquo;In&nbsp;nature, light creates color. In painting, color creates light.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">Johns works to express a spiritual and emotional state in the form of color and light. By reducing his images to the essentials, Johns evokes these feelings for both himself and his audience.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">When approaching his work, David Johns strives to shed all preconceptions or ideas, and find an&nbsp;&lsquo;unknown&rsquo; state. This &lsquo;unknown&rsquo; is what is most exciting to him; the manifestation of something unique from nothing, revealing the unrevealed, unearthing what is hidden. The finished work creates a collaborative space for his audience, welcoming them to bring their own experiences and to project their own visions, feelings and interpretations. As N. Scott Momaday said of Johns, &ldquo;David Johns is a&nbsp;seer, and he comes very honestly by that gift. In his remarkable artwork, he enables us to see as well. His gift becomes our gift. Here is the essential spirit of creation.&rdquo;</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">A master of technique and materials, David Johns blends his formal art training with traditional Navajo (Din&eacute;) teachings to create his unique style. Vibrant in color and rich in texture, his paintings dazzle the eye but also converge with the soul. Color, for Johns, is more than a medium to create emotion, light, texture and form; color is saturated with traditional Navajo symbolism. In Navajo culture, white, blue, yellow, and black are the four &lsquo;original&rsquo; colors, and represent the four cardinal directions, time of day, states of mind, paths of life, the four seasons, and more. This underlines the spiritual and syncretic dimensions of his work. When asked about the meaning and motivation behind his works Johns says, &ldquo;My creations on paper and canvas do not come from a place of preconception. They come from the inner most chambers of my soul. The essence of what I am is a <br />spiritual being. I am a Din&eacute; (Navajo) man of the&nbsp;T;&lsquo;aashchi&rsquo;i clan and born for the Kinyaa&rsquo;aanii clan. Even as I write it, it feels like I am saying a prayer. Everything I am and do I hope comes from a place of harmony. When my mind, body and spirit are in balance then I can produce an image which reflects my truth. I hope my abstractions are ways for the observers to feel the essence of my inner self; not to get caught up in the distractions of outer appearances. It is not the form that touches our deepest longings but rather the story my images evoke in the viewer. This is the ultimate impact of my art.&rdquo;</p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:33:22 +0000 Silverwood, McCuan, Windsor, Dawson - Ventana Fine Art - October 3rd - October 15th Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:24:35 +0000 Ren Adams - New Grounds Print Workshop and Gallery - October 3rd - October 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Ren Adams multi-media prints investigate the nature of emergence in the digital age. Synthesizing ideas found in physics, information theory, Eastern philosophy, archaeology, digital culture, mass media and linguistics, Adams embraces the interdisciplinary nature of mixed media, layering printmaking techniques with drawing, painting and digital processing.</p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:16:31 +0000 - Matrix Fine Art - October 3rd - October 31st <p style="text-align: justify;">Matrix Fine Art is very excited to host this prestigious exhibition of more than 40 outstanding pastel artists. The status of &ldquo;signature&rdquo; member is hard earned through a complex point system calculated from exhibitions, awards and publications. This colorful exhibition will feature the flexibility and range of the pastel medium from lush landscapes, to animals, still lifes and portraits. This show will feature the leading talent of contemporary pastel artists in New Mexico.</p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:11:16 +0000 Diane Burko - LewAllen Galleries (Railyard) - September 26th - November 2nd Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:59:03 +0000 Dirk De Bruycker - LewAllen Galleries (Railyard) - September 26th - November 2nd Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:56:16 +0000 Manfred Rapp - Joe Wade Fine Art - October 3rd - October 12th Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:53:12 +0000 David Bottini - GREENBERG Fine Art - October 17th - October 28th <p>A visual feast of landscape paintings by this master of realism.</p> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:50:03 +0000