Varieties of the Illustrative Experience
Opening reception: Third Friday, July 20, 6-9pm
Artist reception: First Friday, August 3, 6-10pm
Gori Bautista is a Filipino artist that partially resides in Phoenix, Arizona. His acrylic and spray paint works on canvas often depict Bautista’s signature motif the gorilla. The gorilla, he explains is a metaphor for the animalistic nature of humans, it is often depicted in military attire, royal garb, or doing otherwise human things like smoking.
Elizabeth Brice-Heams is known for her striking achromatic imagery that is focused on the feminine archetype. Heams’ often looks inward for the content of her work and like philosophy, asks more questions than it gives answers. Her interests in anthropology, architecture, and history can be seen in her practice as well as references to cubism and minimalism.
Christina Cole is an artist and illustrator native to Arizona who’s work is primarily based on the figure and the quotidian experience. Her use of non-local color, “non-art” materials like post-it notes, and elements of abstraction give rise to an often humorous and whimsical style.
Lee Davis is a Phoenix-based artist that takes scientific discoveries and ideas and interprets them into bold iconographic and often humorous paintings and drawings. Davis’ work has explored Promethean moral questions with octopuses, clocks powered by carnivorous plants, the animals in abyssal ocean depths, and zombie-ism in spiders and insects.
Lauren Kelly is currently in the middle of a move to Los Angeles and has worked as a stop-motion animator for Digital Twigs. Through her use of the figure and metaphorical devices she explores the subconscious mind and the existential stresses that come between ourselves and our relationships with others. A print-maker at heart Kelly is reliant on her skills as a draftsman and responds to negativity in her life with the use of bold and saturated color palettes.
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