Converging Trajectories: Crossing Borders, Building Bridges

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Converging Trajectories: Crossing Borders, Building Bridges
Curated by: Ted G. Decker

407 E. Roosevelt St.
Phoenix, 85004
August 20th, 2010 - October 9th, 2010
Opening: August 20th, 2010 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mon-Fri 9-5; 1st & 3rd Fridays, 6-9pm; Sat 12-4; or by appointment, scheduled by email
photography, sculpture


Converging Trajectories: Crossing Borders, Building Bridges

August 20th – October 9th, 2010

Guest-curated by Ted G. Decker

Converging Trajectories: Crossing Borders, Building Bridges is an invitational group exhibition of works by 41 artists curator Ted Decker has encountered during the past three years. Most of the artists are from Brazil and Arizona with others from Buenos Aires, Charlotte, Chicago, Mexico City, New York, and San Francisco.

“Three years ago, after decades of working in business and in art museums, I started my own company, thereby propelling myself on a new trajectory. During this time, I have been blessed with opportunities for travel in the Americas. These artists are on their own paths/trajectories. Through me, there is an intersection. With a collective exhibition of their art, the artists will be connected with one another and with viewers from the Phoenix area and elsewhere who visit Modified Arts during the exhibition. Of the 41 artists in the exhibition, 21 are currently based in Brazil making this the largest exhibit of contemporary art from Brazil ever shown in Phoenix and the Southwest.

The world continues to rapidly shrink with the development and use of technology, social networks, and travel. More than ever before, we are able to recognize that the people of the World strive for the same things in life and share dreams for the future. Unbelievably, it is still easier for art to cross borders drawn on maps than the actual artist who made the work. I am assembling the art, bringing it to Phoenix, and providing a nexus for people to connect with art and artists, many of whom are showing in the United States for the first time. Information about the exhibition is being broadcast from Phoenix out to many people living in places around the world through the use of technology that makes it possible for us to be interconnected with others across political borders. In a small and personal way, Converging Trajectories: Crossing Borders to Build Bridges builds bridges between people thereby promoting mutual understanding and abating fear of the other or the unknown.”

Exhibition Artists:

Ayrson Heráclito (Salvador, Brazil)   Bernardo Ramalho (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Bianca Tomaselli (Niterói, Brazil)   Bruno Vieira (Recife, Brazil)

Carlos Contente (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)  Carolina Ponte (Petrópolis, Brazil)

Chico Fernandes (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)  Christian Curiel (Brooklyn, NY)

Christy Puetz (Phoenix, AZ)    Danielle Carcav (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Eduardo Verderame (São Paulo, Brazil)  Elizabeth Amento (San Francisco, CA)

Estevan Curiel (Phoenix, AZ)   Felipe Baenninger (São Paulo, Brazil)

Gabriela Mureb (Niterói, Brazil)   Gustavo Artigas (Mexico City, Mexico)

Hugo Houayek (Niterói, Brazil)   Jen Urso (Phoenix, AZ)

Joe Jankovsky (Phoenix, AZ)   Leo Ayres (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Marco Rountree Cruz (Mexico City, Mexico) Marco Turrubiartes (Phoenix, AZ)

Marcone Moreira (Marabá, Brazil)   Marcos Chaves (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Mary Porterfield (Chicago, IL)   M. Jenea Sanchez (Douglas & Tempe, AZ) Michael David Little (Phoenix, AZ)

Pedro Varela (Petrópolis, Brazil)   Rafael Alonso (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)   Rafael Navarro (Phoenix, AZ)

Ricardo Villa (São Paulo, Brazil)   Rodrigo Torres (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Sam Chung (Tempe, AZ)    Sergio Allevato (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Sergio Torres (Niterói, Brazil)   Sharon Dowell (Charlotte, NC)

Sigismond de Vajay (Buenos Aires, Argentina) Verónica Villanueva (Scottsdale, AZ)

Walmor Corrêa (Porto Alegre, Brazil)

Opening Reception: Friday, August 20th, 6-9pm
Artist Meet & Greet: Saturday, August 21st, 1-3pm
Gallery Hours: Friday & Saturday 1-5pm, First Friday 6-9pm, and by appointment