#ArtLitPhx: Artist Lecture with Patti Warashina and Transitory Conversations Exhibition

Join us for an Artist lecture with Patti Warashina on Saturday, May 12th from 6:30- 7:30 pm in the Dobson lecture hall at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum (1 E Main St, Mesa, AZ 85201).  Warashina’s Transitory Conversations exhibition opening reception will be May 11 from 7:00-10:00 pm. The exhibition will be at Mesa Arts Center from April 13th through August 5th.

With a career spanning over 55 years, Washington State artist Patti Warashina has established herself as an artistic icon, especially in the media of ceramics. She uses the human figure as a vehicle to portray what she draws from her own daily life experiences, as well as the absurdities and foibles from the civilization in which we live. Her characters become the actors in her introspective narratives and the viewer becomes the voyeur. In most of her current work, the abstract quality of the surfaces erases and denies the identification of time and place, speaking to the universal quirks of all human nature. However, recently the absurdity of the current world has been a fascinating source of ideas for her to explore.

 

#ArtLitPhx: Angel Cabrales NGC 4594 (The Sombrero Galaxy) Exhibition at Royse Contemporary

Royse Contemporary is proud to present the solo exhibition of Angel Cabrales entitled NGC 4594 (The Sombrero Galaxy). The title refers to the actual spiral galaxy located in the constellation Virgo with a bright nucleus, an unusually large central bulge, and a prominent dust lane in its inclined disk, which gives it the appearance of a sombrero.

“This galaxy is a focal point in my exploration in thoughts and needs to identify as an American of Mexican heritage in a world where political and social climates push cultural identity to the extremes and I find myself feeling out of place,” states Cabrales. “These ideas and feelings are something many can relate to and Cabrales has once again created artwork that blends social and political concerns of today while beginning an important dialogue with his viewers,” states Curator Nicole Royse.

This exhibition features an enthralling new collection of mixed media abstract paintings and sculptures. Through his work the artist searches for a cultural home where he doesn’t have to prove how American or how Mexican he is, and just live in the Spanglish amalgamation he grew up in. He utilizes industrial design and commercialism while approaching such tough topics through a powerful and often satirical lens. Cabrales has created laser cut resin “paintings” which the artist says, “track my voyage to self-discovery as I chart the Heavens in my search for NGC 4594 a place to call a celestial home of my imagination,” going on to say “becoming a home to my feeling of displacement and want for a place to call my own.”

Cabrales is a multi-media sculptor who is creating dynamic sculptures, interactive installations, and digital imagery. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Arizona State University and his Masters of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of North Texas. Currently he is the Visiting Assistant Professor in Sculpture at the University of Texas at El Paso, as well as a mentor in The Low Residency Masters of Fine Arts Program for the School of Art Institute of Chicago.

He has exhibited his artwork extensively in Texas and Arizona, having his work featured in both solo and group exhibitions at renowned institutions and galleries including most recently at the MAC, Texas Biennial, Galeria 409, the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum, The Latino Cultural Center of Dallas, Brownsville Fine Arts Museum, El Paso Museum of Art and AMBOS Project (an intervention collaboration). Royse Contemporary in Scottsdale, Arizona and Ro2 Gallery in Dallas, Texas currently represent Cabrales’ work. His work has been featured in numerous publications both online and in print including ArtNet, Fusion Magazine, Texas Architect, Huffington Post, El Paso Times, Scottsdale Independent, and Arizona Republic, just to name a few.

The opening reception will take place on April 5, 2018 from 5:00-10:00 pm coinciding with the weekly Thursday Scottsdale ArtWalk with an opportunity to meet the artist who will be in town from Texas. NGC 4594 (The Sombrero Galaxy) will be on view from Thursday, April 5 through Saturday, April 28, 2018. Royse Contemporary is located in the Marshall Square complex at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. Royse Contemporary is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday 9:30-1:30pm, Wednesday 9:00-1:00pm, Thursday 5:00-10:00 pm, and Saturday 11:00pm-3:00pm.

 

#ArtLitPhx: Pompeii: the Exhibition After Hours

Experience the city nature destroyed but also preserved in “Pompeii: the Exhibition” and explore the rare types of volcanic eruptions in Supervolcanos. Exhibition and Supervolcanoes Planetarium Show are available March 17 and 18, April 5 and 22, May 6, 17, 24 and 25 from 5 pm to 10 pm, the exhibition will be at the Arizona Science Center from November 18. 2017 through May 28, 2018.

Supervolcanoes explores rare types of volcanic eruptions that marshal the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The story of these big blowouts is a tale of havoc and mayhem: mass extinctions, climate collapses, and violence beyond anything humans have ever witnessed. In this unique immersive experience, audiences will explore the impact of volcanism on Earth and other worlds in our solar system. Can a supervolcano erupt in our own time? The answer is surprisingly close to home.

 

#ArtLitPhx: Reflections Exhibition

“Reflections” is an undergraduate exhibition that will be held at Gallery 100 March 19 through 23. Opening reception will be held Tuesday, March 20th from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

The purpose of Gallery 100 has been to provide students, faculty, and academic professionals of the School of Art with exhibition space that serves the needs of the school. In accordance with the overall objectives of Arizona State University, the gallery supports the research, teaching, and public service functions of the school.

The gallery hosts senior BFA group exhibitions in drawing, painting, photography, intermedia, digital art, fibers, ceramics, metals, sculpture, and printmaking and occasionally serves as a venue for larger group curatorial efforts. The gallery is operated by student gallery attendants and maintained by the galleries director, gallery technician, and the BFA students during their group exhibition period.

Established in November 2003, Gallery 100 became the ASU School of Art’s fourth gallery. Located just north of the ASU Art Museum on Mill Ave., the gallery is accessible to the local community as well as ASU’s art students and hosts weekly student art receptions.

 

#ArtLitPhx: Art Exhibition “To See the Words Unspoken”

Through objects and a series of related performances, artist Shannon Ludington explores the community and rituals surrounding textiles traditionally made by women. The gallery will function as Ludington’s studio and serve as a space for ongoing conversations as the artist invites viewers to join with her in making.

Performances will occur at 8 p.m. on March 16, 23, 30 and April 6. Exhibition runs March 16 through April 20, closing reception will be on April 20 at the The ASU Art Museum Project Space, located at 821 N. 3rd St. Phoenix, AZ 85004.

Schedule an appointment with the artist Wednesday–Saturday by emailing wordsunspokenexhibition@gmail.com.

 

#ArtLitPhx: “The TIEKEN Zone – No Rules Apply!” Exhibition at Royse Contemporary

Royse Contemporary is excited to announce the solo exhibition of artist Fred Tieken entitled The TIEKEN Zone – No Rules Apply! This exhibition will feature a comprehensive selection of his latest paintings that showcase the artist’s eye for composition, diverse subject matter and poignant commentary, states curator Nicole Royse. Fresh off his exhibition at LA Art Show with bG Gallery, this marks Tieken’s first exhibition in Arizona in over a year. Tieken recently opened Tieken Gallery LA, a vibrant, contemporary art gallery in Los Angeles, CA this past fall.

Tieken’s artwork is expressionistic and painterly in style, highlighting personal subjects and experiences through irony and wit. The artist’s love of color, bold lines, and mixed media are seamlessly blended with his wry social observations and smart symbolism. Tieken’s art allows the viewer a brief glimpse into his colorful and dazzling world where one senses a pure excitement and passion for life, art, and music. “Painting is like baring my soul to the world,” states Tieken whose level of emotional commitment is beautifully and vividly demonstrated in his work.

The opening reception will take place Thursday, February 8, 2018 from 5-10 pm but the exhibit will be on display through Monday, February 26. Royse Contemporary is located in the Marshall Square complex at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

The opening will coincide with the weekly Thursday night Scottsdale ArtWalk in Old Town Scottsdale. The evening will feature an opportunity to meet the artist, light hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.The TIEKEN Zone – No Rules Apply! will be on view through Monday, February 26, 2018.

 

#ArtLitPhx: “Sound of Color” Exhibition at Royse Contemporary

Sound of ColorRoyse Contemporary is so excited to present “The Sound of Color” by mixed-media artist Rafael Navarro, opening on Thursday, October 19. The exhibit will showcase art inspired by music (and musical instruments themselves) in a variety of mediums including painting, mixed-media, and sculpture.

Navarro shares, “I prefer to communicate visually, in a poetic manner, making similarities in the creation of life, music, and art.” Nicole Royse also reveals, “what I love most about Navarro’s work is his keen eye for details, the strong imagery he depicts and the stories each piece tells.”

The opening reception will be from 5pm to 10pm on October 19, but the exhibit will be on display until November 4. It is at the Royse Contemporary Gallery, which you can find at 7077 E. Main Street, Suite 6, Scottsdale, AZ 85251.

The opening will be a part of the Scottsdale ArtWalk in Old Town Scottsdale. Nicole Royse, the owner and curator, will give a brief talk about the artist and work featured in the exhibition; guests will also have the chance to meet the artist. For more information about the exhibition, check out the official press release or visit Royse Contemporary’s website.