specific sightings

Ted G Decker calls Specific Sightings a micro art exhibit  He’s co-curated it with Salman Al Wastey for Echo Coffee, Scottsdale.  The exhibit encourages its audience to go beyond the act of just looking at something to really SEEING it. The art in this exhibition represents art “sightings” across cultures by Ted and Salman who come from two different cultures but who share a passion for the visual arts.

 Najlaa Al Ramahi
(born Baghdad, Iraq; lives, works in Amman, Jordan)
Red Evening
Acrylic on canvas
9.84 x 11.81”

Paulo Santos
(lives, works in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Venus Brasileira: versão descobrimento do Brasil –
Brazilian Venus: Discovery of Brazil Version
Acrylic on canvas
51 x 71″

Andrea Sherrill Evans
(lives, works in Boston, MA)
The Tree #2
Silverpoint and watercolor on prepared paper
30 x 22”

Decker: For this exhibit, we selected 13 artists, multi-cultural in their origins and residencies and diverse in their art making practices, to share the bond of exhibiting together, thereby building cultural bridges between them and the conservatively estimated 36,000 people who have the opportunity to view the art during its 4-month installation at Echo Coffee.

Karolina Sussland
(lives, works in Phoenix)
Young Attractive Woman Eating Salad(from Stock Photos series)
Ink Jet print
10 x 8.5″

Mohammad Javaheri
(born Tehran, Iran; lives, works in Tempe)
After the Rain
Monotype on paper
28 x 22”

Ann Morton
(lives, works in Phoenix)
Crime Scenes
Crocheted crime scene tape, 5 homeless participants, one week
24 x 66″ (each mat flat) – 24 x 9 x 9″ (each mat rolled)

Within this group of 13 artists are people from Boston, Irvine, CA, Salt Lake City, and the Phoenix area in the United States, from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo, Brazil, from Baghdad, Iraq (now living in Amman, Jordan and Irvine, California), and Tehran, Iran (now living in Tempe).

Al Wastey: “The most important means of expression for man’s humanity are the senses, so art is one of the most important means by which he/she expresses the human senses. So there will be a number of artists from America, Iraq, Iran and Brazil, brought together by one language, the language of art.”

Anthony Siciliano
(lives, works in Salt Lake City, UT)
Playing the Fool
Mixed media on paper
22.5 x 15”

Jaber Al Saria
(born Baghdad, Iraq; lives, works in Irvine, CA)
The Harvest
Oil on wood
19.69 x 19.69”

Felipe Baenninger
(lives, works in São Paulo, Brazil)
Futebol (from Jardim Dabril series)

Carolyn Lavender
(lives, works in Phoenix)
Journal 18, 2008 (from Journal series)
Acrylic, graphite on canvas panel
12″ x 12

Monica Aissa Martinez
(lives, works in Phoenix)
The World Stage, a play in finite acts
Casein and egg tempera on canvas
30 x 28”

WHAT:  SPECIFIC SIGHTINGS, a micro exhibition

WHO: co-curated by Ted G. Decker and Salman Al Wastey
for Echo Coffee

WHERE:  2902 N 68th Street, Suite 135, Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(location map)

WHEN: January 27, 2012 thru May 31, 2012

Drop by Echo, have a cup coffee, and enjoy artwork. This is only a sampling of what you will experience when you’re there.

For the better part of the last 20 years, Decker, an art consultant and independent curator based in Phoenix and in Rio de Janeiro, has advocated for artists and art in various ways, one of which has been hanging art in coffee houses and alternative venues including new car dealerships and restaurants. Art that may be “threatening” or a mystery in a more formal setting like a gallery or museum can be viewed in a more relaxed and open minded way in a place like a coffee house or restaurant.

Salman is originally from Baghdad, Iraq. He now resides in Phoenix. He is a noted art critic, a writer about art and poetry, and curator.

Note: All artwork is available for purchase. Start or add to your collections and enhance your living and work environments. For more info visit  Decker’s website.
See all the images and prices on Facebook, in an album SPECIFIC SIGHTINGS

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