“I stand for what I stand on.”
― Edward Abbey
What comes to mind when you think Arizona Landscape? That’s right, this show is that, and then more.
Michelle Dock, Gallery Director of Tempe Center for the Arts, says of the exhibit:
It’s a diverse group of 13 Arizona based artists. Each of them have a different frame of mind, a different approach, different media that they use to make their artwork, but they’re all talking about the Arizona landscape in one form or another.
This is a long horizontal print by artist Mark Klett. I broken it into 3 parts to fit it into the post. Details are pretty wonderful.
Some of the artist in the show have a very straight forward way of showing their landscape … we recognize the location. … they just present in a new way.
…Other artists are reinterpreting what the landscape means, what the landscape can be… was…is going to be.
The exhibit has something to offer for everybody. Some of the artwork is really beautiful artwork that is calming, soothing. Some of the artwork makes you think and maybe have you change the way you’re doing things. It’s a great way for families to come and enjoy some time, looking, at Arizona and learning about Arizona…the history and the society that has developed here in such a short amount of time, which is only 100 years.
Mary Shindell’s work includes grounded and abstracted, vertical cacti tubes. Hovering above eye level is a representation of a cloud of heat, dust, and vapor. She incorporates sound into the installation. Listen closely for a coyote or two.
Arizona Landscapes opened on Feb. 11 and will run through June 9.
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.,
Tuesday through Friday
11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday
Admission is free
more at →Tempe Center For the Arts
Below, videos of three of the artists in the exhibition. I planned to include only one, but each artist shares something unique to themselves.
Mary Shindell talks about living in AZ and her process, Mark Klett discusses important decisions that had to be made at one point-in-time, and Merrill Mahaffey shows you his bags (yes bags!) of pigment.
A side note:
It seems a good time for a quick mention that Mary, Carolyn Lavender and me, will be working together again in Jan of 2013… art and process, process and art. We’re excited to bring new ideas and new work to a new exhibit in a great space (MAC). More later.