THE GALLERY AT MOUNTAIN SHADOWS
FORM AND PRACTICE
ON VIEW FROM JUNE 2 – JULY 31st, 2022
OPENING RECEPTION, JUNE 2 from 5-7PM
CLOSING RECEPTION AND PRINT SALE, DATE TBD
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Scholar Elizabeth Eisenstein recognized the revolutionary power of the printing press calling it “an agent of change”.* Its functions of dissemination, standardization and preservation give rise to cultural and human shifts. Politicians, political dissidents, literary publishers, artists, and historians utilize print as methods of documentation and record-keeping. Also, as a tool for multiplication, a catalyst for collaboration, and a vehicle for self-expression. Print is an accessible medium that allows free exchange, sanctioning the circulation of information and imagery that instigates thought and action.
In an age where print media is being eclipsed by virtual content, it is particularly relevant to explore the medium of printmaking as an art form. Artists choose the risks that come with materials known for unpredictability. Flowing inks must be manipulated to adhere to its matrix and perform. There is an element of chance inherent in the act of printmaking that yields each hand pulled print unique in its existence. The evidence of the maker becomes a point of connection for the viewer.
(The title) FORM + PRACTICE allows the space for each artist to speak for themselves and provokes us to listen as we look. The exhibition includes work by artist and collaborative printer Brent Bond and a selection of artist editions printed by his Santo Press studio, also, limited edition prints by multidisciplinary artist Matt Magee, a limited edition series created by collaborative team Merryn Omotayo Alaka and Sam Fresquez (Courtesy of Lisa Sette Gallery), an installation showcasing a screen printed and hand-tinted project by research-based artist Adriene Jenik, and a series of limited edition screen-prints by self-taught graphic artist Jared Kee Yazzie. -Cece Cole, Curator
*The Printing Press as an Agent of Change, by E.L. Eisenstein. Published, 1979
BRENT BOND + SANTO PRESS
Brent Bond’s work can be found in private and public collections in the US and Mexico. With a history of 14 solo exhibitions and over 200 group, invitational, juried, and traveling shows his photo and print based works, installation, and mixed media panel pieces he has completed several public art commissions in Arizona. Santo Press was founded in May of 2009 by artist and Master Printer Brent Bond and made possible by the acquisition of a press and his strong desire to speak through the visual language of relief printmaking. With a focus on small scale, high-quality limited-edition relief prints, monoprints and monotypes we publish original works by regionally and nationally recognized artists. Our goal is the creation of works of art in the print medium by artists from all disciplines. We aspire to open new arenas of visual dialogue previously unavailable to the artist without the collaborative printmaking environment. To date we have released 292 limited editions and dozens of unique works by 50 artists. https://santopress.com/
Matt Magee’s work can be characterized by an interest in language. From an early stage he found himself collecting what can only be described as not- traditional materials for his studio practice. Aluminum cans, detergent bottles, and rubber innertubes to name a few. Drawing inspiration from 1960’s minimalist sculptors and painters with an emphasis on accumulative iterative processes like, stacking repetition and sequencing the paintings and objects have an imbedded language. They are structured as paragraphs of form, chains of speech and memoranda of texts and mobile messages. They’re meant to be interpreted as a means of record keeping. They track the passage of time and the underlying linguistic sense in borne form the repetition of the process. Language is liquid and as he continues to explore various media, including social media, to excavate meaning and assess the temperature of the moment, objects and paintings emerge. They become signposts and signs of the times, painted writings and composite structures that offer subliminal solutions. http://www.mattmagee.info/
MERRYN OMOTAYO ALAKA and SAM FRESQUEZ
Merryn Omotayo Alaka (b. 1997, Indianapolis, Indiana) holds a BFA in printmaking from Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Alaka’s work spans from sculptural works, printmaking, textiles, to jewelry design and explores realities and identities across the Black Diaspora and the Black female body. Her works often draw references from West African textiles, Yoruba beaded sculptures, and forms of adornment. She uses culturally and historically significant materials such as hair, jewelry, beads, and textiles to address subjective cultural and racial perspectives. Omotayo Alaka has exhibited at institutions including the Tucson Museum of Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and Mesa Contemporary Arts Center. Omotayo Alaka is the recipient of the 2022 Lehman Emerging Artist Grant from the Phoenix Art Museum. Merryn Omotayo Alaka currently lives and works as an Independent Curator and Public Art Specialist in Phoenix, Arizona, her work is represented by Lisa Sette Gallery. https://www.merrynalaka.com
Sam Fresquez graduated in 2019 from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Art. She has exhibited work at institutions including the Phoenix Art Museum, the Tucson Museum of Contemporary Art, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, and has been the recipient of artist residencies at Xico Galeria, the Haystack Mountain School, New York Arts Practicum, Vermont Studio Center, and MASS MoCA. Fresquez is currently living and working in Phoenix, Arizona, and is represented by Lisa Sette Gallery. Fresquez’s work examines how we speak publicly about our private experiences. Whether that be through the way we present ourselves, or how we see ourselves represented (or not represented) in the mainstream. She uses culturally and historically significant materials including hair, jewelry, found footage, and text. Woven into each work are her interests in adornment, stereotypes, and personal/public narratives. https://www.samfresquez.com/
ADRIENE JENIK Adriene Jenik is an artist, educator and end of life doula who resides in the high desert of California. Her computer and media art spans 3 decades, including pioneering work in interactive cinema and live telematic performance. She has been written about in The New York Times, published in The Drama Review, and recognized by the Rockefeller Foundation. Her current creative research practice spans “data humanization” performances, public climate future readings with her ECO Tarot deck, and experiments in extreme experiential learning. She is also the creative producer of The Artists’ Grief Deck. Jenik serves as Professor of Intermedia at the School of Art, Arizona State University, affiliate faculty in the School for the Future of Innovation in Society and Desert Humanities Center, and a sustainability scientist in the Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation. https://ajenik.faculty.asu.edu/
JARED YAZZIE Jared Yazzie is a Diné artist, designer, and entrepreneur from Holbrook, Arizona. As the founder of OXDX Clothing, a fashion label that specializes in bold, graphic style and strong statements, Yazzie hopes to carry on a cultural tradition of visual storytelling. He is a self-taught graphic artist and screen printer and who got his start selling T-shirts out of the trunk of his car and from his dorm room at the University of Arizona. Yazzie currently runs a storefront and workspace in Tempe, Arizona. Since its inception in 2009, OXDX has been featured in articles written by CNN, The Wall Street Journal, Refinery 29, the Huffington Post, and High Snobiety, as well as featured in curated exhibits at the Peabody Essex Museum, Philbrook Art Museum, Portland Art Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution. https://www.oxdxclothing.com/pages/about-oxdx
ONE DAY ONLY! SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 1-6 PM
Every Day is Earth Day is an outdoor exhibition that explores the climate crisis through the lens of the artist and reminds us to appreciate the earth all year round.
Featured in the exhibition: a virtual reality work by James Angel, performance by Joan Baron, prints by Kara Brooks, shed gallery installation by Cece Cole, earth intervention by Erika Lynne Hanson, textile-based sculpture by Rachel Hayes, Eco Tarot readings by Adriene Jenik, earthwork by Matt Magee, and photographs by Jimmy Fike. ASU Art Museum curator emeritus and author, Heather Lineberry moderates an interactive discussion project, and Jaclyn Taylor presents an informational installation.
Evening music by Honey Bananas + Friends with bar by Actionable Craft, furnished by Ironwood Mills.
On Saturday, April 23, 2022, from 1-6 PM:
Park at Cattle Track Arts Compound, 6105 North Cattletrack Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250.
Starting at 1 PM Visit the Cattle Track Art Gallery curated by Janie Ellis. tour open art studios and see live music by Mark McDowell and Friends.
From 1:00 - 6:00 PM Walk across the street for an outdoor exhibition curated by Cece Cole,
The music begins at 5 PM.
A portion of all proceeds from donations bar and sales of Earth Day, and GCCA+D Merch will go to Justice Outside: https://justiceoutside.org/about/.
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Cattle Track Arts Compound: 6105 North Cattletrack Road, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
On view at 7523 E Berridge Lane, Scottsdale, AZ. 85250
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