Gallery Conversation

binarypassage-igJoin Phoenix artists Christine Cassano and Rossitza Todorova with host Ted Decker of Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art in an open discussion about their exhibition, “Binary Passage”, on display this month at New City Studio. The conversation will encompass all those “behind the scenes” details – the pairing of the two artists, conceptual ideas, their materials and process, career approaches, pivots and challenges, as well as evolutions within each artist’s body of work. Light refreshments served. This event is free and open to the public with plenty of parking behind the building.

Saturday, January 14th, 2017 from 12 to 2pm
New City Studio:  1300 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004


Next Exhibition

at New City Studio 
Exhibition opens First Friday, January 6, 7-10pm
Artist Reception & Talk  |  Second Saturday, January 14th, 2-4pm


Mesa Art Center
Solo Exhibition | North Gallery
Dates: April 21st – August 6th, 2017.

Phoenix Art Museum
Exhibition for Contemporary Forum Grant Recipients
Dates: June – September 2017

With architect Will Bruder as part of our closing reception

Via Modified Art Gallery: Bill Timmerman and Christine Cassano’s acclaimed duo exhibition closes this Saturday, December 10. In a usual twist, the exhibit was uninstalled & re-installed within a new arrangement by internationally-acclaimed architect Will Bruder. Both artists and the installer will be present from 1-4pm for wine, snacks, and a discussion (2:15 – 3:00pm) about the art and how this unique collaboration developed.

Following a successful month long run, the artists spoke with Bruder, who inventively reimagined a new layout of the entire exhibition. For over two decades, Bruder has worked alongside Timmerman, forming an ideal architect/photographer relationship, leading Timmerman to be the quintessential eye on Bruder’s innovative buildings. Coming to acclaim for his construction of the Burton Barr Central Library, Bruder has built an international career around incredible institutional and corporate commissions, creatively utilizing light, space, and materials to create interactive, multiuse spaces that double as art objects themselves.

Modified Arts is proud to continue its legacy of building bridges in the arts with this innovative collaboration between a photographer, sculptor/mixed-media artist, and architect, hanging for one day only. Updates and additional details on Facebook.

Christine Cassano + Bill Timmerman | An exhibition of new works

Bill and I have both created new works for this exhibition at Modified Arts. Since my exhibit in February, I’ve been keenly focused in the studio building upon key elements within my practice to create over 20 new small works which launch an important shift within my body of work (discussed here). I am very honored to be exhibiting with Bill and hope you can attend one of the receptions to view the new works, share your thoughts and visit with us.  – Many Thanks, Christine.


At Modified Arts: November 18-December 10, 2016
Opening reception: Third Friday, November 18, 6-9pm
Closing reception: Saturday, December 10, 1-4pm

Modified Arts is proud to present the return of two of our most in-demand artists, photographer Bill Timmerman and sculptor/mixed-media artist Christine Cassano.

Bill Timmerman, an Arizona resident since the 1980s, has built a career on seeing the lines between nature and the built environment. Working as an architectural photographer by day, his keen eye as identified the lines and natural reflections in buildings by such renowned architects as Will Bruder. This translates into his personal photography a softness, observing how the shapes of the world around us mark and affect our routines, moods, actions. Using intimate black-and-white, silver processed photos, the artist makes every object of architecture into a new horizon line. Timmerman has exhibited across Arizona, and is in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Christine Cassano’s work across her career has spanned all manner of sculptural materials, merging biological and technological forms to create something neither entirely human, nor entirely robotic. Her latest body of work centers around “the future imperfect.” Using fabrication and concretization, Cassano creates glowing synthetic skins atop post-industrial solid forms, creating a kind of retro-futurism. Each piece questions the influence of the natural and unnatural on our evolution, socially and physically, forcing the viewer to reflect upon what will remain of their own era. Cassano is a 2016 Contemporary Forum grantee from the Phoenix Art Museum, recent resident at the University of West Georgia, and is part of the traveling Southwest Invitational and the last two Tempe Center for the Arts biennials.

Together, the physicality of Cassano and Timmerman’s works shine. Each find themselves ruminating on the impact of man on the built environment, and how that built environment affects routine and remains. Though opposing in media, the two’s work melds seamlessly to create a physical, interactive exhibition yearning for an audience.


Upcoming Exhibits 2016 – 2017


Tempe Center for the Arts
Biennial: Clay, A Juried Exhibition
Dates: This group exhibition of 21 Arizona artists is currently open now through January 31st, 2017.

Coe House
Group Exhibition: SNOW
Curated by Constance McBride
Dates: November 18th – December 11th, 2016 with Opening Reception on Friday, Nov. 18th, 6-9 p.m.

Tilt Gallery
Group Exhibit
Dates: December 2016 with details TBA

New City Studio 
Duo exhibit with Rossitza Todorova
Dates: January 6th – 31st, 2017

Mesa Art Center
Solo Exhibition | North Gallery
Dates: April 21st – August 6th, 2017.

Phoenix Art Museum
Exhibition for Contemporary Forum Grant Recipients
Dates: Spring 2017, details TBA


TCA Juried Biennial: Clay

Tempe Center for the Arts Juried Biennial
Public Opening Reception: Sept 30 | 6-9 pm. Address: 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway | Tempe, AZ  85281


Nicholas W. Bernard .  Sandra Blain  .  Eric Boos  .  Trisha Burroughs  .  Christine Cassano  .  Miro Chun  .  Jasen Evoy  .  Moira Marti Geoffroy  .  Magdalene M. Gluszek  .  Elaine Isner  .  William Jamison  .  Jane Kelsey-Mapel  .  Sandra Luehrsen  .  Constance McBride  .  Faraday Newsome  .  George C. Penaloza  .  Jeff Reich  .  Kasume Sambe  .  Joan Waters  .  Danielle Wood  .  Loren Yagoda

Peter Held, Art Appraiser | Consultant
Garth Johnson, Curator at ASU Art Museum Ceramics Research Center
Patsy Cox, Artist and Outgoing NCECA President
Aaron Thacker, Tempe Municipal Arts Commissioner

10 am-6 pm Tuesday – Thursday
10 am-7:30 pm Friday
11 am-6 pm Saturday
Exhibit runs through December 31st, 2016


Tilt Gallery | International Juried Exhibition

Tilt Gallery
Exhibit: Infinite Possibility: Art of Tomorrow
An International Juried Show – Painting, Mixed media, 3D, and wearable art
Dates: July 7, 2016 – August 27, 2016  |  Opening Reception: Thursday, July 7, 2016, 7-9 p.m.

*Jawbreaker has been awarded First Place in this exhibit
. Closing Reception: Thursday, August 25th, 2016, 7-9 p.m.


About the Juror: Claire C. Carter is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art where she has curated exhibitions of visual art, architecture and design since 2007. Among the original exhibitions she has presented are Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns (recently on view at the San Jose Museum of Art); The Five Senses: Janet Cardiff, Olafur Eliasson, Spencer Finch, Roelof Louw, Ernesto Neto; Narrow Road to the Interior: Contemporary Japanese Artists­; Architecture + Art: Héctor Zamora; MASHup: New Video Art; and At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer. She is an author of three books co-published by Radius Books and has received awards from the American Alliance of Museums, the American Institute for Graphic Arts and the Association of Art Museum Curators. Her exhibitions have received grants from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, among others. She is currently organizing Paolo Soleri: The City is Nature, a retrospective and monograph of the artist and architect, scheduled to open at SMoCA in fall 2017.