My Installation at Phoenix Art Museum

As a recipient of the 2016 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant, my installation “Tethered Tensions” is now currently being exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum through September 17th, 2017. Comprised of 500ft of my own spun hair and hundreds of small mirrors tethered to six concrete fossilized sculptures, the installation evokes a retro-futuristic and meditative space inside it’s 15ft x 17ft private enclosure.

Each year, Contemporary Forum, A Phoenix Art Museum Support Organization (CF) fosters the creation of contemporary art by awarding grants to emerging artists working in Arizona. The recipients are selected by a jury in a competitive process from a pool of applicants who respond to an annual open call. Funds for the Artists Grants Program are made available through the Nathan Cummings Foundation with matching funds from Contemporary Forum. The work of the 2016 Contemporary Forum Artists Grant winners will be exhibited in the Lewis and Anderman Galleries. These Artists Grants Recipients are: David Emitt Adams, Christine Cassano, Bryan David Griffith, Constance McBride and Mary Meyer. 

Additional images coming soon.


BLACKBOX: Solo Exhibition at Mesa Art Center Museum

Christine_Cassano_Black_BoxOn Friday, May 12th from 7-10P, you are invited to the opening reception of BLACKBOX, my solo exhibition in the North Gallery at Mesa Art Center Museum. I am honored and grateful to have been selected by the museum for this exhibition. This body of work uses elements of the biological and the technological to tie to contemporary ecological changes and challenges of our planet as well as our impact on the world around us by exploring the ideas regarding our future’s past. Many mediums including ceramics, concrete soils, metals, moss, lighting, fabric, mirrors, audio and video come together to blur boundaries between sculpture and installation. Fossilized traces of human detritus are integrated with glowing iridescent skins inlayed with two distinct pattern systems – the sign symbols of nature associated with sacred geometry and the technological pattern systems of motherboard circuitry. This fusion of these two distinct elemental codes help to create surreal fossilized structures that emit what feel like the last codes and signals of a now distant utopian future while offering a unique visual integrated vocabulary of constellation-based formations. Combined, these elements speak to advances both catastrophic and curative; as well as what it means to hold time with a space somewhere in-between. My work attempts to embody the melancholic sublime in material form which also includes a 10ft x 10ft walk-in installation titled Black Box. It is presented as an allegorical space about living in the afterglow of the modern era and what it means to read the last rites of emergency communications long after the signal of a distress call has gone out.
Additional updates, details and images about this exhibition here.

  • A special thank you to Phoenix-based artist Bryn Corbett (a.k.a. Particle Dots) who composed and produced the sound track for the Black Box installation titled “Last Signals” and also assisted with video formatting. Visit Bryn’s sound portfolio website here. 
  • Event is free & open to the public with musical entertainment by Pickster and Melo. Light Refreshments and cash bar. 
  • Two other exhibit openings at MACM this same night: Flourish: A Survey of the New Contemporary Movement  |  Curated by Thinkspace and Making Waves: A group exhibition by Lucrezia Bieler, Jennifer McCurdy, Robert Donne and Katie Glusica.
  • All three exhibitions run through August 6th, 2017. Additional museum details here. 

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Mesa Contemporary Arts (MCA) Museum is the exciting visual art exhibition space at Mesa Arts Center. In five stunning galleries, MCA Museum showcases curated and juried exhibitions of contemporary art by emerging and internationally recognized artists. MCA Museum also offers lectures by significant artists and arts professionals, art workshops and a volunteer Docent program.

Admission is Free |  Museum Hours:
Mon: Closed
Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10am-5pm
Thu: 10am-8pm
Sun: Noon-5pm
[2nd Fri of the Month: 10am-10pm]
Closed 4th of July.


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