My installation “Tethered Tensions” at the Phoenix Art Museum runs through September 17th, 2017. Comprised of 500ft of my own spun hair, hundreds of small mirrors and tethered to six futuristic fossilized concrete sculptures, the work envelopes its 15ft x 17ft enclosed room. This walk-in installation explores unease, intrigue and fragility between humanness, technology and ecology. Click on images for details.
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.
My solo exhibition BLACKBOX opens Friday, May 12th from 7-10P in the North Gallery at Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. I am honored and grateful to have been selected by the museum for this exhibition. This body of work fuses elements of the biological and the technological to explore the unease, intrigue and fragility between humanness, technology and ecology. Many mediums including ceramics, concrete soils, metals, moss, lighting, fabric, mirrors, audio and video come together to blur boundaries between sculpture and installation.
- 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.
- Other exhibit openings at MCAM this same night: Flourish: A Survey of the New Contemporary Movement and Making Waves: A group exhibition by Lucrezia Bieler, Jennifer McCurdy, Robert Donne and Katie Glusica. All three exhibitions run through August 6th, 2017.
New City Studio. Opening reception Friday, January 6, 7-10pm
Join 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.
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 1-4pm for refreshments and discussion (2:15 – 3:00pm) about the art and how this unique collaboration developed.
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.
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 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.
Announcement via Modified Art Gallery: November 18-December 10, 2016 – 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.
Tempe Center for the Arts Juried Biennial
Public Opening Reception: Sept 30 | 6-9 pm. Address: 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway | Tempe, AZ 85281
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
Read the interview via studio visit + in-depth Q&A session with arts writer, Deborah Ross of Explore Art: Phoenix
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.
I am one of five recipients selected for the Contemporary Forum Artist Grant at the Phoenix Art Museum along with artists David Emitt Adams, Bryan Griffith, Constance McBride & Mary Meyer and will be exhibiting at the Phoenix Art Museum in Spring 2017. Thank you to Contemporary Forum, A Phoenix Art Museum Support Organization for their continued support and recognition. Additional details published via Phoenix New Times.