In March I was commissioned to create 23 concrete pendants with wood inlays. Not just any wood – each piece handcut from the root of a very special tree in San Francisco (since cut down by the city) thus connecting each piece to the tree and to each other. Each will be given as gifts to those involved with this iconic tree and it’s art project nearly 10 years ago. I love the meaningful projects and commissions like this one and welcome more opportunities like this. You can see more of the handcrafted jewelry visit my Sano Studio website here.
Images of a new 8ft x 5ft concrete monolith, “Cache” as it cures & finds a nesting spot until transported to its remote Sonoran landscape for video time-lapse & projection. Last year I applied for an artist research grant from the Arizona Commission on the Arts. I’m honored to be one of 18 grant recipients selected. My research proposed funding to expand my knowledge of sculpture-related materials, technologies, and casting processes all while pushing boundaries of my sculptural installations to expand in size, environment & technologies. Funding will also help facilitate the transport and video documentation of the installation into the Sonoran Desert. Progress images will be added here and on social media: Facebook and Instagram.
Excited this piece, Migration of Fibroblasts (2014) is the inspiration behind a new commissioned wall installation for a commercial space in California this fall! Details and progress images soon. You can also follow my Instagram for project updates.
You’re invited to a Art Salon at a private residence on Sunday, April 8th from 2-5pm. The art salon will feature several works from 7 artist, each in attendance: Rembrandt Quiballo (salon curator), Danielle Wood, Jessica Paloma, Travis Ivey, Camila Galofre, Papay Solomon, and myself. If you would like to attend, email me at email@example.com to get the residential address and directions.
In February, I attended 4 day advanced fabrication workshop called “PLAN B Collaborative” at Architectural Concrete Interiors. This event brought together 65 from around the world to Phoenix to bring their skill sets of and collaborate on 20 large-scale projects based in concrete, wood and metal. I had the good fortune of being able to bring one crazy big concrete art project into this mix. Images below are a quick glimpse of what 16hr days together looks like. It’s where I had the privilege to meet, hang out, and work with the most talented, funny, knowledgeable, crazy, kind, hardcore, driven and passionate group of fabricators I know. It’s hard to explain to outsiders, but it’s about the bonds created by these project challenges of going just beyond what might be possible. It takes an infusion of talent, hardcore work hours and stupid shenanigans to bring them across the finish line. It’s the true collaboration that creates the magic from which a hive mind mentality emerges. We tackled 20 large custom projects – I learned so much, was encouraged by everyone and walked away completely inspired by working with so many who give everything they have to what they do. Thank you to Damian Taylor & Florence Darling for capturing these awesome images. Thank you to Cody and his family for making this training a reality.
I am honored to be one of the recipients of the Arizona Commission on Arts Grant. The commission, which is one of 56 art agencies affiliated with the National Endowment for the Arts, works to strengthen Arizona communities through the arts. Details in the Phoenix New Times article and on the Arizona Commission of the Arts website.
My handcrafted jewelry is now available in materials and themes that are a reflections of artworks for my museum exhibitions at Phoenix Art Museum and Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum. Each piece is completely unique and vary in materials – often a blend of fossilized concrete, porcelain, metals, circuitry and geometries. Commissioned pieces welcomed. You can purchase online direct & securely here.
Join Us: 28 Contemporary Artist from 5 Countries
Curated by Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art.
Details at https://www.phica.org/blur-v2
ALBERTO AGUILAR (CHICAGO) – BOB ADAMS (PHOENIX) – DANIEL ALCALÁ (MEXICO CITY) – MALENA BARNHART (TEMPE) – ALEXANDRA BOWERS (SCOTTSDALE) – CHRISTINE CASSANO (TEMPE) – CARLOS CONTENTE (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) – HEATHER COUCH (TEMPE) – JOSEPH G. CRUZ (CHICAGO) – EINAR DE LA TORRE (SAN DIEGO) – JAMEX DE LA TORRE (SAN DIEGO) – DANIEL FUNKHOUSER (PHOENIX) – RITA GRENDZE (GENEVA, IL) – NICK GUTIERREZ (TEMPE) – WAYNE HULGIN (SAN DIEGO) – TRAVIS IVEY (PHOENIX) – CHRIS JAGMIN (PHOENIX) – SASKIA JORDÁ (PHOENIX) – JARBAS LOPES (RIO DE JANEIRO) – ANN MORTON (PHOENIX) – NICK RASCONA (TEMPE) – AARON THOMAS ROTH (TUCSON) – PATRICIA SANNIT (PHOENIX) – XANA SOUSA (LISBON, PORTUGAL) – JONAH SKURKY-THOMAS (DENVER) – ROSSITZA TODOROVA (TEMPE) – RODRIGO TORRES (RIO DE JANEIRO) – JESÚS VILLALBA BEDOYA (BERLIN) – HADALY VILLASCLARAS (MALAGA)
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.