BLOW UP - Inflatable Contemporary Art
September 4 –
October 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, September 5, 2015 • 2–4pm
BLOW UP explores the imaginative ways that artists use air as a tool for creating large-scale sculpture and includes imagery that is figurative and abstract. Accessible, yet rich with meaning, these pieces use perception of space to open a dialogue about pop culture and social norms.
Organized for the Lesher Center for the Arts by the Bedford Gallery Curator Carrie Lederer, BLOW UP features several large-scale artworks by a diverse roster of internationally renowned artists. “Inflatable structures connote fun and whimsy, and challenge our everyday, feet-on-the-ground perspective. The show creates a spectacular, immersive environment and taps into our fascination with inflatables with artworks that are surreal, humorous and poetic,” says Lederer.
BLOW UP Artists include: Claire Ashley (Chicago, IL), Lee Boroson (Brooklyn, NY), Lewis deSoto (Napa, CA and New York, NY), Patrick Flibotte (Brooklyn, NY), Billie G. Lynn (Miami, FL), Guy Overfelt (San Francisco, CA), Momoyo Torimitsu (New York, NY), BLOW UP will also include a video component featuring documentation of inflatable works by Christo (New York, NY) and Jeanne-Claude (1935-2009) and Joshua Allen Harris (New York, NY).
Blow Up: Inflatable Contemporary Art was organized by: Carrie Lederer, Curator of Exhibitions, Bedford Gallery, Lesher Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek, CA
From The Collection:
An Exhibit of Textiles featuring the artworks of Loraine Sample
November 6 – January 2, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday November 6, 2015 • 6-8pm
Above: Conundrum by Betty Busby
The Vision Gallery in Chandler will present the exhibition “From the Collection: An Exhibit of Textiles.” The exhibit will showcase textile artworks that have been purchased for the city public art collection over the past twenty years. The artists include Mary Beth Bellah, Betty Busby, Loraine Sample, Janet Taylor, Linda McCurry and Laura Gaskin. Loraine Sample serves as the juror for Art Quilts Year XX.
As a dedication to the medium of textile arts and its promotion, the Chandler Center for the Arts has presented twenty years of their ART QUILT Exhibition Series. From this series a wide variety of textile artworks have been added to the city public art collection. This is the first time these artworks will be displayed collectively. In addition to the exhibit, a map of textile artworks housed in City departments will be available for personal tours. This exhibit is sponsored by the Chandler Arts Commission.
The New Old World: The Photography of Robert Granzow
January 15 – March 5, 2016
Meet the Artist Reception:
Friday, January 15, 2016 • 7–9pm
Robert Granzow’s goal with these photographs is to evoke a story in one’s mind. When looking at the artworks, the patron will start to ask the type of questions that bring your imagination into the scene and develop your own narrative. Scenes in black and white of the streets throughout Europe open a very different and exciting experience for the viewer.
“As an artist, when I convert a digital color photograph to black and white I call it the new old way of photography. These photographs are my new old way of looking at the new old world.”
“I’ve given the location but no title because I don’t want you to be influenced by what I think the story in the photographs should be. I’ve chosen black and white for this exhibition because I feel the subtlety of monochromatic tones suit these images, and in some cases color can detract from the story or the direction a viewer’s eye follows through the scene.”
Mr. Granzow’s photographs are of a world that “used to be,” or is called the Old World. Throughout the compositions there are hints of the New World scattered throughout. Some of the faces are changing and the sometimes annoying necessities of the modern world seem to creep into even the oldest parts of Europe, embellishing the stories that have always been there.
Arizona Chic: Couture from Arizona’ Past Curated by Robert Black
Above left: Harwood Steiger
Above right: Lloyd Kiva
March 18-April 30, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday March 18, 7-9pm
“There was a time when Arizona’s Chic Fashion was written about and taken to destinations all around the world! Visitors were enamored by the western and southwest themed styles as well as the comfortable cotton fabrics and bright colors that were made for our desert sun. This exhibit will explore the local look of Arizona Chic as well as the international designer dresses that were sold in many high fashion boutiques. From the high toned Goldwaters department store to the trading posts on Arizona’s reservations, fashion was being created for every fashionista!”
-Curator Robert Black
This exhibit will celebrate some of the most glamorous, the most understated and the most over the top examples of Arizona Couture. As curated by Robert Black of Fashion by Robert Black of Scottsdale, AZ, this collection depicts Arizona’s Fashionable past. From the eclectic to the perfect resort wear, Arizona designers have made their mark over the years with cutting edge fashion for desert living.
The Tortoise Project & Wild At Art
A juried exhibition featuring all things wild and wonderful.
May 13 – June 25, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20, 2016, 2-4pm
A Group Effort: An Exhibit with Arizona Art Alliance
July 2 - August 27, 2016
Opening Reception: Saturday, July 9, 1–4pm
Above: Coming Home by Nancy Troupe
The Vision Gallery in Chandler will present the exhibition “A Group Effort” with the Arizona Art Alliance. The Arizona Art Alliance is a non-profit organization currently staffed by volunteers with a membership of over 20 Arizona-based art groups. The member groups represent hundreds of visual artists who produce fine art in over a dozen mediums.
This exhibition will help Arizona Art Alliance to provide public awareness and exposure to visual art; expand the number of art venues and marketing opportunities for visual artists, and expand art outreach program activities in the south east Valley community.
“The Arizona Art Alliance mission is to promote the visual arts through collaboration with member organizations, strategic partnerships and community involvement.”
The exhibit will feature a wide variety of mediums to include: 2-D and 3-D artworks, jewelry, glass and sculpture. The exhibit will be juried by the Chandler Arts Commission.