2013 juried exhibition
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DESCRIPTIONArtlink Phoenix’s 15th Annual Juried Exhibition presents the work of fifteen exceptional Arizona artists. The pieces shown in this exhibition were selected by a panel of three jurors from the Arizona arts community. This year the panel was made up of Arizona State University Art Museum Director, Gordon Knox; Phoenix artist, Angela Ellsworth; and critic and curator of R. Pela Gallery, Robrt Pela. The fifteen artists featured in this show are Michael Joel Denson, Denise L. Fleisch, Kristin Forbes-Mullane, John Hyde, Jessica Jackson, Elizabeth Katz, Maggie Keane, Peter Brian Klein, Constance McBride, Lacey Shelton, Ray Skeet, Kenneth Steimle, Rossitza Todorova, Mohan Toopal, and Carol Ann Wagner.
15th Annual Juried Exhibition
May 3 May 17, 2013
Artlinks A.E. England Gallery 424 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004
Artlinks 15th Annual Juried Exhibition
Artlink Phoenixs 15th Annual Juried Exhibition presents the work of fifteen exceptional Arizona artists. The pieces shown in this exhibition were selected by a panel of three jurors from the Arizona arts community. This year the panel was made up of Arizona State University Art Museum Director, Gordon Knox; Phoenix artist, Angela Ellsworth; and critic and curator of R. Pela Gallery, Robrt Pela. The fifteen artists featured in this show are Michael Joel Denson, Denise L. Fleisch, Kristin Forbes-Mullane, John Hyde, Jessica Jackson, Elizabeth Katz, Maggie Keane, Peter Brian Klein, Constance McBride, Lacey Shelton, Ray Skeet, Kenneth Steimle, Rossitza Todorova, Mohan Toopal, and Carol Ann Wagner. Each spring, Artlink asks for submissions to this show and with each year, Artlink has seen a growth in its submissions. We organize this Juried Exhibition to provide an opportunity for local artists for more exposure and to expand the art conversation. We are very thankful to the jurors and all of the impressive artists who applied.
The Artlink A.E. England Gallery was founded in the fall of 2009. The mission of the gallery is to feature established and emerging artists who push the boundaries of art as expression, test the limits of media, and broaden the perspective and consciousness of audiences. Artlink A. E. England Gallery is open to all disciplines of art, to include experimental, digital, traditional, and integrations thereof. The Gallery has a year round open submission policy and is volunteer operated. The Artlink A. E. England Gallery is located at 424 N. Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004, Civic Space Park, in the A. E. England Building.
Artlink Phoenix is one of the oldest, all-volunteer run, 501(c)3 arts organizations in downtown Phoenix. Our mission is to maintain and enhance our current regular events, including the monthly First Fridays art walk, the annual Art Detour self-guided tour that features several open studios and Mystery Galleries in addition to the galleries and businesses that participate in the monthly event, the Annual Juried Exhibition and an art-related fundraiser. Our monthly newsletter can be subscribed to online and keeps readers up-to-date on our efforts, community activities, and opportunities and information for and about artists. Visit artlinkphoenix.com.
Michael Joel Denson Growing up in Detroit, Michigan, where my father was a minister and mother and artist, I believe my artistic abilities stood out above all else, typically drawing superheroes and comic book characters; a favorite reading pastime. My inherent creativity was reinforced as I began to accompany my mother, who decided to continue her education in art in the early 90s, to night classes at the Center for Creative Studies. This early exposure to art led to my attending the College of Santa Fe, a liberal arts college in Santa Fe, NM where in 2006 I received a BA in Photography. Though receiving a degree in Photography, my work demonstrates experimentation and utilization of almost all media. Photography, in some instances, acts as a starting point. Other media is used depending on the effect desired. My most current works have begun as charcoal drawings mounted on canvas and will usually contain three-dimensional elements. Fabric, vegetation, twine, and chain are some of the more utilized materials. Heavily influence by the Christian faith, ideas can start from a single word such as grace or from events such as the death of Christ. With these starting points I question myself, How can I present these ideas in a way that grabs the viewers attention, and more importantly, how do I get them to continue looking, thinking, and questioning. My goal is not to get the viewer to agree or disagree with the works message. It is ultimately to get them thinking about the subject matter and dialoging with the piece. I find it important to explore while creating art. Not only is it meditative, but there is always something new to find. I believe that when I discover that exciting new thing that works in and for the piece, the work is that much closer to being successful. MJDen2001@aol.com http://mjdenson.wix.com/art
Preparing for the Journey of Faith;
Self-portrait MMX, 2010 Mixed Media 48 x 36 x 2
Denise L. Fleisch Why I make Art Art takes me to a place or time or feeling. All art is an expression of ones life and love and emotion. I paint because I have to. I make art because I want to make a difference in the world, make a difference in your life. What my art signifies My art is an expression of who I am. Being from Phoenix, I love the sunsets, mountains, the textures of the desert. My art signifies life. My art tells a story of bravery, solitude, happiness, joy, friends, family. The bright and healthy color pallet that I choose for each painting is a huge part of my painting process. Each individual painting is unlike any other. They all have their distinct overall characteristics. What is it made of Glad you asked. I love rich vibrant colors. I also love the smooth texture of oil paints. I mainly use transparent paints and use many layers of the paint on the canvas. The texture is an acrylic gel medium used to give texture in areas of the canvas where I specifically want it. Sometimes less is more. Sometimes more is good. Before I start painting, I apply the gel directly to the canvas. I wait a couple of days or a week and then start applying paint. email@example.com
Butter Cream Oil on Canvas 48 x 60 $850
Kristin Forbes-Mullane As a native of Phoenix, AZ, Kristin Forbes-Mullane grew up with an obsession for anything having to do with art. At a young age she began painting and drawing every chance she got. This love of art came from her father, who as an artist and graphic designer himself has always inspired her. Without any formal training in art, hating high school enough to know thered be no way shed survive the structure and rules of college, she has managed to learn about art by studying on her own. She has found herself being drawn to anything with a dark, sad feeling. Her love for all things sinister portrays itself in her art as religious icons, old family photos and figures, twisted into something dark, no longer serene and beautiful. This transition from light to dark allows the viewer to create their own story That little girl looks so innocent, but she might bite you when you arent looking firstname.lastname@example.org www.kfmgallery.com
Duplicity, 2012 Acrylic on wood
11 x 14 (not including frame) $850
John Hyde I will keep it short for insight on my work, thats just scratching the surface. Im not much in the way of writing, though I have been keeping tabs on my life from childhood, these are the reasons why I chose to do these things When I started this new project with my art I got bored fast! I guess Im fortunate I see these things in my minds eye or through my windows. My sons along with my wife have been saying for years: do your art, you love doing it, youre so inspired when you do it! Yeah whatever, I keep hearing this from others it just never hit me. I was talking to my wife one day and she was telling how she inspired a friend to do what I have been wanting to do for years. It was about the art culture in Phoenix we need to go to First Fridays. No, I will get bored and just want to go home its been a long week. She twisted my arm and I came down to see what she was talking about. Moving through the people I stopped and I talked with a few artists, it was like talking shop. The thing that caught my attention and was commented to me was about destroying my work! The lady told me you cant take it with you and then no one will enjoy it! Bing! That slapped me in the face wow! So here Im going for the things I like and love. The piece in this exhibition is a carving for a front of a home PC system that was being crated for a customer, being that the hours that was being installed to crate this system the client decided it would cost too much when completed. This is my first craving but not the first of my creations. email@example.com
Mixed Media Carving 27 X 27 not for sale
Jessica Jackson I was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. Since childhood, I always held an interest in the commercial art that one would see in advertising and comics. I began to practice drawing as way to illustrate stories that my imagination would create. As time went on, I was exposed to different types of art such as historical paintings and contemporary, conceptual art. I started to venture from the commercial illustration side of art and discover how to create work that was more intimate and personal. As I practiced and developed my skill, I learned to meld the aesthetic I liked so much from illustration work and the more personal narrative and conceptual complexity that is often found in gallery art. I studied traditional oil and watercolor painting in college but also taught myself how to create digital art on my own between classes. Since graduating from Arizona State University, I primarily use a computer and tablet to create my art but my foundation in painting still plays a large role in how I compose digital works. There are times even when I start a piece of art on paper with paints or graphite, scan, and add more detail and rendering using digital art tools. My work often tells melancholy stories of beauty and horror. I am mostly inspired by common people and the experiences that we all have with each other and within our world. I like to pla