August 16 – September 29, 2018

Shot

Kari Wehrs 

Opening Reception: Thursday, August 16, 7-9 pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk.

Closing Reception: Thursday, September 27, 7-9 pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk.

Kari will be available for questions and conversation.

 

Artist Statement:

A couple of years ago, my mother explained that she had begun to carry a handgun for self-protection. Guns had never been a presence in our family, so I wondered why my 61-year-old mom would resort to such an action.  No personal prior incident had occurred to cause her to carry.  I was shocked, angry, and saddened.

I thought about the closeness and care in our relationship, while simultaneously questioning the distance between our perspectives…or was it simply between us?  I wondered what she was so fearful of, and I realized that whatever it was, I had conjoined my fear with hers.  Our fears were clearly on opposite ends of a polarized argument in this country, yet they lived in tandem, seemingly inseparable.  My mother’s individual desire to carry a gun related to what I had been seeing on a larger scale, as collective, societal reverberations.  Weeks later, this realization remained piercing and haunting.

 

Shot

I set up my darkroom tent and tintype gear at locations in the Arizona desert where recreational target shooting is allowed. These spaces are heavily frequented and officially unmonitored. I create participants’ tintype portraits, then give the subjects the option to use the image as a target.

Tintypes were the primary form of photography during the American Civil War – another time when the country exhibited vast divides. Soldiers often posed for their tintype in military uniform and with weaponry. Looking back on these historical likenesses, I often wonder: is this tintype the last, if not the only, photograph of the soldier? At the moment the photograph was made, did he contemplate his own fate? Did he contemplate that he might battle another member of his family?

Present day ideologies surrounding the gun in America contribute to a cultural civil war.  I have engaged in this work to better inform myself and to actively question others who support these various ideologies.  Most of these photographic encounters have resulted in open and thoughtful conversation surrounding views of the gun, and nearly all have concluded with a verbal exchange of gratitude.

Throughout the varied experiences with participants for this project, the driving desire has been to push notions of disagreement directly in contact with notions of reconciliation.  Just how close can these concepts get, and what, then, is found at their intersection?

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May 1 – July 31, 2018

Copious

Betsy Schneider (1997-2017)

Artist Reception: Thursday, May 17, 7-9 pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk.

Betsy will be available for questions and conversation.

Artist Statement:

My work has its genesis in my childhood and family roots. Both of my grandfathers were copious family documentarians. From my maternal grandfather I first learned photography and after he died I inherited an old view camera that I used for several bodies of work. My father was a more direct influence, my original photography instructor, a psychotherapist and grief expert, (with specific focus on transformation in loss) he nurtured in me an obsession with observing and marking transitions and perhaps as well strong dose of drama.

The tools and the output of my work vary significantly within photography: snapshot, appropriation, scanner images, medium and large format film, black and white and color, film and video. Always the work concerns itself with photographic mediation and the way in which the photographic image creates, conveys and alters cultural values and relationships, specifically integration of ideas of family, relationships and broader socio-political implications of how we create meaning and structure through photography.

The work in this show is a selection from work from the past 20 years of my career—specifically work related to my children.

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April 5 –  May 5, 2018

Walker and Walker: Songs for my Father by Melanie and Todd Walker 

Artist Reception: Thursday, April 12, 7-9 pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk.

Melanie will be available for questions and conversation.

Artist Statement:

The exhibition will be one of the first exhibitions of the work of father, Todd Walker (1917-1998) and daughter, Melanie Walker. All of the images generated in this exhibition were generated by Todd Walker. Both father and daughter share a curiosity about the materiality of photographic processes and have spent their lives pushing the boundaries of the medium. After many years of working with her father’s vast archive that spanned a career in photography of 60 years, Melanie Walker began working with some early images that had been ravaged by time in order to freeze them in their states of compromise. The images are treated in a variety of mixed media approaches from platinum/palladium prints to waxed infused Japanese Kozo paper to convey a sense of fragility and the fragmentary nature of time.

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March 1 – 31, 2018 Closed on Sunday by Jim Morris

Artist Reception: Thursday, March 22, 8:30-9:30 pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk, Worth a 1000 Words

Jim will be available for book signing and questions.

Thursday, March 22, 2018, at 7 pm, Jim Morris will speak at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) to give you a behind-the-scenes breakdown of the creative, technical and production process Pixar used to create the film Inside Out. An artist reception at Tilt Gallery will follow the event. To see the event, click here.

Artist Statement

I have long been profoundly struck by the moments of calm and beauty I encounter in the urban landscapes I pass through. And I am intrigued that glimpses of a place I have never seen before can trigger some deep sense of memory and emotion — sometimes wistful, sometimes playful, sometimes haunting. I consider myself lucky when I find those places, and can capture a sense of those feelings and emotions in my compositions.

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February 1 – 24, 2018

As We Wait by Andrea Modica

Opening Reception: Thursday, February 1, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk.

Essay by Larry Fink about Modica’s work

Andrea Modica works with sensual love as her base but aligned with a darkness which is pervasive, so much so that it can color your dreams. The work is not hopeless but breathless, as if there is an atmospheric gauze placed over the larynx so that breathing has to be softened, done in silence so that walking the tight rope between an exalted life and a sultry death you shan’t emit too loud a sound. The balance is so tentative, so tactile, so absolutely fragile that there is the danger of tipping the scales of mortality in clear sight.

We enter the work through an illusionary visage of two men sitting on the edge of a steaming tub. A rectangular pool, one is naked the other in a sports coat. One is looking haltingly into the future the other waiting ominously within the present. They set the scenario for the dark theater which is to come; a vascular pulse generates throughout the work, which sure-footedly explores the aspects of life which have no surety at all. It is perhaps this soft pulse which separates this work from art. So many of the compositions are artful and exquisitely divined, but art is not the point here. Art, in its tendency for commoditized promiscuity, will not dwell easily on the edge of heat and possible demise. Nothing is disappearing here; it is in your face but without being frontal, it lays back and allows you to be seduced by meanings which are not to be understood.

To receive full essay, please contact info@tiltgallery.com
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December 7, 2017 – January 26, 2018

Who’s in the House

Artist Reception & Holiday Party: Thursday, December 14, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s Gold Palette ArtWalk, Scottsdazzle!

Some of the artists will be available for conversation.

Tilt Gallery will be showcasing a variety of work by the represented artists as well as works of the First and Second Place winners of Photography Re-imagined VI and Infinite Possibility II.

Winner of Photography Re-imagined: Visual Storytelling

Anna LaBenz and Jeannie Hutchins

Winners of Infinite Possibility II: Imagination & Creation

Betsy Feick and Randi Ganulin

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Crossroads: Western Dreams 

by Holly Roberts

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 9, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

The artist will be available for conversation.

Closing Reception: Thursday, November 30, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

Artists Statement:

For the past several years I have been experimenting with different ways of making my images, but always with paint and photography as the driving forces.  My photographic imagery is widely varied, all the way from specific portraits of people or animals to photos of rocks, leaves, or even dead moths—material I can use to build textures and surfaces.  I have also begun to work with transfers, something I have taught for years but never really integrated into my own work. I am seduced by the magic of taking something and making it live as something else.  And, most recently, I have gone back to working with oil paints, something I gave up 13 years ago in favor of acrylics.

What has resulted is a wide variety of images, still with my own view of the world at their core.  Animals, people, and people as animals are my most constant themes.  Portraits of men and women have become a larger part of what I do.  Horses, dogs, and birds are the animals I use predominantly since those are the animals I feel most connected to.  If I can find any one theme that runs through my work, it would be a subtle kind of loneliness or feeling of separateness, at times mixed with odd humor.

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October 5- 28, 2017

Southern Exposure: Flora and Fauna

by Kelley E. Foy and Novie Trump

Opening Reception: Thursday, October 5, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

Both artists will be available for conversation.

Closing Reception: Thursday, October 26, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

Artists Statement:

Opening on October 5, Tilt Gallery presents “Southern Exposure,” a two-person exhibition of ceramic works by designer Kelley E. Foy and installation artist Novie Trump. Throughout their lives both artists, currently based in the Southwest, have been influenced by living in the southern states. The contrast of the Southwest and the New South, places and experiences shared by both artists, spurred the Southern Exposure collaboration.

Kelley E. Foy is a maker and master craftsman. After more than 20 years as a furniture designer revealing the possibilities of handcrafted wood and steel, she has made her way back to her origins in clay. In the spaces between, she has explored the food culture phenomena from the inside out as the owner and operator of two acclaimed restaurants. All the while, she has been blending and building on her clay, wood, and steel explorations. Foy’s work is influenced by the cultures of her home in the Southwest and, more recently, her steep in the deeply rooted craft culture of the New South in Nashville and Knoxville, Tennessee. Her work has been featured in Phoenix Home and Garden, Arizona Foothills Magazine, Phoenix Magazine, Arizona Highways and Sunset. Foy hand builds and throws functional pieces that are beautiful and accessible — “Something you can actually hold in your hand and use everyday,” she explains. She earned her BFA in Ceramics from Arizona State University.

Novie Trump is an Arizona based sculptor and installation artist working in ceramic, mixed media and sound. Formally trained in classical archaeology at the University of North Carolina, her work has been selected for juried and invitational exhibitions in the US and Europe and has been featured in numerous publications. Winner of the Fairfax Strauss Fellowship, she has been awarded numerous grants and commissions for public art works, most notably at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. In 2013, Trump was selected as a Fulbright Candidate by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars. Formerly the Executive Director of Lee Arts Center in Arlington, VA, she currently curates exhibitions and juries for arts organizations throughout the US. Trump has served on the boards of several arts organizations, most recently as the Chair of the Distinguished Artist Series on the James Renwick Alliance Board, a non-profit support organization for the Smithsonian Renwick Museum. She is also an educator who teaches workshops in ceramics and professional development. Trump is the founder and director of Flux Studios, a contemporary arts space formerly of Washington, DC and currently based in Jerome, AZ.

In this cross collaboration of culture and art both artists explore the vibrant life within the South and Southwest. Foy creates functional porcelain interpretations of the flora and patterns of the two regions utilizing the process of image transfer. Trump creates deftly observed site specific installations of sculptural insects and fauna. Bringing the strong Southern tradition of storytelling to clay, Foy and Trump take on the nuance of texture, tone and surface. For Foy, Southern Exposure is as much about cross-cultural translation as it is about coming home. For Trump, it’s further mining of the lush verdancy of the South and the vast landscapes of her new desert abode.

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September 7- 28, 2017

What Comes Around

by Ron Bimrose

And

Out on a Whim

by Rodgell

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

Both artists will be available for conversation.

Closing Reception: Thursday, September 28, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

Ron Bimrose’s Artist Statement:

Making art or making pictures has been a strong impulse from a very early age. Making art is a way to respond to life and to feel alive. There are ideas and real world issues that interest me and become, quite naturally, a part of my work. But for me the real motivation is the joy of making images.

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Rodgell’s Exhibition Statement:

“He looks everywhere for junk and discarded items to find the lost pieces of this colorful world of his and makes it real for us. Rodgell sees what is misplaced, discarded, useless, but not valueless. Somewhere between endless imagination and light his pieces come to us full of beauty and joy and become a part of our everyday life like they were before their reformation. What you have thrown away will come back to you. If art is a language, this one is honest, fun and whimsical!”

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July 6-  August 26, 2017

Infinite Possibility II: Imagination & Creation 

Annual international juried show, open to all mediums.

Artist Reception: Thursday, July 13, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

Some of the artists will be available for conversation.

Closing Reception: Thursday, August 24, 7-9pm, during Scottsdale’s ArtWalk

Juror: Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator of Photography at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH)

List of participating artists:

Aline Mare, Andy Mattern, Betsy Feick (First Place Winner), Christopher Gulick, Hakyoung Kim, Jane Szabo (Honorable Mention), Katie Kalkstein, Julie and Kristen Gautier-Downes (Honorable Mention), Michal Greenboim, Randi Ganulin (Second Place Winner), Robert Dash, Sandra Klein (Honorable Mention), Sean Hottois.

                                                                        Juror Statement

“We live in an age of mixed-media.

In a time in which a smart phone stands ready in every pocket or bag, there is no longer a division between digital and physical spaces. Music can be accessed and played anywhere. Images are created and shared with the push of a few buttons. Divisions have been erased. High and low culture are consistently blended. Each moment is ripe with infinite possibilities. In this spirit, today’s artists have moved both conceptually and physically beyond the narrow confines of traditional media or genres, drawing from and mixing together an endless variety of available material.

It was not surprising, therefore, to see an overwhelming amount of collage and mixed-media art submitted for this exhibition. Whether glued, constructed, montaged, mixed, or appropriated, the wide variety of material and media utilized to create the works on display is a testament to the prominence of collage in our contemporary context.

Collage first emerged as an artist approach in the 20th century. The Cubist experiments of Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque audaciously mixed elements of high and low culture to break down traditional artistic ideologies. Notably, critic and poet Guillaume Apollinaire declared that this artistic approach was “steeped in humanity.” In other words, it engaged directly with contemporary objects and contemporary thought. Followed quickly by the assemblages of Marcel Duchamp, and the appropriation of Pop Artists, all cultural material was fair game in the creation of art by mid-century. “Collage is the twentieth century’s greatest innovation,” noted famed artist Robert Motherwell.

The presence of collage has only increased in the 21st century. Today, the endlessly multiplying and expanding terrain of the internet has broadened this artistic horizon.  Online, collage is the primary means of communication.  A collection of social media posts—words, photographs, links, reposts and retweets—is widely recognized as a statement of who you are. Your online presence is a carefully curated and collaged self-portrait. Fragmentation, fracture, sampling, appropriation, and layering are all fundamental concepts that define both the field of collage and digital media. As viewers have become fluent in the language of collage, artists have pushed the approach further. “To find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist,” noted writer Samuel Beckett.

The thirteen artists featured in this exhibition have embraced the form of collage and mixed media in order to embrace the mess of contemporary society and to express a variety of viewpoints. Collage is a medium that by definition incorporates fragments and deals with opposing tensions, broken images, hidden desires, and collective myths. Layering imagery, cultural commentary, and a wide variety of materials, the works of art on display explore themes of ancestry, nature, consumerism, and memory.  Collage is more relevant today than ever, not only as a rich formal language, but also as a mode of perception. The innumerable combinations of material offer infinite possibility, bound only by an artist’s imagination.”

Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator of Photography at MFAH

Robert Dash, Rock Comb Red Algae, 2016, Photography

Robert Dash, Rock Comb Red Algae, 2016, Photography

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