Mountain Shadows is excited to welcome a brand new exhibition at The Gallery at Mountain Shadows that spans the mediums of video, sculpture, painting and drawing, while remaining focused on conceptual nods woven into all of the works.
The Gallery’s Curator John Reyes has selected four artists that best coincide with each of these categories that will create an overall immersive and highly textural experience. “Under Construction” includes Elysia Michaelsen who is known for her creative use of construction materials, Turner G. Davis who blends mythicism with a darker side of iconography, Patricia Sannit’s sculptural works that tie in several raw and industrial elements and Casey Farina whose multimedia pieces bring the construction of drawing into a dreamy fluid state which transfixes the viewer.
In this way, the surface and substrate take on symbolic significance in Davis’ paper works while the fibers rise up and attempt to take on form. Sannit’s sculptural works beckon the viewer to consider the marriage of strata in her pieces, which become so solid and individualized from one another so as to be assuming identity. Michaelsen’s constructions convey the spirit of a maquette being both assembled and disassembled simultaneously, familiar architectural nods that seem to be permanently fixed in their influx state of being. Video sculptures by Farina bring the construction of drawing into a dreamy fluid state, transfixing the viewer with their dichotomy of process and product, of being and becoming. Under Construction zooms into the ways in which the methodology woven into the process of a constructed object becomes a greater extension of the meaning of the object, demonstrating how layers of conceptual significance can be woven into the process of making.
On Thursday, May 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. enjoy an engaging discussion with the curator paired with complimentary wine and passed hors d’oeuvres from Hearth ’61. The show will be on display from May 6 to June 30.
The Gallery is curated by John Reyes of Reyes Contemporary Art. Reyes is a fixture of the Valley art scene who was raised in Douglas, Arizona, and whose family has been in the territory since before the Gadsden Purchase.