New Tempe Galleries exhibition opening at Tempe Public Library


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How do the arts and science connect? How are materials, processes and ideas woven together in a way that inspires? The Gallery at TCA will unveil a new exhibition, WEAVE: Code & Create, at Tempe Public Library for the spring season. Housed in the youth library, this artwork will connect the dots between the uniquely creative arts and sciences. The exhibition will run from Feb. 21 to June 17. 

Since the days of Leonardo da Vinci, creative thinkers linked disciplines like art, engineering and biology to make better sense of the world around us. WEAVE: Code & Create artists have the same philosophy, using animation software, 3D printers and other “high tech” tools to create their works of art. 

The youth library is located on the lower level of Tempe Public Library, 3500 S. Rural Road. Click here for library hours.  

This exhibition is part of Tempe Galleries, an extension program of the Gallery at TCA. Exhibitions aim to place visual art in high-traffic public spaces such as the library and Mill Avenue post office. WEAVE: Code and Create is one component of the Gallery at TCA’s yearlong arts series called CURIOcity Tempe, which celebrates the curious minds that thrive on connecting ideas across disciplines. Throughout the year, visitors of all ages can see contemporary art made by some of the best local and national artists who seek to understand the world through scholarship, collaboration and innovative art making. Learn more at the Gallery at TCA website.  

Get to know the artists

Brandon Montgomery, Phoenix

Montgomery has loved art since youth, drawing from a young age and winning awards that inspired him to pursue an arts degree and career. He served 11 years in the Navy and traveled to 21 countries around world, seeing first-hand the art and architecture that he had learned about in school. Today, Montgomery’s 3D work is influenced by both geometric and natural forms and explores of the relationships between shape, contour and color. 

Montgomery has a Bachelor of Fine Arts and Masters in biomimicry from ASU and is currently working towards an MBA in finance. He says the next phase of his art will include some bronze casting projects and some works that combine 3D printing and painting. 

Montgomery says of his work in this exhibition, “While wondrous works and words alike will always wither or rearrange, constant correlations continue to connect the corridors of change.” 

David R. Burns, Tempe

Miami-born Burns spent most of his childhood summers with his grandparents in New York City. He has always been drawn to making art, including painting and illustration. Over time he moved over into computer animation to create digital art. Burns holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in design and technology from Parsons School of Design in New York City. He received a Fulbright Research Fellowship and currently works as an associate professor of art at Arizona State University where he teaches computer animation courses. 

Burns combines computer animation, 3D modeling, 3D printing and sound design to push the boundaries of his own artistic expression. Much of his work focuses on tensions between technology, culture and nature. Burns has displayed his art both nationally and internationally in places like England and France. His research in the media arts has been published in journals and books and he has presented in conferences in countries like Singapore, Turkey and Canada.

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