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‘Arizona Biennial 2015’ Opens at Tucson Museum of Art

July 26th, 2015 | No Comments

arizona biennial 2015 opens at tucson museum of art
Now on view in Arizona Biennial 2015: Confluent, The Lake a Lilac Cube, and A New Way of Thinking About Everything by Grant Wiggins.

Arizona Biennial 2015 was unveiled at Tucson Museum of Art on Friday night, and I was absolutely delighted to experience the show in person at the opening night celebration.

You’ll be able to find the three paintings I’m showing at the very end of the exhibition — where the abstract works are located — on what I believe is the museum’s tallest wall. I fondly call this the “Great Wall.” It has an epic, almost monolithic quality, and for me holds a special meaning.

In 2007, I showed my painting ff0000turo in this exact same location. Having the opportunity to exhibit here eight years later, on the full breadth of the wall, I could not ask for more. I feel both a circularity and a sense of advancement — an awareness of how much my work, my thinking, and my life has changed.

arizona biennial 2015 opens at tucson museum of art
A return to Tucson Museum of Art’s “Great Wall”: From left, ff0000uturo in Arizona Biennial 2007 and the same wall today.

The curator of Arizona Biennial 2015 is Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe. For this exhibition, 530 Arizona artists submitted nearly 1,500 works. Ms. Hofmann selected 50 works by 33 artists.

In her statement discussing her curation of the exhibition, Ms. Hofmann observes that while she “didn’t initially set out to develop a thematically structured show,” several “strains of exploration” emerged in her review of works submitted. The show is arranged according to those themes.

Works that reflect upon nature, and humankind’s impact upon it, open Arizona Biennial 2015. The theme of reclamation is later explored by works that give new life to discarded materials, as well as overlooked, everyday objects. Violence and control are then addressed in a variety of media.

At the conclusion of the exhibition — where my work hangs along with sublime paintings by Mike Stack and Angie Zielinski — “the Seduction of painting offers the last word,” Ms. Hofmann affirms. By exploring color, design, and imaginary worlds, she writes, these abstract pieces “insist on the enduring power of painting and offer us the reprieve of visual delight.”

arizona biennial 2015 opens at tucson museum of art
The sedution of painting: Abstract works by Grant Wiggins, Angie Zielinski (right), and Mike Stack conclude the show.

I am deeply honored to be showing in Arizona Biennial 2015. It is energizing and inspiring to be exhibiting among so many gifted, accomplished artists, who were united by masterful curatorial judgment. I offer my gratitude to Ms. Hofmann and the entirety of the Tucson Museum of Art’s staff, who have staged an exhibition that proudly represents the artistic currents flowing through our state.

Arizona Biennial 2007 opens tonight

May 18th, 2007 | No Comments

Tonight’s the opening reception for Arizona Biennial 2007, at Tucson Museum of Art. I’ll be showing FF0000uturo, a modern abstract art work there . . . can’t wait to check it out!

Arizona Biennial 2007

Aside from Arizona Biennial 2007, here’s a photo of a painting that I started last night. Still have some cleaning up to do, and I’m wondering whether it needs something more. I have a few ideas, but I also think I should leave it alone. When I get back, I might make another one, adding those ideas. Ultimately, just messing around.

Also, here’s an update on the painting I finished a couple of weeks ago. I think I was calling it Corporate Wellness Program. Basically, I added lightened up the magenta stripe motif; wanted it to have a bit more spark. Dark magenta for one stripe is fine, but for all three stripes was lacking. At right is the before image; at left, the after — the final result.

I’ll update you on Arizona Biennial 2007 at my first opportunity.

Next show: 2007 Arizona Biennial; Third Arizona Biennial in a row!

March 30th, 2007 | 1 Comment »

I am pleased to announce that my painting FF0000uturo, shown here, has been selected for the 2007 Arizona Biennial. The exhibition will be hosted, as always, by the Tucson Museum of Art.

2007 Arizona BiennialThe 2007 Arizona Biennial will run from May 19 through August 19. The guest curator is Ms. Dianne Vanderlip, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Denver Art Museum.

My painting’s appearance marks the third straight time in which I will exhibit in an Arizona Biennial, a fact of which I’m very proud. In 2003, To Rinse Away the Tiny Particles was selected by guest curator Toby Kamps, now director of the Institute for Contemporary Art in Portland, Maine. In 2005, Synthetic Landscape was chosen by Siri Engberg, curator at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Here’s a bit of trivia: Last time around, only Kevin Lucero Less, Oliver Hibert, and I had shown in both the 2003 and 2005 AZ biennials. Oliver didn’t apply for the show this time. Had he, however, he certainly would have been shown again, too. (Oliver, I’ve already told you this, but it’s not going to be the same without you!)

So, my friends, I hope you can make it to the Tucson Museum of Art this summer to check out the show. The biennial is always an interesting cross-section of what’s going on, in terms of the arts, in this strange and sublime state I call home.