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New Paintings: Circles with Corners 27 and 28

February 23rd, 2014 | No Comments

circles with corners 27 and 28
Circles with Corners 27 and 28 in the studio on February 16.

I’m extremely pleased to introduce to you my two newest paintings, which I produced on commission for — and in collaboration with — a collector couple who reside in Mobile, Alabama.

Titled Circles with Corners 27 and Circles with Corners 28, these paintings are designed to be hung on opposing walls of a hallway, as mirror images of each other.

The paintings each measure 52 x 17.5 inches (132 x 45 cm), to fit the hallway’s recessed niches.

I began painting the Circles with Corners series in the summer of 2009, as a way to explore, and extend, a singular motif through a variety of colors. As worked developed, I began to think of the series as a “fall collection” of paintings. I unveiled the collection on the first day of fall 2009, with 18 paintings. Naturally, the series grew over time.

Many of these paintings appeared at Soyal Gallery in Scottsdale in the spring of 2010. (Dozens of installation images from the Circles with Corners show can be found in my site’s Shows section.) In fact, some of these works are hanging in the home that won Pittsburgh Magazine’s “Home of the Year” award for 2014.

The pop-up galleries of downtown Scottsdale

June 26th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Phoenix New Times offers this coverage on the “pop-up” galleries (temporary galleries with month-to-month rent) that are springing up in downtown Scottsdale, made possible by the nosedive in the commercial real estate market.

Scottsdale’s Marshall Way was hit pretty hard by the downturn; late last year, vacancies turned the once-thriving gallery district into a ghost town.

The article highlights Soyal Gallery, operated by my friends Spencer Hibert and Emmett Potter III, as an example of how a struggling economy has created opportunities for emerging gallery owners and their rosters of artists (such as myself, who is mentioned on page three of the article).

The piece also ties the development of local pop-up galleries with a West Coast and international phenomenon, wherein hard-to-rent commercial spaces have been routinely transformed into venues for successful galleries.

“The history of the art world has always been about revitalizing places no one wants to go,” observes John Spiak, curator at Arizona State University Art Museum. “Galleries have consistently raised property values. … Move in somewhere that will bring activity, and the rest of the surrounding businesses will do better.”

New images of my Scottsdale contemporary art show now on flickr

April 4th, 2010 | No Comments

Scottsdale Contemporary Art

Images of Circles with Corners, my current Scottsdale contemporary art show on Marshall Way in Scottsdale, are now available in this flickr set. I thank my friend Robert Bell for helping me take some ultra-high-res images.

Presented by Soyal Gallery, my Scottsdale contemporary art show brings together 35 paintings that I have made over the past four years. My fall 2009 collection of contemporary abstract paintings forms the nucleus of this show.

I’m very pleased about the coverage that this show has had in the media so far. Locally owned Java Magazine gave my exhibition a full-page article, written by Scott Andrews. Likewise, Phoenix New Times blogged about Soyal and other upstart Marshall Way galleries that are changing the Scottsdale contemporary art landscape.

Our opening-night turnout was fantastic, as well, and I thank everyone who stopped by to say hello.

I have more exciting news to share with you very soon. Meantime, hope you enjoy my new set of images on flickr.

Scottsdale Contemporary Art

Details about my upcoming solo show at Soyal Gallery in Scottsdale

March 18th, 2010 | 2 Comments

Now that my solo show at Soyal Gallery in Scottsdale is officially two weeks away from today. Here are the official details about the show:

Artist: Grant Wiggins
Name of Show: Circles with Corners
Gallery: Soyal Gallery
Address: 4200 N. Marshall Way, Suites 2 and 3, in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Google map with driving directions
Gallery web site: soyalgallery.com
On display: April 1 through May 15, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, April 1, 2010, starting at 7 p.m.
Gallery hours:
   Tuesdays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fridays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
   Wednesdays: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
   Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.
soyal gallery art show

About the show: I will showcase a wide number of new “reductive” paintings, characterized by clean edges, bold geometric shapes, and vibrant combinations of colors. The show is built upon, and expands upon, my Fall 2009 collection of paintings. This will be my first solo show in more than three years.

Why the show is called Circles with Corners: To me, Circles with Corners has two meanings. First the controlling design of this collection of paintings features a hexagonal shape, which resembles a circle with corners. Metaphorically, I think the creative process is circular — I keep returning to certain designs, and try to build upon them. But in that process, I encounter detours — corners within the circle — that make the adventure of making art so interesting.

About Soyal Gallery: The exhibit will be the first solo show organized by Soyal Gallery. Co-owners Emmett F. Potter III and Spencer Hibert are two local Phoenix artists ready to bring something fresh and exciting to the Scottsdale art district.

Spencer Hibert says: “The name of the gallery, Soyal, is the Hopi tribe’s yearly winter solstice celebration. It symbolizes a new beginning of growth; and that is exactly what we want to bring to the area. Grant is important to us because he has always pushed the boundaries with his imagery and bold use of color. Grant and his work represent a progressive movement towards modern aesthetics.”

Emmett Potter says: “With Soyal, we are really excited to have the chance to expose people to an art scene that has been gaining momentum in places like Tokyo, San Francisco, London and New York,” according to Potter. It was important for us to kick this off with a local artist, like Grant, that we felt would help tie Scottsdale into that movement.”

What I have to say about Soyal: “For me, being invited to be the ‘lead-off’ painter in Soyal Gallery’s lineup of artists is a true honor, and I plan to show my appreciation by putting together a solid show.”

See you there!

Solo Scottsdale art show to open April 1

February 13th, 2010 | No Comments

I have some super-exciting news to share with you: This April I shall be having my first solo art show in more than three years — and it shall be a Scottsdale art show, in downtown Scottsdale’s Marshall Way art gallery district, no less. For me, this is a dream come true; I have always wanted to find a way into the Scottsdale market, but the parameters never seemed right.

The venue for this Scottsdale art show will be Soyal, at 4200 N. Marshall Way. Opening night is Thursday, April 1. The show will continue through the end of month, although we’re still deciding upon an end date. What’s more, this will be Soyal’s grand-opening show.

Plans have materialized very quickly. My longtime friend Spencer Hibert (brother of Oliver Hibert, with whom I’ve shown many times) called me Wednesday afternoon to invite me to have the show. Because this will be the gallery’s first exhibition, I was tremendously honored to be the first artist in the gallery’s lineup.

Up until that point, Spencer and I had been collaborating off and on for months on a mural for an art gallery / videogame arcade / vegan donut shop that he wanted to start. See sketches for the mural. As fate would have it, a bigger and brighter opportunity presented itself in downtown Scottsdale. At Soyal, Spencer and business partner Emmett Potter will be exhibiting emerging artists from around the world, bringing work to Scottsdale that metropolitan Phoenix has not yet witnessed in person.

What does Soyal mean? As Spencer explains, Soyal is the Hopi term for a yearly solstice celebration in which a party is thrown to distract the plumed snake from swallowing the sun. “It symbolizes a new beginning of growth. And that is exactly what I want to bring to Scottsdale … to bring something new to the scene,” he writes.

As for me, I’m still trying out names for the Scottsdale art show, and deciding upon how I want to lay it out. “Circles with Corners,” what I called my Fall 2009 collection, is up for consideration. So is “Face the Future” and “Exact and Intact.” Plus, I have quite a bit of wall space to work with, so I’d like to take advantage of that, and make an immersive experience for the viewer. I want to go beyond rectangles and squares on a wall. Then again, I have just under seven weeks to pull this off, so I have to be realistic about my goals.

As things develop, I’ll be posting updates to this space. Be sure to sign up for blog updates if you’re interested in receiving them.