solo exhibition

solo exhibition

PHOENIX GALLERY - Mark Dorf, Delgado, Kim, McHugh, Rea

1d ago
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Mark Dorf: Environmental Occupations Mark Dorf is a photographer and sculptor who seeks to examine humanity's relationship between its internal and external environments. By re- contextualizing moment and symbol through photography and image capture, he creates new meaning within the immediate environment. Mark looks to understand humanity as an observer in his surroundings, using images as a tool to explore our curious habitation of the world around us. Environmental Occupations is Mark's second solo exhibition. The exhibit consists of thirteen photographs that explore humanity's roll of creation and its relationship with the landscape. The concrete forms seen in the images, influenced by minimalist sculptors such as Donald Judd and Richard Serra, downplay any sort of expression and instead reference nothing but geometry and the dense substance that they are composed of. The aggressive shape, material, and imposing presence of the objects contrast greatly against the natural and harmonious landscapes in which they are found, thus rendering them out of context and providing a skewed image from what is inherently interpreted as real. The question arises, where did these forms originate? Was there a creator? What is the function? Though these forms seem to mimic functional urban horizons, they are in fact useless and loom in the landscape with a quiet devastation. The forms look to have been man made, but their sheer size and lack of evidence of construction leave the viewer with disconnect between a specific creator and the objects at hand just as we see in our mass produced urban world today. The figures in the images interact with the forms in an attempt to understand the occupancy of the odd structures and explore their power from a neutral and seemingly omnipotent standpoint. MARK DORF is the 2012 Phoenix Gallery's Young Emerging Artist Winner: Jurors: Sue Stoffel, Collector, Arts Administrator and Rene Vara, Curator. www.dorfphoto.net DIANA DELGADO My studio practice is rooted in a love of painting and an exploration of the medium. While color is a driving force behind decisions made on the canvas, raw gesture, geometric shapes/forms and pattern play important roles. Representational elements and seemingly unstable architectural structures exist within the abstract atmospheres. Fun, attractive and visually crowded on the surface, ultimately I hope that substance beyond process be discovered and a continued interest to look result. Reoccurring themes in the large-scale canvases are personal narrative, glam, fashion and the embracing of frivolity. www.dianadelgadostudio.com LEEHYUN ELLIE KIM I explored self-portraiture using my own features as a mask performing exaggerated expressions of emotion. My current paintings have become images of what lies behind the mask, the always-changing sense of self that cannot be contained in a traditional representation of the face. Longing, peace, hurt, anxiety, fantasy and loss come together through the competing surfaces within each of my paintings. My work is not about resolving the struggle between self and others, inner and outer, identity, or desire and reality. I want to make this struggle visible to the viewer, who can then find themselves and their own viewpoint from behind the mask in my work. www.elliehyunkim.com MARIE-LOUISE McHUGH Born in Switzerland, I grew up fascinated by paintings of Hodler, Segantini, Valotton, Amiet, Giacometti and others. Unfortunately my art teachers were totally taken by the abstract minimalism movement of the time. They discourage me from pursuing my love of strong, realistic imagery and the narrative quality of my work. So I resorted to photography for many years. In the late 70's I immigrated to the USA, returned to painting and never stopped. I immersed myself in images of organic forms....The Pear, the female figure, the Cone Flower and now the cherry among others. www.ateliermc...