Bernal Gallery ‘constructs’ new art exhibit

By KATIE STEWART

 

The latest exhibit at Pima Community College’s Louis Carlos Bernal Gallery examines the way artists use the mediums of assemblage, collage and fabrication.

 

“CONSTRUCT: Putting It Together” will be on display through Dec. 13 in the Center for the Arts on West Campus. Admission is free.

 

A gallery talk will take place on Nov. 7 at 2 p.m., followed by a reception from 5-7 p.m.

 

Many of the exhibit’s 16 artists are well known throughout Tucson and the southwest region.

 

The featured artists are: Tony Berlant, Ann Keuper, Joy Fox, Betty Harris, Joe Harris, Joan Marum, Clark Trujillo, Judy Miller, Marvin Shaver, Lloyd Schermer, Julie Sasse, Albert Kogel, David Adix, Joe Hatton, Ellen McMahon and Nick Georgiou.

 

The artists work with metal, paper, wood, ceramics, photography, jewelry, fibers and found objects.

 

Keuper, a fiber artist, said the process of “constructing” an idea is unique in weaving.

 

“The ideas develop as the weaving grows … much like life,” she said via email. “Then it is like a timeline of thought, idea and inspiration.”

 

Nick Georgiou, who recycles books and newspapers to create sculptural forms, said his work represents the decline of the printed word in modern society and its rebirth as art.

 

“Books and newspapers are becoming artifacts of the 21st century,” he wrote in an email. “I feel I’m working with a living organism because things are changing all the time. The digital age has completely transformed the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us.”

 

Adix is a Tucson sculptor and painter known for working with found objects.

 

“My work, my constructions are portals to another time and space, the link between worlds … the inner and the outer, the manifest and imagined,” Adix wrote via email. “These assemblages I hope provide the viewer with a visual access to another place and time.”

 

Kogel, who creates carved wood panels, said his work grows over time until the final piece emerges. He said via email that he feels a closure that is only temporary at times.

 

McMahon, a University of Arizona professor in the school of art, focuses on bringing artists, designers and scientists together to address environmental issues.

 

“I am interested in how differing modes of inquiry and methods of communication help us make sense of our experience,” she wrote via email.

 

Exhibit curator David Andres said the “Construct” title refers to arranging different concepts into one cohesive piece. The phrase “putting it together” comes from Stephen Sondheim’s musical “Sunday in the Park with George.”

 

For more information, call 206-6942 or visit pima.edu/cfa.

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Nick Georgiou, “Barehanded” mixed media on canvas, 36 x 40 x 4, 2013

 

 

FYI

“CONSTRUCT: Putting It Together”

Where: Bernal Gallery, West Campus CFA

When: Through Dec. 11

Gallery talk: Nov. 7, 2 p.m.

Reception: Nov. 7, 5-7 p.m.

Admission: Free

Details: 206-6942

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