Walking and Falling:
New Work from Jerry Jacobson and John Tuomisto-Bell  

October 3-31, 2014
Sculpture: Falling Man #2 by John Tuomisto-Bell. Painting: Sweepwalk #2 by Jerry Jacobson

Sculpture: Falling Man #2 by John Tuomisto-Bell. Painting: Sweepwalk #2 by Jerry Jacobson

R. Pela Contemporary Art gallery continues its third season with a new exhibition of painting and sculpture from popular local artists Jerry Jacobson and John Tuomisto-Bell.

Jacobson’s new Sweepwalk Drawings came about from his practice of collecting metal brush bristles that fall from municipal street cleaners while on his daily Tempe neighborhood walks. The project grew from his previous Rust Farms series, in which found metal and glass objects were collected and placed in glass jars with water and allowed to decompose. Drawings were then created using the poured contents of the Rust Farms as both pigment and subject matter.

The Sweepwalk series adapts this process by limiting the objects to street cleaner bristles and relying on chance composition. The bristles were dropped randomly onto wet paper with added ink or watercolors, covered with a large area weight, and allowed to rust unseen as the paper slowly dried.

Also on display will be Jacobson’s Dictionary Drawings, produced from the remains of a Webster’s Columbia Concise dictionary. Varied in style and method of execution, the word headings usually have nothing to do with the drawings done on each dictionary page.

Jacobson’s work has been shown at Mesa Contemporary Arts and Modified Arts, and has been featured in the Tucson Museum of Art Arizona Biennial three times.

Sculptor John Tuomisto-Bell has always been fascinated by the figure as a global icon. His figurative “lost wax” sculptures are patinaed with finishes that give the work a painterly and emotional appeal. His new mixed media paintings, from the “Falling Man Series,” combine gunpowder, graphite, acrylics and sawdust on canvas and panel. The figures in each painting, shown falling through space, are partially created by the smoke and carbon produced when the pieces are set on fire during the creative process.

The series explores the darker side of man and the lengths we will go to convince others our opinions are true.

Tuomisto-Bell’s work has been displayed in galleries and museums throughout the southwest and in his own recently opened studio gallery in Phoenix. He owns Tuomisto-Bell Studio Foundry, a full-service art bronze casting foundry.

Walking and Falling will open with an artist reception on First Friday, October 3 at 6:00 p.m., and again on Third Friday, October 17 at 6:00. The show will remain on exhibit through October 28 and is otherwise open by appointment only, by calling 602-320-8445. R. Pela Contemporary Art is located at 335 West McDowell Road.


Call to Artists:
33 1/3! Altered Album Cover Art  

33-homeR. Pela Contemporary Art is currently seeking artwork for an upcoming exhibition called 33⅓! Altered Album Cover Art. Manipulated album cover art—iconic LP sleeves, well-known bands, and obscure gems, from local and national artists alike, will make up this juried show. It’s an exhibit for anyone who’s ever defaced a Donny Osmond LP cover or wanted to augment a favorite record jacket.

Where: R. Pela Contemporary Art, 335 West McDowell Road, Phoenix, Arizona

When: 12/5/14—12/30/14

Application Deadline: November 21, 2014

Accepted artwork includes 2D works and 3D works, and will be on display through the month of May.

Application fee: $25. Fees may be paid via PaylPal link below, or by check, mailed to 707 W. Willetta St., Phoenix AZ 85007.

Artists will be notified by email by November 24, 2014. Work accepted must be wired and ready to hang.

R. Pela Contemporary Art retains 40% commission from all pieces sold.

Your application should include the following:
1. Email submission of files in jpg format, limited to 10 images of up to five different artworks.
2. Separate text file (MS Word preferred) with your contact info; the title of each artwork; its size (HxWxD), media, and price.

Send all submissions to rpela@rpelagallery.com

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