Political Circus  

November 7-30, 2014

Polical-Circus-homeR. Pela Contemporary Art gallery continues its third season with a new exhibition of mixed media works in honor of election month. Political Circus features art from a pair of popular local artists who depict populist shenanigans in beautiful paintings and assemblages (and politician bobbleheads!) that comment on American ideals and mores.

Fernando Pinal’s new series of paintings, installations, and clay sculptures revolve around the absurdity and empty fanfare that have defined American political campaigns. “The pressing questions and challenges before us have been reduced to a spectacle for political and financial gain,” Pinal says. New work in this show includes clay bobblehead dolls depicting national political figures, a collage portraying embattled state school superintendent John Huppenthal, and a shooting gallery installation that comments on immigration. The artwork is made with the iconic caution signs used at the U.S./Mexico border.

“The piece speaks about immigration and border militias, and our political attitude on the subject,” Pinal says. “Both ideas and organizations are commonplace in Arizona.”

Dan Pederson’s mixed media assemblages (of wood, acrylics, paper, plexiglass and cardboard) examine the impact of color, layers, and words in contemporary life. “Each piece is a moment,” says Pederson, “although a very frenetic moment. They contain emotion both that the materials bring and what I may be feeling at the time.”

Political Circus will open with an artist reception on First Friday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m., and again on Third Friday, November 21 at 6:00. The show will remain on exhibit through November 30 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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