Mom! A May Meditation on the Mother
May 2-31, 2014
This juried group show is all about Mom. Straightforward, reverent, irreverent, warm-hearted, angry… this collection of mother-specific art by local and international artists includes work from Jeff Falk, Annie Lopez, Mike Ford, Ed Kennefick, Diane Sanborn, and Vince Larue. Through May 30 at 335 West McDowell Road, with First and Third Friday receptions and private showings at your convenience.
Mom! will open on First Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m. The show will remain on exhibit through May 31. R. Pela Contemporary Art is located at 335 West McDowell Road, and is otherwise open by appointment only, by calling 602-320-8445.
Caught: New Work by Melany Terranova and Hank Keneally
June 6-3, 2014
In June, R. Pela Contemporary Art will presentCaught: New Work by Melany Terranova and Hank Keneally. Terranova’s assemblages, made entirely from crushed egg shells, have roots in the cultural tradition of painting Ukrainian Easter eggs, which she’s done since age 7. Several years ago, she returned to using eggshells during an art residency at a Scottsdale school, designing mosaic-inspired canvases covered in bits of shell.
“Typically my pieces require 55 dozen eggshells,” she says, “cracked, cleaned and sanitized. At first glance one sees that the pieces are about light and shadow, but they’re also about male/female dichotomies, and about strength and weakness.”
Hank Keneally’s large-format images layer tintypes and vintage photographs of stoic men, women and children, overlapping them in such a way that they both compliment and comment upon one another. In “Togetherness,” a dapper gentleman poses, circa 1920, his hand on his hip appearing to embrace a young coquette from an entirely different portrait, her full skirt flowing behind and around him. In “Me and My Monkey,” a stern, post-Victorian girl in formal dress poses alongside a colossal organ grinder’s monkey.
“I’m influenced by the experiments of the Expressionists, the Surrealists and the decorative effects of the Victorian age,” he says of his new Remembrance series, which also references Modernist techniques. “I’m dealing with perennial experiences, joys and problems that have been and continue to be part of the human experience.”
Caught will open on First Friday, June 6 at 6 p.m. with an artist reception, and again on Third Friday, June 20 at 6. The show will remain on exhibit through June 28 and is otherwise open by appointment only, by calling 602-320-8445. R. Pela Contemporary Art is located at 335 West McDowell Road.