New Work by Christy Puetz and Paul Wilson
February 6-28, 2015
“The influence of disease has helped to shape great events throughout history,” says Puetz, whose current work transforms sexually transmittable disease into tactile, patterned sculptural forms. Some pieces are covered with a combination of cloth and stitched glass seed beads; others have a smooth milky camouflage of false skin. “These materials help to give the forms the appearance of active transformation like shedding skin, cell growth, and cold to-the-touch morbidity,” she says. “Many of my pieces walk the boundary between creepy and cute.”
Wilson, best known for his pop culture depictions of suspected assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, has created a new series of paintings based on sex-disease propaganda of the 1940s and 1950s. “I love how the naughtiness of sex diseases was turned into these portraits and graphics of hard-looking women,” says Wilson, whose artwork includes portraits of these women surrounded by “germs” suggesting illness. The artist has also crafted a series of sculptures depicting VD as colorful commercial products.
The exhibit will open with an artist reception on First Friday, February 6 at 6:00 p.m., and a second reception on Third Friday, February 20 at 6:00. The show will remain on exhibit through February 28 and is otherwise open by appointment only, by calling 602-320-8445. R. Pela Contemporary Art is located at 335 West McDowell Road.
Love Letters: Literary Event
February 13, 2015
On Friday, February 13, R. Pela Contemporary Art will host a literary event titled Love Letters, featuring essays about love and romance by well-known local and national authors. Essayists include playwright Kim Porter, author/actress Debra Rich Gettleman, NPR/KJZZ correspondent Stina Sieg, writers Renee Cooperman, Katie Johnson, and Jason Woodbury; actor/director Ron May, and performance artist Paul Wilson.
Two shows are available, one at 7 p.m. and the other at 9 p.m.
Tickets for this event are $10 and are available by clicking the buttons below.
7 p.m. Show
9 p.m. Show
Social Disease Brooch Workshop
February 14, 2015
Make this Valentine’s Day extra special! Social Disease Brooch Workshop with artist Christy Puetz.
Puetz will offer a “Social Disease Brooch Workshop” at two different times on February 14. Participants will choose from a variety of social diseases as inspiration for a decorative brooch or tie pin made of felt, glitter, and other sparkly things to create a wearable art creation in this two-hour workshop. Enrollment is limited; spaces can be reserved for $15, which includes all materials and a glass of wine. Make reservations by clicking the buttons below.
4 p.m. Workshop
6 p.m. Workshop
Project Planning Workshop