Featured Artist: March 2017

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Cindy Schnackel

By Ione Lewis

This month, Cindy Schnackel is our Featured Artist. I told her she’s a “Spring Chicken.” I’m not the first person to nominate her for this position. Cindy was  Phoenix Magazine’s Artist of the Month for December 2015.

Cindy loves birds. In her Artist’s Statement at Women Artists of the World, Cindy writes, “Humorous surrealism is my main theme, with work usually done very spontaneously. The results can have multiple possible interpretations, or, just be enjoyed for the absurdity. My work frequently features birds, chickens, and imaginary monsters, often in desert landscapes. Acrylic painting, drawing, and sculpture are my usual media.”

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Birds Rule, Acrylic on canvas, 36 x 24 $150

Cindy has been a working, commercial and fine artist for many years. She was born in Wisconsin, raised in Minnesota, and studied art at ASU in Tempe. Of her experience, she writes, “For a number of years I made my living painting theater sets, trade show displays, and faux finishes for an interior design firm. The fast pace, large quantities of painted surfaces, and wide range of materials we worked with, gave me a lot of practical experience.” She and her husband left Arizona for several years for his job. When they returned she say, “there were few jobs because of the recession, plus I had a back injury that would’ve made it hard. So, I decided to focus on my personal art and it has been one of the best decisions ever.”

She’s well-known here in Phoenix for her humorous interpretations of birds, monsters and other creatures. She does wonderful commissions. Cindy is also a talented writer and blogger, and her writing style is eloquent and easy to follow.

Current and Recent Shows

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This canvas is 30 x 40 inches, in acrylics and metal leaf.

Like most successful artists, Cindy very busy showing her art in galleries around town. Each year she shows at numerous galleries and venues in Phoenix, and you are likely to find her works in most major shows in town. Below, some of Cindy’s most recent gallery shows in Phoenix are mentioned.

This month of March she will be showing at The Artery’s Studio 6 Selfie show, opening First Friday, March 3rd.

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Bird 6, Mixed media (mostly acrylic) on panel, 6×6 in., $90

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Sketchy People at Work, Acrylic (mostly) on wood, Approx. 7 x 9 in., $100

For Sketchy People, Cindy says, “the words are cut out from newspapers, and the sketches are from my own doodles which I have a lot of hanging around and have found collaging them into new works is a good use for some of them.”

Cindy also plans to show at The Ice House during  Art Detour Weekend, the 17th through 19th of March. Here’s a sample piece, that might end up there!

Below are shows Cindy has done for the past few months.

In February of this year, Cindy created and exhibited her Love Birds at The Artery, Studio 6. 

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“Love Birds,” 1 through 4, mixed media, each 6 x 6 in., $90 each

In January of this year, she provided works for two rounds of The Nasty Women’s Show at Grand Art Haus.

Round One, “Bad Girl,” and Round Two, “Ladies Cooties!”

In December she exhibited at {9}‘s Tiny Dances, Tiny Works show, and sold all of her birds!

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For Herberger Gallery’s Derivatives show, also in December, Cindy created these 2 beautiful birds.

Back in September 2016, she had both a Solo Show, Fatal Farm, at {9} the Gallery, and a Duo-Show with Carlos Rausch, Abstract to Absurd, at Olney Gallery at Trinity Cathedral, simultaneously.

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Abstract to Absurd, gave us a lot of crazy creatures, and many chickens to enjoy.

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Hen Madonna, Acrylic on canvas panel, 8 x 10 (artwork) in elaborate large frame, $500

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Unverified Heir, Acrylic on canvas panel, 5 x 7, (artwork), framed, $200

Cindy, Pervayor of Animal Dignity

Fatal Farm was deeply meaningful to Cindy who portrayed the cruelty of modern animal farming for slaughter:

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She writes of this drawing, “Big Girl represents the baby chickens bred to grow quickly to unhealthy size so they can be slaughtered at a few weeks of age. Of Tamara Keneally’s photos Cindy to referenced for this series, Cindy says “I was so struck by some of her photos of birds she rescued, still babies but enormous size, unable to walk, and with the blue eyes of a baby bird, still peeping.” (See Cindy’s Facebook photo reference.)

Cindy has a deep love for the welfare and well being of animals.  “I went vegan earlier than the Fatal Farm series, it was actually 2012. I just didn’t do any art based on it til 2015.”

She writes on her blog about this piece she made for Tamara:

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Below are some of Cindy’s expressive animal rights protest pieces. Most listed here are currently for sale:

Aged Ham, mixed media on panel, 11 x 14 in. $250, and
Beef,
mixed media on panel, 20 x 16 in $400

They Kill the Boys, acrylic on canvas panel, framed, 5 x 7 in. $200, and
Chicken Dinner, a
crylic on canvas, 12 x 16 in. $300

Just Wrong, mixed media sculpture, base 20 in long x about a foot deep, approx 16 in high, $550, and
Giblet, mixed media sculpture, about 7 x 7 in circular base, about 5.5 in high, $150

Birds Eating Birds, Acrylic on panel, deep edges, wired to hang, 11 x 14, $250, and
The Evolution of Chicken Breasts and Cell Phones, Mixed Media on panel, deep edges, wired to hang, 16 x 20 in, $300

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Hunting Season, 20 x 16 in., mixed media on panel. SOLD

You can see more at her Fatal Farm blog page.  For a list of current inventory, see: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/.

Currently Cindy has her own corner at {9} the Gallery, and the big guy in the middle has just sold!

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In 2016, Cindy participated in a couple of Chartreus Gallery’s exhibitions. This charming piece was done for Chartreus Gallery’s Cats and Guitars exhibition, January 2016.

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Fragonard’s Cat, Acrylic on thrift store guitar, Painted area 14 x 18, total height 38 in., $400

Notable Past Shows

March 2015:  Everything After: New Art from Cindy Schnackel and Jared Aubel, R. Pela Contemporary Art

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The Little Girl Who Loved Horses

This particular show, where Cindy painted her creatures over existing art of the masters she found at thrift stores, was very well received. “The work on display at Pela is poignant in that it breaks away from the idea of a statement and allows some fun to come into play.  For the show she created a whole series of mashups, classic art prints she found at thrift stores embedded with her quirky creatures.  The works are reminiscent of Duchamp’s “L.O.O.H.Q,” in which he penciled a mustache on a print of the Mona Lisa.  But, Schnackel goes further, she seamlessly inserts her otherworldy beings into the masterpieces and if you didn’t know better you would think they were there all along.” (See the write-up.)

Rembrandt Quiballo of The Arts Beacon, calling the exhibit “Lowbrow/Pop Surrealism” said of Cindy’s work, “Something that can’t be missed is the consideration to detail that permeates her paintings. It was a pleasure to get lost in the craftsmanship and detail of each piece. The manner in which Schnackel matched her creatures to the various painting styles of each painting is impeccable.” (See the article.)

This is my favorite piece:

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Taken from Quiballo’s, “In Case you Missed… Everything After”, The Arts Beacon

In June of 2013, Cindy exhibited in Klown, at R. Pela Contemporary Art. Here is a painting from that show:

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Cindy’s Monsters

Cindy’s monster creatures are delightful. In 2014 she wrote: “Whimsy is a big part of what I do, and what makes me make art. It’s the self amusement factor of whimsy.” (See quote here.)  This piece was featured for Whimsical and Fanciful Group at RedBubble.

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Here are a few of my absolute favorites:

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Cindy, the Writer and Blogger

Cindy has an excellent blog, cindyschnackel.wordpresss.comwhere she displays her portfolio, and writes interesting pieces regularly. She covers not just about what she’s doing and her own processes of creation, but on a variety of topics of interest to the arts community as a whole. I highly recommend following her blog, as she explores the world of art, and then shares what she finds with the rest of us.

She had a post last December which I found interesting, “BLOGGERS, NEW LAW RE: 3RD PARTY POSTS” and which should be of interest to all bloggers like me, because she talks briefly about infringement, and sends you to a linked article for more details.

Her January piece, “NEW COLORS; LIMITED PALETTE; COMMENTS?” talks about some of the new pigments and colors used in painting and printing.

I also recommend you scroll back in time to view some of her fascinating Archive articles.  In one piece, “FUN ONLINE DRAWING TOOL,” from way back in October 2012, Cindy introduces you to Scribbler, and shows you some of her own pieces, of which this is one:

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“Scribbler Bird, Drawn in Scribbler Too, with my mouse,” Cindy writes.

She also writes superb articles for other blogs and online magazines. Cindy did an Interview for Artistic License, talking art, infringement and copyright that is quite interesting for us artists to know about, so take a peek at it.

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I found a blog post written by Cindy on a painting commission she did back in 2014. The article is well written, and her process as she records it, serves as a model for how artists should approach doing commissions. This is the work she discusses:

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Like all of Cindy’s blog articles, it is extremely well written. I highly suggest you read her piece:  “Making of 3 Bird Portrait,” Redbubble, February 7, 2014.

Cindy has done many commissions. Here’s a recent 16 x 20 acrylic she finished.

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While she’s known for birds, she does all other creatures. possumc_schnackel

In 2014, Cindy was nominated to do a a commissioned painting for The Governor’s Arts Award. Here is the adorable painting, Birds in Wigs, she presented:

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Here’s how to best view and contact Cindy:

Cindy Schnackel on WordPress: https://cindyschnackel.wordpress.com/

Cindy Schnackel on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CindySchnackel/

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Featured Artist: February 2017

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Maggie Keane

By Ione Lewis

This month I am showcasing the work of muralist, courtroom sketch artist, and fine artist Maggie Keane.

Maggie has created many notable public artworks.  She has recently completed the featured image on this page, A Tribute to David Bowie.  This stunning 80-foot mural is made up of eight iconic portraits of Bowie in different incarnations throughout his career and can be seen on Seventh Street, about two blocks north of McDowell Road in Phoenix. For a video of the wall go HERE.

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Maggie’s work making public art goes back almost forty years.

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The Phoenix Suns were the first to commission airbrushed portraits of players on city buses in the early 1990s, including Maggie’s airbrushed painting of Charles Barkley (1992–93).  Nowadays, vinyl wraps have replaced airbrushed paintings.

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TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE:  THE SECOND WALL 

Maggie had been asked to paint a mural on the 7th Street/McDowell wall, but couldn’t decide what she wanted to do.  The death of David Bowie in January 2016 gave her her subject: she began A Tribute to David Bowie in June and completed it in July.  It was so impressive that artist Mykil Zep commissioned her to do a mural of three more iconic portraits nearby, which were finished in December.

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The Courtroom Sketch Artist

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Born in Brooklyn and raised in New Jersey, Maggie moved to Arizona in 1975 to attend the University of Arizona in Tucson.  With BFA in hand, she approached several local television stations and was hired by KVOA to do courtroom sketches.  She liked the work, and KVOA liked the results.  After Arizona Republic reporter Don Bolles was murdered in a car bomb in 1976, while investigating the Mob, Maggie was called by KVOA to sketch the court proceedings.  It launched her career as a sketch artist that has stretched from 1977 to the present.

YOU CAN’T KILL A STORY:  THE MURDER OF DON BOLLES 

40 years after the murder of Don Bolles, in June 2016, the Arizona Centennial Theatre Foundation sponsored a commemoration of the slain investigative reporter at the Clarendon Hotel here in Phoenix.  You Can’t Kill a Story: The Storytellers gathered firsthand accounts of how events unfolded at the time of the murder and subsequent trial, with Maggie sketching those narrating the stories as they spoke.  Ben Tyler, the foundation’s executive director shared the album of drawings and photos created that evening here.

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Arizona Centennial Theatre’s storytelling event, June 2, 2016

Below are just a few of the sketches Maggie did of the storytellers.

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Roasalie Bolles-Kasse, the wife of Don Bolles

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Lon Reed, The first man to reach Don Bolles after the explosion

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Jon Sellers, Homicide detective who lead the first investigation

From left to right: Ben Tyler, Executive Director, Arizona Centennial Theatre Foundation, Mark Flick, Arizona Firefighter with the first professionals on the scene, Marshall Shore, Arizona’s Hip Historian

Since the 1977 Bolles proceedings, Maggie’s career has included such high profile cases as: the trial of former Arizona Governor Fife Symington on fraud and abuse of office charges, polygamist Warren Jeffs, for sexual assault charges of underage girls, and Debra Milke, charged for the murder of her four year old son, Christopher Conan Milke.  The boy thought he was going to visit Santa Clause but two of her male friends took him out into the desert and shot him in the head.  She was sentenced to death in 1989.  Maggie said that “the Debra Milke death sentence was thrown out. She was released about a year ago.”

Keane was interviewed by USA Today in 2011 while covering the Loughner proceedings: “It’s a sad way to gain notoriety,” Keane said of her job when called upon by news television networks and sometimes judges to sketch a proceeding.  “It would almost be nice if services like this weren’t needed, but I like doing it. I see it as providing a service.”  (See USA Today article here.)

WENDY O. WILLIAMS

Punkrocker Wendy O. Williams of the Plasmatics was brutally beaten and sexually assaulted by Milwaukee Police on January 19, 1981 just after their show at the Palms Night Club in Milwaukee.  They were trying to arrest her on obscenity charges, for lewd and licevious behavior during the Plasmatics performance.  The Plasmatics video showing the beating and events leading up to the beating, can be seen here on You Tube.  Maggie Keane was the sketch artist for the trial.

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The charges were dropped against both her and her manager, but Wendy, of course filed a multimillion dollar lawsuit (see UPI story).  Maggie made a painting of Wendy O. with her bruises, shown below.

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One of the most infamous trials Maggie sketched was the 2011 trial of Jared Loughner, who shot U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson.  The rampage killed six and wounded 13 others.  To see a video of  the interview she gave on sketching Loughner, click here.

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Photo by Tim Hacker/East Valley Tribunne/Jan. 6. 2011

Since cameras have been permitted in courtrooms since the 1980s, courtroom sketch artists have become a rare and dying breed.  There are less than a hand-full of courtroom sketch artists in Arizona.  “Cameras are allowed in superior court and not allowed in federal,” Maggie said. “Federal is where I usually work.”  Currently, Maggie sketches about half a dozen courtroom proceedings a year, some of the most recent involving…

SHERIFF JOE ARPAIO

Sheriff Joe has been through numerous trials over the past few years.  While it’s way too cumbersome for this blog to mention ALL of the charges and the court proceedings, Maggie said she’s covered proceedings “all last year and the year before. Several hearings and a full blown trial.”  Here are some of the many sketches she’s done.

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Maggie said, “He asked me, ‘How come you always make me look like the devil?'”

The Fine Artist

This 24 x 36 oil painting of her husband, Jens Larson, is called Acrobatique.  It will be displayed at Alwun House’s Exotic Art Show 34, Sneak Preview and performances on Friday night, February 1oth. (See Alwun House.)

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In fact, Maggie met her husband through the circus back in 1992.  She had been hired to paint Culpepper and Merriweather Circus trucks in 1992, and from 1994 through 2000 was Larson’s assistant.  Based in Queen Creek, this circus tours throughout the United States.  Maggie and Jens even took their act to Columbia, and to a theater in Japan.

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A video of the circus act can be seen here.

Here is a painting of Wendy O. Williams, Maggie did to display the ravages on her face at the trial above.  It was displayed at the Nasty Women Show, Grand ArtHaus, in Phoenix last month.

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The painting below, Wrapture, is rather well known in Phoenix, as it was stolen from The Hive Gallery before opening night for it’s Coronado show Friday, September 19, 2014.  The theft received quite a bit of press coverage.

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Maggie is of course known for her exquisite portraits. But just take a look at some of her animal portraits:

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Here’s Looking at Moo

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State Fair Goat

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Maggie can be reached at:

Maggie1one@gmail.com and on Twitter at #Maggiekeanezart

Here are some reference articles on Maggie Keane you may want to check out:

“Courtroom sketch artist in Loughner case says eyes tell the story,” Mike Sakal, East Valley Tribune, Jan 16, 2011

“Local artist paints tribute mural to late David Bowie,” azfamily.com, July 3, 2016

“Woman pays tribute to David Bowie with mural in Phoenix” Courtney Griffin, Fox 10, July 5, 2016

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Featured Artist:  January 2017

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Jason Hugger

Neo-Surrealist painter Jason Hugger is a busy artist this month. He should be. His paintings are being shown all over metropolitan Phoenix right now! He’s currently featured in five art group and individual shows.

Hugger considers himself a still-life surrealist, though I would call him neo-surrealist. He works in oils, acrylic and silverpoint. A graduate from Columbus College of Art and Design in Ohio in 1995 with a BFA in Fine Art, Jason has served in Iraq and is now a vet. He says his experiences in Iraq and the Arizona desert are what inspire his landscape surreal collages of metal and rust and discarded tools. YabYum Music and Arts has interviewed Jason in 2015 about his inspirations and process if you want to read more. More recently, Arizona Foothills Magazine (2016), has spotlighted Jason for his elegant solo show at {9} The Gallery last year. I love his art because it is so masculine, and reminds me of all the men in my family, and their deep love for their tool shed building projects. Brother Joe and Dad, featuring Jason Hugger this month also celebrates you.

COLLISION with a BANG

Jason has recently joined COLLISION with a BANG!, a group show at The IceHouse Gallery, which is featuring his silverpoint drawings, and the works of Joe Holdren, Eddie Sparr, Eric Kaspar, Eric Cox. The Artist Reception is Thursday, January 5th, 6:00-10:00 p.m. You can See COLLISION’s Events Page on Facebook.
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Titan, 12″ x 16″ Silverpoint

Also Viewing 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. Mon-Fri and by appointment. Please text 256-374-6190. The IceHouse is located at 429 West Jackson Street, Phoenix. See COLLISION‘s Facebook Page.

SOLO SHOW, STACY’S

Jason Hugger’s Solo Show at Stacy’s at Melrose opened January 4th and runs throughout the month. This is a stunning show.

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Stacey’s at Melrose is located at 4343 N 7th Ave, Phoenix. Also see their Website.

DUO SHOW, GRINDER

Grinder Coffee Company is now featuring Jason Hugger and Lynn Smith in a Duo Show open through the month of January .

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Grinders is at 201717 E Dunlap Ave, Suite 104a, Phoenix. Tel: (602) 678-0078. See Grinder’s Facebook Page.

OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO

Since December 10th, Jason’s also been in ASU’s Community Art Exhibition, a group show, entitled Oh, The Places You’ll Go. Here is one piece from that show:

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Hourglass, 36″ X 36″, oil on gallery wrapped canvas

Oh the Places You’ll Go runs from  January 9th to May 5th, 2017. It’s at the College of Public Programs, 411 N Central Avenue 4th floor, Phoenix, AZ, 85004. See Jason’s Artist’s Profile on Facebook.

SMALL WORKS SHOW

Currently, Jason is also in another group show, the Sonoran Arts League Small Works Art Show which is about to finish up on Jan 8, 2017. Here is one of his pieces currently being shown:

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The Small Works Art Show is located at Red Truck Trading Co, 6501 Cave Creek Rd, Cave Creek AZ. See them at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1625211181102363/.

MORE PAINTINGS

Here are a few more of his paintings I thought you’d appreciate.

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Building the Future, 18″ x 18″ oil on canvas (2015)

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After the Fire, oil on deep edge canvas, 30″ x 60″ x 2.25″

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Desert Dwellers, oil on canvas, 12″ x 36″ x 1.5″

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Featured Artist:  December 2016

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Jordan-Alexander Thomas, Space Boy Robot

Our Featured Artist for December, Space Boy Robot, also known as Jordan-Alexander Thomas, is showing this month at Practical Art from December 1st through 31st.

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It’s not just his Show this month that makes him our featured artist. He’s a brilliantly creative robot sculptor, photographer and showman. The way he approaches his subject matter, photographs his creations, and puts together his themed shows is well worth emulating. He offers a model for creative and marketing success to inspire other artists.

A lover since childhood of all things science fiction, especially great sci-fi films, he began creating robots in 2009, out of wooden and recycled parts. He uses the same process today to create his wood and recycled materials robots. All of them are individually created, in minute detail, and each one has a special personality that brings it to life. He says he makes about 15-25 robots at a time, taking a few days to do it, and then spends two weeks painting them with the best acrylic paints available.

He photographs most of his robots himself, and is a master at it, as you will see as you go through the photographs below.

I say he’s a showman because for each show, he creates his robots to celebrate the shows theme. The way he approaches his creations, and putting together his shows, make him someone to emulate. And the press loves him. He was first featured in Arizona Highways and Pheonix New Times in 2011, Phoenix Home and Garden’s October 2014 issue, and various other media outlets, including Azfamily.com3 a year ago. (see http://www.spaceboyrobot.com/#spotlight).

Here’s a poster example:

robot-pop-2-0Back in 2011 Jordan created this wonderful house wife robot, an example of the variety or characters he creates . He calls them “Bots” for short, and I wish I knew this Bot’s name.

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For an interview with blogger Jonathan , entitled “Space Boy Robot – Retro Robots & Rayguns [Artist Spotlight]”, Lightening Octopus, in 2011, he specifically designed this robot:

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Steampunk Octopus Robot
(http://www.lightningoctopus.com/2011/02/space-boy-robot-retro-robots-rayguns-spotligh/.)

And he has quite a few more Octobots he’s designed, these from 2014:

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Many of his robots are inspired by Steampunk, as is this beautifully photographed one, called Ubel the Robot:

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A natural Starwars affecianado, I’ll let you guess who this is.

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Veder Bot, 2015

For Mesa’s Idea Museum’s Sci-Fi: Fantasy to Reality Show this past summer, Thomas displayed these:

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I am amazed at his self-promotions for his shows.This one was for a Super Hero Robot Show he did at MADE in June of 2015:

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Thomas has done several shows at Treehouse Bakery, a vegan bakery at 1348 W. Roosevelt Street owned by a friend of his, and here are two of the posters:

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And here are two robots he made for his Treehouse shows:

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That’s right, Marie Antoinette, “Let them eat cakes!”

Thomas loves themes holiday pieces, and here are some he’s made recently:

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And speaking of scary, these robots he did for Mesa’s Zombie Walk a couple of years ago:

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His MADE show this summer hit Mother’s Day, and naturally,

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He’s had many Practical Art shows on his own, and participated in juried shows, such as this one.

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This spring, he participated in Peoria’s show, who’s name I can’t seem to find, but which had quite a few elegant pieces in it, and reminds me that he often creates royal robots:

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Quite a few of his Bots are very regal and elegant.

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And yes, even butterflies and dragons. This piece, his Phoenix Bot was created for this summer’s God’s and Monster’s show at {9} Gallery:

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I would love to show you many more pieces, and I spend literally hours and hours looking at them, but you can find them yourself at:

Space Boy Robot: http://www.spaceboyrobot.com/

Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/people/spaceboyauto

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spaceboyrobot/

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/spaceboyjordo/sets/72157604034016785/

One day, I’m quite sure there will be a museum devoted to him. In the meantime, I’ll do what he did last year when he designed this “bust” card, and wish you:

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Featured Artist: November 2016

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Pulling at the Heartstrings:  The Eco-Art

and Activism of Heather Freitas

Heather Freitas, a stunning mixed media artist who employs recycled materials, has a cause. Although she graduated from ASU in 2014, she says she really found her calling in February when she was preparing for the WHAM West Gallery Recycled Art Festival in Surprise. It was then that she realized that her deepest passion was EcoArt, and she would become an eco-art activist. She would use recycled materials, our waste, to produce art to make statements about our problems of waste, and the human impact on our deteriorating environment.

“Deforestation, GMO’s, a plastic wasteland and PCB’s along with DDT still reside around us and will continue to impact us in the long run building to a point where at one time there may be no turning back,” she says in her Bio.

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Thank You for Shopping, Mixed Media, 24 x 24 x 1.5 in.

This sad little turtle breaks my heart as he innocently swims in waste, not understanding why he suffers or the human factors that create his dilemma. According to Freitas, “The piece speaks about turtles mistaking plastic bags for their prey, jellyfish, and thus consuming and even choking on our waste.” He is but one stunning example of the pieces you will see at her Solo Show, Wasteland, which opened First Friday and Third Friday in November, at First Studio at 631 North 1st Avenue. The Show can be viewed through the end of November.

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In explaining Wasteland, she writes, “All around us there are hidden toxins that are damaging not only our environment and everything in it, but us as well. The worst part? We are the ones creating most of these toxins.”

Freitas’ work is as impressive as it is beautiful. She is to be commended for using recycled materials, an exciting way of creating art that is growing in popularity. But that she uses those recycled materials to drive home to us the need to recycle, because those very materials are crippling our environment, is doubly impressive.

Upcoming Shows
The beauty and originality of her art has not gone unnoticed, and Freitas has shows running back to back through 2017. She has two additional shows running this month along with Wasteland. They are Unmasked at Banner Health University in Tucson (November 10th-January 29th 2017) and the Nationally juried Altered States of Collage by Collage Artists of America in Trazna, CA (November 15th- December 3rd). She also has a pop up printed art show that will be on display from November 8th to December 8th in Penne, Largo SAN Nicola 2, Italy.

Freitas is now working on an Armageddon Series for a show later in 2017. The pieces are about extinction of animals due to the human carbon footprint. Two of the first finished pieces will be shown at {9} Gallery on December’s First Friday show: Tiny Works, Tiny Dances.

Then from August through December 2017, she will have a dual exhibition with artist Nicolas Rascona entitled, “Can You Hear Me Now?” at the Tempe Public Library.

Freitas says it’s important to realize how influential art can be in making a difference in the world. Art should not only “document the times” but bring awareness to the need to formulate real solutions to critical contemporary issues. “It is said that one person can not change the world, but it is with my deepest hopes that my artwork can.”

Freitas can be reached at contemporaryandmodern@gmail.com or visit http://www.contemporaryandmodern.com. Follow follow at http://www.facebook.com/contemporaryandmodern or contact at  (480)234-1604.

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