We experience the world through our five senses—taste, touch, smell, hearing and sight.
This sculpture asks us to examine what happens when we limit our perception to only one sensory lens—the visual. This is essentially what cameras do when they record patterns of light with a mechanical or digital ‘eye.’
When we interpret and accept the camera’s images as reality, do we sometimes trust these superficial surrogates more than direct experience?
As we find ourselves mindlessly caught up in converting our days into a stream of mediated images, do we lose track of the main event: to be fully alive?
The public is invited to the opening reception on October 20, 2-4 pm. As we walk around the campus we will visit each sculpture, and each artist will give a brief introduction to their work. PCC East is located at 8181 E. Irvington Rd, Tucson, AZ 85709-4000.
Special thanks to Mike Stack, Department Chair, Arts & Humanities, for the energy and vision behind the Sculpture on Campus exhibition which began in 2005. Thanks to Mike, the campus community is actively engaged in selecting, viewing, writing about and appreciating the wide range of sculptures that are installed on concrete pads located around the campus. Many classes use the sculptures as departure points for their learning and discussions. It’s a great example of building a community that appreciates and is enriched by art. I know I’ve had the idea for my latest piece for several years, and this opportunity gave me the impetus to finally build the work.
“Hybrids”—Acrylic Paintings + Patinas on Steel
Exhibition at Hava Java Coffee—May through June 2016
32nd St and Camelback, Phoenix, Az
Each composition in this exhibition is comprised of an acrylic painting (on wood or canvas), combined with a steel panel that is welded and colored with patinas. By juxtaposing these two mediums that are not often seen together, a synergy and dialog is created between the two different surfaces. The panels are close in size and on the same plane, to invite the viewer’s perception past the surface, into the layers of color and texture in each piece.
The perception of surface and depth in each pair of panels seems to suggest a layering of experience, and an awareness of different types of consciousness. The works begin to suggest how we are able to perceive the world around us on many different levels simultaneously. The accompanying text from the Tao Te Ching suggests looking at, into, or through the many forms of water, as a way of contemplating and exploring our internal worlds.
The synergistic process of creating these works incorporates elements of randomness. Being open to chance makes these compositions come alive. The painting and the steel are created separately. On the “painting” side, layers of thick acrylic paint and medium are scraped, textured, and thinly layered like glazes. On the steel side, the steel panels have welded marks and some have plasma cut openings. They are then ground and patinas are applied with heat, layered and worked with air tools. Final layers of satin lacquer seal the steel from oxidation (rust).
I’ll make several paintings and steel panels individually, then lay them out and decide which belong together. The combinations that seem to work the best are often the ones I least expect.
This is my fourth exhibition at Hava Java over the years. I’ve selected this series to accompany coffee and contemplation.
The quotations are from Tao Te Ching, translation by Man-Ho Kwok, Marin Palmer, Jay Ramsay, Element Books, 1993.
FireDance No. 3, welded steel with patinas, heat coloring, enamel and clear powder coating
37 x 48 x 8 in., private residence, ©Joan Waters 2016
On the Reef, welded steel with patinas and clear powder coating, private commission, ©Joan Waters 2016
Desert Seasons, welded steel with patinas and clear powder coating, 44 x 96 x 4 in., corporate law office, ©Joan Waters 2016
© Joan Waters 2016, all rights reserved
This embellished egg was part of the Arc Degree 360 project sponsored by the David Wright House to benefit Artlink Phoenix. The #ArcDegree360 eggs will be part of an art show and silent auction at the Artlink Phoenix Art d’Core Gala in Hance Park on March 10, 2016.(The list of names of the participating artists hasn’t been released yet.)
The mythical Phoenix is unique among birds. Born not from an egg, it instead rises from the ashes of fire and destruction to come into this world. Fiery, colorful and creative, this image of new life springing forth against the odds of the harsh desert environment has fueled the collective imagination of our young city that bears the same name.
As the community matures and grows deeper roots to sustain future growth, however, it undergoes a huge transformation. The firebird can no longer sustain itself on fire, rage and destruction, and it experiences a seismic shift of consciousness in order to survive and flourish.
Primero Ovo (First Egg) represents this massive transfiguration for the Phoenix. This will be the first time the Phoenix uses the egg as the vehicle to regenerate.
The nest, which supports and protects the egg, is patiently constructed of smaller twigs and branches. These are the elements—the cultural traditions, social institutions and community groups—which create the vision and support the future growth of our magnificent Phoenix.
ultimate reality show installed at Shemer Art Center, Phoenix, Arizona
Special thanks to Hector Ortega, who has several works exhibited on the Shemer grounds, for his time and efforts pouring the slab and applying his hammer-drilling expertise, and Shonna James, Interim Executive Director, for coordinating the final installation. The sculpture is part of the recently installed Arizona Sculpture Showcase, juried by Mary Bates Neubauer, and will be on-site for two years.
Hector Ortega watches as the Craters and Freighters crew unloads the sculpture
Enjoy a stroll around the grounds, and the many new works recently added to the outdoor sculpture exhibition.
Thanks, Lynn Trimble, for covering “13 Cool Places to Visit on First Friday,” and including a stop at Oasis on Grand. We need more arts coverage in Phoenix, and Lynn single-handedly visits each venue, shoots great images and writes about what she sees.
It’s that special time of year again,
when we make special things to give as gifts…
…to show the people in our lives we care about them,
…to show them we appreciate what makes them unique and special
…and to bring them joy and happiness.
As artists, we know how good it feels to make something unique with our hands, and then give it to someone we love. It’s a special feeling to know the object cannot be found at the mall, and it is imbued with creativity and imagination and love from its inception….somehow it means more, even if it is as modest as a hand-made card.
I feel fortunate to host the Holiday Pop-Up Galleries at my studio again this year with artists Sandy Blain, Esmeralda DeLaney and Sandra Luehrsen, all esteemed local artists who do amazing work. Beginning Friday evening, November 13th (lucky), and continuing through the weekend, we have each created our own pop-up gallery, offering our latest creations, both large and small…unique works of art, hand-made, reasonably priced, from local artists.
The studio will be festive (and tidy!) and there will be refreshments and time to mingle with the artists and other art lovers. I hope you’ll visit us—it’s this coming one weekend only. We’re looking forward to sharing our latest original works, plus, there’s still time if you are thinking about a special commission for a holiday gift. Parking is easy, the studio is wheelchair accessible, and all are welcome, so bring a friend or six.
Friday night is the preview party, 5 to 9 pm. Saturday we’re open 9 am til 5 pm, and Sunday 10 am til 4 pm.
Visit the website for more details and directions AzOpenStudio.com
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The kilns at Mission Clay. A firing takes 3 weeks.
The International Sculpture Center is having its 25th Conference here in Phoenix this week. On Wednesday I participated in a special opportunity to work at Mission Clay. It was a small group of us. Bryan Vansell gave a tour, which I missed because I got there late. Then we drew numbers, and each of us was given a huge section of leather hard clay pipe to work on. There was an array of tools to carve, mark, drill, saw, and a wide selection of underglazes. We worked in the factory, next to all the noisy equipment, each of us immersed in our own little world.
Break for lunch and BBQ, generously hosted by Mission Clay. We sat outside on long tables, surrounded by all sizes of pipe—stacked high—and shared the meal with the people who work there; it was totally great. Then we were back to work, trying to finish up before the whistle blew. Many thanks to Bryan Vansell, Pat Siler, John Toki and others for their generous support and guidance. Thanks to Ree Kaneko for the photos. The pipe next to mine is the work of Anne Chase Martin of St. Louis.
“ultimate reality show” at the Grand Rapids Public Museum during ArtPrize 2012
66″h x 48″w x 20″d, welded steel with patinas
About the work: An over-sized welded steel television set creates a viewfinder and invites the public to observe daily life—the “ultimate reality show.” One of the questions the sculpture asks us to consider is how our perceptions of life are created or altered by viewing two-dimensional images on TV and all the other electronic screens we rely on.
Link to sculpture http://www.artprize.org/joan-waters/2012/ultimate-reality-show
ArtPrize is the world’s largest art competition. The top prize is determined solely by public vote. In 2012, its 4th year, 1517 artist entries will be on display at 161 venues throughout Grand Rapids, Michigan. The sculpture I submitted was selected by the Grand Rapids Public Museum to be installed outside their main entrance. ArtPrize dates are September 19 – October 7, 2012. http://www.artprize.org
Friday, July 27, 11 am–6pm and
Saturday, July 28, 9am–4pm
2141 E. Cedar St, #1, Tempe, Az 85281
Preview new work, including outdoor hummingbird flight sculptures, clay tile tables, garden totems and more in this working welding studio—with air conditioning.
Refreshments • free and open to the public • wheelchair accessible • dogs welcome!
New sculpture at the MN Collection
Music for a Naked Picnic was recently installed at the MN Collection. The 70″h x 24″w x 24″d sculpture hangs outside the entry, and is suitable for indoor or outdoor placement. Check back on this blog to view images of other new works soon.
The MN Collection is located in the Scottsdale Design District next to Costello Childs Contemporary. 2724 North 68th Street, Suite 2, Scottsdale, AZ 85257
Saturday, April 28, 2012, 9am–5pm
2141 E. Cedar St, #1, Tempe, Az 85281
New works in the studio, featuring powdercoated red sculptures and hybrid paintings, handmade tile tables, unique gifts and art for garden spaces.
Plus, meet guest artist Jodi Pinkert, exhibiting her mixed media series “Clay Tapestries.”
Refreshments • free and open to the public • wheelchair accessible • dogs welcome!
Saturday, March 17th, 9 am-4 pm, Shemer Art Center
This is the 47th year of the Fine Art in the Garden exhibition and sale, hosted by this group of 20 artists. As members leave, new artists are invited to join the group. The first year they exhibit as a guest, and are then invited to become a permanent part of the group. This is my first year exhibiting at this show.
5005 E. Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85018. Free and open to the public.
Saturday, March 17 at the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
“Birdie” is a lucky puppy who was found on a golf course and rescued. His best friend is a little green bird who follows him everywhere, riding on his tail. Birdie will be part of the 2012 Petcasso Auction at the Compassion with Fashion gala event. Metal sculpture by artist Misty Mulleneaux, embellished by Joan Waters.
Tickets and more info at: www.azhumane.org/cwf/2012
Sneak Peek of new work to be shown at Saturday, Feb. 11th Open Studio~Many, many layers of lacquer are applied to the tiles after they are welded free-form (hand-drawn with the welder), ground, patinaed, and polished. Shown are 4 x 4-inch and 8 x 8-inch sizes.
Sneak Peek of new work to be shown at Saturday, Feb. 11th Open Studio~Strips of hammered, welded steel are layered onto oxidized panels, to be hung singly or in groups. The blue colors are created by the heat of the welding process. Since I’m using my “Steel Tapestry” theme as inspiration for a guest artist project with Seton Catholic High School students, I felt inspired to revisit this theme from a series of 2006 sculptures. To me, the most recent sculptures seem to embody more color and spontaneity from the welding and fabrication process.
Saturday, February 11, 9am–5pm
2141 E. Cedar St, #1, Tempe, Az 85281
This week~view a Sneak Peek of new work posted every night on this blog.
Plus, refreshments • free and open to the public • wheelchair accessible • dogs welcome!
Saturday, December 10, 9am–5pm
2141 E. Cedar St, #1, Tempe, Az 85281
Meet special guest Andrea Chilcote, author of Erik’s Hope: The Leash that Led Me to Freedom, from 11 am– 2 pm. Andrea will introduce her book at 11:30 am. Proceeds from book sales benefit the DOVES® program for victims of elder abuse.
Artist Lynda Fullerton offers her latest handcrafted jewelry incorporating gemstones, beads, pearls and crystals with forged metal and wire.
In the studio, new creations~sculptures, calendars, steel tiles, cards, garden totems, unique functional and gift items. Hybrid metal/painting series from the Chandler solo show in the front rooms.
Plus, tasty sips and bites. Free and open to the public, wheelchair accessible.
Installation views of new sculptures and paintings at Chandler Center for the Arts. Twelve of the pieces are new “hybrids” which combine an acrylic painting with a welded, patinaed metal panel. The exhibition opens with a reception this Friday, October 7th, from 7-9 pm, and continues through November 19th. Hours are Monday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday noon-4 pm.
Schiffer Publishing will release Ironwork Today 3, Inside & Out this fall. I just received word that my work will be included in this edition by Jeffrey B. Snyder. A wide range of iron artwork, created by 82 of today’s artist-blacksmiths, will be highlighted. Over 450 color photos, 256 pp.
My work was also published in the first Ironwork Today, and Ironwork Today: Dynamic Details, both by Dona Z. Meilach.
The “Scarification Series” sculptures and paintings grew out of my interest in African art and ritual scarification, where the skin is pierced to create patterns of raised scars on the body to signify rites of passage. Each work embodies a powerful physical presence and spirit which evolves over time from the process of manual labor and working the material intuitively.
I am challenged by the ambiguity of metal—turning flat, hard, industrial material into organic forms that seem to shift and move as they reflect light. Layers of colored patinas bring the aesthetics of painting to sculpture. The layers of shifting dark and light shapes, texture and color evoke a sense of mystery, inviting the viewer to explore the work.
The process of developing a piece of art is analogous to the process of ritual scarification, and the process of life itself—in spite of our original plans, all require sacrifice, pain and loss in order to create something more beautiful, with a more intensely developed character. For me, part of the appeal of the process is the extreme amount of deconstruction—cutting up and taking apart—that is necessary before the work can be re-ordered as a unified organic presence. The tension between the sense of exuberance and growth, and death and decay creates a sense of mystery that invites the viewer to explore these works in depth.
©Joan Waters All rights reserved
In September, Bragg’s Pie Factory will present
Women’s Room: Art by Phoenix’s Premier Female Artists.
(From the press release) The exhibition, curated by Robrt Pela, features 14 well-known, much-admired visual artists, many of them debuting new work. The artists are Annie Lopez, Shari Bombeck, Janet De Berge Lange, Linda Ingraham, Jenny Ignakowski, Mollie Kellogg, Arlene Meyer, Irma Sanchez, Patricia Sahertian, Diane Sanborn, Cindy Schnackel, Kathy Taylor, Joan Waters, and Katherine Zsolt. Exciting new paintings, sculpture, photography, mixed-media pieces, and installations.
Thanks to everyone who made Saturday’s Open Studio a success. It was a hot day in Phoenix, so I had the a/c set low (and even had a couple of complaints that it was too chilly.) I appreciated the good energy, feedback and influx of new ideas that everyone brought to the studio. It was great to see people making new friends and sharing comments, too. Barney had his fill (almost) of attention and offers from many to go home with them. I’m possibly going to do another one in May and June, but will keep you posted. Much appreciated!
Defining best practices to ensure greater profitability and success for both charity and artist
I’ll be writing about charitable events where artwork is donated by artists, and sold in live and silent auctions. What elements make these events successful or disappointing? How can the artist and the charity maximize the benefits? How can artists contribute, without feeling they are being taken advantage of? I invite artists to contribute their ideas of what makes a successful auction, and what are the Best Practices we can educate and encourage charities to follow, if they want to host a successful auction.
Photography Exhibition Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve
The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy presents “Best Works of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve” at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts through Feb. 16. Photographer Marianne Skov Jensen, whose work is shown above, has pledged profits from the sale of her images to the Conservancy (contact Marianne directly for price information: firstname.lastname@example.org).
This link takes you to Marianne’s blog (where she posts a photo every day!) and to a link of a video preview of the exhibition:
Dennis Oppenheim 1938-2011
Will miss seeing his next new project…
Artistic bus station designs by Joan Waters at Arizona Ave. and Chandler Blvd., in downtown Chandler, Arizona.
TranSystems is the architect, DL Withers is general contractor.
Valley Metro hosts a public reception Wednesday, January 19 at
2 pm to celebrate the new LINK bus rapid transit service connecting Chandler to the Light Rail, the new bus shelters on Arizona Avenue designed by TranSystems, and the two art shelters. The other shelters also feature work by area artists in lighted “Art Boxes.”
My second submission for the Hidden in the Hills Directory cover. I used “Tidepool Mambo”, rotated 90 degrees from its normal hanging position. This sculpture incorporates layers of steel with rust, patinas and some spray enamels, introducing some new, vibrant colors. Much as the studio tour invites visitors to explore the art and the area, the layers of steel create a sense of mystery which also invite the viewer in. (This was not selected for this year’s cover.)
Each year the Sonoran Arts League has a call for art for the Directory cover. It’s been a few years since I’ve submitted. This year, I created a sculpture with this in mind—inspired by the mystery and light of the desert near Cave Creek. “Desert Light Shift” is layers of steel, hand cut and shaped, with patinas and heat coloring. (The work was not selected for the cover.)
A first glimpse of the steel leaf canopies at the two bus shelters I designed. Located at the SW and NE corners of Chandler Blvd. and Arizona Avenue, these shelters are part of the new bus rapid transit LINK system connecting riders to the light rail. To come: leaf-stamped concrete, translucent roof material lit by fiber optics, leaf and branch fiberglass shade screens and tall sculptures with dynamic fiber optic lighting. TranSystems is the architect; DL Withers general contractor.
Poster commissioned for the Grand Re-opening Celebration on October 1, 2010
New Sculpture and Painting
inspired by 20 years in the trees and 20 years in the desert
Install date for my show at the @Central Gallery, Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix.
The new slogan for the National Endowment for the Arts under its new chairman, Rocco Landesman, who was confirmed Friday. According to yesterday’s New York Times article, “Someone who works in the arts is every bit as gainfully employed as someone who works in an auto plant or a steel mill, ” Mr. Landesman said. “We’re going to make the point till people are tired of hearing it.”
Read the entire article~
I was saddened to hear just recently of Rose Johnson’s recent passing, June 1. I did not know Rose personally, but admired the strength of her vision, and commitment to her art. She was part of Phoenix, and Bisbee, before it had an “art scene”. It’s very sad to hear what happened…a senseless incident on the beginning of her new adventure. I admire the strength of her work and commitment…may we all be inspired to do so much better. In honor and respect, my sincere sympathy and gratitude. Thank you, Rose.
A memorial at the Icehouse this coming Saturday, June 20 begins at 10 pm.
Here are some links to more information.
So, I’ve selected my clip art design, and am ready to blog…wow. This is exciting.
In contrast to blogs about words, this blog will explore the world from a visual perspective.