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.
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.
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, 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!
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.