Exhibit – 'Elsewhere'
"Elsewhere" is comprised of works that elegantly traverse situational and environmental scenarios that unfold into uncommon encounters, echoing the schism between the known/unknown, tangible/intangible, and terrestrial/celestial. Incorporating ordinary materials and subjects that at first glance appear banal, these artists actively engage the inherent dualities of a meditative, psychological state, while simultaneously referencing the evanescent physicality of being in the world.
Exhibiting artists include:
- Kevin Cooley
- Tobias Fikes
- Noémie Goudal
- Nazafarin Lotfi
- Sarah McKenzie
- Dario Robleto
- Chris Thorson
Artist talks and a reception will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, from 4-6 p.m. Artists giving talks include:
Sarah McKenzie's work addresses the shifting nature of our built environment and architecture in transition, whether under construction or in a state of decline. Her work has been exhibited at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, the Yale School of Architecture, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, and the Aspen Art Museum in Colorado. Her paintings have been featured in Art in America, the New York Times, the Denver Post, the Huffington Post, Dwell Magazine, and New American Paintings. In 2012, she received a Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant.
Tobias Fike is an interdisciplinary artist whose work and approach varies from his personal experience of family and place to our temporal relationship with the universe and observations of time. He earned his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2011 and his work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with exhibitions in Berlin, Germany; Coimbra, Portugal; Houston, and Tucson, among others.
Nazafarin Lotfi is a visual artist based in Tucson. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2011 and her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Tehran in Iran in 2007. Lotfi's practice explores interior and negative spaces and their implications for subjectivity, experience and identity. She examines representation of space in connection with time, weight, balance, collapse and the dialectics of inside and outside. Selected solo exhibitions include: "Poiesis" at Fernwey Gallery, Chicago; "White Light" at Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; "Love at Last Sight" at Brand New Gallery, Milan; and "Circles" at Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago.
"Elsewhere" is an invitational exhibition co-curated by Brooke Grucella and Martina Shenal with the University of Arizona School of Art.
This exhibition is supported by the College of Fine Arts Dean's Fund for Excellence, the Dr. Joseph F. Gross Endowment, the Lionel Rombach Endowment, and the University of Arizona School of Art.